.: Simon Godfree's 1/72nd Vampire by Heller

Originally to be called 'Spider-Crab' the Vampire first flew in 1943. Following the construction method of the 'Wooden Wonder', the De Havilland Mosquito, the centre fuselage of the Vampire was built out of plywood, though the tailbooms and wings were metal.

On 3 Dec 1945 a converted RAF Vampire made the first landing by a jet aircraft on an aircraft carrier (HMS Ocean). As a result, the Royal Navy ordered an navalised fighter based on the Vampire FB5. The poor acceleration of the turbojet made carrier take-offs difficult so it served mainly in training roles, giving FAA pilots jet experience. The first F20 flew in October 1948 and the last had been delivered by June 1949.

Several Vampires were modified as F21s which had reinforced undersides for "flexi-deck" landing trials on HMS Warrior. This involved removing the undercarriage and the aircraft landed by bouncing down onto the rubberised flight-deck. Although the trials were a success, the idea did not catch on and the Sea Vampire served in a purely training role as the T22 into the 1950's.

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