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.
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
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.
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Who? What? Where?
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 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.
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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