What is it like to own and fly a North American L-17 Navion?

From the same same stable as the legendary P-51 Mustang, the North American L-17 Navion offers both a user-friendly and enjoyably wild ride, as Dave Unwin discovered

If there’s one thing manufacturers love, it’s ‘brand loyalty’. Customers can invest as much in a company’s reputation as in its product, and marketeers even speak of brands as having 'personality'. Brand loyalty is often compared to personal loyalty, and if your B-25 Mitchell or P-51 Mustang had carried you safely home, mission after mission, you’d probably feel a certain affinity – if not loyalty – to North American Aviation (NAA).

North American L-17B Navion N4956C ‘60344’ flying from Earls Colne in Essex
North American L-17B Navion N4956C ‘60344’ flying from Earls Colne in Essex KEITH WILSON-SFB PHOTOGRAPHIC

 

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