Vanishing Vampire

Does anyone know what happened to our very intact and up together DH Vampire T11 after the school closed. The rather bredraggled Sea Venom is in Newark Air Museum, but I am unable to find any mention of the whereabouts of the much more serviceable "Vamp"

I am amazed to hear the

I am amazed to hear the school possessed a DH Vampire T11 - please tell me more about how this came about. My father, Squadron Leader Graham Leggett, flew an earlier type in Egypt and Cyprus when he led 32 Squadron c.1950/1, a period that remains vivid even though I was only 5 or 6 years old at the time. Regards Mike Leggett OTT493

Vanishing Vampire

I have been looking on the interwebby thingy and found this web site: http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?t=86563 which, might after registering and posting be able to help locate the Vampire. When I left in 1979 it was still there along with the Venom and the Helicopter + various Jet engines, 2 Land rovers and my mums old split screen Morris Minor, used/abused by CCF for driving instruction (wouldn't you like to own any of them now). I had heard that one of the aircraft had gone to another local boarding school (Gordon Boys?) but not sure on that one. Interestingly I was at Newark about 10 years ago and saw the Sea Venom but did not realise it was the one from school, I was more interested in the Vulcan at the time. Best regards Richard Blagrove OTT 624 1976-1979

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Further to my previous posting regarding the School Vampire. I have now been able to ascertain its serial no and whereabouts. Its serial no is (note the IS not WAS) XE950. For once I was right about the rumour that one of the aircraft had gone to Gordon Boys and it was the Vampire. In 1986 she (are all aircraft women) was sold to Ailes Anciennes Toulouse http://www.aatlse.org/collection.php?coll=avion The museum is based at Toulouse next to the main Airbus factory where the A380 is completed. She has been restored and is now in the company of an Air France Concorde among other exhibits at this very prestigious museum. So the news is good for both of our ex CCF Aircraft, as if you look on the websites listing demobbed aircraft so many finished their lives on scrap heaps or used for fire training etc. Best Regards Richard Blagrove P.S. Just have to find out where the helicopter went and also maybe the glider.

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helicopter was a sceater glider a grass hopper, all the CCF gliders were owned by the MOD they were auctions off at an MOD disposal sale, if we can get a photo of the reg number it may come up on the CAA G-INFO site, several ended up in museums, 618VGS at west malling owned one which was part of "the flying brick club" , one was aero-towed to Paris by Derik Piggot ( the guy that did the stunt flying in the film "The Blue Max" from Lasham to comemorate the Louis Blerio crossing, a guy in Sussex called Derik Smith bought 3, and the vintage glider club have owner members, but not many left now.

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Thanks Richard. I do not know if you remember me...I was in East House (1977-79), but had to leave due to the school closure clashing with exams. When I left, i went to Gordon Boys (the only boy to do so, along with Oett Junior) I was there from 1979-81, and there was never a plane there while I was there, so not sure if the plane arrived later or it was put into storage somewhere? Many thanks for the link...it is nice to see the "old bird" again Roger Farmer (OTT 652)