CONVERSION to the Harvard – advanced military trainer


Learning objectives

The T-6 Harvard conversion prepares pilots of all experience levels to act as PIC of the T-6 Harvard or any of its many variants. The course covers the following disciplines :

Normal and emergency procedures


Three-point landings

Wheel landings

Crosswind operations

Unusual attitude recoveries

Basic aerobatics


Free RCAF Pilot Operating Instructions

Free download – RCAF – Pilots-Operating-Instructions – 42.6mb

Free download – 1945 AAF Advanced Single Engine Flying Instructor’s Manual

If you are interested in a conversion course to the mighty Harvard, please download the above manuals, just to wet your appetite for free! The RCAF manual is relevant to our MK4 T6 Harvard. (G-BJST Wacky Wabbit)


The length of the course

The length of the course – Varies depending on pilot experience but generally ranges from 5 – 15 hours. Students beginning the course should have a tailwheel endorsement in their log book.  Harvard conversions will usually be carried out on G-BJST “The Wacky Wabbit.” Cost – The conversion course costs £660 per hour wet plus VAT – (Instructors fees are separate)

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Warbird progression

Advanced training – Whether you are looking for a full T-6 checkout or recurrent training, you will walk away with a thorough understanding of the aircraft and the confidence, proficiency, and respect that the T-6 Harvard demands. Our experienced warbird instructors can also offer transition programs for those wishing to advance further on to high-performance WWII fighter aircraft. We will tailor the training package to suit your background and experience level, making the step to the bigger fighter aircraft an enjoyable, safe, and educational experience.

Meet the instructors – You will get expert tuition from our instructors who between them have over 60,000 flying hours! T6 Harvard Aviation instructors have many hours instructing specifically on the Harvard and guarantee excellent, safe instruction passing on years of knowledge and experience.       

Mike Cuming – FI – Commercial Airline Pilot

Glen Fricker – FI – Commercial Airline Pilot 

Brian Jones – FI – Commercial Airline Pilot

Andrew Goodall – CRI – Class Rating Instructor

Neil Oakman – FI/Examiner – Commercial Airline Pilot


T6 Harvard Student testimonials

Andy Goodall made his first T6 Harvard solo in April 2013

Make the transition – “Most pilots dream of flying a warbird, that dream can become a reality with T6 Harvard Aviation”. After many years of flying GA aircraft, I made the transition from ‘nose draggers’ to ‘tail draggers’ (traditional landing gear) and never looked back”!  Having completed my tail wheel differences training  I made the transition to the magnificent Harvard. T6 Harvard Aviation allowed me to solo, then continued to mentor me until I qualified as a Harvard display pilot (DA). I can highly recommend an experience flight, a small differences course or a full conversion on to this Advanced Fighter Trainer for any pilot wishing to broaden their horizons.  As you climb into this military machine, you will be stepping back in time to the late 1930’s early 40’s when pilots received advanced training on this aircraft before flying a fighter in combat weeks later – (Andy Goodall Harvard Display Pilot and Class Rating Instructor)



Peter Kirkpatrick makes the conversion to the T6 Harvard

Peter is a leading UK Neurosurgeon who has many hours flying the amazing Pitts Special in some very unusual attitudes! Before Peter takes to the skies in his very own Hurricane, he is getting comfortable in the “beefier” T6 Harvard. The T6 Harvard is, of course, excellent preparation for the WW2 fighters,  such as the Hurricane Spitfire and the P51 Mustang.




Having completed my Harvard conversion course in 2012, I continued flying Harvard’s and eventually got my Display Licence in 2017. The video was taken in May 2019 in Turkey working up for the September airshow.


Our other services include

T6 Harvard Conversion training

T6 Harvard flying displays

T6 Harvard Warbird experience flights

Film and media opportunities 

Take a look at our exciting T6 Harvard videos

  • Neil Oakman – FI/Examiner – Commercial Airline Pilot
  • Glen Fricker – FI – Commercial Airline Pilot    
  • Mike Cuming – FI – Commercial Airline Pilot
  • Brian Jones – FI – Commercial Airline Pilot
  • Andrew Goodall – CRI – Class Rating Instructor