This website is dedicated to the restoration of Hawker Typhoon RB396,
a genuine No.121 Wing; No.83 Group; Second Tactical Air Force combat veteran.

RB396 Typhoon colour

Typhoon pilots of 198 sqn, RAF Thorney Island, 15th June 1944. Equipped with rockets and D-Day invasion stripes, this is possibly the Typhoon’s most famous role.

RB (as she is affectionately know by the team) is owned by a registered charity, the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group (1167143), who will be overseeing the restoration 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 will be the only airworthy Hawker Typhoon in the world, and the only genuine combat veteran in existence. She will serve as a centre piece for a Heritage Centre, established with the intention of preserving the history and educating the public with regard to this iconic and forgotten aircraft.

We need your help as the aircraft will be funded entirely by public support, donations and sponsorship with the goal of being airworthy to coincide with the 80th Anniversary of D-Day planned for 2024. A Supporters’ Club has been established, along with a range of merchandise and there are many avenues by which money can be donated and you can help.

 Upcoming Open Days

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February – 25th
March – 25th
April – Members’ Day TBC
May – 27th
June – 24th
July – 29th
August – 26th
September – 30th
October – Members’ Day TBC
November – 25th

December – TBC

 Important information regarding the Open Days:

Doors open 1200 – 1500

Please do not arrive too early, the volunteers will still be setting up and putting everything in place

The address of our base is:

Unit 10

Ridgewood Industrial Estate
East Sussex

TN22 5QE

There is no heating yet in the main warehouse, as such it is a bit chilly during winter. There will be hot and cold drinks provided, donations welcome, however you are advised to dress according to the conditions.


All standard open days will follow the same format, unless advised otherwise. The doors will be open from 1200 – 1500, volunteers will be on hand to answer questions, and you will be free to look around the collection, chat with volunteers/members, purchase merchandise, take pictures etc. Some events will feature a raffle, silent auction, or large announcements, these will be as and when.

There is, at present, no requirement to register for the general Open Days.

The April and October events will be Supporters’ Club members only. Members of the Supporters’ Club will be advised of the programme for these two special events via the newsletter. They will feature added extras such as veterans in attendance, presentations on various aspects of the project, guest speakers, special announcements/unveilings and other things that may occur from time to time. Attendance will be strictly monitored. A benefit of joining the Supporters’ Club is the opportunity to attend member only events, please consider joining the Club in order to receive invites to these and other special events.

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