January 21, 2013
The Mighty Howard 500 was a conversion from a Lockheed twin that makes a ramp presence like very few airplanes today. If you were to see a Howard 500 on a ramp full of Challengers, Gulfstreams and Falcons... which do you think YOU would be drawn to? Watch the video above and tell me you wouldn't skip the others and walk around the Howard! Thanks to collector Toni Phillippi in Minnesota there are now two preserved Howard 500's in flying condition. I first saw the Howard 500 at Oshkosh and walked by it several times a day for the week that I was there. The powerful twin just draws you in. If I were assembling a dream fleet of airplanes for my personal collection, A Howard 500 would be my traveling machine! The video above shows that Mr. Phillippi flies his Howard's all over the country and even went to great lengths to return one from Europe to the United States.
For more on Mr. Phillippi's aircraft visit his web site - http://www.tpaero.com/
For more on Lockheed's Twins - http://www.burbanksbest.com/
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