The Harvard Mark IV


The Harvard aircraft is one of the most famous military trainers of all time, training thousands of pilots in Canada during the BCATP (British Commonwealth Air training Plan) during the Second World War, and NATO pilots during the 50s and 60s. It was utilized by various Air Forces throughout the world as an advanced trainer up to as late as 2002 when South African Air Force finally retired theirs.

The version Jim flies is a former Canadian Forces trainer that was stationed at various bases in Canada including Gimli, Moose Jaw and Penhold.

After it's Air Force career - this aircraft was purchased by Saskatchewan Aviation Hall of Famer Harry Whereatt of Assinaboia SK in 1968. Harry meticulously maintained and flew the aircraft until Jim acquired it in 2008. It's powered by a 1340 Pratt and Whitney radial engine that produces 600 HP and is capable of speeds up to 258 MPH. Jim has dubbed his Harvard "The poor boys P-51" which gives a clue as to what Warbird he wishes to fly in shows someday!

Dimensions: Imperial / Metric

Wing Span: 42 ft / 12.8 m
Fuselage Length: 28 ft 11 in / 8.8 m
Height: 11 ft 8 1/2 in / 3.5 m
Wing Area : 253.7 sq ft / 23.57 sq m


Empty: 4,150 lb / 1,882 kg
Fully Loaded: 5,750 lb / 2,608 kg


Maximum Speed: 258 mph / 415 km/h
Cruising Speed: 161 mph / 259 km/h
Landing Speed: 97 mph / 156 km/h
Range: 750 mi / 1,207 km
Max Climb: 1,300 ft/min / 396 m/min
Max Altitude: 22,000 ft / 6,710 m