AT-16 'Harvard' (Var. registrations)
Up to the present time, and world-wide, the Harvard has been the trainer built in the largest numbers, a total of over 20,000 examples have been produced. In the Netherlands the KLu owned 220 Harvards in the post-war period, within the framework of the “Target One”agreement. A number of them, however, never flew,as these aircraft were immediately used for the provision of parts. Up to 1962 the KLu used the Harvard primarily as a trainer for the Advanced Flying Training (VVO) and the flying instructors’ training (VIO) at Gilze-Rijen Air Base. On this aircraft the trainees acquired their Major Military Flying Certificate. The aircraft were recognizable by their conspicuous canary-yellow livery, with day glow (orange) bands around their engine cowlings, fuselages and wing tips. At the beginning of 1968 the BAFO was the last unit to hand over the camouflaged Harvard’s to the Aircraft Materials Depot (DVM). These machines had been used for aerial photography, operating from the Deelen Air Base.
The SKHV has operated Harvard’s almost from the time of its foundation. The aircraft were used in the shooting of various feature films, often disguised as Fokker D.XXI, Thunderbolt, Typhoon or Focke-Wulf 190A. From a technical point of view a considerable number of tricks had to be devised to subject the aircraft to such a metamorphosis. The Harvard’s are featured in “Waakzaamheid”, “De Prijs van de Vrijheid”, “Soldaat van Oranje”, “De Aanslag”, “A Bridge Too Far” and the musical “Joe”.
|Harvard and the SKHV|
|Serial number||Type RNLAF||Type civil||Constr. yr.||RNLAF registration||PH registration|
|Engine||Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1|
|Engine power||550 hp|
|Wing span||12.80 mtr|
|Max. speed||386 kmh|
|Max. weight||2550 kg|
|In service RNLAF||220|
|In service SKHV||6|