1952 North American Harvard Mk. IV

In Canada, Harvard Mk. IIBs were used as advanced trainers.

They helped pilots make to the transition from low powered primary trainers to high-performance front-line fighters such as the Spitfire* or Mosquito*.

A total of 20,110 Harvard’s was built between 1938 and 1954, 3,370 of them in Canada. It was known as “the pilot maker” because of its important role in preparing pilots for combat.

The Canadian Harvard was like the US version but adapted to the Canadian climate. 

The Harvard could be intimidating with its relatively big 600hp engine, the same engine used on the de Haviland Otter. Landings can be quite tricky with the Harvard. If your airspeed is a bit too low, you may encounter a wing drop that does not respond quickly to corrective measures.

About 555 Harvards were built by Canadian Car and Foundry Company at the Fort William (now called “Thunder Bay”) plant.

Important: Change of Hours & New Entry to Museum

(Oct 1st to Apr 30th)

Open Wed to Sat,  9am to 4pm daily
Closed Sun, Mon & Tues

Pre-arranged Group Tours may be available upon request on closed days.

Entry

Effective August 1, 2020, the museum no longer has street-front access. Unfortunately, due to the economic impact of Covid-19, the museum has had to move all its activities to our unit at the rear of Hangar 5. The new entrance to the museum will be via the gate at the north side of the building. Signage with contact and entrance instructions is displayed. Please check back here for updates on our progress as we reorganize the museum. As always, contact us with any questions or to schedule a visit or a flight.