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A new venture based at White Waltham airfield now offers Harvard pilot training and enthusiast experience flights. Darren Harbar met the men behind the operation and went air-to-air with the historic type

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The smart scheme chosen for the Harvard represents its life in Canada during the 1940s where it was used for RAF pilot training.

There are several places across the UK where you can fly in a Harvard, but few are located as close to London as the latest enterprise that has ‘spread its wings’ at Berkshire’s White Waltham airfield. As one of the largest grass strips in Europe, Waltham boasts a special wartime history. Appropriately, the Harvard in this feature has a genuine wartime pedigree, too. Owned by James Brown of Oxfordshire-based Hurricane Heritage (www.hurricaneheritage.com), FE511 is operated alongside his Hawker Hurricane Mk.I R4118.

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