Mooney Logo – The Mooney Airplane Company, Inc. is an American aircraft manufacturer from Kerrville , Texas .The company was founded in 1929 as Mooney Aircraft Corporation, founded by Albert (“Al”) and Arthur Mooney. In his history of the producers got into financial trouble again and again – the first time Mooney was bankrupt in 1930 – and was bought up again by other companies. After the Second World War, founded Al Mooney 1946 on single-engine, piston-powered, four-seat aircraft specialized Mooney Airplane Company, Inc. . He began producing a small, single-seater machine ( Mooney M18 Mite ), the first was a 65-horsepower air-cooled four-cylinder engine fitted. The most well-known Mooney-type series, the M20 , which to this day in Kerville, Texas, is being built and was developed in 1955 by Al Mooney. The tail and wings of the M20 were initially only made entirely of wood and covered with fabric. It was not until 1961 with the M20B the first all-metal version was built.
Common to all designs Mooney is the slightly forward inclined trapezoidal fin . The elevator trim is the Mooney M20 is not – as with most aircraft – only on the elevator, but the entire empennage is moved. In November 2008, production of aircraft was discontinued until further notice. At the same time many employees were laid off. The company is currently looking for investors.
The history of Mooney is always accompanied by world records. Thus developed the first single-engine Mooney Al, piston-driven aircraft with a pressurized cabin, the M22 Mustang . He established the first production aircraft a top speed of 200 mph (320 km / h) with a 200-horsepower engine arrived and put a turbo-powered M20K-231, the speed record for a transatlantic crossing in a single-engine, piston-powered aircraft on . Mooney aircraft are among pilots always been considered very reliable, fast, efficient and convenient travel machine.
By 1977, the M20J 201 speed of 320 km / h was achieved. The fastest piston-driven aircraft made by Mooney was the M20M Bravo DX with a maximum of 220 kt (407 km / h) cruise speed. Since 2007, the Mooney Acclaim is at max. 237 kts (440 km / h). Recently, Acclaim offered a S with a maximum speed of 242 kts. The engine has two turbochargers here. The Acclaim is currently the fastest single-engine S piston-driven aircraft with retractable landing gear series.