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Warbird University Comes to Ottawa

Feb. 16, 2010, Ottawa - Vintage Wings of Canada, in collaboration with the Canada Aviation Museum will host Warbird University - an information packed, two-day ground school dedicated to three of the most important aircraft of the Second World War.

February 16, 2010  By Carey Fredericks

Showcasing three historic aircraft, the
North American Harvard 4, the Goodyear FG-1D Corsair and the Curtiss P-40N
Kittyhawk, these three unique ground schools will offer students a range of experience,
firsthand knowledge and technical detail on the each of the three iconic
aircraft. First-hand knowledge from the Vintage Wing's very
own seasoned warbird pilots will be provided in Canada's premier and largest
aviation museum.

The first Warbird
University course will feature the legendary Harvard trainer and will take
place on February 27-28.  The second course will take place on March 27- 28
with the Goodyear FG-1D Corsair, and the third
on April 17-18 with the Curtiss P-40N Kittyhawk.

Each two-day ground school will begin at the Canada Aviation Museum with a series
of presentations and discussions. The second day finishes off at the Vintage
Wings of Canada facility and includes a personal cockpit checkout and a souvenir
photo in your warbird. Each participant will be awarded a Warbird Ground School
Certificate upon completion of their chosen course. Presentations are offered
in English with a French interpreter upon request. Lunch and coffee breaks are

Please contact or 819-669-9603
for information about registration and tuition. Or visit
for more information regarding the course and the collection of vintage


about the North American Harvard: The Harvard is recognized as the greatest
advanced training aircraft of the Second World War and was used as the bridging
aircraft between elementary trainers, like the de Havilland Tiger Moth, and
sophisticated fighters, like the Supermarine Spitfire.  Under the British Commonwealth Air Training
Plan, nearly 50, 000 Allied pilots received their wings after completing
training on the Harvard before they set off to war.  An able flyer, this aircraft had just enough quirky
characteristics to keep these young pilots on their toes. An American design
dating from 1935, it is still to this day the most produced aircraft in Canada,
with 3, 355 built.  The North American Harvard 4 has an improved canopy and better fuel
capacity than its predecessors.

The Canada Aviation Museum is Canada's finest aviation
museum with an internationally renowned aeronautical collection. The Museum, a
component of the Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation, is located
at the intersection of Aviation and Rockcliffe Parkways, just 10 minutes from
Parliament Hill.


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