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de Havilland DH.100 Vampire was the second jet-engined aircraft
commissioned by the Royal Air Force during the Second World
War (the first being the Gloster Meteor), although it did
not see combat in that conflict. The Vampire served with front-line
RAF squadrons until 1955. It also served with numerous other
air forces worldwide (see Operators). Almost 4,400 Vampires
were built, a quarter of them under licence.