North American Harvard Mk.2 Flight

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Aircraft Type History

Arguably one of the most historic trainers of all time, over 20,000 Harvards (all variations) were produced. First flown in 1935, with their first deliveries starting in 1939, the last Harvard was retired from active military service in the mid 1990’s! The Harvard was primarily flown by the United States, Canada and the British Commonwealth Countries, with it’s primary mission as an intermediate WII training aircraft – helping pilots make the transition from low power trainers into more powerful aircraft like Spitfires.

To keep up with production requirements, the Harvard was built under license by a variety of manufacturers during the time. The first Canadian-made ones rolled off the line in 1941, being built under license for North American by Noorduyn Aviation of Montreal, Quebec. Canadian-built Harvards were supplied to both the RCAF and RAF and flown as a part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) across Canada. Our Harvard, also a Canadian-made example by Noorduyn, was actively flown in Aylmer, Ontario (not all that far from it’s current home in Waterloo!).

After the war, Harvards did remain in active service for some time, although surplus were sold off to various civilian operators and other countries.

Our Harvard’s History

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The Technical Stuff

General Characteristics

  • Crew: one/two
  • Length: 8.84 m (29 ft)
  • Wingspan: 12.81 m (42 ft)
  • Height: 3.57 m (12 ft 8 in)
  • Empty weight: 1,886 kg (4,158 lbs)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 2,548 kg (5,617 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp radial engine, 600 hp (450 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 335km/h (208mph)
  • Service ceiling: 11,000 m (36,100 ft)
  • Cruise speed: 233 km/h (145 mph)
  • Range: 1,175 km 730 miles()
  • Service ceiling: 7,400 m (24,200 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 6.1 m/s (1200ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 108 kg/m² 22.2 lb/ft²()
  • Power/mass: 0.11 hp/lb (kW/kg)


    Your day starts with a safety briefing followed by a verbal test and question period. Then, you are off to pull on your flightsuit, (after a bathroom break) and prepare for your flight. You may be waiting prior to your flight depending on your time slot. You get to enjoy the excitement, sounds and seeing the crew and pilots prepare for flight, until your time slot arrives. The flight experience will last 30 minutes from taxi out to taxi in. The flight begins with a roar of the big radial engine start-up, a quick taxi out, and then lift off; your flight is underway!

    During your flight you will be able to enjoy low level passes,aileron rolls, and other aerobatic manouvers; while feeling the onset of G’s as you are pressed into your seat.

    BUT, the flight is yours to experience. This is not a scripted routine. Once the wheels tuck up into the plane, the flight is between you and your pilot. Take it as it unfolds to determine your level of thrill. You are in constant contact with your pilot to share what works for you, and what does not.

    At the Pilot’s discretion, you may be able to get a feel for the flight attributes of the Harvard and ‘take the stick’ for a moment. Do not take it personally should the Pilot decline. The Pilot is making the safest decisions based on numerous factors happening during the flight.

    After the flight it is time for pictures and a quick debrief with your pilot. You will be awarded your certificate.


    All passengers MUST attend a safety briefing on the aircraft; to be held the morning of your flight. Safety Briefings begin at 0830. Please be at the hangar by 0815 latest. Flights will then take place in sequence.

    Please ensure you are dressed in or have packed comfortable clothes. These can be shorts or pants and a t-shirt. Cotton fiber is optimal. Ensure that you are wearing closed toe shoes. We have several flight suit sizes available; and will do our best to outfit you in one for your flight.

    In the event your flight is canceled due to poor weather or an aircraft mechanical snag we will work to reschedule your flight for our next available fly day.

    Family and friends are welcomed to join you on your day up to a maximum of 3 people. Please contact our booking agent for larger numbers.

    Weight and height restrictions are in effect due to the limiting size of the parachutes, seat straps, helmet, flight suit and cockpit dimensions. The passenger maximum weight limit is 250 lbs and height limited to a person no taller than 6’3″. The passenger minimum weight limit is dependent on the passenger’s ability to lift their own body weight, pull the ripcord of a parachute, and punch a hole through the canopy of the aircraft for emergency exit.

    The passenger is fully responsible for informing Waterloo Warbirds of any sizing variations that may impact the proper fit of safety equipment; including parachute, helmet or flight suit. There are a limited range of flight suit sizes available.

    If the passenger has a history, recent or current medical conditions like heart complications, or any other medical condition that may not withstand the force of 4 G’s, intensely hot environment, permit the passenger to be away from medical support for more than 30 minutes, or impede the passenger’s ability to remove themselves from a flying aircraft using their own strength; a doctor’s note is required in order to clear you for the flight; and said medical information provided to Director of Flight Operations ahead of time.

    All limitations are none negotiable unless a written deferral is obtained from the Director of Flight Operations prior to the flight.

    The passenger must attend and pass a safety briefing on the aircraft type that includes emergency egress training and verbal testing. They must also sign the backseat flight waiver in order to release the aircraft for flight. Additionally, photo and video release forms requiring signing for passenger, family and friends.

    Pilots have the right to refuse any flight due to safety concerns. Even if that passenger/person has a current backseat endorsement.

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