Final Flight: Durrell Unger “Dee” Howard

 - December 28, 2009, 11:12 AM

Business aviation pioneer Dee Howard died on February 11 in San Antonio. He was 84. Howard started his own company, Howard Aero, in 1947 and began converting Lockheed B-34/PV-1 Venturas into an executive transport known as the Howard 250. His Super Ventura mod became the Howard 350, and then he turned his attention to the Howard 500, a pressurized nearly scratch-built radial-engine twin that competed with Grumman’s Gulfstream turboprop twin. Howard was one of the key pioneers involved in the development of thrust reversers for the Learjet.