Cavalier Aircraft Corp


Successor to Trans-Florida Aviation, acquired during 1960s type certificate for North American F-51 Mustang, producing tandem two-seat business/sport conversions of F-51D as Cavalier 2000 series, and building new single-seat F-51Ds for the USAF counterinsurgency Military Assistance Program. Prototype of Mustang II, two-seat COIN patrol/attack version equipped with heavier armament, flew December 1967; prototype Turbo Mustang III (with Rolls-Royce Dart) in 1969. Second prototype flew in April 1971, equipped with Lycoming T55 engine, by which time the program had been sold to the Piper Aircraft Corporation, but then the company was dissolved.