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    Default Flying the Mooney Mite

    Hey all, this is a flight I did a very long time ago, actually on my old PC. I think the quality is still good enough to post here though. The aircraft is Tim Conrad's excellent Mooney M-18 Mite, the very first production Mooney aircraft. I've just reinstalled it on my current setup so possibly will be seeing some more higher quality shots of it in future.

    Taxiing out at Alexander airfield in Salida, Colorado.


    Airborne and climbing. Today we'll be flying to Lake County airport in Leadville, also Colorado.


    Thanks to the high elevation of the terrain around here, we're actually at 8,000ft AMSL already.


    Salida in the background.


    Heading into the hills.


    Wingview.


    Passing Central Colorado Regional Airport.


    Although it may not have quite the same good looks as the newer Mooney aircraft, the Mite does achieve impressive performance from an engine of only 65hp.


    The original few prototypes apparently only had 25hp which would've been interesting!


    Some very nice scenery around this part of the world.


    A few more shots coming up in the next reply.

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    Second part:

    We'll be joining long final for runway 34 at Leadville, where it's only 6C at the surface currently.


    Despite the bitterly cold temperatures, this is an aircraft that just begs to pop the canopy open for landing.


    A slight crosswind to deal with - it doesn't take much more than a gentle breeze to upset this plane.


    Touching down, admittedly after floating some way - she doesn't like to stop flying!


    Parked up - time to find some place with a warm fireplace!


    That's the end of this lot, comments are welcome! Looking forward to what the week will bring in the screenshot forum.

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    Excuse the double post - my internet's being a bit dodgy today.
    Last edited by FlyingKiwi; 06-28-2009 at 07:58 PM.

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    Fantastic scenery and a fun little aircraft make for a cool(brrrr) site seeing trip, but I'll keep the canopy closed till a warm heater is just a short scurry away or in my case a short waddle. Thanks for sharing.
    Mike R.
    Home built desktop: 1.8 gig AMD Athlon XP 2200+ processor, Biostar M7VIT Pro motherboard, 3 gig ram, HIS ATI 4670 8x AGP video card with 1 gig of video ram.
    Netbook: Toshiba NB205

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    Awesome stuff Leo, please PM me with your e-mail Addy Mate. Mike

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    Nice post

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    Great shots

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    Love this Piglet plane, great shots of her brother!!
    Got Banana?
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    Great set Leo,Love the Mite,one of Piglets best (imo)!

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    Brilliant Set! Sometimes it's really cool to watch low and slow flying!
    Cheers! Florian


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