Benjamin Howard built his first airplane, the DGA-1 ("Damn Good Airplane", in 1923, while working for the Curtiss company. His DGA-3 Pete racer, built for the 1930 U.S. National Air Races, was succeeded by DGA-4 Ike and DGS- 5 Mike. With DGA-6 Mister Mulligan Howard won all three major American racing titles in 1935, and this design was developed through several models into the Howard DGA- 15 five-seat cabin monoplane which served with the U.S. Navy in transport, instrument trainer and ambulance roles during the Second World War. The Howard DGA-18K two-seat primary trainer was produced in quantity during 1940- 1942 for the U.S. Government's Civilian Pilot Training Program.

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