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This jet aircraft, a De Havilland Sea Vampire, was made in 1954 and used by the Fleet Air Arm. The version is a T.22, the navy version of the vampire T.11 two-seat trainer. It is not capable of taking off and landing from aircraft carriers. The aircraft was acquired by the Museum in 1972.

The two-seat jet aeroplane is powered by a Goblin engine. The serial number 'XA 109' is marked on the booms and wings. The bright orange areas are to aid identification for training purposes.

The De Havilland Vampire was Britain's second jet fighter. It first flew in 1943 but entered service after the end of World War II. The reason behind the twintail boom layout was because there was little knowledge of the effect of jet blast through the body of an aircraft. At that time the Vampire was the first jet to land on the deck of an aircraft carrier, and subsequently became the Royal Navy's first jet aircraft.

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