Mite of the Month, March 2001
Jim Lacy can be seen standing by his camouflaged Mite, N396A*. Beside him on the left is his friend George Harris with George's rare red Mooney PQ-14, one of three currently flying. This photo was taken at the EAA 731 fly-in at Hickory, NC in October, 1999 at which Jim gave a presentation on the Mooney Mite.
You can see the PQ-14 has Culver Cadet-style elliptical wings and lacks several features of the later Mooney design, the most obvious being the distinctive tail profile (the vertical leading edge), but also the trailing link undercarriage and the Simpli-fly trim system. As a matter of fact, it has no flaps at all.
George tells us that his PQ-14 has IFR instruments, electrically operated gear, and an Aeromatic prop.
|PQ-14 (1940)||M-18L (1949)|
|Powerplant:||one 150-hp Franklin O-300-11
flat-six piston engine
|one 65-hp Lycoming O-145-B2
flat-four piston engine
|Performance:||maximum speed 180 mph;
cruise speed 140 mph
|maximum speed 143 mph
cruise speed 109 mph
|Weight:||maximum take-off 1,820 lb||maximum take-off 780 lb|
|Range:||594 miles||250 miles|
|Ceiling:||17,000 feet||19,000 feet|
|Dimensions:||span 30 ft 0 in; length 19 ft 6 in;
height 7 ft 11 in.
|span 26 ft 10 in; length 17 ft 8 in;
height 6 ft 3 in.