D-Day Commemoration: RAF Museum WWII Typhoon Now on Display at Canada Aviation and Space Museum

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Hawker Typhoon at Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Hawker Typhoon IB, MN235 when was on display at Canada Aviation and Space Museum (photo via RAF Museum)

PRESS RELEASE- Visitors to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM) now have the rare privilege of admiring a legendary Second World War aircraft – the last remaining of its kind – exactly 70 years after the D-Day beginning of the Normandy landings.The Royal Air Force Museum (RAFM) of London, U.K., has bestowed upon CASM the prestigious honour of lending its iconic Hawker Typhoon Mk. IB MN235. This Typhoon is the sole remaining complete aircraft of its kind.

Hawker Typhoons saw active service during the Second World War, notably during operations leading to the Liberation of Normandy, and were flown by several Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons during the War, notably the City of Ottawa 440 Sqdn.The Typhoon on loan to the CASM by the RAFM was originally allocated to the United States Air Force (USAAF) for evaluation and comparison trials. After the War, it was allocated to the U.S. National Air Museum, and eventually placed in storage with the Smithsonian Institute, before being returned to the RAFM and the U.K. in 1968. It was the centrepiece of the RAFM’s “D-Day” commemorative display in 1994.

“We are incredibly grateful to the RAFM for honouring us with their trust by lending us this unique artefact, the last remaining witness of its kind to some of the most important events of the Second World War,” said Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (CSTMC) Interim President and CEO Fernand Proulx. “Showcasing such a legendary aircraft flown by Canadian pilots in their finest hour gives Canadians an unforgettable way of commemorating the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 90th anniversary.”

D-Day commemoration- RAF Museum WWII Typhoon now on display at Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Photo via RAF Museum

 AVM Peter Dye, RAF Museum Director General

“The Royal Air Force Museum is privileged to support the Canadian Air & Space Museum in honouring those thousands of Canadian airmen who served alongside the Royal Air Force in two world wars, many of whom lost their lives in the defence of freedom and the shared values that unite our two nations. We are also delighted to be able to recognise the invaluable support that Canada has played in helping to train British aircrew over the past century and the close professional partnership and mutual respect between our air forces that continues to this day. In loaning Hawker Typhoon  MN235 we hope to be able to repay a small part of the immeasurable debt owed to the Royal Canadian Air Force and to honour its veterans for their selfless and enduring achievements.”

 Stephen Quick, Canada Air and Space Museum Director General

This is an incredible collaboration between two national Museums to commemorate the memory and the stories of men and women who gave so much. It simply could not have happened without the inspired leadership and support for the project of Director Peter Dye and his superb team at the Royal Air Force Museum and the dedication of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Hawker Typhoon IB, MN235 on display at RAF Museum Hendon, where she has resided for many years. The "Tiffie" will soon be on her way to Canada, where she will go on display at the Canada Aviation & Space Museum in Ottawa, Ontario. (photo via RAF Museum)
Hawker Typhoon IB, MN235 when was on display at RAF Museum Hendon, where she has resided for many years. (photo via RAF Museum)

About the Canada Aviation and Space Museum

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum houses the most extensive collection of aircraft in Canada, and one of the most remarkable such collections in the world.  The museum also features iconic artifacts representing Canada’s contribution to space exploration.  This national museum is a highly esteemed by aerospace enthusiasts and experts from around the world.  It engages thousands of families and children each year, delivering fascinating, memorable and educational experiences to all visitors.


About the Royal Air Force Museum

Combining the history of the RAF with a free, fun day out, the Royal Air Force Museum is Britain’s only national Museum dedicated wholly to aviation. With a world-class collection and display of aircraft, integrated with special exhibitions, films, interactives, engines, missiles, simulator rides and more, the Museum takes an innovative approach while keeping with tradition.


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  1. Hello – You previously had a story about one of the pilots who flew the Hawker Typhoon in WW2. A friend of mine had a cousin who flew that airplane ( RCAF ) which I just learned of recently while going through some of his family photo’s. The relative’s name was Spooner who flew the typhoon. I know he would like to read the story, and perhaps that surviving Typhoon pilot might remember Spooner ? Thanks for any assistance you might provide. Respectfully yours,

    Gordon Bunker
    Yelm,WA – USA

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