Aero Commander 1121 Jet Commander  N3711H
LAX International Airport, Los Angeles, California - early 1970s
The Aero Commander 1121 Jet Commander was designed by Ted Smith, the designer of the Aero Commander line of prop twins as well as the Smith Aerostar 600, later to become the Piper PA-60 Aerostar when Piper bought the production rights. The 1121 Jet Commander first flew on January 2, 1963, and after successful development, went into full production in early 1965. Soon afterward, however, Aero Commander was acquired by North American Rockwell, but Rockwell already had the highly successful Sabreliner executive jet. Rockwell then sold the rights to the Jet Commander -- as well as 49 uncompleted aircraft -- to Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) in 1968, who began producing it as the 1121 Commodore Jet.
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