Unique opportunity to own a Vampire

A neighbour and great supporter of the Trust is looking for a new home for an old friend – a de Havilland Vampire T.11.

John Button, who owns land next to the Trust’s clifftop home, is selling the aircraft because he no longer has the space in which to store it.

The vintage aircraft, dismantled and ready for shipping, comes complete with the original ‘Goblin’ engine and is a unique collector’s piece.

John explained: “The Vampire was being rebuilt to flying condition by the de Havilland company in Wales when l bought it.

“My initial idea was not to fly it but for ground running the engine and for educational purposes. It wouldn’t take long to reassemble the wings and tail booms which are in very good condition. It’s been kept in dry storage at Rochester, just across the road from the airport.”

The Vampire, which entered service in 1946, was only the second jet fighter to be operated by the RAF and has a distinctive twin boom configuration.

John is a great friend to the Trust and regularly allows his land on the clifftop to be used as an overspill car park in support of larger events at the Memorial site. He is keen to see the Vampire sold as a complete aircraft, rather than as individual parts, and is looking for offers around £6,000. The image below is a library shot – not the aircraft in question.

For more information, contact John at john.button11@btinternet.com

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