North American Rockwell Shrike Commander 500S, Robert A. "Bob" Hoover

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum
Washington, DC, United States

Flown by R. A. "Bob" Hoover for 20 years, N500RA is the most recognized Shrike Commander in the world. Hoover began flying in 1937, flew 58 missions in World War II, and was an outstanding military and civilian test pilot. He set altitude and speed records in several North American and Rockwell aircraft and performed at air shows in the Shrike, P-51 Mustang, T-39, Aero Commander, and Sabreliner.The Shrike Commander, a descendent of the 1948 Aero Commander L-3805, is a twin-engine, seven-place, unpressurized business aircraft. Hoover purchased his Shrike in 1979 and, with his extraordinary test pilot and fighter pilot skills, brought this simple business aircraft design to international acclaim. In it he performed his signature deadstick (no engine) routine of loop, roll, 180-degree turn, landing, and taxi to air show center.

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  • Title: North American Rockwell Shrike Commander 500S, Robert A. "Bob" Hoover
  • Physical Dimensions: Wingspan: 15 m (49 ft)Length: 11.2 m (36 ft 7 in)Height: 4.4 m (14 ft 6 in)Weight, empty: 2,102 kg ( 4,635 lb)Weight, gross: 3,062 kg (6,750 lb)Top speed: 346 km/h (215 mph)Engine: 2 Lycoming IO-540-E1B5, 290 hp
  • External Link: https://airandspace.si.edu/collection/id/nasm_A20000796000
  • Medium: Fuselage - all-metal semi-monocoque structure with flush-riveted skinWings - cantilever, high wing monoplaneTail - all-metalLanding gear - retractable tricycle

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