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de Havilland Vampire FB.52
D.H Vampire FB.52 was the export version of the Mk 6, 101 built, 36 exported to Norway and in use from 1949 to 1957.

de Havilland Vampire FB.52, marked PX-K and registered LN-DHY was license built in Switzerland in the year of 1952 as serial No 705, the aircraft was flown with the Swiss Air Force marked as Vampire  J-1196 until 1990.  A French owner flew it for a couple of years until it was sold to Christer Andskär in Sweden and registered SE-DXS.

The aircraft was purchased from Sweden in May 2011 from Christer Andskär  and is now operated by the Flyvåpnets Historiske Skvadron and based at Rygge Air Base near Oslo in southern 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.

De Havilland Vampire FB.52 PX-K

De Havilland Vampire FB.52 PX-K in close formation with T.55 PX-M

Specifications (Vampire FB.52) 

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 30 ft 9 in (9.37 m)
  • Wingspan: 38 ft (11.58 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 10 in (2.69 m)
  • Wing area: 262 ft² (24.34 m²)
  • Empty weight: 7,283 lb (3,304 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 12,390 lb (5,620 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1×de Havilland Goblin 3 centrifugal turbojet, 3,350 lbf (14.90 kN)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 548 mph (882 km/h)
  • Range: 1,220 mi (1,960 km)
  • Service ceiling: 42,800 ft (13,045 m)
  • Rate of climb: 4,800 ft/min (24.4 m/s)

Armament

  • Guns: 4 × 20 mm (0.79 in) Hispano Mk.V cannons
  • Rockets: 8 × 3-inch "60 lb" rockets
  • Bombs: or 2 × 500 lb (225 kg) bombs or two drop-tanks


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