Giant Hawker Typhoon unveiled at Chalke Valley History Festival

Hawker Typhoon at Chalke Valley History Festival 2019

Published at 2:15pm 24th June 2019. (Updated at 2:16pm 24th June 2019)

The "Tiffy" has a wingspan of 19 metres - roughly the same size as a 60-seater passenger jet.

Apprentices at QinetiQ in Boscombe Down have built the World War Two plane for the anniversary of D-Day.

Today (24th June), on the opening day of the festival, the giant plane has been revealed.


Hawker Typhoon at Chalke Valley History Festival 2019
The Hawker Typhoon has a wingspan of 19 metres

It's sat on the hill at the Broadchalke site and will be there all week (until 30th June).

It's four times the size of the original plane which flew during D-Day.

Local schools have got involved in the painting process, including Broadchalke Primary School.

Hawker Typhoon at Chalke Valley History Festival 2019
Local children have helped to paint the model plane


The Hawker Typhoon was a single-engine fighter plane capable of speeds of over 400 mph and armed with both 20 mm cannon and eight rockets.

The rocket-firing Typhoon squadrons came to symbolise the dominance of the Allies in the air during D-Day and the Normandy campaign that followed, playing a vital role in the Allied victory and the liberation of France.

While there are over 50 Spitfires flying today, there is not one Typhoon, although the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group hopes to change that and get their Tiffy flying within the next few years.

To book tickets and find out more about the festival, click here. 

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