Used Aircraft Guide


Mooney M20R Ovation, Mods

The trend at Mooney is toward bigger powerplants. Here’s how the muscular Ovation stacks up against a modified 201.


Once prized for squeezing lots of knots out of relatively small engines, Mooneys are no longer taking a back seat in the horsepower race. The trend toward hot-rodding Mooneys is continuing, with the introduction of the Mooney Missile from Darwin Conrad’s Rocket Engineering, which consists of a large-block, normally aspirated engine stuffed into the Mooney’s slick airframe. Rocket Engineering also does conversions to the 305 Rocket, in which a TSIO-520 is mated to an M20K airframe.

Not to be outdone by the aftermarket crowd, the Mooney factory rolled out its own high-horsepower act in 1994, in the form the M20R Ovation. Both of these aircraft represent essentially re-engini...

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