Mister Mulligan 48" N038

Skill Level: Intermediate

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Mister Mulligan 48"

Scale: ~1/9
Prop: 11x7 APC E
Channels: R/E/A/T
Wheels: Balsa Ply w Neo Tires
Wingspan: 48
Airfoil Type: flat bottomed
Wing Area: 385 sq in
Cowl: Built up balsa and ply
Designer: M.K. Bengtson
Weight: 38 oz
Spinner: N/A
Prototype By: Brian Allen
Power System: MPJet 25/35-20 brushless motor in a 4.4 to 1 gearbox

Mister Mulligan 48"

Mister Mulligan 48"
Mister Mulligan 48"


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  • Current design does not include vacuum formed cowl, instead it is built from balsa and plywood
  • Optional removable wing construction
  • Scale dihedral with ailerons
  • Former, stringer fuselage construction in front, built up in rear
  • Built up wheel pant design


Ben Howard was one of America's premier aircraft designers and competitive pilots during the mid-1930s. He built a series of airplanes carrying the DGA, or "Damn Good Aircraft," logo. The most famous was Mister Mulligan, the racing DGA-6 that captured both the Bendix and Thompson trophies at the 1935 National Air Races. Howard was the only pilot that achieved that feat in the same year. The Bendix Trophy was a cross-country race from the west coast to the site of the National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio. At the National Air Races, the Thompson Trophy was given to the winner of the unlimited division in close-course pylon racing. Ben Howard and Gordon Isarel flew the DGA-6 in the Bendix and won with a speed of 238.70 m.p.h. Harold Neumann racing the DGA-6 recorded a 220.19 in winning the trophy. Howard's DGA-6 was the only racer during the golden age of airshows to evolve into a successful commercial production aircraft. It was first as the DGA-8 & -9 and then the DGA-11 & 12.
Mr. Mulligan's engineering advantage was it's low-drag airframe and the use of the 850-horsepower Pratt & Whitney Wasp radial. The four-seat Mister Mulligan's commercial roots made the difference in the Bendix race. Ben Howard and Gordon Isarel beat Roscoe Turner by less than a minute, thanks to two fewer fueling stops in the race from Burbank, California to Cleveland, Ohio. Mister Mulligan broke a three-year streak of wins in the Bendix for Wedell-Williams. Howard and his DGA-6 replaced Williams-Williams as the star of aviation by outlasting defending champion Turner in the Thompson race when he was forced out. Newspapers chronicled the 1935 event as the "Ben Howard National Air Races". Mister Mulligan's days in the national air racing were limited. Howard and his wife were injured when Mister Mulligan lost a propeller blade and crash-landed in New Mexico during the early stages of the 1936 Bendix race.