American NA-145 Navion
When WW II ended
North American Aviation of Inglewood, California, decided to enter the
civilian market, something they had not
done before. The result was the very attractive Navion.
Clearly the "NA" bit stood for North
American. Early models had the "NA" of the word NAvion
on the forward fuselage encircled,
as does this example of a true North American built machine.
This photograph is from the
Jennifer Gradidge collection. The design was influenced by the
Mustang, and was produced by the
team. Power was supplied by a 185 hp Continental
E-185-3 engine. However, like many
manufacturers of light civilian aircraft right after WW II, it
was found that costs for
far exceeded a selling price at which the public would buy the product.
Consequently, after some 1,100 had been built, North
American decided to cut their losses and
sold the rights of production to the
Ryan Aeronautical Company of San Diego.