Trophies Won by Mite Owners
Early on, factory Mooney Mites won recognition for a number of reasons, including long distance performance, speed, and efficiency. Now, since they have been out of production for over 50 years, restoration plays a key part in keeping the Mites flying. As no surprise, several have received awards for restoration workmanship. We have managed to collect a few photos documenting several of their wins.
Durber Allen (above) and his partner, Vern Flacksbarth, with N4147 in 1992, the year they won their Lindy at the EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Ben Workman and his son, Paul. Their N4149E won a Lindy in 2001.
This is a close-up of the the prized bronze Lindy trophy, named after the famous American aviation pioneer, Charles Lindbergh. Mal Gross won this trophy at Oskosh in 2003, the year that the Mooney Airplane Company celebrated its 50th year in Kerrville, Texas.
Mal Gross, taken near his home in East Windsor, New Jersey in 2009.
Keith Mackey sitting in his N4159, which he restored to near original. Keith subsequently won an award at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida in 2006.
We regret that we have probably missed mentioning awards won by other Mite owners. If you are aware of any, and can provide photos, please send them to the Mite Site.