Aircraft Review

December 1999 Issue

Mooney Versus Bonanza

Beech and Mooney drivers yammer incessantly about which model is better. We settle it once and for all.

Overheard in the airport café: “I don’t know how you can fly an airplane with the tail on backwards.”

“At least the tail doesn’t fall off.”

“Yeah? Well, your mother wears combat boots!”

And so goes the seemingly circular debate between Bonanza and Mooney pilots. On the surface, it’s good-natured one-up-manship, the sort of banter any self-respecting pilot is expected to engage in while the kitchen rustles up the $100 hamburger.

But deep in their hearts, the pilots of both Mo’s and Bo’s don’t really believe the other guy’s airplane is inferior. In a moment of quiet reflection, they’ll concede that the other brand is a broken down piece of crap that never should have gotten loos...

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