BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- NewsChannel 3 got a bird's-eye view of the Oak Island area today through a rather unique prism. We took a flight to give you an in-depth look at the vintage aircraft on display at the Brunswick County airport.
Aviation enthusiasts have a rare chance to see a slice of American history.
Early today NewsChannel 3's Theo Wong took a chance and flew in a post-World War II airplane.
Navion planes were built during the late 1940s. The designer's vision was to sell planes to pilots coming out of the war.
Two-thousand-six-hundred planes were built. About 1,000 still exist.
The Navion Association is in town for their annual convention. It's mission is keep as many of these classic planes up in the air.
Navion Association Vice President Jim Waldron says the planes have gone through some changes in the years.
Waldron said, "Every Navion that is flying today is unique, they've been so highly modified with bigger engines, newer and more modern aviation systems, different windows and glass, different landing gear, and different propellers. Every one is modified so it's unique, so it fits the pilot who owns it."
Navion planes will cost you anywhere from $35,000 to over $200,000.
The antique aircrafts will be on display until Friday.