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RB396 SUPPORTERS’ CLUB MEMBER EVENTS

 

One of the benefits of joining the Supporters’ Club, is the opportunity to attend the member events. The events range from simple museum visits, to more extensive tours, or even VIP behind the scenes events. In planning these we are attempting to spread them across the country and to give as wide a range of events as possible. The Supporters’ Club was established in October 2016 and as the membership base grows it is our  plan to hold more events, that may also be able to grow in size, and maybe in the future even venture abroad to visit some Typhoon sites in Normandy and beyond.

These events are open to ALL members of the RB396 Supporters’ Club, we are endeavouring to keep the events free to attend but some may require a small charge or donation to cover extra costs such as food/guided tours etc. They have been negotiated on behalf of the project and as such will be more extensive than a general visit to that particular location. Some tours may have limited spaces, or may only be able to go ahead if certain numbers can be attained. To find out more about each event, or to reserve your space(s) please contact richard@hawkertyphoon.com stating:

  • your full name
  • membership number (if you have received it)
  • event(s) wishing to attend

 


 

19 May 17 – BBMF VIP “DOWN THE MIDDLE TOUR”

On Friday 19th May we are visiting the BBMF hangar at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. The “down the middle” tour is something normally reserved for serving personnel and their families and as such, we are in a very privileged position to be have been offered this tour. For this tour there is a small charge of £25pp and that also includes food before commencing the tour.

Cost: £25pp

Spaces: 15.  Available: FULLY BOOKED

 

 


 

30 Jul 17 – TANGMERE AVIATION MUSEUM, GUIDED TOUR

On Sunday 30th July we have the opportunity to go on a guided tour of the Tangmere Aviation Museum, Tangmere, West Sussex. Tangmere is just over the road from the still active Goodwood Aerodrome (formerly RAF Westampnett) and the area is abundant with Typhoon related history, with many squadrons being based at Tangmere and the surrounding airfields. The day will be a meet at 1100 with a guided tour following, and then attendees are free to explore the museum at will afterwards. There is also a Lightning simulator which is great fun of those who fancy flying round the area at Mach 2!

Time: 1100 meet.

Cost: £10

Spaces: Require minimum 10 attendees in order to book the tour. Attending: 12

 


 

16 Aug 17 – RAF WESTHAMPNETT GUIDED TOUR

On Wednesday 16th August 2017 military historian and author, Mark Hillier, has kindly offered his services to give us a “then and now” guided tour of RAF Westhampnett, now known as Goodwood Aerodrome, in West Sussex. “Westy” as the airfield used to be known during wartime was home to the first operation Typhoon squadron and at its peak was home to three Typhoon squadrons, one of those being 184 sqn of which project trustee Sam’s Grandfather was a member, completing his last flight from there on 21 May 44. Mark’s tours are exceptional, he will prepare a number of “then” photographs and over the course of a couple of hours will walk you round the entire perimeter of the airfield, lining up those photographs with the features that still remain, whilst giving an in depth insight into the history behind them. The tour is delightful, and for those arriving before the airfield ceases flying for the day (1800), you will likely see any number of Spitfires, Mustangs, Harvards and other vintage aircraft gracing the skies.

Time: 1830-1900 meet (welcome to arrive early)

Cost: FREE – donations welcome

Spaces: Require 10 in order to proceed, maximum 50. Attending: 13

 


 

18 Nov 17 – RAFM COSFORD GUIDED TOUR

Saturday 18th November 2017 sees us head north to Cosford for a guided tour of the RAF Museum’s ‘other’ location. This event will feature two guided tours, limited to 12 people per tour. Entrance to the Museum is free, however the tours come at a slight cost but the project will be covering that, therefore this event is FREE. With the recent redesign of the layouts of both RAF Museums, this will be a great opportunity to see the new displays, plus the Conservation Hangar will be open that day, as an added bonus.

Time: 10.00 meet, museum closes at 1600.

Cost: FREE – donations welcome

Spaces: 24 Max, 12 per tour. Taken: 7  Available: 17

 


 

OPEN DAY

The project is currently going through the legal proceedings to move in to a unit in the South (near to Gatwick) that will become our home until the Heritage Centre is designed, planned and built. As soon as the move is complete, we will be holding a members’ open day and that will be the first time that the entire project, including the Napier Sabre, will be in the same location. It will be a very special event, and we hope to have some Typhoon veterans along to “open” the facility. The date is still TBC, but we aim for it to be some time in the summer of 2017.

Time: TBC

Cost: FREE  – donations welcome

Spaces: TBC

 


 

For all 2017 event enquiries or to reserve your space(s), please contact richard@hawkertyphoon.com stating your:

  • full name
  • membership number
  • event(s) wishing to attend

We are constantly looking to add more visits, outings and events and they will be added here when confirmed. Please note, these events are for members of the RB396 Supporters’ Club, if you are not yet a member you can find out more, and join, by clicking here.

 


 

AIR SHOWS

Don’t forget we, as a project, are going to be out and about at various UK air shows this season, we would like you to come and say hello at any of the shows that you can. If you, as a member of the Supporters’ Club would like to go that extra mile in showing your support for the project, then we have opportunities to volunteer as part of our team at air shows this season. If you feel you would be up to the challenge then please email a short relevant CV outlining why you would be good for the role, which includes, first and foremost: being an ambassador for the project, meeting and engaging with the public, generating income and spreading the word, to sam@hawkertyphoon.com

Current planned attendance at the following shows:

May 27th/28th – Duxford

June 11th – Cosford

June 24th/25th – Bicester

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

July 14th/15th/16th – RIAT, Fairford

August 5th – East Kirkby

August 19th/20th – Combined Ops, Headcorn

August 26th/27th – Dunsfold

September – 23rd/24th – Duxford

 


 

—– 2018 —–


 

16 Feb 18 – YORKSHIRE AIR MUSEUM

The Yorkshire Air Museum is a lovely museum, based, as the name suggests, in Yorkshire. We are still working on the details of the visit, but we require a minimum of 10 people for the meet to proceed. Please register your interest as that will allow us to make provisional bookings.

Time: 1030 meet, museum closes at 1600.

Cost: TBC

Spaces: Minimum 10.

 


 

OTHER PLANNED 2018 EVENTS:

Duxford

Yeovilton

Army Flying museum

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Another Mark Hillier Special

Summer BBQ/Dinner

Gatwick Museum

 

The above (2018) ideas are still in the planning stage, and as such may change. If you have any other venues in mind that you think would be suitable for a group outing, then please get in touch.

 

To enquire about any of the events, or register your interest for a space please contact: richard@hawkertyphoon.com stating your:

  • full name
  • membership number
  • event(s) wishing to attend