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'Vampire and Venom Boys'

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'Vampire and Venom Boys'

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Old 16th May 2018, 17:00
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Dick Whittingham, please respond to my private message, thanks.
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Old 16th May 2018, 17:51
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If you mean my father, I'm afraid he died about three weeks ago, see thread on Gp Capt TH (Dick) Whittingham. Can I help, though?

The 'shock' was how rudimentary the Vampire was compared to the T33
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Old 16th May 2018, 18:29
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I gosh I am sorry to hear that Alex. He sent me a message suggesting he could help with stories about his time on Vampires and I followed up with an e mail asking him to contact me again. My sincere condolences.
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Old 19th May 2018, 02:32
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One of the most memorable features of the Vampire T11 (or Mk35 Australian), apart from its painful discomfort, was that you could fly it quite well without using the control column. The pitch trim wheel was very sensitive and required only about half a turn to do a loop, but more remarkable was the secondary effect of rudder input. Smooth input of rudder at most speeds resulted in a reasonably well-balanced turn with little nose drop. On my test flights, I found to my ground crew passengers' alarm, that in smooth conditions, I could take off and land without touching the control column and also do reasonable aerobatics. They could see neither my left hand nor my feet, so I would lean into turns and fwd/back for pitch and they were easily convinced that leaning was sufficient to control the aircraft. I had them convinced that the control column was 'for emergency and testing use only' until one of them mentioned it to one of the instructors.
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