Mooney M-18 Mite
|Role||personal use aircraft|
|Manufacturer||Mooney Aircraft Company|
The M-18 design goal was extremely low operating costs. The Mite is constructed mainly of fabric-covered wood construction, with a single spruce and plywood "D" wing spar. The wing aft of the spar is fabric covered.
The aircraft featured a unique "safe-trim" system. This mechanical device links the wing flaps to the tail trim system and automatically adjusts the horizantal stabilizer angle when the flaps are deflected, reducing or eliminating pitch changes when the flaps are lowered.
The Mooney Aircraft Corporation built a total of 283 Mites in Wichita, Kansas, and Kerrville, Texas, between 1947 and 1954. The first few were powered by modified 25 hp Crosley automobile engines, but production shifted to the M-18L powered by the four-cylinder, 65 hp Lycoming O-145 powerplant and finally the M-18C with the Continental C-65 aircraft engine.
The market for the single seat M-18 was limited and so Mooney later developed the four-place M-20 to appeal to aircraft owners with families. In the early 1970s, the Mooney Mite Aircraft Corp offered plans for four different homebuilt versions of the aircraft.
Aircraft on display
Specifications (Mooney Mite M-18C)
- Crew: one pilot
- Length: 18 feet 0 inches (5.49 m)
- Wingspan: 26 feet 10 inches (8.18 m)
- Height: 6 ft 21⁄2 in (1.89 m)
- Wing area: 95 sq ft (8.82 m2)
- Airfoil: NACA 64A215
- Empty weight: 520 lb (236 kg)
- Loaded weight: 780 lb (354 kg)
- Useful load: 260 lb (118 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 780 lb (354 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Continental Motors C-65 wooden propeller, 65 hp (48 kW)
- Maximum speed: 138 mph (222 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 125 mph (201 km/h)
- Stall speed: 43 mph (69 km/h)
- Range: 440 statute miles (708 km)
- Service ceiling: 19,400 feet (5,900 m)
- Rate of climb: 1090 ft/min (5.53 m/s)
- Power/mass: 12 lb/hp (0.14 kW/kg)
none installed at the factory
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