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Ralph Hood
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Mooney Mite
      #392920 - 06/27/14 03:59 PM

Does anyone know if there are any Mooney Mites still around? It was a tiny little thing, and for awhile the old National Aviation Underwriters reps flew them all over.

Ralph H

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Ralph Jones
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Re: Mooney Mite [Re: Ralph Hood]
      #392926 - 06/27/14 04:46 PM

Think I've seen a couple at OSH.

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Jeff Hartmann CIC
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Re: Mooney Mite [Re: Ralph Hood]
      #392931 - 06/27/14 04:56 PM

http://www.mooneymite.com/sales.htm

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Mase Taylor
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Re: Mooney Mite [Re: Ralph Hood]
      #392936 - 06/27/14 05:41 PM

Another one for sale $12k





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Edited by Mase Taylor (06/27/14 05:45 PM)


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Ralph Hood
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Re: Mooney Mite [Re: Mase Taylor]
      #393018 - 06/29/14 03:13 PM

Ralph J, Jeff and Mase:

Thanks to all y'all!
Must be more of them left that I imagined. I've only seen one in my life, and that was at Epps at PDK in the 1960s or 1970s.
Thanks again,

Ralph H

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Jeff Hartmann CIC
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Re: Mooney Mite [Re: Ralph Hood]
      #393035 - 06/29/14 08:39 PM

I flew one around 1970 or so, was supposed to deliver it from Miami to New York. They did an annual and found some bad wood. Sale cancelled.

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Bill Bridges - 9S1
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Re: Mooney Mite [Re: Jeff Hartmann CIC]
      #393036 - 06/29/14 09:29 PM

Quote:

I flew one around 1970 or so, was supposed to deliver it from Miami to New York. They did an annual and found some bad wood. Sale cancelled.




The last time I saw one was late '60s' at T47 and the tail was a little cattywampus. :-)

They always looked like they would be fun to fly.

the other bill


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Randy Sohn
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Re: Mooney Mite [Re: Bill Bridges - 9S1]
      #402994 - 01/23/15 08:28 PM

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They always looked like they would be fun to fly




They were, the one I flew (M-18C) some had a Continental, IIRC some also had Lycomings (M-18L). Little flag semiphore thing that waggled in your face to warn of the gear not being down. Also the trim as I recall was connected to the flaps so you got some when you lowered flaps. Again, IIRC, it delivered over 2 MPH per 1 horsepower. Last one I saw was a few years ago over in a hangar at Flying Cloud.

best, randy


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Scott Dunham (RDU)
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Re: Mooney Mite [Re: Ralph Hood]
      #403137 - 01/25/15 12:03 AM

There's one hanging from the ceiling in the Air and Space Museum near Dulles...

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Tom Charlton
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Re: Mooney Mite [Re: Ralph Hood]
      #403145 - 01/25/15 03:50 AM

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Ralph H. posted:
Mooney Mites


Hi Ralph,

Reminds me of a time, way back, long about 1967 or there bouts. Just out of the Air Force I had me a job working at the very small Herron Airport at the northern tip of West Virginia. Herron Airport is one of those WV airports where they level off the top of a hill as best they can with steep drop offs at each end. Had . . . still has, a county road that crosses over the middle of the runway. Mow ‘n grass, pump ‘n gas and brush ‘n dope on fabric covered airplanes. Earl Herron was giving me flight instruction toward my Commercial. He hired me to work while I built up flying time in a bunch of his typical small airport airplanes including the Piper Tri-Pacer that I used for my Commercial.

So anyhow, one fine afternoon, me ’n my buddy Butch Schroder who also worked there were lookin’ at the Mooney Mite out in the big hangar. It belonged to Jim Shannon, the aircraft mechanic, who was working over in his workshop hangar. So me n Butch got ta think ‘n, well it was Butch’s idea, if we each grabbed hold of a wing tip, bet the two of us could lift this here Mite clean off the ground. Sure nuff, we discovered with some strain ’n, we dammed sure could lift it! So we came up er . . . I mean Butch came up with another idea. Let’s get those old airplane tires over there, put em under the wings, then we can pick up the Mooney, retract the gear, and ease it down onto the tires. Jim will think its real funny! Well, the good news was, there was only the two of us and it would have taken a third person to reach in the cockpit and retract the gear. Well I guess the other good news was us git ’n some smarts t’ward the end think ’n maybe good old Jim the mechanic might not ’a thought it was as funny as we did. Visions of box end wrenches being flung at us as we would’a been run’n down off the hill.

Sure do wish I’d stayed in touch with Jim n Butch. Understand Jim is long gone and I can’t seem to find any trace of Butch.

Over the years I’ve come across several Mites. Was/is a cute little bugger. Any flying today most likely will have had an extensive rebuild of the wooden wing structure.

Regards,
Tom Charlton (who surprisingly never did have an opportunity to fly a Mooney . . . Mite or otherwise)

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