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Notes: The Mooney Mite is a low-wing, single-place, fabric-covered monoplane of mainly wood construction, designed by Al Mooney for the general aviation market and offering extremely low operating costs. It has a wingspan of 26.8 feet, a length of 17.7 feet, an empty weight of 520 pounds, a maximum weight of 850 pounds, and a range of 350 miles or more.
A total of 283 Mites in five different models were built between 1948 and 1955: the M-18 (1948); the M-18L (1949); the M-18C (1950); the M-18LA (1951); and the M-18C-55 (1955). The L models were powered by 65 hp Lycoming engines, and the C models by 65 hp Continental engines.
In 1953, the M-18C and the M-18LA were marketed as the "Wee Scotsman" to capitalize on the Mite's unmatched operating economy which was less than a penny a mile. The Mite, with two miles per hour per horsepower, is said to be the most efficient airplane of its day. It is able to land or take off in less than 300 feet and climb at over 1000 feet per minute. Improvements in the performance of the aircraft eventually gave the M-18 a top speed of over 140 m.p.h. and a service ceiling of 19,400 feet.
Factory production of the Mite ended in the 1955 when the Mooney Corporation turned to the four-place M-20. As of October 1999, 157 Mites are still registered with the United States FAA.
The Mite is a fast, responsive and economical airplane. It is a delightful performer and much-loved by the select few who own them.
N66MX in this photo is a 1950 M-18C, owned by Ben Favrholdt of Porterville, California.
Photo Courtesy of The Mooney Mite Site