- Aircraft Type: de Havilland DH100 Vampire F3
Constructor's Number (MSN): EEP42401
Place of manufacture: English Electric, Preston
Date Built: 1948
Operator: John E Morgan, All American Aviation Expositions
Previous Identities: RCAF 17083
Notes and comments: The arrival of Jonny Skyrocket!
RCAF Vampire 17083, one of 27 Vampires sold by Crown Assets Disposal Corporation to Fliteways Incorporated of West Bend WI in May 1958, became N6876D, Fliteways having applied for registration the previous February. Conditionally sold to John E Morgan (All American Aviation Expositions) of Fairmont WV in June for $8,104, repossessed and then conditionally resold to Morgan in October. Total time on the airframe was 399 hours.
Morgan was perapatetic, seemingly operating mostly from West Virginia and Pennsylvania. An experimental certificate valid only for exhibition flying in a list of 33 cities requested by Morgan was issued. All American Aviation Expositions worked air shows, fairs and other events using the grand title National History of Flight program between 1958 and 1960, apparently featuring Johnny Skyrocket. At 488 hours total time in May 1960 the paper trail stops but restarts in October 1962 when a replaced right rear gear support cross member was reported. The following February ownership was to be transferred to Skyrocket Productions, Kissimmee FL, but that was blocked by Fliteways who claimed $2,500 was still owed to them.
N6876D was damaged when the gear collapsed landing at Bridgeport WV, 16 July 1965, the un-named, non-certificated pilot had 136 hours in type and was operating the Vampire with an inoperative ASI.
By 1969 Morgan had moved on to promoting the Jet Craft Mystery Jet, a Viper-powered business aircraft using Vampire T11 tail booms mated to a new six-seat pod. Regular filings for N6876D having ceased, the FAA revoked the registration of N6876D in October 1975, its fate unrecorded.
- Photographer: unnknown
Date Photographed: unknown
Original Media: Kodachrome slide processed July 1958
Digitized: 3 December 2021
Posted to GAA: 3 December 2021
GAA Image Number: 51255-1
Notes and comments: -
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