Nov 15

Rebuild Progress November 2019

Stringers clipped into positionSince our six month progress update the rebuild at Airframe Assemblies has been continuing. We are really pleased to be able to bring you some more detail of that work, highlighting what the hard working and dedicated team of volunteers, raising the funds required for the rebuild, has been able to achieve.

 

In the last two weeks work has been progressing on the ‘stringers’. As highlighted in October the rear monocoque of a Typhoon is made up of a series of sheet metal frames which are covered by long curved sheet metal panels (skins) which are stiffened by stringers that run the entire length of the monocoque, some of which are in excess of 8 feet.

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Nov 03

Six month progress update

DSC_8679After a lot of hard work by the trustees and dedicated volunteers, May 2019 saw Airframe Assemblies (AA) contracted to rebuild RB396’s rear fuselage. The results of the preliminary inspection carried out by AA were very positive and they indicated that as much as 60% of the original internal structure would be suitable for rebuild rather than replacement, their remit to use as much of RB396’s structure as safely possible.

At this stage RB396 was not registered with the CAA which caused a little delay, AA were not able to begin work in earnest until this happened. They were able to remove the first skin to carry out the assessment without impacting the CAA’s requirements and so for the first time since the Typhoon was withdrawn from service work to airworthy status had begun.

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Oct 27

Members’ Day and fundraising total

MNM_4337The last Sunday in October is always the RB396 Supporters’ Club Members’ Day. Why? Because it was on this weekend in 2016 that the project was officially launched to the public at the Boultbee Flight Academy Hangar, and the Supporters’ Club founded by raffling off the first membership number. Now, three years on, the project is in its own premises, fully established, with a Supporters’ Club membership of over 1200, and growing, with that first membership number winner now a volunteer on the team. The rebuild has commenced, and fundraising continues, along with a lot of hard work from the expanding all volunteer team.

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Oct 11

Rebuild Progress October 2019

rb2The rebuild is moving along at a very steady pace, and this month we are delighted to bring you some more details of that work, which has been taking place since mid summer.
The rear fuselage is made up of a series of sheet metal frames which are covered by long curved sheet metal panels. The skins are stiffened by ‘stringers’ that run the length, some over 8 feet long. These are rolled ‘top hat’ section (Hawker A.std 1067) made from 22swg light alloy and attached to the skin panels by 1/8” countersink rivets.

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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

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  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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