Norwegian Air Force Historic Flight

Federal Aircraft Factory DH115 Vampire T.55 LN-DHZ "Spirit Of The Norwegians"

Federal Aircraft Factory DH115 Vampire T.55 LN-DHZ “Spirit Of The Norwegians”

RAF Leuchars Airshow, Saturday 15th September 2012:

The Norwegian Air Force Historic Flight, or Flyvåpenets Historiske Skvadron, appeared at Leuchars 2012 as a 3-ship display. Recent appearances at Leuchars include a solo display by Vampire T.55 LN-DHZ in 2010, and a 2-ship display by LN-DHZ and Vampire FB.6 SE-DXS in 2011.

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star 3 s/n133599

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star 3 s/n133599

The Flight has recently acquired a Canadair CT-133 Silver Star 3 (s/n 133599), which joined the two Vampires at this year’s airshow. The Silver Star is a Canadian licence-built version of the American Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star.

The Royal Norwegian Air Force used the Lockheed-built T-33s as trainers between 1953 and 1968. They served with 718 Squadron at Sola Air Station.

DH115 Vampire T.55 LN-DHZ "Spirit Of The Norwegians"

Federal Aircraft Factory DH115 Vampire T.55 s/n LN-DHZ
“Spirit Of The Norwegians”
(in the colours of PX-M of 336 Squadron, Royal Norwegian Air Force)

The Flight’s two-seat Vampire T.55 was originally licence-built in Switzerland by the Federal Aircraft Factory, from the original British design by de Havilland.

FFA DH100 Vampire FB.6 s/n SE-DXS

FFA DH100 Vampire FB.6 s/n SE-DXS
(in the colours of PX-K of 336 Squadron, Royal Norwegian Air Force)

The Flight’s single-seat Vampire FB.6 was licence-built in Switzerland by Flug und Fahrzeugwerke Altenrhein AG, or FFA for short.

The Royal Norwegian Air Force used the de Havilland-built Vampires between 1948 and 1957. In total 62 Vampires served as fighters and fighter-bombers (336 and 337 Squadrons), and as trainers (718 Squadron).

The striking feature of the Flight’s display is just how small first-generation jets are. The Silver Star isn’t exactly a large aircraft, but the two Vampires look positively tiny beside it.

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