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Vampire A79-661 
East Sale 
Photo Kurt Finger

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RAAF operated RAF Vampires, Malta 1952-1954

ADF.Serial Const No. Aircraft
Type
Aircraft History
A78-1   F.1 Built by English Electric at Preston (Salmesbury).
Ex RAF TG431.
To RAAF 5/12/46.
Australia's first Vampire arrived at No 1 AD on 20/05/47, and was delivered to No 1 APU as A78-1.
This Vampire F.1 was fitted with a 3,100 lb thrust DH Goblin and, with a speed in excess of 540 mph, was the fastest aircraft in Australia at that time.
Believed retired to RSTT Wagga as training aid, then perished on fire dump

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A78-2   F.2 Built by English Electric at Preston (Salmesbury).
Ex RAF TX807.
One of only three built in the UK with a 4,500 lb thrust Rolls Royce Nene.
To RAAF 25.6.48 as A78-2.
Received at 1 AD on A27/08/48 and throughout 1949 was flown by pilots from ARDU, de Havilland, and No 78 Wing Laverton.
These trials resulted in modification of the mainplane and air intakes.
In 10/56 it had its engine removed at Williamtown by 2 OCU and the airframe was converted to Instructional Airframe No 2. to be used at Rathmines.
By 02/58 it had moved to RSTT Wagga.
On 25/09/61 it was approved for use as a fire fighting training aid.
Disposed of in 09/63.

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A78-3   FB.5 Built by English Electric at Preston (Salmesbury).
Ex RAF VV465.
Powered with a 3,100 lb thrust DH Goblin
To RAAF 12/3/49.
Received 09/05/49 as A78-3 and operated with ARDU, Williamtown and No 21 Sqn.
Struck Mustang A68-99 while taxying 03/50.
Used in the development of the Australian built FB.31.
On 12/12/52, it was converted to Instructional Aircraft No 1 at RSST Wagga.
On 25/09/61 it was approved for use as a fire fighting training aid.
Reported destroyed by 29/10/63

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A79-1 4001 F.30 This was the first jet aircraft built in Australia.
26/09/49 Received 1AD ex de  Havilland
29/09/49 Issued 78 Wing
12/10/49 returned to de Havilland. Status Card states "not to be issued until further instructions"
14/11/49 Returned to 78 Wing
21/03/50 Damaged starboard main plane and drop tank upon landing at Mallala
20/02/50 Damaged at Williamtown. Noted 'Doubtful if can be repaired at unit pending further consideration of repair methods"
24/02/50 Allocated to de Havilland for survey and delivered by road 13/05/50

13/07/50 Received 1AD ex de Havilland
23/05/50 Allocated to 78 Wing and issued on 27/05/50
23/02/51 Underwent engine change at 78 Wing, spent most of 1951 u/s awaiting spares. Serviceable again 6/12/51
4/04/52 Allocated to 2OTU
1/10/53 Received at de Havilland for repairs.
21/07/54 Allocated to 21 Squadron replacing A79-901
17/08/54 Received 2AD and issued to 21Sqn on 23/09/54
3/10/56 To de Havilland ex-East Sale
22/01/57 Allocated to 3AD and received 6/02/57

1/08/57 Allocated 1AD detachment B (Tocumwal) and received 5/09/57
10/11/59 Approval requested for disposal in situ of airframe and installed Nene Engine No.9 (Held under cover at Tocumwal)
8/08/60 Held 1AD Det B pending further advice
17/08/61 RSTT Wagga advised approved for conversion to Instructional Airframe No.16, Engine Instructional No.23
Held at RSTT Wagga until transferred to Base Squadron Williamtown 6/02/68
Displayed at Williamtown Base main gate.

Moved to and currently on display at Fighter World, Williamtown NSW.

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A79-2 4002 F.30 Served with 2OCU.
10/11/61, dismantled for scrap Tocumwal NSW.

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A79-5 4048 F.30
FB.31
Issued 18/03/52 to 2.AD ex de Havilland.
To 2OTU 31/03/52.
Issued to de Havilland for trial modifications 25/09/52. Returned to 2AD 24/08/53.
To 2OTU for target towing tests 21/10/53. Designated Mk.31TT on status card.
Damaged starboard mainplane on 08/04/56 when rear of drop tank dislodged, location given as Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Starboard mainplane replaced 09/06/56.
Issued to East Sale 27/11/56 replacing A79-115.
On 28/04/60 it was issued to 24SQN RAAF Edinburgh and allocated to on the job ground instruction. Instructional Airframe No.9. Nene Instructional Engine No.21.
On 08/10/61 approval for conversion to component pieces for instructional use by 24SQN.
On 15/03/68 the airframe was issued to Base SQN Edinburgh for fire drill training.
The Nene engine Inst. No.21 was to be removed and retained by 24SQN.
Written off 23/05/69.
A79-9 4070 FB.31 To 1 AD were all items of value to the RAAF were removed by 21/07/61 and the residue disposed as scrap.
Scrapped 11/61 Tocumwal NSW.
A79-14 4029 F.30 To RSTT Wagga Wagga as Instructional Airframe No.3.
Approval for disposal 23/05/69.
Cockpit
located at the Camden Museum of Aviation , rest of aircraft in storage
This is a privately owned collection and is not open to the public.

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A79-18 4020 F.30 Served with 2 OCU.
Sold 05/10/61.
Scrapped 11/61 Tocumwal NSW.
Cleared from Tocumwal 19/04/62.

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A79-24 4012 F.30 9/11/50 Belly landing at Canberra.  Pilot FLTLT Parker uninjured
Sold 05/10/61.
Scrapped 11/61 Tocumwal NSW.
Cleared from Tocumwal 19/04/62.

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A79-36 4056 F.30
FB.31
To WA ATC Claremont, Perth as Instructional Airframe No. 20.
Painted overall white wearing '20'.
Approved for disposal 31/01/70.
Purchased by the WA Museum of Aviation 1993, current status and location unknown.

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A79-60 4044 F.30
FB.31
Served with ARDU testing of Vampire at high Mach numbers.
Served with 25 SQN.
On 19/06/56 at RAAF Pearce the engine caught fire after explosive noise during taxi.
The aircraft was completely destroyed by fire.
On 28/08/56 approval was given for conversion to components.

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A79-76 4038 F.30
FB.31
Approved for disposal 05/10/61.
Dismantled for scrap 11/61 Tocumwal NSW
DHA participated in the ARL Vampire fatigue testing. The remains of the fuselages of A79-76, -472 and -942 were at Bankstown in the early sixties. The cross-tubes were removed for use by ARL in the testing of the wings as the tubes had shorter lives than the wings and had to be replaced several times to continue wing testing, and the fuselages were retained to yield occasional specimens for testing the deterioration of glued joints. The CAA (now CASA) had ARL test specimens from these fuselages as recently as the mid-eighties to support the registration-application of A79-649/VH-ICP.
A79-83 4014 F.30 Served with 78 Wing.
Crashed 13/05/51 at Karuah, 15 miles NE of Williamtown.
Civilian witness saw aircraft dive vertically into river-bank.
Pilot FLGOFF B C Wilson killed.
Construction No. 4014 is also reported as being A79-443 which is not a valid serial, The aircraft mentioned was reported as being dismantled for scrap 11/61 at Tocumwal NSW. I believe this is a mistaken identity and more likely to be A79-433 c/n 4074.
A79-89 4025 F.30 Served with ARDU testing of Vampire at high Mach numbers.
Marked as Instructional Vampire Airframe No.11
Currently on display Beck Collection, Mareeba Qld.

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A79-91 4057 F.30
FB.31
Approved for disposal 05/10/61.
Dismantled for scrap 1961 Tocumwal NSW

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A79-109 4013 F.30 To RSTT 11/09/59 as Instructional Airframe No.7.
Approved for disposal 23/05/69.
Displayed on a pole in Forbes, NSW.

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A79-111 4065 FB.31 Part of the Red Devils display team in 1958.
Was used in conjunction with CSIRO for cloud seeding experiments (see photo)
To WA 15 FLT ATC Belmont as Instructional Airframe No.23.
Approved for disposal 22/12/69.

Vampire A79-111

A79-115 4037 F.30
FB.31
Approved for disposal 05/10/61.
Dismantled for scrap 11/61 Tocumwal NSW
A79-119   T.55 Not a valid serial.
Reported at East Sale Vic 14/04/98 as VH-ZVZ. This would of been Judy Pay's ex-Zimbabwe R4221 This aircraft carries serial RRAF-119 (Royal Rhodesian Air Force) and this may of lead to an incorrect identity in some reports.
A79-151 4075 F.30 Served with 2 OCU.
Dismantled for scrap 11/61 Tocumwal NSW.
A79-153 4019 F.30 Served with 2 OCU.
Dismantled for scrap 11/61 Tocumwal NSW

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A79-160 4064 F.30 Served with 21 SQN.
Oon 31/07/63 advised aircraft required for display at Melbourne Royal Show.
On 04/08/63 it was converted for display purposes by removal of wings and tail booms and the fitting of smooth fuselage panels over the openings left.
Used by RAAF PR for recruiting displays.
The original plan was to use A79-333 but that a/c would have needed 300 man-hours more.
Currently on display at HARS Albion Park.

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A79-165 4030 F.30
FB.31
To 24 SQN at RAAF Edinburgh as Instructional Airframe No.10 with installed Nene Instructional No. 22.
Approved for disposal 23/05/69.
It was displayed at Fleetwings Service Station, Laverton Vic. as A/1/10.
Was on display Dubbo Military Museum wearing a very incorrect camouflage paint scheme.
Sold 2007.
Believed to be under restoration, more information required please.

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A79-170 4010 F.30 Forced landing caused by fuel shortage 24/04/54 at Pearce bombing range at Muchea, WA.
It was recommended the a/c be converted to components.

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A79-175 4059 FB.31 To RAAF Museum Point Cook 17/02/71for display as Instructional Airframe No.32.
Was displayed on a pole outside Point Cook Vic.
Swapped by RAAF Museum for some Mustang parts for A68-170 with Hawker de Havilland.
Sold to Harold Thomas 1993.
Sold to current owner Nicholas Cale 08/96.
Fuselage stored at Parkes, NSW.
Wing noted at rear of Bankstown Aviation Museum (along with those off A79-733)

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A79-178 4051 F.30
FB.31
Nose section was at RAAF Museum Point Cook.
I don't have an aircraft status card for this Vampire.
Ron Schneider has two unidentified fuselage pods one of which maybe A79-178

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A79-187 4040 F.30
FB.31
Served with 2 OTU.
Collided with A68-128, 29/04/53 Williamtown NSW. Aircraft lost during rapid descent over sea. Pilot FLTLT P Cooney (02219). Parts of missing Vampire found 05/05/53.
Approval given 04/05/53 for write off of aircraft.
A79-199 4043 F.30
FB.31
Sold 05/10/61.
Scrapped.
A79-202 4039 F.30
FB.31
Was displayed North Adelaide.
Was at Mildura Warbirds Museum 1974-mid 80s.
Currently on display at the South Australian Aviation Museum.

