De Havilland DH113 Vampire NF MK54 : The Italian Big nose Vampire

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Description: The De Havilland Vampire NF10 was a British night fighter jet-propelled aircraft. It was developed after WW2 from the Vampire FB5 as a Night Fighter variant of the standard aircraft. The new features of this variant were the installation of the AI MK.10 radar, two seats in the cockpit, and the installation of a new engine, the Goblin 3. The first prototype flew for the first time on August 28, 1949, at Farnborough. After a very short time, Egypt became interested in the aircraft and ordered a total of 12 units. Due to the bad relations between Israel and Egypt, the UK government established an embargo against Egypt, and the order was cancelled. Thanks to the cancellation of the order, the British Air Force was able to get and put into service the 12 units that were made for Egypt. They were renamed NF.Mk.10. The RAF liked the aircraft, and more units were ordered in the future, reaching a total of 76 units. The deliveries started back in 1951, but in 1954, the aircraft was already retired. A total of 93 units were made for different countries. Italy was the second operator after the UK, with 14 NF.Mk.54 (the export version) and 3 Ex-RAF Vampire NF.MK.10. All 14 Vampire NF.MK.54 were built under license, and they were delivered in 1952. They served since 1959, and they were replaced by the more modern Fiat F86 K (the Italian under-license variant of the F86K). One NF.MK.54 was conserved in the Italian museum of Vigna di Valle.

Why it should be in the game: Since Italy is lacking of a lot of post ww2 jets, this one alongside many others could be a very good option for the Italian TT.

Specifications

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Engine: De Havilland Goblin 35 B, 14911 N / 3,350 lbst
Length: 34.613 ft / 10.55 m
Height: 6.562 ft / 2.0 m
Wingspan: 38.025 ft / 11.59 m
Wing area: 262.642 sq.ft / 24.4 sq.m
Max take off weight: 13119.8 lb / 5950.0 kg
Weight empty: 7673.4 lb / 3480.0 kg
Max. weight carried: 5446.4 lb / 2470.0 kg
Max. speed: 454 kts / 840 km/h / 538 mph at sea level
Initial climb rate: 3346.46 ft/min / 17.0 m/s
Service ceiling: 32808 ft / 10000 m
Wing load: 50.02 lb/sq.ft / 244.0 kg/sq.m
Range: 324 nm / 600 km
Range with drop tanks: 1,220 miles
Endurance: 1 h
Crew: 2

Armaments

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4x 20 mm Hispano cannons

Sources

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http://all-aero.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2840:de-havilland-dh-113-vampire&catid=45
de Havilland DH113 Vampire NF10 – de Havilland Aircraft Museum
De Havilland Vampire T / Vampire NF / D.H.113 / D.H.115
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire - Wikipedia
de Havilland Vampire - Wikipedia

Pictures

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+1

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+1, along with the UK’s

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+1 italy must have it

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Cool

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