De Havilland Vampire F1-T55 (Aircam Aviation 33)
By Richard Ward
Publisher: Osprey 1972 52 Pages
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The Vampire, inevitably linked with the Meteor, will be chiefly remembered in Britain as one of the main stepping stones between the piston engined fighters of World War 2, and the long-awaited swept wing, transonic jets of the mid-lQSO's. For a decade the RAF depended upon the inseparable Vampire and Meteor, and though they were decidedly elderly by the time replacements finally materialised, they served us well. The Vampire was soon switched from interception duties to become our first ground attack jet, our first Navy jet, and then to give outstanding service as a standard jet trainer.
In many countries abroad the Vampire will be remembered as the nation's first jet fighter, and indeed a few still serve as trainers today . . . more than thirty years since the beginning of the Vampire story.