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Sliding out of the shadows of World War Two, the de Havilland Vampire - accompanied by the distinctive whine of its Goblin engine - quickly proved itself an effective alternative to piston-powered fighters. After entering operational service with the RAF (as the service's first single-engined jet) in 1946, the Vampire - sought by air forces the world over - held a number of notable records: the first fighter to exceed 500 mph, the first to set a world altitude record of almost 60,000 ft, the first jet to take off and land from an aircraft carrier, and the first jet to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Not bad for something built partly of wood.
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