Volunteers raising funds to restore the first ever World War 2 Hawker Typhoon fighter bomber to flying condition have successfully completed their first crowdfunding project.
They set their target carefully at £50,000 because if it wasn’t reached they wouldn’t get a penny of the money pledged by supporters.
In fact they went on to smash the target in just over two weeks and on Saturday three weeks after the crowdfunder was launched £67,127 was in the kitty.
The Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group, which is based in Uckfield, has been promised the final £10,000 of that amount and so another £123,000 is still needed to get to that stage. The overall project is estimated to cost about £5m.The money will allow work to begin on the rebuild of the rear fuselage of RB396 - the aeroplane to be restored – but the total cost of that will be £200,000.
If you would like to help please visit a donation page on the group’s website.
The trustees have thanked everybody who helped make the crowdfunder a success. “It is just the start of the rebuild but we could not have done this without you,” they say on their website.
Restoration group volunteers spent many hours planning the campaign which was launched in Uckfield on Sunday, April 28.
It was fuelled by content about the pilots who died flying the Hawker Typhoon – 666 of them, quotes from Veterans who flew it, and from the professionals who will rebuild it.
There were also numerous interviews, podcasts, and magazine articles.
The group’s trustees are now liaising with Airframe Assemblies, on the Isle of Wight to firm up a date when the RB396 fuselage, spare sections and jig can be delivered to them.
The Hawker Typhoon was used to great effect after D-Day (the invasion of occupied Europe on June 6, 1944) to destroy German tanks, guns, and equipment as the Allies pushed through France, the Low Countries and across the Rhine to the Nazi’s homeland.
Read more on Uckfield News about the project to restore the RB396 to flying condition in time for the commemoration in 2024 of the 80th anniversary of D Day: