Jul 29

First progress shots

rb2The Crowdfunder campaign, which reached its successful conclusion in April, enabled to project to take the first major step in the physical rebuild of RB396. Announced on the website in May, the rear fuselage of RB396 was transported to the Airframe Assemblies (AA) on the Isle of Wight, so that work could commence.

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Jul 02

Public Open Day – July 28th 2019

56 sdn tiffy lense flairThe Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group is pleased to announce that our Public Open Day will be held on Sunday 28th July. This is a chance for everyone who is interested in the restoration of Hawker Typhoon RB396 to come and find out more about the project. Attendees will have the opportunity to chat to the Project Team and be taken through the history of the Hawker Typhoon. Read the rest of this entry »

May 22

RB396 Delivered to Airframe Assemblies

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On the 10th May 2019, the restoration of Hawker Typhoon RB396 passed a major milestone with the delivery of RB396’s fuselage to Airframe Assemblies on the Isle of Wight. Read the rest of this entry »

May 03

Airshow and Event Calendar 2019

Airshows 2019We are part way through the 2019 airshow season, and there are still plenty of events at which you can catch the team.

We will have our Napier Sabre on display at the Duxford events, we hope to see you all at one of the shows throughout the season.  Drop by and talk to the team, find out the latest news, become a member to learn about events and updates before anyone else and view the range of merchandise we have (we will have a special limited edition line in celebration of D-Day 75 this year, keep your eye on social media for details when they arrive)

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May 01

An Exclusive Evening with Bob Tuxford 13/6

Bob TuxfordThe Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group are delighted to welcome Squadron Leader Bob Tuxford to discuss his role in Operation Black Buck 1 on Thursday 13th June 2019.

On the night of 30th April/1st May 1982 during the Falklands War, the RAF undertook Operation Black Buck 1: the bombing of Port Stanley Airfield. Bob Tuxford was Flight Commander with 55 Squadron flying the Victor K2 Tanker and he played a pivotal role in the success of the operation. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 27

HTPG Crowdfunder Campaign

Peter J. Thompson/National Post

  Crowdfunder Success

It was just eight weeks ago that the Trustees tasked our membership secretary, Ian Stewart, to research the available crowd funding platforms for our first public campaign. Ian’s report concluded that it would require eight weeks of preparation and that we should opt for a  minimum four week campaign.

 

The team pulled together and set an initial target of £50,000, one quarter of the total cost of rebuilding the rear fuselage, and made the decision that this campaign would be ‘all or nothing’. Additionally, due to time restraints on the team the campaign would have to be prepared, launched and completed in just six weeks, nothing like a little pressure.

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Apr 05

Frank Johnson on What Happened Next

Peter J. Thompson/National Post

Peter J. Thompson/National Post

On the 30th March, we posted our first excerpt from Historica Canada’s Memory Project interview with RB396’s regular pilot Frank Johnson. In this part of the interview, Frank describes being shot down and becoming a Prisoner of War. You can find that full clip on our website here or on our Soundcloud page. Due to a slight edit issue, the clip overran and continued onto what happened next. We have had a few requests for the rest of Frank’s tale of his time in hospital in England. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 15

Hawker Tempest JN768 Collection Gallery

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On the 9th March 2019, the Team headed out to ‘somewhere in Essex’ to collect the majority of the JN768 Tempest Project. A van, a trailer and numerous cars collected where needed to pack up the assets of the project and transport it all down to Project HQ in Uckfield. The cockpit section will be collected later. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 04

Hawker Tempest JN768 Acquisition

2019 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for the project and the next few weeks especially so. At the Autumn Members’ Day in 2018, we launched a new fundraiser and set an initial target of £50,000. We would like to thank all of the members who were able to contribute to this call.  With the proceeds of the fundraiser, we are delighted to be able to announce that the funds raised to date have allowed the project to purchase outright the remainder of the JN768 Tempest Project.

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Feb 01

First Event for 2019 Announced

Clare Mulley

The Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group are very proud to welcome Clare Mulley to our Uckfield base on Thursday 28th February 2018.

Clare Mulley is the award-winning author of the books The Woman Who Saved the Children (won the Daily Mail Biographers’ Club Prize), The Spy Who Loved (now optioned by Universal Studios and led to Clare being decorated with Poland’s national honour of the Bene Merito) and the most recent, The Women Who Flew for Hitler. This is a dual biography of two extraordinary women at the heart of the Third Reich, but who ended their lives on opposite sides of history.

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