Howard GH-3 'Nightingale'

  Base model:GH
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1939-1941
  Basic role:Transport, Single-Engined

  Length: 25' 8" 7.8 m
  Wingspan: 38' 0" 11.5 m
  Gross Weight: 4,350 lb 1,972 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-985
  Horsepower (each): 450

  Max Speed: 201 mph 323 km/h 174 kt

Known serial numbers
44921 / 44922, 44935 / 44937, 44939, 44941 / 45049, 45050 / 45204

Examples of this type may be found at
USS Lexington Museum On The BayCorpus ChristiTexas


Recent comments by our visitors
 Dave Headley
 Corpus Christ, TX
Del Mar College just aquired a GH-3 Howard, BuNu 44947. We are in the process of restoring this aircraft. Does anyone know of any place to get spare parts for the GH-3? We also need parts for the P&W R985 engine.
07/06/2010 @ 08:13 [ref: 26984]
 Boyd Ewing
 Dallas, TX
I owned a single engine Howard monoplane similar to your Howard display and designated "DGA" or "DGA 15" some fifty years ago and wonder if your Howard could be the same one.
It was upset following a bad landing and suffered quite a bit of damage. I gathered it up and parked it in my garage.
The Marine Corps recognized it as having been a Marine Corps ambulance and purchased it for restoration less the 450 hp radial engine and propellor in the late 60's. They plucked it out of my garage and put it on their truck, or trailer, don't remember which, bound for Quantico and their aviation museum for restoration.
I cannot locate it there now. No one there seems to know anything about it. I no longer have the numbers needed to track it's history.
Let me know if this is a possibility, I would like to see it again.

Boyd Ewing
10306 Ambergate
Tx 75035
08/12/2005 @ 13:05 [ref: 10980]
 Gordon F Driskell AGC USNR Ret.
 Portland, ME
I believe this aircraft was the one that was stationed at NAAS Cuddihy Field Corpus Christi Tx in 1944-1946. We also had a staggered wing Beechcraft at this field. I remember this aircraft vivdly because we had an influx of mosquitos at the base and the used the Beechcraft to apray the field. We damn near suffocated because the public works crew had taken all the screens off the windows and it was hot humid and very uncomfortable!! I visited the Lady Lex a few years back and was glad to see some old friends..
04/02/2001 @ 18:49 [ref: 1968]


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