Feb 15

Stunning Work…

David Gaspur 1A link was recently sent in by one of our members which featured a model diorama that have been built by David Gaspur in Canada. We were amazed with what we saw, some extremely intricate and painstaking work.

Our vision for RB and a Heritage Centre dedicated to the Typhoon and all the Designers, manufacturers, ground crews and pilots was forming just 2 years ago. After making the decision that we would complete RB to flight condition our thoughts moved to where she would be based and how she could be best used to teach a new generation, a heritage centre seemed the most logical step. However, as we were exploring our vision a talented modeller in Canada had set about re-creating it in 1/24 scale…

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Feb 09

Gift Aid Registration Achieved


We have now been accepted and registered for gift aid. Following submission of all the paperwork to the HMRC we received confirmation that we can now claim 25% on top of any membership or donation to the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group.

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Dec 31

New Year round up

The project has made huge strides this year, off the back of the incredibly successful launch event held as the clocks went back in 2016, the huge surge of interest in the project meant that the trustees had their work cut out as 2017 showed no sign of slowing down, in fact, the complete opposite. Below, is an extract from the recent newsletter published to all members of the Supporters’ Club just before Christmas, it is a roundup of many of the signifiant events of 2017, there is plenty more that has happened, but it can’t all be written about!

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Dec 14

French team donates parts

Pierre Ben and TeamEarly in December, a group consisting of Jean-Michel Goyat, Julien Arcanger, Pierre Ben, Alexandre Patte and Bertrand Ridel (left to right) made the journey from France in order to donate some recovered Typhoon artefacts to the project. Dave, one of the two trustees, was able to meet them at the project’s Uckfield base in order to receive the parts and entertain the team for a few hours, before their onward journey.

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Dec 04

First Public Open Day

_DSC4151On Sunday 3rd December 2017 the project’s Uckfield base was open to all. Around 100 guests came through the duration of the day which ran from 1200 – 1500. Just five weeks previously, exactly one year on from the Launch event at the Boultbee Flight Academy on the 29th October 2016, the unit had been opened for the very first time with a special Supporters’ Club members’ day, to celebrate the anniversary and achievements of the previous year. That Members’ day was intended to be the only Open Day type event of 2017, but such was the demand to come and see the project, that the team decided to try and open the doors one more time before Christmas.

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Nov 28

Wings of Memory

Wings of Memory logoOn Wednesday 15th November, Boomer and his team from “Wings of Memory” made the journey from their base in Belgium, to the project HQ in East Sussex in a long overdue and eagerly anticipated visit. Boomer is a Lifetime member of the Supporters’ Club with an avid interest in aviation, particularly WWII and recoveries. He is a current serving member of the Belgian Air Force and in his spare time is very active in the recovery scene in Belgium and surrounding countries. Their team had an early start, to arrive at our base for around 10.00 local time, and on arrival it was clear to see they came bearing gifts!

The purpose of the visit was to deliver a large amount of engine parts, but also to cement what will go on to be a long friendship between the project and Wings of Memory, it is clear that both teams will be able to help each other out to quite some degree. The engine parts being delivered came in three large crates, each requiring two men to lift, a lot of metal. The parts originate from the “spare” Napier Sabre engine currently in the project’s possession and donated by BAHAAT, a recovery team also based on the continent. There are many items in the crates, in very good condition – sleeves and cylinder heads being instantly recognisable, but also worm gear, impeller blades, gears and much much more. The parts are all in excellent condition and will be of great help to the project when it comes to the point of rebuilding our main Napier Sabre.News item 01

But it was clear that Boomer and his team hadn’t finished there. They have a lot to do with the B67 Ursel air base, and presented Dave and Sam, the project’s trustees, with an artwork depicting two Typhoons low flying over the air base as it currently looks, complete with memorial, it is a wonderful piece and will be taking pride of place in the entrance lobby. They had also worked on a special, framed, certificate denoting the friendship of the project and Wings of Memory whose drive is to “Remember Them”, the phrase Wings of Memory has coined as their own. B67 Ursel also create a beer of their own, adorned with rocket firing Typhoons on the label and the project has now found itself the proud owner of two crates of these bottles – for which there are special plans.

