SNAG -- Southern Navion Air Group -- will be gathering at Horseshoe Bend Airport for one of the group's annual fly-ins March 16, according to Mayor Bob Barnes.
Barnes said he expects 15 to 25 of the vintage Navion aircraft to arrive in the city and participate in flying displays, plane rides and activities for the entire community. The group will continue with their tour March 18.
SNAG is an organization of 150 enthusiasts with 100 vintage Navion aircraft who have been together for 35 years.
The Navion was designed by North American Aviation to pick up slack for lost military contracts after WWII.
North American Aviation designed the Navion as a civilian airplane; however, because the company had never built a civilian aircraft, the plane was durable enough for military use. The Navion is capable of landing on dirt roads, beaches and aircraft carriers.
Though the Navion was a great civilian plane, after WWII there was no market for civilian aircraft; production of the Navion's original design stopped in 1951. Of the 2,200 original Navions produced, approximately 800 are still flying.
Barnes said all SNAG events are free of charge, and Horseshoe Bend welcomes any person with interest in aviation to visit the tour.