De Havilland Vampire: The Complete History - David WatkinsStroud: Sutton Publishing, 1998, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good. Upper wrapper slighty curled, a decent copy otherwise.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Diagrams; Tables; Cutaways; 2-column text; Appendix;
From the cover: “The de Havilland Vampire was the second of the RAF’s first-generation post-Second World War jet fighters to enter service. It began life as an interceptor but was soon re-tasked in the day fighter/ground-attack roles with the 2nd Tactical Air Force in Germany from 1948 to 1954, and with the RAF’s Middle and Far East Air Forces.
Throughout its 46-year career it collected many notable firsts: it was the first jet tighter to cross the Atlantic, the first jet to land on an aircraft carrier, and the first jet trainer on which student pilots actually qualified for their ‘wings’.
In addition to playing a full part in the RAF’s battle order during the 1940s and ‘50s, the Vampire also served with the Fleet Air Arm and quickly became an export success story for the British aircraft industry, with hundreds of aircraft sold to dozens of foreign air forces world-wide. For a short spell during the early 1950s the Vampire formed the backbone of the RAF’s night fighter force and, importantly, between 1952 and 1967 the Vampire trainer was responsible for a steady flow of trained pilots for the RAF, Royal Navy and for foreign air forces.
David Watkins’ comprehensive history covers the Vampire’s development and operational service. It has been written with the full cooperation of the manufacturer, the MoD, RAF and other world air forces, mixing narrative and technical detail with vivid personal accounts from pilots and ground crews. Comprehensive appendices include RAF and FAA Vampire squadrons, technical specifications, production details, serials and export details.”