Jan Forsgren documents the history of Swedish two-seat Vampires, where the type wa s known as the J 28 C

SE-DXU in a low pass at an airshow during 2013. Note the heraldry on the nose and white-outlined yellow S, for the third division of F 14 in Halmstad, where it served as a trainer before being transferred to F 5.

In the summer of 1945, just as World War Two was about to end, the Flygvapnet (Swedish Air Force), was intent on strengthening its operational capability, and obtaining jet-powered aircraft.

The charismatic Air Force Commander, Bengt G.

Nordenskiöld dictated that: “…the main emphasis must be the fighter aircraft”, and furthermore: “…all fighter force must be jet powered – or we shouldn’t be up in the sky at all!” His generals all agreed.

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