Aircraft Review

February 1998 Issue

Mooney Predator

If the Air Force swats the Firefly, Kerrville is ready with a firebreathing replacement.


The history of aircraft marketing is littered with the corroded carcasses of the has been, the never was and the should’ve been. One of the more intriguing examples of the latter is Mooney’s entry into the Enhanced Flight Screener sweepstakes in 1991.

Mooney’s plan was simple. Win the EFS contract, use the government’s cash to develop and certify the thing, then spin off a civilian variant.

“Now you can order a civilian EFS” enthused Mooney’s optimistic promo of 1991, “which will be in production in early 1992.” The brochure promised full aerobatic certification under FAR 23 and “the best power-to-weight-ratio of any Mooney ever built,” delivering a 180-knot cruise and...

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