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Service Crew Team

Our Service Crew operates as a team to provide ground and logistical support to the aircraft and pilots of the organization.

Whether operating from home base or on away missions, the team strives to provide professionalism, showmanship, and technical competency.

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Restoration Team

Our Restoration Team works alongside our many members and teams who provide research, recovery, and archival information to allow us to restore our aircraft to a pristine and airworthy condition.

The team consists of a number of dedicated volunteers who are committed to re-constructing aircraft and preserving the history of Canada, the RCAF, and the BCATP.

Maintenance Crew

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The Maintenance team is one of the most demanding, yet most appreciated, part of our organization.
Without them our aircraft would remain static.

Our dedicated volunteers conduct regular maintenance, repairs, and mandated inspections throughout the year on our entire fleet of aircraft while working under the supervision of a licensed AME.

Dive Recovery Team

CHAA DIVE TEAM CREST

The CHAA Aircraft Recovery Team is currently reviewing several potential projects and welcomes any members with information that aids in the research related to these, or other missing aircraft.

Members can also assist the Recovery Team by contributing their time to research, providing support,  or providing materials to this endeavor.

Flight Operations Team

Are you an experienced pilot and interested in flying with us? More information coming soon.

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The Latest from our Blog

Harvard Happenings – November 2017

HARVARD HAPPENINGS – NOVEMBER 2017 www.harvards.com CHAA Box 175 Tillsonburg ON N4G 4H5   - MEMBERS MEETING: Saturday, November 18: 10AM All are welcome. Board Member Robert Henderson is looking into the next future plan for [...]

CHAA Remembers on November 11th

CHAA was proud to have 4 aircraft in the air on Saturday, Nov. 11th to participate in Remembrance Day ceremonies in the Toronto area and Tillsonburg.  The Tillsonburg News provided a great post-flight story.  Check [...]

Harvard Happenings – October 2017

HARVARD HAPPENINGS – OCTOBER 2017 www.harvards.com CHAA Box 175 Tillsonburg ON N4G 4H5   - Saturday, October 21: Members Meeting - 10AM All are welcome. Martin Keenan will be our speaker, giving a presentation on [...]

Where are we going to be?

Stay tuned for many exciting events in 2017 !

Who? What? Where?

The mission of the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association is to acquire, preserve, restore, maintain, display and demonstrate the Harvard and other training aircraft associated with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).
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 in order that we could live in a free country.

The Harvard is probably the best known and most successful training aircraft of World War II. It was from the “pilot maker” that the youth of the free world graduated to fly single-engine fighter aircraft and is sometimes referred to as the “Yellow Peril”. The Harvard was a transitional aircraft. The pilots cut their teeth on the Fleet Finch, de Havilland Tiger Moth and Fleet Cornell before flying the Hurricane, Spitfire and Mustang in which “our boys” went on to turn the tide of war.

The Harvard was originally designed by North American Aviation which was later famous for the B-25 Mitchell, P-51 Mustang, F-86 Sabre. It was a British Commonwealth version of the AT-6 advanced trainer known as the SNJ by the US Navy. Over 17,000 Harvards/AT-6/SNJ’s and variants were built by North American in Inglewood, California and Dallas, Texas, origin of the AT-6’s nickname ‘Texan’ and were licenced in Canada, Australia and Sweden from the late 1930’s to the mid 1950’s. Of these, 2,377 Harvards (or variants) were flown in RCAF service.

The Harvard was the single-engine advanced trainer for pilots who came to Canada from all over the world to train and earn their wings under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP). The first graduates of BCATP received their wings in 1940 at Camp Borden, the birthplace of the Royal Canadian Air Force. One of the graduates of that initial course is Flight Lieutenant Glen Rawson who is a proud CHAA member.

The Royal Canadian Air Force took delivery of its Harvard from North American on July 20, 1939. This version, called the Mk I (Mark One), was the RCAF’s first trainer with retractable landing gear. There were 30 Mk I’s delivered to Canada before the upgraded Mk II came into production. Just over 1000 Mk II’s were delivered to the RCAF from North American. From 1940-45, the Harvard also was built under licence by Noorduyn Aviation near Montreal (best known for their ‘Norseman’ bush plane). These were known as the Harvard Mk IIB as well as the AT-16 for those produced under the ‘Lend-Lease’ plan. 1,710 Harvard’s were built by Noorduyn, of which 859 served with the RCAF.

Today, there are fewer than 50 Harvard’s flying in Canada and CHAA is proud to be home to the largest fleet of Harvard’s in North America.

CHAA is based at the Tillsonburg Regional Airport, located on Airport Road north of Tillsonburg, Ontario. We are home to eight Harvards, a Yale and a Tiger Moth.

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