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Howard GH-2 Nightingale

On loan from the National Museum of the Marine Corps

Howard GH-2 Nightingale

Did You Know?

  • The Nightingale was capable of sensational performance, despite its weight and bulk.
  • Though designated for the civil market, the Nightingale was drafted like many other civilian aircraft and used in the Navy between 1939-1941 for a variety of jobs including transport, blind-flying navigational trainer, and as an air ambulance.
  • The civilian designation of the Nightingale was DGA, which many believe stands for "Damn Good Airplane."

Specifications

Wingspan 38 ft.
Length 24 ft.
Height 8 ft. 5 in.
Operational Weight 4,350 lbs.
Maximum Speed 201 mph
Range 955 miles
Service Ceiling 21,500 ft.
Engine Pratt & Whitney R-985, producing 450 hp
Number Built 250 (for the Navy)
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