War weary Vampire FB.9 from the Rhodesian Air Force, showing its armament during open house at New Sarum Air Force Base.
The Rhodesian Air Force acquired 16 Vampire FB.9 fighters and a further 16 Vampire FB11 trainers in the early 1950s, its first jet aircraft, equipping two squadrons. These were regularly deployed to Aden between 1957 and 1961, supporting British counter-insurgency operations. 21 more two seaters and 13 single seaters were supplied by South Africa in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Rhodesia operated Vampires until the end of the bush war in 1979. They were eventually replaced by the BAe Hawk 60 in the early 1980s. After 30 years service, they were the last Vampires used on operations anywhere in the world.
The FB.MK 9 was a "tropicalized" Vampire modified for the rigors of high-temperature operations and included a cockpit air conditioner. De Havilland completed production of some 326 of these aircraft.
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Very Old slide scan 1970's