A final look at North American Harvard No. 436
(A pictorialized composition honouring Harvard MK4 No. 436)
The North American Harvard was a WWII training aircraft built between 1937 and 1954. The aircraft pictured here is a Harvard MK IV bearing the number 436 (20436) and the registration C-FWLH. Number 436 was built in 1952 by the Canadian Car & Foundry (Fort William, ON). She was originally based in Moose Jaw (Sask.) and was part of the Royal Canadian Air Force "Goldilocks" aerobatic team.
On July 9, 2017 (about 2 hours after this photograph was taken), Harvard 436 experienced difficulty while landing at Owen Sound Billy Bishop Regional Airport. The aircraft flipped on the runway and sustained significant damage. Fortunately nobody was seriously injured in the accident. Unfortunately, the damage was significant enough that the aircraft is no longer considered airworthy. We do however understand that it will be cosmetically restored and put on display by the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association.