Used Aircraft Guide
July 2013 Issue
Used Aircraft Guide: Mooney Ovation
Big power and a slick airframe combine to generate one of aviations true hot rods.
Mooney aficionados tend to be clustered in the end of the gene pool that has I want a fast airplane in the DNA. For years, they flocked to the marque that promised and delivered speed while sipping fuel. Starting with the single-seat Mite, they were willing to shoehorn themselves into tiny cabins in return for not having to stay in them long when going someplace, while assuming a certain look of superiority over others due to miserly demands at the gas pump. Over the years, Mooney obliged its faithful with progressive aerodynamic clean ups, making quick airplanes steadily faster. However, Mooney eventually shocked the aviation world by tacitly admitting that theyd gone as far as was economically viable with aerodynamics, and it was time to accept that theres no replacement for displacement when it comes to sheer speed.
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