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North American T-6 Harvard
 
   


Twin seater advances trainer

General Historical Data
The Harvard has been one of the most important basic-combat trainers in the history of aviation. Over 15,000 were built in the US alone and a further 4,400 were built under licence in Canada and Australia. Over 30 countries have incorporated Harvards in their air forces, and many are still in use today. In Norway, there are still some privately owned Harvards that have taken part in air displays and pageants both at home and abroad. In the US, this type of aircraft is known as the Texan and was flown for the first time in 1938.

The English air force, RAF, bought a large number of Harvards during the war, using them in the further training of pilots prior to their transition to fighters. Norwegian pilots also took part after gaining their initial training in Little Norway, Canada.

Historical Data - Norway
After the Norwegian Flying School was transferred to Winkleigh, Great Britain, early in 1945, 23 Harvards were bought for further training under Norwegian command. At the end of the war, the aircraft were taken home to Norway. A further 16 Harvards were bought from Canada and the United States between 1946 and 1949. The aircraft were divided between the Flying School, the Field Air Wing, the squadrons and some air bases. When the further education of pilots was transferred to Canada and the US, this type of aircraft became obsolete. In 1955, a large number of them were sold to Turkey. 12 of the planes were wrecked during the 10 years they were in service in Norway.

The Museum's Harvard: Unfortunately, none of the Air Force Harvards were kept. However, in 1983 the Defence Museum managed to obtain one by making an exchange with the Luftwaffe Museum in Germany. After extensive restoration work at the Air Force Ordnance Department, the Harvard II SN 52-8570 is now in place in the air force museum.


TEKNISKE DATA
LENGDE: 8,9 m
VINGESPENN: 12,8 m
HØYDE: 3,8 m
MAKS. VEKT: 2722 kg
MAKS. HASTIGHET: 335 km/t
MAKS. HØYDE: 6553 m
REKKEVIDDE: 1175 km
MOTOR: 1 P&W Wasp, 600 Hk
ANDRE OPPLYSNINGER: Mulighet for 2 stk 7,7 mm MG
 


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