Mooney M-18 Mite. Specifications. A photo.
Mooney M-18 Mite. Specifications. A photo.

Mooney M-18 Mite. Specifications. A photo.


Mooney M-18 Mite - a light multi-purpose aircraft, developed in 1947, the American Aircraft Corporation «Mooney Aircraft Inc.».


Photo Mooney M-18 Mite


American aircraft manufacturers have begun to develop models of aircraft Mooney M-18 Mite in the early 40-ies of the last century. The new aircraft is intended to be used as a private air tools, or in the military purposes, for example, to perform patrol and surveillance flights, which allowed this aircraft to be quite popular, although the aircraft production during model Mooney M-18 Mite and was very limited .

For ease of manufacture, and to ensure the aircraft low cost, the project was only for Single aircraft, however, although aviarazrabotchiki of the corporation «Mooney Aircraft Inc.» and believed that in the private sphere, this aircraft can not be effective, the end result was much more successful than expected - for the entire period of production aircraft manufacturers 283 aircraft were sold.


Mooney M-18 Mite photo


The first flight of the aircraft model Mooney M-18 Mite held in 1947 year, however, despite the fact that all tests have been successfully completed, the actual production of the model has been deployed only in 1948 year, and continued to 1955 years.

Aircraft Mooney M-18 Mite has good aerodynamic shape and fairly compact size that provides the aircraft a very high level of maneuverability, as a consequence, a later version of the aircraft, equipped with the powerful power plants, could be applied as a sports aircraft that again , one of the reasons for the growth in popularity of this model.

Despite the fact that in the cockpit of the aircraft Mooney M-18 Mite can accommodate only one person here has ample room for transporting small loads, however, in this case, the regulated maximum takeoff weight of the aircraft, limited 385 kilos, should not be exceeded (depending on the modification of the aircraft).


Aircraft Mooney M-18 Mite


The aircraft model Mooney M-18 Mite is equipped with a power ustanvokoy consisting of a piston aircraft engine brand Continental A-65-8, which is having a thrust in 65 hp, can accelerate the aircraft to a maximum airspeed in 230 km \ h. - This contributes largely light aircraft construction, as well as a good aerodynamic component.

For 7-year period of production, the following modification of the aircraft were built by American aircraft manufacturers:

  • Mooney M-18 Mite - Basic version of the aircraft;
  • Mooney M-18L Mite - A modified version of the aircraft equipped with engine brand Lycoming;
  • Mooney M-18LA Mite - An improved version of the aircraft, with an increased maximum weight of up to 400 vzlёtnym kilogram;
  • Mooney M-18S Mite - Modification, equipped with propulsion Continental brand;
  • Mooney M-18C-55 Mite - An improved version of the version Mooney M-18C Mite.


Specifications Mooney M-18 Mite.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger capacity: no;
  • aircraft Length: 5,4 m .;
  • Wingspan: 8,2 m (depending on version).
  • Plane Height: 1,92 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 235 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Payload: 150 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 385 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising speed: 180 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 230 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 560 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 6100 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: Continental A-65-8 (depending on version);
  • Power: 65 hp (Depending on version).


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