De HAVILLAND DH 100 VAMPIRE FB5 VV217
The main Vampire production version was the DH Vampire FB.5 fighter bomber (a modified DH Vampire F.3) and this variant was also be the basis for many of the export versions.
This aircraft was owned by the Ministry of Supply, but used by de Havilland for test flying. De Havilland test pilot John Derry flying this actual aircraft set a record in the spring of 1949 flying in 45 minutes from Paris to Cannes to win the Coupe Montana Prize, comprising a trophy and 10,000 francs. De Havilland was hoping this event would influence the Armee de l’Air to buy Vampires. The aircraft was transferred to the museum from NEAM in Sunderland in August 2009 by its owner Dave Charles, and is currently in storage pending restoration, when space allows