DH Goblin 1
4- 20 mm
30 ft. 9 in.
40 ft. 0 in.
de Havilland Vampire
The de Havilland Vampire was Great Britain’s first single engine jet aircraft. It became the first British jet ever to land on an aircraft carrier on December 3, 1945.
The early jet was built around its engine, the DH Goblin One. In an effort to obtain maximum power from the early jet engine, it was decided to keep the intake and exhaust as short as possible. The unique twin boom design of the aircraft enabled this.
During the early jet age, many jet powered aircraft were basically propeller driven aircraft, modified to accommodate jet engines. The de Havilland Company decided it was better to produce an all new design.
The de Havilland Vampire first flew on September 20, 1943, just a year and four months after its conception. The first aircraft to fly was piloted by Geoffrey de Havilland. Its deployment began in April of 1946, too late for World War II. It was deployed to RAF squadrons as their second jet powered aircraft.
De Havilland Vampire aircraft were initially utilized by RAF Fighter Command as interceptors, playing an import part in the primary air defense of the UK. They were replaced in that role in 1951. Thereafter they were assigned the role of troop support and ground attack. They were also used by the RAF’s Far East and Middle East Air Forces.
A total of over 430 de Havilland Vampire aircraft were built under license by SNCASE in France. In Italy, Macchi produced some 80 de Havilland Vampire aircraft under license. Switzerland eventually produced 178 of the aircraft. A total of 95 de Havilland Vampire were purchased by India in 1955.
Some de Havilland Vampire aircraft were specially modified for operating aboard aircraft carriers. These were known as Sea Vampires. They were the first operational naval jet aircraft in the world, and were deployed from 1947 through 1957. Their fuselages were reinforced to withstand arresting hook aircraft carrier landings. They were also used as trainer aircraft for the Fleet Air Arm’s first jet pilots.
Ten de Havilland Vampire aircraft were modified as night fighters for the RAF.
The de Havilland Vampire continued to be used by air forces around the world through 1981.
Over 3,260 of the aircraft were produced.
RC de Havilland Vampire
The RC de Havilland Vampire from Durafly features all foam construction. It has a 43 1/2 in. wingspan with a 35 in. length. Included with the PNF are retracts, servos, a motor, controller, and a 70 mm EDF unit. Weight is around 37 oz. all up.
The RC de Havilland Vampire from Modellbau-Bichler has a wingspan of 46 1/2 in. Overall fuselage length is 36 in. Best performance comes when you use a Plettenberg HP 290-20-8 motor turning an Aero-naut turbo fan 1000.
Aero-naut Modellbau has an RC de Havilland Vampire for sale. It has a 46.5 in. wingspan and a 36 in. length. To power it you will need a 90 mm EDF unit.
Jet Arrows has an RC de Havilland Vampire for sale. It is an all fiberglass design that can be fitted with optional retracts. Wingspan is 57 in., length is 47 1/2 in. and weight is about 6 3/4 lbs. You will need a 90 MM fan, JetCat P20SX, or Lambert Kolibri T25 turbojet engine to power it.