North American T-6 Harvard

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North American T-6 Harvard
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Harvard in RAF Desert Camouflage paintwork
Type Single engine monoplane
Role Advanced trainer
Manufacturer North American Aviation
Number built 15,495
Primary users USAF, RAF, RCAF, and 59 other countries
Out of service still in private service


400 of the Harvard I model were delivered to the RAF, the likely source for the aircraft used by this unit and others in Rhodesia and Canada where the majority of the Empire Training schools were established. The Empire Training Scheme also acquired 1,173 of the Harvard II variation and 726 of the II A model.

General characteristics

  • Crew:Two (student & instructor)
  • Length: 8.84 m
  • Wingspan: 12.81 m
  • Height: 3.57 m
  • Empty weight: 1,886 kg
  • Max takeoff weight: 2,548 kg
  • Powerplant: 1 X Pratt & Whitney Wasp radial engine
  • Maximum speed: 335 km/h at 1,500 m
  • Range: 1,175 km
  • Service ceiling: 7,400 m
  • Armament Provision for up to 3 x 7.62mm machine guns


No. 22 Service Flying Training School, Southern Rhodesia