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
The Technical Stuff
- 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)