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Do you have any information on the DeHavilland Vampire Jet that was here in the 1960s?

Gail Calloway
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A preserved de Havilland Vampire T11 displayed at the Cotswold Air Show in Kemble, England.  Photographed by Adrian Pingstone in June 2010 and released to the public domain.

A preserved de Havilland Vampire T11 displayed at the Cotswold Air Show in Kemble, England.
Photographed by Adrian Pingstone in June 2010 and released to the public domain.

Q. Do you have any information on the DeHavilland Vampire Jet that was at the airport for a long time and just flew away?

A. The reader added later that the jet was in Wilmington around 1962-1964.

The Dehavilland Vampire Jet was British-made between 1943 and 1966. It was a two-seater and was the first jet to land on a moving aircraft carrier. At its peak usage, it stocked 19 Royal Air Force Squadrons around the world. Some 3,268 of them were produced for British Forces and export customers.

We could find no record of one of these jets being housed or worked on in Wilmington. If any readers have information, please share it in the Comments section below.

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