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Aviation and Diplomacy

Frank Piasecki

NATO 1949-2009 Projekt ekspozycji w Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego w Krakowie



Polish Aviation Museum

31-864 Kraków,
al. Jana Pawła II 39
phone: (12) 640 99 60,
(12) 642 40 70
e-mail: info@muzeumlotnictwa.pl

a cultural institution of the Malopolska Region

Małopolska – Kraków Region


Patronage

Kraków Airport







Aeroplane: De Havilland DH.100 Vampire

De Havilland DH.100 Vampire
Great Britain/Switzerland
fighter-bomber
c. 1950



  • Technical data


Span 11.58 m (34.8 ft)
Length 9.37 m (30.7 ft)
Take-off weight 5,620 kg (12,390 lb)
Maximum speed 882 km/h (476 kt)
Ceiling 13,720 m (45,000 ft)
Range 1842 km (995 NM)
Armament four 20 mm cannons, 8 unguided rockets and two 227 kg (500 lb) or 454 kg (1,000 lb) bombs
Powerplant :
de Havilland Goblin 3 turbojet, rated at 14,9 kN (1520 kG)

 

An early jet fighter, first of De Havilland twin-tailed designs.

De Havilland DH.100 Vampire was the second, after the Gloster Meteor, British jet powered fighter aircraft. The prototype first flew in September 1943, although the Vampire did not enter service before World War II ended. Several versions were developed, of which the most numerous (888 built from 1948) was the FB.5, capable of striking ground targets.

The FB.5 and its derivative were exported to France, India, Finland, New Zealand, RSA, Iraq and other countries. Switzerland undertook licence production of the subsequent version FB.6 at F+W Emmen plant. It was the first jet powered aircraft in Swiss Air Force inventory. The Vampires were also licence built in Australia, in France as Mistral and in India.

The Vampire was one of the most popular combat aircraft of the early stage of the jet era and the first of the family of de Havilland’s twin tailed fighters – the subsequent were Venom and Vixen.

The aircraft in PAM collection was license-built in Switzerland and was operated by the Swiss Air Force.

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