The de Havilland Vampire was the second of the RAF's first-generation post-Second World War jet fighters to enter service. This twin-boom fighter began life as an interceptor but was soon re-tasked in the day fighter/ground-attack roles with the 2nd Tactical Air Force in Germany from 1948 to 1954, and with the RAF's Middle and Far East Air Forces. In addition to playing a full part in the RAF's battle order during the 1940s and '50s, the Vampire also served with the Fleet Air Arm and quickly became an export success story for the British aircraft industry with hundreds of aircraft sold to dozens of foreign air forces world-wide. For a short spell during the early 1950s the Vampire formed the backbone of the RAF's nightfighter force and, importantly, between 1952 and 1967, the Vampire trainer was responsible for a steady flow of trained pilots for the RAF, Royal Navy and foreign air forces. Throughout its 46-year career, the Vampire has collected many notable firsts: the first jet fighter to cross the Atlantic, the first jet to land on an aircraft carrier, and the first jet trainer on which student pilots actually qualified for their 'wings'. David Watkins' history is comprehensive and covers the Vampire's development and operational service. It has been written with the full cooperation of the manufacturer, the MoD, RAF and other world air forces, mixing narrative and technical detail with vivid personal accounts from pilots and ground crews. Comprehensive appendices include RAF and FAA Vampire squadrons, technical specifications, production details, serials and export details. De Havilland Vampire: The Complete History is illustrated throughout with a varied and interesting selectionof photographs and line drawings, many previously unpublished. By correcting many of the errors previously written about the Vampire, it will appeal to historians and everyone with an interest in the RAF and its early jet aircraft, not to mention those who actually served in the R
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Book Description Budding Books, Gloucestershire, 1996. Hardcover. 8vo. Light shelfwear; very good in very lightly shelfworn, very good dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 037691
Book Description Budding Books, Gloucestershire, England, 1998. Second Edition. Octavo; VG/VG; Blue spine with red and white text; DJ is clean, light age tone and wear, rubbing, light fraying on corners, minor bend on head edge; Boards strong, corners sharp; Text block clean, lightly age toned, pages durable, text and illustration clear and legible; pp 271. Full-priced Rockville. Bookseller Inventory # 14-430-1262241
Book Description Budding Books., Stroud, 1998. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Reprint. xii + 271 pages. Pictorial laminated Boards, FINE in a FINE d/w. 1.02kg. Illustrated with b/w photographs and line drawings, many previously unpublished. The full history of the second of the RAF's first-generation post-WWII jet fighters to entre service. Owing to the weight, extra shipping overseas will be required. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Pictorial laminated Boards. Bookseller Inventory # 19359
Book Description Budding., 1998. Book Condition: Very Good. Hard Cover. Book- VG+. Dj- VG, protective covered. 10.5x7.5. 271pp. Frontis, profuse b/w photos & illus. The de Havilland Vampire was the second of the R.A.F.'s first-generation post-Second World War jet fighters to enter service, and throughout its 46-year career, it collected many notable firsts. This is comprehensive history, covering the Vampire's development and operational service. Bookseller Inventory # 1775565
Book Description Budding Books, Stroud, 1998. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. N/A (illustrator). 1998. Budding Books, Stroud, 1998. Hard Cover. Book Condition : Very Good. A very clean tidy copy, like new, appears unread. Packed with superb photographs of the Vampire from its earlist beginnings. Bookseller Inventory #M001932. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. N/A. Hardback. Bookseller Inventory # 001932