Vampires in Broad Daylight by steelrazer ()
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Another render in the "what if" category. Germany's Me-262 jet fighter saw some combat at the end of the war, but if the conflict had dragged on the RAF de Havilland Vampire (originally named the "Spider Crab") jet fighter may very well have faced up to the decidedly much more elegant looking "Schwalbe". The aluminum skinned plywood constructed Vampire was the RAF's second jet fighter to enter service and was formally introduced to the public in 1946 having had its maiden flight in 1943.
An interesting note: Being very low slung when on the ground, the Vampire was noted for melting the tarmac if idled for too long. Hot stuff in the literal sense!
I'm sure that initial dogfights would have been shocking for the pilots who were used to a relatively slower closing speed with their opponents.
de Havilland D.100 Vampire F3: Free at sketchup warehouse by PM3D with a bit of retexture and kit-bashing.
ApolloMax Pilot with adh3d flight helmet and goggles and flight gear.
Me-262: Bazze classic free at colacola.se
C4d6+XL, UVPro, Sketchup8, Poser7, Vue6Infinite, PS Cs3
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Yes, the Vampire was too late for WW2...just.. Poisbly it would have been a better dogfighter than the Meteor, but looking at 'Stat's' neither aircraft were as good as the Me262.. The big flaw was of course by '44-45, Germany had very few fully trained top class pilots left.. Some but not enough, and, most of those were on the Russian front.. So what if indeed.. I LOVE THIS! Do more please Bill.. Rob