Mooney’s Latest Acclaim: S Is for Speed

    Over the last few years, aircraft manufacturers Mooney and Columbia both claimed to have built the fastest single-engine piston-powered airplane, but with the Acclaim Type S, Mooney indisputably commands the lead. The Type S slides through the air at up to 278 mph?5 mph faster than earlier versions of the Acclaim, and 8 mph faster than the Columbia 400, now owned by Cessna Aircraft Company. Mooney credits a “series of small aerodynamic refinements” and a new propeller for the speed boost. For pilots who want to leave Chicago after breakfast and arrive in New York for lunch, the Type S provides the means. The cozy interior carries up to four in comfortable hand-stitched leather seats and has plenty of storage space. Prices start at $599,500. (800.456.3033, www.mooney.com)

    ?Mary Grady

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