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A79-215 4054 F.30
FB.31
Was painted bright red when used as the 25 SQN CO's plane from 1957 to 1959.
On 15/09/61 approval given for use as fire training aid at RAAF Pearce.

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A79-217 4068 FB.31 Served with 2 OTU.
Crashed RAAF Williamtown 03/05/55. Pilot PLTOFF M K Lyons.
Approval given 13/07/55 for conversion to components.
A79-227 4006 F30 Received at 2.AD 24/07/50 ex Bankstown.
Served with 78 Wing.
On 28/08/50 failed to recover from a vertical dive during aerobatics over the Wallaroo Mountains north of Raymond Terrace, NSW. Status card entry for 05/10/50 reads " a/c found in condition of complete disintegration with small fragments of no value spread over a large area. Recommend write off."
Pilot GV Hollands killed.
A79-235 4045 F.30
FB.31
Served with 2 OCU.
To 1 AD were all items of value to the RAAF were removed by 31/07/61 and the residue disposed as scrap.
Scrapped 11/61 Tocumwal NSW.
A79-263 4021 F.30 Served with 2 OCU.
Scrapped 11/61 Tocumwal NSW.

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A79-275 4049 F.30
FB.31
Served with 2 OTU.
Forced landing RAAF Williamtown 13/10/56.
Approval given for conversion to components 10/12/52.
A79-282 4080 FB.31 Sold 05/10/61.
Scrapped 11/61 Tocumwal NSW.
A79-308 4066 FB.31 Served with 25 SQN.
On 05/06/52 advised would be required by ARL for fatigue testing.
On 31/01/64 it was issued to West Australian Air TC SQN. Airframe to be maintained in condition that will not prejudice ARL testing.
On 13/05/65 ARL advised aircraft no longer required.
Noted at Drill Hall, Freemantle WA 1967.
Approved for disposal 19/01/70.

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A79-309 4009 F.30 Served with 2 OCU.
Sold 05/10/61.
Scrapped 11/61 Tocumwal NSW.
Cleared from Tocumwal 19/04/62.

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A79-321 4028 F.30 May also of had serial A79-28.
Sold 05/10/61.
Scrapped 11/61 Tocumwal NSW.
Cleared from Tocumwal 19/04/62.

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A Vampire marked as A79-321 is now on display at the Central West Shopping Plaza in Ashley Street, Braybrook, Vic. (built on the site of the RAAF Tottenham Store). This is actually an ex-Rhodesia/Zimbabwe FB.52, serial R8128, (ex-South African Air Force serial 211) imported in 1988
A Vampire marked as A79-321 is now on display at the Central West Shopping Plaza in Ashley Street, Braybrook, Vic. (built on the site of the RAAF Tottenham Store). 
This is actually an ex-Zimbabwean FB.52, serial R8128, imported in 1988.

A79-333 4034 F.30
FB.31
Converted to Target Tug and given distinct black and yellow striped paint scheme.
To Wagga Wagga as Instructional Airframe No.33.
Was to be converted for display at the 1963 Royal Melbourne Show however for some reason it would have taken 300 man hours more than the same conversion done on A79-160 so that a/c was used instead.
Destroyed on Wagga fire ground

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A79-375 4011 F.30 To RSTT Wagga Wagga 19/03/58 as Instructional Airframe No.4 and installed Nene CAC73 became Instructional Engine No.4.
On 03/09/70 was approved for free transfer to the City of Wagga.
The Vampire marked as A79-375 that was displayed on pole at Wagga was actually A79-733.
These two Vampires have confused identities. At some stage the tail groups have been interchanged. The distinguishing visual clues are the wing tips. A79-375 is a F-30 and has rounded wingtips. A79-733 is a FB-31 and has clipped wingtips. This has been confirmed by the RAAF Museum's Dave Gardener in a letter to Fligthpath magazine. The confusion continued as on 30/04/74 SQNLDR Gordon RSTT Wagga advised that although aircraft A79-733 was listed as a Mk.31 Wagga have advised it is a Mk.30.(making it -375)
On 02/07/74 it was advised that this a/c is only Vampire suitable for preservation for National Museum.
On 29/01/75 it was advised that this item has been placed on Exhibit Account at Wagga and that RSTT/Airframe Flight is providing storage and preventative maintenance.
On 24/08/77 SQNLDR Flood from Wagga advised that this a/c and A79-659 will be issued by road on 27/08/77 to Point Cook.
Restored using tail and booms off A79-733 and painted as A79-876 in the distinctive Target Tug black and yellow paint scheme that A79-876 wore in 1955 before it was re-serialled A79-476.
Coincidently the Nene engine fitted at present Nene CAC72 is the actual one removed from A79-476.
Currently displayed at RAAF Museum, Point Cook

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A79-390 4053 F.30
FB.31
To RSTT Wagga Wagga 04/08/60 as Instructional Airframe No.13.
Approved for disposal 23/05/64.
On display in Tamworth since the 1960s it was restored to static display condition by Tamair engineering staff in 1993.
Was displayed on a pole in the Hands of Fame Park in Tamworth, NSW.
It was taken down 10/2011 and trucked to Tamworth Airport where it will undergo a further restoration by New England Institute of TAFE students.
Currently under restoration

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A79-408 4078 FB.31 Approval for disposal 05/10/61.
Scrapped 11/61 Tocumwal NSW.
A79-409 4055 F.30
FB.31
Originally given the scrambled serial A79-609 but when this clashed with a Vampire trainer serial it was changed to A79-409.
Part of the Red Devils display team in 1958.
Served with 2 OCU.
Scrapped 11/61 Tocumwal NSW.

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A79-417 VO683 FB.9 Not a real RAAF serial.
ex-Rhodesia/Zimbabwe Air Force Vampires Serial R1382 (ex-South African Air Force serial 252) imported by Judy Pay in 1988
To Moorabbin Air Museum. Underwent static restoration at Wangaratta painted as an RAAF aircraft with false serial A79-417.
Currently located at Maryborough, Vic.

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A79-422 4060 FB.31 Originally given the scrambled serial A79-622 but when this clashed with a Vampire trainer serial it was changed to A79-422.
31/07/52 issued to 2AD ex De Havilland
2/10/52 Received 2OTU
5/03/53 Starboard undercarriage collapsed taxying on dispersal, starboard oleo fractured.
4/09/53 Allocated to 22 Squadron.
27/02/56 To De Havilland for fitment of ejection seats and target towing equipment.
1/03/56 allocated to 21 Squadron (replacing A79-704)
24/04/56 Serial changed from A79-622 to A79-422
Held 21 Squadron to 21/03/60 then to 1AD

14/04/60 approved for disposal.
08/61 Initially approved for transfer to Point Cook for fire training but on 08/06/62 approval was given to give it to the Lord Mayors Children's Camp at Portsea.
Final disposal to Lord Mayors Camp 14/03/63.
It was later acquired by Moorabbin Air Museum and displayed at the museum.
In 1972/73 it was traded with the Australian Air League Squadron at Bankstown for Firefly WD827.
The Vampire was severely damaged when a drunk driver ran through a fence and smashed into it.
Our photos show it derelict at Oaks Airfield in 1984 and 1988.
The tail booms were missing and the wooden cockpit section had broken in two.
Some of the fuselage pod and fittings are at HARS

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A79-433 4074 FB.31 Originally given the scrambled serial A79-633 but when this clashed with a Vampire trainer serial it was changed to A79-433.
Received 27/11/53
2/09/55 Converted to target tug.
24/04/56 Serial changed from A79-633 to A79-433
Served with 2OTU to 5/11/58 then allocated to 1AD det B (Tocumwal, NSW)
Approval for disposal 10/11/59.
21/07/61 Items of value to RAAF to be removed and approval for 1AD to dispose of residue .
Sold 5/10/61
A79-440 4069 FB.31 No status card held for A79-440
Was
displayed on pole at RAAF Amberley in 1974,
Sold privately in Queensland 13/06/91.
Reported to have been purchased by Bexgold Pty Ltd for $5102.
Currently under restoration at Calvert Model Aeroplane Club, a few kilometers west of Rosewood, Qld

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A79-444 4073 FB.31 Originally given the scrambled serial A79-844 but when this clashed with a Vampire trainer serial it was changed to A79-444 on 24/04/56
5/09/56 Fitted with ejection seats and target towing equipment

1/11/56 Canopy shattered in flight at Dutson range (nr East Sale, Vic) Leading edge of tailplane damaged
4/12/56 To 2OTU

Served with 2OTU to 9/09/57 then allocated to 1AD det B (Tocumwal, NSW)
21/07/61 Items of value to RAAF to be removed and approval for 1AD to dispose of residue .
Sold 5/10/61
A79-450 4026 F.30 Originally given the scrambled serial A79-650 but when this clashed with a Vampire trainer serial it was changed to A79-450 on 24/04/56
30/05/51 Received 2AD ex De Havilland
6/06/51 issued 78 Wing ex 2AD
4/04/52 allocated 2OTU ex 78 Wing
10/12/52 At Williamtown was struck by Wirraway A20-309 due to brake failure. Repaired at 2AD
19/08/55 - 29/02/56 Modification  to target tug at De Havilland
1/03/56 Allocated to 3AD ex De Havilland
7/03/56 allocated to 23 Squadron replacing A79-202 however changed 26/03/56 to 2OTU
10/11/59 Approval requested for disposal

4/08/60 To RSTT Wagga Wagga as Instructional Airframe No. 12.

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A79-453 4016 F.30 Crashed 13/05/51 at Karuah 15 miles NE of Williamtown, NSW. Speed brakes activated at Mach 0.76 - they were ineffective. Witness saw aircraft dive vertically into river.
Approval for conversion to components 05/07/51.
A79-462 4036 F.30 Originally given the scrambled serial A79-862 but when this clashed with a Vampire trainer serial it was changed to A79-462
To 1 AD 27/07/61 all items of value to RAAF to be removed.
The remainder approved for disposal 05/10/61.

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A79-467 4076 FB.31 Originally given the scrambled serial A79-867 but when this clashed with a Vampire trainer serial it was changed to A79-467.
Free issue 01/08/61 to ARL for fatigue testing.

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A79-472 4032 F.30 Originally given the scrambled serial A79-872 but when this clashed with a Vampire trainer serial it was changed to A79-472.
To 1 AD 04/07/61 all items of value to RAAF to be removed.
The remainder approved for disposal 05/10/61.
DHA participated in the ARL Vampire fatigue testing. The remains of the fuselages of A79-76, -472 and -942 were at Bankstown in the early sixties. The cross-tubes were removed for use by ARL in the testing of the wings as the tubes had shorter lives than the wings and had to be replaced several times to continue wing testing, and the fuselages were retained to yield occasional specimens for testing the deterioration of glued joints. The CAA (now CASA) had ARL test specimens from these fuselages as recently as the mid-eighties to support the registration-application of A79-649/VH-ICP.

