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Twin Commander 500 Shrike

Bob Hoover wowed airshow audiences for years with his aerobatic Shrike routine. It’s capable...but watch the ADs.

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It takes a crowbar to separate image from reality with the big Commander twins—the image pitched by Rockwell Intl. in a blaze of promotional glory—and the one left by Bob Hoover in his airshow demo, hanging a Shrike on a prop and deadsticking it out of a loop.

When the image is pried away, what actually remains? Well, something not too far away from the “Tough Bird” notion of all the hype and promo. Time and again, Commander 500 series owners, in their letters and phone calls to us, talked about reliability and freedom from breakdowns as among the outstanding qualities of the airplane.

But potential buyers might figure it’s more appropriate to ask: How tough do owners...

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