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.
Very cool Howard 400 (converted L-18 Lodestar) at the Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano, which was still located at Bogotá International Airport then. This aircraft is ex YV-183CP, last operated by ATRAMAR - Aerotransporte del Mar, and it never served with the FAC. It was wfu or seized in 1992 and stored at Bogotá, last seen as such in 1997. It was later transferred to the museum and restored to represent the Presidential L-18 Lodestar. The real FAC654 was c/n 18-2327. The museum and its aircraft were moved to Briceño in the Cundinamarca district between Oct 2015 and Aug 2017.
The prototype Howard 500, which however was not converted to full Howard 500 standard. It received an experimental C of A as a Howard 400 in Sep 1959 as N100M, and was later called the Howard Pressurised Ventura.
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 for US Navy in 07.43 as PV-1 34602 but transferred to Canadian AF as 2226. Retired 02.51. Sold to Howard AS 06.55 and converted to Super Ventura N100P 10.57. N183PL from 12.61. Operated by Aero Union 02.74 until WFU by 1978 and stored, becoming derelict.