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    Description

    The Mooney M20 is a family of piston-powered, four-seat, propeller-driven, general aviation aircraft, all featuring low wings and tricycle gear, manufactured by the Mooney International Corporation.

    General Information

    The M20 was the 20th design from Al Mooney, and his most successful. The series has been produced in many variations over the last 60 years, from the wooden-wing M20 and M20A models of 1955, to the M20V Acclaim Ultra that debuted in 2016. More than 11,000 aircraft in total have been produced.

     

    In November 2008, the company announced that it was halting all production as a result of the late-2000s recession, but would still provide parts and support for the existing fleet. With the injection of Chinese capital after the company's purchase, production of the M20 resumed in February 2014. Since then, the company has released two more M20 models.

     

    With the exception of the earliest models which had wings and tails with wooden frames, M20s are constructed entirely of metal. All are low-wing aircraft, and the wing skin is aluminum. Slotted flaps cover 70% of the trailing edge. Earlier models use a hydraulic hand pump to extend the flaps, while later models have electrically operated flaps. The forward fuselage has a steel-tube cabin structure covered in aluminum skin; the aft portion of the fuselage is of semi-monocoque design. In many places on the skin of the airplane, flush-mounted rivets are used to reduce drag.

     

    For the full details of the various models from 1955 till the company ceased operation in 2019, click here. More than 11,000 aircraft were produced over that time.

     

    The specifications below are for the 2016 M20 Acclaim Ultra.

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    Specifications

    Seats:
    One pilot, three passengers
    Length:
    26 ft 8 in (8.13 m)
    Wingspan:
    36 ft 6 in (11.125 m)
    Height:
    8 ft 4 in (2.5 m)
    Wing Area:
    175.7 sq. ft
    Wing Loading:
    19.2 lbs./sq. ft
    Empty Weight:
    2380 lb (1080 kg)
    MTOW:
    3368 lb (1528 kg)
    Fuel Capacity:
    Usable fuel: 100 USG
    Powerplant:
    1 × Continental TSIO-550-G air-cooled, 6-cylinder, horizontally opposed piston engine, 280 hp (209 kW)
    Cruise Speed:
    242 knots (278 mph, 447 km/h (TAS))
    Stall Speed:
    53 knots (61 mph, 98 km/h)
    Range:
    1100 nm (std tanks) (1266 mi, 2037 km)
    Rate of Climb:
    SL: 1240 fpm
    Service Ceiling:
    25,000 ft (7625 m)

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