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WIDER WORLD: de Havilland DH.100 'Vampire'
DH.100 'Vampire'
The DH.100 'Vampire' was one of the first two British jet fighters. It was developed just before the end of the Second World War, but unlike the first British jet fighter, the Gloster Meteor, it was not ready in time to go into action in that war. In the '50s it was relegated to the role of trainer.

Martyn Day provided the photo and in his reply 8 in Thread W10 reminds us of the characteristic and rather spooky howl of the Vampire's DH Goblin engine. I'd forgotten about that, Martyn. Around three thousand Vampires were built and a few are still being maintained in flying condition, sometimes appearing at air shows. A Vampire crashed at the Biggin Hill air show in 2001, killing the crew of 2.

Alan Pyle worked with Vampires during his National Service - see Thread W10/14. The Mosquito and the Vampire were among my favourite aircraft as a child and I can still hear their very characteristic sounds.