The best way to experience a Howard DGA is to imagine it from the eyes of a 1930s pilot, who would have witnessed years of increasingly sophisticated single-engine, cabin-class aircraft. For a decade, airplanes had been growing in size and speed. Stinson Aircraft had introduced an endless stream of Reliant variants to the market to compete with cabin Wacos, Fairchilds and Bellancas. Most were powered by Wright and Jacobs radials, which ranged from 250 to 285 hp; pilots of the era were astonished by the big numbers showing up on their ASIs.
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