Titles: Navion Title 1 – military and Navion Title 2 – civil

The Navion was designed in 1946 by North American Aviation who could see the end of large scale military aircraft production and needed something to service the anticipated post-war civil aircraft boom.

However, North American lost money on all 1100 odd examples it built in 1946 and 1947, and sold the complete program to Ryan Aeronautical Company. Ryan built a further 1200 odd before ending production in 1951. 246 Navions out of the total produced by both companies were supplied to the USAF as the L-17 for liaison and training purposes. A single example of a true military trainer, the model 72, was produced in 1953 to compete unsuccessfully against the Beech T-34 for USAF and US Navy contracts.

Ryan then sold the program to another company in 1957 who produced a new and improved version. The program passed through a number of corporate hands while being produced in small numbers until 1976, when production finally ceased.

We offer two titles for the Navion, one covering the military versions and one covering the civil versions. The military title contains the flight manual and the maintenance manual for military versions of the Navion, plus the manufacturers preliminary flight manual for the projected military trainer. The civil title contains three flight manuals and a maintenance manual for selected civil models. The  files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages.

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Title 1 contains:

  • USAF Flight Handbook for the L-17A,B,C, T.O. 1L-17A-1 dated 1-7-53, with approx 42 pages.
  • USAF Erection & Maintenance Handbook for the L-17A,B,C AN 01-100LAA-2 dated 1-10-48 revised to 16-3-50, with approx 142 pages.
  • Manufacturers Preliminary Flight Handbook for the Ryan Model 72 Trainer, Report No 7229-2 dated 15-8-53 with approx 52 pages.

Title 2 contains:

  • Manufacturers Operation Manual for the North American Navion, NA Report No 46-203 2nd Edition dated 30-1-47 revised to 21-4-47, with approx 82 pages.
  • Manufacturers Operation Manual for the Ryan Navion Super 260 Model, 2nd Edition dated Nov 1950 with approx 106 pages.
  • Manufacturers Owners Handbook for Operation and Maintenance for the Navion Rangemaster G, undated with approx 100 pages.
  • Manufacturers Service Manual for the 1951 Navion, dated Jan 1951 with approx 128 pages.