North American Rockwell Commander 200
When I arrived at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in late afternoon on October 16 to spend some time working on AeroKnow Museum, I was surprised and delighted to encounter an airplane I had not encountered before. The design, developed by Meyers, had been purchased by Aero Commander, which was then purchased by North American which became known as North American Rockwell and later, Rockwell. Built in 1966, It is registered as a North American Rockwell 200. In the first picture, the right horizontal stabilizer is obscured by the wing of a visiting Piper Aztec.
About 5:30 am October 17, the 200 was still on the ramp. I arrived soon after a mild thundershower had ceased its downpour, and I took just one picture before returning to the museum.
The showers had
continued through the next day, but the concrete was drying nicely about 9:30 the morning of the 19th when took this pic.
Later in the morning I met the owner and his wife who graciously showed m
me their 200.
The paint is the original factory finish.
Mrs. Borden was a 1960 graduate of Springfield High School. They had spent a few days in town touring the sites. One of the first things she said when visiting the museum office was “Do you have any postcards?” That’s a nifty idea. I will look into making some to offer here at AKM.
Thanks to Donn Thomas Borden and his charming wife for showing me their fascinating airplane on a perfect Saturday morning!
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