Final Flight: Durrell Unger “Dee” Howard
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.