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Fighter / Attack:
   Bell P-39 Airacobra
   Bell P-63 Kingcobra
   Brewster Buffalo
   Chance-Vought F-4U Corsair
   Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
   Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
   Douglas A-1 Skyraider
   Douglas A-26 Invader
   Douglas SBD Dauntless
   Fairey Firefly
   Focke-Wulf Fw 190
   Grumman F4F Wildcat
   Grumman F6F Hellcat
   Grumman F7F Tigercat
   Grumman F8F Bearcat
   Grumman TBF Avenger
   Hawker Hurricane
   Hawker Sea Fury
   Lockheed P-38 Lightning
   Messerschmitt Bf-109
   Mitsubishi A6M Zero-Sen
   North American P-51 Mustang

   Polikarpov I-16
   Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
   Supermarine Spitfire
   Yakovlev Yak-3
   Yakovlev Yak-9


Trainers:
  
Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan (C-45)
   Beechcraft T-34 Mentor
   Boeing / Stearman PT-17

   Commonwealth CA-25 Winjeel
   Commonwealth CA-1 Wirraway
   DeHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk
   DeHavilland DH-82 Tiger Moth
   Fairchild PT-19 Cornell
   Hunting / Percival Provost
   Meyers OTW
   Nanchang CJ-6
   Naval Aircraft Factory N3N
   N. Am. BT-9 / BT-14 / Yale
   N. Am. T-6 Texan / SNJ / Harvard
   N. American T-28 Trojan

   Piaggio P149
   Ryan PT-22 Recruit

   Scottish Aviation T1 Bulldog
   Vultee BT-13 Valiant
   Yakovlev Yak-11
   Yakovlev Yak-18
   Yakovlev Yak-52


Bombers:
   Avro Lancaster
   Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
   Boeing B-29 Superfortress
   Bristol Blenheim / Bolingbroke
   Consolidated B-24 Liberator
   Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer

   Douglas A-3 Skywarrior
   DeHavilland Mosquito
   Fairey Swordfish
   Heinkel He-111 / Casa 2.111

   Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon / Ventura
   Martin B-26 Marauder
   North American B-25 Mitchell


Transports:
   Beechcraft C-45 (AT-11)

   Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter (KC-97)
   Curtiss C-46 Commando
   Douglas C-47 Skytrain / Dakota
   Douglas C-54 Skymaster

   Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
   Fairchild C-123 Provider
   Grumman C-1 Trader (S-2)
   Lockheed C-60 Lodestar
   Lockheed C-69 Constellation


Utility / Observation / Special Duty:
   Aeronca L-3 Grasshopper
   Aeronca L-16 Grasshopper
   Antonov AN-2 Colt
   Auster AOP 6/9
   Avro 652 Anson
   Avro Shackleton
   British Taylorcraft I-V
   Cessna L-19 / O-1 Bird Dog
   Cessna O-2 Super Skymaster
   Cessna T-50 / UC-78 Bobcat
   Consolidated PBY Catalina

   DeHavilland U-6A / L-20 Beaver
   Fairey Gannet
   Fairey Swordfish
   Fieseler Fi156 Storch
   Grumman S-2 Tracker (C-1)
   Grumman HU-16 Albatross
   Grumman OV-1 Mohawk
   Junkers Ju 52/3m

   Lockheed P2V Neptune
   Max Holste M.H.1521 Broussard
   Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun

   Noorduyn UC-64 Norseman
   North American L-17 Navion
   N. Am./ Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
   Piper L-4 Grasshopper
   Stinson L-5 Sentinel
   Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper
   Westland Lysander


Jets:
   Aero L-29 Delfin
   Aero L-39 Albatros
   Aermacchi MB-326
   Avro Vulcan
   BAC Strikemaster
   Blackburn (BAC) Buccaneer
   Canadair Tutor
   Cessna A-37 Dragonfly
   DeHavilland Vampire
   DeHavilland Venom
   English Electric Canberra
   English Electric Lightning
   Folland Gnat
   Fouga CM-170 Magister
   Gloster Meteor
   Grumman F9F Panther
   Hawker Hunter
   Hispano HA-200 Saeta
   Hunting Jet Provost
   Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
   Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
   McDonnell-Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
   McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom
   Messerschmitt Me-262
   Mikoyan MiG-15
   Mikoyan MiG-17
   Mikoyan MiG-21
   N. Am. F-86 Sabre / FJ-4 Fury
   N. Am. F-100 Super Sabre
   N. Am. / Rockwell T-2 Buckeye
   Northrop T-38 Talon / F-5
   PZL / WSK TS-11 Iskra
   Saab J35 Draken
   Soko G-2A Galeb
   Temco Pinto & Super Pinto


