Thomas Gordon’s Ryan Navion L-17B

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This aircraft U.S. Army 48-1030 was one of 22 aircraft that left Long Beach Harbor, California for Far East Army, Japan two weeks before the start of the Korean War. Quickly uncrated, assembled and tested these aircraft were pressed into immediate service hauling supplies to Pusan, Korea prior to the Inchon landing. Later they were dispersed to different units serving as “Hack and FAC” aircraft.They did any number of different missions such as hauling Senior Officers and visiting VIP’, delivering the mail; gunfire suppoert missions; observation; and carrying USO supporters and entertainers.



Registration Number Date of Manufacture
N4238A 1948
Aircraft Role Nickname
Aircraft Type: Wingspan:
Ryan Navion L-17B 33.38′
Overall length: Empty weight:
27.25′ 1850 lbs
Gross weight: Fuel capacity:
2750 Lbs 60 gallons
Oil capacity Engine type:
12 quarts Continental IO-520BB
Propeller type: Max Speed
Hartzel 3 Blades 190MPH
Rate of Climb Cruise Speed
1,250 ft/min 135 Knots
Service Ceiling Number of Crew
15,000 Feet One
Armament Bomb Load
None None
Number Built Number Surviving
163 Unknown




This aircraft was purchased 20 years ago from a salvage yard in Denver, Colorado and just completed a total rebuild and restoration.

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