Used Aircraft Guide

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Aerostar 600, 700 series

These aerial hot rods are not for the faint of heart or light of pocketbook. But if you have a need for speed, you’ve come to the right place.

[IMGCAP(1)] Aerostars carry the dual distinction of being the fastest production piston twins and of having one of the worst safety records in their class. The consensus among Aerostar pilots is that, indeed, it’s necessary to stay well ahead of the airplane, and that proper training is the answer.

The airplanes are not inherently dangerous. But they are not forgiving, either. They’re difficult to get to know, and they require a great deal of routine and preventive maintenance. As one owner put it, “An Aerostar is not a conveyance for anyone with tight financial constraints.”

History
Ted Smith, designer of the Twin Commander, Jet Commander and Douglas A-20 bomber, formed hi...

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