The Howard Aircraft Corporation was established in January 1937, though Ben Howard was creating aircraft since 1923, with his first aeroplane being the DGA-1 (Damned Good Airplane #1). Later designs included the DGA-6 "Mister Mulligan", which won all three of the major U.S. air races in 1935. Direct developments of the DGA-6 led to the DGA-15, which in 1941 was ordered by the U.S. Navy for service in the general utility role under the designation GH-1. The GH-1s were used primarily as utility transports, but with the receipt of 131 GH-2s and 115 GH-3s, a number were used as air ambulances and named the Nightingale. 205 more examples were used by the Navy as NH-1 instrument trainers. With the outbreak of war, the USAAF commandeered 20 civil DGA-15s for use as light transport/communications aircraft, under the designation UC-70. These rugged and reliable aircraft were to remain in both U.S. Army and Navy service for several years.
Howard DGA-15 / UC-70
Type: light transport/communications aircraft Crew: 4-5 Armament: none Specifications: Length: 25' 8" (7.82 m) Height: 8' 5" (2.57 m) Wingspan: 38' 0" (11.58 m) Wing area: 210 sq. ft (19.51 sq. m) Empty Weight: 2700 lb (1225 kg) Max Weight: 4350 lb (1973 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior radial Horsepower: 450 hp Performance: Range: 1260 miles (2028 km) Cruise Speed: 191 mph ( 307 km/h) Max Speed: 201 mph ( 323 km/h) at 6000 ft Ceiling: 21,500 ft (6555 m)
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