Ten years into a project to restore a Hawker Typhoon aircraft and two years after going public Uckfield volunteers are pressing on with fund-raising to continue their work.
They offer supporters’ club memberships, hold open days and barbecues, have an online shop, and their next event is a talk by award-winning biographer and acclaimed historian Clare Mulley.
Clare writes about remarkable women, most recently, in The Women Who Flew for Hitler, about Hanna Reitsch and Melitta Schiller, who were Nazi Germany’s most highly decorated women pilots.
She will be visiting The Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group’s base at Unit 10, Ridgewood Industrial Estate, on Thursday, February 28, to give a talk, answer questions and sign copies of her books.
Read more about the event on UckfieldEvents.com where there is a link to buy tickets.
The preservation group needs about £6 million – though much is being donated in the form of aircraft parts, and workshops – to cover the cost of restoring their Typhoon to flying condition and to fund a heritage centre where it will be based.
Dave Hands, from the preservation group said the re-build had begun and metal started to be cut last year with the rudder nearing completion already.
Work on the fuselage is next on the list and will carry on over the next 12 months with the wings being started after that.
Dave said: “We have the finest example of an original engine – a Napier Sabre – which is regarded as the best example in the world to be renovated to working condition. This will happen in 2021 and will be the last part to be renovated so that it will be, in effect, brand new at the time of the first flight.
“All will be checked and certificated for flying use and made to the highest standards. This is not a replica. It is a re-build.
“Our aim is for the Hawker Typhoon – a Tiffy, as it was affectionately known by the pilots – to be flying in 2024 and be part of the 80th anniversary of the D-Day campaign where the Tiffy was regarded as a pivotal aircraft for the success of the operation.”
Tickets are available for the talk being organised by The Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group via Eventbrite. Buy yours here.
• Read more about the project to restore the Hawker Typhoon in a previous Uckfield News story here: Hawker Typhoon being brought back to life in Uckfield.
• The Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group’s website can be found here.
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