Venoms and Vampires

The well-known ‘Source Classic Jet Flight’ historic aircraft collection, comprising eight De Havilland Venoms and Vampires, is to be offered for sale by H&H Classic Auctions. In the words of H&H’s Simon Hope, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire one, two or a whole collection of iconic, British-made aeroplanes.”

On offer are a Vampire fighter, two Vampire trainers and five Venom fighter/bombers, all regular performers at events and air shows across Europe. Acquired over a period of time from the Swiss Air Force, the aircraft were formed into a display team by Don Wood, and the first three designated by the call signs G-Veni, G-Vidi and G-Vici. (No doubt readers will easily recall their Latin lessons, and do not need to be reminded that these names reflect the Latin phrase, ‘I came, I saw, I conquered’.)

Among the many memorable appearances of these aircraft was the flypast over HMS Illustrious in 1996, to mark the 50th anniversary of the first jet to land on an aircraft-carrier.

Tenders are invited for the whole collection or individual aircraft. Successful bidders can also acquire a significant number of spares, including engines and ground handling equipment – sufficient to fill four 40-foot containers.

For further information or a brochure, contact H&H Classic Auctions Ltd, Whitegate Farm, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 4BZ. Alternatively, call +44 (0)1925 730630 or email [email protected].

Editor's Note: H&H Classic Auctions' next Motor Car, Motor Cycle and Automobilia Sale will also have an aeronautical theme, being held at the The Imperial War Museum, Duxford on 9 - 10 October 2007. Early entries include a 1956 Cooper T39 'Bobtail' Sports Racer Works car (£90,000 - 100,000), a 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage (£68,000 - 75,000). and a 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC (£80,000 - 90,000).

Text: Charis Whitcombe
Photos: H&H Classic Auctions

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