Used Aircraft Guide

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Mooney M20 Series

Speed and efficiency are what Mooneys are all about; fine cross-country machines, but not the roomiest.

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The Mooney M20 is a remarkable airplane, if for no other reason than its enduring popularity. Introduced in 1955, it’s still being manufactured, albeit in a rather different form than the original. While the newest Mooneys are a far cry from the original wood and metal hybrids, certain aspects of the design and construction have remained constant over the past 43 years. Among these are the distinctive “backwards” tail (no, it doesn’t sweep forward: it’s vertical), all-moving empennage trim system, steel-tube cabin frame, rubber “donut” shock absorbers on the trailing-link gear, steel-tube cabin frame, slick skins with lots of flush rivets, pushrod control systems, and so on. <...

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