No. 9043. Meyers 200B (N19DH c/n 278)
Photographed at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, July 29, 2008, by Philo Lund

Meyers 200B

01/31/2015. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "The Model 200 was, essentially, the MAC-145 with a 31 in (79 cm) fuselage extension providing room for a lengthened four-seat cabin. The aircraft had a retractable tricycle undercarriage and was powered by a 240 hp Continental engine. Meyers built one prototype followed by two examples of the basic Model 200. The type certificate was issued on March 6, 1958, but it was soon evident that the Model 200 was underpowered so the definitive Model 200A was fitted with a 260 hp Continental engine.

First customer deliveries took place in 1959. Production continued until July 12, 1965 when Meyers was taken over by Rockwell's Aero Commander Division. The Model 200 seemed to be an ideal choice as Rockwell' s competitor against the Bonanza, Cessna 210 and Comanche and the construction of the Meyers 200 fitted into the quality image fostered by Aero Commander. In reality, however, the Model 200 was more expensive than the Comanche and less flexible than the Bonanza. Aero Commander only built 88 aircraft by mid-1967 at which time they discontinued production.

Model 200. Four-seat development of Model 145 with retractable tricycle undercarriage and 240 hp Continental O-470-M engine. Registered N3441M (c/n 1) the prototype was first flown on September 8, 1953, two additional examples were built.
Model 200A. Production Model 200 with fuel-injected 260 hp Continental IO-470-D, and increased fuel with auxiliary wing tanks. Prototype was registered N485C (c/n 253), followed by an additional ten aircraft.
Model 200B. Mode1200A with detail changes and improved performance, seventeen aircraft were produced.
Model 200C. Mode1200B with 285 hp Continental IO-520A and detail changes, ten examples were delivered.
Model 200D. Model 200C as produced by Aero Commander with improved trim and other refinements, 93 aircraft were constructed. For a short while the type was named "Aero Commander Spark".

Created June 30, 2009