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Postwar 5 de Havilland Vampire, Venom and Sea Vixen

Postwar 5 de Havilland Vampire, Venom and Sea Vixen

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Postwar Military Aircraft: 5 de Havilland Vampire, Venom and Sea Vixen
Postwar Military Aircraft: 5 de Havilland Vampire, Venom and Sea Vixen

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POSTIIAR
MILITARYAIRCRAFT'
5
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BIRTLES
 
De
Havilland
VamPire,
Venom
and
Sea
Vixen
PHILIPBIRTLES
Design
of
the
Vampirebegan
in
1941,its
twin-boomlayout
chosen
to
minimise
the
length
of
the
iet
tailpipe,and
hencethepower
losses
fromthe
primitive
jet
engines
then
underdevelopment.The
type
entered
squadronservice
in
1946,
eventually
equip-
ping
severalFighter
Command
first-line
homedefencesquadrons.However,
withthe
introduction
of
the
FB5
the
role
of
the
Vampire
changed
from
an
interceptor
fighter
to
a
close-support
ground
attack
fighter-bomber,and
thisvariant
became
the
most
common
in
RAF service,
many
squadrons
beingstationed
in
Germany
with the
2ndTactical
Air
Force.
Produced
as
a
successor
to
the
Vampire,
the
Venomwas
a
completelynew
design
basedaround
the
superiorGhost
engine,
and
received
much
praise
for
its
excellent
rate
of
climbandgood
manoeuvrability
athigh altitudes.
Both
the
VamPire
and
the
Venom
saw
widesquadron
service,and
were
adapted
to
night-fighter,
trainerand
naval
versions'
Thiir
reliableall-round
performance
and
capabilities
attracted
numerous
overseas
buyers,andsomeaircraft
still
serve
with
overseas
air
forces.The
third
deHavilland
twin-boom
wasthe
Sea
Vixen:thiswasnot only
the
FleetAirArm's
first
swept-wingtwo-seatall-weather
fighter,but
alsoBritain's
first
navalaircraftdesigned
as an
integratedweapons
system,
and
thefirst
to
become
fully
operationalarmed
with
guidedweaPons'
PhilipBirtlessurveys
the
developmentof
these
twin-boomjetfighters,their
squadron
service,variantsand
overseas
operatorstoproduce
a
well-illustrated
reference
ofthree
of
the
most
significant
British
postwarmilitary
aircraft.Cover:
Sea
Vixen
FAW2s
of
No
899
Naval
Air
Squadron
in
SePtember
1967.
Peter
R.
March
f9.95
 
DE
HAVILLAND
\AMPIRE,VENOM
ANDSEAVIXEN
Above:The
Vonom
FB4
had
powered
Gontrolsand
a
revisedfin
and
rudder
shape.

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