We are seeking additional historical information on our 1936 Howard DGA-8, NC14873, which is the oldest of the only two existing Howard DGA-8s with the original Wright R-760E-2 engine. This Howard DGA-8 was featured on the cover of the March 1937 issue of Popular Aviation.
Previous registered owners of NC14873 include: Walden Shaw of Pasadena, CA and Lake Geneva, WI; the Pure Oil Company of Columbus, OH (Al Hansen’s AAHS Journal article: Project Oilwings had some good info/photo about it) ; John DuBois, Jr. of DuBois, PA; Charles H. Babb Company of New York City, NY; Lehigh Aircraft Company of Allentown, PA; Defense Plant Corporation of Washington, DC; W. V. Hanley of El Cerrito, CA, K. E. Richter of Detroit, MI; Homer Mosley of Wichita, KS; and Lawrence Davis of Alamosa, CO (where it possibly was ground-looped/wrecked).
We are especially interested in historical information about Vest Aircraft, an aircraft salvage business near Denver, Colorado, where NC14873 languished for many years. The aircraft insurance company, Aero Underwriters, may have sold it to Vest after the accident and declared salvage.
This airplane is currently undergoing restoration by owner Les Sargent. View a photo album of the restoration process. Historical photos, records of use by owners/operators, or even leads for relevant information are welcomed – please contact us.
DGA-8 Historical Ephemera