Now here's an aircraft that will put hair on your chest! This is an ultra rare Howard 500, an executive transport built in the early 1960s. The Howard 500 was the result of collaboration between aircraft designers Dee Howard and Ed Swearingen. The aircraft was noted to have exceptional performance, able to cruise at 300 knots and 21,000 feet. Sadly, this is another story of the right aircraft at the wrong time. By the early 60s, the executive market was already being taken over by turboprop aircraft such as the Grumman Gulfstream 1 and the Howard 500 struggled to compete on the market. In the end, only 22 of these stunning aircraft were built. There are now only 2 airworthy in the world and both are operated out of Minnesota. Luck would have it that N500HP stopped by the Fort Worth Alliance Airport and I was able to catch the start up and departure of this stunning classic. If only you could hear those R-2800s roaring!