de Havilland DH.100
There is an information board in front of the nose wheel, the text reads:
DE HAVILLAND VAMPIRE FB9
SINGLE SEAT FIGHTER/BOMBER
This aircraft was originally operated by the South
African Air Force, its number being SAAF245. It was one of a batch of 30
FB52ís (the export version of an FB9) delivered to the SAAF from mid 1953
with tail numbers 227-256.
Allocated to 2 Squadron RhodAF it participated in the
bush war and was involved in a number of cross border incursions into
Mozambique and Zambia in support of Rhodesian ground forces in pursuit of
ZANLA and ZIPRA guerrillas. The colour scheme represents the aircraft as
it was during the late 1970ís to 1982.
This aircraft is in taxying/static museum condition after approximately a nine year restoration by volunteers. There are no current plans to return it to flying condition.
Built in England in 1953, it is powered by a single de Havilland Goblin Mk III engine producing approximately 3,200 pounds of thrust.
The fuselage is made of wood and covered in fabric.
Max Speed - 548 mph (882 kph)
Range - 1,220 miles (1,960 km)
Service Ceiling - 42,800 ft (13,045 m)
Rate of Climb - 4,880 ft/min (24.4 m/sec)
Armament - Four Hispano 20 mm guns
(150 rounds each) carried in the fuselage, with four 60 lb rockets or one 500 lb bomb under each wing.
Max Take off Weight - 12,390 lb (5,620 kg)
Number Built - 3,268 (15 versions)
First Royal Air Force fighter with top speed in excess of 500 mph (800 kmh).
First pure jet aircraft to land & take off from an aircraft carrier.
On 23rd March 1948 set a new world altitude record of 59,446 ft (18,119 m).
On 14th July 1948 it became the first jet aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
In January 2012 Brian Snyman sent
in the above photographs and the text
I've attached two pics of R1835 - one of when it had just been painted but without any stencilling (August 2009); the other post stencilling, fitting of droppies and dummy 60lb rockets (May 2011). They are supposed to be the squash-head type but unfortunately the heads are inaccurate - the only inaccuracy on the finished product.
I went to see the a/c in March 2011 and what memories it brought back sitting in the cockpit again after 30years - fantastic! It is in taxying condition and they have had it up to 70kts down the runway! They are just scared that if a tyre blew they would be likely to damage the a/c - the tyres are still original from Rhodesia with the TNL (Thornhill) yellow paint and slip marks still visible.
Please, any queries you may have, just ask and I'd
appreciate to hear of any updated info from your side.