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World War Two: North American T-6 Harvard (Texan)

Retired from active service with the Royal New Zealand Airforce in 1977, it was the disposal of the RNZAF Harvards that provided the impetus for the formation of the New Zealand Warbirds Association.

 

Harvard 57Today there are over 15 Harvards still flying in New Zealand under the auspices of the Warbirds Association.

The familiar sound of the Harvard is known worldwide, with over 18,000 examples of the type having been built since 1937. Almost all the air forces around the world, including those of Japan and Germany have flown the type at one time or another.

Of the more than 200 Harvards operated by the RNZAF between 1941 and 1977, 53 were written off during the Second World War.

In New Zealand the type was initially used as advanced training aircraft after a pilot had completed basic training on a Tiger Moth. Elsewhere they were used for training for carrier landings, aerial gunnery and photography, and bombing, proving the aircraft was a very versatile machine.

 


Formation Hardvard display.

 

Interesting (temporary) Harvard colour schemes for an airshow event in New Zealand.

 

More on-board footage.

 

Another airshow display.

 


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