Typhoon Wing Month

It appears as though October is international “Typhoon Wing Month”! During October of 2015 we were able to complete the important task of scanning the wing of MN235 in Ottawa; and this year during October, we were able to secure almost 14 feet of surviving Typhoon wing structure! The JP843 team pulled all stops to make this acquisition happen, and the fruits of these combined efforts will be amazing when combined with the scan data.

We take great efforts as a team to only collect surviving parts if they will be needed for reverse engineering where drawings are missing, primarily because almost every part will need to be built new for this airworthy restoration, but also because many of these items would be better suited as memorial displays in Museums. Every effort will be made to preserve this amazing collection of original parts once we are done compiling the required data for our work on JP843.

Recovered Hawker Typhoon Wing Sections

A new JP843 Project sponsor

We are delighted to announce that e3D Technology Corp has come forward to be a service sponsor for the restoration of Typhoon JP843.e3D is an engineering company which specialises in the handling of complex 3-dimentional shapes using sophisticated digital technologies for design, quality and measurement. With their extensive engineering experience, and with equipment at the forefront of modern computerised technology, the team at e3D have the exacting skills and capabilities required to not only reverse engineer the critical machined fittings and components for JP843, but to also calibrate our jigs and fixtures. We will follow up this announcement in the coming weeks and months with detailed descriptions on the services e3D provides, and how these services will be used to significantly advance the restoration work on Hawker Typhoon JP843.

Wings and Wheels show

A great show at Wings and Wheels in Campbell river, there were so many people who stopped by with Typhoon connections that it’s left us boggled! We were delighted to spend some time with John Sessions and Kermit Weeks, some very nice guys!

Thank you for all who came out, we hope to see you next year!

Hawker Typhoon JP843 Wings and Wheels 2016

Hawker Typhoon JP843 Wings and Wheels 2016

Historic Flight Spitfire

Events, Other Activities, Wing spar fittings needed,

Events:

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.

Other Activities:

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:

Typhoon Front Spar Fittings

Typhoon Rear Spar Fittings

GoFundMe campaign

We have officially launched our gofundme campaign to help raise funds for the construction of JP843’s airframe. While we have some material, a facility, equipment and a dedicated and experienced team for this project; we still need your help to pay for specialty services such as machine work and heat treatment, along with an extensive list of materials. Please help support the airworthy restoration of Hawker Typhoon JP843:

Frame “Q”

After years of hard work, engineering work and many dead ends; we’ve now started the construction of new parts for JP843! Frame “Q” of the radiator fairing is the first item formed, one of many that are ready for the hammer!
Radiator Fairing

Radiator fairing progress

We’ve been very busy lately preparing products for the launch of our online store, but it hasn’t slowed us down! Amazing progress has been made with research and reference material, fuselage form design, and radiator fairing progress.

Frame Q Fuselage Formers

Construction begins!

Construction begins! Work has started for the Typhoon’s chin cowl frames; some of the most complex shapes are found in this area of the Typhoon making it one of the most distinctive characteristics af the aircraft. As production moves forwards, progress images will be posted in our gallery.

Typhoon Legacy Co. Ltd. formed

We have officially formed the Typhoon Legacy Company (Typhoon Legacy Co. Ltd.) to help preserve the history of the Hawker Typhoon and the Napier Sabre engine. The company will allow sales of Typhoon related items with all proceeds going to the airworthy restoration of Hawker Typhoon JP843, and the projects Napier Sabre engine. Development of our sales platform is ongoing, and we are expecting to add many great Typhoon related products for sale as we move through 2016.

A long term goal which is early in the development stage, will to be build full scale Typhoon replica airframes for outdoor displays and museums; this project requires further design and engineering work to be completed, but we will do our best to keep you up to date with developments. Any groups or individuals interested in obtaining a replica Typhoon are urged to get in touch with us regarding specific requirements, we can then ensure our initial design work meets the requirements of all parties. This plan will likely not proceed to production without five to ten interested parties.

All materials have now arrived for the forward monocoque frame and stringer construction, including the material for forms to be made. We are currently organising our workspace in preparation for construction.