Oct 07

RB’s Test Pilot Confirmed

Pinkie Log BookWith thanks to Mark Collier, Mark Crame (609 Squadron Association Member) and Chris Thomas (copies of ‘Pinkies’ log book) for the research they have conducted into the history of RB396.

We are pleased to be able to reveal that the records of RB’s test flights have been uncovered. None other than Acting F/L (later S/L) Laurence ‘Pinkie’ Stark was on rest at Gloucester Aircraft and was the pilot responsible for completing RB396’s test flights prior to acceptance by the RAF. The location of his original log books is currently unknown since the passing of his brother, Mark Collier and Crame were attempting to find these when Chris Thomas forwarded a copy of the relevant page.  He had met Pinkie in the 1980’s whilst researching the Typhoon and had been able to take copies of his log books at the time.

It seems that RB’s first 45 minutes flight wasn’t without its faults as a further 15 minute flight was required after adjustments were made. See RB396’s History

Sep 25

Passing of Frank Johnson

RB396 Frank JohnsonIt is with a great deal of regret and deep sadness that we must pass on the news we received earlier today, that Frank Johnson passed away peacefully in the early hours of Sunday morning. It was reported to us that Frank had suffered a number of falls, but passed away peacefully as a result of some injuries sustained. Frank was a private man and has requested a private funeral.

As Supporters and followers of the project will know, we had hoped to try to bring Frank over to the UK, as soon as possible, in order to be reunited with “his” aircraft. We are all upset that this cannot now happen, but at this time our thoughts are with his family and friends.

We would like to construct a book of condolences that we can send to the family, and so would like to invite anyone with a message for the family and/or Frank to please email using the contact form on the website, or to sam@hawkertyphoon.com where we will collect all the messages into a document and deliver this to the family.

RIP Frank, Blue Skies and Tailwinds. Your lasting legacy will be RB396; in her, your memory and that of all your colleagues and friends will live on.

 

Sep 02

Flt Lt David Ince DFC BSc FRAeS LdH Eulogy


RB396 David Ince waving

David Ince’s funeral was on 31st August 2017 and we were honoured that David’s family were happy for us to attend the service. A wonderful Eulogy to David was given by Anthony Knight on behalf of TECT (Typhoon Entente Cordiale Trust) and for anyone that was not able to attend Anthony has very kindly sent a copy so that we can share with everyone…

We were humbled to have had David as one of the guests of honour at the project launch and to have known him (far to briefly), blue skies Sir.
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Aug 09

Funeral of David Ince DFC BSc FRAeS LdH


RB396 David Ince waving

We now know that David’s funeral will be at 1200hrs on Thursday 31st August, at St.Mary’s church, Easton, which is 2.5 miles North East of Winchester. Easton is a small village and the church is not a large one, we have had confirmation from the family that any Supporters and followers of this project would be welcome to attend the service, but must be prepared to make room for immediate friends and family. Anyone interested in attending the service should please contact: sam@hawkertyphoon.com so that an estimate of numbers can be passed to the family. Thank you.

Aug 03

Flt Lt David Ince DFC BSc FRAeS LdH

RB396 David Ince wavingWe are very sad to report the passing, yesterday, of Flt Lt David Ince DFC.

David, originally an Army Artillery officer, transferred to the RAF and flew Typhoons with 193 and 257 Squadrons throughout the Normandy campaign, then into Belgium, Holland and Germany.

After the War, David was the founder of the Typhoon Entente Cordiale Trust, TECT, established to foster links with Typhoon crews past and present, and also responsible for the memorial to Typhoon crews at Noyers Bocage in France. 

We are currently working with TECT, to establish whether the family would wish for any supporters and followers of this project to attend David’s funeral, which is on the 31st August in Winchester.

 

It was an incredible honour for the team to meet David at our launch event just 9 months ago and the team is all saddened at his passing.

RIP David, blue skies and tailwinds.

We now know that David’s funeral will be at 1200hrs on Thursday 31st August, at St.Mary’s church, Easton, which is 2.5 miles North East of Winchester. You should know that Easton is a small village and the church is not a large one, we have had confirmation from the family that any Supporters and followers of this project would be welcome to attend the service, but may be prepared to make room for immediate friends and family. Anyone interested in attending the service should please contact: sam@hawkertyphoon.com so that an estimate of numbers can be passed to the family. Thank you.

Jul 31

RB396 has a new home

Unit 10 keysThe team are pleased to announce that on the 28th July 2017, the lease was completed on what will become the project’s home for the next period in the journey. This is a five year lease of an industrial unit in Uckfield, East Sussex and is where every asset off the project will be stored and a visitor centre will be set up, so that in the near future the answer to the question “can I come and see it?” will finally be “YES!” Read the rest of this entry »

May 17

Charity first anniversary

logoThe 17th May 2017 sees the first anniversary of the formation of the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group, the Charitable Incorporated Organisation formed to carry out the business of overseeing the rebuild, to flight, of Hawker Typhoon MkIb, RB396. Do not however, be fooled into thinking that the project is only one year old, far from it. Dave Robinson has been researching the Typhoon for almost 18 years, first as a hobby, and more recently this has ballooned into a full scale rebuild project. Support has grown exponentially since the project made its way onto social media in early 2015, first with Facebook, then Twitter and more recently, Instagram. The first year, post charity formation, has been incredibly busy, with all members of the team working round the clock and the team expanding and taking on new members too. So, what has happened in that year?

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May 01

RB396 48th scale build

RB396 48th Build headlineRichard Spreckley, of Mancave models, is building us a 1:48 scale model of RB396 along side all his other custom work. This model will come with us to shows across the country and act as an illustration of what RB396 would have looked like around the time of her final flight. There are no photos known to exist of RB396 so many, many hours of research has gone in to trying to establish exactly how her paint scheme would have looked; this is something we are still working on.

This build is now complete, see for yourself how she looks…

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Apr 29

Air Show Stand

RB396 Show stand 2Saturday 29th April, 2017, saw the very first outing for the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group air show stand. The project decided on the Radial & Trainer Aircraft Fly In, which formed part of the Wings & Wheels event at Wolverhampton Halfpenny Green Airfield as the ideal one to ‘trial run’ the stand. The event was perfect to test the stand, get to grips with the internal layout, the amount and type of merchandise available, not to mention the logistics of everything on a show day. The event was also used as a meet and greet for those members of the Supporters’ Club who have expressed an interest in helping to man the stand and be the face of the project across the coming air show season. It was a great opportunity to see these members, some of whom we were meeting for the first time. The whole team are all now looking forward to a busy year getting out and about at UK air shows.

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Apr 12

First major donation

Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 13.13.47The 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.

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