Did you ever wish you could have your own personal "fighter", an airplane that would fly at speeds of 120-130 m.p.h., sipped 3.5 gallons of gas per hour, and only cost $1995?
As I recall, the performance of the auto was poor with the 25- h.p. liquid cooled engine so I imagine that the performance of the M-18 Mite might not be spectacular either. As a matter of fact, the performance of the Crosley engine (now called a Mooney CC46M-2, see photo on the left) was inadequate which caused Mooney to exchange the engines in the first 10 production Mites with a more reliable 65-h.p. Lycoming (0-145-B2) engine.
This photo is the M-18 prototype with a Crosley engine. It also happens to be the same airplane featured in the ad at the beginning of the article. As you can see it was later converted with the aircraft engine also.
|Mooney Mite M-18|
|• Manufacturer: Mooney Aircraft Corporation|
|• First Flight: 1947|
|• Crew: 1|
|• Wingspan: 26 ft 10½ in.|
|• Length: 17 ft 7¼ in.|
|• Height: 6 ft 2½ in.|
|• Maximum Takeoff Weight: 780 lbs.|
|• Empty Weight: 500 Lbs.|
|• Powerplant: One, Continental Motors C-65 wooden propeller, 65 hp|
|• Total Fuel: 11 Gal.|
|• Maximum speed: 138 mph (Vne)|
|• Cruise speed: 125 mph|
|• Rate of Climb: 1090 ft/min|
|• Service Ceiling: 19,400 Ft.|
|• Range (@125 mph): 390 Miles.|
|• Stall Speed: 45 mph|