We are looking for a new home for the only flying de Havilland Vampire in the UK due to the imminent Coventry airport closure https://vampireflight.co.uk/2021/04/12/new-home-wanted/#more-627 Finding a new home for a heritage jet in the UK is as “easy” as getting one airworthy. We are losing more airfields every year, mainly to housing / development, than we built in the last 50 years.
The reasons why it’s almost impossible are:
Poor runways state or runways are not long enough
Noise abatement / neighbour complaints concerns
Lack of hangarage
If you know friendly airport owners or managers who would like to invite the Vampire please let us know. You won’t be forgotten!
Also, please write to your MP and ask to protect the British airfields.
We have never thought that one day we might see our T52 in one of her past lives – in Singapore. We were lucky enough to get pictures of her straight after the conversion to the ground attack version done by Marshalls and a few pictures during her service in South Yemen. Singapore remained a mystery that we could only imagine… and then one day we saw these… So emotional!!
Things happen in self-isolation… we started getting ready for the Briefing Room Great Refurb.
For this, a few original vintage posters got printed to go on the walls and remind about the importance of… getting airborne soon!
One of the things we miss the most is getting together with all our extended family – engineers, photographers, volunteers, enthusiasts and fellow pilots. It is tough times, but we are hoping that we will see each other soon.
T52 and the Team visited the Young Aviators Day organised by YES Flyers at Sywell in September. Numerous groups of scouts with their leaders and parents were in attendance and formed orderly queues for the cockpit tours.
One of the groups kindly shared their photos of quizzes, stories and other fun stuff that one would do with a ground attack jet.
Although black JPs is not everybody’s cup if tea but she is definitely very visible and very recognisable now. The owner says she is so immaculate that he is very cautious getting in not to leave a spot on the new paint.
Subject to the CAA giving us an mpd exemption as they promised we are hoping to fly on Sun…a few times! Quite a few interesting people & jets are expected to turn up… join us.
We had to wait for the exemption for a month. After a few delays and the workshop involving the vintage jet industry representatives and organised by the CAA we are very close to getting airborne on Sun. We were able to demonstrate that the engine fuel elastomeric parts failure does not cause any significant impact on the normal flight.