No Hawker Typhoon has flown since 1947. Steve Beebee visits a project that’s aiming to restore and fly a unique survivor
FROM THE WORKSHOP HAWKER TYPHOON
“Possibly as early as 2024 – the 80th anniversary of D-Day – Typhoon Mk.Ib RB396 will lift off again”
As the living memory of World War Two begins to fade, it is perhaps all the more important to enlighten, educate and illustrate. The challenge of aircraft restoration, the task of physically putting the original machinery before the faces of new generations, only becomes greater with every passing year. Spares become fewer, original sources for projects become harder to find and are in poorer condition. The entire business of rebuilding old aircraft has never been simple or inexpensive, and one thing’s for sure, it’s not about to become less complex or cheaper.