This rare aircraft was left behind when Intl Air Response moved to Casa Grande Airport. It's owner attempted to make it airworthy to ferry it out but was unsuccessful. The aircraft has been vandalized and is probably beyond repair.
This Howard 500 was a very unusual visitor to Heathrow's southside on a typically dull January day in 1974. It ended it's days in Mexico as FP-0214 after being impounded in a drugs operation. Scanned from a slide.
A converted Lockheed PV-1 Ventura, taxying along Heathrows southern taxiway, block 94/97 where Terminal 4 is now. The Howard 500 had a pressure cabin which spoilt the cockpit lines but gave it over the weather capabilities. Uprated DC-6B type engines were fitted which took the max cruise up to about 359 mph.
Built as PV-1 34610 for US Navy in 07.43. Transferred to RAF as Ventura GR.V FP552 and later to South Africa as 6409. Converted to Howard 500 in 09.61 allocated c/n 500-111 but retained 237-5500. Registered N456, N4566, N749G. N896JB from 10.79 and damaged by Hurricane Andrew at Tamiami 08.92.
Built as PV-1 c/n 237-5551 Bu 34661 for US Navy. Transferred to RAF as GR.V FP570 but diverted to SAAF as 6414. To Howard Aero 01.61 as N74022 and N20S. Modified to Howard 500 standard with new c/n 500-105 in 07.63. Registered N500Y, N4362F. To N500HP in 04,79.
Built as PV-1 34670 for US Navy in June 1943. Transferred to RAF as FP579 but diverted to South Africa as 6417. Sold to Howard Aero in January 1961 and converted to Howard 500 executive standard. Based in the UK since 1978 but sold in 2012 and delivered to the USA. Still active in July 2017.
Built in 1943 for US Navy as a Lockheed PV-1 Ventura BuAer 34661. Transferred to RAF as FP570 but diverted to SAAF as 6414. Withdrawn in 1960. To Howard Aero Inc in 1961 and converted to Howard 500 in 1963. Registered N4362F from October 1969 until April 1979. Currently airworthy as N500HP.
In March 2006 when I last visited Chandler Memorial there was a mechanic who was working on this aircraft to get it airworthy for a ferry flight to a new owner in Idaho. He told me the airplane was in very poor condition he doubted it could be made airworthy for a reasonable cost. Apparently he was right because no further progress has been made on restoration since my visit over a year ago.
Built as a PV-1 patrol bomber for US Navy serial 33161. Converted in early 1960's to Howard 500 standard with cabin pressurisation and DC-6 type engines and given new c/n. The ultimate piston engined 'executive jet'.
Built as US Navy PV-1 33366 in July 1943, but immediately to Canada as 2232. Civilianised as CF-FCL. Converted by Howard to Model 500 in 1960. Operated by Meme Grande Oil Co. as YV-P-AEK September 1968 to April 1971. Destroyed 9 December 1976 on smuggling flight at Yosemite.