Welcome

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.

A Hawker Typhoon MkIb with D-Day markings equipped with 8 rockets; possibly the aircraft’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 – Sabre engine

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

August 5th – East Kirkby

August 19th/20th – Combined Ops, Headcorn

August 26th/27th – Dunsfold

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

You will notice “Sabre engine” 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!