Hawker Typhoon IB MN235 has returned to the RAF Museum at Hendon, after being away on loan for over four years. The important airframe – the only complete example of the type in existence – is now on show in Hangar 3.
First flown at Hucclecote Aerodrome, Glos, on 8 February 1944, MN235 was delivered to the RAF the following week. It didn’t see any operational service, but had the distinction of being transported to the USA for evaluation by the USAAF. It joined the fledgling RAF Museum collection in 1967 and moved to Hendon in 1972, being displayed in Camm Hall for over 40 years.
On 8 May 2014 it was despatched by road to RAF Brize Norton en route to Canada on loan to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, at Rockcliffe, Ottawa. It was flown across the Atlantic in the hold of an RCAF Boeing C-17 Globemaster III.
After assembly, the aircraft was towed from conservation hangar to the main display hall at Rockcliffe and was formally unveiled on 6 June 2014 – the 70th anniversary of D-Day. At the end of the loan agreement, MN235 returned to the UK, arriving at Liverpool docks on 12 April 2018 for temporary storage at RAF Museum Stafford.
It then spent much of the summer at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, arriving on 23 July and was displayed in the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight hangar. It retuned to Hendon on 18 October and was re-assembled on 26-28 November, after which it went on show in Hangar 3.