Mooney Celebrates 60 Years | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 01.16.17

Airborne 01.17.17

Airborne 01.18.17

Airborne 01.19.17

Airborne 01.20.17

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 01.16.17

Airborne 01.17.17

Airborne 01.18.17

Airborne 01.19.17

Airborne 01.20.17

Wed, Mar 01, 2006

Mooney Celebrates 60 Years

Party Time In... Wichita?

It was party time for Mooney... and to celebrate its 60th year in business, the company went back to where it all began. While the aircraft maker has been located in Kerrville, TX for 54 of those 60 years, it all began in Wichita, KS... and that's where Mooney kicked things off.

To celebrate its time in Wichita, Mooney presented the Kansas Aviation Museum Tuesday with a journal of the activities of Al and Art Mooneys' original company, which was started in 1929 in Wichita and built just two airplanes before going bankrupt in 1930.

Al Mooney far more successful with his next venture, resurrecting his old company in 1946. That company, in turn, produced such fabled aircraft as the Mooney Mite, the M20 its current descendants -- today's Ovation and Bravo.

Speaking of the Mite (file photo of type, right), the Wichita Eagle reports the museum will soon add one to its permanent aircraft display -- a 1951 Mite that was a flying exhibit for the museum for several years, before it was grounded a little over a year ago. Mooney also flew in a brand-new, G1000-equipped Ovation2 GX for the event, to offer a contrast between the Mooney of 1951 and the Mooney of today.

"This thing is surprisingly modern," said David Copeland, vice president for sales and marketing at Mooney, looking over the Mite's instrument panel.

Mooney will celebrate its 60th birthday as the company is experiencing a significant upturn. The company saw airplane deliveries increase 136 percent in 2005, delivering 85 airplanes with total billings of $35.6 million -- making it a solid Number 4 in its market class behind Cirrus, Cessna and Columbia.

The company also recently celebrated the delivery of its 11,000th aircraft.

After Wichita, the 60th birthday party will continue onto Birmingham, AL for the Birmingham General Aviation Trade Show on Friday and Saturday.

FMI: www.mooney.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 01.20.17: Astro-NIMBY!, Airbus Flying Car, JetSuiteX v KSMO

Also: Daher Delivers, Aviation Progress, Tecnam P2012, D.B. Cooper, MH370 Search, T-45C Accident, Piper We previously reported that studies indicate many complaints about airport n>[...]

Airborne 01.20.17: Astro-NIMBY!, Airbus Flying Car, JetSuiteX v KSMO

Also: Daher Delivers, Aviation Progress, Tecnam P2012, D.B. Cooper, MH370 Search, T-45C Accident, Piper We previously reported that studies indicate many complaints about airport n>[...]

Airborne 01.19.17: $200K Drone Fine, Sandia IVSI TSO, 'Can't Close' KSMO

Also: MH370 Search Suspended, Supporting AUVSI, Sikorsky S-92, Challenger Astronaut, Stressed Pilots, JBA Aviation, Embraer E2 A settlement agreement has been reached between the F>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.21.17)

The Lindbergh Foundation The concept of balance is an integral part of what the Lindbergh Foundation Board looks for in a project requesting a grant. Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbe>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.21.17): Jump Zone

The airspace directly associated with a Drop Zone. Vertical and horizontal limits may be locally defined.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC