De Havilland Vampire
The De Havilland Vampire was one of Britain’s first indigenous jet fighters to come out after the second world war. Although the Vampire had its first flight in 1943 during the war it was not till late ‘45 that the jet entered into operational service with the RAF.
The Vampire was powered by a De Havilland Goblin engine allowing the jet to reach top speeds of up to 882 km/h, for it’s time the Vampire was well armed with 4x 20mm hispano cannons and could also hold payloads of bombs and rockets.
The Vampire fought for many counties and in many wars although it was replaced by Britain in the 50′s, it’s last appearance in warfare was in the Rhodesian Bush War where it fought up until the end in ‘79.
A sad fact about the Vampire is that during the testing of a new type of the Vampire Geoffrey de Havilland Jr died when the jet broke up at mach 0.8.