November 27, 2007 Looking for a Christmas present for the aviation enthusiast who has everything? H&H Auctions has announced that it will offer eight jet-powered De Havilland Venoms and Vampires in a rare sale by tender.
A Vampire fighter, two Vampire trainers and five Venom fighter/bombers in operating condition are available for purchase individually or as a collection along with enough spare parts and auxiliary equipment to fill four 40-foot containers.
The Bournemouth based historic aircraft were acquired from the Swiss Air Force by aircraft and car enthusiast Don Wood and have performed extensively at airshows throughout Europe under the title "Source Classic Jet Flight".
The de Havilland DH.100 Vampire was commissioned by the Royal Air Force during the Second World War and although it did not see combat in that conflict, over 4000 were built and served with RAF squadrons until 1955. The Venom was developed post WWII to replace the Vampire and first entered service in 1952 as the FB 1. The planes replaced the piston-engined Spitfire and Hurricane.
“These iconic aeroplanes deserve to fly again and their sale represents a unique opportunity to individual pilots and collectors the world over” said Don Wood.