designed the Navion near the end of WWII. They were originally
designed for the civilian market but attracted the attention
of the US Army, who placed an order for 83 . The US Army
called these the L-17A. The design was acquired by Ryan in
1948. They continued to build the successful design. Today,
there are quite a few Navions flying at a number of small
airports across the United States. This is the 805 Squadron of
local Navion flyers that are seen regularly in Southern
California. They flew 2 flyovers for Memorial Day. This was
the first flight, over a parade in Oak View, California, near
Ojai. I flew along in the #4 aircraft with Eric Johnson. The
flight was lead by David Swett with Thom Polizzi (#2) and Dave
Departing Santa Paula
Here are some video
highlights from my helmet cam.
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