Theï¿½Aero Commander 500 is the first in a series of light twin-engined aircraft originally built by the Aero Design and Engineering Company in the late 1940s. It later became the Aero Commander division of Rockwell International. The initial production version was the Aero Commander 520. Versions manufactured after 1967 are known as the Shrike Commander
Aero Commander L.3805
Prototype, one built.
Aero Commander 520
First production version, a developed L.3805 with taller fin and larger cabin with two 260hp Lycoming GO-435-C engines, 150 built.
Aero Commander 560
Model 520 with swept tail, increased take-off weight, seven seats and more powerful engines (two Lycoming GO-480B engines) and refined wing, 80 built.
Aero Commander 560A
New undercarriage, stretched fuselage and other numerous refinements, 99 built.
Aero Commander 560E
Larger wings and greater payload, 93 built.
Aero Commander 360
Lightened version of the 560E with four seats and two 180hp engines, one built.
Aero Commander 500
Economy version introduced in 1958, a 560E with 250hp Lycoming O-540-A engines, 101 built.
Aero Commander 500A
First Aero Commander model - new nacelles to house fuel-injected engines, 99 built.
Aero Commander 500B
560E with fuel injected engines Lycoming IO-540 engines, 217 built.
Aero Commander 500U/Shrike Commander
500B with pointed nose and squared off tail, two 290hp Lycoming IO-540 engines, replaced 500A, 500B, 560F and 680F, 56 built.
Aero Commander 680 Super
Development of 560A with supercharged 340hp Lycoming GSO-480-A engines and increased fuel capacity, 254 built.
Aero Commander 680E
Lightened 560E and 560A type undercarriage, 100 built.
Aero Commander 680F
680E with new undercarriage and supercharged, fuel-injected Lycoming IGSO-540 engines and new nacelles, 126 built.
Aero Commander 680PF
Pressurized version modified from 680F, 26 built.
Aero Commander 680FL Grand Commander
680F with stretched fuselage and larger tail, 157 built. After 1967 known as the Courser Commander.
Aero Commander 680FL/P Grand Commander
Pressurized version of 680FL, 37 built.
Aero Commander 680T Turbo Commander
680FL/P with Garrett TPE331-43 turboprop engines, 56 built.
Aero Commander 680V Turbo Commander
680T with increased take off weight and slightly improved cargo capacity, 36 built.
Aero Commander 680W Turbo II Commander
680V with pointed nose. squared off fin, one panoramic and two small cabin windows and weather radar, 46 built.
Rockwell 681 Hawk Commander
680W with improved pressurisation, air conditioning system and nose, 43 built.
Rockwell 681B Turbo Commander
Marketing designation for economy version of the 681, 29 built.
Rockwell 685 Commander
690 powered by two 435hp Continental GTSIO-520K piston engines, 66 built.
681 with new wing centre section and engines moved further outboard, two AirResearch TPE331-5-521 turboporops, 79 built.
690 with changed flightdeck layout and increased pressurisation, 245 built.
690A with improved soundproofing and internal lavatory, 217 built.
690B with increased wingspan, wet wing fuel tanks and winglets, two 840shp TPE331-5-254K turboprops, 136 built.
Similar to 690C with internal rear cabin extension, improved pressurisation and five square cabin windows, 42 built.
695 Jetprop 980
Similar to 690C with 735shp TPE331-10-501K engines, 84 built.
695A Jetprop 1000
690D with higher take off weight and more powerful TPE331-10-501K engines, 101 built.
695B Jetprop 1000B
695A with minor changes, 6 built.
Aero Commander 720 AltiCruiser
Pressurized version of 680, 13 built.
YL-26 → YU-9A
Aero Commander 520 evaluated by the US Army, 3 built.
Aero Commander 560 evaluated by the US Air Force, 1 built.
L-26B → U-4A
Aero Commander 560A sold to the US Air Force, 14 built.
L-26B → U-9B
Aero Commander 560A sold to the US Army, 1 built.
L-26C → U-4B
Aero Commander 680 Super sold to the US Air Force, 2 built.
L-26C → U-9C
Aero Commander 680 Super sold to the US Army, 4 built.
RL-26D → RU-9D
Commander 680 for US Army aircraft fitted with SLAR (side looking airborne radar), two built.
NL-9D → NU-9D
Belgian Air Force (1 x 560F)
Fuerza aerea de colombia (FAC)
Air Force of Honduras
Air Force of Guatemala
Islamic Republic of Iran Navy
Republic of Korea
South Korean Air Force
Mexican Air Force
Royal Thai Air Force
Royal Thai Army
United States Air Force
United States Army
United States Coast Guard
Uruguayan Air Force
Vietnam Air Force