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A79-474 4050 F.30
FB.31
Originally given the scrambled serial A79-674 but when this clashed with a Vampire trainer serial it was changed to A79-474.
To RSTT Wagga Wagga 02/06/65 as Instructional Airframe No.21.
Obsolete fuselage and cockpit allocated to NSW ATC on 01/08/73, they had to arrange their own transport to a suitable flight.
Current status and location unknown

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A79-476 4018 F.30 Originally given the scrambled serial A79-876 but when this clashed with a Vampire trainer serial it was changed on 24/04/56 to A79-476.
It was converted for use as a Target Tug on 13/08/55 and given a distinct black and yellow striped paint scheme.
To RSTT Wagga Wagga 17/03/58 as Instructional Airframe No.5. and Instructional Engine No 5 (Nene CAC72)
Approved for disposal 12/05/71.
The original Nene engine is fitted to the RAAF museum's A97-375 that is displayed as this aircraft.
Displayed at Gold Coast War Museum at Mudgeeraba, Qld
Purchased by Queensland Air Museum 08/91.
Transported to Caloundra 05/07/92 and placed in storage.
Fuselage pod undergone restoration
Currently on display at Queensland Air Museum
Queensland Air Museum's history of A79-476

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The RAAF Museum at Point Cook has A79-375 displayed as Target Tug A79-476/876

A79-484 4004 F.30 On 18/04/1950 while Brian "Blackjack" Walker (HDH Test pilot) was testing Vampire A79-484 he landed after he's radio had failed. Unbeknown to him there was a Tiger Moth (VH-CGK/A17-53) on long finals with the instructor under the hood performing an instrument landing. The Tiger collected the Vampire as it landed with the propeller smashing through the Vampire cockpit canopy. All onboard survived with minor injuries. The Tiger was written off but the Vampire was repaired and delivered to the RAAF six months later.
Disposed of 05/10/61.
Scrapped 11/61 Tocumwal NSW.
Cleared from Tocumwal 19/04/65.

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A79-487 4007 F.30 Originally given the scrambled serial A79-687 but when this clashed with a Vampire trainer serial it was changed to A79-487.
Scrapped 11/61 Tocumwal NSW.
A79-514 4077 FB.31 Sold 05/10/61.
Scrapped 11/61 Tocumwal NSW.
A79-520 4063 FB.31 Approval for disposal given 11/05/60.
To be disposed in-situ at Pearce and not converted to scrap.
A79-529 4022 F.30 Was at Wagga Wagga NSW.
Displayed on a pole outside RSL at Corowa NSW.
Removed from pole and restoration initially carried out by CNAPG at Wagga Wagga.
Restoration completed in Corowa and aircraft re-mounted on pole at RSL.
Currently on display Corowa NSW

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A79-536 4052 F.30
FB.31
Served with 25 SQN.
Crashed RAAF Pearce 18/09/55. Pilot FLTOFF R J Williams (Citizen Air Force).
Approval given for conversion to components 28/11/56.

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A79-550 4046 F.30
FB.31
Approval for disposal 05/10/61.
Scrapped 11/61 Tocumwal NSW.

Vampire A79-550

A79-552 4062 FB.31 Served with 25 SQN.
Forced landing Caversham, WA on 17/07/54 due to engine faiure.
Approval for conversion to components 11/11/54.
A79-560 4003 F.30 Served with ARDU.
Crashed 26/04/51 1/2 mile south of Laverton. Stalled while turning on base leg. Aircraft completly destroyed and burnt. Pilot PLTOFF K A J Edwards killed.
Approval given 07/06/57 for conversion to components.
A79-564 4058 FB.31 May also of had serial  A79-58.
Crashed approx 8 miles south-east of Darwin NT 03/09/58. Pilot AIRCDT W M Kennedy killed.
Approval given 14/11/56 to convert aircraft to components.
A79-567 4033 F.30 May also of had serial A79-33.
Crashed at Werribee Racecourse Vic 11/03/53 when aircraft flicked and spun when pilot tried too tight turn to regain formation.
Pilot FLTLT E H Luder (033456) killed.
Approval given 07/05/53 to convert aircraft to components.
A79-586 4005 F.30 Served with 2 OTU.
Crashed on 19/09/52 5 miles north of Williamtown, 1 miles east of Ringwood Strip. Aircraft spinning from 16,000 feet from top of loop. Pilot SGT H Edwards killed.
Approval given 13/11/52 for conversion to components .

 Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-586

A79-593 4071 FB.31 1/12/52 Received 2AD ex-deHavilland
Issued to 2OTU 22/12/52
9/01/58 To 1AD Det.B (Tocumwal)
17/08/61 to RSTT Wagga Wagga as Instructional Airframe No.14
Approved for disposal 11/02/70.
Displayed on pole at Wingham NSW.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-593

A79-600 4121 T.33
T.35
Previously A79-836, modified to T.35 and serial change to A79-600 on the production line.
To de Havilland at Bankstown 01/12/67 for conversion to components.

Highlight for Album: DH Vampire A79-600

A79-601 4122 T.35 Crashed 15/08/57 into the Castlereagh State Forest, 5 nm south-southeast of RAAF Richmond, NSW. Flying Officer Gavin Collins suffered loss of control during post-contractor acceptance test flight. According to Flightpath Magazine, Vol.6 No.1 " A left hand spin was carried out without problem. A right hand spin was initiated from 30,000 feet when the aircraft rolled on to its back and an uncontrollable inverted spin developed. The rate of rotation increased and the dive steepened. The front windscreen misted over and after one more failed attempt at recovery the pilot made the decision to eject at 10,000 feet" He was the first RAAF pilot to eject from a Vampire. Pilot ejected at 5,000 ft and 100 kts with only minor injuries. RAAF Ejection number 12. Ejection seat was retained as a training aid..

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A79-602 4123 T.35 Put up for disposal, RAAF Laverton, Victoria, 17/6/70. Total time 2925 hours.
Was registered N11920 22/12/1970 to Westair International at Bloomfield, Colorado USA but was never exported.
To Pearce Dunn's Warbirds Aviation Museum, Mildura, Victoria, 1980-1983.
To Lincoln Nitschke 09/83.
Currently on display Greenock, SA.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-602

A79-603 4124 T.35 Served at RAAF Base Pearce WA with 1AFTS from 05/05/58.
Retired from flying service at what was now called 2 FTS on 30/06/69.
Became Training Airframe TA-38.
In 03/74 it was mounted on a pole outside the Officers Mess (not outside the base).
In 1984 a refurbishment was undertaken with the plywood cockpit structure encased in a fibreglass covering to provide protection from the weather.
In 2001 it was decided to refurbish the Vampire again for the upcoming RAAF 80th Anniversary celebrations. A scaffold was constructed and the fibreglass was being peeled away when the nose section broke away from the rear cockpit bulkhead. The whole aircraft had to be removed from the pole.
Parts of -603 will be used in the rebuild of -620.
The fuselage pod of -620 fitted with the flying surfaces of -603 was on display at RAAF Pearce 05/2012

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-603

A79-604 4125 T.35 Served with 1 AFTS.
Crashed 24/05/60 near RAAF Pearce WA. Loss of control in IFC.
Pilot CDT K. Williams ejected at 6,000 ft with only minor injuries. RAAF Ejection number 16.

Highlight for Album: DH Vampire A79-604

A79-605 4126 T.35 Served with 1 AFTS.
On 29/11/63 it was requested this aircraft should be considered for the conversion to components as it was damaged as a result of a recent accident. However no details of the accident are given,
On 29/01/64 approval was given to convert to components.
A79-606 4127 T.35

Previously Training Airframe TA-34.
Once located at the WA Aviation Museum. Located at Belmont WA. The booms of the earlier Belmont ATC resident A79-606 carrying marks TA-34 are visible on a property on Stirling Crescent, Hazelmere just next to a bridge on the Swan River, the pod is no longer visible and has been placed in a shed close by.
Believed to have recently gone to a new owner, more details would be welcome.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-606

A79-607 4128 T.35 Served with CFS.
Part of The Red Sales 1961-62,
Crashed 15/08/62. Crew; FLTLT P.A. Young O32516 (pilot), FLTLT M. Dunbar O33652 (crew).
15/08/62 was a black day for the RAAF when six pilots and four aircraft from the Red Sales aerobatic team were lost at RAAF East Sale, Vic. while training for Air Force Week celebrations. Reports indicated that the team were performing a low level barrel roll in diamond formation when they impacted the ground. Killed were FLTLT R.H. Jones (Leader), FLTLT P.A. Young & FLTLT M. Dunbar (left), FLTLT Hearnden (right) and FLTLT Burke & FLGOFF Goss (Tail).

Vampire A79-607

A79-608 4129 T.35 To 16 FLT NSW ATC for use as training aid, Instructional Airframe No. 48.
Purchased 07/86 by Helicopter Resources Tyabb, Vic.
Was under restoration whilst on display at Classic Fighter Jets Museum, SA.
Reported for sale 2000.
Current status and location unknown

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A79-609 4055 F.30
FB.31
Originally given the scrambled serial A79-609 but when this clashed with a Vampire trainer serial it was changed to A79-409.
For details look under that serial

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-409/ex-609

A79-609 4130 T.35 Performing his first night solo flight 21/04/60 CDT Taylor misread the altimeter during a touch and go. His aircraft struck trees and crashed.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-609

A79-610 4131 T.35 Crashed 13/12/57 6 nm south of RAAF Richmond NSW. The de Havilland pilot, Mr. E Shaw was unable to recover from spin during pre-delivery test flight and ejected at about 10,000 ft without injury. RAAF Ejection number 14.

Highlight for Album: DH Vampire A79-610

A79-611 4133 T.35 Into storage East Sale 15/04/64.
To Hawker de Havilland Bankstown 21/12/67 for conversion to components.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-611

A79-612 4134 T.35 At Wagga Wagga 1986.
Was displayed on gate at RAAF base.
Displayed up a pole in a park at Wagga Wagga NSW in 1998.
Was damaged on the port side, but repaired and placed back up the pole.
Currently displayed in park in Wagga Wagga, NSW

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-612

A79-613 4135 T.35 Approved for disposal 20/01/70.
Put up for disposal RAAF Laverton 17/6/70. Total time 2925 hours.
Exported to USA Westair International, Broomfield, CO, Aug. 1970-1971. - Registered as N11921. CofA 17/7/72 Arthur W. McDonnell, Mojave, CA, 1972. Ascher Ward, Van Nuys, CA, 1982-1983. Alan G. Preston, Dallas, TX, July 1983. Preston Air Museum, Dallas, TX, July 1983. J. Duncan/Microjet Airshows, Miami, FL, 1986. William G. Dilley/Spectra Sonics, Ogden, UT, Feb. 1987-1990.
Current status unknown.

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A79-614 4136 T.35 Served 1 AFTS.
Listed for disposal 23/01/70.
A79-615 4137 T.35 Into storage at Pearce 25/02/66.
To Hawker de Havilland Guildford 01/12/67 for conversion to components.
Residual airframe allocated to RAAF Pearce for utilization as fire training and rescue training.
A79-616 4138 T.35 Part of The Telstars Aerobatic Team 1966/67.
In 1993 was located at East Sale Vic undergoing restoration in Telstars scheme.
Rebuilt using wings and tail booms of A79-827
Currently on display RAAF Museum Point Cook.

