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RAF 253 Squadron was based at RAF Waterbeach in the two years 1955 to 1957. It flew Vampire and Venom fighter aircraft.

253 squadron (Hyderabad ) Nighthawks. Squadron commander wing commander Finlayson One Vampire T Mk 11. Two flights of Venoms NF Mk 2a.( Two Seat Night Fighter)

These differed from the FB Mk 1 by having a widened fuselarge to accommodate a pilot and navigator/observer and an extended nose for the radar equipment. The Mk 2a also incorporated a clear view canopy and a modifide tail unit. Powerplant de Havilland Ghost 104 turbojet Performance 630mph Service ceiling 49,200ft Range 1000 miles Armament Four 20mm Hispano cannon Dimensions Wing Span 41'8" Length 36'8" Height 6'6" Wing Area 262sqft


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