Typhoon arrives at Duxford
April 22: The Imperial War Museum received its latest aircraft for eventual display with the arrival of Typhoon Developmental Aircraft 4 (DA4) ZH590, one of the pre-production aeroplanes.
DA4 was used in the early stages of the Typhoon’s development, prior to full production. It made its maiden flight from Warton on March 14, 1997 and was flown for the first time by an RAF crew in April 1998, the same year flying in formation with the Red Arrows at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.
Richard Ashton, Director of Imperial War Museum Duxford said “We are delighted to receive the Typhoon and very much look forward to displaying this exceptional aircraft at Duxford. I would like to thank the Ministry of Defence and RAF Coningsby for its sterling support.”
The aircraft was taken apart at RAF Coningsby by IWM staff and transported to Duxford by the RAF’s Joint Aircraft Recovery & Transportation Squadron. Duxford’s Conservation Department will now re-assemble the aircraft and carry out conservation work, in preparation for its unveiling as part of the IWM Duxford collection during summer 2009.
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