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Vampire A79-616 c/n4138 also shows up on USA register as N11922 registered 6/02/1984 to James Moodey, San Miguel, California.

A79-617 4139 T.35 Delivered to the RAAF on 21 May 1958 and was put into service with the Central Flying School at East Sale in Victoria.
It was subsequently transferred to No. 1 Advance Flying Training School at Pearce in WA.
The aircraft served most of its RAAF time in the west until disposed of in January 1970.
The aircraft was exported to the USA where it was maintained in flying condition and operated privately as N11923 until it was acquired by David Lowy in 1998
Imported back to Australia and located at Temora Aviation Museum, NSW, flying as VH-VAM.
A79-617 made an appearance at the Fleet Air Arm's 60th anniversary airshow at NAS Nowra on 26/10/2008 wearing Navy titles, carrying the serial A79-842 and "NW" tailcodes
Currently airworthy Temora Aviation Museum.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-617

A79-618 4140 T.35 Approved for disposal 20/01/70.
 Put up for disposal RAAF Laverton 17/6/70. Total time 2605 hours.
Exported to USA. Westair International, Broomfield, CO, Aug. 1970-1972. - Registered as N11924. Robert A. Mitchum, Broomfield, CO, 1972. Crosby Enterprises Inc, Wauwatosa, WI, 1976. CofA 27/07/78. Vampire Mk.35W Inc., Miami, FL, Mar. 1984. Preston Air Museum Inc, Dallas, TX, Feb. 1985-1986. J. Duncan/Microjet Airshows, Miami, FL, Apr. 1986-1988. Sherman Aircraft Sales, West Palm Beach, FL, Feb. 1988. Red Steverson, Haskell, OK, May 1989. Ernest J. Saviano, Arlington, TX, Jan. 1990. Named "Shamu". Registered to Merle Maine, Ontario, Oregon. 24/05/96
Was advertised for sale 03/2014

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-618
A79-619 4141 T.35 Served with 1 AFTS.
Listed for disposal 23/01/70.
A79-620 4142 T.35 Previously Training Airframe TA-35. AIRTC Claremont WA in 1974. Was located in Belmont, Perth WA marked as A79-962 (not a real serial). Fuselage pod is currently at the RAAFA Museum Bull Creek undergoing restoration. The restored aircraft, also using some parts of -603, will go on display at the old historic gateway at RAAF Pearce along with a restored Macchi.
The fuselage pod of -620 fitted with the flying surfaces of -603 was on display at RAAF Pearce 05/2012
The remainder of -620 is now at the Amberley Heritage Centre awaiting restoration

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-620

A79-621 4143 T.35 To Hawker deHavilland Guildford 01/12/67 for conversion to components.
Conversion completed by 24/05/68.
Was derelict in a paddock on Nicholson Road, Canning Vale in the 70's.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-621

A79-622 4060 FB.31 Originally given the scrambled serial A79-622 but when this clashed with a Vampire trainer serial it was changed to A79-422.
For details look under that serial.
A79-622 4144 T.35 Received 10/07/58
22/07/58 Engine flamed out at 26,000 feet, relight unsuccessful and force landed at Richmond.
Served at CFS East Sale 1958 to 1968
To
1AFTS Pearce 09/68
Into storage 01/11/68 at RAAF Pearce.
Approved for disposal 10/02/70.

Vampire A79-622

A79-623 4145 T.35 To RSTT 18/07/68 as Instructional Airframe No. 29.
Was on display at RAAF Forrest Hill, Wagga Wagga NSW.
Reported fitted with booms and tail of A79-804
It is located at Heartbreak Ridge Skirmish range, Richmond Road, Marsden Park NSW.
Nose, tail boom and wings separated and sitting on ground in open.

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A79-624 4146 T.35 Served with 1 AFTS.
Approved for disposal 20/01/70. F Total time 2475 hours.
Exported to USA 14/01/71. Westair International, Broomfield, CO, Aug. 1970-1972. Registered as N11925 Mercer Aviation Inc, Kalamazoo, MI, 1972. Carried titles "Mystery Jet" on nose. CofA 10/06/75. Lawrence W. Borret, Las Vegas, NV, 1976. Converted to eight seater Jetcraft "Mystery Jet II" at Las Vegas. Noted derelict, Van Nuys, CA, 1978 Registered to Don Bateman 3/11/80 - Open storage, Las Vegas, 1990.
Current status unknown.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-624

A79-625 4147 T.35 Served with CFS.
Engine stalled after being damaged by foreign object (FOD).
Crashed 17/11/59 at East Sale, Vic. Crew; FLTLT H.O. Wilson (Pilot), PLTOFF J.J. Franks.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-625

A79-626 4148 T.35 Part of The Telstars Aerobatic Team 1966/67.
To Hawker de Havilland Bankstown for conversion to components 01/12/67.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-626

A79-627 4149 T.35 Served with ARDU.
On 07/09/70 became instructional airframe No.44. at RAAF Townsville, Qld.
Ended up being used for fire training.
Complete destruction occurring by 30/07/74.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-627

A79-628 4150 T.35 Served with CFS. Part of The Red Sales 1961-62, Crashed 15/08/62. Crew; FLTLT P. Hearnden O38936.
15/08/62 was a black day for the RAAF when six pilots and four aircraft from the Red Sales aerobatic team were lost at RAAF East Sale, Vic. while training for Air Force Week celebrations. Reports indicated that the team were performing a low level barrel roll in diamond formation when they impacted the ground. Killed were FLTLT R.H. Jones (Leader), FLTLT P.A. Young & FLTLT M. Dunbar (left), FLTLT Hearnden (right) and FLTLT Burke & FLGOFF Goss (Tail).
Vampire A79-628
A79-629 4151 T.35 Served with CFS.
Part of The Red Sales 1961-62, Crashed 15/08/1962. Crew; FLTLT R.H. Jones O22203.
15/08/62 was a black day for the RAAF when six pilots and four aircraft from the Red Sales aerobatic team were lost at RAAF East Sale, Vic. while training for Air Force Week celebrations. Reports indicated that the team were performing a low level barrel roll in diamond formation when they impacted the ground. Killed were FLTLT R.H. Jones (Leader), FLTLT P.A. Young & FLTLT M. Dunbar (left), FLTLT Hearnden (right) and FLTLT Burke & FLGOFF Goss (Tail).

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-629

A79-631 4153 T.35 Served with 1 AFTS.
Approved for disposal 20/01/70.
Put up for disposal, RAAF Laverton 17/6/70. Total time 2636 hours.
Exported to USA. Westair International, Broomfield, CO, Aug. 1970-1972. - Registered as N11926. Edwin Dye, Devine, TX, 1976. Wayne Dye Inc, Helotes, TX, 08/78-01/87. Charles R. Parnell/Mission Motors, Universal City, TX, 01/87-1990. C of A issued 10/06/1988. Combat Jets Flying Museum, Houston, TX, 1990-1992. - Flew in Zimbabwe AF scheme. EAA Aviation Foundation, Oshkosh, WI, 1992-1993. Registered 21/08/2003 to James Moodey, San Miguel, California.
Current status unknown.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-631

A79-632 4154 T.35 Held at East Sale 12/01/68.
Believed scrapped soon after.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-632

A79-633 4074 FB.31 Originally given the scrambled serial A79-633 but when this clashed with a Vampire trainer serial it was changed to A79-433.
For details look under that serial.
A79-633 4155 T.35 Served with 1AFTS.
Aircraft struck ground soon after take off 21/11/67 near RAAF Pearce, at Bullsbrook W.A. Crew; CDTAC E.W. Best.
A79-634 4156 T.35 To Hawker deHavilland Guildford 01/12/67.
Approval for disposal 13/07/68.
A79-635 4157 T.35 Served with 1 AFTS.
Approved for disposal 20/01/70.
Put up for disposal, RAAF Laverton, Victoria, 17/6/70. Total time 1964 hours.
Exported to USA. Westair International, Broomfield, CO, Aug. 1970-1972.
Registered as N11927. Dennis M. Sherman, West Palm Beach, FL, 1972.
Registered N35DS to Country Club Investment and Development Co. Inc. on 22/04/1977.
09/2015 to undergo a static restoration by Fairmont State University Flying Falcons (West Virginia, USA)

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-635

A79-636 4158 T.35 To RAAF Museum Point Cook, Vic 25/06/70.
Became Instructional Airframe No.41.
 Refurbished by 21 SQN. at RAAF Laverton.
 Registered VH-HLF from 25/02/88 and flew with RAAF Historic Flight. RAAF Museum, Point Cook Vic.
Currently grounded due to wings being out of fatigue life
Stored at RAAF Museum, Point Cook
.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-636
A79-637 4159 T.35 Part of The Telstars Aerobatic Team 1966/67.
Approved for disposal 20/01/70.
Was at Dubbo NSW.
Was owned by the HARS Chaplain, the late Fr Jeremy Flynn.
Under restoration to fly by HARS members and Bestrak Aviation, registered as VH-FJW (Father Jeremy's Wish) from 11/12/97.
Currently under restoration to airworthiness at HARS Albion Park.

Highlight for Album: Vampire-A79-637

A79-638 4160 T.35 Into long term storage at RAAF Pearce.
Approved for disposal 23/01/70.
Currently on display at Beverley Aeronautical Museum, WA.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-638

A79-639 4161 T.35 Came in contact with RAAF vehicle 209513 at Pearce in WA 15/10/59.
Approved for disposal 20/01/70.
Put up for disposal RAAF Laverton 17/6/70. Total time 2627 hours.
Exported to USA. Westair International, Broomfield, CO, 08/70-1976. Registered N11928. Owned by Bill Lamberton in 1996
Fuselage from A79-639 mated with the flying surfaces off A79-654. When airworthy it will have the identity of A79-654 N11932

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-639

A79-640 4162 T.35 To RSTT Wagga Wagga 18/07/68 as Instructional Airframe No. 28.
To 1 Central Ammunition Depot at Kingswood 19/12/79 as training aid.
Still held at 1 CAMD 12/88.
Sold to local scrap yard
Components acquired by HARS as spares source for restoration to fly of A79-637.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-640

A79-641 4163 T.35 Served with 2 FTS.
Crashed 22/04/69 8 nm northeast of RAAF Pearce WA. Overheat and fire warning light illuminated during night solo training sortie. Pilot ejected without injury. Crew; CDT I. Watson. RAAF Ejection number 35.
A79-642 4164 T.35 To RSTT Wagga Wagga as Instructional Airframe No.25.
Approved for disposal 16/02/77.
Was originally on the pole at HdH but before it deteriorated appreciably was replaced by another.
It was then transferred to the HdH apprentice school, and then to the company historic flying operations, but was then sold to Harold Thomas.
Was at Camden Aviation Museum till 08/00.
Acquired by Temora Aviation museum to assist with the operational maintenance of A79-617

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-642

A79-643 4165 T.35 Served with 1 AFTS.
Crashed 07/12/65 2 nm northeast of RAAF Pearce, WA In-flight fire warning. Pilot ejected at 500 ft and 130 kts with only minor injuries. Crew; FLGOFF A Perry. RAAF Ejection number 27.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-643

