The course – For any pilot considering flying the Harvard (click) we strongly suggest that you have some pre-training on the de Haviland Chipmunk. Getting time on the famous ‘Chippy’ is now becoming increasingly difficult with dwindling numbers of serviceable Chipmunk aircraft available, however, we can offer expert training tailored specifically to progression on to the T6 Harvard.
We offer the below cost-effective training packages to suit your needs and experience.
We recommend the full tail wheel course that includes:
Contact me at [email protected] to book your package.
The de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk is a tandem, two-seat, single-engined primary trainer aircraft designed and developed by Canadian aircraft manufacturer de Havilland Canada. It was developed shortly after the Second World War and sold in large numbers during the immediate post-war years, is typically employed as a replacement for the de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane.
The Chipmunk was the first postwar aviation project conducted by de Havilland Canada. It performed its maiden flight on 22 May 1946 and was introduced to operational service that same year. During the late 1940s and 1950s, the Chipmunk was procured in large numbers by military air services such as the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Royal Air Force (RAF), and several other nations’ air forces, where it was often utilised as their standard primary trainer aircraft. The type produced under licence by de Havilland in the United Kingdom, who would produce the vast majority of Chipmunks, as well as by OGMA (Oficinas Gerais de Material Aeronáutico) in Portugal.
The type was slowly phased out of service beginning in the late 1950s, although in the ab initio elementary training role, this did not happen in the Royal Air Force until 1996 when it was replaced by the Scottish Aviation Bulldog.
Left – c/n C1/0617. Built 1952 for the RAF. Transferred to the Royal Navy in 1966 and is now operated by the Royal Navy Historic Flight based at Yeovilton. Seen during the ‘Fly Navy’ airshow. Old Warden, Bedfordshire, UK. 5th June 2016
Many Chipmunks that had been in military use were sold to civilians, either to private owners or to companies, where they were typically used for a variety of purposes, often involving the type’s excellent flying characteristics and its capability for aerobatic manoeuvres. More than 70 years after the type having first entered service, hundreds of Chipmunks remain airworthy and are in operation around the world. The Portuguese Air Force still operates six Chipmunks, which serve with Esquadra 802, as of 2018.
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