North American/Ryan Navion

  • CountryUnited States of America
  • TypeHigh performance four/five seat light aircraft
  • PowerplantsSuper 260 - One 195kW (260hp) Lycoming GO435C2 flat six piston engine driving a two blade propeller. Model H - One 215kW (285hp) Continental IO520B fuel injected flat six piston engine driving a two blade constant speed McCauley prop.
  • PerformanceSuper 260 - Max speed 280km/h (151kt). Model H - Max speed 307km/h (166kt), max cruising speed at 75% power 298km/h (161kt). Initial rate of climb 1300ft/min. Service ceiling 21,500ft. Range with max fuel 2560km (1397nm).
  • WeightsSuper 260 - Max takeoff 1293kg (2850lb). Model H - Empty 882kg (1945lb), max takeoff 1504kg (3315lb).
  • DimentionsSuper 260 - Wing span 10.19m (33ft 5in), length 8.38m (27ft 6in). Model H - Wing span 10.59m (34ft 9in), length 8.38m (27ft 6in), height 2.54m (8ft 4in). Wing area 17.1m2 (184.3sq ft).
  • CapacityNorth American and Ryan Navions typically seat four, while Navion Rangemasters typically seat pilot and four passengers.
  • ProductionApproximately 2500 aircraft of all models built, including 1100 North American NA145 Navions, 1000 Ryan built Navion 205s and 240 Super 260s, and small numbers of Rangemasters. Small numbers also converted to Twin Navions.

The Navion was composed in the late 1940s and assembled by four separate organizations through until the mid 1970s.

The organization in charge of the first Navion was North American Aviation (popular for its Ww2 P51 Mustang contender). The end of Ww2 saw enormous military contracts scratched off as a group thus North American outlined the first four seat Na145 to expand out of military generation. The Na145 Navion was fueled by a 140kw (185hp) Continental and North American manufactured more than 1100 in 1946 and 1947. North American likewise constructed various L17 perception airplane focused around the Navion for the US military.

Creation and improvement of the Navion then exchanged to Ryan. The standard Ryan generation model was the Navion 205 or Navion A, which varied from the North American Na145 in that it was controlled by a 155kw (205hp) Continental E185. More than 100 were assembled somewhere around 1948 and 1950. Ryan additionally fabricated a couple of hundred Navion Super 260s or Navion Bs somewhere around 1950 and 1951, these air ship were fueled by a 195kw (260hp) Lycoming Go435. What's more Ryan additionally assembled very nearly 200 L17s (some saw military administration in Korea).

The essential Navion outline revamped in 1960 when the Navion Aircraft Company created a five seater variation called the Rangemaster. The Rangemaster was controlled by the same 195kw (260hp) Lycoming motor as the Navion Super 260, however rather than the back sliding shade of prior Navions, the Rangemaster had a reprofiled, more streamlined five seat lodge. Later creation Rangemasters had a more modest tail.

The Rangemaster was last manufactured by the Navion Rangemaster Aircraft Corporation somewhere around 1974 and 1976 in enhanced G and H structure.

Camair in the USA likewise changed over a little number of Navions of different models to twin motor arrangement, the first flew in 1953.

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