A Vampire marked A79-643 was on display mounted on a plinth at the de Havilland (now Boeing) factory at Bankstown NSW. This is a composite airframe based on XA167 Nicholas Cale solved the question of this Vampire's identity "On 4th December 1998 the aircraft, identified as A79-643 on one side and XA-873 on the other, was taken down and towed over to the other side of the Bankstown airport for refurbishment by a work-for-the-dole crew. This gave me the chance to examine it in detail. The fuselage no.1 bulkhead and nose cap are marked as XA167. One of the engine cowls is also identified with this T.22 serial. Other original ‘owners’ of parts are as follows: A79-838 (boom aft fairing); A79-649 (this is almost certainly the serial originally on the stbd boom); and A79-843 (jet pip cone fairing). I’m satisfied the aircraft should be identified as XA167."
When the Boeing factory closed down this Vampire was donated to Bankstown Air Museum

A79-644 4166 T.35 Approved for disposal 20/01/70.
 Put up for disposal RAAF Laverton 17/6/70. Total time 2514 hours.
Exported to USA. CofA 15/06/71. Westair International, Broomfield, CO, Aug. 1970-1976. Registered as N11929. Dayton Air Taxi, Dayton, OH, 1976-1987. Indiana Museum of Military History, Indianapolis, IN, 1987-1990
Current status and location unknown
.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-644
A79-645 4167 T.35 Approved for disposal 20/01/70.
Put up for disposal, RAAF Laverton, Victoria, 17/06/70. Total time 2716 hours.
Exported to USA. Westair International, Broomfield, CO, Aug. 1970-1972. Registered as N11930. Age Leasing Corp, 25/03/74. John O. Sheeran, Plum City, WI, 1976. CofA 28/06/78 Edward C. Steed, Bedford & Manchester, NH, Jan. 1983-1991. - Flown as RAF/WH930/ES930. Lake Air Inc, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2002. US registration cancelled 1/04/2003.
Now based at SDTF Tatui, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-645

A79-646 4168 T.35 11/12/61 to 2AD for dismantling in preparation for shipment to Malaysia 2/1/62 78Wing ( no record of how shipped, probably Hercules)
17/5/66 to 1AFTS Pearce.
Approved for disposal 14/01/70.
Put up for disposal RAAF Laverton 17/6/70. Total time 1024 hours.
Exported to USA. Westair International, Broomfield, CO, Aug. 1970-1976. - Registered as N11931. Robert R. Redding, Houston, TX, 1972. Redding International Inc, Houston, TX, 1984-1986. Rick E. sharpe, Manvel, TX, 1987-1988. FOAG Inc, Breckenridge, TX, June 1989-1992.
Restored by Rick Panozzo, flying as N4445D.

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A79-647 4169 T.35 Served with 1 AFTS.
To Hawker deHavilland Guildford 01/12/67 for conversion to components.
Sold to a private owner at Kenwick WA.
A79-648 4170 T.35 Flew with Telstars Display Team.
To Hawker deHavilland Bankstown 01/12/67 for conversion to components.
Cockpit
located at the Camden Museum of Aviation
This is a privately owned collection and is not open to the public

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-648
A79-649 4171 T.35 Approved for disposal 20/01/70.
Restored to airworthiness by Jacani Pty Ltd Bankstown.
First flight 19/09/86.
Registered VH-ICP 26/09/86 to 21/01/91
Exported to New Zealand 20/11/90 and flying as ZK-VAM
.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-649

A79-650 4026 F.30 Originally given the scrambled serial A79-650 but when this clashed with a Vampire trainer serial it was changed to A79-450.
For details look under that serial.
A79-650 4172 T.35 3/09/59 Received 2AD ex de Havilland
7/09/59 To 2(F)OCU ex 2AD
4/11/59 To CFS East Sale ex 2(F)OCU
Part of The Red Sales 1961-62,
Crashed 15/08/62. Crew; FLTLT M.T. Burke O34493 (pilot), FLTLT D.S. Gow O214491.
15/08/62 was a black day for the RAAF when six pilots and four aircraft from the Red Sales aerobatic team were lost at RAAF East Sale, Vic. while training for Air Force Week celebrations. Reports indicated that the team were performing a low level barrel roll in diamond formation when they impacted the ground. Killed were FLTLT R.H. Jones (Leader), FLTLT P.A. Young & FLTLT M. Dunbar (left), FLTLT Hearnden (right) and FLTLT Burke & FLGOFF Goss (Tail).

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-650

A79-651 4173 T.35 Received 09/59
28/10/59 to 34 (Special Transport) Squadron, Canberra
13/11/59 to 1 AFTS Pearce ex 34 (ST) Sqn.
3/06/69 to 2FTS

Approval for disposal 10/02/70.
Was preserved at Geraldton Chamber of Commerce.
Currently on display at Beverley Aeronautical Museum, WA.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-651

A79-652 4174 T.35 15/10/59 Received 2AD ex de Havilland
20/10/59 to 1 AFTS Pearce
To Hawker deHavilland Guildford 1/12/67.
Approval for disposal 13/07/68.
A79-653 4175 T.35 30/11/59 Received 2AD ex de Havilland
15/12/60  to 1 AFTS Pearce
According to aircraft status card aircraft "crashed, exploded and burned whilst on a training flight" 21/01/66.
MIDN A.H.Hammond killed. the date recorded as 20/01/1966 (It was a night flight)
From Phil Thompson "Briefly the story is that due to the known precession of the Vampire Attitude Indicator during the Takeoff Run, it was known to allow for that by - after liftoff at night - to fly with about a five degree to port attitude with nose slightly higher than usual for climb. This overrode the precession which - if followed - would cause the aircraft to fly as Hammond did - to the right and down. All Vampire students were shown this effect by flying towards the hills (with instructor) during the day. They all pointed to the same black spot in the hills to the east of the airfield (we all took off on RW 36)."
A79-654 4176 T.35 Received 25/11/59 Received 2AD ex de Havilland
27/11/59 to East Sale ex 2AD
Part of The Telstars Aerobatic Team 1966/67.
18/06/69 TO 1AD (Laverton)
Submission for disposal 11/12/69
Disposal approved 20/01/70
Sold RAAF Laverton 17/6/70.
Exported to USA. Westair International, Broomfield, CO, Aug. 1970-1971. Registered as N11932. Mercer Aviation, Kalamazoo, MI, 1972. Jimmie Moe, 22/07974. Don Bateman, Las Vegas, NV, 1974-1984. - Stored, Van Nuys, CA, 1979. Mark E. Foster, Aurora, CO, 1986. Bill Lamberton 02/87 Registered to Pacific Flying Service Inc. of Mercer Island, WA on 12/07/91. CofA 16/05/95.
Fuselage from A79-639 mated with the flying surfaces off A79-654. When airworthy it will have the identity of A79-654 N11932

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-654

A79-655 4177 T.35 25/11/59 Received 2AD ex de Havilland
27/11/59 to 1AFTS Pearce, WA ex 2AD
Served with 1AFTS 1959-1967
To Hawker de Havilland Guildford 01/12/67 for conversion to components.
A79-656 4178 T.35 23/12/59 Received 2AD ex de Havilland
6/01/60 to 2(F)OCU ex 2AD
26/06/60 to ARDU
3/05/68 to 1AFTS Pearce, WA ex ARDU
15/06/69 to 1AD
15/07/69 to ARDU
7/09/70
To Queensland SQN Air Training Corp as Instructional Airframe No. 43.
30/06/74 to 7 Stores Depot, Toowoomba Qld. Still held 7SD as of 12/85.
Currently in store at RAAF Amberley Heritage Centre,

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-656

A79-657 4179 T.35 23/12/59 Received 2AD ex de Havilland
6/01/60 to Base Squadron East Sale
Flew with Telstars Display Team,
1/03/68 to 1AFTS Pearce, WA
18/06/69 to 1AD

20/01/70 Approved for disposal.
17/06/70 Put up for disposal RAAF Laverton. Total time 1948 hours.
08/70 Purchased by Westair International, Broomfield, CO. and exported to USA.
1970-1972 Registered as N11933.
1974-1984 Bradley Air Museum, Windsor Locks, CT.
1984-1989 New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks, CT. |
1989 Louis Alex, Rockland, ME.
11/90 Re-registered as N6528Z
Currently on display again at the
New England Aviation Museum Windsor Locks, CT

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-657

A79-658 4180 T.35 18/01/60 Received 2AD ex de Havilland
9/03/60 to 76 (F) Squadron
27/02/61 transferred to 81 Wing
3/02/66
 to 1AFTS Pearce, WA
15/07/68 To RSTT Wagga Wagga as Instructional Airframe No.30.
Transferred to No.1 Central Ammunition Depot at Kingswood NSW 12/79 for use as training aid.
Status card shows
still held 1 CAMD 12/88.
Under restoration at Amberley c1991/92
To RAAF Museum Point Cook
Sold to Ron Schneider. Rupanyup, Vic.

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A79-659 4181 T.35

5/02/60 Received 2AD ex de Havilland
9/03/60 to 76 (F) Squadron
27/02/61 transferred to 81 Wing
29/05/62
 to 1AFTS Pearce, WA
18/07/68 to RSTT Wagga Wagga as Instructional No.27
17/01/74 Status card states: "Required for National Aviation Museum, to be prepared for presentation, storage and transfer to register of exhibits"
22/03/74 "Wagga advised this a/c to be retained at RSTT until its use as training aid has lapsed. On completion of use Wagga is to advise HQ to enable allotment to Register of Exhibits"
1/07/74 "availability of this aircraft dependant on  RSTT receiving GSE for support of Sabre aircraft. Unlikely to be before 12/74"
Still held RSTT 06/75 and 10/75
8/11/76 allocated to Point Cook as display aircraft
1/06/77 still held Base Squadron Wagga
27/08/77 to Point Cook by road (along with A79-733)

Was on displayed at RAAF Museum, Point Cook.
Sold to Jeff Trappett
Currently under restoration at Traralgon Airport, Vic.

