While we await our “Permit to Fly” to be issued, our 1942 Harvard – FE511 – has been moved to White Waltham. She’ll be based at this historic grass airfield through the early part of the Summer whilst we check-out some of our pilots on her, so drop in and say hello if you’re passing.
Special thanks to Stuart Scott who took this photo of FE511 whilst we were conducting engine runs last week.
Published on 24th May 2017 in News
Along with our friends at “Flying with Spitfires”, we’re delighted to announce additional availability for a unique “Battle of Britain” experience this summer.
Fly in a helicopter alongside history’s most famous pair of fighter aircraft: the iconic Spitfire and mighty Mk1 Hurricane, R4118, from a former Battle of Britain airfield.
Experience the majesty of the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire in-flight, and witness a sequence of carefully choreographed manoeuvres performed by some of Britain’s most talented and experienced pilots.
Flying from Goodwood Aerodrome (formerly RAF Westhampnett) your route takes you past the site of famous Battle of Britain airfield RAF Tangmere before heading towards Selsey and Thorney Island, former home of RAF Coastal Command.
The flight lasts for about 20 minutes, of which approximately 15 minutes will be alongside the Spitfire and Hurricane.
Availability is limited, so click here to reserve your seat.
Published on 24th May 2017 in News
On 14th March, our Harvard MkIIB made her first post-restoration flight from Gloucester back to her home airfield of Old Warden.
Delivered new to the Royal Canadian Air Force on 13th October 1942, FE511 served at No.6 Service Flying Training School at Dunnville, Ontario, for the duration of the war. In 1947, she was sold to the Swedish air force and she remained in that country until 2015, when she was acquired by Hurricane Heritage. The aircraft previously wore fictitious USAF markings, but has now been restored in the colours of a Harvard provided to the RAF under the wartime lend-lease agreement with the United States.
Having spent the last 5 months at RGV’s paint shop at Gloucester Staverton airport, FE511 was piloted back to Old Warden in the capable hands of John Dodd. On landing, John said that she handled beautifully with only a few minor adjustments required. Over the next few weeks FE511 will complete her flight-test programme before joining the Hurricane Heritage fleet to help prepare our pilots for the coming air show season.
Published on 15th March 2017 in News
After months of painstaking work by the teams at RGV and Ardent Paint Care in Gloucester, the restoration of our AT-16 Harvard MkIIB – FE511 – is approaching completion.
Delivered new to the RCAF on 13th October 1942, FE511 served at No.6 Service Flying Training School at Dunnville, Ontario, for the duration of the war. In 1947, she was sold to the Swedish airforce, and she remained in that country until 2015 when she was acquired by Hurricane Heritage and flown to the UK for restoration.
We expect her to return to her permanent home at The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden, within the next few weeks.
Here, for the first time in over 70 years, she’ll once again be used as an advanced trainer to prepare pilots to fly Hawker Hurricanes.
Published on 17th February 2017 in News
Over the last few weeks, our Harvard has undergone a complete strip-down and is now in the process of being repainted to represent an aircraft provided to the RAF in the early years of the war under the lend-lease scheme.
Once finished, she’ll display her original RAF registration – FE511 – and we hope to offer flights to members of the public later in the year.
The work is being undertaken by RGV at Gloucester and we expect her to be fully rebuilt and back in the air sometime in February.
In the meantime, James Brown (the boss of Hurricane Heritage) has been working hard to complete his check-out on the aeroplane. Having spent a week at Stallion 51 in Florida, James was signed off on their T-6G and is ready to get flying in our Harvard as soon as her repaint is finished.
Published on 25th January 2017 in News