The De Havilland DH.100 Vampire, was chosen to modernise the French Air Force fighter units. Some were delivered whole, coming from the RAF, the others being built under license in Marignane. The mastery of this manufacture would allow the SNCASE to develop a more powerful version, the SE.532 / 535 Mistral, used in the Algerian theatre of operations. Upgraded in the mid-1950s, these unique-looking hunters allowed the French forces to enter the era of combat jets.
This second volume continues the narration of their employment- but this time within AFN's squadrons- in the context of the Algerian conflict. A place is also made at the squadron of Creil reservists- before returning in detail to the employment in the schools of the Air Force and the Navy. In addition- the use of Vampires and Mistrals by the CEV and finally in the Sahara is highlighted. The work is supplemented by a long chapter devoted to Vampires imported into France as collector planes. A chapter reviews the brands and badges- and all the models allowing- over the years- to represent the first combat jet in France.
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