Historic Vampires Join Royal Air Tattoo

The de Havilland Vampire FB.52 and de Havilland Vampire T.55. The D.H Vampire FB.52 was the export version of the Mk 6, 101 built, 36 exported to Norway and in use from 1949 to 1957. The e Havilland Vampire T.55 was the export version of the DH 115 trainer in RAF service known at the T.11. 216, six exported to Norway and in use from 1952 to 1955. ( Photo via Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron)

Few events can rival the intensity, drama and spectacle on offer at the world’s greatest air show. The Royal International Air Tattoo, one of the UK’s premier outdoor events, returns this summer on 13-15 July, and will be marking a very special occasion in 2018, the centenary of the Royal Air Force. As well as commemorating the past achievements, we’ll also be celebrating the present and helping to inspire the future of the RAF.

Plans for the international celebration of the RAF’s Centenary received a boost today as two civilian owned Vampire jet fighters join the flying display. The Cold War aircraft, from the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron, will be painted in special Royal Air Force livery for the 2018 season to mark the RAF’s Centenary. The 1950s jets were some of the earliest production fighters in existence – both of these examples having been license built in Switzerland.

The Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron, is a non-profit organization, dedicated to keeping flying vintage aircraft that served int he Royal Norwegian Air Force. The Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron is based at Rygge AB, 137 Air Wing, located South of Oslo and was founded in 2008. The organization operates the following aircraft: a de Havilland Vampire T.55, de Havilland Vampire FB.52, and a  Canadair CT-133 Silver Star. For more information about The Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron, click HERE.

The official international celebration of the RAF’s Centenary will be held at the Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire on 13-15 July and will feature aircraft and pilots from around the world – as well as an estimated audience of 180,000 spectators. For more information about the Royal International Air Tattoo, click HERE.

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