History dates from 1944 in Culver City, California, as Aero and later Aero Design and Engineering Company (q.v). Associated particularly with fast twin-engined monoplanes, mainly for executive use. Entered general aviation 1952 with Aero Commander 520. Rockwell-Standard re-formed company as Aero Commander division 1960, and after North American Rockwell Standard merger in 1967 the single-engined and twin-engined types continued in development. In 1965 Rockwell-Standard acquired Snow Aeronautical, continuing to produce agricultural aircraft at Olney as Snow Commanders (as division of Aero Commander), and acquired Intermountain Manufacturing Company (IMCO) 1966. Single-engined Model 112 delivered to customers from 1972. Low-wing twin-engined Rockwell Commander 700 produced jointly with Fuji in Japan. Thrush Commander was very notable specially-designed agricultural aircraft. The entire Thrush Commander range sold to Ayres Corp and then became known by the Ayres name. Shrike Commander 500S terminated 1980 but Commander Jetprops continued by Gulfstream American Corporation. See Israel Aircraft Industries.

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