Guests: Ian Slater, Bruce Slater and Graeme Sutherland
Hosts: Dave Homewood
Recorded: 10th of July 2016
Duration: 54 minutes 20 seconds
In this episode Dave Homewood speaks with Ian Slater, Bruce Slater and Graeme Sutherland, all of the Typhoon Legacy Co. Ltd. team who are working to rebuild WWII Hawker Typhoon fighter-bomber JP843 back to flying condition.
The project is based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, in Canada, but there are clear kiwi connections. Graeme is a kiwi, based in Tokoroa, New Zealand. Another team member is Graham Allan, who was unable to join us in the recording, but he too is a kiwi, now based in Canada. And the most special connection is with Pilot Officer Peter Price RNZAF, who was a young Auckland pilot that was killed on operations whilst flying this very aircraft.
Peter Price’s story is told in this episode,as well as the massive undertaking of research and engineering required by this passionate team to make this aircraft fly again. They are very determined and have the skills and knowledge to make it happen. We shall be following this amazing restoration project closely over coming months and years. You can follow progress too at the links below
The following photos have all been kindly supplied by the Typhoon Legacy Co. Ltd. team
Hawker Typhoon JP843 during WorldWar Two, with No. 609 Squadron
Hawker Typhoon JP843 with No. 609 Squadron’s famous goat mascot
Typhoon Legacy’s team leader Ian Slater with the cockpit section
Typhoon Legacy team member Bruce Slater
New Zealand team member Graeme Sutherland, of Tokoroa
Pilot Officer Peter Price, RNZAF, who died whilst flying JP843 on its last operational sortie. This image was provided to Typhoon Legacy Co. Ltd and used with permission of J. Price, NZ.
The following photos of the engineering going into the restoration of Typhoon JP843 have kindly been supplied by Ian Slater of Typhoon Legacy Co. Ltd.
The late Roland Beamont signs the cockpit of JP843
Other Team Members Who Are Not In This Episode
Graham Allen, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (NZCAA): a New Zealander based in Canada
Martin Cherneff: Aircraft Maintenance Engineer “S”
Cam Wallace: Aircraft Maintenance Engineer M1/M2