Plane & Pilot

Tales A Mooney Might Tell

In a 35-mm transparency I only recently discovered in my library, there’s an image of a red-and-white Mooney M20C in front of a hangar with an older couple standing in front of it. The best guess I’ve got is that it’s the couple who sold N5746Q to my late friend and mentor, Chris Smisson, a year before I was born.

In the web of folklore told to me in the years I’ve been flying, the stories are snipped, short and incomplete, but the basic gist is this: Chris put much of himself into this plane over the years, spending many late nights at the Navy Flying Club’s hangar, wires spread everywhere and interior stripped, making 46Q into a great little traveling machine. Over time,

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