Sunday, June 08, 2014

Flying with the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association

The unique sound of the yellow WWII era aircraft from @CdnHarvards continues to be heard over the skies of Tillsonburg and at many airshows throughout North America. "The Harvard flies today as a symbol and reminder of all who served to preserve our freedom, and as a living memorial to those who made the supreme sacrifice." Less than 50 of the aircraft are flying in Canada and at this living museum you can not only see the planes up close - you can also ride one of them as they head into the wild blue yonder. Fresh Joe took the opportunity and joined pilot Andrea Kuciak for a flight on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
Six Harvard planes built from 1941 to 1952 are joined by a Tiger Moth and a Yale at the CHAA facility located between Lake Erie and Highway 401. “The Mission of the organization is to acquire, preserve, restore, maintain, display and demonstrate the Harvard and all other aircraft associated with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and the Royal Canadian Air Force”

With membership in the association you can qualify for the back seat rides - additional fees apply. "The experience of donning a parachute and climbing into the rear seat is thrilling enough. Once seated by our Service Crew your adventure begins with that little ‘whir’ as the starter winds up and you anticipate that moment of engine start. Hearing, seeing and feeling that engine breathe to life is unimaginable!! After taxiing get ready for the engine run-up, where you hear and feel the thunder coming from that Pratt & Whitney R-1340 radial engine."

Posted by Joe Hamilton and James Hamilton. See more of the planes after the jump.

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