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.

On the 1st April this year it is 75 years since RB396’s last flight. There are some special plans formulating, so keep following for more.

For the latest progress update on the rebuild (2019 rebuild overview) click here.


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