New colours for Noorduyn Harvard MkIIB (FE51)
After an 18-month restoration, Noorduyn Harvard MkIIB – FE511 – returned to The Shuttleworth Collection on 14 March 2017.
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.
Commenting on the restoration, which was undertaken by the teams at Bygone Aviation and RGV, Hurricane Heritage boss James Brown said “We wanted to return this historic aeroplane to an appropriate wartime scheme and, in particular, represent the many thousands of lend-lease aircraft that were used to train allied pilots during the war.”
“We’re delighted to see this historic aircraft back at Old Warden. For the first time in over 70 years, she’ll be used to train Hurricane pilots as we prepare for the 2017 air show season”.
FE511 was ferried back to Old Warden by pilot John Dodd who commented that the aircraft handled beautifully, with only a few minor adjustments required.
Over the coming weeks, FE511 will complete her flight-test schedule before commencing her training duties and making a number of air show appearances throughout the summer.
Press release courtesy of Hurricane Heritage.