OAKLAND Centaurus (N500HP)
Now here's an aircraft that will put hair on your chest! This is an ultra rare Howard 500, an executive transport built in the early 1960s. The Howard 500 was the result of collaboration between aircraft designers Dee Howard and Ed Swearingen. The aircraft was noted to have exceptional performance, able to cruise at 300 knots and 21,000 feet. Sadly, this is another story of the right aircraft at the wrong time. By the early 60s, the executive market was already being taken over by turboprop aircraft such as the Grumman Gulfstream 1 and the Howard 500 struggled to compete on the market. In the end, only 22 of these stunning aircraft were built. There are now only 2 airworthy in the world and both are operated out of Minnesota.
Luck would have it that N500HP stopped by the Fort Worth Alliance Airport and I was able to catch the start up and departure of this stunning classic. If only you could hear those R-2800s roaring!
I spent half of my working life in Aviation around the world, the other half at Sea.
I love the early Jet Age and the late Piston Age and am a DC3 fanatic and the larger variants but this photograph is going on the wall.
She is just beautiful.
It is a pity that only two remain flying.
We are so short-sighted when it comes to Aircraft preservation.
I live in Rep of Ireland and shall look at this photograph daily.
This is identical to the two my dad bought from military surplus in 1964 or 65.. to be converted to executive transport.
This is identical to the two my dad bought from military surplus in 1964 or 65..
hollywood, florida. late 60's. I had just finished my twin/instrument
ratings. Beautiful aircraft.
VERY SHORT-SIGHTED AND ILLOGICAL.
Thank you for sharing.
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