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To climb inside a Howard NX-25 is to take a fuel-chugging, pant-wetting, whiplash-inducing trip down memory lane, stopping at every white picket fence along the way to enjoy a prescription cigarette and some discriminatory banter. Back in those glory days you didn't have to choose between form and function: a plane could be fast, easy and surprisingly good looking, just like your grandma.
Please note: This aircraft is excluded from Pegasus Lifestyle Management and must be stored in a personal hangar.
Elitás Travel description.

The Buckingham Howard NX-25 is a fixed-wing aircraft released as part of the Smuggler's Run update for Grand Theft Auto Online.


Who says you have to choose between form and function? With the Buckingham Howard NX-25 you don't have to. The Howard NX-25 combines all the classic beauty of the golden age of aviation with utterly blistering performance. Pick up this stunner from Elitás Travel in GTA Online today — your only regret will be that someday you have to land.
Rockstar Newswire description.

The Howard was originally included as a mission-only vehicle. However, as of the Howard NX-25 Week, commencing September 26th, it became available for purchase for all players.


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The Howard NX-25 is a stunt plane strongly based on the Hughes H-1 Racer, seen in the overal design and the cabin positioning. The most notable features are the large spinner and the rudder shape, reminiscent of few Sukhoi aerobatic planes.

The vehicle is prominently painted in a primary color, with the wings painted in a secondary color.

Current Design Gallery


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The Howard NX-25 seems to perform similarly, if not identical, to the Alpha-Z1. However, it is not as fast as the aforementioned plane, but makes up for its general handling when landing it, especially due to its raised front gear.

The durability of the Howard is quite low, being a very fragile plane that will almost always either lose a wing or explode upon impacting a street lamp or any other movable obstacle compared to other planes which will often plow through with damage and lose speed. Armor upgrades will do little to nothing to help with its damage resistance.

The plane's handling, especially when upgraded, is very responsive, sometimes too responsive - the plane's ability to roll can be excessive and can sometimes cause the player to lose control when leveling out the plane immediately, so care must be taken when doing so.

While its take off speed is among the fastest, if not the fastest, with engine upgrades for planes in the game. One disadvantage of this plane is its horrible braking distance before coming to a complete stop when landing which is worsened noticeably by engine upgrades. Careful planning about where one lands if not on a runway is highly recommended.


The vehicle can be fitted with countermeasures to improve its defensive capabilities against homing missiles, each one with their own attributes:

  • The Chaff countermeasure disrupts the targeting system from missile launchers, rendering them unable to lock on the aircraft for five seconds. They have a delay of five seconds before being used again and only have 10 uses.
  • The Flare countermeasure drops various flares from around the rear of the aircraft, which can "disorient" the homing missile in order to avoid chasing the aircraft. They have a delay of three seconds before being used again and only have 20 uses.
  • The Smoke countermeasure creates a trail of smoke that can disorient the enemy pilot, but its effectiveness is very limited, as the trail is large enough for a standard cockpit and the enemy pilot would just need to move away and follow the smoke trail. It has no delay between uses and can be used indefinitely.

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Aircraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto Online
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N/A N/A N/A Single piston engine, 3-bladed propeller Front Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Category Modification Cost Image
Armor No Armor $1,000
Armor Upgrade 20% $7,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $12,000
Armor Upgrade 60% $20,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $35,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $50,000
Countermeasures None $700
Chaff (10) $70,000
Flare (20) $110,000
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  • Yellow
  • Purple
  • Orange
  • Green
  • Red
  • Pink
  • Cyan
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $12,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $18,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $33,500
Handling Stock Handling $1,000
Smooth Handling $20,000
Sport Handling $27,000
Race Handling $35,000
Livery None $11,400
Lucky Seven $18,240
Traditional $19,380
Banded Arms $20,520
Four Squared $21,660
XXXV $22,800
Classic Stripe $23,370
Howard NX-25 $23,939
Racing Curve $24,510
Racing Stripes $25,080
Racing Stars $25,650
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Prominent Appearances in Missions

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  • May be provided during Air Freight Cargo Missions, used to perform exciting stunts around the state to reveal the location of the cargo.



Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Available for purchase on Elitás Travel for $1,296,750 or for $975,000 (after completing 27 Air Freight Cargo source missions), provided the player already owns a Hangar.
    • It is classed as a Small aircraft.


Update Change(s)
Grand Theft Auto V
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
1.41 08/29/2017 Added Howard NX-25. Available for use only during Air Freight Cargo missions.
09/26/2017 Released to GTA Online. Added for purchase on Elitas Travel.



  • The aircraft's name is a reference to Howard Hughes, the main user of the Hughes H-1 Racer, while NX-25 is another reference to the plane's registration number[2].

See Also


  1. Blips-GTAO-HowardNX25.png Seen when parked or when another player is flying a Howard NX-25.