T6 Harvard Ltd (Previously T6 Harvard Aviation Ltd) has been training pilots to fly the Harvard since 2010. As a result, T6 Harvard Ltd has become one of the most experienced Harvard training organisations in Europe and has trained many pilots that have gone on to fly the Spitfire, Hurricane, and Mustang P-51.
The Harvard continues to be the go-to aircraft as the “Advanced Trainer” for fighter aircraft designed to do what it was designed to do 80 years ago. Our Mk4 Harvard is not only stunning in its DAF livery but also a joy to fly in amazing condition inside and out… We aim to get you up to “solo standard” Come fly with us!
Hourly rate – The hourly rate for the T-6 Harvard is currently set at £500.00 per hour dry +VAT. Hourly rates are based on the Hobbs meter, which is set at air time. Fuel shall be invoiced separately depending on the amount you use at the current Duxford rate. The customer may incur any additional charges for training, such as landing fees. (T&C apply)
Pre-course study material, see below:
If you are interested in a conversion course to the mighty Harvard, please download the above manuals to whet your appetite for free! The RCAF manual is relevant to our MK4 T6 Harvard. (G-BJST Wacky Wabbit)
Free download of the basic checklist – This is something to study and commit to memory.
We are always collecting and downloading manuals which we offer on this website for free. In addition, we are always on the lookout for warbird manuals to add to our collection to share them amongst other enthusiasts.
To see the cockpit of the wabbit, please click on the links below:
The course’s length varies depending on pilot experience but generally ranges from 5 – 15 hours. Students beginning the course should have a tailwheel endorsement in their logbook. If you do not have a tailwheel endorsement, we can arrange this by flying the L4 Grasshopper or Chipmunk. See below. Harvard conversions will be carried out on G-BJST “The Wacky Wabbit.”
Tailwheel conversions – For any pilot considering flying the Harvard, we strongly suggest that you have some pre-training on the DeHaviland Chipmunk (click). Unfortunately, getting time on the famous ‘Chippy’ is becoming increasingly difficult with dwindling numbers of serviceable aircraft available; however, we can offer expert training tailored to the T6 Harvard progression.
Solo Hire – T6 Harvard Ltd is one of the only companies in Europe that hire out the T6 Harvard. The prerequisite for hiring our Harvard is the completion of the “Conversion” course. The solo flight may only be authorised at T6 Harvard Ltd Instructors’ discretion which varies from student to student.
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 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! In addition, 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
Andy Goodall made his first T6 Harvard solo in April 2013
Make the transition – “Most pilots dream of flying a warbird. Quote: “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 tailwheel differences training, I made the transition to the magnificent Harvard. T6 Harvard Ltd allowed me to solo, then continued to mentor me until I qualified as a Harvard display pilot (DA)”. After getting my Catagory B Aerobatic DA, I completed 10 hours of training in 4 different Mustangs and was cleared to solo fly the P-51. It all started on the T6 Harvard!
Right – Andy cleared solo by Instructor and mentor Mark Murphy in the Collings Foundation “Toulouse Nuts” P51 Mustang. (Great Falls USA)
I can highly recommend an experience flight in the T6 Harvard. An experience or a full conversion on 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) you can find more on Andys progress at this link – Radial Airshows.
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 took to the skies in his very own Hurricane, he is got himself comfortable in the “beefier” T6 Harvard. Of course, the T6 Harvard is excellent preparation for fighter aircraft such as the Hurricane, Spitfire, and the P51 Mustang. Since accruing a few hours in the T6 Harvard, Peter then went on to solo his Hurricane V7497 and has now completed over 10 hours and is working up to his Hurricane Display Authorisation. you can find more information about Kirk and his progression at the website – Hurricane 501
See the below videos to help and inspire you:
The below video was made in conjunction with Dreams of wings, who regularly fly the A2A simulator. In this video, I go through a full cockpit check (At 5:52 seconds)in the Wacky Wabbit. Anyone new to the Wacky Wabbit would benefit from this video as I give a full orientation adlibbing as I go! It is raw but factual and gives the student a good heads up pre-course on what to expect. It is also good for the pilot who hasn’t flown in a while to watch and refresh. Enjoy!
The below video is the A2A flight sim based on a T6-G Texan with the Wacky Wabbit Skin. I like this video because it’s based on a T6-G which is ‘similar to the Harvard MK4 and will give you a flavour of what to expect when flying the real thing! So watch and enjoy as you fly the Texan from Wycombe Air Park to Duxford.
When I was on the Red Devils Free Fall Team, we used to produce an end of year team film of all the year’s highlights; I guess those habits die hard! So this is a brief video with some of the highlights of 2020, even though it was a terrible year for aviation due to Covid restrictions!
Harvard training in 2019
This is what you can do when you get your DA! Some pre-display training in Turkey in the T6-G Texan “Happy Hour” N726KM
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