Howard Aero Inc. formed San Antonio, Texas, by D.U. Howard 1947, swiftly becoming leader in business aviation. Manufacturing Division formed 1955 specialized in business conversions of Ventura, PV-1 and Lodestar into Howard 250, 350 and 500, with new airframe and systems, pressurized cabin and 350-mph cruise. On 15 July 1963 Howard merged with Alamo to form Business Aircraft Corp., San Antonio plant becoming Howard Aero Manufacturing Division.

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