Mooney M-20

1953

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Mooney M-20

Using early postwar experience with the Mooney M-18 Mite, Al W. Mooney moved into the four-seat monoplane market in the early 1950s with the M-20A design, featuring a similar low wing and retractable undercarriage - some subsequent lower specification models were offered with a fixed gear. The M-20B had a larger engine and was of all-metal construction. Successive marques of the type (Ranger, Master, Super 21, Chapparal, Executive and Statesman), with its distinctive raked trailing fin edge, have been offered, with over 7500 delivered to date.

Specification 
 MODELM-20M Model 257TLS
 CREW1
 PASSENGERS4
 ENGINE1 x 270hp Textron LycomingTIO-540-AFIA turbocharged piston engine
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight1451 kg3199 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan11.00 m36 ft 1 in
  Length8.20 m27 ft 11 in
  Height2.50 m8 ft 2 in
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed413 km/h257 mph
  Ceiling7620 m25000 ft
  Range1983 km1232 miles

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Walter Carter, e-mail, 06.07.2020 20:04

Looking for Mooney N1072C last located in Ft. Lauterdale, FL. Used to fly her in 1958 when she was owned by Liberty Aviation at Tamiami Airport in Miami.

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Dempsey Blanton, e-mail, 12.05.2016 15:54

Would love to know what ever happened to 1960 Mooney M20A.
N6598B

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Glenn Watts, e-mail, 22.07.2014 07:14

My 1968 Mooney Exec is my second Mooney... It's highly modified... In many ways a 201. Set US & World speed records with it. Painted it with the Mooney Eagle design, red, white, & blue. Has the modified fuel tanks so we flew nonstop from Albuquerque to Oshkosh & had 20 gallons left over! Would recommend this low maintenance plane to everyone!

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David Sullins, e-mail, 22.05.2014 06:08

Bought a 1966 M20E in 2000. Still own it today. I flew from Dallas to Baltimore in 6.5 hours at 17.5k FT with an O-2 bottle. Had to start down over eastern KY and was gettign ground speed of 190 kts in level flight and over 200kts on the down slope. Plane needs new paint an dinterior but has been a great cross country plane. Simple, reliable, efficient. I fly by myself most of the time so this was the right plane for me though I would have liked to have gotten an F model which has 8 more inches between the front and back seats but is 3-5 kts slower. Since I fly alone most of the time, this was the best plane for me. It has been great but I am not flying so much any more so may sell it.

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Don Fischer, e-mail, 10.02.2014 19:53

If anyone out there owns N9726M 1967 Exec. sure would like to know what happened to it. Thanks

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Bob Doernberg, e-mail, 01.02.2014 22:32

I have always loved Mooney aircraft, especially for their ability to cruise at or above one MPH /HP. One name that should be associated with the later variants of the plane is Roy LoPresti. I met him in 1976 when he was chief engineer for Grumman American at their Cuyahoga County Airport facility. He moved on to Mooney and did a great job refining an already fast and efficient airplane. The 201 was the class of the field for some time.

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Bob Schneider, e-mail, 30.01.2014 22:58

I bought a 1951 Mite (N6033V) in 1988 for $5,000 and sold it in 1998 for $11,000. The buyer was in his late 70's and I'm sure he has passed on but the FAA still lists him as the owner. If anyone knows where this Mite is please contact Bob at:poohbearsleepy2@yahoo.com
While flying the Mite I was also current on the Boeing 747-400. The smallest and largest U.S. airplanes. The Mite was a lot more fun to fly!

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Ward Testerman, e-mail, 24.05.2013 23:04

I bought my first 1968 Mooney Statesman after my partner wrecked our 1967 Cessna 182. Paid $11,000 and never looked back. I flew that Statesman for 1200 hours, switched to a 1967 non-injected Executive for another 1400 hours and ended up with an injected '70 Executive for another 1000 hours. Loved all aircraft and always loved the Johnson Bar! I have flown from California as far north as Victoria, Canada and as far east as the east coast of Florida. Never a problem in flight until my engine quit on takeoff in California, Still, solid A /C that got me and my wife down with minor injuries! As safe an A /C as you will ever fly and stable, economical, relatively high speed (155kts) with 6+ hours in the tanks. The Mooney community is the greatest of all time!

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Dick Haynes,, e-mail, 19.02.2013 00:11

I was part owner of a Super 21 back in the 60's & 70's.
Love that airplane. Chicago to Florida on a cold winters day with a tailwind, in less then 5 hours.

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Bill Beardsley, e-mail, 11.02.2013 15:55

I flew my first Mooney Mite from Fresno, CA in about 1951. My joy ride was, with canopy aft, to put my arms out horizontally and rotate my palms up and down. Of course the plane changed pitch. I would do this from FNO to BFL on weekends to visit the family in BFL. Later I was allowed by my boss to fly the big Mooney. What a great plane.

