More About the SAAF De Havilland Vampires
Vampire variants (SAAF planes in bold)
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DH 100: three prototypes.
Vampire Mk I: single-seat fighter version for the RAF; 244 production aircraft being built.
Mk II: three prototypes: Rolls-Royce Nene turbojet engine. One built and two conversions.
Mk IV: Nene-engined project, not built.
FB.5: single-seat fighter-bomber version. Powered by the Goblin 2 turbojet; 930 built for the RAF and 88 for export. Used in SA
Mk 8: Ghost-engined, one conversion from Mk 1.
FB.9: Tropicalised fighter-bomber through addition of air conditioning to Mark 5. Powered by Goblin 3 turbojet; 326 built, mostly by de Havilland, but also by Fairey Aviation.
Mk 10 or DH 113 Vampire: Goblin-powered two-seater prototype; two built.
NF.10: two-seat night fighter version for the RAF; 95 built including 29 as the NF.54.
Sea Vampire Mk 10: prototype for deck trials. One conversion.
Mk 11 or DH 115 Vampire Trainer: private venture, two-seat jet trainer prototype.
T.11: two-seat training version for the RAF and export. Powered by a Goblin 35 turbojet engine; 731 were built by DH and Fairey Aviation. Used in SA
Sea Vampire F 20: naval version of the FB.5; 18 built by English Electric.
Sea Vampire Mk 21: six aircraft converted from F.3s with strengthened belly and arrester hook for trials of undercarriage-less landings on flexible decks.
Sea Vampire T 22: two-seat training version for the Royal Navy; 73 built by De Havilland.
FB 25: FB.5 variants; 25 exported to New Zealand (link to NZ Vampires)
F.30: single-seat fighter-bomber version for the RAAF. Powered by Rolls-Royce Nene turbojet; 80 built in Australia.
FB.31: Nene-engined, 29 built in Australia.
F 32: one Australian conversion with air conditioning.
T.33: two-seat training version. Powered by the Goblin turbojet; 36 were built in Australia.
T.34: two-seat training version for the Royal Australian Navy; five were built in Australia.
T.34A: Vampire T.34s fitted with ejection seats.
T.35: modified two-seat training version; 68 built in Australia.
T.35A: T.33 conversions to T.35 configuration.
FB.50: exported to Sweden as the J 28B; 310 built, 12 of which were eventually rebuilt to T.55 standard.
FB.51: export prototype (one conversion) to France.
FB.52: export version of Mk 6, 101 built; 36 exported to Norway and in use from 1949 to 1957 and SA and NZ
FB.52A: single-seat fighter-bomber for the Italian Air Force; 80 built in Italy. .
NF.54: export version of Vampire NF.10 for the Italian Air Force; 29 being built.
T.55: export version of the DH 115 trainer; 216 built and six converted from the T.11.
Full record of Service w SAAF:
Type/model SAAF serial / 1 Squadron code History
Vampire FB5 201 AX-X
Vampire FB5 202
Vampire FB5 203
Vampire FB5 204
Vampire FB5 EP42784 205 SAAF Museum Port Elizabeth. Ex Fort Beaufort
Vampire FB5 206 AX-G
Vampire FB5 EP42916 207 AX-KSAAF Museum Swartkop. Ex SAAF Gymnasium Gate Guard
Vampire FB5 EP42917 208 AX-D SAAF Museum Ysterplaat. Ex Fort Klapperkop
Vampire FB5 209 Scrapped
Vampire FB5 210 AX-A
Vampire FB6 V0489 211 To Rhodesia R8128 wfu 18/4/81, To Australia 1988 pole mounted, Braybrook, Victoria, painted as RAAF A79-321.
Vampire FB6 V0513 212 Crashed 04/02/53
Vampire FB6 V0533 213 AX-N To Rhodesia R1833 w/o 21/10/76. Flt.Lt. Roy Hulley - Kutanga weapons range accident.
Vampire FB6 V0538 214 Crashed 04/04/53
Vampire FB6 V0582 215 AX-Z To Rhodesia R8134 wfu 7/12/78. Flt.Lt Dave Bourhill -
crashed on approach to Thornhill Airbase post air test.
Vampire FB6 V0583 216 To Rhodesia R1829 Flying up till March 1981, to Australia1988, currently in storage Old Aeroplane Company, Tyabb
Vampire FB6 V0584 217 AX-T
Vampire FB6 V0585 218 AX-V SAAF Museum Ysterplaat. Ex AFS VTH Gate Guard.
Vampire FB6 V0592 219 Preserved SAAF Museum Swartkop.
