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The Moses Lake Air Show this June was full of surprises. But even though the flyover of four Marine F-35s was the main headline of the show, the debut of a refurbished deHavilland Vampire became the center of attention during the weekend.
The two-seater Vampire was built in 1959, making it one of the oldest jets still airworthy today. Jerry Conley, the owner/pilot of this Vampire, is best known for his collection of airworthy Vampire jets – of which he has three.
You can watch the Vampire take off at the 11:23 mark.
As it flies by, you can also hear its magnificent De Havilland Goblin 35B as it cruises past the crowd. The Vampire, being the beginning of all modern jet aviation, is truly inspiring to watch fly.