Yuma Airshow

David Watson (Team Lead/Older brother)

David lives in Beaumont, Alberta, Canada, with his wife Caroline. David’s day job is running a business marketing software and providing consulting services for the construction design community.

David trained for his pilot’s license in a Canadian built Fleet Canuck in 1985.   Later that year, he immediately acquired a Harvard endorsement flying his father’s Harvard; the same aircraft he now owns. In 2007, he purchased a Yak-52 aircraft to fly competition aerobatics, winning first place in Sportsman’s category in 2009 – his first contest.  David has been flying airshows for almost 10 years and has over 1,000 hours flying airplanes – most of these hours are in the Harvard.  He is a commercially rated IFR pilot.

Drew Watson (Team Lead)

Drew lives in near Red Deer, Alberta with his wife, Wendy.  He has two adult children and is a newly empty nester. Drew’s first career was computer networking connecting corporations for over 20 years.  He recently has transitioned to a new career and his first passion, flying.  He is a corporate pilot flying small twin engine airplanes for a construction company around Western Canada.   Drew is a Commercially rated Multi-IFR pilot accumulating over 2,000 flight hours in over 20 different airplanes.

Yellow Thunder – The Harvard

The Harvard began life as a North American Aviation designed aircraft around 1934, commonly identified in the USA as the  AT-6 Texan.  The term Harvard was coined by the RAF in England, and is generally referred to by all of the commonwealth countries, including Canada. Many Harvards served under the British Commonweath Air Training Plan (BCATP) in Canada.

The Harvard is powerd by a Pratt & Whitney R-1340, 600 hp supercharged radial engine.  The propeller is 9 ft in diameter;  the combination of a radial engine and propeller tips that exceed the speed of sound is what produces the Harvard’s distinctive roar.

Originally used as advanced trainers by the RCAF for the purposes of night, formation, aerobatic, light bombing and gunnery (later rocketry), they earned the nicknames of ‘The Pilot Maker’ and ‘Yellow Peril’.  A common military saying was simply, “If you could fly a Harvard well, you could fly anything”;  a testament to the Harvard’s suitability to it’s role as trainer.

Read more about Yellow Thunder at http://yellowthunder.ca/