Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib MN235 has been delivered to its home, the RAF Museum London, where it was reassembled and put back on display in the last week of November.
The aircraft had been at the Hendon attraction since 1972 until loaned to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum at Rockliffe, Ottawa in 2014. Before reaching the Canadian museum, it was sent to the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre at Cosford for restorative work. It was also repainted to represent a Typhoon of 440 Squadron RCAF. In May 2014 it was loaded aboard an RCAF C-17 Globemaster and flown from Brize Norton in Oxfordshire to its new, temporary home. The aircraft was formally unveiled at Rockliffe on June 6, the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
The Typhoon arrived back in the UK on April 12 of last year, and after a few weeks in storage at the RAF Museum’s Stafford facility was rolled out at Coningsby, Lincolnshire, and displayed for a few months in the BBMF’s hangar. It was returned to Hendon by road on October 18.
Currently the only complete Typhoon in the world, MN235 was built in 1944 at Hucclecote, Gloucestershire, and made its debut flight in the hands of Sqn Ldr Allan Smith DFC on February 8 of that year. It was allocated to the USAAF for fighter comparison and evaluation trials but in the end did not serve in this capacity. It was put into storage after only nine hours of flying time following a minor accident. www.rafmuseum.org.uk