Meet Harvard FE511, the latest addition to the Hurricane Heritage family. With her distinctive paint scheme, you could hardly call her the shy and retiring type – but she’s more than just a pretty face.
Hurricane Heritage purchased Harvard FE511 towards the end of 2015 as a training aircraft for our Hurricane pilots. The Harvard was a designated training plane for WWII pilots and continued to be used for military training until the mid 1970s.
Our Harvard was built in December 1942 as a MkIIb by Noorduyn Aviation in Montreal, Quebec. Originally allocated US serial 42-708, she served with the RAF as FE511 before being struck off charge in December 1946 and moving to Sweden as Fv16128 in 1947.
She was used as an instructional airframe for many years, initially based at Stockholm-Bromma Airport, before moving to Stockholm-Arlanda Airport from 1975-1987. In 1987 she was sold to a private collection in Sweden, where she was restored to airworthy condition, civil registered and painted in a pseudo US military scheme with invasion stripes.
Much as we’ve come to love her distinctive appearance, our plan at Hurricane Heritage team over the next few months is to restore the Harvard to its original wartime paint scheme.
We will continue to use the Harvard for training – and in the future we plan to offer passenger flights in the Harvard, flying alongside Hurricane R4118. This, we hope, will be a truly memorable experience for anyone interested in vintage aircraft. We will be posting updates on our News page soon and Harvard flights will eventually be made available in our Shop.
R4118 is now on public display at Old Warden, Bedfordshire as part of the historical Shuttleworth Collection of vintage aircraft, cars and motorcycles.
For more information, opening times and ticket booking please visit the Shuttleworth website.