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. The amazing thing is that the 252 TSE does it so frugally on 210 hp. A few other turbocharged airplanes can beat the Mooney’s 201-knot cruise, but they do it with 300-plus hp and considerably more than 12.7 gph.
This Mooney is known by several names: the M-20K, the Encore and the 252 TSE. Its reputation is one of a speed demon. By the same token, Williams runs with the big dogs, and he outruns more than his fair share.