Some may have noticed that there were a few wing spar fittings showing in a previous post, these are the fittings that we’ve been trying to source for several years, and key to completing the reverse engineering of the wing for JP843.
We have been very fortunate to acquire (on loan), not only fittings, but the complete joint assembly for the wing attachment points along with the tailplane spar fittings. This was only possible through the very generous loan of parts from the Hawker Typhoon JP600 recovery in France, by Mr. Pierre Ben.
The parts are being used by our friends at the Jet Age Museum, and by ourselves, to completely reverse engineer each joint. It’s been an effort by many that we are all very thankful for.
To remove the wing pins, the Jet Age team requested the assistance of their sponsor, SAFRAN, and their 50 ton press.
It took 35 tons of force to get the pins out, and when they did let go, it was with one heck of a bang!. These efforts allowed the shipment of key components to our shop here in British Columbia. While the main cockpit spar sections remain in the UK, we have the pin joint assemblies here in our shop where they are undergoing full measurement and CAD design work. Upon completion, all of the data we generate will be shared between our two Typhoon groups to help Typhoon advancement as much as possible. The original parts will be re-assembled and returned to France for display.
For further information on JP600 how these part were recovered, please take the time to Visit Pierre Ben’s fantastic website ( link below)