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Swiss Miss

Dehavilland DH112 VENOM

 

The de Havilland Venom is probably the best fighter-bomber in its class in the world. This came from a statement given out by NATO HQ in 1958, and was proven, since the Venom flew more operational missions than any other post-war type.

Sporting sleek wings and a twinboom empennage, this unique aircraft displayed comic book-like styling. Powered by the Ghost engine, the Venom received the upper hand in post-war missions.

 

Beginning in the 1950's the Venom was used extensively in Switzerland. The nose art tagged her as "Swiss Miss", as this Venom, FB.50 (J-1527) saw its birth in the Swiss Air Force in 1955.

Unfortunately, Swiss Miss suffered a fiery belly landing in the summer of 2008. Of only a handful left in the world, her historic wreckage will now be resurrected in the form of art at the Greeley Airport and in a display at the Spirit of Flight Center in Erie, CO.

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Taken on June 30, 2012
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