Vampire FB 5

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Vampire FB 5
General characteristics
1 personCrew
5.6 tTake-off weight
6.46 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
10 668 mCeiling
de Haviland Goblin IIEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
888 km/hStructural
330 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannonWeapon 1
600 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 1000 LB G.P. Mk.I bombSetup 1
4 x RP-3 rockets
4 x RP-3 rockets
Setup 2
92 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
370 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png13 000 / 17 212/11 870 / 15 715/3 000 / 3 972Repair
110 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
370 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 700 Ge icon.pngAces
196 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
370 % Sl icon.png260 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage Vampire FB 5.jpg

The Vampire FB 5 is a rank V British jet fighter with a battle rating of 7.7 (AB/SB) and 7.3 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.33.

General info

Flight Performance

When using the Vampire, the first thing a pilot should know is that it is inferior in most aspects to its opposition, thus requiring constant vigilance and consciousness of weakness. The Vampire cannot reach the speeds a MiG-9 or an F2H-2 can, it cannot accelerate as well as many of its counterparts and it is appalling in a dive against most of its opponents. So, essentially, the "Vamp" cannot climb well, it can't catch many jets in a straight line and it can't out-accelerate much of its opposition. However, the Vampire has one impressive advantage against its jet-powered opponents: it can turn incredibly well. In fact, a good analogy to flying the Vampire is fighting jets in propeller aircraft.

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,572 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
817 792 10 668 25.0 25.7 16.1 15.1 650
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,572 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
895 855 10 668 23.5 24.0 24.4 20.0 650


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
520 ~10 ~5
Optimal velocities
< 550 < 600 < 600 N/A
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,000 m 1,224 hp N/A

Survivability and armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armored windscreen
  • 12.7 mm Steel - Armor plate behind the pilot's head
  • 3 mm Steel - Armor plate under the engine


Offensive armament

Main article: Hispano Mk.V (20 mm)

The Vampire FB 5 is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannons, chin-mounted (150 rpg = 600 total)

Suspended armament

The Vampire FB 5 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 1,000 lb G.P. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 8 x 76 mm RP-3 rockets

Usage in battles

In order to be able to use the de Havilland Vampire's turning power, one should worry about one's energy state. To do such, climbing is important, as is maintaining airspeed. One should never risk being below 400 km/h, since having little speed makes it incredibly hard to evade any attacks by faster aircraft. As such, climbing at speeds above 400 km/h IAS is a healthy option - altitude provides manoeuvring space and more options for manoeuvres, whilst keeping a certain speed means that the pilot is ready at all times to manoeuvre against an enemy. Once an enemy is spotted, gaining speed is the best choice, since the lack of it means the Vampire will become every pilot's nightmare - low, slow and un-manoeuvrable. Its extreme manoeuvrability for a jet means, however, that lining up for a shot is an easy task when an enemy is flying near, and, when an inexperienced or frustrated enemy jet falls into the trap of turning tightly against the Vampire, it will likely end up destroyed. Aiming the guns might be a challenge at first for inexperienced Vampire pilots, since their placement below the centre of gravity makes the Vampire's nose shift downward while firing. Pilots should be aware that turning too much can leave them vulnerable to other enemy aircraft due to the significant loss of speed, so they should never commit to a dogfight if more enemies are lurking nearby.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Combined Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Offensive 20 mm
II Compressor Airframe GLBC mk.3
III Wings repair Engine New 20 mm cannons
IV G-suit Cover GRC mk.8

Pros and cons


  • Good armament, 4 x chin-mounted 20 mm Hispano Mk.V's
  • Great control responsiveness up to medium-high speeds, combat flaps to increase this
  • Great manoeuvrability
  • Capable air-brakes that increase lift when activated
  • Decent payload options
  • Lack of single vertical tail section makes spotting planes from the cockpit much easier
  • Good glider, can get back to base from reasonable distance away if engine is knocked out (depending on speed and altitude)


  • Low top speed and acceleration (acceleration can be improved with research)
  • Weapons are placed below the centre of mass, forcing the pilot to aim higher
  • Vulnerable tail section, especially easy to hit when taking off it not careful
  • Poor dive rate
  • Reflective silver camouflage comes default, making spotting you much easier from above


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See also

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Britain jet aircraft
English Electric  Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6
Gloster  Meteor F Mk 3 · Sea Meteor F Mk 3 · Meteor F Mk 4 G.41F · Meteor F Mk 4 G.41G · Meteor F Mk 8 G.41K · Meteor F Mk.8 Reaper
  Javelin F.(A.W.) Mk.9
de Havilland  Vampire FB 5 · Venom FB.4 · Sea Venom FAW 20
Hawker  Sea Hawk FGA.6 · Hunter F.1 · Hunter F.6 · Hunter FGA.9
Supermarine  Attacker FB 1 · Swift F.1 · Swift F.7
Foreign  Phantom FGR.2 (USA)