North American Harvard Trainer

 North American Harvard Trainer

The Harvard (also called the AT-6 Texan in the USA) made by North American was a twin-seat trainer with a completely enclosed glass canopy, a tall body and low-set rectangular wings. The Harvard was the most famous WWII trainer and continued in service for a long time after the war. The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan made extensive use of the Harvard for intermediate training from 1940 onwards. During the war the prairie skies were filled with them, thereby spawning the local epithet "The Yellow Horde". The total production of the trainer family was an awesome 21,342. Many are still in service in a variety of uses.

Technical Details
The standard crew in the Harvard was two, student in the front, instructor in the rear seat. It was powered by a 440kW Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 engine. It's top speed was 208 mph (335km/h), with a ceiling of 24280 ft (7400 m) and a range of 745 mi (1200 km). It could be armed with two 0.50 inch machine guns for target practice. Later models also mounted dummy bombs for army cooperation drills.

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Image From: With permission of the Department of National Defence from their Canadian Air Force Picture Archives
Check out The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Assocation web page.