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Vampire T.11

The de Havilland DH.100 Vampire was a British jet-engined fighter of the Second World War, the second jet-powered aircraft commissioned by the Royal Air Force during the War (the first being the Gloster Meteor), although it was not used in combat.

 

The Vampire served with front line RAF squadrons until 1955 and continued in use as a trainer until 1966. It also served with many air forces worldwide, and set several aviation firsts and records. Almost 3,300 Vampires were built, a quarter of them under licence in other countries.

 

The Vampire design was also developed into the de Havilland Venom fighter-bomber as well as naval Sea Vampire variants.

 

Vampire WZ549 was one of a batch of 143 aircraft delivered to the RAF between February 1952 and August 1953. It first entered service with Marshalls of Cambridge and was later operated by the Ferry Training Unit, No.8 FTS and No.1 FTS. On 4 November 1964 it joined the Central Navigation & Control School at Shawbury remaining in service there until 1970. It then moved to RAF Coningsby becoming a Maintenance Airframe, and subsequently spent a period of time in the care of the Lincolnshire Aviation Preservation Society before returning again to Coningsby.

 

In 1988 under the initiative of the Wing Commander Operations, an Ulsterman called Ron Shimmons, it was decided to donate it to the Society.  

 

Thanks to the efforts of our volunteers this aircraft has now been re-painted in RAF light aircraft grey to match the fuselage. Following the repainting project it has now also been fully re-assembled and can been seen on display in UAS hangar 1.

WZ549 at Chivenor

— WZ549

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Profile of the de Havilland Vampire T.11 — WZ549 in hangar 1 of the Ulster Aviation Society at Maze Long Kesh

Profile of the de Havilland Vampire T.11 — WZ549 in hangar 1 of the Ulster Aviation Society at Maze Long Kesh

The bulbous front nose of the de Havilland Vampire T.11 — WZ549 at the Ulster Aviation Society The instrument panel Inside the cockpit of de Havilland Vampire T.11 — WZ549 at the Ulster Aviation Society

The instrument panel Inside the cockpit of de Havilland Vampire T.11 — WZ549 at the Ulster Aviation Society

The bulbous front nose of the de Havilland Vampire T.11 — WZ549 at the Ulster Aviation Society

Looking over the rear fuselage of de Havilland Vampire T.11 — WZ549 and its classic twin tail-boom at the Ulster Aviation Society

Looking over the rear fuselage of de Havilland Vampire T.11 — WZ549 and its classic twin tail-boom at the Ulster Aviation Society

Front off-side profile of the de Havilland Vampire T.11 — WZ549 with its classic twin tail-boom at the Ulster Aviation Society

Front off-side profile of the de Havilland Vampire T.11 — WZ549 with its classic twin tail-boom at the Ulster Aviation Society

Photo: Mark J. Cairns

Photo: Mark J. Cairns

Photo: Mark J. Cairns

Photo: Mark J. Cairns

Photo: Mark J. Cairns