Photo 4,260 of 4,263 by Steve Brimley
Photo 4,260 of 4,263 by Steve Brimley
  • Wim Sonneveld
    Dominican Republic - Air Force
    Aero 520 Commander
    Aero 500/520/560/680/720 Commander (L-26/U-4/U-9)
    Aero 500/520/560/680/720 Commander (L-26/U-4/U-9)
    Aero
    520-8
    1507
    San Isidro
    Dominican Republic
    June 15, 2004
  • 404

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Personal aircraft of former dictator Trujillo, recently rediscovered at San Isidro after years!
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Comments (12)

Anonymous
6 years ago
This must be one of the ugliest planes ever built. Nice photo and story though.
Anonymous
6 years ago
The photo shows the unusual features of Aero Commanders such as that stubby front U/C, the entrance door under the wing (beware of exiting while the prop is turning!) and the deep body housing the passenger area. I flew in one of these years ago and found it extremely comfortable although a bit noisy.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Ugly? I actually quite dig the design of the Aero Commander. This particular one could certainly be less dusty, but I guess it's historic dust.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Ugly, don't think so my Swedish friend. An ugly plane would be the ones built in your country, no offense.
Anonymous
6 years ago
I wonder how long it's been sitting there. Doesn't all too long.
Anonymous
6 years ago
I really like this plane. It is one of my favorite in Flight Sim
Anonymous
6 years ago
The plane isn't ugly (a question of taste anyhow)
but a beautiful piece of flying metal, when properly maintained and not left in a hangar in the Domincan Republic.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Yes! this exact airplane was actually operated by the Dominican Air Force in the mid 50's, but was the personal airplane of Ramfis, Trujillo's son, was used mainly for personal pleasure flying in the beginning, but rumours said it was also ill famed as it was also used for dropping some of the regime's oppositioners in the caribbean sea, dissapearing them in the final years of the dictatorship.

This airplane ended being the HI-27 in civil registry for several decades, the last flight of this Aero Commander (that i Recall) was done in the early 80's, maybe 1983, after that being neglected inside a hangar in what was Herrera airport (MDHE). I knew the last owner, wanted to restore the aircraft, but his health and age prevented him for doing it.

After the closure of MDHE the aircraft went back to the FAD unflyable for a static restoration. the last time i saw it was inside dusting out in a hangar corner. One curious thing is that the airplane has the DGAC (directorate of Civil Aviation) painted on the side, but also has painted the Four Stars General Rank Ramfis trujillo used in his uniform!

This are not facts, not fairy tales, it's just the way as one airliner fan heard, saw, and lived this little part of history. ;0)
Anonymous
4 years ago
Hotrod airplane! Look how LOW it is. :-))
Anonymous
4 years ago
Looks more like a cargo carrier, has no side windows .
Anonymous
3 years ago
I love it. It's cute, it's rational and even, when you imagine the gear up, kind of elegant.
Anonymous
11 months ago
That's gotta be the cutest gosh darn thing I ever did done see!