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.

Due to the restrictions quite rightly applied by the UK government, the project has had to take the difficult decision to ensure the shop staff stay at home. During this time, no webshop orders can be processed. However, if you are able to wait for delivery, then we ask that you continue to place your orders, safe in the knowledge that as soon as the restrictions are lifted or relaxed, and it is safe to do so, the shop team will begin to process and dispatch them. At this time, nobody knows when that will be, but it will be continually reviewed, along with government guidance and restrictions. As a charity, tasked with raising the £5m required to rebuild RB396, the webshop is the lifeblood of that fundraising. Please continue to support that, so that RB396 can continue to be rebuilt. This applies to all orders placed since 20th March 2020.

Membership applications to join the Supporters’ Club, the best way to support the work of the project, can still be processed from home, by the shop team. You will not receive your physical membership pack until after the restrictions are lifted or relaxed, however you will receive the membership newsletter and bulletins, which is one of the main reasons for joining.

There is some exciting news coming on the 1st April, the 75th anniversary of RB396’s final flight, along with a new and exciting way to support the project and new merchandise. Be sure to keep an eye out on the 1st.


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