Hawker Typhoon IB

This Second World War aircraft first took to the airfields in 1942. Intended as a replacement for Hawker’s aging Hurricane, the Typhoon proved ineffective in its intended role as a mid-to-high-altitude interceptor.

Confined to low-level operations, the Typhoon proved surprisingly effective as a ground-attack aircraft. It was the first Allied fighter capable of catching the German air force’s new fighter aircraft—the Focke-Wulf Fw 190.

The aircraft on display is the only surviving Hawker Typhoon. Never flown in combat, this aircraft was transported to the United States for evaluation in 1944, and later transferred to the Smithsonian Institution. In 1967, the Typhoon was donated to the Royal Air Force Museum, and returned to the United Kingdom. Currently on loan courtesy of the Trustees of the Royal Air Force Museum.

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