After the documenting of the parts being gifted discussions turned to how the two projects could work together in the next few years to raise support for the project. A number of good ideas have taken hold and we look forward to bringing you more information about this, one in particular involves being able to fly in a genuine D-Day veteran aircraft…  After signing Boomer’s book, completing the paperwork and exchanging a few other gifts, News item - shotDave and Sam bid the team goodbye, but not before a shot (apparently this is a tradition?!) – incredibly they had driven all the way from Belgium just to visit the project and drop off the parts! After a stop at the Battle of Britain memorial in Capel-le-Ferne it was back on the channel tunnel for the Wings of Memory team. Dave and Sam are incredibly grateful to Boomer and his team, for taking the time to donate these parts to the project, which will go on to be incredibly useful. As two teams on different sides of the channel both look forward to working with each other more in the future.

You can check out their work here: www.wingsofmemory.be


Nov 17

Major acquisition


On 17th November 2017, the funds cleared for what was the project’s most expensive purchase to date. In time for the first Open Day at the new base, the team had acquired what is thought to be the only genuine four blade Typhoon/Tempest spinner in existence, and shortly afterwards from the same source, a complete rear empennage, tail unit and rudder was made available to the project. The cost of these parts far exceeded the available bank balance, and so, at risk of loosing the parts the Trustees took the decision to ask the Supporters’ Club for help.

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Oct 29

First Open Day

Sunday October 29th, 2017 saw the very first Open Day at the project’s new home base in Uckfield, East Sussex. The event was laid on for _DSC3689members of the Supporters’ Club and was a great success. It had been just a few months since the project signed the 5 year lease and received the keys to an empty industrial unit at the height of the air show season. Initially there was no time to conduct the work required to host guests, but every weekend in October a small but dedicated team of volunteers, made up from members of the Supporters’ Club and the project’s Trustees, travelled long distances and put in long hours in order to transform the inside of the unit into a suitable venue to exhibit the project and host guests. The results were seen on Sunday 29th October, exactly one year on from the project’s public launch event at the Boultbee Flight Academy hangar, at Goodwood. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 07

RB’s Test Pilot Confirmed

Pinkie Log BookWith thanks to Mark Collier, Mark Crame (609 Squadron Association Member) and Chris Thomas (copies of ‘Pinkies’ log book) for the research they have conducted into the history of RB396.

We are pleased to be able to reveal that the records of RB’s test flights have been uncovered. None other than Acting F/L (later S/L) Laurence ‘Pinkie’ Stark was on rest at Gloucester Aircraft and was the pilot responsible for completing RB396’s test flights prior to acceptance by the RAF. The location of his original log books is currently unknown since the passing of his brother, Mark Collier and Crame were attempting to find these when Chris Thomas forwarded a copy of the relevant page.  He had met Pinkie in the 1980’s whilst researching the Typhoon and had been able to take copies of his log books at the time.

It seems that RB’s first 45 minutes flight wasn’t without its faults as a further 15 minute flight was required after adjustments were made. See RB396’s History

Sep 25

Passing of Frank Johnson

RB396 Frank JohnsonIt is with a great deal of regret and deep sadness that we must pass on the news we received earlier today, that Frank Johnson passed away peacefully in the early hours of Sunday morning. It was reported to us that Frank had suffered a number of falls, but passed away peacefully as a result of some injuries sustained. Frank was a private man and has requested a private funeral.

As Supporters and followers of the project will know, we had hoped to try to bring Frank over to the UK, as soon as possible, in order to be reunited with “his” aircraft. We are all upset that this cannot now happen, but at this time our thoughts are with his family and friends.

We would like to construct a book of condolences that we can send to the family, and so would like to invite anyone with a message for the family and/or Frank to please email using the contact form on the website, or to sam@hawkertyphoon.com where we will collect all the messages into a document and deliver this to the family.

RIP Frank, Blue Skies and Tailwinds. Your lasting legacy will be RB396; in her, your memory and that of all your colleagues and friends will live on.


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