Typhoon gets a Sabre
With its declared aim to get Hawker Typhoon Ib RB396 airworthy in time for the D-day 80th anniversary in 2024, the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group (HTPG) made a big step forward with the announcement that it had secured Napier Sabre IIA aero engine serial number 2484 for use in RB396’S restoration. The Napier Sabre is synonymous with the Hawker Typhoon and very early on the HTPG trustees concluded that no other engine could be used for RB396. The HTPG spent nearly ten years searching for this powerplant. Located in Derby, it is believed this engine was only used as a teaching aid, which makes it a perfect example for restoration. The engine was moved to HTPG’S base at Goodwood where it was unveiled in mid-february and now forms the basis for a fundraising campaign. Once airworthy RB396 — the only genuine combat veteran Typhoon Ib in existence — will fly in remembrance of the 666 Typhoon pilots killed during WWII.
The Napier Sabre IIA aero engine that will be fully restored to go into Typhoon RB396 PHOTO: HTPG