Joe Nall 2003
Howard DGA-5 "Ike"
AFTER COUNTING THE trophies and money
won by "Pete" in the 1930 and 1931 races, Benny Howard decided
that there was money in the race game. He was also aware that "Pete"
was on the way to being outclassed and if he was to remain in the winner's
circle, he would have to do something about it. So early in 1932 work
began on two larger racers. The end result was Mike" and "Ike,"
(they look alike). The two racers were almost identical, the only difference
being in the landing gears. They were both painted snowy white with shiny
black lettering. "Mike" (DGA-4) drew license number NR-55Y and
race number 38, (race number 7 was used,Omaha)' while "Ike"
(DGA-5),carried NR-56Y and race number 39.
(Thanks to Red Scholefield for the info
on this plane)
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