Aero Commander sold its first Jet Commander in 1965 for about a half-million dollars. One of the earliest corporate jets, its design used a fuselage similar to the Pressurized Grand Commander, but with shorter wings that projected straight out from the jet’s mid-section and twin turbojet engines mounted on each side of the tail cone.
Though it lacked the long range of some other business jets, the Jet Commander was popular with pilots for its superior handling characteristics, and popular with passengers for its roomy interior and spectacular, unobstructed views.
The Jet Commander continued to be a popular aircraft, with over 500 built, sold and flown world-wide by the end of the century.
- Crew: 2
- Passengers: up to 8
- Length: 50 feet 11 inches
- Wingspan: 44 feet 3½ inches
- Height: 15 feet 11 inches
- Wing area: 303.3 square feet
- Empty weight: 7,240 pounds
- Maximum takeoff weight: 16,000 pounds
- Powerplant: two General Electric CJ610-1 Turbojet engines rated at 2,850 pounds of thrust
- Maximum speed: 525 miles per hour at 38,000 feet
- Cruise speed: 400 miles per hour at 35,000 feet
- Stall speed: 114 miles per hour, flaps down, engines idling
- Range: 1,867 miles
- Service ceiling: 40,000 feet
- Rate of climb: 6,000 feet/minute
Donated by William Crandall