We’ve had a busy few months here at Typhoon Legacy, our Meet and Greet on May 31st went very well and Harry Hardy DFC of 440 Squadron was an amazing guest, keeping on our toes with his detailed accounts of his time on Typhoons, and a vibrant sense of humour!
Shortly after this event, team member Graeme Sutherland put on a wonderful JP843 display at the D-Day airshow in New Zealand and has continued with his in depth research and development of our history on Peter Price.
Coming up in the 16th of July, we have the Wings and Wheels event in Campbell River British Columbia, where we will be displaying the cockpit section of JP843. This event is bound to be a busy one, and we hope to bring the history of this aircraft and the crews to a welcoming new audience.
We have several large private groups coming through later in July to learn more about the Typhoon and its role in the Second World War. We are always happy to include interested parties in our project, and welcome contact from individuals or groups that would like to make an appointment to see this amazing piece of history.
July 27th marks the 72nd anniversary of Peter Price’s loss in JP843, a very hectic time during the war, and one in which many men lost their lives on both sides. We will remember them.
Earlier this year we had been granted permission from the MOD to recover the remaining surface parts from Typhoon MN532, but unfortunately were too late in our arrival and all components had been recovered. We continue to seek surviving parts from crash sites with permissions from proper authority, and are even more interested in contact with people who may have Typhoon parts in private collections. Typhoon Legacy Co. Ltd. is not interested in collecting surviving components for permanent display, but we are very interested in borrowing parts that may survive which will help reverse engineer what we need for this airworthy restoration; any borrowed parts will always be returned to their owners and names and locations will be protected if the owner wishes to remain anonymous.
The tank for which we will be soaking our Sabre is now under construction, driven by team member Cam Wallace; and we hope to have the engine submerged by this fall with the intent of a minimum of six months storage.
Fixture design is underway for the monocoque, cockpit, and the radiator fairing; with the new parts in production, we are hoping to have the fixtures ready for component assembly as the components become available. To complete our cockpit fixture, disassembly will be required for final dimensions to be collected, we will do our best to have new large assemblies ready for next show season!
Many people have come forwards with new information regarding privately held parts from the Typhoon and Sabre, please help by sharing our story so we can locate more missing items to put JP843 back in the air!
Wing spar fittings still needed: