Support the Restoration to Flight of the World’s Only Combat Veteran

Hawker Typhoon MkIb, RB396.

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The Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group (Registered UK Charity no.1167143) is overseeing the restoration of RB396 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, the only genuine combat veteran in existence, will likely be the only airworthy Hawker Typhoon in the world. Long term, she will serve as a centrepiece for a Heritage Centre, established with the intention of preserving the history and educating the public with regard to this iconic and forgotten aircraft.

The physical rebuild is underway, with our partners the Aircraft Restoration Company and Airframe Assemblies. It began in the summer of 2019 after three years of fundraising and after the successful completion of a Crowdfunder Campaign in May 2019. For photos of some of that progress to date, please look in the “gallery” section of this website.

This project is run entirely by volunteers and has been funded to date exclusively by kind donations from our Supporters’ Club and members of the public. We need help to ensure we raise the funds required, within our planned timescale. Could you help? If so, please get in touch via the “contact” section of this website.

Over £500,000 raised to date! For the full Members’ Day report, click here.


On Sunday 27th October 2019 the group’s “year raffle” was drawn. Incredibly three of the five prize winners were present at the Members’ Day, the other two have been contacted and all prizes have been claimed. The five prize winners were:

  1. Spitfire flight – Howard Baker
  2. Neil Hipkiss Canvas – David Carden-Jones
  3. RSC Ltd Ed wristwatch, No.174 – I.S.D. Jackson
  4. Family Lifetime Supporters’ Club Membership – Helen Getley
  5. 4 x veteran signed project baseball cap – James Baldwin

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all those who entered the raffle, it raised over £5,000 for the project. The second and fifth prize winners also donated their prizes back to the project. The Canvas will be used to further fundraising, and the 4 x veteran signed cap will be kept in safekeeping by the project as it is unique, being signed by the veterans in attendance at the Project Launch event in 2016. There will be a similar raffle in 2020, if you could donate a significant prize for this, please get in touch. To read the full report on the Members’ Day 2019, please look in the “News/Progress” section, or click here.


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