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Mooney

Mooney Aircraft formed July 1946 at Wichita, Kansas, USA.
Moved to Texas in 1953. M-20 four-seat version first flown August 10,1953.
Merged with Alon Inc. in October 1967. A variety of problems had run the company millions of dollars into debt, and in 1969, it was taken over by American Electronic Laboratories.
Became Aerostar Aircraft Corporation on July 1,1970, renamed Mooney Aircraft Corporation October 1973.
Then Butler Aviation International bought the operation, thinking to combine the three most popular Mooneys - the Ranger, Chaparral and Executive - with the twin-engine Aerostar line, the product of still another company that had been taken over by Butler. Mooney might finally have come to an end in 1971 when Mooney quietly closed the doors and shut down production.
The company and its airplane lay dormant for a full three years before Republic Steel, in an unexpected diversification, acquired all rights to the Mooney line in October 1973 and resumed production at the old facility in Kerrville, Texas. In 1976, Republic continued to produce the Ranger, Chaparral and Executive.
1979: Mooney Aircraft Corporation, Subsidiary of Republic Steel, Kerrville, Texas 78028, USA.
Mooney's 10,000th aircraft built 1994.
In 2001 the Mooney Aircraft Corp filed for bankruptcy, but in 2002 Advanced Aerodynamics & Structures took over the Mooney Aircraft Corporation.
Mooney Mite Aircraft Corp., Box 3999, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA

 


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