SOPWITH - The Snipe replica built by Vintage Aviator Ltd in New Zealand is now on show in the RAF Museum, Hendon, Milestones of Flight Hall. A Pup reproduction, built by Bruce and Mary Clarke has flown at Watts Bridge in Queensland. It is powered by a VW engine of similar power to the original’s 80 hp Le Rhone rotary.

HURRICANE - Hurricane Mk I, P3351, a battle of France veteran ex the Alpine Fighter Collection, New Zealand, is now based at Cannes- Mandelieu Airport registered F-AZXR. Hurricane Mk IIc, PZ865, ‘The Last of the Many’ is back flying with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight after a major overhaul and restoration at Duxford by The Fighter Collection.

Curiously, this historic Hurricane is painted in the colours of 34 Squadron, South East Asia Command. A Finnish Air Force Hurricane Mk I, HC-452, is back on display in the Central Finnish Aviation Museum at Tikkakoski after 25 years of storage and conservation.

Two Hurricane Mk I flying restoration projects, P2902 and P3717, are nearing completion by Hawker Restorations, Ipswich, Suffolk. Remarkably, Hawker Restorations is responsible for six of the eleven airworthy Hurricanes in the world.

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TEMPEST II - MW376 being restored to airworthy condition by Pioneer Aero Ltd at Auckland, New Zealand is now in storage following the death of its owners in an air crash.

MW763, nearly completely restored by Tempest II Ltd near Lincoln, is up for sale at 650k. MW404 is being restored at Hooks Memorial Airport, Houston; a Curtis-Wright R-3350 will be fitted instead of a Bristol Centaurus.

TEMPEST V - EJ693 is under restoration by Personal Plane Services, Norfolk, for Kermit Weeks’s Fantasy of Flight collection in Florida.

HARRIER - Harrier GRMk3, XV744, of Trans Atlantic air race fame is at the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum being brought up to static display standard.

Harrier GRMk3, ZD667, is on show at the Bentwaters Cold War Museum after restoration by volunteers there.

Harrier GRMk3, XV753, is at Newquay Airport prior to restoration in public view in the Classic Air Force hangar.