What can I expect on the day
The Texan, the Pilot Maker, the Window Breaker - whatever you call the Harvard these lessons are going to be really rather special. After all, it's not every day you get to take a trial lesson in an historic Harvard warbird!
These flights operate out of Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire and Headcorn in Kent. Very much in keeping with the halcyon days of flying, these two popular General Aviation airfields are favourites amongst pilots. Indeed, both have great facilities. Sewell even has a very appropriately Art Deco-styled hotel on site and there’s usually lots of classic aircraft about, so the Harvard fits right in.
With its powerful radial engine and fully retractable undercarriage, the Harvard certainly looks and sounds the business too. What we love most about these experiences is that they are not just pleasure flights where you sit back and enjoy the ride. If you're up for it, you'll be handling this American beast in the skies above Kent or Northamptonshire for a truly thrilling trial lesson.
In fact, the Harvard was used extensively around the world not only as a training aeroplane, but also as a fighter, despite it being seen as something of a 'hack'. That's because the Canadian Car and Foundry continuously worked on the design and the T6-G was much improved, making it a viable combat plane with greater fuel capacity, a steering tailwheel and a more ergonomic cockpit too.
The Harvard you'll be flying in was actually built as a standard T6 in 1943, but then went back to the factory to be upgraded to a T6-G in 1949. Working as a trainer for many years, followed by a stint with the Haitian Air Force, she finally came to the UK in 1989. She is hangared at Sywell, flying under G-DDMV and makes regular trips to Headcorn too.
We are offering Harvard lessons that last 15,20, 30, 45, 60 minutes. On all durations you'll have the chance to actually fly this impressive plane yourself. And don’t forget, you have the choice of soaring through the Northamptonshire sky around Sywell, or zooming in Kentish airspace over Headcorn. Take in the views, take in that noise, take in that unforgettable smell of hot oil and love the day you met the wonderful Harvard!
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