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AT-16 Harvard IIb Military Trainer Aircraft

Noorduyn began producing Harvard trainers under licence during the early part of WW2, 1800 to forfill US orders for AT-16's which the US had agreed to supply to allied forces under their lend-lease program. Noorduyn also built Harvard IIB's for the RCAF, these were based on the North American AT-6A but had British style control columns and instrumentation to minimise confusion when trainee pilots eventually retuned to England and converted to RAF operational aircraft, there were a few other minor differences including a fixed rear canopy and a lengthened exhaust stack.

Harvard IIB trainer

 

The Empire Air Training Scheme

The Noorduyn Harvard IIB's were destined to be used by the Empire Air Training Scheme run in Canada by the Royal Canadian Air Force, RAF and other allied pilots could be trained without the risk of encountering enemy aircraft, and at the same time this also kept British skies free of numerous trainee pilots which would have made radar controlled enemy aircraft interception far less reliable, it also also saved large amounts of aviation, fuel which was in desperately short supply, for RAF operational use.

 
Noorduyn Mk.IIb Harvard FE695 History

The Noorduyn Mk.IIb Harvard pictured on this page was built in December 1942 and served with the Royal Canadian Air Force at the "Empire Air Training Scheme" until the end of WW2. In June 1947 the aircraft was retired from operational use.

In 1948 ownership passed to the Swedish Air Force as a type Sk-16A trainer, the aircraft remained operational until March 1972 at which time it was retired from flight duties, re-designated an instructional airframe and was transferred to a Technical School.

In 1990 the Noorduyn Mk.IIb was acquired by "The Fighter Collection", based at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford in the UK, and following a four year extensive overhaul was returned to airworthy condition in 1995 and took to the sky once more in May the following year.

 
 
 
Noorduyn Harvard IIB Trainer
 
Noorduyn Mk.IIb Harvard Specifications:
    • Crew: Student pilot and instructor
    • Length: 29 ft (8.84 m)
    • Wingspan: 42 ft (12.81 m)
    • Height: 11 ft 8 in (3.57 m)
    • Wing area: 253.7 ft (23.6 m)
    • Empty weight: 4,158 lb (1,886 kg)
    • Loaded weight: 5,617 lb (2,548 kg)
    • Engine: Single 600 hp (450 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp radial engine
    • Maximum speed: 208 mph at 5,000 ft (335 km/h at 1,500 m)
    • Cruise speed: 145 mph (233 km/h)
    • Range: 730 miles (1,175 km)
    • Service ceiling: 24,200 ft (7,400 m)
 
 
 
AT-16 Harvard
 

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