The night fighter Vampire was a two-seat private venture of the DH100 Vampire and was allocated the designation 113 before ultimately leading to the DH115 Vampire Trainer.
The first prototype (G-5-2) was flown for the first time on 28th August 1949.
12 Vampire NF10 aircraft (originally ordered by Egypt) were taken into RAF service in the UK which the lead to the further procurement of another 66 units making a total of 78 aircraft. The aircraft was equipped with an AI Mk X radar and was also operated by the Indian (NF10) and Italian Air Forces (29 NF54), both services using ex-RAF aircraft.
The enlarged nose section resulted in concerns over both directional and longitudinal stability as well as overall control and because of this the prototype was test flown with enlarged triangular tail fins. These were found not to be necessary and were not fitted to production aircraft.
An increase in tailplane span was required however and this is a characteristic feature of Production two-seat Vampires. The extended tailplane was also used by the DH112 Venom and Sea Venom.
|Powerplant||3,350 lbst DH Goblin 3|
|Maximum Weight||13,100 lb|
|Maximum Speed||538 mph at 5,000 ft|
|Range||1,220 miles with drop tanks|