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#5264 Flyvåpnets Historiske Skvadron - De Havilland Vampire T55 (LN-DHZ)

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De Havilland Vampire T55 (LN-DHZ / WZ447) from the Flyvåpnets Historiske Skvadron in a RAF livery at the RIAT 2018, RAF Fairford (United Kingdom)

The de Havilland Vampire is a British jet fighter developed and manufactured by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. It had the distinction of being the second jet fighter to be operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF), after the Gloster Meteor, and the first to be powered by a single jet engine. De Havilland Vampire T55 was the export version of the DH 115 trainer in RAF service known at the T11. 216 built, six exported to Norway and in use from 1952 to 1955. De Havilland Vampire T55 (LN-DHZ) was license built in Switzerland by F+W in Emmen in the year of 1959 as serial No 990, and was also their last of 20 new Swiss build two-seaters. The aircraft was flown with the Swiss Air Force marked as Vampire U-1230 until 1990. Sold on auction in 1991 to Don Wood Source Classic Flight Bournemouth. The aircraft was purchased from Bournemouth UK in 2005 and is now operated by the Flyvåpnets Historiske Skvadron (Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron) and based at Rygge Air Base near Oslo in southern Norway.

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July,
usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.
The show typically attracts a total of 150.000 to 160.000 spectators over the weekend.
The 2018 Air Tattoo will reflect the 100th anniversary of the RAF with a commemoration
and celebration of a century of service to the United Kingdom and its allies.