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A79-660 4182 T.35 1/03/60 Received 2AD ex de Havilland
9/03/60 to 76 (F) Squadron
27/02/61 transferred to 81 Wing
3/02/66
 to 1AFTS Pearce, WA
Disposed 23/01/70
Was located at the TVW-7 Museum in Perth.
Became part of the collection of the now defunct West Australian Museum of Aviation located at Jandakot Airport
Reported as VH-HTS.
(A79-663 with wings of -660 located at Bill's Machinery in Gnangara Road, Wanneroo.)
There was a fuselage marked as A79-660 in a building in Holt .ACT.
Previously owned by Dave Perrott in Melbourne who adds "Fitted with ejection seats are out of A79 832 (has serial printed on sides of seats near head rests ) , the canopy that came with it is from A79 826 , looking at pics in Vampire listing it appears that this canopy is not the same one fitted when it was on display at Holt ACT."
Then owned by Dick Winterburn's Derelict Aircraft Museum at Launching Place (previously Heathcote), Vic . Sold 05/2016
Currently owned by Steven Demanuele (along with A79-840)

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A79-661 4183 T.35 4/03/60 Received 2AD ex de Havilland
2/05/60 
 to 1AFTS Pearce, WA
14/10/60 to Base Sqn Williamtown
20/02/61 to 76 (F) Squadron
27/02/61 transferred to 81 Wing
27/07/61 to East Sale
Flew with Red Sales Display Team 1961/62
3/07/68 to 1AFTS Pearce, WA
9/11/69 to 2 (F)OCU
Flew with Telstars Display Team.
23/11/70 To 2 Stores Depot as Instructional Airframe No.49.
Still held at 2SD 12/88.
Displayed on a pole outside the officers mess at Regents Park.
Was dismantled at Regents Park in Sept and Oct 1994 by de Havilland Australia Historical Group members.
Some restoration work was completed by DHAHG at various sites around Bankstown airport from 1995 – 2004.
While it was for some time allocated to the Bankstown museum, it was never actually located on the museum site.
Fuselage pod and wings noted at HARS Albion Park 08/2008
Exported to USA and currently on display at Pima Air and Space Museum

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A79-662 4184 T.35 1/03/60 Received 2AD ex de Havilland
2/05/60  to 1AFTS Pearce, WA
Served with 1AFTS 1960-1967
To Hawker de Havilland Guildford 01/12/67 for conversion to components.
Residual airframe allocated to RAAF Pearce for utilization as fire training and rescue training.
A79-663 4185 T.35 3/05/60 Received 2AD ex de Havilland
6/06/60 to ARDU
27/10/61 to 1AFTS Pearce, WA
6/07/62 to ARDU
12/01/65 to 1AFTS
7/01/69 to short term storage pending disposal
23/01/70 Disposed
Was VH-HRR and Later VH-HRT.
On display
at Bill's Machinery in Gnangara Road, Wanneroo WA. (Fitted with wings of A79-660)

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A79-664 4186 T.35 6/05/60 Received 2AD ex de Havilland
19/05/60 to East Sale
Flew with Red Sales Display Team 1961/62
8/07/68 to 1AFTS Pearce, WA
19/01/70 to WA ATC as
Instructional No.36.
31/07/73 Held in very poor condition by Fremantle Flight, ATC.
Still held by WA AIRTC 12/85
10/86 sold to Alan Neal Motors
Was on display at Big Gun Trucks, Midland, WA.
Was located at Hazelmere WA.
Painted white with blue stripes. Has 4 yellow "kill" marks on cockpit.
Purchased from Jason Cockayne by Tristan Masterson.
The restoration was too involved for Mr Masterson and he offered it for sale on eBay in 11/04.
Sold to aircraft engineer Dean Mackey of Bankstown, NSW.
On 20/08/2005 it was sold on eBay for US$2025.
Current location and status unknown.

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A79-665 4187 T.35 Was located at the TVW-7 Museum in Perth.
Became part of the collection of the now defunct West Australian Museum of Aviation located at Jandakot Airport.
It was restored by 25 Sqn at RAAF Pearce for the museum.
In 1994 it was advertised for sale at $20,000.
To Craig Turner.
Presently owned by HARS.
On display Aviex 2001 Bankstown.
Was on display at Australian Aviation Museum, Bankstown NSW.
Currently in ground running condition at HARS Albion Park

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A79-666 4188 T.35 Served with 1 AFTS Pearce WA.
To RSTT Wagga Wagga 18/07/68 as Instructional Airframe No. 24.
Still held RSTT 12/88.
Later transferred by road to 21 Sqn at RAAF Laverton as a source of spares in the airworthy restoration of A79-636.
Currently under restoration for static display at RAAF Townsville Museum

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A79-667 4189 T.35 25/10/62 2AD dismantled for shipment to 78 Wing Butterworth, aircraft is replacement for A79-803.
27/5/66 to 1AFTSServed with 1 AFTS.
Crashed into sea off Garden Island 13/02/68 (35 nm southwest of RAAF Pearce WA) after loss of control during compressibility flight.
Pilot ejected over water at 10,000 ft and 400 kts with only minor injuries. Crew; CDT Peter Jabornicky. RAAF Ejection number 31.

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A79-668 4190 T.35 Served with 1AFTS Pearce WA.
14/7/65 CDT(AC) Parsons, 55 Pilot Course, experiences engine failure shortly after becoming airborne off runway 18, RAAF Pearce. On converting speed to height he is able to make a workable high downwind position for a successful forced landing back onto runway 18. Combustion chamber liner failure and disintegration had caused the turbine to shed all but three blades.
To Hawker de Havilland, Guildford 01/12/67 for conversion to components.
Residual airframe allocated to RAAF Pearce for utilization as fire training and rescue training.

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A79-673 ? T.35 Reported at Bankstown 1974. This is not a valid serial. I think it is a mistaken identity of HAR's A79-637 also located at Bankstown.
A79-674 4050 F.30
FB.31
Originally given the scrambled serial A79-674 but when this came within with the Vampire trainer serial range it was changed to A79-474.
For details look under that serial.
A79-687 4007 F.30 Originally given the scrambled serial A79-687 but when this came within with the Vampire trainer serial range it was changed to A79-487.
For details look under that serial.
A79-704 4035 F.30
FB.31
Received 2 AD 08/10/51.
Allocated to 2 OTU 04/04/52.
Returned to 2 AD 03/54.
To 21 Sqn 07/01/55.
On 24/08/56 the port tyre blew on landing at Laverton. The undersides were buckled and the port drop tank damaged. Repaired and returned to 21 Sqn service 23/11/56.
In another incident at Laverton on 09/05/58 the power was unable to be reduced below 10,000 revs. due to suspected throttle linkage malfunction.
To 1AD 21/03/60 and held in general reserve.
On 14/04/60 Dept of Air requested disposal of airframe and installed Nene 89.
Allocated to ARL for fatigue testing 02/06/61

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A79-733 4079 FB.31 To RSTT Wagga Wagga 17/08/61 approval given for conversion to Instructional Airfame No.18 with installed Nene Instructional No. 72.
Held Wagga 1/04/64.
6/11/72 transferred from RSTT to Wagga storage.
The Vampire marked as A79-375 that was displayed on pole at Wagga was actually A79-733. These two Vampires have confused identities. At some stage the tail groups have been interchanged. The distinguishing visual clues are the wing tips. A79-375 is a F-30 and has rounded wingtips. A79-733 is a FB-31 and has clipped wingtips. This has been confirmed by the RAAF Museum's Dave Gardener in a letter to Fligthpath magazine. The confusion continued as on 30/04/74 SQNLDR Gordon RSTT Wagga advised that although aircraft A79-733 was listed as a Mk.31 Wagga have advised it is a Mk.30.(making it -375).
Was held by FAA Museum at Nowra when sold to current owner Nicholas Cale in 1996.
Fuselage stored at Parkes, NSW.
In 09/2000 its wings were noted at the rear of Bankstown Aviation Museum..

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The tail booms that caused all the confusion have been used in the restoration of the RAAF museum's A79-375.
A79-737 4023 F.30 Crashed 06/05/55 Cooma Racecourse, NSW. Pilot FLTOFF CM Anson.
To de Havilland for report on repair.
To 2AD and approval sought to convert to components 09/06/55.
Approval to be converted to components 11/08/55.

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A79-754 4042 F.30 Served with 75 SQN. Aircraft crashed near Bowral, NSW 13/02/52.
Aircraft status card states "crashed on account of loss of control probably caused by anoxia"
Pilot SGT T Moore (H35074) killed.
A79-762 4015 F.30 Disposed of 05/10/61.
Scrapped 11/61 Tocumwal NSW.
Cleared from Tocumwal 19/04/65.
A79-777 4027 F.30 Served with 2 OTU.
Crashed 24/03/53 on beach 3 miles north of the entrance to Tuggerah Lakes, between The Entrance and Norah Point.
On 21/05/53 approval given to convert to components.

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A79-796 4024 F.30 Served with 2 OCU.
Disposed of 05/10/61.|
Scrapped 11/61 Tocumwal NSW.
Cleared from Tocumwal 19/04/62.

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A79-801 4081 T.33
T.35A
Served with 2 OCU. |
Into storage at East Sale, Vic. 22/10/65.
Approval given for conversion to components 21/10/66.

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A79-802 4082 T.33
T.35A
On 27/02/68 approval was given for conversion to components and use of residue for training of fire and rescue personnel at Williamtown.

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A79-803 4083 T.33
T.35A
31/10/58 to 2AD for dismantling, anti corrosion treatment and packaging for shipment to 78 Wing Malaysia.
30/01/59 SS Burnside to Malaysia.
12/03/61 78 Wing Malaysia. 5/11/62
To HDH for modification.|
Into storage at East Sale, Vic. 02/09/63.
Approval given for conversion to components 21/10/66.
A79-804 4084 T.33
T.35A
Was on display on gate at RAAF Wagga Wagga.
Tail booms fitted to A79-623 at Wagga Wagga.
Later transferred by road to 21 Sqn at RAAF Laverton as a source of spares in the airworthy restoration of A79-636.
Reported to be at Bandiana Army Barracks, noted in Army Museum 02/2002.
Currently at RAAF Heritage Centre, Townsville.

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A79-805 4085 T.33
T.35A
Into storage at East Sale, Vic 08/07/64.
Approval given for conversion to components 21/10/66.

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A79-806 4086 T.33
T.35A
Into storage at East Sale, Vic 24/06/63.
Approval given for conversion to components 21/10/66.
A79-807 4087 T.33
T.35A
Served with 2 OCU.
To RAAF Richmond, NSW 14/12/70 as Instructional Airframe No.47.
On 13/09/73 permission was sought to sell wings and tail booms as scrap and the remaining fuselage to be stored under cover to enable training during inclement weather.
Approval advised 05/12/73.
Acquired by HARS.
Purchased by Darryl Gibbs.
On loan to CNAPG Wagga Wagga, NSW.

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A79-808 4088 T.33
T.35A
.To Hawker deHavilland Guildford 01/12/67 for conversion to components.
With 16 Flt AIRTC in the late 70's.
Acquired by deHavilland Aircraft UK.
Dismantled fuselage and wings stored at Swansea Aerodrome, UK. Noted on 02/10/99.
A79-809 4089 T.33 Served with 2 OTU.
On 15/02/56 made a wheels up landing on the mud flats near Alligator Creek (near Townsville) Qld. Pilot SQNLDR J McMorrison (036133).
Approval for write off 26/06/56.
A79-810 4090 T.33
T.35A
28/10/58 to 2AD for dismantling, anti corrosion treatment and packaging for shipment to 78 Wing Malaysia.
30/01/59 SS Burnside for Malaysia.
12/03/61 78 Wing Malaysia.
13/02/62 to 2AD for reassembly after transportation.
Approved for disposal 10/02/70.

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A79-811 4091 T.33
T.35A
Into storage at East Sale, Vic. 14/06/63.
Approval given for conversion to components 21/10/66.
A79-812 4092 T.33
T.35A
Into storage at East Sale, Vic. 24/06/63.
Approval given for conversion to components 21/10/66.
A79-813 4093 T.33
T.35A
On 06/10/67 approval was given for conversion to components and use of residue for training of fire and rescue personnel at Williamtown.

