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Who we are

We're simply a group Mooney owners and enthusiasts that share a devoted passion for the most incredible aircraft of its class and category. We strongly believe that the M20 Mooneys are the most incredible four-place aircraft ever manufactured. When you compare speed to economy, nothing beats the Mooney designs!  And remember, ALL MOONEYS ARE INVITED and ALL MOONEY LOVERS.

Why we exist

To share in the comradeship of our fellow Mooney owners. To network amongst other vintage Mooney owners. To discuss upgrades, speed mods, parts sources, AD's & SB's, as well as service centers and FBO's to maintain such fine machines.  Our main objective is to have fun and give yet another reason to fly to somewhere with others who share your love of Mooneys and flying.

Our Objective

To stage regular fly-ins at interesting locations throughout the USA. We have VMG Chapters across the United States.  Our fly-in locations are determined by the Vintage Mooney Group Team Leaders. The best fly-ins are proposed and hosted by our members.  The strength of our group is the high level of participation by members.  Our fly-ins typically average 25 planes and 50 people. Due to the frequency of our fly-ins, the Team Leaders will not provide entertainment outside of the actual fly-in itself. We will however post links to such activities on this web site. Please understand that the board's primary objective is to coordinate these fly-ins with Airport Administration, FBO's and Restaurants. Ultimately however, outside activities and entertainment will be at your own discretion.

Your Membership

Is absolutely free! There are no fees or dues required. If you would like to join us, simply show up at one of our upcoming fly-ins. Those of us supporting this group and coordinating our fly-ins, as well as building and maintaining this website, are doing so on a strictly voluntary basis. We're not asking for any membership fees or cash donations from anyone.  We will also hold various fund raising raffles on occasion, and anything else that comes to mind.

Our Motto

Keep it Cheap and Simple! Our group consists of people from all walks of life. Some young, some elder, some employed, some retired, some logged under 200 hours and some in excess of 2000 hours. We therefore want to accommodate everybody. We feel that by keeping things cheap and simple, we will also keep our membership and attendance high. On The Cheap: If you can keep fuel and oil in your plane, and spare $10 to $20 for your lunch, you're good to go! On The Simple: If you can safely fly into your home base airport, there is no reason you shouldn't be able to fly into one of our selected fly-in airports. We plan to select airports of low-traffic, basic airspace, to easily accommodate pilots of all skill levels.

Who's Welcome

Although at this point, mostly Mooney owners have attended our functions (both pre and post 201's), we want to make it clear that EVERYBODY is welcome! If your friend flies a Piper or Cessna, or any other drag-induced speed-brake of an airplane, they are welcome as well. They just might have to start their journey a day sooner than the rest of us.

Our History

The VMG was formed by Richard Todd, Mike Mysicka, and John Chandler based out of Big Bear and Yucca Valley in the high mountain desert of California.  They started the VMG by getting a mailing list of pre-J Mooney owners in AZ, NV, UT and SoCal. They mailed out postcards announcing the first fly-in to Jean, NV in August 2003.

Later Donn & Barbara Larson and Carl Swepston joined the VMG Leadership Team.  Donn & Barbara were the webmasters in the beginning.

In January of 2007, Phil Corman and Larry Palmer took over the VMG Leadership along with Carl Swepston.  During this period, the VMG expanded from Southwest to West.  The membership quadrupled and VMG Chapters sprung up across the United States.

Other significant contributors along the way included John & Cindy Deptula, Scott McKelvey, and Ozzie & Jo Kaufmann who have made great contributions.

These folks have volunteered their time and efforts in making us a successful fly-in group. Be sure to bookmark this site for future reference. All information of the Vintage Mooney Group and fly-in destinations will be posted on this website. We'll see you all at one of our upcoming fly-ins, Fly Safe! If you want to volunteer to be on the VMG Leadership team, just contact us to discuss.

Updated February 23, 2010