"Only" Flying Havoc For Sale
The "only" airworthy example of a World War II workhorse is being sold by a broker that specializes in warbirds. More than 2,800 Douglas A-20G Havocs were built but the only one in flying condition has been part of a private collection since 1991. The collection is being split up and Courtesy Aircraft is in charge of the sale. This aircraft was owned at one time by Paul Mantz, a movie and racing pilot. According to Courtesy Aircraft's press release, Howard Hughes is believed to have flown the plane. The company is also selling a Grumman 8F-2 Bearcat and a Grumman FM-2 Wildcat from the same collection. The Havoc is a twin-engine light bomber and attack aircraft that saw service in every major theatre during the World War II. It was the first American aircraft to conduct a daylight bombing raid in Europe. It could carry 4,000 pounds of bombs and had eight .50-caliber machine guns.