Harvard Flying with you at the aircraft controls – no previous flying experience required! You are following the second stage in the training path of a WW2 Spitfire pilot
The Harvard (Commonwealth name) or North American T-6 Texan (US name) is a single-engined advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), United States Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and into the 1970s. The Harvard is much more powerful than the gentle Tiger Moth used in the first stage of RAF Spitfire Pilot training. It is a sturdy all metal aircraft with a retractable undercarriage and 600 hp PW radial engine which makes it much more like a fighter to fly and therefore the ideal trainer for an aspiring fighter pilot.
Aero Legends staff will greet you at the Aero Legends main reception and proceed with your check-in. Headcorn Aerodrome has free parking and good facilities – dogs are welcome. With excellent viewing areas of the runway, a café and licensed bar, we encourage your family and friends to savour the atmosphere and share your day. You should arrive 30 minutes before your flight to meet your instructor and take a short flight briefing where you will receive all the practical safety information required.
The Harvard is an American built and designed two-seater trainer, a monoplane with a good deal more powerful engine than that of the Tiger Moth. It shares some of the characteristics of a fully fledged fighter aircraft. In it the RAF trainee pilot was moved from the simple aerodynamics of the Tiger Moth to the more demanding performance resembling that of a Hurricane or Spitfire.
When Harvard Flying you will be in constant communication with your instructor through your flying helmet during your trial lesson. The instructor will handle the take off and landing – at their discretion you will be introduced to the flight controls during flight.
Photography and video
The Harvard Flying experience can be filmed throughout your lesson with your own device. Phones and cameras can be used, at your own risk, during your flight if they are secured by a neck lanyard or wrist strap. Spectators and family members can take photos and videos from the ample viewing areas assigned in safe positions at the aerodrome.
Booking a flying lesson date
Harvard Flying is possible on dates throughout the April – October flying season. In common with other flying experiences, ours are purchased as a voucher receipt via email plus a posted Vintage Gift Pack. These can be presented to the lucky recipient on that special occasion such as an Anniversary, a Birthday, a retirement or Christmas celebration perhaps. Having received their Gift pack, the recipient calls us to book a date to fly.