Vampire FB.Mk 9 – 28 Sqn RAF, Hong Kong 1955 (Camo)


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Corgi Aviation Archive AA37302: de Havilland Vampire FB.Mk 9 of 28 Sqn RAF, based at Kai Tak airbase, Hong Kong, Late 1955. Limited Edition of 2210 Pieces.

Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches

The Vampire line came to an end with the Vampire FB.Mk 9, an air-conditioned version of the FB.Mk 5. All told, 1,900 single-seat Vampires were built by December 1953, when production ceased. The old jets flew on, however, with several remaining in active service in Switzerland until 1990.

Designed for the RAF as an experimental jet fighter, the de Havilland DH.100 Vampire was first flown on September 20, 1943. The Vampire was the second jet fighter to serve in the RAF, but it was introduced too late to see combat during WWII. It did, however, serve in front line squadrons until 1955, and it was used as a trainer for more than a decade afterwards. This important aircraft is notable for its many achievements; it was the first RAF fighter to exceed 500 mph, the first jet aircraft to cross the Atlantic, and the first jet to take off from and land on an aircraft carrier.

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