Plane & Pilot
Thursday, September 1, 2005

Mooney 252

For a pilot who has owned them all, only one stole his heart

Speed is a mission in itself; in fact, speed is the essence of flying. The faster you go, the faster you go faster, or at least most of us want to. Terry Williams of Fort Worth, Texas, goes faster than the majority of us in his Mooney 252." />

Williams rarely flies the Mooney over 20,000 feet. “I’ve got four-place oxygen, but mostly, I like the lower altitudes. Like I said, most of the flying I do these days is for fun.”

Restless, Williams has started another venture. “I retired from my business enterprises and built a house and hangar at Bourland Field Airpark southwest of Fort Worth. I had a great time puttering around, but my wife still worked. After a while, I got bored and went back to work at Lockheed for the third time. Right now, I’m building foreign F-16s. It’s fun and gives me something to do. I’m thinking about getting back into an aviation business as well.”

Why does he keep coming back to work in aviation? He says, “You meet the greatest people. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. And I’ve always liked to go fast. In fact, my wife and I almost bought a Corsair. We had a trailer and were getting ready to pick it up when the deal fell apart. So if I can’t have a Corsair, then the 252 is the next best thing!”

SPECS: 1988 Mooney 252 TSE


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