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Gordon, e-mail, 09.04.2012 22:12

I have owned my1981 M20K "231" for 30 years and 5,000 flight hours.
We have been to Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas.
170 knots at 10.5 GPH and 6.5 hours endurance was very good when I bought her, but in these days of $6 gas and $450 fill ups, it's fantastic!

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Sam T, e-mail, 14.02.2012 16:59

Would love to know what happened to my old Mooney N5970Q. An M20 w / a RayJay turbo. Great economy and reliability.

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Richard Calarco, e-mail, 13.02.2012 04:25

That Mooney Mite was fun to fly. I flew one when I was 19 years old and being tall, 6'3" at the tme it was a little tight. I also skined my hand a few time operating the landing gear. I use to get lots of attention when landing at the airports I flew into at the time. Many folks had not seen the Mite before during that time period.

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Scott Boyd, e-mail, 25.09.2011 03:11

I flew an M-20F with a Rayjay turbocharger in the 70's and was a real hot rod. It had electric gear but I also flew a wood wing Mooney and others with the Johnson bar. It was really pretty simple and never gave me a problem.

A lady I was instructed wanted to check out in her sons M-20 and would get so flustered trying to put the gear up and down she eventually gave up. I would show her how I could do it with two fingers but she would get a death grip n the handle and couldn't pull down that little bit to lock it into place.

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Bob Huston, e-mail, 24.09.2011 23:57

Al Mooney was a self taught designer. His first design (as a teenager) was an Eaglerock. His brother Art knew how to build anything. Together, they designed and built several thousand remote control Culver anti-aircraft targets for the Army and Navy during WW II. Art hired me (@ age 17, an "experienced line boy") to help build the original 90% wood production Mite (M-18, Crosley 25 hp powered). Later I was permitted to fly the prototype (after it was converted to a 65 HP Continental). That Prototype Mite now hangs in the National A&S Museum at Dulles Airport. Al designed the original wood M-20 in Wichita in late 1949, early 1950. After loosing control of Mooney Aircraft, Al (& Art) worked for Lockheed-Georgia until they retired. Al was the PM for the LASA 60 and the Lockheed Hummingbird (XV-4A & B). Al, Art & Bill Taylor (test pilot) were great people to work for. Al inspired me to get my BS and MS in aeronautical engineering.

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Albert Dyer, e-mail, 13.04.2011 18:30

I flew a 1956 M20 with 150hp. Fast airplane, and yes, I learned about the Mooney "bite" when retracting the gear. N5261B

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Don P. Simons, e-mail, 30.01.2011 06:24

I bought a 1964 M-20-E, Super 21 and reworked it and flew it for 5 years. Living in Ohio with a son in Oklahoma City I made nine trips back and forth, one of which was extended to Carlsbad, CA in 1991. It's a great instrument ship and the last trip from Wiley Post Airport in Bethany, OK to Salem Ohio was hazy then Cloudy so solid instruments. I logged 6 1 /2 hours of IFR that day and didn't have an autopilot. I wrote a piece of satire about Mooneys and it was printed in the MAPA log in 1992:
A LOVE STORY
Mooney oh mooney what makes you so great
your beautiful wing or your tail so straight
Fast though you are, you're easy to fly
detractors are dummies if they dare to decry
We believers all know the beautiful fact
That Al was a genious, his plane a class act
We wash and we wax and polish your skin
and wipe off your belly and under your chin
No matter what feature you choose to endear
on my 64 it's that Johnson bar gear
Don P. Simons N1946Y MAPA 8529

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Richard Zephro, e-mail, 09.12.2010 19:43

I have been a Mooney enthusiast since I flew my first one in 1974. Piper was all over with after that! Due to the Mooney's unique "does everything right and economically", the extra padding for safety, I have specialized in the resale of Mooney airplanes since 1989 and still going stong. Of the many Mooney's I have sold, I have yet to lose a single customer in a Mooney mishap! Want to learn a lot more about Mooney's? check out mooneyland.com.
zef

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JAKE JACOBS, e-mail, 09.12.2010 19:11

Am second owner of N57033 84 J 201 Mooney and its the only plane have or will ever own. 150kts /8.8GPH-great long range cruiser-have done 1100 miles non-stop. We have been to 49 states & Canada & Bahamas and landed on turf, ice, gravel etc. Strong, reliable and most economical of 4 place planes. Eleven years, 2300 hours and a lot of neat adventures and friends along the way. Love camping out at LAL & OSH next to 57033 /Cheers /Jake & Kat

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Jonathan Paul, e-mail, 09.12.2010 18:01

In April 2010 I flew my 1966 M20E non-stop from coast to coast, San Diego to Savannah. I have extended tanks (88+ gallons). It took 12:55 hours and used 72 gallons. I flew at 13,000 feet burning 5.2 gph. The TAS was 115 knots at that fuel burn. There was a good tail wind in the west. The message is that the efficiency of the Mooney design can also yeild exceptional range. One can trade speed for range.

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