Resurrecting a

Forgotten Legend

There were over 1200 young men and women who flew the Hawker Typhoon during WWII, 56% of them made the ultimate sacrifice. There is no memorial to these brave young men and women, the thousands of ground crew and support staff who kept the machines operating, nor to those who designed, built, tested and delivered the aircraft. We strongly feel that they deserve one. This memorial will not be carved from stone, or cast in bronze, viewed only by those who make the special journey to see it. This memorial will work, live and breathe. It will fly, and it will be seen by many.

The Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group is a charitable organisation, run entirely by volunteers, and exists to raise the funds required to rebuild Hawker Typhoon MkIb, RB396, as the lasting legacy those brave men and women deserve. The rebuild of RB396 to airworthy condition cannot be achieved alone. We need financial support; £5million is needed to cover the cost of the rebuild. We need your help. Join those who have already contributed in excess of £1million since the formation of the charity in 2016, and who have enabled the rebuild to commence, with the first section nearing completion. With your help, the rebuild can continue, progress, and be completed.

Winter progress report

On the 25th November another visit went over to check in on Airframe Assemblies on the Isle of Wight, this time there were ten supporters who responded to the invite in the October eNewsletter, with one showing real dedication and travelling all the way from Edinburgh for the opportunity to get “eyes on” RB396’s rear fuselage.  

Mike Ling announced as project ambassador

After hosting the Black Tie gala for the project, Mike Ling MBE FRAeS was so taken by the team’s dedication and the story surrounding what they are working towards that he expressed a desire to do more for the project.

Typhoon Initiative for Family (TIFFy)

Do you have a veteran of the Typhoon story in your family, do you, or did you, know someone? Perhaps they helped to design, build, test or deliver the aircraft? Maybe they were a ground crew member, maintaining them in the field, or a pilot flying them in combat?

If so, we want to hear from you…


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The overall budget is approximately £5 million and in excess of £1million has been raised since the formation of the charity in 2016. On 1st April 2020, the 75th anniversary of RB396’s final flight, a new Platinum tier was launched. The formation of this package has allowed supporters to take the next step by contributing at a higher level which has enabled the rebuild to accelerate, whilst breaking down the estimated remaining budget into manageable amounts. In 2021 the “Supporters’ Club” was rebranded; there are now five tiers of support: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. These support packages offer a level of support for all budgets, with tailored rewards specific to each tier. There are 1,000 namespaces available on RB396 and these are allocated as rewards at the Platinum and Diamond levels.

By supporting the project through these tiers, you will allow the rebuild of the RB396 to be progressed. In turn, you will receive exclusive benefits as a most grateful thank you. You will become an enabler of the most exciting warbird restoration project in the UK and even the world.

All tiers are eligible for Gift Aid.