Afterburner on DH Vampire

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    steven_wh New Member

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    I came across a picture of a de Havilland Vampire fitted with an afterburner in William's book on the Vampire, dated 1949. Was the Goblin afterburner developed or used in WW2, or was this just a post-war addition?

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    kool kitty89 Well-Known Member

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    Despite flying in mid '43, due to relatively low priorety (compared to the Meteor) and preoccupation of DH with the Mossie, the Vampire Mk.I had barely be in production with a handfull completed before the war's end. It didn't enter service until after.

    No AB was used operationally, probably just an experement. (using more powerful Goblin models or Ghost or Nene engines would be simpler, more effective and was actually done with the Nene on some production RAAF a/c)


    And why post a picture of the compressor intake? That doesn't show the AB at all.
     
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    From 1949. Anyone got more information on this?

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    Not too much to add, except it was an F.3 fitted with an F-1 tail unit with its higher mounted horizontal stabiliser and an experimental afterburning Ghost engine in 1950 for reheat trials
     
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    Looks like it would have played merry hell with the C.O.G.
     
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