Howard Aero Inc
In 1947, Howard formed Howard Aero to provide maintenance and service for business aircraft. One of his customers, a wealthy Mex-ican businessman, requested that he develop an aircraft suitable for executive transport between Mexico City and New York. The result, in 1955, was a slick and speedy conversion of the Lockheed PV-1 Ventura that would cruise at 261 knots with its pair of 2,000-hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800s. Several large corporations, including National Distillers, purchased the aircraft, and it won fame as the Flagship of the Fleet at the Reading Air Show in the late 1950s. But the Super Ventura, as Howard's conversion was known, was neither pressurized nor new.