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Ben Howard Howard DGA-3 Pete #37

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Model ID#:

0229

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Name:

Pete

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Designation:

DGA-3

MODEL BY:

G. Brountstein

Model Scale:

N/A

MODEL ADDED:

11/29/82

historical significance

First Albuquerque Visit:    1931

SKU: Model-0229 Categories: ,

Additional Information:

Benjamin Odell Howard (February 4, 1904 – December 4, 1970), was an American aviator and aeronautical engineer whose aircraft won the Bendix Trophy with Howard as the pilot and the Thompson Trophy with Harold Neumann as the pilot in 1935. With his first racing plane, “Pete”, Howard won five National Air Races in 1931.

The Howard DGA-3 “Pete”, a.k.a. “Damned Good Airplane – 3”, “Baker Special”, and “Little Audrey” was the third aircraft built by Ben Howard, and the first in a series of racing aircraft he developed. Howard claimed that the aircraft was so fast from his use of “Go Grease”.

The DGA-3 development started as a side project whose goal was to get the best performing aircraft using a Wright Gipsy engine that Howard had available. The aircraft went from the drawing board to completion in eight months.

Ben Howard and his plane DGA-3 “Pete” landed and refueled in Albuquerque during the 1931 Bendix race. The aircraft was number NR-2Y and marked with #37 for the race.

A replica of the Howard “Pete” is still flying today.

 

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