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Here is a report from Ed Mandibles on the recent WAMM Mooney Mite Fly-In, held on the weekend of Friday, October 13 at Lompoc, CA. We understand there was a turnout of 7 previous members, and 4 new members. In spite of the fact that only two Mites were onhand, they had a great little fly-in. A lot of Mite information was exchanged and a good time was had by all.


Attention WAMM attendees.

If you are coming to Lompoc for the October Fly-In, which is only 2 weeks away, Ed Mandibles would like you to RSVP via e-mail, or phone (805) 291-6039


Some Mites came from the assembly line with electrical systems, but very few had an electrically operated starter. Therefore, firing up the engine on a Mite requires a considerable amount of "elbow grease."

When departing the Lompoc WAMM Fly-in of October, 2014, in his 1952 M-18C, N4096, Scott Lewis gave a textbook demonstration of how to swing the prop.



WAMM Update:

A message from Ed Mandibles:

"We're ready. The Friday early birds will be treated to a smoked dinner at our house at 424 Mercury Ave. in Vandenberg Village about 7 minutes from the airport. Saturday, we will do some formation flying and a lot of hangar flying in my T hangar, C3. We have a lot of choices for lunch and dinner.

A reminder:

It's coming soon. The date of the WAMM Fly-in will be October 13th (Friday) and 14th (Saturday), 2017.

N4051We have received our first report of hurricane damage affecting our favorite airplanes.

Roger Hughes, N4051, of Corpus Christi, TX has informed us that his Mite was destroyed inside its hangar by Hurricane Harvey.

We have the report and some astonishing photos from Roger to show you. Click here.


There are over twenty Mites registered in Texas and four in Florida. We are very interested and concerned about the effect that the recent hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, have had on the owners and/or their airplanes. If you are one, we would really like to hear from you. Please email the Mite Site. Your comments will be posted on the Mite Site ONLY with your permission.


Keith Mackey, N4159, has a solution for owners who need to replace their exhaust systems. See his article here.


In regard to the question about nose wheel tunnel windows, more survey information (but unfortunately no more photos) has been received. The results have been added to the Article. We reserve the right to waffle on our conclusions!


N4121Jonathan Lee, N4121, recently made a flight down the East Coast to KFFA (First Flight, Kittyhawk, NC).  It was a lovely flight, taking him just shy of 3 hours each direction from his home airport (N14 Flying W, Lumberton, NJ).  The average ground speed was 110 knots at 3500-5500 feet.

Jonathan will be writing a short article for the EAA chapter newsletter about the trip. We are looking forward to his report for the Mite Site as well.



We're passing along a request from amateur aviation photographer, Andy Zink, of Connecticut. Andy is looking to do an aerial photo shoot of a Mooney Mite. He is able to meet with any Mite owners in the North Eastern states. If you, as a Mite owner, are interested in arranging a photo session with Andy, please contact him at 732-598-0853. or


A question from Jim Frank, N4181, N1030, asking about which Mites have a nose wheel tunnel window. We have never come across any mention of this in all the material we have collected over the years. So, we went through all the cockpit photos in our collection to see if there is a pattern. Click here to see the results.


We apologize for the removal of our discussion forum, MiteTalk, from the Mite Site. We did not receive adequate technical support from vBulletin in order to successfully upgrade the software.


The photo featured as the background on our Front Page was taken by Vic Syracuse from his Stearman about two miles south of Mallard's Landing in Locust Grove, GA. It was sent to us by Jim Frank of Atlanta in 2004, who at that time was the owner of N4189, a 1955 M-18C-55 which he had purchased from Fred Schmidt. The other aircraft, N70DV, a 1950 M-18C, was owned and flown by Gus Hertz, also of Atlanta. N4189 is currently owned by Mike Sarsfield of Atlanta, and N70DV belongs to John Casey of De Moines, IA. (2016-01-30)

"Flying the Mooney Mite is the closest experience to flying a Spitfire: it's a single seater, it has retractable gear, and it's very responsive to the controls." - Vera Dowling, one-time Mite owner and well known Alberta aviator who ferried over 260 Spitfires in Britain during World War II.

"The Mite indeed can be a great cross-country airplane." - Ben Favrholdt, N66MX

"A Mooney Mite is an airplane for flying ... [it's] not hard to fly. In fact, it's not only not hard to fly, it's downright easy to fly." - Dan Green

"I feel sorry for every pilot who flies his entire life without ever experiencing the thrill of a little airplane like the Mite ...." - Budd Davisson

"The Mite 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." - John Davidson, N4096

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