Work has officially begun on restoring Hawker Typhoon RB396 following a successful Crowdfunder campaign.
The Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group is overseeing the rebuild of RB396 with the intention of returning the aircraft to flight. Through Crowdfunder and the generosity of donors, £68,000 has been raised, enabling the first step of the physical rebuild to commence. In May the rear fuselage was transported to Airframe Assemblies on the Isle of Wight. The Sandown-based restoration specialist has detached the top skin to expose all internal ribs and has removed part of the rear frame for assessment.
The latter was found to be in remarkable condition – engineers have begun the process of inspection, cleaning, and protective painting. It’s anticipated that around 60% of the rear fuselage structure will be suitable for use in the eventual rebuild, for which fundraising efforts continue in earnest. The Typhoon has also recently joined the CAA register as G-TIFY. Trustee Dave Robinson said: “We still have a lot of work to do, but we hope that this news of real progress will whet the appetite of new supporters and donors.” www.hawkertyphoon.com