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de Havilland Sea Vampire

Third prototype

17/03/1944 - first flight
06/06/1945 - damaged at CFE Tangmere when undercarriage up, selected on ground
09/06/1945 - to Hatfield for repairs (63.12 flt hours by now)
23/08/1945 - F/F after mods for naval trials, arrester hook and new canopy
16/11/1945 - Hatfield to RAE
26/11/1945 - to RNAS Ford
03/12/1945 - started landing trials on HMS Ocean - 1st jet landing on ship at sea - Lt/Cmdr EM Brown RNVR
06/12/1945 - returned to Farnborough
19/02/1946 - to A&AEE Boscombe Down - C Flt (Naval Test Sqdn) - Landing procedure development
02/04/1946 - to Hatfield - 120 hour airframe check and 30 hour engine inspection
10/04/1946 - form 78 records aircraft damaged cause unknown
07/05/1946 - back at A&AEE Boscombe Down
25/06/1946 - trials at Boscombe Down completed
27/06/1946 - to RNAS Ford
28/06/1946 - 'Shop Window' demos aboard HMS Ocean
01/07/1946 - to RNAS Ford for 778NAS
30/11/1946 - to Hatfield for repairs
? - to RAE Farnborough for arrester barrier trials
13/02/1957 - declared Cat E damaged
15/09/1957 - sold to DH at Hatfield
? - offered to Mosquito Museum, turned down due to lack of space, passed to the Science Museum
? - transferred on loan to FAAM
21/02/1994 - following restoration by SOFFAAM, went into spray shop
2012 - on display in FAAM

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Role - Single seat fighter trainer

Manufacturers - de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd

Power Plant - One DH Goblin 2 of 3,000lbs thrust

Wingspan - 38ft

Length - 30ft 9ins

Height - 8ft 10ins

Weight - 12,660lbs loaded

Max Speed - 526mph

Range - 1,145 miles at 350mph

Armament - Could carry 4 x 20mm guns


Other exhibits in this hall

  • Vickers Supermarine Scimitar F1 Vickers Supermarine Scimitar F1
  • Hawker Sea Hawk Hawker Sea Hawk
  • Blackburn Buccaneer S1 Blackburn Buccaneer S1
  • Westland Wessex HU5 Westland Wessex HU5
  • McDonnell Phantom FG1 McDonnell Phantom FG1
  • Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S2B Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S2B
  • de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW2 de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW2
  • Vickers Supermarine Attacker F1 Vickers Supermarine Attacker F1
  • Fairey Gannet COD4 (XA466) Fairey Gannet COD4 (XA466)

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