First-generation jet fighter
The de Havilland Vampire was the second first-generation jet fighter to become operational with the RAF after the Gloster Meteor. It was also the first aircraft in British service to be powered by a single jet engine. And although the Vampire began life as an interceptor, it was ultimately found to be more suited to the day fighter/ground attack role.
Between 1944 and 1961, a total of 4,365 Vampires were built for the RAF, Royal Navy and the export market and it was in service for 46 years in various parts of the world. In that time, the Vampire fulfilled a variety of roles which included: interception, ground attack, night fighter, advanced trainer and weapons trainer.