Flying a Harvard

Flying a Harvard

Postby PorkScratching on Sat 25 Sep 2010, 7:59 pm

I flew a Harvard today! Truly awesome, and quite a change from the Cessna 172 I normally fly. Andrewsfield arranged for one to visit for a few hours for us to have a play with. Not cheap, but I had a birthday that ended with a zero last week, so thought I would treat myself. Here's a bunch of shots I took of those having fun before and after me:

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Re: Flying a Harvard

Postby MicrolightDriver on Sat 25 Sep 2010, 8:07 pm

Excellent pictures Nick - I think the head-on low level 'gear retraction' shots are superb.
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Re: Flying a Harvard

Postby DamienB on Sat 25 Sep 2010, 8:09 pm

They're a blast aren't they! Happy 60th!
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Re: Flying a Harvard

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Sat 25 Sep 2010, 8:13 pm

Some lovely shots here mate. :up:
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Re: Flying a Harvard

Postby Ben H on Sat 25 Sep 2010, 8:14 pm

Yep, the head-ons are ace Nick :clap:
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Re: Flying a Harvard

Postby jaguar on Sat 25 Sep 2010, 9:00 pm

Great pictures who was the pilot?

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Re: Flying a Harvard

Postby jag636 on Sat 25 Sep 2010, 9:10 pm

Supurb pictures I am truly impressed, and a beutiful aircraft to :clap: :biggrin:
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Re: Flying a Harvard

Postby foxfour on Sat 25 Sep 2010, 9:19 pm

I love the shots. I also agree the head on gear retract ones stand out. I quite fancy flying the beast as well but I suspect it's quite a handfull.
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Re: Flying a Harvard

Postby PorkScratching on Sat 25 Sep 2010, 10:13 pm

Thanks all. Knock 20 off Damien and you'll be about right :grin: The head-on-grear-retracting shots were a bit of an afterthought - The Harvard started up for its return journey to Duxford just as I was leaving, so I pulled over at the upwind end of the runway and phoned the club on my mobile to suggest they may like to call the pilot on the radio, to ask him to stay low on departure if he fancied having some nice photos. It's not a handful in the air foxfour - the controls are very light. It's obviously a little more tricky on t/o and landing, especially in the sporting crosswind we had today. The instructor took care of those though!
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Re: Flying a Harvard

Postby Rob Leigh on Sat 25 Sep 2010, 10:15 pm

It looks like fun, good on you.
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Re: Flying a Harvard

Postby flygirl on Sun 26 Sep 2010, 12:09 pm

Lucky Chap. Nice shots. :smile: :clap:
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Re: Flying a Harvard

Postby rdchawk on Sun 26 Sep 2010, 5:40 pm

Nice one Nick, looks an awesome day!!
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Re: Flying a Harvard

Postby swingy on Mon 27 Sep 2010, 4:09 am

Oh man they are first class and to fly it as well that is some birthday.

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Re: Flying a Harvard

Postby Russ on Mon 27 Sep 2010, 7:27 am

Loving the head-on's Nick. Great experience I imagine. :clap: :cool:
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Re: Flying a Harvard

Postby rjlaker on Thu 30 Sep 2010, 12:14 pm

Head ons again for me! :clap: :clap: Great work. Must have been a cracking day.
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Re: Flying a Harvard

Postby Chas2 on Sat 02 Oct 2010, 1:58 pm

Puts my Black & White shots taken of Harvards at Calgary in 1943 to shame; Lovely photography.
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Re: Flying a Harvard

Postby Tug 747 on Sat 16 Oct 2010, 12:52 pm

Very nice Nick so it was you making all that noise around stebbing was it!!! :lol: well hurry up and get it back again shame i was not able to get up there myself.
Another vote for the low shot of the gear tucking away. Glad you enjoyed you birthday mate. :clap: :clap:

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Re: Flying a Harvard

Postby yorkshireflyer on Mon 18 Oct 2010, 8:14 pm

Those shots are just amazing, especially those ead on shots!! :worship:
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