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deHavilland DH-112 Venom

(Variants/Other Names: Sea Venom; Aquilon; See History below for others)


dehavilland DH-112 Venom
This 1955 DH-112 Mk.1 Venom, Serial Number J1616, is an ex-Swiss Air Force model owned by Venom Jet Enterprises of Onterio, Oregon, USA. Photo courtesy of Richard Seaman.

History: With the Cold War entering its formative phase, there was a need for a new fighter-bomber that was faster and more agile, and therefore harder to destroy, than the deHavilland Vampire then in service. The deHavilland DH 112 Venom fighter-bomber was the solution. It was first flown on September 2, 1949, and entered service three years later in August of 1952 as the Venom FB.Mk I.

Designed to take advantage of the new powerful deHavilland Ghost 103 turbojet engine, the DH 112 was faster and more maneuverable than its predecessor, the DH 100 Vampire. While the Venom and Vampire looked very similar, the Venom had a thinner wing with a straight trailing edge and provision for jettisonable wingtip fuel tanks. During production, the DH 112 was further upgraded with an even more powerful Ghost 105 turbojet engine.

The DH 112 equipped 19 squadrons of the Royal Air Force, serving in Germany, India and the Far East. It was also used to equip No. 14 Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Switzerland became the most prolific user of the DH 112. Securing a license to manufacture the Venom, the Swiss retooled their Vampire production lines and built 150 DH 112 Venoms in 1953. A further 100 DH 112s were completed by 1957. Switzerland used the DH 112 until the mid-1980s, when it was replaced by the F-5. The Swiss DH 112s operated from airfields high in the Alps, where their agility was invaluable in ensuring safe flights into and out of mountain valleys. deHavilland also produced a two-seat night fighter version of the DH 112 (NF.Mk 2) to replace the night fighting NF.Mk 10 Vampire. This night-fighting Venom served with the RAF from 1953 until 1957, and was also used by Iraq, Venezuela and Sweden.

Another major variant of the DH 112 was the FW.Mk 20 and FW.Mk 21 Sea Venom. This was a navalized, all-weather version of the DH 112 produced for Britain’s Fleet Air Arm. The Sea Venom also served with the Royal Australian Navy. It had a strengthened undercarriage, an arrester hook for landing on aircraft carriers, and folding wings. The Fleet Air Arm ordered 217 Sea Venoms. A French license-built version was called the Aquilon ("Sea Eagle").

Today, at least 20 Venoms and a single Sea Venom are still flying as warbirds throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.   [History by David MacGillivray]

Nicknames: Unknown

Specifications (FB.Mk 4):
        Engine: One 5,150-pound thrust D.H. Ghost 105 turbojet engine
        Weight: Empty 9,202 lbs., Max Takeoff 15,310 lbs.
        Wing Span: 41ft. 8in.
        Length: 33ft. 0in.
        Height: 6ft. 8in.
        Performance:
            Maximum Speed: 587 mph
            Ceiling: 40,000 ft.
            Range: 1,075 miles
        Armament:
            Four 20-mm cannon
            Two Firestreak air-to-air missiles, or two 1,000-pound bombs, or eight rockets

Number Built: ~835

Number Still Airworthy: At least 20.

Links:
DeHavilland Aviation, Ltd., Bournemouth Int'l Airport, Hurn, UK
Sea Venom XG629 Restoration
Venom/MiG-17 Jet Acro, Inc. (Airshow team)
Vic Flintham's Venom Page

 



de Havilland Twin Booms: Vampire, Venom and Sea Vixen

By Adrian Balch
Paperback, 112 pages
Published 2002 by Airlife Publishing, Ltd.

A close-up look at three distinct designs in the deHavilland jet line.

Price $13.27 (Save 30% off list price!)

 


 


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