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North American T-6 Harvard

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North American Aviation’s beloved T6 Texan trainer earned itself the title “The Pilot Maker” due to its important role in preparing allied pilots for combat during World War Two.  The RNZAF operated 202 Harvards from 1941 till their retirement in 1977, after serving for 36 years training Kiwi pilots.  It was the last wartime aircraft to see service with the RNZAF. Today there are numerous ex RNZAF Harvards flying in New Zealand including 7 which call Ardmore home.

North American Harvard Mk IIA NZ1057

Built in 1943, NZ1057 was stationed at Gisborne under No.30 Torpedo Squadron.  When the RNZAF disposed of the Harvard’s in the mid-1970s and TVI (NZ1057’s civil registration) suffered the ignominy of becoming a playground amusement before it was recovered and subsequently rebuilt from the wheels up in to flying condition in 1998.  NZ1057 is presented in its 1950’s RNZAF livery.

North American Harvard Mk IIA NZ1053

Built in 1943, NZ1053 is in the livery of the 1970’s training fleet.   When the RNZAF declared her surplus to requirements, 53 was sold to the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) for $100.00 in a dismantled and incomplete state.  It then went to the Taranaki Aviation and Transport Museum and then to Don Subritsky who restored her to flying condition.

North American Harvard Mk IIA NZ1052

Built in 1943, NZ1052 is in the livery of No.2 “Wellington” Squadron of the Territorial Airforce during the 1950’s.  She too was declared surplus to requirements by the RNZAF and was sold to the Museum of Transport and Technology in 1978.  She was sold to P. Burns of Christchurch in 1982 and then to M. Nicholls of Blenheim in 1987.  She was rebuilt by Aero Tech at Ardmore from 1990 to 1991 were she was bought by the current owners, Harvard 1052 Syndicate.

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp, 600 Hp Radial Engine
Length: 8.8m (29ft)
Height: 3.56m (11ft 8in)
Wing Span: 13m (42ft)
Cruise Speed: 145 mph (233 kmh or 126 knots)
Maximum Speed: 236mph (380kmh or 205knots) at 5,000 ft (1,500m)
Service Ceiling: 7,400m (24,200ft)

Massey Ferguson

Tug/Tractor

Country of Origin: United States of America

 

Fokker Dr.1

Fighter

Country of Origin: German Empire
Engine: Rotec R3600, 150hp, 9-cylinder radial piston engine
Top Speed:

 

Boeing-Stearman

Trainer

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Lycoming R-680-17, 225 Hp Radial Engine or
Top Speed: 200 Km/h, 124 MPH, 108 Knots

 

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A flash back to a few years ago where this fabulous Sopwith Pup flew at the last Classic Fighters Airshow. It was a stunning Marlborough sunset 🌅 ✈️. We are looking forward to the next show during Easter🤩 📷Paul Johnston 📍Omaka Aerodrome #Avgeek #Warbird #Aviation #Adventure #sopwithpup #spowith #pup #KeepEmFlying #ThrillSeeking #WW1 #World #War #Formation #Unique #Outdoor #Recreation #biplane #vintage #aviator #radial #airshow #omaka
Which one would you choose🤔 Surprise visit by the Royal New Zealand Air Force🇳🇿 here at Ardmore with one of their Texan trainers. Parked right up next to our resident Spitfire MH367✈️ Thanks for popping by👍 #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #auckland #ardmore #rnzaf #airforce #supermarine #spitfire #merlin #texan #beechcraft #twoseater
We just LOVE ❤️ this photo! #repost “Knights of the Sky” Albatros D.Va vs Bristol Scout on a gloomy day at Warbirds Open Day, 5th June. You can see these two beauties on public display at Ardmore Airport in our WW1 hangar.👍 📷will_mays_photography 📍Ardmore Airport #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #albatros #scout #bristol #greatwar #ww1 #airshow #show #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #auckland #ardmore #pioneer
92 INBOUND✈️ Harvard 92 flown by Gavin Trethewey coming towards the crowd at our recent Warbirds on Parade show. Thank you to all of those who attended and supported us on Sunday - despite the weather!☔️ You guys rock 👍 Got photos of the event - please send them through as we would like to see them👀 📍Ardmore Airport 📷Paul Johnston #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #harvard #northamerican #texan #trainer #airshow #show #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #auckland #ardmore
SUPER SEASPRITE So cool to have the @royalnzairforce and @royalnznavy joining us for Warbirds on Parade next week. The Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite will be on static display from No. 6 Squadron. Although maintained by the Air Force, it is flown by Navy aircrew who use it for anti-surface & underwater warfare, maritime patrols & surveillance, and search and rescue. Confirmed for Warbirds on Parade: 🔘 SH-2G(I) Seasprite 🔘NH90 🔘T-6C Texan II 📷@stu_65 📍Ardmore Airport #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #plane #airplane #helicopter #kaman #seasprite #sh2g #rotorcraft #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #auckland #navy #airforce #rnzaf #nzn #photography #instagood #photo #airshow #display #flying #flight
DREIDECKER👇 Just over 3 weeks to go before Warbirds on Parade take to the skies over Ardmore. Our popular Great War display is returning for this years June edition where we reenact aviation from 100 years ago. Will you be there?😀 Spread the word #keepemflying 📷Paul Johnston 📍Ardmore Airport #warbird #aviation #aviator #plane #fokker #triplane #dr1 #airshow #warbirdsonparade #onlyinnz #nzmustdo #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #auckland #instagood #photography #sunset #mood #autumn #nzwarbirdsatardmore #nzwarbirds #radial #biplane
BUTCHER BIRD!😬 Omaka’s resident Flug Werk FW 190 A8/N replica ZK-RFR of the Chariots of Fire Collection. This photo was taken at the last Classic Fighters airshow - way back in 2019! The autumn sun in the evening made for some stunning photography for sure👍 This machine is on display at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and displays at the biannual Classic Fighters airshow. 📷Paul Johnston 📍Omaka Aerodrome, Blenheim #butcherbird #fw190 #fockewulf #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #keepemflying #airshow #nz #newzealand #classic #fighter #classicfightersomaka #aotearoa
Lest we Forget🇳🇿🇦🇺 #anzacday The weather held for todays ANZAC flypasts over the City of Sails. Photo is from Harvard 52 in the formation as we flew towards Titirangi. Thank you to @aklcouncil and the @akl_rsa for their support.👍 Did you see us? #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #keepemflying #harvard #texan #t6 #anzacday #anzac #wewillrememberthem #auckland #nz #aotearoa #cityofsails⛵#onlyinnz #photo #photographer #stunning #instagood #nzmustdo #autumn #onlyatardmore #ardmore
Aucklands Harvards👇 This was taken a couple of years ago on ANZAC Day. In total 7 ex RNZAF T6 Harvards took part in the flypast in what was a simply stunning Autumn day🍂 Can you spot the Spitfire and Kittyhawk in the distance❓ Poppy Day and ANZAC Day 2022 flypasts are confirmed. All the details are on our Facebook page. #lestweforget🌹 #anzac #anzacday #keepemflying #warbirds #aviation #aviator #pilot #history #heritage #warbird #harvard #texan #auckland #roaringforties #waitemata #t6 #photo #photographer #photography #autumn #stunning #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa
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