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  • Fast and furious

    News | 19 May 1998 23:00

    <p><img src='../Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=891' /> </p> <p>Dave Higdon/KANSAS CITY </p> <p>Breaking out into the sunshine and levelling off the new Mooney Bravo high-performance piston single just above the cloud at 6,000ft (1,830m) brought home graphically the speed we were making. </p> <p>Billowing cloud tops blurred past the windows at more than 200kt (110km/h) as we raced south west toward Wichita, Kansas, and our destination of Augusta Municipal Airport. Flying nap of the clouds in Mooney Aircraft's top-of-the-line model imparts a sense of speed not available at the flight levels at which this aircraft normally flies. </p> <p>An instrument-flight clearance from Kansas City Center gave me a 2,000ft altitude box that kept me legal while climbing, diving, twisting and turning the Bravo across the textured tops as we sped along against a 40kt headwind. </p> <p>Although far from fighter-manoeuvrable, the Bravo responded well, if not lightly, to my efforts to keep the 200kW (270hp