This 1995 Mooney M20R Ovation Is a Powerful, Slippery, and Speedy ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

Mooneys have always been aerodynamically clean, but a big engine gives the M20R an extra measure of speed.

Mooney gave its M20R a major engine upgrade. [Courtesy: AirMart Aircraft Sales & Brokerage]

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Mooney’s long-running M20 series aircraft are known for aerodynamic efficiency that allowed them to cruise at impressive speeds, often outrunning airplanes with much larger, more powerful engines. Early M20s used Lycoming O-320s and O-360s for power. As the line evolved, fuel injected engines with up to 200 hp became common. Still, many pilots wondered how an M20 would perform with a big-bore, 6-cylinder engine like those under the cowlings of so many other high-performance four-seaters. The M20R Ovation for sale here has the answer.

Even though its Continental IO-550 is derated to 280 hp, the Ovation can cruise at 190 ktas, getting pilots and passengers to their destinations quicker than earlier Mooneys and ahead of most competing aircraft. This Ovation  also has an updated panel, attractive paint scheme, and sharp interior. 

The 1995 Mooney Ovation offered has 1,662 hours on the airframe, 709 hours on its 280 hp Continental IO-550-G engine, and 709 hours on the three-blade Hartzell Scimitar propeller.

The aircraft’s panel includes Garmin GNS 530W and GNS 430W GPS/nav/com radios, GTX 345 ADS-B transponder, Aspen Evolution 1500 PFD and MFD, Garmin GMA 347 audio panel, GTS 800 active traffic, BendixKing KAP-150 autopilot, Insight Strikefinder, and JPI EDM700 engine monitor.

Additional features include a standby vacuum system, four-place intercom, electric flaps, electric trim, and speed brakes that help prevent the aerodynamically clean M20R from overspeeding during descents. 

Pilots looking for a fast, efficient, four-place cross-country aircraft should consider this 1995 Mooney M20R Ovation, which is available for $209,900 on AircraftForSale.

You can arrange financing of the aircraft through FLYING Finance. For more information, email

Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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