D.H.113 Vampire NF.10 G-5-2
was a private venture development by D.H.s whereby the nose and
side-by-side seating of a Mosquito night fighter
were merged into the frame of a Vampire FB.Mk V, producing a two seat
night fighter. Since space was cramped, the radar oper-
ator/observer's seat was slightly behind that of the pilot.
The above shot shows the prototype which first flew on 28 August 1949.
Since it was
built purely on company funds it first carried the Class B UK civil
registration G-5-2. However, since this is clearly a
military machine I decided to include it in this section, rather than
in the European civil selection (which is mainly airliners anyway).
FB.10s were delivered to the RAF as an interim type pending the
delivery of NF Meteors. In addition, several D.H.113s were
exported, mainly to Italy, and India.
As an aside, and as a follow up to the two seat Vampires, a company
in Las Vegas (where I resided in the late 1980s) had a
to buy up surplus Vampires and convert them into executive jets (in the
mode of the MS.760, shall we say, although even
that sleek bird was outdated by that time). Anyway, the owner of
this bizarre enterprise lived close to me on the approach road to
Airport, a GA airport south of 'Vegas. On a hard pad
next to his driveway was a mock-up. This might be a good
display this (upper, below). This old codger (typical Western gruff old
sod) was gracious enough to invite me into his house where
had several table models of converted Vampires in similar vein. I'll
append an image of one of them at the bottom of this treatise
image). The entrepreneurial old bloke (don't you wonder,
sometimes, how folks like this, with many irons-in-the-fire, make
a living?) was also "into" the mag-lev train idea to provide rapid
transport from L.A. to Las Vegas. If you've ever travelled
15 on a
Friday evening you'd know what an excellent idea this is. I did
indicate to him that some difficulties might be encountered in
way of land acquisition, particularly as the thing wound its way from
San Bernardino to Disneyland, the proposed terminus. He
certain it could be done. Interestingly, the idea is not
completely dead and is still being talked about, but I doubt I'll live
long enough to ever ever ride this 300 mph pipe dream. And if it
is done, I am uncertain what "piece of the action" my enthusiastic
friend would enjoy!
Executive Jet Mock-up
of one of the Vampire Executive Jet variations.