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De Havilland Vampire

First Flight 1943

The de Havilland Vampire is a British jet fighter which was developed and manufactured by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. It was the second jet fighter to be operated by the RAF, after the Gloster Meteor, and the first to be powered by a single jet engine.

Specifications

Crew: 1

Length: 30 ft 9 in (9.37 m)

Wingspan: 38 ft (12 m)

Height: 8 ft 10 in (2.69 m)

Wing area: 262 sq ft (24.3 m2)

Empty weight: 7,283 lb (3,304 kg)

Max take-off weight: 12,390 lb (5,620 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × de Havilland Goblin 3 centrifugal-flow turbojet engine, 3,350 lbf (14.9 kN) thrust

Performance

Maximum speed: 548 mph (882 km/h, 476 kn)

Range: 1,220 mi (1,960 km, 1,060 nmi)

Service ceiling: 42,800 ft (13,000 m)

Rate of climb: 4,800 ft/min (24 m/s)

Armament

4 × 20 mm (0.79 in) Hispano Mk.V cannon with 600 rounds total (150 rounds per gun).

Rockets: 8 × 3-inch “60 lb” rockets

Bombs: 2 × 500 lb (225 kg) bombs or two drop-tanks

Credits

baesystems.com

Textron Aviationtxtav.com

Wikipedia

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