Typhoon Pairing: Old and New


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Hawker Typhoon IB, MN235, at RAF Coningsby.

THE LAST surviving Hawker Typhoon has been rolled out at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, and displayed alongside its modern-day namesake, the Eurofighter Typhoon. The historic aircraft, Mk.IB MN235, was built in 1944 and belongs to the RAF Museum. The roll-out was its first public appearance since returning from a four-year stay in Canada.

Following a BAE Systems initiative, the Typhoon arrived at the Lincolnshire fighter station on its way to London as part of RAF100 commemorations. It will be on public display within the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) hangar until the end of September.

Gp Capt Mike Baulkwill, RAF Coningsby’s station commander said: “We are grateful to both the RAF Museum for lending this precious aircraft, and BAE Systems for helping to bring it about. Standing alongside a modern Typhoon, it is a potent example of the duties undertaken by the RAF since 1918, and a reminder that similar tasks are being carried out by RAF Typhoons in the Middle East today.”

Alison Ballard, general manager of BAE Systems at Coningsby said: “We are delighted to have the Hawker Typhoon here after a great team effort from across the station, BBMF, the RAF Museum and our BAE Systems heritage team. After its long journey from Canada we have the two aircraft together, and the reaction from everyone across the station has been great. We are glad it has been a part of our RAF100 celebrations and we encourage the public to visit BBMF where they will be able to see the aircraft.”