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Introduction to NATA


NATA is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the preservation, restoration and safe operation and enjoyment of military aircraft manufactured by the North American Aviation company (NAA). NATA provides members with acquisition, operational, maintenance, and safety information, formation training, advocacy, and flight training, and parts and repair referrals. Membership is open to all pilots, owners and enthusiasts of these aircraft worldwide, and includes a majority of U.S. owners of these aircraft, and owners, pilots, enthusiasts and historians from 13 countries.


NATA aircraft types include all variants of the NAA P-51 MustangB-25 MitchellT-28 TrojanT-6 Texan/SNJ/Harvard, NA-50, NA-64, L-17 Navion, F-86 Sabre, and T-2 Buckeye.


A key mission for NATA is promoting, teaching, and maintaining the skills to fly aircraft in formation. Visit our formation introduction and FAQ pages for more information. NATA is also a signatory of the Formation and Safety Team (FAST), a worldwide educational organization dedicated to teaching safe formation flying in restored, vintage military aircraft and civilian aircraft. Visit www.flyfast.org for details.


NATA also provides Educational Scholarships each year through the Gordon Kibby Scholarship fund, which was made possible through a generous donation from the estate of NATA Member Gordon Kibby. Each year, NATA awards scholarships to 2 deserving college students who are enrolled in aviation related degree programs. NATA has also sponsored Internships at various Airframe and Engine Maintenance businesses for aspiring young A&P students. Our goal is to inspire the next generation of pilots and maintenance technicians.


NATA publishes a quarterly magazine called NATA Skylines in January, April, July and October. Skylines provides a wealth of information about NAA trainer aircraft, operation and maintenance of those aircraft, formation training/flying, and related events.


NATA was founded in 1985 by L. P. "Stoney" and Kathy Stonich.



(Header image: NATA members gather in Culpeper, VA with their aircraft for the annual Potomac Flight over Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.)