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de Havilland Vampire Giclée Art Print

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High quality art print of a de Havilland Vampire, a British fighter jet of the early Cold War era. Only the second jet to be operated by the Royal Air Force (after the Gloster Meteor), the Vampire was in service from 1946 to 1966, with a total of 3,268 manufactured. A rapid aircraft for its time, the Vampire broke several speed records; its naval variant, the Sea Vampire, was the first jet aircraft to operate from an aircraft carrier.

Nineteen RAF squadrons would fly the de Havilland Vampire between 1948 and 1953, when it was relegated to training roles, unable to keep up with rapid advancements in jet aircraft design and technology. It saw combat in the Malayan Emergency, carrying out primarily ground attack roles.

A significant number of de Havilland Vampires survive to this day, mostly overseas. In the United Kingdom, there is one airworthy Vampire - Vampire WZ507 - with a further 28 on static display. This illustration depicts Vampire WZ590, which is currently on display at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

This illustration by Rob Wisdom is a high-quality Giclée art print on cotton-rich fine art paper.