The project is extremely pleased to have received our first major donation. The donation was received from “Ebeni” who provide Dynamic & innovative engineering solutions for Safety Critical Systems. The donation comes after TECT Chairman, Alex Wood, who has been in regular contact with the project recommended us to Ebeni, his new employer now that he has left the RAF. Ebeni run a scheme whereby they donate a proportion of their profit to charity and ask their employees for recommendations. We were lucky enough to be chosen by Ebeni and as such have received this, our first four figure donation. We are extremely grateful to Ebeni and to Alex Wood for facilitating the donation.
This season we are hoping to spread the word of the project at air shows around the country. We have our show stand ready, stock ordered, volunteers lined up and we’re all set to go. But, we need some transport to get everything to the shows. We have already approached the major makes to enquire about sponsorship, but they have not been forthcoming, so….
We would like to open this up, to see if any one (or more) of our followers is in a position, or knows someone who is in a position, to either donate, sponsor or give a really good deal on a LWB van, something along the lines of the size of what is pictured.
On this day 72 years ago F/L C.W (Chris) House took XP-W, RB396, for her final flight. After being hit by flak he made a successful wheels up landing in the Netherlands and spent the next 4 days evading and made his way back to allied lines.
RB was in store with 51MU, RAF Lichfield, when readied for squadron service. On the 9th December 1944 ATA pilot Anna Leska-Daab delivered RB396 from Lichfield to Westhampnett (Goodwood), a 40 minute flight. We were lucky enough to be sent a link to her log book showing RB’s first official flight for the RAF.
The project was dealt a blow this afternoon. We received a phone call from the Estate Agent regarding the commercial property that we were hoping to move in to very soon. We are/were three weeks into the legal proceedings, yet today we were informed that the landlord has “done a deal” with a tenant of his, who rents the adjacent unit.
Sunday 19th February saw the official unveiling of the Napier Sabre engine acquired by the project that will go on to power RB396’s return to flight. On a smaller scale than our project launch event held in October 2016, but at the same location – Boultbee Flight Academy’s exquisite facility based at Goodwood Aerodrome, West Sussex. Places were limited at this Supporters’ Club Members only event and safe to say the fifty guests who managed to secure a place were all very happy to be there.
Working closely with Cranfield University, the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group (HTPG) are delighted to announce the securing of a Napier Sabre IIa aero engine, serial number 2484, for use in the restoration of Hawker Typhoon MKIb RB396 to flight. There are only a small number of Napier Sabre engines remaining around the world that could be restored and it is believed that this example has only ever been used as a teaching aid making it the perfect power plant for rebuild and returning RB396 to flight.
As we move forward into 2017 the team here would like to say a huge thank you to all our followers, particularly to those who have taken the step of joining our Supporters’ Club.
2016 was a momentous year for the project, we successfully made the leap into the ‘public eye’ with our Launch Event hosted at the Boultbee Flight Academy on 29 Oct 2016. This was only possible due to the years of hard work put in by the project founder, and in more recent years by the two other founding trustees.
After contact through our website, we are pleased to be able to add one more piece into the jigsaw of RB396’s life. With thanks to Darren Pitcher for spotting the image on a Polish website, charting the wartime flying career of ATA pilot Anna Leska-Daab, we can confirm that RB396 was delivered from RAF Lichfield to RAF Westhampnett on 09 Dec 44. The image, found in amongst a sea of logbook photos and scans on www.muzeumlotnictwa.pl shows in some detail the amount of ferry flying, and the variety of aircraft being flown, by Anna and clearly depicts her arrival at RAF Westhampnett.
We are extremely pleased to have Richard Spreckley of mancavemodels.co.uk supporting the Hawker Typhoon RB396 Restoration Project. Richard is an established award winning scale modeller whose outstanding work speaks for itself! He specialises in quarter scale aircraft but has been known to build larger models and also stray into the wold of ships and science fiction. He is one of only a dozen modellers, hand picked by Airfix to build models for their publication, such is his level of ability.
After a lot of hard work behind the scenes by the team (and a lot of late nights), we are proud to present a new webpage and shop for RB396 merchandise. Please browse the new features available which should give a more indepth view into the project, its roots and the future. The Webpage is in constant development with new features and articles being added all the time, all updates will be posted here on the NEWS page so check back often. We hope you enjoy the new look hawkertyphoon.com