From The Ashes

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

Phoenix

‘Warbird RB396’ by Neil Hipkiss GAvA depicts Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib RB396 in action over Normandy. Also see page 108.
COURTESY NEIL HIPKISS-GAvA

“Possibly as early as 2024 – the 80th anniversary of D-Day – Typhoon Mk.Ib RB396 will lift off again”

The project has acquired the only genuine four-bladed Typhoon spinner in existence.
Roy Worthington’s medals, pilots brevet and ‘Caterpillar Club’ certificate of membership – pilots who had baled out of an aircraft were eligible for the latter.
Parts recovered from the cockpit of Roy Worthington’s Typhoon (MN252). These will be incorporated into RB396.

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.

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