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Howards to Meet in Oshkosh
June 4, 2015 - As many as 16 Howard Aircraft DGAs are expected to arrive at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 as members of the Howard Aircraft Foundation are planning a larger than normal gathering at the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.
Presley Melton, president of the foundation, says most years anywhere from four to seven - or more – Howard DGAs attend a fly-in at Siren, Wisconsin, the week prior to Oshkosh, then most continue on to AirVenture and park together in the Vintage area. This year 15 or 16 Howard airplanes are planning to be in Oshkosh – weather and mechanical issues permitting - and park together by the Theater in the Woods area.
“This could be the 80th anniversary of something,” Melton said, noting that the airplanes were produced from the early 1930s to the late 1940s. “In reality we’re just honoring the Howard airplanes.”
Some of the airplanes will also be featured in convention programming, including a Vintage in Review presentation, flybys, and special interviews at the announcer stand.
Roughly 50 to 60 Howards were built for civilian and close to 500 were ordered by the U.S. military during World War II – most by the Navy. Ninety percent of the surviving airframes are DGA 15s. About a decade ago the foundation was able to acquire all the Howard type certificates, which makes preserving and maintaining these vintage cabin class beauties easier.
A look at the annual aircraft awards usually has mention of a DGA – including Melton’s 1943 Howard DGA-15P N9125H, which won the Reserve Grand Champion award in 2010.