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Kevin Harberg

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  1. Many are aware of the Mooney "Master", the Mooney "Mustang", and the Ercoupe based Mooney "M-10". An artilcle by Robert G Halford that appeared in the November 1953 issue of AIRCRAFT Magazine announced the initial flight test of the four place prototype Mooney M-20 "Scotsman". This is when Mooney was marketing the M-18 "Mite" as the "Wee Scotsman" to bring the low operating cost design to the public's attention. Here is a reprint of the 1953 Mooney Mite sales brochure with a photo of the M-20 prototype referred to in the "AIRCRAFT Magazine" article as the "Scotsman".
  2. Here's another quote from Al regarding the design of the "Famous Mooney Tail" (Models M18, M-19 & M-20) as noted in The Al Mooney Story. "I didn't put the tail on backwards, all the others did. Power on or power off, you will find on my plane that you can always lift a wing with the rudder."
  3. After converting to the Lycoming engine, the Mooney Mite "not only looked like a baby fighter plane, but flew like one." Al's personal logbook shows more hours in a Mite than any other aircraft.
  4. Thats the beautiful 1955 model M-18C55. The 1953 and 1954 models seem to have the same bubble canopy for more head room but retain the flat turtledeck fuselage. The 1955 model took it another step by angling the fuselage up a few more degrees at the aft fuel tank station (tail end of canopy rail). The result is even greater head room, and surprisingly more leg room (The seat cushion was much deeper raising the occupants torso). Al Mooney also rearranged the gear retraction handle to be much easier to operate. This was closer to the design of the one off model "M-19". Same 65HP Contiental as the other "C" models and same Gross weight of 850lbs.
  5. Fred Quarles had purchased the type certificate along with 1600 sq ft of Mooney factory type certificated drawings and provided 324 pages of prints complete with a list of approximately 4000 parts. Fred provided an assembly manual c/w drawings to assist homebuilders in completing his M-18X aircraft. Of interest was his intent to produce a certified Mite utilizing updated tooling techniques and the installation of a 100hp 0-200 powerplant. Now, some 40+ years later, the turbo charged powerplants produced by Rotax would be an ideal fit for the 25,000ft wing. Although thoroughly enjoying ownership of an M-18X, I'm still dreaming of the potential of this incredible design. Kevin
  6. I believe that manufacturing and production rights follow the type certificate holder. Type certification is an expensive venture.
  7. I was thinking that manufacturing and production rights followed the type certificate holder. Type certification is a costly venture.
  8. I recently discovered the passing of a great aviation AND Mooney enthusast, Fred Quarles. Fred Quarles purchased the M-18 type certificate and made the plane available to the public in the form of a homebuilt in the 1970's (Mooney Mite M-18X). It appears that the type certificate is available for sale by daughter Ellen Michelle Quarles via a post in the Mooney Mite Owners Forum of MooneySpace.
  9. Note to Mooney enthusiasts. I beilieve this may be a legitimate proposal for the sale of the Type Certificate formerly held by Fred Quarles who offered the Mooney M-18X plans to the public in the 1970's. Fred passed away very recently.
  10. Missing Serial Numbers? As a result of reading Dave Rutherford's (Founder of "The Mite Site") collection of "Mooney M-18" Registered and Historical Registration information, I had discovered issuance of serial Number 001 as well as the highest serial number issued, #357. One would assume 357 Mites were built during the initial run of M-18 models right up until M-18 C55 (1955) model. Ser No.001 - 082 Model M-L (Lycoming 0145 780lbs Gross Wt) 82 Ser. No. 101 - 145 Model M-18LA (Lycoming 0145 850lbs Gross Wt) 45 Ser No. 201 - 357 Model M-18C (Contiental A65 850lbs Gross Wt) 157 This demonstrates that at the end of the production run of one model, the Serial Numbers jumped to start at the next "100" to differentiate between models. The exception seems to be the introduction of the M-18C55 model that appears to continue on with the M-18C numbering. The 18 "Missing Serial Numbers between Serial Number 083 to 100 plus the 55 "Missing Serial Numbers between Serial Number 146 to 200 account for 73 missing serial numbers of aircraft never built. So there were 284 Mites built? No! Actually there were potentially 283 Mites built. (serial No. 1 was rebuilt by Mooney and re-issued as Serial Number 201 (This is the one "Hanging" in the Smithsonian). Serial Numbers now officially start at 002). But wait . . . an article in the Mite Site still shows 47 missing FAA registrations and has identified those serial numbers unaccounted for. 236 Mites?
  11. The volume of prints for the M-18X far exceeds the volume of prints included in homebuilder plans of the era (The M-18X prints are actually reprints of the M-18 production model). Your price may seem fair to those who would like a set. What would be the overall weight and volume required for shipping? Have you located any of the additional documents offered for sale with the prints (Assembly manuals, gear/aux tank drawings etc)? Thanks for saving the prints and offering them to the Mooney community. PS: these prints may also be of use by those restoring certified M18's. Only 283 were built and many are in storage awaiting rebuild. That explains why the prints were often sold with a Mooney Mite wood repair manual. Less than 5 M-18X aircraft built to date. Unknown quantity of prints sold.
  12. The Mooney Mite Owners Forum in Mooney Space has posts relating to prints for the M-18X. May be a resource for specific viewership if you reposted there. There came a time when aviation related litigation altered the course of well intended businesses, many concerned about potential liability and the increasing costs to insure for protection. It was believed that the M-18X plans were removed from public availability for such reasons. A fair number of sets are likely still out there (I turned down the opportunity to have my own slightly used set of prints for free, a decision I sometimes regret). The price new was quite affordable at the time of print, and I would suspect there may be only a small number of immediate potential purchasers of plans for the M-18X, therefore I would expect any plans available for sale would be priced modestly. A list of plans, other drawings, and manuals available with the set of prints is shown in an ad in the aforementioned site. PS: I believe prints are now available for viewing at the Smithsonian. Regards, Kevin Harberg C-GXTR M-18X
  13. "M-18C" Pilot report in February 1964 issue of "FLYING MAGAZINE" For optimal reading clarity, "CLICK" on page you wish to view, then click again (twice?) to zoom.
  14. "M-18L" Pilot report in March 1950 issue of "FLYING MAGAZINE" For optimal reading clarity, "CLICK" on page you wish to view, then click again (twice?) to zoom.
  15. Found this beauty somewhere on the internet a while ago. N4096 NOW THAT JUST DOESN'T LOOK LIKE ANY FUN AT ALL!
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