YESTERDAY'S need of a five-cent cigar has given way to today's desire for a vest-pocket airplane, if one is to believe the conversation heard in hangar sessions. And maybe Al Mooney, veteran aeronautical designer, is answering that need with his most recent plane-brainchild.
|PLANES TAIL is operated as a single unit. Rulers shows where tail rests in normal position. Arc is little better than 7 degrees.|
After having designed 20 different aircraft, Al Mooney now has come up with a single-seater that should start Mooney fan clubs among the younger members of the aviation set.
Powered by a 26-hp Crosley engine (the same that is used in the midget Crosley car), his vest-pocket plane cruises at 90 mph, has a top speed of over 100 mph, and a ceiling of 16,000 feet. It lands in the low 30's on a really rugged landing gear. The ship has a 27-foot wing-span and is 18 feet long. The entire tail of Mooney's ship is controlled as a single unit, thus making the plane a type of Simpli-fly ship. At cruising speed, the plane burns less than 2 gallons of gas per hour. Reduction gear on the engine reduces its 3900 rpm to 1950 rpm, making ship quieter. Like it?
|CLOSE-UP SHOT of Mooney's plane, flown by test pilot Bill Taylor, was made from a Cub 10 feet away, slightly above.||ENGINE that powers plane is geared down from 3900 rpm to 1950 rpm by Goodyear cable belts. The engine weighs 59 lbs.|
[This article first appeared in the April 1948 issue of SKYWAYS magazine, published by Henry Publishing Company, New York. Our thanks to Denver Jacobson, C-GXTR, of Camrose, Alberta for providing it to us]
May 8, 2000