Typhoon gets a Sabre

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS -

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

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