Bits and Pieces
Canada Loves Harvards
Last month’s Bits and Pieces carried the following paragraphs:
“There are two places where you can become a Harvard graduate. One, we’ve heard, is somewhere in Massachusetts. The other is right here at the CanadaAviationMuseum and the Vintage Wings of Canada facility.
“...Vintage Wings has teamed up with the Canada Aviation Museum to bring three information-packed, two-day ground schools dedicated to three of the most important aircraft of WW II—the North American Harvard, the P-40N Kittyhawk, and the FG-1D Corsair.”
This brought Tony Swain of Vancouver to reply:
About your piece about “Harvard U”...
Not to undo the enthusiasm of your remarks about Vintage Wings and the CanadaAviationMuseum, your statement “only two places” does a disservice to the fine guys and gals at the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association (CHAA) who operate about seven Harvards as a pretend 1950s RCAF flight school, with all the proper facilities, hangars, school rooms, messes, and all!
At a modest hourly rate, you too can get a front seat ride or full checkout in the world’s most exciting vintage trainer! ...Right here in Canada at Tillsonburg, Ontario. They bought our popular old-show Harvard “Bessy” a few years ago and just installed a new Covington engine.
(from the CHAA website)
Welcome to CHAA
The all-volunteer Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association was born in 1985 at a small grass airstrip in Woodstock, Ontario, from the dreams of a handful of Harvard lovers who were determined to keep the legend of the Harvard alive. Today the aircraft collection is based at nearby Tillsonburg Airport and includes six Harvard aircraft, a Tiger Moth, and a Yale (which has been completely restored over the past 18-20 years and is currently waiting for its certificate of airworthiness from Transport Canada).
So in deference, and with thanks to Tony and the fine folks at CHAA, check out this link: www.Harvards.com/.
- Jack Dueck, Editor