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Photo ID: 1011437
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Model: Howard GH-3 Nightingale, DGA-15P, Jobmaster Registration: N26J
Year: 1943 Serial Number: Navy BuNo 45044, c/n 1015
Engine(s): P&W R985, 450-HP Owner: Daniel N. Owen
Anchorage, AK
Location: PAMR, Merrill Field
Anchorage, AK
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Date: July 2004 Present Registration: Same Present Owner (FAA info): Same
Notes: 8/12/04 - On August 23, 1946, the War Assets Administration, Spokane, WA office, sold Howard GH-3, c/n 1015, Army 45044, to "Detwiler & Jensen", of Bremerton, WA for $3,260. (The WAA Bill of Sale says "Army", but both the model and serial number are Navy, so it probably was a Navy aircraft.) It was subsequently registered to Otto C. Jensen, Tilford F. McCowen and Harry A. Detwiler, of Bremerton as NC58803.

FAA Spec A-717 says that the GH-3 is a General Purpose aircraft which is identical to the DGA-15P except that it has 122 gallons of fuel, and is four-place instead of five.

The Howard is not an airplane to be taken casually. They are a taildragger - - and more ornery than some. Someone must have "lost" this one because in 1947 the vertical fin, wings and engine mount had major repairs and the prop was replaced. Actually, it appears that the trio probably bought it in damaged condition although, compared to other Howards of that era they paid a lot if it was damaged.
 

Photo ID: 1011438
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Notes: Note the different windows on this aircraft. It has been modified to six-place and they added a window for the passengers in the third row.

I only ever flew one Howard. I bought N9126H (now N663H) at an auction in 1965, for $1250, and ferried it with one brake inoperative. It had been parked for some years and blew oil all over the windshield on the flight home to our 2800' grass strip. (Okay - - to complete the story I'd admit that it had been converted to tri-gear and was quite docile compared to the taildragger.:) We sold the aircraft for $2,500 before the engine had cooled down and thought we were in tall cotton! Now, back to NC58803.

In June 1952 it was sold to Gilbert H. Quantz of Seattle. In May 1956, Jobmaster Company of Seattle registered it as N26J. Their letter to the FAA stated that the aircraft had been laid up for some time and they were now rebuilding it.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1011439
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Notes: Howards have a somewhat distinctive tail - - and maybe less rudder than one would think typical for a 450-HP taildragger.

A January 1972 '337 shows that Jobmaster remanufactured the aircraft at that time. They metalized the fuselage, installed a cabin door on the left side and set it up for six seats. They also installed a Hamilton Standard 22D30, Hydromatic type prop (which has subsequently been replaced with the typical counterweighted prop). I believe it has float fittings which were most likely installed at that time. In May 1989, Jobmaster sold it to Robert C. Higbee of Issaquah, WA, who sold it in January 2000 to Daniel N. Owen, of Portland, OR, the present owner. In May, 2004 Owen's address was changed to Anchorage.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 
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