Mooney M-20J to M-20S
Country of Origin
United States of America
High performance four seat light aircraft
Mooney's new owners, the Republic Steel Company, placed the M-20 line back into production in late 1973. All three then current models, the Ranger, Chaparral and Executive, were returned to production, but new design efforts centred around the M-20F Executive design. The first model developed was the M-20J 201, with improvements aimed at reducing drag giving a theoretical top speed of 323km/h (175kt), or 201mph. The 201 entered production in 1976, replacing the Executive, while the Ranger remained in production until 1979. Subsequent models included the M-20K 231 from late 1978, powered by a turbocharged Continental TSIO-360 six cylinder engine, and the 201LM (Lean Machine) from 1986 with only basic options. The 201 evolved into the M-20J 205 with rounded cabin windows and redesigned wingtips, giving a slight increase in top speed. A Special Edition 'SE' luxury options package was also offered. The M-20K 252TSE (Turbo Special Edition) was a development of the 231 with a top speed of 405km/h (220kt), or 252mph, and combined the 205's airframe mods with a 155kW (210hp) turbocharged, intercooled Continental TSIO-360. The Porsche PFM-3200 powered M-20L was built between 1987 and 1991. The current top of the line model is the Bravo - formerly the M-20M TLS/Bravo (Turbo Lycoming Sabre) - which was introduced in 1989 and features a slightly stretched fuselage, a turbocharged and intercooled Textron Lycoming TIO-540 and three blade prop. The Allegro - formerly the M-20J MSE 205 - development is powered by a 150kW (200hp) Textron Lycoming IO-360A3B6D. Introduced in 1994, the M-20R Ovation is based on the Bravo fuselage but is powered by a 210kW (280hp) Continental IO-550G flat six. In 1997 Mooney introduce the short lived 370km/h (200kt) cruise M-20K Encore which was powered by a turbocharged TSIO360.
Eagle - One 182kW (244hp) Teledyne Continental IO-550-G fuel injected flat six driving a two blade c/s prop. Bravo - One 200kW (270hp) Textron Lycoming TIO-540AF1B turbocharged and fuel injected flat six piston engine driving a three blade c/s prop.
Eagle - Cruising speed 324km/h (175kt). Service ceiling 18,500ft. Range at economical cruising speed 2242km (1210nm). Bravo - Cruising speed at 25,000ft 407km/h (220kt). Initial rate of climb 1230ft/min. Service ceiling 25,000ft. Range with max fuel 1945km (1050nm).
Eagle - Basic empty 995kg (2194lb), max takeoff 1451kg (3200lb). Bravo - Empty 1028kg (2268lb), max takeoff 1527kg (3368lb).
Eagle/Bravo - Wing span 11.00m (36ft 1in), length 8.15m (26ft 9in), height 2.54m (8ft 4in). Wing area 16.3m2 (175.0sq ft).
Standard seating for four.
Over 2250 of all models delivered since the mid 1970s.
Mooney M-20J to M-20S
The backbone of this section is from the The International Directory of Civil Aircraft by Gerard Frawley and used with permission. To get your own copy of the book click here.