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Martin Pengelly Pilot Maker – the Harvard Story.

There may have been more versions of this aircraft than of any other in aviation history (260) It is the World’s most widely used trainer, educating over one million pilots, was used by 72 countries and for some remained in service until the mid 1990s.

So prolific and diverse is this family of tough, growling all metal aeroplanes, that it is difficult to give it a name.  To the Swedes they were Sk14s, to the Japanese the K10W, the South Africans the Spammy, US Navy the SNJ and to the wartime Luftwaffe, the North.

Martin Pengelly has had a lifelong interest in the Harvard family after seeing his first one at an airshow in the early 1970s. He helped to rebuild one to fly again in Dorset ten years later and this led to joining the Harvard Formation Team, Editor of the Harvard Owners Group Magazine and European Correspondent to the North American Trainer Association.  He has researched the histories of over 80 airframes and is responsible for the repainting of 8 British registered Harvards.

This presentation will be a pictorial look into the Harvard family from its origins in 1935, through the wartime years, onto to Korea and other warzones, the films and to the modern-day.

All are welcome at our evening social events so bring your family and friends

The AEROCLUB talk starts at 19.30.  Please contact Jay on 01208 821419 if you would like to book a pre-talk meal (18.00 onwards), from Diner 31.

Pete White, AEROCLUB, 01752 406660 or 07805 805679 or pete@aeronca.co.uk

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