DH 113 Vampire NF10 prototype G-5-2 take off
The prototype DH 113 Vampire NF10 G-5-2 takes off for the first time on 28 August 1949.
The night fighter DH Vampire variant was a two-seat, private venture of the DH100 Vampire built by the De Havilland Aircraft Company during the late 1940s. It was allocated the designation DH113 before ultimately leading into the DH115 Vampire Trainer.
The first prototype DH Vampire NF10 (G-5-2) was flown for the first time at Hatfield on 28th August 1949, with test pilot Geoffrey Pike at the controls.  Nine days later, it made its public debut at the SBAC Show at Farnborough, whilst just a month later Egypt became its first customer when it ordered 12 aircraft.  Sadly, the order was never fulfilled due to a UK Government enforce embargo, due to the increasing hostilities between Egypt and Israel.
Three other prototypes were built, the third of which was completed as the prototype Night Fighter, the DH112 Venom.  The DH113 was originally designed as a low-cost export aircraft utilising the wings and tail of the single-seat vampire day-fighter, which could accommodate a side-by-side configuration, albeit slight offset behind the pilot.
DH 113 Vampire NF10 WP237 RAF
WP237 is a production DH 113 Vampire NF10 in RAF service photographed in April 1951.
Those DH113 Vampire NF10 aircraft that were originally ordered by Egypt were taken into RAF service in the UK and this then led to the further procurement of additional RAF aircraft.  
The type was equipped with an AI Mk X radar and was also operated by the Indian and Italian Air Forces.
Total production was of 93 aircraft, comprising three prototypes, 76 aircraft for the RAF and 14 Vampire NF54 aircraft for the Italian Air Force. The Indian Air Force received 30 ex-RAF NF10 aircraft delivered between 1957 and 1958.
DH 113 Vampire NF10 prototype G-5-2 modified fins
The DH 113 Vampire NF10 prototype G-5-2 being tested with modified fins in November 1949.
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 later found not to be necessary and were not fitted to production aircraft.
DH 113 Vampire NF10 prototype G-5-2 air to air
Air to air photograph of the DH 113 Vampire NF10 prototype G-5-2 showing the extended tailplane adopted for 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.
DH113 Vampire NF54 ID606 of the Indian AF
DH113 Vampire NF54 ID606 of the Indian AF on display at Palam, New Delhi.



Powerplant 3,350 lbst DH Goblin 3                                      
Span 38ft 0in
Maximum Weight 13,100 lb
Capacity and Armament Two crew and four 20mm Hispano cannon
Maximum Speed 538 mph at sea level
Range 1,220 miles with drop tanks


Number built

Prototypes                                3                                
Production   90 (76 NF10 for RAF, 14 NF54 for Italy); 30 ex-RAF NF10 to India



DH 113 Vampire NF10 
Indian Air Force Museum, Palam, New Delhi, India                             
DH113 Vampire NF54 (MM6152)               
Italian Air Force Museum, Vigna di Valle, Italy.


More Information

12 Default Profile Image
BAE Systems
The information shown is based on that available at the time of the content creation. If you have any additions or corrections then please contact us via email - All images BAE Systems / Ron Smith copyright unless otherwise shown.