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A79-814 4094 T.33
T.35A
On 27/02/68 approval was given for conversion to components and use of residue for training of fire and rescue personnel at Williamtown.
Was at RAAF Williamtown 1974.
Some parts from the instrument panel and inspection hatch live on with an Ex AIRTC Cadet.

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A79-815 4095 T.33 28/09/53 allocated ex-de Havilland to 2 OTU.
21/04/55 Crashed 2 OTU and replacement aircraft requested.
12/05/55 Held u/s 2 OTU
7/07/55 Approval requested to convert airframe to components. Goblin engine 9083 allocated to de Havilland
19/07/55 Issued to OTS Rathmines ex 2 OTU
04/08/55 Approval given to convert airframe to components
1958? Remains on Rathmines Fire Dump
03/60 Some remains still on fire dump

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A79-816 4096 T.33
T.35A
To Point Cook, Vic for display use 25/06/70.
To 1 Stores Depot 07/03/71.
Status card entry 19/03/81 reads " Reported to be beautifying the entrance to Ashley St at 1 SD."
Held at 1 SD as Instructional Airframe No.42.
Transferred to RAAF Museum, Point Cook on 30/10/86.
Reported as being exported to Brighton VA. USA in 1989 however the tailfins, rudders, booms and elevator were offered for auction at Laverton 10/2010

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A79-817 4097 T.33
T.35A
Served with 76 Sqn.
Crashed near RAAF Williamtown NSW 19/05/61 Engine explosion. Pilot ejected at 1,500 ft over water without injury. Crew; PLTOFF K. Smith.
RAAF Ejection number 19.
A79-818 4098 T.33
T.35A
Into storage at East Sale, Vic. 24/06/63.
Approval given for conversion to components 21/10/66.

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A79-819 4099 T.33
T.35A
On 19/01/70 approval for conversion to Instructional Airframe No.33 at RADSTECHA.
Approval given 08/10/80 to covert to static display purposes outside RAAF Academy Cadets' Mess RAAF Point Cook. Some doubt as to if this was ever delivered.
Sold to Victorian Education Department in 1985.
Was on display at school camp-ground, Somers, Victoria.
Acquired by Moorabbin Air Museum 01/98.
The wooden parts were fairly rotten but the metal parts were good. Its best parts were used along with the best parts of A79-835 to build an aircraft to be displayed as "A79-819". (There was a memorial plaque at Somers and this will be displayed with the finished aircraft).
The left over parts of both aircraft including the fuselage pod of A79-819 were acquired by Ron Schneider.
Vampire marked "A79-819" is currently loaned to and on display at Benalla Aviation Museum, Vic.

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A79-820 4100 T.33
T.35A
Into storage at East Sale, Vic. 24/06/63.
Approval given for conversion to components 21/10/66.
A79-821 4101 T.33
T.35A
Served with 1 AFTS.
Approved for disposal 10/02/70.
Arrived at RAAFA Museum 28/05/70.
Currently on display RAAFA Museum, Bull Creek WA.

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A79-822 4102 T.33
T.35A
To Base SQN RAAF Williamtown for display as Instructional Airframe No.39.
Displayed on gate until transferred to and put on display at Fighter World, RAAF Williamtown NSW.
In 11/2010 it was noted as having severe deterioration of fuselage pod
Dismantled and transported to
RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre

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A79-823 4103 T.33
T.35A
To Hawker de Havilland Guildford 01/12/67 for conversion to components.

Vampire A79-823

A79-824 4104 T.33
T.35A
Held for display at 1 Stores Depot as Instructional Airframe No.37.
Was displayed on pole at RAAF Tottenham, Vic.
Restored to static display standard by MIL Aviation at Camden for owner Craig Turner.
Offered for sale 1996.
Reported as being exported to Brighton VA. USA.
Current status unknown.

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A79-825 4110 T.33
T.35A
Into storage at East Sale, Vic. 08/07/64.
Approval given for conversion to components 21/10/66.

Vampire A79-825

A79-826 4111 T.33
T.35A
To RSTT Wagga Wagga 18/07/68 as Instructional Airframe No. 31.
To No.1 Central Ammunition Depot at Kingswood 19/12/79 as training aid.
Still held at 1 CAMD 12/88.
Sold to local scrap yard
Components acquired by HARS as spares source for restoration to fly of A79-637.

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A79-827 4112 T.33
T.35A
Issued 25/02/70 to South Australia SQN Air Training Corps as Instructional Airframe No.40.
Held 03/81 at Barton Terrace, Adelaide.
Approved for static display RAAF East Sale 01/09/86.
Preserved at East Sale, Vic 1992.
Current status unknown.

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A79-828 4113 T.33
T.35A
On display Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra Qld.

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Queensland Air Museum's history of A79-828

A79-829 4114 T.33 Into storage at East Sale, Vic. 24/06/63.
Approval given for conversion to components 21/10/66.
Reported as VM-YLP?
A79-830 4115 T.33
T.35A
21/04/55 Issued 2AD ex-de Havilland
6/05/55 Forced landing vicinity of  Chakola, NSW due to fuel starvation. Pilot FLGOFF WM Massey.
Aircraft disassembled and recovered to 2AD from crash site.
28/03/56 Allocated Base Sqn. East Sale
Date? Accident at East Sale
Pilot: Sqn Ldr KC Andrews (021988)
13/08/57 to 2OCU
6/05/59 Converted to T-35A
15/11/60 to 76 Sqn.
27/02/61 transferred to 81 Wing
4/06/64 to de Havilland for fatigue repair
4/08/66 to de Havilland for bulkhead repair
18/07/67 to 2OCU
9/11/70
To RAAF Fairbairn for display as Instructional Airframe No.48.
Still held 01/02/77.
02/83 Noted in outside storage Fairbairn
Reported at Amberley Qld 1992?
Current location and status unknown

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A79-831 4116 T.33
T.35A
Into storage at 1 AD 04/66.
Approval given for conversion to components 21/10/66.

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A79-832 4117 T.33
T.35A
To Point Cook 18/12/70 as Instructional Airframe No.45 without an installed engine.
Allocated for fire training 1/02/81.
Cockpit only preserved at Salisbury SA.
Wings, tail and engine covers to Simms Metal in Footscray around 1987.

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A79-833 4118 T.33
T.35A
Into storage at 1 AD 19/04/66.
Approval given for conversion to components 21/10/66.

Vampire A79-833

A79-834 4119 T.33
T.35A
13/08/55 received 2AD ex de Havilland
19/08/55 received 1AD ex 2AD
30/09/55 received de Havilland ex 1AD
03/11/55 received 2AD for 22 Squadron
25/03/58 to de Havilland ex 22 Squadron (Converted to T.35A)
09/09/58 to 2AD ex de Havilland
03/11/58 to 2OCU ex 2AD
06/01/60 to 34 (Special Transport) Squadron
13/02/61 to de Havilland ex 34 Squadron
01/11/61 to 2AD for immediate reserve
08/10/62 to de Havilland Incorporate Vampire Mods 325 and return to 2AD
24/06/63 to East Sale ex 2AD Immediate reserve, category B storage
12/06/65 held East Sale
21/10/66 Approval given for conversion to components

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A79-835 4120 T.33
T.35A
To RSTT Wagga Wagga 16/11/60 as Instructional Airframe No.15.
Was on display at Moorabbin Air Museum.
A79-835's best parts, including the wooden fuselage assembly, were used along with the best parts of A79-819 to build an aircraft to be displayed as A79-819.
(There was a memorial plaque at Somers and this will be displayed with the finished aircraft).
The left over parts of both aircraft were acquired by Ron Schnieder.
Currently loaned to and on display at Benalla Aviation Museum, Vic. marked as A79-819

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A79-836 4121 T.33
T.35
Modified to T.35 and serial changed to A79-600 on the production line.
For details see A79-600.
A79-837
N6-837
4105 T.34
T34A
First Vampire acquired by RAN, delivered 18/06/54.
Delivered as A79-837. No evidence of N6-837 being applied to aircraft |
Coded 927, 956 or 960 between 1954-58.
Modified with later type canopy and ejection seats but retained original fin design
We show it in photograph at Nowra coded 869
Coded 805 between 1963-67.
Crashed 11/10/67 Laverton Vic.
Killed were
SBLT M. Lynch (Pilot) and FLGOFF S. Barkley (passenger)
Noel Fenton adds "Crashed at Laverton in October 1967. The cause of the crash was the failure of the engine main thrust bearing at a critical time during takeoff. The aircraft continued beyond the runway end into the over-run. Unfortunately, it hit the railway embankment which demolished the nose of the aircraft and caused damage to one of the two full drop tanks. Burning fuel sprayed over the two crew and they died from major burns. The non-pilot (a Pilot Officer just graduated from Melbourne University) was an Engineering Officer attached to ARDU and had been posted to Point Cook for his Pilots Course a day or so earlier." .

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ADF-Serials team member Grahame Higgs purchased a superseded ejection seat from the aircraft, which had been replaced just prior to the accident

A79-838
N6-838
4106 T.34
T34A
Delivered 18/07/54. Purchased for 45,000.
Delivered as A79-838. No evidence of N6-838 being applied to aircraft
Coded 957 between 1954-58.
Coded 871 and 874 between 1958-60
Modified with later type canopy and ejection seats but retained original fin design
Coded 806 between 1963-68.
Crashed 15/05/69, Nowra NSW. LCDR(P)Fred Goodfellow, RAN-the AEO(Air Engineering Officer) of 724 Sqdn crashed into bushland just to the west (off the runoff area) of Runway 26 at RANAS Nowra. He was attempting to land before an advancing thunderstorm from the west hit the airfield. The tricky wind conditions at the time most likely caused him to overshoot into the advancing roll cloud of the storm, where wind shear drove the climbing Vampire into the ground.The ejection seat fired partially on impact at a stalling airspeed, driving Fred into the front windscreen, causing severe paralysing injuries to him.
The aircraft was a total wreck. Sold for scrap for either $70 or $100 - we have two sources of info on this, to P McElvogue of Airport West, Vic on 25/01/72.

