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Monday, December 14, 2009

The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association-Bringing History to Life

Based at the municipal airport just north of Tillsonburg, Ontario, the all-volunteer Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association (CHAA) brings history to life with its fleet of six North American Harvards, as well as a DeHavilland Tiger Moth and a North American Yale. A fitting tribute to Canada's role in training Allied aircrews under the monumental British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) of World War II, the CHAA has grown from humble roots at a nearby grass airstrip in 1985 to Canada's premier site for the preservation, restoration and demonstration of these legendary aircraft that served to preserve the world's freedom. Most of all, the operations of the CHAA provide a true "living memorial to those who made the supreme sacrifice".

Numerous back-seat ride opportunities are available for members, providing the opportunity for you to experience these powerful aircraft first-hand. In addition, Harvard and Tiger Moth ground schools are held each spring for aspiring pilots, providing a great opportunity to begin flying these exciting warbirds. Qualified pilots can also obtain check rides in its aircraft and gain qualification in formation flying techniques to RCAF standards.

With fewer than 50 Harvards flying in Canada today, it is through the efforts of organizations such as the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association that we can learn first-hand of the duties performed by our aircrew during World War II, which led to the ultimate Allied victory. For more information on the CHAA, its activities and the many opportunities it offers, visit the CHAA website at

North American Yale C-GLJH, beautifully restored to period appearance and currently awaiting its Certificate of Airworthiness from Transport Canada.

Photographed on August 22 2009, this Harvard is nicknamed "Pussy Cat" and features a distinctive red acent to its engine cowling.

This MK IV Harvard, s/n 20436, taxies out for another exciting flight from Tillsonburg Municipal Airport. The nose displays the crest from Canada's CFB Moose Jaw, which remains a major Canadian aircrew training base to this day.


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