Aero Commander U-4B

  Manufacturer:Aero Commander
  Base model:U-4
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1952
  Basic role:Utility
  Crew:2 Crew + up to 5 passengers
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  Length: 34' 4.5" 10.4 m
  Height:14' 9.5"
  Wingspan: 44' 0" 13.4 m
  Wingarea: 242.5 sq ft 22.5 sq m
  Empty Weight: 4,300 lb
  Gross Weight: 7,000 lb

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Lycoming GSO-480-A\A6
  Horsepower (each): 350

  Range: 1,500 miles
  Cruise Speed: 230 mph
  Max Speed: 260 mph
  Ceiling: 24,300 ft

Examples of this type may be found at
Museum of AviationWarner Robins AFBGeorgia
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio

U-4B on display

Museum of Aviation

United States Air Force Museum


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 cairo, CO
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06/23/2012 @ 01:17 [ref: 61153]
 Raymond Carcich
 , NY
I also worked on and crewed the U-4' AT Peterson field.I flew with pilots like jumpin Jack Walsh ( Major ) at Mirana air field in Arizona with the 2 U-4s.It was a great time in my life.
08/25/2010 @ 10:47 [ref: 29359]
 , LA
The two U-4Bs were serial numbers 55-4647 and 55-4648. 55-4647 is at the Wright-Patterson Airforce Base. 55-4648 was donated to the Wedell-Williams Aviation Museum in Patterson, LA in the early 1980s and is still there today.
01/26/2010 @ 11:12 [ref: 25635]
 Charles Vono
 , UT
I have wonderful memories of free fall parachuting out of a U-4 at the Air Force Academy airfield. At least they seem wonderful now. Back then, 36 years ago, I remember being terrified. Peer pressure is an amazing force. We would go up 10,000 feet AGL, feel the wind whip our legs as we sat in the door, and then watch the mountains rise as we counted down to the pull. As with any aircraft of that size, a loose chute in the back, flying out the open door would have ripped the aircraft apart. My pilot was nicknamed "short hand" because he pointed to something across the airfield and his fingers were neatly sliced by the prop.
11/29/2009 @ 05:43 [ref: 25352]
 Bill Dashiell
 Denver, CO
The other U-4B is in Idaho. It has recently been purchased. I'll have more information soon.
08/05/2009 @ 07:05 [ref: 24329]
 scott main
 , FL
12 aero commanders were purchased in 1955 by the USAF. I believe I have the only flying example left. Serial number 55-4638. Surplused in 1973, it was operated by the University of Oaklahoma for many years. I purchased it in 1995. I am repairing Hurricane damage and the plane flew August 19. First flight in 6 years. I have gotten most reliable information from the Eisenhower Museum. They have been most helpful. Thanks to them. I would appreciate any information regarding these planes. Particularly original photos. If someone out there has info on the original paint color I would appreciate input. Keep em flying. Scottmain2003@aol.com
08/22/2007 @ 20:08 [ref: 17725]
 Stephen Ruby
 Oshkosh, WI

Regarding the U4-B neither the Air Force or any military branch utilized the Shrike. The U4-B was a 560-A model Commander by the time it was picked up by the military. These particular "commanders" utilized the Lycoming GO-480 engines of (275h.p.) later models had 295h.p. The Aero Commander 680E was the last of the "bath-tub" nacelle versions used by them.. By 1959 Aero Design of Bethany, Oklahoma had cleaned up the airframe to include the new "speed-nacelles" found in all current "Shrikes".. President Dwight D. Eisenhower flew in one because he was so impressed with it's safety record, in particular, it's single-engine safety margins. The prototype flew from Bethany,OK to Washington D.C. with the left propeller removed and stored in the baggage compartment. Ted Smith and Gordon Israel had fabricated one of the nicest Business Twins of the period. All Commanders exhibit fantastic flying qualities, rock-solid and stable ideal for IFR operations.
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06/30/2005 @ 15:06 [ref: 10633]
 Matt Doyle
 Greenfield, OH
The USAF only ever had 2 U-4B's. I worked on both of them at Peterson Field (now Peterson AFB), CO in 1970, '71 and '72. The USAF Museum now has 1 of them, serial # unknown. I wonder why they don't know which 1 they have and where the other is. At the time I worked on them, they were used by the USAF Academy for parachute training, pilot training and occasionly for VIP transport.
If anyone reading this knows where the other U-4B is, I'd appreciate a note by email.
11/05/2001 @ 01:12 [ref: 3561]
 , NC
This is the military version of the Aero Commander 520
with Lycoming geared engines. The Shrike has Lycoming
IO540's of 290 HP. each.
09/12/2001 @ 16:58 [ref: 3168]
 , TX
this aircraft is the military verision of the 500 shrike.
08/13/2001 @ 16:27 [ref: 2912]


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