July 2008 Issue
Mooney Type S: Ludicrous Speed*
With careful snipping of drag and a new prop, Mooney’s latest model cooks along at 242 knots. Dialed back to realistic cruise, it’s still good for 220.
Just as there will always be an England, there will always be airplane buyers to whom nothing else matters but raw speed. Forget cabin size, payload, range or safety—let’s just go faster than anyone else. And for these buyers, Mooney has just the airplane—the new Acclaim Type S, which appears to us to be a no-kidding 240-knot-plus airplane, making it the fastest single-engine piston currently in production—no arguments. Although speed is the antithesis of efficiency, the Type S can, nonetheless, deliver its blazing speed at relatively economical fuel burns. Mooney got into a marketing spat last year with the then Columbia Aircraft (now Cessna) about who had the fastest single. We think we settled this in our October 2007 report in which we found the Mooney Acclaim easily got past the Columbia in a two-way speed trial. If there was any doubt then, there isn’t now. At realistic cruise speeds and equivalent fuel flows, the Type S is solidly 20 knots faster than the Columbia and maybe a bit more than that over the Cirrus SR22 TN.
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