I keep N4096 about 25 miles northeast of Louisville, KY and it is the only Mite in the state of Kentucky. In fact, in the rather short time I have owned the Mite it has become something of a fixture around the area, showing up at most of the fly-ins within a reasonable distance.
You see, we have a rather large antique and classic aircraft fly-in at my brother's airstrip that is located beside the Ohio River about 20 miles upstream from Louisville. It is the Lee Bottom Airport (36I) and sits on the Indiana side of the river (www.leebottom.com). The annual event, on the last Saturday in September, has grown into one of the larger fly-ins in this part of the country. We had over 200 airplanes in attendance this year at the 3,000 foot grass strip.
This year we had two rather large magazines present to cover the event. Aeroplane magazine came from London England, as well as Air Classics, which is a U.S. publication. Air Classics did an air-to-air photo shoot of my Mite and ended up with several good photos.
Fortunately, I knew the photographer/publisher of the magazine, having flown for him before in a P-47 Thunderbolt I used to fly. He was nice enough to send me some of the original photos he shot that day and gave me permission to use them in any way I wanted. I had in fact specifically asked him about use on the Mooney Mite web site so I am sending copies to you in case you want to include them with my name on the owners page.
These were professionally shot on slide film and I have the originals of the ones I am sending you. One of these photos will likely be in the next issue of Air Classics that should be showing up on the news stands any day now.
To me, the Mite is one of the purest examples of flying pleasure. I often describe it as an almost guilty pleasure and it is one of the sweetest flying airplanes I have ever flown......and I have flown a rather large range of antique/classic/warbird aircraft. For me the Mite is the world's perfect second airplane.