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Hi all,

 

are they visible differences on the DH. Vampire versions (shape, dimensions, cockpit, ejection seat, etc...) ?

I know of nose difference for Swiss Vampires but couldn't find visual reference for differences for each versions.

 

Thank you for your help.

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The Mark I was a rather agricultural looking plane with a 3 piece (?) canopy & square topped fins & rounded wingtips.  Thereafter, the canopy changed to a two piece affair.  Mks 2&3 retained rounded wingtips, thereafter square tips.  On the later marks, the only really visible differences may have been weapons carried (i.e., bombs/rockets/tanks).  This ignores "foreign" Vampires such as Swiss (which you mentioned) & the French.  Others may know more or other subtle differences but HTH in the meantime.

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3 hours ago, bedford said:

Hi all,

 

are they visible differences on the DH. Vampire versions (shape, dimensions, cockpit, ejection seat, etc...) ?

I know of nose difference for Swiss Vampires but couldn't find visual reference for differences for each versions.

 

Thank you for your help.

F 1  3 pc canopy tail unit with squared off fins. Round wingtips.

F3 tail unit with rounded fins. Round wingtips.

FB5 tail unit with rounded fins. squared off wingtips. some had extended port intake fairing

FB9 tail unit with rounded fins. squared off wingtips. extended port intake fairing.

FB6 export FB5 swiss with extended nose.

 

Selwyn

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6 minutes ago, Selwyn said:

F 1  3 pc canopy tail unit with squared off fins. Round wingtips.

F3 tail unit with rounded fins. Round wingtips.

FB5 tail unit with rounded fins. squared off wingtips. some had extended port intake fairing

FB9 tail unit with rounded fins. squared off wingtips. extended port intake fairing.

FB6 export FB5 swiss with extended nose.

 

Selwyn

Wot Selwyn said plus

F1 - tailplane mounted midway up the fin, later versions all had tailplane mounted at the bottom of the fin/top of the tailboom

FB5 & FB9 could be fitted with bombs, rockets or droptanks, earlier versions couldn't.

Then there's all the export variants, Sea Vampires, and 2 seat nightfighters and trainers......

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17 minutes ago, Selwyn said:

F 1  3 pc canopy tail unit with squared off fins. Round wingtips.

F3 tail unit with rounded fins. Round wingtips.

FB5 tail unit with rounded fins. squared off wingtips. some had extended port intake fairing

FB9 tail unit with rounded fins. squared off wingtips. extended port intake fairing.

FB6 export FB5 swiss with extended nose.

 

Selwyn

 

F.1 - 3 piece canopy later replaced by the standard 2 piece canopy, round wingtips, squared off fins without the acorns, tailplane set higher up the tailplane, short stroke undercarriage.

F.3 - Standard 2 piece canopy, round wingtips, rounded tail with acorns and lower set tailplane, short stroke undercarriage.

FB.5 - as F.3 but clipped, squared tipped wingtips, ability to carry rockets and rockets, long stroke undercarriage.

FB.9 - this was a tropicalised FB.5 and featured a cold air unit.  This version had an extended starboard intake fairing but this was also fitted to many, many Mk5's (check photos).

 

FB.6 - Swiss export version of the FB.5, originally fitted with the standard nose, later got the extended nose and ejection seats fitted.

 

Some Swedish F.1 were fitted with the clipped, squared wingtips later in service.

 

All versions could carry drop tanks.

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On 11/25/2021 at 7:02 PM, Selwyn said:

F 1  3 pc canopy tail unit with squared off fins. Round wingtips.

F3 tail unit with rounded fins. Round wingtips.

FB5 tail unit with rounded fins. squared off wingtips. some had extended port intake fairing

FB9 tail unit with rounded fins. squared off wingtips. extended port intake fairing.

FB6 export FB5 swiss with extended nose.

 

Selwyn

The extended intake fairing is on the starboard side.

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