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THE AIRFORCE - AIRCRAFT - HARVARD 1, IIA, III (NA-88)
 
 

Aircraft Stats:

Powerplant: 1 x 550 hp P&W R-1340-AN-1 piston engine
Speed: 341 kph, 212mph mph
Range: 1 400km, 870miles
Seats: 2
Length: 9.00m, 29ft 6in
Span: 12.90m, 0ft
Empty Weight: 1 886kg, 4,158lb
Max T/O Weight: 2 550kg, 5,617lb
Period of Service: 1942 - 1995

Harvard 1, IIA, III (NA-88)

Status: Retired
Manufacturer: North American
Country of Manufacture: United States
Role: Training
 
Description:

The first Harvards arrived in South Africa in October 1942 for use by the Joint Air Training Scheme schools. By July 1944, 633 Harvard Mk IIA and III aircraft had been shipped to South Africa, with 555 surviving in October 1945 (379 MkIIAs and 176 Mk IIIs).

As the Harvards had been supplied on lend-leaseby the US, 300 were shipped back to the UK from 1946, with the remainder being purchased by South Africa.

65 AT-6Ds (7634 to 7698) and 30 T-6Gs (7699 to 7728) were purchased from the USA during 1952-1956.


Images:

Harvard III 7550 Harvard IIA 7231 Harvard III 7480. Harvard 7289 Harvard 7293 at AFB Ysterplaat in 1988. Harvard 7264 of 23 Air School during World War II.