Mooney M18 Mite Drawings and Reports

Collection ID:
Mooney Aircraft, Inc.
bulk 1946-1948
Physical Description:
3.82 Cubic feet
(3 containers)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of the original drawings and reports for the Mooney M18 Mite.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Mooney Aircraft, Inc. was formed in 1946 by Albert W. Mooney and Charles G. Yankey, both former executives of Culver Aircraft Corporation. The company soon marketed the Mooney M18 Mite, a low-wing, single-place, cabin monoplane designed for the general aviation market and involving extremely low operating costs. The M18 was awarded Civil Aeronautics Authority Approved Type Certificate #803 in 1949. Increases in engine power improved the performance of the aircraft, eventually giving the M18 a top speed over 140 mph and a service ceiling of 19,400 ft. Production ended in the mid-1950s as increased labor costs drove the price of the aircraft up to where larger, more comfortable aircraft could compete successfully with the Mite. In the mid-1970s, after Mooney Aircraft had passed through a number of ownership changes, the Mooney Mite Aircraft Corporation was formed to market the M18 as a home built aircraft

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Fred Quarles, Gift, 1989

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
Mooney M18 Mite Drawings and Reports, Accession 1989-0028, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

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Repository Contact
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