N9256V is a 1969 Mooney M20C Ranger. Though this particular model has been out of production since 1977, Mooney is still turning out aircraft whose designs utilize much the same wing, landing gear, and tail as on the C model. Mooneys are well-known as fast and economical aircraft, and this one is no exception. I can generally travel 170 mph while burning 9 gph. For small airplanes, 18 mpg is pretty good (on Elisa's first long trip, we managed 19.5 mpg). With a 50 gallon fuel capacity, I can plan to travel 700 miles nonstop with a reasonable fuel reserve.
On a trip to LA, a friend told me that N9256V is male (something I never checked, as I respect its privacy). Since then, I've taken to calling him "Victor" (an obvious name given that V is Victor in the phonetic alphabet).
The longest trip we've taken in this airplane is a cross-country trip to the First Flight Centennial in December, 2003. We flew around the country again in July, 2007, in order to attend Airventure Oshkosh. In 2010, Elisa made her first long-distance flight, to Denver.
I also found photos of all of this Mooney's paint colors since 1969.
The airframe has accrued around 2270 hours total flight time. The engine is a four-cylinder, 180 hp Lycoming O-360 engine that was overhauled in early 2007, and now has about 450 hours on it. The airplane was last painted in early 2006, in a modified current Mooney fatcory paint scheme, currently rating 8/10. The interior, with newer seat upholstery and plastic side panels, rates about 7/10. The airplane is IFR equipped and certified, with a sparse but capable avionics stack:
 gph is gallons per hour, the measurement of efficiency generally used instead of miles per gallon, since mpg varies due to the effect of wind.
 IFR is Instrument Flight Rules, the regulations that govern flight in foul weather conditions, flying by instruments instead of ground reference.
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Version: 2.16 / September 23, 2012