Vampire FB6 V0593 220
Vampire T11 15013 221 d/d 1952-3 To Rhodesia 13/12/72. In the UK. ALlen, Hemel Hempstead (Private, Cockpit Section)
Vampire T11 15025 222 d/d 1952/3 Derelict at SAAF Museum. (Wonderboom) Ex Denel TA
Vampire T11 15041 223 d/d 1952/3 To Rhodesia R4323? 13/12/72. Reportedly never flown
spares only. Believed to be one of the early 'top hatch' canopy type
Vampire T11 15043 224 d/d 1952/3 To Rhodesia R4324? 13/12/72.
Vampire T51 15065 225 d/d 1952/3 Collision 27/03/1968
Vampire T51 15077 226 d/d 1952/3 To Rhodesia R4325? 13/12/72.
Vampire FB52 V0567 227 Believed preserved SAAF Museum
Vampire FB52 V0574 228
Vampire FB52 V0581 229 d/d January 1952. To Rhodesia. Preserved SAAF Museum
Swartkop. Ex 15 AD, AFS Snake Valley. Restored to static display as SAAF 229 by the Friends of the SAAF Museum Pretoria
Vampire FB52 V0599 230 Scrapped
Vampire FB52 V0678 231 Preserved Stellenbosch University (Stellenbosch FC?)
Vampire FB52 V0600 232
Vampire FB52 V0605 233 Crashed 08/10/1954
Vampire FB52 V0679 234 To Rhodesia R1380. Preserved in Zimbabwe's Gweru
Military Museum - last flight late 1981 early 82.
Vampire FB52 V0615 235 Preserved AFB Langebaanweg, Cape Town. Gate guard
Vampire FB52 V0627 236 Crashed 23/09/1954
Vampire FB52 V0682 237 Force landed 16/03/1970
Vampire FB52 V0630 238
Vampire FB52 V0635 239 Crashed 18/06/1958
Vampire FB52 V0646 240
Vampire FB52 V0657 241 National Museum Bloemfontein. (Loan Stellenbosch FC)
Vampire FB52 V0636 242 Cape Town. Pole mounted. Ex-Military Academy Saldhana
Vampire FB52 V0641 243
Vampire FB52 V0647 244
Vampire FB52 V0659 245 To Rhodesia R1835. Flew up till May 1982. One of the last to be retired. Imported to Australia 1988. Fully restored in RhodAF colours to taxi condition. Based at The Old Aeroplane Company situated at Tyabb on the Mornington Peninsular about 45 minutes from Melbourne.
Vampire FB52 V0652 246 Crashed 24/11/1955
Vampire FB52 V0664 247
Vampire FB52 V0664 248 Preserved Museu do Ar in Portugal
Vampire FB52 V0668 249 To Rhodesia R1318. 18/01/1977 Engine failure near Gwelo, Air sub Lt N. Lamb force landed it in the bush. A/c scrapped.
Vampire FB52 V0673 250 To Rhodesia R1386 w/o 23/11/1977. Air Lt. Phil Haigh - hit by ground fire whilst on Op Dingo, Chimoio terrorist training camp, Mozambique. He force landed the a/c but unfortunately hit a deep trench resulting in the disintegration of the a/c and Phil losing his life.
Vampire FB52 V0674 251 To Rhodesia R1378 wfu 12/81. Imported to Australia 1988, currently in storage Old aeroplane Co. Tyabb.
Vampire FB52 V0683 252 To Rhodesia R1382. Date wfu unknown but probably 2nd half of 1981. It was still flying March 1981. Imported to Australia 1988. Currently (January 2012) at Moorabbin Aircraft Museum, Victoria finished as RAAF Red Devils display a/c A79-417.
Vampire FB52 V0689 253 Preserved NADS Devon. (Also reported as SAAF Museum, Swartkop, derelict store). Ex School For Technical Training Gate Guard
Vampire FB52 V0697 254 To Rhodesia R1388. Reported as never flown in Rhodesia, stored only, returned to RSA early 1980s. Cockpit section preserved SAAF Museum Swartkop.
Vampire FB52 V0699 255 To Rhodesia R1839. Reported as never flown in Rhodesia, stored only, returned to RSA early 1980s before being donated to Israeli a/f museum, Hatzerim but displaying Lebanese markings.
Vampire FB52 V0700 256 To Rhodesia R8140. Reported as never flown in Rhodesia, stored only, returned to RSA early 1980s.