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A79-839
N6-839
4107 T.34 Delivered 11/08/54.
Delivered as A79-839. No evidence of N6-839 being applied to aircraft
Crashed 6/08/56 at Nowra.
The elevator had become jammed immediately after take off. The pilot's last call was that he had found the fault. In the Vampire Trainer the control for the elevator was via a chain. The dingy pack clip had dropped out and jammed the control. This effectively prevented him from bailing out. He speared in about a mile from the end of Runway 26. A dinghy knife was found in the wreckage with crush marks matching an elevator bell crank. The pilot LCDR P Dunlop was killed.
A79-840
N6-840
4108 T.34
T34A
Delivered 8/09/54. Purchased for 45,000.
Delivered as A79-840. No evidence of N6-840 being applied to aircraft
Coded 928 and 958 between 1954-58.
Coded 804 from 1963
Modified with later type canopy and ejection seats but retained original fin design

Withdrawn and reduced to spares 07/06/65. |
Remains sold 14/07/71 or 15/10/70 for $100 to Mr Parnell of Melton VIC, representing the Fogarty Flying Club. It was lacking ejection seats and instruments.
Was on display Ballarat Aviation Museum Vic 1992.
Owned by P Crowther of Ballarat. Noted at the rear of the Museum in 2002 without its tail.
Acquired by Evan Campbell at Nhill, Vic.
Then owned by Dick Winterburn's Derelict Aircraft Museum at Launching Place (previously Heathcote), Vic . Sold 05/2016
Currently owned by Steven Demanuele (along with A79-660)

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A79-841
N6-841
4109 T.34 Delivered 11/10/54.
Delivered as A79-841. No evidence of N6-841 being applied to aircraft. Codes used not known.
Crashed 09/10/56, into the sea off Greenwell Point near Nowra, NSW. The pilot, Commander D. Buchanan had been declared missing, presumed dead.
The wreckage was recovered when it became entangled in a fisherman's nets 04/74. The wing of the aircraft was landed and returned to RANAS Nowra
A79-842
N6-842
4132 T.34A The only Vampire built from new as a T34A.
Delivered 8/03/57
Delivered as A79-842. No evidence of N6-842 being applied to aircraft
Coded 802 and 805 between 1963-68.
Damaged 20/07/59, wheels up landing.
Made last official flight by a Vampire in RAN service. Flown on that occasion by CDRE Norman Lee with LCDR Bob Bell as co-pilot.
Sold to Oldian Pty Ltd (NSW) with Goblin Engine 9367 for $1500 on 25/01/72.
Reported as sold 23/03/72 to M Muelders of Adelaide. (Likely only some components used in restoration of A79-608)
Noted advertised for sale, Adelaide 04/02.
Current status unknown

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-842 / N6-842
The Temora Aviation Museum's Vampire A79-617 made an appearance at the Fleet Air Arm's 60th anniversary air show at NAS Nowra on 26/10/2008 wearing Navy titles, carrying the serial A79-842 and "NW" tailcodes
Vampire A79-617 marked as A79-842 with Navy titles at HMAS Albatross 60th Anniversary Air Show 
October 26, 2008

A79-844 4073 FB.31 Originally given the scrambled serial A79-844 but when this came within with the Vampire trainer serial range it was changed to A79-474.
For details look under that serial.
A79-862 4036 F.30 Originally given the scrambled serial A79-862 but when this came within with the Vampire trainer serial range it was changed to A79-462.
For details look under that serial.
A79-867 4076 FB.31 Originally given the scrambled serial A79-867 but when this came within with the Vampire trainer serial range it was changed to A79-467.
For details look under that serial.
A79-872 4032 F.30 Originally given the scrambled serial A79-872 but when this came within with the Vampire trainer serial range it was changed to A79-472.
For details look under that serial.
A79-876 4018 F.30 Originally given the scrambled serial A79-876 but when this came within with the Vampire trainer serial range it was changed to A79-476
For details look under that serial.
A79-901 4047 FB.31
FB.31
Part of the Red Devils display Team in 1958.
To 1 AD were all items of value to the RAAF were removed by 31/07/61 and the residue disposed as scrap.
A79-914 4017 FB.31 28/03/53 it stalled on approach to landing at RAAF Williamtown. The starboard mainplane striking runway.
01/06/53 approval to convert to components in-situ at Williamtown, NSW.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-914

A79-915 4067 FB.31 Transferred free of charge to ARL 12/04/61.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-915

A79-934 4072 FB.31 31/07/61 to 1 AD were all items of value to the RAAF were removed and the residue disposed as scrap.
Wings used for tests at ARL Fisherman's Bend

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-934

A79-942 4031 F.30
FB.31
Sold 05/10/61.
Scrapped 11/61 Tocumwal, NSW.
DHA participated in the ARL Vampire fatigue testing. The remains of the fuselages of A79-76, -472 and -942 were at Bankstown in the early sixties. The cross-tubes were removed for use by ARL in the testing of the wings as the tubes had shorter lives than the wings and had to be replaced several times to continue wing testing, and the fuselages were retained to yield occasional specimens for testing the deterioration of glued joints. The CAA (now CASA) had ARL test specimens from these fuselages as recently as the mid-eighties to support the registration-application of A79-649/VH-ICP.
A79-962 n/a n/a Not a valid serial.
It was reported as used on A79-620 during restoration at RAAF Pearce.

Vampire A79-620 (also marked as A79-962)

A79-973 4008 F.30 To Wagga Wagga 11/09/59 as Instructional Airframe No.8.
Approval given for fire training 07/02/67.

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-973

A79-985 4061 FB.31 Crashed near Pearce due to fire 15/09/56.
Approved for conversion to components 12/11/56.
It was parked for many years on the side of the Albany Highway just out of Armadale, WA, painted bright yellow and used as an advertising sign for local soft drink manufacturer 'Weaver and Lock'.
From Rob Hart; "I bought the remainder of this aircraft around 1993 from a small holder in the north of Perth. Lot consisted of both wings (port missing the wingtip), booms, front part of the fuselage and numerous miscellaneous small pieces. Was still painted bright yellow, with Weaver and Lock insignia. I stored it at the WA Museum of Aviation compound at Jandakot Airport before moving it to my own premises just south of the airport. After detailed inspection revealed an uneconomic repair even to static display, the airframe was scrapped in 1996. I have retained the the starboard wingtip as a coffee table."

Highlight for Album: Vampire A79-985

A79-996 4041 F.30
FB.31
Sold 05/10/61.
Scrapped 11/61 Tocumwal NSW.
N6-101 15131 T.22 We are not sure if XA101 ever wore this serial. It was referred to as N6-101 on Record of Sale. For details see XA101 below.
N6-167 15509 T.22 We are not sure if XA167 ever wore this serial. It was referred to as N6-167 on Record of Sale. For details see XA167 below.
N6-766 15641 T.22 We are not sure if XG766 ever wore this serial. It was referred to as N6-766 on Record of Sale. For details see XG766 below
N6-770 15645 T.22 We are not sure if XG770 ever wore this serial. It was referred to as N6-770 on Record of Sale. For details see XG770 below.
XA101 15131 T.22 British built. Transported to Australia aboard SS Canopic and delivered to Nowra 08/59. Purchased for 36,275.
Coded 873/NW between 1958-60. Coded 806/NW between 1963-68.
Sold 03/06/69 or 22/09/69 for $219.
We are not sure if N6-101 was allocated or worn. Records on sale indicate that Ex RN Vampires were sold as N6-xxx.
To de Havilland Bankstown and later to Camden Aviation Museum.
The complete aircraft is held but currently only the fuselage is on display
Currently located at the Camden Museum of Aviation
This is a privately owned collection and is not open to the public.

Highlight for Album: Sea Vampire XA101

XA167 15509 T.22 British built. Transported to Australia aboard SS Canopic and delivered to Nowra 08/59. Purchased for 45,000.
Coded 872/NW between 1959-60. Coded 807/NW between 1963-68.
We are not sure if N6-167 was allocated or worn.
Withdrawn 10/09/68.
Sold to Oldian Pty Ltd (NSW) with Goblin Engine 9461 for $1250 on 07/09/70.
Reported as sold to SA Aviation Museum, Port Adelaide, 23/03/72. however unable to confirm this.
A Vampire marked A79-643 was on display mounted on a plinth at the de Havilland (now Boeing) factory at Bankstown NSW. It was a composite airframe based on XA167. Nicholas Cale solved the question of this Vampire's identity "On 4th December 1998 the aircraft, identified as A79-643 on one side and XA-873 on the other, was taken down and towed over to the other side of the Bankstown airport for refurbishment by a work-for-the-dole crew. This gave me the chance to examine it in detail. The fuselage no.1 bulkhead and nose cap are marked as XA167. One of the engine cowls is also identified with this T.22 serial. Other original ‘owners’ of parts are as follows: A79-838 (boom aft fairing); A79-649 (this is almost certainly the serial originally on the stbd boom); and A79-843 (jet pip cone fairing). I’m satisfied the aircraft should be identified as XA167."
When the Boeing factory was sold the Vampire was taken down and donated to the Bankstown Aviation Museum.

Highlight for Album: Sea Vampire XA167

XG766 15641 T.22 British built. Transported to Australia aboard SS Canopic and delivered to Nowra 08/59. Purchased for 45,000.
Coded 874/NW between 1959-60.
Coded 808/NW between 1963-70.
Sold to Chewing Gum Field Qld with Goblin engine 16749 for $750 on 23/03/72.
Sold to Kim Rolph-smith and moved to Archerfield.
12/04/94 moved by road to Tamworth NSW.
Was under restoration by Paul and Vivien Bredereck at Tamair as VH-RAN (ntu).
09/99 Sold to Martin Cobband exported to UK. Was at D.H. Aviation Swansea, Wales and registered as G-SPDR. / G-VYPO
10/05 offered for sale on eBay.
Currently owned by Hendrick Venter, Wonderboom, Pretoria, South Africa

Highlight for Album: Sea Vampire XG766/N6-766

XG770 15645 T.22 British Built.
Delivered to RAN 08/57.
Coded 802/NW, 809/NW, 871/NW and 981/NW.
We are not sure if N6-770 was allocated or worn. Records on sale indicate that Ex RN Vampires were sold as N6-xxx.
Sold to Mr Coggeshell of Benella Vic, who gifted the aircraft to the Australian War Memorial.
The aircraft was due to be transported to Canberra on 28/11/72 but never left Nowra.
It has since been given to Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra
Currently on
display marked as "XG766".

Highlight for Album: Sea Vampire XG770 
(currently marked as XG766)

XG773 15648 T.22 On loan in 1955/56 from Royal Navy.
Not delivered to Australia but used by 808 SQN RAN during work up period in UK.

This page written, managed and updated by Martin Edwards

Heading Photograph; Vampire A79-661 at East Sale by Kurt Finger

ReferencesRAAF EE/88 Aircraft status cards, Australian Aviation Magazine, Warbird Directory by Paul Coggan 1992, Vampire in Australian Service by Stewart Wilson, http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/_DH115%20prodn%20list.txt

Emails: Thanks for the information provided by;
Gordon Birkett, Tjalling Boelman, Nicholas Cale, Mark Clayton, Phil Cooney, Gary Cooper, Paul Cuttell, SQNLDR Jim Eftos, Noel Fenton, Kurt Finger, Neil Follett, Les Galbraith, Bob Geale, Darryl Gibbs, Les Harris, Rob Hart, Grahame Higgs, Dave Holland, Bob Howe, Mike McHugh, Erwin Husmann, Greg Hyde, John Inkson, Brendan Cowan, Alan Johnson, Daniel Leahy, Graham Lovelock, Dave Masterston, Tristan Masterson, Warren McGrath, Gina Nelson, Dean Norman, Peter O'Connell, Rick Panozzo, Wayne (Noddy) Parsons, David Perrott, Ross Polkinghorne, Paul Schulz, Richard Siudak, Paul Squires, Stephen Szczurek, Phil Thompson, David Tickner, David Watkins, Dick Winterburn.


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