About

Vampire Flying Museum

Göran Svanberg

Civil trained pilot. Started flying seaplanes in 1969, Helicopter in 1986, Veteran Flight and Aerobatics in 1987, Aerobatic Formation flying in 1991. Göran has been or is recently current on the following types:C-172/185 amfibie, Lake LA4, Pa 28/32, SK50, SK16, SF260, P51 Mustang, J28B/C, HA-200 Twin jet, Mig 15, Helicopter H300,H500. Today Göran flies the J28C Vampire.

Andrew Gratton

Civil trained pilot. United Nations pilot. Started flying in 2003, Veteran Flight and Aerobatics in 2010, Competitive Aerobatics 2014. Business Jet Fliying in 2010. Andrew is a flying instructor, regularly flies business jets and owns an aviation consultancy firm. Andrew has been or is recently current on the following types:

C- 150/172/182/182RG,210, C208 /C208B, Cirrus SR22T-G3, X292, X324, Beech Kingair B200, B1300, Beech Baron 55/58/58P,

Citation I, Hawker HS125, Hawker 800B.

Andrew flies the J28C Vampire.

Bent Jacobsen

Civil trained pilot. Started flying in 1988, Started at SwedeAir in 1988 then on to Novair where since 1995 he has been Captain on the Airbus A330. He is also a flight instructor and examiner on Airbus. He has flown Aerobatics since 1999 and has held the title of Swedish Aerobatics Champion.

Bent has been or is recently current on the following types:

SAAB 340, MD80, Fokker100, B737, A330 and A321

Bent flies the J28C Vampire.

Pilots & Crew

 

De Havilland Vampire DH115 / J28C

 

 

General characteristics

 

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 30 ft 9 in (9.37 m)
  • Wingspan: 38 ft (11.58 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 10 in (2.69 m)
  • Wing area: 262 ft² (24.34 m²)
  • Empty weight: 7,283 lb (3,304 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 12,390 lb [54] (5,620 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × de Havilland Goblin 3 centrifugal turbojet, 3,350 lbf (14.90 kN)
  • Maximum speed: 548 mph (882 km/h)
  • Range: 1,220 mi (1,960 km)
  • Service ceiling: 42,800 ft (13,045 m)
  • Rate of climb: 4,800 ft/min[54] (24.4 m/s)
  • Guns: 4 × 20 mm (0.79 in) Hispano Mk.V cannon
  • Rockets: 8 × 3-inch "60 lb" rockets
  • Bombs: or 2 × 500 lb (225 kg) bombs or two drop-tanks

DH 115 Vampire (J 28C) flying in Sweden today

 

Many of the aircraft types that have formed part of the Swedish Air force still fly today, although this was not always the case with J 28 Vampire. When the Vampire was retired completely in 1968 all aircraft were scrapped except for a few that went on to museums. None were maintained in flying condition.

 

It wasn’t until 25 August 1990 that the Swedish Air Force received a Vampire from the Swiss Air force as a gift, that an airworthy Vampire could be found in Sweden again. After one year of restoration and maintenance it was registered as a civil aircraft in Sweden. Additionally five more DH-115 Vampires were acquired in 1992 from the Swiss Air force to be kept in flying condition in Sweden. These have all been painted in the Swedish J 28C Vampire colors. Two of these planes were acquired by Eskilstuna Flygmuseum and can be found together with one other only flying Vampires in Sweden today.

 

Eskilstuna Flygmuseum has a goal to preserve its Vampires in flying condition at least until

The Swedish Air force 100-year anniversary 2026.

 

J28 Vampire in the Swedish Air force

 

The Swedish Air Force purchased its first batch of 70 FB 1 Vampires in 1946 becoming the first foreign customer. The aircraft was designated J 28A and started arriving to F 13 Norrköping in June the same year. It provided such good service that it was selected as the backbone of the fighter force. A total of 310 of the more modern FB 50, designated J 28B, were purchased in 1949. The last was delivered in 1952, after which all piston-engined fighters were decommissioned. In addition, a total of 57 two-seater DH 115 Vampires called J 28C were used for training.

 

The Swedish Vampires were retired as fighters in 1956 and replaced with J 29 (SAAB Tunnan) and J 34 (Hawker Hunter). The last Vampire trainer was retired in 1968.

 

Records and Achievements

 

The Vampire was a versatile aircraft, setting many aviation firsts and records, being the first RAF fighter with a top speed exceeding 500 mph (800 km/h). On 3 December 1945, a Sea Vampire piloted by Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown became the first pure-jet aircraft to land on and take off from an aircraft carrier and on 23 March 1948, John Cunningham set a new world altitude record of 59,446 ft (18,119 m). On 14 July the same year Vampire also became the first jet aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

 

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DH 115 Vampire (J 28C) flygande i Sverige idag

 

Många av de flygplanstyper som ingått i Svenska flygvapnet finns fortfarande bevarade i flygande skick i olika organisationer. Tyvärr var detta inte alltid så med J 28 Vampire. När typen avskaffades helt 1968 så skrotades alla flygplan som inte gick till museer. Ingen bevarades dock i flygande skick.

 

Först den 25 augusti 1990 levererades en DH 115 Vampire MK 55 till Svesnka Flygvapnet som gåva av Schweitziska flygvapnet. Efter 1 års översyn civilregistrerades den 22 augusti 1991. 1992 förvärvades ytterligare fem DH-115 Vampire från Schweiziska flygvapnet för att bevaras i fllygande skick. Dessa har målats om i J 28C typens färger.

Två av dessa förvärvades av Eskilstuna Flygmuseum och är tillsammans med ytterligare en J 28C model de ända som flyger än idag.

Eskilstuna Flygmuseum har som mål att bevara dessa i flygande skick åtmnstonde fram till Flygvapnets 100-års jubileum 2026.

 

J28 Vampire i Svenska Flygvapnet

 

Flygvapnet tecknade redan 23 januari 1946 som första utländska kund en order om 70 de Havilland DH100 Vampire FB 1. Typen fick beteckning J 28A och började levereras till F 13 Norrköping i juni samma år. Erfarenheterna med flygplanet var så goda att det blev utvalt till att utgöra ryggraden i det svenska flygvapnet. Ytterliggare totalt 310 av den mer moderna FB 50 typen beställdes 1949 och fick beteckningen J 28B. Den sista blev levererad 1952 varefter alla propeller plan blev utfasade. Utöver dessa anskaffades även 57 tvåsittsiga DH 115 Vampires kallade J 28C som användes för skolning.

 

Redan 1956 var typen ersatt i första linjen med J 29 Tunnan och J 34 Hawker Hunter. DH 115 Vampire J 28C fortsattes dock att användas som skolflygplan ända fram till 1968.

 

Rekord och Prestationer

 

Vampire var i många stycken banbrytande. Det var det första flygplanet i RAF med en topphastighet på över 500 mph, det första jetflygplanet att starta och landa på ett hangarfartyg, och 1948 satte John Cunningham höjdrekord med 59,446 ft (18,119 m).

Den 14 juli samma år blev Vampire också det första jetflygplanet att korsa Atlanten.

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