Aerostar model numbers

kenneth

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Ted R Smith was responsible for the Aero Commander and Aerostar lines of aircraft;


i have come across a number of Aerostar Models numbers that i am dubious about since i cannot confirm their existance; i even think these numbers are being confused with late Aero Commander designations;


these are the Aerostar Model numbers in question:



Aerostar Model 520
Aerostar Model 560
Aerostar Model 680
Aerostar Model 690
Aerostar Model 720
Aerostar Model 840
Aerostar Model 900
Aerostar Model 980
Aerostar Model 2000
Aerostar Model 4000


can someone pl confirm whether these numbers are infact Aerostar model numbers?
 

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Hi Kenneth,


the Aerostar series of Ted Smith is;


300,320,360,400,500,500P,600,600A,600E,601,601B,601P,602P,620,700,700P,
800,1000,2000,3000 and 160.
 

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hesham


thanks for your reply


however check the following as i think it needs some corrections:


http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,3296.msg236202.html#msg236202


there is mention of Aerostar 2000 and 4000;


the 2000 is quite similar to the FJ-80 now produced as the Aerostar Jet by Aerostar Aircraft,


and


i have seen the 4000 mentioned as 3000;


http://www.aopa.org/News-and-Video/All-News/2014/February/Pilot/Aerostar


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hesham


300? could not find this model number; can you quote any reference for your list?
 

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Hi Kenneth,


the source for 300 is the book; Airlife's General Aviation,first and second editions,and for
4000,I forget it.
 

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Aerostar designations 1970-1990 (as researched for my upcoming website):

Executive (Mooney M20F)
Ranger (former Mooney Mark 21/M20C)
Chaparral (updated Mooney Super 21)
160
200 (former Mooney redesignated)
320
360
400
500
600/P
601
620
700 (was Aero Commander)
Super 700 = Superstar 700
1000
2000
3000
4000
Star Jet I
FJ-100

I have pics for the Aerostar 160, 700, 3000, 4000 and Star Jet I projects, if anyone's interested.

Also note that the 600 and 601 became Piper products:

PA-60-290 = Aerostar 600A --> Aerostar
PA-60-290P = Aerostar 602P --> Sequoia
PA-60-290T = PA-61 = Aerostar 601B --> Aerostar
PA-60-700P = Aerostar 700P --> Aerostar
PA-61 = Aerostar 601 --> Aerostar
PA-61P = Aerostar 601P --> Aerostar
 

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Hi,


as in the book,the Model-300 was flown in 1966,also we can find;


500P was Model-500 with pressurized cabin
600A was Model-600 with minor details changing
600E was a designation of special European version
601,601B & 601P main production versions
602P was a Piper development of 601P with 290 hp Lycoming TIO-540-AA1A5 engines
700 was called Superstar,prototype (N72TS) with stretched fuselage and IO-540M engines
700P was 602P with 350 hp counter-rotating Lycoming TIO-540-U2A engines,became PA-60
800 was 601P with stretched fuselage enlarged tail and two 400 hp Lycoming engines
 

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hesham said:
Airlife's General Aviation,first and second editions

The Ted Smith aircraft,from the same source.
 

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thanks hesham, skyblazer for your clarifications and help;


skyblazer


yes i would like to see those pictures especially of the 160; in particular, does its size compare to the Speedstar 850? is it piston engined?
 

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Here goes, kenneth. This is a composite image I've just made to present the various Aerostar designs. I tried to put them ROUGHLY to scale but I can't guarantee they are all exactly in the same scale. It's just meant to give a general idea. I'm also attaching an artist's concept of the Aerostar 3000.
 

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the FJ 100


thanks stargazer


that was very clear and informative; note that the line 3-view and the artist's illustration differ regarding the engine mount: the line drawing shows them buried in the wing (Meteor style) while the in illustration they are seen hung under the wing;


have you any information about the FJ 90 and the Model 2000?


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And it's first time to know this,


Model-702P;
http://www.flyingmag.com/pilot-reports/pistons/aerostar-702p
 

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An addition for the list.
Aerostar 222 - former Mooney M-22 'Mustang'

Source: 'A Plane ahead of its Time? The Mooney M-22, Air Britain Aviation World, 2018
 

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Amazing Info my dear Hood.
 
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