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Vampire FB5 – 112 Sqn RAF, Fassberg, Germany 1951. Grey finish

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De Havilland Vampire FB5 VV625 “S” of 112 Squadron RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force based at Fassberg, Germany in late 1951. Fantastic model which really does have to be seen to be appreciated in excellent grey camouflage livery. Limited edition of 2,160 pieces. Now hard to find as it is believed that the production run was ended early.

Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches

The de Havilland DH.100 Vampire was a British jet-engine fighter commissioned by the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. Following the Gloster Meteor, it was the second jet fighter to enter service with the RAF. Although it arrived too late to see combat during the war, the Vampire served with front line RAF squadrons until 1953 and continued in use as a trainer until 1966, although generally the RAF relegated the Vampire to advanced training roles in the mid-1950s and the type was generally out of RAF service by the end of the decade. The Vampire also served with many air forces worldwide, setting 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.

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