D-FHGK

D-FHGK

Must be the most famous Harvard, at least in Germany and central Europe! It is believed that it was the first civil AT6 on UK Register. It was actually the very first civil AT6 in Germany.

1942 – The Aeroplane was built in 1942 with Noorduyn as a Harvard MK IIb. Delivered on 03rd November 1942 as FE 590 to RCAF. Was believed in Service or stored until 1946.

1947 – In 1947 it was sold, most probably, through Charles Babb Co. / Montreal via the Netherlands to the Swiss Airforce. It was there immatriculated as U-322.1968 the Swiss Airforce sold a lot of MKIIb Harvards including U-322 to civil operators.

1969 Registered on 27th March as G-AXCR with new owner Mr. Osborne / Blackbushe, it was delivered from Switzerland to Gatwick on 13th April. Still in allover silver with swiss markings.

Sold in September 1969 to “Flugzeug Handels Gesellschaft Karlsruhe” (FHGK) and operated for demo / display and training flights until 1971 in Karlsruhe (EDTK). Still allover silver without special markings.

1971 it was sold to Mr. Röth in Mosbach- Lohrbach (EDGM) and operated privately. Painted in camouflage colors with orange markings.

1978 on Walter Eichhorn flies and owns the Aeroplane. It was first based in Breitscheid (EDGB) & Siegerland (EDGS). Now it is Based in Elz (EDFY). It was painted blue in the 1990s with the well known orange and the Red-Bull markings. Forming the legendary AT-6 father & son formation aerobatic team for about 20 years, Walter & Toni Eichhorn (D-FHGL) are more then well known for their immaculate aerobatic displays until 2012.

http://www.eichhorn-air.de/index.html

(Information – By Anonymous)