Sunday 20 August 2017

Vampire Pair Joins Wings & Wheels Line-up

The Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron are the latest addition to the Wings & Wheels line-up on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August as they display their two de Havilland Vampires.
Loud and exciting, the first de Havilland Vampire FB.52 on display is the export version of the Mk 6 of which 101 were built and 36 exported to Norway. The aircraft is now in the Royal Norwegian Air Force markings to represent Vampire PX-K, serving at the 336 squadron in the early 50s, Norway’s first pure jet fighter squadron.

The second de Havilland Vampire T.55 was the export version of the DH 115 trainer in RAF service known at the T.11. 216, six of which were exported to Norway and in use from 1952 to 1955. The aircraft is now in the Royal Norwegian Air Force markings to represent Vampire PX-M, a two – seater serving with 336 squadron.

Jamie McAllister, Event Director comments: “The Vampires make a great addition to the Wings & Wheels line-up. The site and sounds of the two jets as they roar over the aerodrome will be an impressive spectacle and one we know will excite and delight our visitors.”

The Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron was founded in 2008 and is based at Rygge Air Base Norway. Their first aircraft was the D.H. Vampire, PX-M which was acquired in 2005.

The de Havilland DH.100 Vampire was a British fighter jet developed during the Second World War. It was designed to harness the newly developed jet engine and entered service with the RAF in 1945. It was the first fighter jet to be powered by a single jet engine.

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