The project to bring Hawker Typhoon RB396 back to the skies took an important step forward recently with the news that the aircraft’s rear fuselage will be going to Airframe Assemblies for rebuild.
The work at Sandown on the Isle of Wight is expected to take between 12 and 18 months depending on funds raised. Returning the rear fuselage to airworthy condition will cost approximately £220,000. A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise an initial £50,000 towards this. The Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group is aiming to fly the aircraft in 2024, to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Dave Robinson and Sam Worthington-Leese, founding trustees, said: “We are incredibly proud of everything that has been achieved so far and we could not have got to where we are without the support of our post holders, volunteers, members and donors. As a charity, we rely on this generosity so we hope that as many people as possible will support this significant milestone by giving whatever they can.” Anyone wishing to contribute to the campaign can do so by visiting the project’s Crowdfunder page:
WITH THANKS TO MATT BONE