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The 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.