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Restoration of RB396 A Typhoon to fly again? Latest News The RB396 activity was for some time centred on an industrial unit in Uckfield, Sussex, where there was a large collection of Typhoon parts and memorabilia. A Crowdfunding effort was established to raise money for major restoration work. The initial target was 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 apparently unused Napier 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. Other components have been sent to the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford, experts in the restoration and operation of historic aircraft.
Typhoon Memorial Weekend 2024 This will be a special event, marking the 80th Anniversary of D-Day and the beginning of the liberation of Normandy, and then the end of the European war in 1945. We plan to be represented at the Memorial ceremonies at Noyers Bocage, probably preceded by a church service which, in 2024, will be at Villers Bocage, just 8km from Noyers Bocage on the D675. The Typhoon Memorial ceremony and service will be on Saturday 8th June. There may be visits to museums, significant sites etc. arranged for Friday 7th June and there is likely to ba a reception for residents and visitors aat Noyers Bocage on the evening of Saturday June 8th. Please note that accommodation near to Noyers Bocage may be difficult to find and is likely to be expensive. It may be necessary to find accommodation some distance from the coastal region and then be prepared to travel to events. We will publish more details of plans for the weekend as they become available. Meanwhile, it is important to know who is likely to attend so that ASAVN can plan the events and organise catering. Please contact the Secretary: secretary@tect.org.uk