Ex-Indian Air Force De Havilland Vampire FB52 IB-1686 at the ‘SpruceGoose’ Evergreen Aviation Museum in Oregon!. Photo Courtesy: www.shanaberger.com
Visitors to the Evergreen museum in Oregon would never have a clue that the single seater De Havilland FB52 Vampire jet fighter on restoration there is an Ex Indian Air Force Veteran – with the serial IB-1686
It is one of 4 Vampires imported into the US by Lance Aircraft Supplies of Texas . This Vampire is/was owned by Don Fitzgerald of Portland Oregon. Don was having trouble with the FAA as he had no paperwork with the aircraft.
|As with most Vampires in the Indian Subcontinent, IB-1686 seems to have gone extensive restoration of the forward cockpit area ahead of the engine firewall. Photo Courtesy: www.shanaberger.com|
|IB-1686 ‘s front view reveals the Cannon gun ports and the drop tanks under its wings. Photo Courtesy: www.shanaberger.com|
Another Vampire in the USA is IB-882 with Reid Moorhead of Alhambra California. Reid got this upto taxiable condition at Chino with the help of Jim Kerr. Vampire IB-427 is at Albert France. Finally a two seater Vampire T55 BY-385 is owned by Allen Dunn and Frank Kirchoff Willmington De. The status of this aircraft is not known.
|Aircraft Type||Serial No||Current Location|
|Vampire FB52||IB-1638||Evergreen Museum, Oregon|
|Vampire FB52||IB-882||Alhambra CA|
|Vampire FB52||IB-427||Albert France|
|Vampire T55||BY-385||Willmington DE|