This is the first book to take a comprehensive look at the North American Harvard and its variants in Canada - the only country to produce, import and export large numbers of the type.
Fifty-thousand words of authoritative but readable text correct many myths and reveal a myriad of little-known facts. While “war stories” and reminiscences abound, the four years of careful research by the authors ensure that the historian will not be disappointed. Profusely illustrated with over four hundred photographs, the majority never before published, this book will please aviation buffs of all varieties.
Five-view sets of what are almost certainly the most accurate plans ever drawn of the seven major variants used in Canada are produced in the popular 1 / 72nd scale. These are complemented by professionally air-brushed profiles depicting paint schemes far beyond the expected “trainer yellow” and will certainly appeal to model builders.
Chapters in “HARVARD!” trace the stories of each of the variants used in Canada, their wartime and post-war military employment, their civilian careers, formation team usage and film roles. An appendix covers the individual histories of the over two-thousand airframes used by the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Navy. Whatever your interest in, or involvement with, the Harvard (or the Yale, or the RCAF Texans, or the “one-off” versions. . .), you will find something of interest in these pages.
The authors are both long-time airplane addicts. Both are members of the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association, the International Plastic Modellers’ Society of Canada and various historical associations. Their talents have been ideally combined in this book to compile the most definitive work to date on the “Yellow Peril.”