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Early Flighline Friday: DeHavilland Vampire Obliterates Runway at Halfpenny Green May 3, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in error, Flightline Friday, fun, history, non squitur, silliness, Society, technology.
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Halfpenny Green being a former WWII airfield still used for private and commercial aviation. Apparently the runway surface was not jet rated because this WWII-vintage DeHavilland Vampire ripped it to shreds:

Good grief. That exhaust is really close to the ground, but the Goblin engine powering the Vampire only made 3400 pounds of thrust.  The same as a Westinghouse J34.  Are they related?  Maybe so, many early US jet designs were based on British originals, and both are relatively rare centrifugal flow units.

I’ve never seen the like before.

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1. Richard Malcolm - May 3, 2017

The Vampire was a sexy plane.

I’d hate to see what a bigger jet would do to that surface.

BTW, Tantum, did you see that Archbishop Naumann gave the Girl Scouts the heave-ho?

Or friend Judy Thomas wrote the story – I include this link, because she has the pdf of Nuamann’s letter. http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article147857619.html

You can imagine the wailing and gnashing of teeth in KC. Or if you can’t, just open up the combox.

2. Tim - May 3, 2017

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