History of the de Havilland Vampire

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The de Havilland Vampire was the second of the RAF's first generation, post-Second World War jet fighters to enter service. It began life as an interceptor but was soon re-tasked in the day fighter/ground attack roles with the 2nd Tactical Air Force in Germany from 1948 to 1954 and with the RAF's Middle and Far East Air Forces. Throughout its forty-six year career, it collected many notable firsts: it was the first jet fighter to cross the Atlantic; the first jet to land on an aircraft carrier; and the first jet ...
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Overview

The de Havilland Vampire was the second of the RAF's first generation, post-Second World War jet fighters to enter service. It began life as an interceptor but was soon re-tasked in the day fighter/ground attack roles with the 2nd Tactical Air Force in Germany from 1948 to 1954 and with the RAF's Middle and Far East Air Forces. Throughout its forty-six year career, it collected many notable firsts: it was the first jet fighter to cross the Atlantic; the first jet to land on an aircraft carrier; and the first jet trainer on which student pilots qualified for their 'Wings'. In addition to playing a notable part in the RAF's order of battle during the 1940s and 1950s, the Vampire also served with the Fleet Air Arm and became an export success story for the British aircraft industry with hundreds sold to air forces worldwide. For a brief period during the 1950s, the Vampire formed the backbone of the RAF's night-fighter force and between 1952 and 1967, the Vampire trainer was responsible for a steady flow of trained pilots for the RAF, Royal Navy and foreign air forces. This comprehensive history covers the Vampire's development and operational service. It has been written with the full cooperation of the manufacturer, MoD, RAF and other air forces from around the world, mixing narrative and technical detail with vivid personal accounts from those involved in the aircraft's production and operation. Comprehensive appendices include technical specifications, production details, serials and export details. It is lavishly illustrated with over 300 photographs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781552667
  • Publisher: Fonthill Media
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 875,308
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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David Watkins was a former member of the RAF and is a keen aviation historian with previous works including a history of RAF Chivenor, the de Havilland Vampire and Venom, 501 (County of Gloucester) Sqn, RAuxAF and a history of RAF aerobatic teams from 1920.
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