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A new Vampire in town

by Angela Townsend

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18 January, 2012 4:34am

Vampire gifThe Benalla Aviation Museum has scored a De Havilland Vampire jet from the National Aviation Museum in Melbourne.

It is all happening at the Benalla Aviation Museum, with another military training aircraft, a twin-seat Vampire, arriving during the Christmas holiday period.

A former Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) aircraft the De Havilland T33 Vampire jet has been acquired by the local museum from the National Aviation Museum collection in Melbourne.

Local members spent several days bringing the large aircraft back in pieces up the Hume Fwy, with the twin tails, fuselage and wings all making the trip separately.

The historic aircraft will be reassembled and refurbished by the museum team before joining the other three ex-Air Force training aircraft on display at the aerodrome.

The British-built De Havilland T33 Vampires were the first jet-powered training aircraft to be used by the RAAF and were in service from 1949 until being replaced by the twin engine Gloster Meteor in 1952.

If you would like to get involved in this challenging and interesting restoration project, phone Benalla Aviation Museum president Terry Kay on 57662455.

You can also call in at the Bellman Hangar workshop on Wednesdays when the volunteers are working on a wide range of projects.