Sywell Aviation Museum News
Harvard for Sywell, Martel for Newark
3rd April 2014
North American Harvard IIB KF532 was part of an order for 657 Harvards completed by Noorduyn in Montreal, Canada as a Harvard 11B (AT-16) (S/no 14A-2232 under contract WSL 72-253) on 25th September 1944 and delivered in May 1945. Postwar she was one of 39 allocated to The Royal Navy and saw service with 758 799, 727 and 781 Sqns before being Struck Off Charge on 29th April 1954. The cockpit passed to Newark Air Museum which, with the acquisition of complete Harvard 42-12417 in 2010, subsequently became surplus. Thanks to the kind offices of NAM, the cockpit has been exchanged with Sywell Aviation Museum for a Martel air to ground missile to fill a gap in Newark's ordnance collection.
Delivered to Bruntingthorpe on the 2nd April 2014, the cockpit will be spruced up by well-known Harvard specialists Beech Restorations before going on display at Sywell. Many hundreds of Harvards passed through Brooklands Aviation on the Northamptonshire airfield in the post-war years and the SAM team had been searching for a cockpit for many years! This is a great example of one of the 'big boys' helping out a smaller museum! With sincere thanks to Dave Hibbert, NAM.