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The North American Harvard / At-6

 Harvard Mk II & MkIV owned by the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association......illustration by Lance Russwurm

Harvard Mk II & Mk IV belonging to THE CANADIAN HARVARD AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION (Illustration by Lance Russwurm, 1998 Labusch Skywear)


      The  HARVARD ( or AT-6, Yale, Texan, SNJ, Wirraway etc....these are all variants of the same airframe), is probably the best known training aircraft of all time. Several generations have thrilled to it's unforgettable roar. (Caused by the tips of its 9 foot propeller going supersonic.) It was used as an advanced trainer by 137,000 aircrew who came from all over the world to learn to fly in Canada as part of THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AIR TRAINING PLAN.

CLICK to hear the sound of a HARVARD

CLICK to see a video of a Harvard Flypast

    It bridged the gap between the elementary trainers of the day like the D.H. TIGER MOTH, and the thoroughbred fighters such as the Spitfires, Hurricanes and Mustangs. It was, of course fully aerobatic and pleasant to fly, but it had enough vices to ensure that students learned to do things properly if they wished to survive.

     In this capacity, it was used by almost every major power and even as a combat aircraft from the thirties into the sixties. 

    Versatility was designed in. All of the major components were built up in jigs in what, today, would be called "Modular" construction. Just about any aircraft in the series could interchange its major components with any other.....leading to a huge and highly confusing number of variations. It was, therefore, easily possible to improve the line, and the aircraft was capable of serving in a large number of light military and training roles.

    Featuring heavy duty construction, roll bars and landing gear placed well forward (To prevent nosing over), they were built to withstand the rigors of training. Many of these ruggedly built machines are still flying today

-Lance Russwurm

SEE ALSO:

HARVARD HISTORY

THE CANADIAN HARVARD ASSOCIATION

THE CANADIAN HARVARD ASSOCIATION WEBSITE

 

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