American began building
Navions in 1946 for the civilian market. In the military, these were
referred to as the L-17, then later the U-18. 2,469 total were built
with about 246 for the military. North American built the first 1,100
or so before the rights to build the aircraft were sold to Ryan. Ryan
built another 1,240. Later, TUSCO manufactured another 120. Unlike
other warbirds, the Navion is pretty roomy inside, a testament to the
fact that they were built for the civilian market first.
of the Navions that
showed up for the 2005 Camarillo Air Show. There were at least 5
Navions there for the show.
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