I love classic airplanes such as this P51Mustang, and I have fond memories of a Harvard that I flew in several times as a teenager.
I knew the guy who owned the Harvard, as Doug was one of my flying instructors who taught me how to fly at the time.
Doug's passion was aerobatics, and Doug's dream was to own a P51 Mustang which was never going to happen on his wages.
So the next best thing was a Harvard that was a trainer used by the Canadian airforce, and they were getting rid of them, so Doug purchased one.
Once he was checked out to fly the Harvard, and he had mastered doing airbatics with the Harvard, he was a terror in the air.
The only airplane that I was ever in while a loop was being executed, was in the backseat of Doug's Harvard.
At 17 years old, I was ecstatic when he did the loop.
To hear that 600 horsepower Jacobs radial engine as it went over the top of the loop inverted was to die for.
His boss (Bob), the owner of the company of whom Doug was an instructor with, was pissed at him for doing the loop with me in the airplane, as I was staying with Bob and his girlfriend (also his business partner) for the summer while I learnt how to fly, and Bob felt responsible for my well being.
Given the chance, I would have did it again in a heartbeat.
What does the title "Mary;s Mink" stand for you ask....That was the name of Doug's Harvard, as his wife's name was Mary, and she desired owning a mink coat in the day.
Of course they had no money and when Doug bought the Harvard, she was some pissed.
One day when Doug wasn't around, one of the guy's in the shop air-brushed "Mary's Mink" along the side of the fuselage with red paint.
The Harvard looked marvelous in flight with Mary's Mink front and center.
Mary did see the humor in it after first being mad, and I think she kinda liked having an airplane named after her.
Here's a Harvard coming over the top inverted while doing a loop at an airshow where I shot the photo....