Vampire T55-2 15431 257 7/54 to 5/56. Ex Test Flight & Development Centre (TFDC) from 1975 to early 1980s. Believe in storage SAAF Museum, Swartkop.
Vampire T55-2 15432 258 7/54 to 5/56. To Rhodesia 13/12/72
Vampire T55-2 15433 259 7/54 to 5/56. To Rhodesia 13/12/72
Vampire T55-2 15472 260 7/54 to 5/56. To Rhodesia 13/12/72
Vampire T55-2 15435 261 7/54 to 5/56. To Rhodesia 13/12/72
Vampire T55-2 15436 262 7/54 to 5/56. To Rhodesia 13/12/72
Vampire T55-2 15453 263 7/54 to 5/56. To Rhodesia 13/12/72
Vampire T55-2 15454 264 7/54 to 5/56. To Rhodesia 11/12/72
Vampire T55-2 15486 265 7/54 to 5/56. To Rhodesia R4221 17/12/70. Retired 1982. Imported to Australia 1988, restored to flying condition 2001 by Old Aeroplane Co. Tyabb, and is still airworthy. Finished in RRAF scheme, representing RRAF119 (R4032).
Vampire T55-1 15487 266 7/54 to 5/56. To Rhodesia R2424 14/7/71. Retired 1982, Imported to Australia 1988, currently in storage Tyabb.
Vampire T55-1 15488 267 7/54 to 5/56. To Rhodesia R4126? 17/12/70
Vampire T55-1 15489 268 7/54 to 5/56. To Rhodesia R4220 29/7/70. Retired in 1982. On display Gweru Military museum, Zimbabwe.
Vampire T55-1 15490 269 7/54 to 5/56. To Rhodesia R4217 29/7/70 SCR 24/3/80. ZU-VAM / ZU-MES / RR417 / RR2417. Final RhodAF sortie back to RSA in 1980. Transferred to Atlas Aircraft Corp. Apprentice Training School for many years. Relocated to Wonderboom airport near Pretoria and (January 2012) under restoration.
Vampire T55-1 15491 270 7/54 to 5/56. To Rhodesia R4219? 29/7/70
Vampire T55-1 15492 271 7/54 to 5/56. To Rhodesia R2418 14/7/71. SCR 14/8/79. Returned to RSA 1980, possibly by road from New Sarum. Derelict at SAAF Museum. (Cockpit Section).
Vampire T55-1 15493 272 7/54 to 5/56. To Rhodesia
Vampire T55-1 15494 273 7/54 to 5/56. w/o 3/8/1959
Vampire T55-1 15495 274 7/54 to 5/56. Hendrik Venter, Wonderboom, Pretoria (Rebuild). Ex Krugersdorp
Vampire T55-1 15496 275 7/54 to 5/56. To Rhodesia R4223?
Vampire T55-2 15497 276 7/54 to 5/56. SAAF Museum Swartkop
Vampire T55-2 15498 277 7/54 to 5/56. To Rhodesia R4152 13/12/72. Final RhodAF sortie back to RSA early 1979. To SAAF Museum Swartkop. Flying December 2011. Registered as ZU-DFH
SA Vampire Survivors:
Vampire FB5 205 Static Port Elizabeth
Vampire FB5 207 Stored Swartkop
Vampire FB5 208 Static Ysterplaat
Vampire FB52 227 Stored Swartkop
Vampire FB52 229 Static Swartkop
Vampire FB52 253 Stored Swartkop
Vampire FB52 254 Static (Under restoration) Swartkop
Vampire T55 257 Stored Swartkop
Vampire T55 276 Airworthy Swartkop
Vampire T55 277 (ZU-DFH) Airworthy Swartkop
Vampire FB52 235 Static AFB Langebaanweg
Vampire FB52 241 Static Stellenbosch Airfield (near Cape Town)
Vampire T55 274 Static Vampire Nursery (Krugersdorp)
The one on the pylon outside a shopping plaza in Braybrook, Victoria, Australia is still in pretty good nick. It seemed an odd place to put it. There was a bomber factory in Broadmeadows, somewhat farther to the northwest in the Melbourne metropolitan area, but I'm not aware why this Vamp was mounted where it is. Then again, I'm not a native Aussie, so there's a lot of local history of which I'm unaware. I came across it whilst riding my pushbike through that rather dreary industrial suburb and snapped some photos of it, as is my wont. Having been a WW II fighter plane fiend in my teens, I was compelled to Oogle for more info on this slightly later generation of aircraft. That's what led me to your site. It's nice to see a piece of flying history being treated with respect, not just neglect, three decades after it was put up for show.ReplyDelete