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This website is dedicated to the restoration of Hawker Typhoon RB396,
a genuine No.121 Wing; No.83 Group; Second Tactical Air Force combat veteran.

RB396 Typhoon colour

Typhoon pilots of 198 sqn, RAF Thorney Island, 15th June 1944. Equipped with rockets and D-Day invasion stripes, this is possibly the Typhoon’s most famous role.

RB (as she is affectionately know by the team) is owned by a registered charity, the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group (1167143), who will be overseeing the restoration with the intention of returning the aircraft to flight powered by a Napier Sabre engine – something that hasn’t been seen, or heard, for nearly 70 years.

Once complete, this legendary aircraft will be the only airworthy Hawker Typhoon in the world, and the only genuine combat veteran in existence. She will serve as a centre piece for a Heritage Centre, established with the intention of preserving the history and educating the public with regard to this iconic and forgotten aircraft.

We need your help as the aircraft will be funded entirely by public support, donations and sponsorship with the goal of being airworthy to coincide with the 80th Anniversary of D-Day planned for 2024. A Supporters’ Club has been established, along with a range of merchandise and there are many avenues by which money can be donated and you can help.


Part of our task is to raise the necessary funds and awareness required to rebuild such and iconic and rare aircraft. 2017 is the first year the project has been in a position, both financially and due to the manpower required, to be out and about at several UK air shows. In this first season it is not possible to do them all, but it is hoped to add heavily to this list as the years progress. The shows that the project is attending this year are:

May 14th – Abingdon Air and Country Show

May 27th/28th – Duxford

June 11th – Cosford

June 24th/25th – Bicester

July 7th/8th/9th – Flying Legends, Duxford – Napier Sabre

July 14th/15th/16th – RIAT, Fairford – Napier Sabre

August 5th – East Kirkby

August 19th/20th – Biggin Hill Festival of Flight

August 26th/27th – Dunsfold

September 9th/10th – Scampton

September – 23rd/24th – Duxford – Napier Sabre

You will notice “Napier Sabre” in bold next to some shows. At these shows, we are pleased to announce we will be bringing along the beating heart of the Typhoon and of this project, the Napier Sabre engine that will ultimately power RB396’s return to flight. So, if you have not seen it in the flesh, make sure to get yourself along to those shows!

The weekend of the 23rd September saw the last air show of our first season. Some very hard work was put in by a small team of members and trustees but it has been a really successful year. It was a pleasure to see the enthusiasm shown by all the visitors, a positive response to the effort we put into designing the project stand and of course it also gave us the opportunity to ensure that our Sabre Engine was seen by more people at the three shows than have seen it in the last 71 years. We made some really positive leads on parts and support and we look forward to another extremely positive season next year. Thank you for all the support given at the shows and we will be sure to publish the shows we are attending in the New Year.