This aircraft was imported in to Australia in the late 1980’s with four other single-seaters and two trainers.
R1382 was originally built for the South African Air Force and had the SAAF registration 252.
Despite a UN arms embargo, the aircraft was exported from South Africa to Rhodesia in the 1970s, along with other Vampires. R1382 was used in combat on numerous occasions.
Vampires flew with the Rhodesian and then Zimbabwe Air Force until they were declared ‘fatigue expired’ in 1981.
This aircraft changed hands several time before it was bought by Nicholas Cale in 2017. During the noughties, the aircraft was painted in an RAAF scheme with 2OTU Red Devil, and given the fictitious registration A79-417.
The photograph, by Nicholas Cale ,shows the aircraft while being disassembled on 15th May, 2017.
The not-for-profit organisation Vampire Projects Incorporated is restoring the aircraft to airworthiness at The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia. The project provides Aeronautical Engineering students with work experience and thesis topics.