L-17 Navion High Sky Wing
KMAF, Midland, TX
|Manufacturer||North American Aviation|
The North American L-17/Ryan Navion (with 13 variants) was originally designed for the civilian general aviation market in the late 1940?s. North American felt that since it was based along the lines of their P-51 Mustang, it would catch on quickly. It soon attracted the attention of the USAAF which ordered 83 of the L-17A versions to be used to train university ROTC cadets.
Because this aircraft was produced by so many different companies (North American, Ryan Aeronautical and TUSCO) and due to continual modifications, there really are no two Navions that are alike.