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de Havilland Venom Jet Fighter Plane

The de Havilland DH 112 Venom was developed from the de Havilland Vampire which it was built to replace, the DH 112 Venom prototype first flew in September 1949, it featured thinner wings and a more powerful engine than the Vampire, this resulted in improved speed and altitude performance. The Venom fighter-bomber proved to be highly successful and over 375 were built of the first variant, many of these were for export to numerous foreign military powers.

RAF de Havilland Venom


The de Havilland Venom was used operationally by the RAF from 1948 seeing action in the the 1956 Suez Crisis and the Malayan Emergency from 1950 to 1960. In 1962 the last de Havilland Venom was retired from RAF frontline service, newer designs like the Gloster Javelin and Hawker Hunter being it's effective replacement.

It is of note that 100 Venom Mk-4 fighter bombers were produced under licence in Switzerland using a consortium of numerous companies for the Swiss Air Force, the Swiss Air-Force continued to operate their de Havilland Venom FB Mk-4 fighter bombers, like the one pictured below having it's engine changed, until 1983.

de Havilland Venom FB-1 Armament:

  • Four 20 mm Hispano cannon, 150 rounds per gun
  • Eight RP-3 "60 lb" (27 kg) unguided rocket projectiles
  • Two 1,000 lb (450 kg) bombs

Swiss Air Force de Havilland Venom Jet Fighter Plane

de Havilland Venom Jet Fighter Plane
de Havilland Venom FB-1 Specifications:
  • Crew: Pilot only
  • Length: 31 ft 10 in (9.70 m)
  • Wingspan: 41 ft 8 in (12.70 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
  • Wing area: 279 ft (25.9 m)
  • Empty weight: 9,202 lb (4,173 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 15,400 lb (7,000 kg)
  • Engine: Single 4,850 lbf (21.6 kN) de Havilland Ghost turbojet
  • Maximum speed: 640 mph (1,030 km/h)
  • Range: 934 nm (1,080 mi, 1,730 km)
  • Service ceiling 39,400 ft (12,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 9,000 ft/min (45.7 m/s)
RAF de Havilland Venom FB4
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This de Havilland Venom, wr470, is currently operated by Aviation Heritage Ltd, it has been painted to represent a RAF No.208 Squadron aircraft in Middle East service during 1958. The aircraft is in fact J-1542, a Pilatus licence built aircraft which served with the Swiss Air Force from 1954 until May 1984, initially as a high altitude photo reconnaissance platform, and later as a trainer. It is worth noting that this Venom still retains the now rare cartridge starting system.

De Havilland DH.112 Venom FB50

de Havilland Venom Fighter

de Havilland Venom Fighter

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