de Havilland Venom Postcard

The de Havilland Vampire was one of the very earliest jet fighter designs. Like all new technologies, development was very rapid and within a few years the Vampire was being replaced by more advanced designs. de Havilland developed their original Vampire fighter from 1948 onwards and although the new Venom looked similar- having the same twin boom tail- it was a completely new design with a more powerful engine, larger fuselage and redesigned wings. It entered service in 1952 and as with all new technologies was a popular choice for postcard manufacturers:

The Mk 2 depicted here is, I believe, the night fighter version of the Venom which had a widened cockpit to seat a second crew member next to the pilot to navigate and operate the radar systems.

The Venom was armed with four 20mm cannons in its nose and could carry two 1000lb bombs or eight air to ground rockets under its wings. It had a relatively short service life with the RAF, being withdrawn by 1960. Despite its short service life, it served in a number of conflicts including Suez, Aden and the Malayan Emergency. The aircraft continued in service with Switzerland until the early 1980s and many examples have been preserved including about ten in flying condition.

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