In skulking around the WWW looking for cool airplanes, I came across this little gem. How many twin-engine retractable taildraggers with inverted in-line 4-cylinder engines are out there? I can only think of two--the Aero 45 and its more powerful sibling, the Aero 145. (The DH-88 Comet comes close, but has in-line six-cylinder engines--see October 2010 LOOTM.)
These trim little four-seaters were built in Czechoslovakia (by either Aero Vodochody or Let, depending on the year of manufacture) in the middle of the Twentieth Century. As production was limited, there are very few still around. In fact, I've only been able to find one registered in the US. They sport a rounded nose reminiscent of the Heinkel 111 or the Boeing B-29, and their lines are quite pleasing with the gear up or in plan form.
Scanning the FAA Registry only turned up one N-Numbered airplane in the US--at in at least three different states during its lifetime. A rare little aeroplane, indeed. The LOOTM for March, the Aero 45/Aero145. Enjoy!
The LOOTM for March 2013