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Jet Age Museum Typhoon Restoration Members and friends will know of the restoration project at the Jet Age Museum, JAM, Staverton, Gloucestershire. JAM is located close to where the majority of Typhoons were built, by the Gloster Aircraft Company at Hucclecote and the museum features historic Gloster aircraft. The restoration of a Hawker Typhoon cockpit section is now nearly complete and the project will be unveiled at a public event on Saturday August 26th, from 1100hrs. We hope that a number of Typhoon veterans, together with other WW2 veterans, will be able to attend. Contact the Secretary if you would like more information about the event and how to find JAM.
Restoration of RB396 A Typhoon to fly again? TECT was delighted to be invited to the launch of the RB396 Typhoon restoration project which took place in the Boultbee Academy hangar at Goodwood (formerly RAF Westhampnett, a Typhoon base) on 29th October 2016. Three veteran pilots were able to attend, David Ince, Rev George Wood and Derek Lovell. The veterans were one of the centres of attention, the main one, of course, being the remains of Hawker Typhoon RB396 which is to be restored to flying condition. Hints were given at the event that there was good news soon to come. That news has now been confirmed. The restoration team have secured an unused Napier Sabre engine, formerly located at Cranfield. What has previously seemed only a pipe dream has now become a real possibility. How long will it be before the sight and sound of the mighty Typhoon will be experienced at flying displays? Latest News The RB396 team have been exhibiting at recent airshows and have been able to show off their Sabre engine, which has attracted a lot of attention and has generated more support for the restoration project.
Funeral of David Ince DFC BSc FRAeS LdH Thursday 31st August St Mary’s Church, Easton, Nr Winchester The funeral, in Easton’s ancient and beautiful church, was very well attended by family, friends and former colleagues and by representatives of the RB396 Typhoon restoration project. The Very Rev. Alec Knight, formerly our TECT chaplain, led the service. TECT member Mary Knight played the organ and Secretary, Anthony Knight delivered the euology. The service was followed by a “wake” at the village hall where mementoes of David, pictures, photographs, books and his log-book were on display. Very unfortunately the temporary grounding of the BBMF Merlin-engined aircraft denied us a flypast but the RAF was represented by a Typhoon pilot from Coningsby. David’s departure from the wake was saluted by “Last Post” and “Revive” played by James Gibb, great-nephew of a Hawker Typhoon pilot. So we bade a sad farewell to the founder of TECT but trust that “passing the torch” will continue to inspire a new generation of Typhoon enthusiasts.