Restoration of RB396A Typhoon to fly again?Latest NewsThe RB396 activity is now centred on an industrial unit in Uckfield, Sussex, where there is now a large collection of Typhoon parts and memorabilia. The team recently began a Crowdfunding effort to raise money for major restoration work. The initial target has been easily exceeded and some £67,000 have been raised!Quantities of Hawker Tempest parts and, most importantly, construction jigs, have been obtained. These will make the restoration work much easier (Typhoon and Tempest differed mainly in the wings and forward fuselage).The RB396 team have been exhibiting at recent airshows and have been able to show off their Sabre engine, which has attracted a lot of attention and has generated more support for the restoration project.Restoration work has now started. The rear fuselage of the Typhoon has been sent to expert restorers in the Isle of Wight.
Typhoon Memorial Weekend 202075th Anniversary of VE-DayThis year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2, first in Europe, then in the Far East. It would have been good to celebrate that anniversary with our friends in Normandy, with the usual gathering at the Typhoon Memorial in Noyers Bocage. Very unfortunately the present Corona Virus outbreak has thrown all such plans into confusion and it is not yet clear when it might be possible to stage public meetings in France or even for UK persons to travel to such meetings. We have therefore regretfully cancelled all plans for the 2020 Typhoon Memorial weekend.We are keeping the situation under review and will report back to Members and friends as soon as there is any significant change. Meanwhile - keep safe and we send our best wishes to our friends in ASAVN and to the Mayor and council of Noyers Bocage.