About Our Aircraft - WZ507
is privately funded by a small group of dedicated enthusiasts
and has displayed at air-shows all around the UK; we anticipate
another busy display season this year. Please look at our
section for more information about the displays we have attended,
or contact us if
you would like to enquire about booking WZ507 for either a
static or flying display. We are always willing to display
this aircraft for the public and have a selection of Display
Authorised pilots available.
If you flew or maintained this aircraft in the RAF, or have
any photographs or other information about its history, please
contact us - we
are always pleased to hear from people who have worked with
WZ507 in the past.
WZ507 Time Line
||Manufactured by the de Havilland Aircraft
Company at Christchurch, Dorset.
||Delivered to RAF in March.
||Posted to 229 Operation Conversion Unit
||Flown to Marshall’s at Cambridge
for modifications (fitting of new ‘bubble’
canopy and ejection seats)
||Posted to 8 Flight Training School (FTS),
||Posted to 5 FTS, Oakington
||Posted to 3 / 4 Civil Anti-Aircraft Co-operation
Unit (CAACU), Exeter
||Posted to Central Air Traffic Control School
||Retired from RAF service and put on static
display by the Solway
Aviation Society (SAS), based at Carlisle airport.
|| WZ507 became the first ex-RAF jet fighter
to be put onto the UK civilian register (as G-VTII), after
being restored to full flying condition by the SAS.
||Appeared in the BBC production ‘The
||Ownership transferred to the Vintage Aircraft
Team at Cranfield
||After a period of storage and restoration,
WZ507 was returned to flying condition by de Havilland
Aviation at Swansea.
||Vampire Preservation Group formed to operate
WZ507 and preserve it as an airworthy aircraft.
||WZ507 Undergoes major respray.
||New Engine fitted to WZ507.
Facts and Figures
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Meet the Team
Brian Grant (Chief Instructor)
is probably the most experienced fast-jet pilot in the world
with nearly 14,000 fast jet hours and over 9000 hours instructing!
We are extremely privileged to have someone of his considerable
experience looking after us.
Brian started his service career in the RAF, earning his
wings in 1960 on the Vampire T11. After a work up on Hunters
at Chivenor he was posted to the Javelin OCU, flying these
aircraft between 1961 and 1965.
In 1965 Brian transferred over to the Royal Navy to fly the
Sea Vixen. He was assigned to 890 Squadron on Ark Royal, then
766 Squadron at Yeovilton. In 1967 he went to Valley to become
a QFI on the Gnat, staying there for three years. In 1970
he officially left the services to join FRADU (Fleet Requirements
and Directions Unit) back at Yeovilton. Here he once again
flew the Vixen, Hunter and the Canberra on a variety of Naval
support tasks, before finally 'retiring' in 1994.
Since then he has periodically flown Hawks at Culdrose and
acts as senior pilot on the Hunter fleet at Exeter. Brian
has amassed almost 14,000 hours on fast jets of which 2,000
were on Sea Vixens and some 8,000 on the Hunter.
Matt Hampton (Chief Pilot)
flies the Boeing 757 and 767 for a large British Airline and
helped form the Vampire Preservation Group in 2005.
Matt started flying in 1992, gaining his PPL in Alderney.
Over the next seven years he spent his spare time gradually
obtaining more experience and ratings. In 2000 he joined Cityflyer
at Gatwick, as a First Officer on the ATR 42/72. After a year
he moved onto the RJ100 fleet, before returning to the ATR
as a Captain.
Matt first flew the Vampire in 2002 - he had always been
a fan of the aircraft and jumped at the opportunity to fly
in it! He will be displaying the Vampire at various airshows
flies the 767 and has approximately 9000 hours experience.
He first flew the Vampire in 2003 and will also be displaying
the aircraft during 2013.
Bev Steed (Ground Crew Chief)
joined the Royal Air Force in 1960 and was initially stationed
at Scampton, before being posted to Singapore for three years.
He became involved with WZ507 after seeing the aircraft at
North Weald - he joined the Group within a week and has flown
in WZ507 many times. Bev is now our Ground Crew Chief –
an essential part of our team and regularly helps us depart
from our North Weald base, as well as seeing us back in at
the end of each flight.