Aero Commander 500-B
The western states
distributor for Aero Commander was at Santa Monica Municipal
took literally dozens of photos of new
Commanders there in the 1950s and 1960s. The 500B
version) and the 560F had sleeker engine nacelles than the earlier 520
models (the so-called "bathtub'
nacelles). This image was taken at Santa Monica (named
Field in those days) in April of
1961. This one did a stint in Barbados as 8P-TAS in the
Rockwell took over Aero Commander the economy model became the 500S
Commander. Below is a 1974
model at Wilmington NC International in May of 2007 - Photo
by Harry T. Chang.