The high-speed, single-engine turboprop business aircraft that has become a business aviation mainstay during the past three decades ironically has roots in the 1950s-vintage Morane-Saulnier MS.760 Paris jet, built in Tarbes, France. Former Mooney Aircraft owner Alexandre Couvelaire flew the Paris jet while a pilot in the French Air Force and dreamed of creating a modern civil version, carrying 6-8 people, cruising at 350+ kt. and capable of flying 1,500 nm. Key to the upgrade was finding a ...

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