Some cool Industrial Instrumentation 2: images:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: Monnett Moni stunt plane, hanging over the B-29 Enola Gay
Image by Chris Devers
Quoting Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum | Monnett Moni:
Schoolteacher John Monnett designed the Moni (mo-nee) during the early 1980s, and then coined the term ‘air recreation vehicle’ to describe this airplane. Monnett’s design almost captured all the merits that so many leisure pilots longed to find in one aircraft. The Moni looked great just sitting on the ramp. It performed well, and someone reasonably handy with average shop tools could construct one in their own garage. The design had much going for it, but like so many homebuilt aircraft before and since, a few key engineering lapses in the design, plus problems with the engine and propeller, relegated the Moni to the category of homebuilt aircraft that promise much in design but fail to deliver. Harold C. Weston generously donated his Moni to the National Air and Space Museum in April 1992. Weston built the airplane himself and flew it more than 40 hours.
Gift of Harold C. Weston.
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Wingspan: 8.4 m (27 ft 6 in)
Length: 4.5 m (14 ft 7.5. in)
Height: 0.7 m (28 in)
Weights: Gross, 227 kg (500 lb)
Empty, 118 kg (260 lb)
Engine: KFM 107E, two-cylinder, two-stroke air-cooled, 25 horsepower
Overall – Aluminum airframe, semi-monocoque construction.
Low-wing, vee-tail motorglider, beige with purple, red, and orange trim; single-seat aircraft built from parts sent to builder by mail-order kit; mounted on roadable trailer with wings detached (A19940029000).