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Howard Aircraft DGA-15P — aircraft of the wealthy

1 May 2013

Howard Aircraft DGA-15P — aircraft of the wealthy

Howard Aircraft DGA-15P in chrome and yellow — photo by Joseph May

Howard Aircraft DGA-15P in chrome and yellow — photo by Joseph May

Benny Howard, of Howard Aircraft Corp., designed what became a coveted aircraft in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The wooden wing and steel tube fabric covered fuselage were the standards of the day but the aircraft set itself apart with its wide and deep fuselage, carrying as many as five passenger in great comfort (spaciousness), at airliner speeds of the day. This was the aircraft for the wealthy and the famous, an executive transport.

Howard Aircraft DGA-15P at the Peter O. Knight airport in Tama on New Year's Day 1984 — photo by Joseph May

Howard Aircraft DGA-15P at the Peter O. Knight airport in Tama on New Year’s Day 1984 — photo by Joseph May

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. 17 September 2015 14:46

    Hi there! I’m an aviation photographer “based” out of Peter O Knight. Currently, I’m working on collecting any historical photos about our little airport. Would you happen to have any more photos stashed away from this event?

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      17 September 2015 16:44

      I will be glad to help. I’m on the road but will email you later on the weekend. Glad to hear of your work 🙂

      • 17 September 2015 19:35

        Great! Looking forward to what you may have.

      • travelforaircraft permalink*
        23 September 2015 07:58

        Hello, I haven’t forgotten but am on an unexpected road trip. I’ll be back at home Sunday, though. I can’t recall what else I have but what you’ve seen are scans from Ektachrome slides, maybe Kodachrome — I’ll have to look again. That was a good day since it was cool and clear. Aside from the aircraft on static display the Benoist replica came in and landed at the basin, some of those shots are in the blog, as well.

      • 24 September 2015 16:34

        Not a problem! I’ll have to find the post with the Benoist. Kermit Weeks was going to attempt a flight to commemorate Tony Jannus’s 100th anniversary flight. But weather and mechanical issues stopped that.

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