Introducing the Vampire Preservation Group (08/02/2006)
The Vampire Preservation Group operates WZ507, believed to
be the only airworthy De Havilland Vampire T11 currently left
in the world. If anybody can confirm or deny this, that would
WZ507 was built in 1952 by the De Havilland Aircraft Company
at Christchurch, Dorset. It was delivered to the RAF in March
1953 and served with 229 OCU Chivenor, 8 FTS Swinderby, 5
FTS Oakington, 3 CAACU Exeter and finally CATCS at Shawbury.
WZ507 retired from RAF service in 1969, but in 1980 became
the first ex-military jet to be put onto the UK civilian register.
WZ507 is privately funded by a small group of dedicated volunteers
and has displayed at airshows around the UK. We are currently
taking bookings for the 2006 display season and expect to
be attending several airshows during 2006 - more information
on dates and venues soon.
The Vampire Preservation Group is looking for sponsorship
for this unique, classic aircraft. If you may be able to help,
or would like more information, please contact
us via our website - details below.
We would also like to hear from anybody who has flown this
aircraft or knows anything more about its history. We are
in the process of forming a Supporter's Club; if you wish
to join this or find out more information, please contact
us via our website:
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