On April 18, the Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team (CHAT) wrapped up several weeks of spring training and is heading south for the coming “Thunder Over Louisville” airshow.
The Ontario-based CHAT has been performing at airshows across North America since 2000. The team consists of four Second World War-era North American Harvard trainers.
Painted yellow in their Royal Canadian Air Force markings, the Harvards never fail to attract attention. Billowing trails of white smoke, the growl of the Pratt and Whitney R-1340 radial engine and a well-choreographed routine have made CHAT a popular airshow act.
Despite being a three-ton aircraft designed more than 70 years ago, the team maintains a tight, high energy routine that rivals more modern aerobatic aircraft designs.
The Louisville airshow kicks off two weeks of festivities leading up to the Kentucky Derby. The show, held over the Ohio River in Louisville, Ky., begins at 3 p.m. The CHAT will fly two performances, one in the early afternoon and one at twilight. The Canadian Armed Forces will be well represented at the airshow, with fly-pasts from CF-18 Hornets, CT-155 Hawks and a CT-142 Navigational Trainer.