De Havilland Mk T22 Vampire

De Havilland Mk T22 Vampire

Both Australian-built and British-built versions of the Vampire jets were introduced into the RAN for pilot training at naval air station HMAS Albatross.

The Vampire Mk T22 was a twin seater training aircraft ideally suited to train pilots ready to fly the DH Sea Venom FAW 53 as both aircraft had similar characteristics. The RAN Vampires were unarmed and had no weapons capability. Dummy 20mm cannons were carried strictly for ballast. The majority of the Mk T22 (the RN model) the RAN acquired came from the U.K. later five Mk34’s Australian built Vampire trainers were acquired.

Manufacturer: De Havilland Aircraft Co.
Type: land-based pilot trainer
Delivered: 13 aircraft, 1954-59
Crew: two
Engine: one 3,500 lb De Havilland Goblin 35 centrifugal type turbojet
Speed: 538 mph (max, at sea level)
Range: approx 840 miles (at 300 mph) without external tanks.
Armament: 2 x 20mm cannons, 8 x 60 lb rockets
Withdrawn: 1956-72


Excerpt from pilot’s notes