Ryan NYP Spirit of St.Louis


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Ryan NYP Spirit of St.Louis

The Spirit of St. Louis was built by the Ryan Company of San Diego, California, for 25-year-old air-mail pilot Charles Lindbergh. He took off from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, early on the morning of May 20,1927, in an attempt to fly solo across the North Atlantic. To see forward, Lindbergh had either to turn the airplane or use a periscope; a gasoline tank was installed where the windshield normally would have been. After 33 1/2 hours, Lindbergh landed at Le Bourget Field, near Paris, welcomed by the frenzied cheers of 100,000 people. He had flown the At- lantic alone, the first solo crossing of a major ocean by air.

Ryan NYP Spirit of St.Louis

 ENGINE1 x Wright Which J-5C, 165kW
  Take-off weight2380 kg5247 lb
  Empty weight975 kg2150 lb
  Wingspan14.0 m46 ft 11 in
  Length8.4 m28 ft 7 in
  Height2.5 m8 ft 2 in
  Wing area29.7 m2319.69 sq ft
  Max. speed210 km/h130 mph
  Cruise speed180 km/h112 mph
  Ceiling5000 m16400 ft
  Range6600 km4101 miles

Rocky Slambunk, 03.06.2020 19:10

How did pilot see


Mary McKinley, e-mail, 25.12.2016 22:41

My grandmother and Aunt,who were on a shopping trip,saw Lin bergh and the Spirt fly out of San Diego,on his way back east.


Karol Young, e-mail, 14.07.2016 19:10

My father was a pilot and in his early years (during Linbergh's time) owned and flew a sister ship to the Spirt of St Louis. He repaired and rebuilt many aircraft of that time and well into the 1950's. He was also an FAA inspector. Aviation was his business and I was born into loving and flying with him. If there is anyone out there that might remember R. Leslie Young please let me hear from you. He passed away in 1977.


Augusto Bellanca, e-mail, 11.08.2015 20:33

I agree that Linbergh made a very great solo flight to Paris. But let me tell something you about the technology of Spirit. It wouldn't be compared with Columbia. This plane had a windshield ,more room for the tanks and great control. Future planes would be designed this way from that times. Nobody today imagines planes like Spirit without a windshield in front.
Augusto Bellanca


Kathryn Rahn, e-mail, 13.08.2013 03:09

My grandfather Charles M. Treat flew the sister ship to the Spirit of St. Louis. If anyone knew him or heard of him please email me. I've been trying to find documentation of this for a long time. All we have are family stories.


willis E. Vanderberg, e-mail, 28.02.2013 19:14

In 1955 a friend of mine who was an A&P bought a Ryan B-1 Brougham from I believe Taylor University in Indiana. He flew it to Battle Creek and it was hangered at Midwest Aviation. There was a crack in the nose section of the engine and it leaked oil. We found a J-5 engine in a barn near Coldwater Michigan. We replaced the nose section and found the magneto drive gears were different so we had to change them out for old ones. The mags set on the front of the engine right in the weather. The seating was pilot in front , two passenger seats behind and then two more seats for a total of five. The aircraft was a very good flier and very stable once in trim. She was sold to TallMantz Aviation to make the Movie about Lindbergh and was wrecked in Nova Scotia as I recall.


Bill McIntosh, e-mail, 21.01.2013 22:31

Ryan had several aircfaft that proceeded the NYP. The Ryan M-1 was developed to carry airmail along the west coast of USA. One of these aircraft still exists and is on exhibit at the Seattle Museum of flight. The M-1 was succeded by the M-2 and the Brougham. The NYP airplane was a takeoff of these two aircraft, but even some comparison can be made with the M-1.


David Engleheart, e-mail, 03.06.2012 04:51

When Condor circled the globe nonstop in early 90s it had enough fuel to fly on to NY when it landed at Edwards. Lindbergh had enough fuel to fly on to Prague.Hadn't heard about the oil.
He and Ryan detailed out the mods for the Ryan monoplane on a table napkin in St Louis according to one story - and those mods were used in the final design. His book 'WE' is a little more biographical than Spirit of St Louis and very worth reading. Yep, Ride on the Wind with Jimmy Stewart in 1958 helped turn me into a young airplane buff.I dug it up for my kid when she was a teen. 'West with the night'by pioneer 30's female flier Beryl Markham is a must read for flier fans. I am gonna go flip the prop.


Jean Ann, e-mail, 03.03.2012 20:18

Where is The Spirit of Saint Louis now?


Bill Webb, Indiana, e-mail, 27.03.2011 16:40

The Spirit has always been my favorite airplane. My mother told of how everyone waited excidiedly for news of rather or not Linburg made it. They didn't know for sure until 3 days later. Living in rural Michigan the news took longer to arrive. Loved the movie with Jimmy Stewert. I've read a lot about the plane and never read alything about engine trouble. The Wright was a very reliable engine. I made and flew a Spirit with 5 ft. wingspan in R /C. Very stable with a long gluide angle. Used a 0.65 4 stroke engine.


Paul E. Nichols, e-mail, 24.01.2011 08:55

For A Henson Re: A similar looking ship as Lindbergh's.
In 1928 at Eddy Martin's airport (Now Orange County airport, Calif.) I was taken for a ride in the sister ship of the Spirit of Saint Louis as a babe in the arms of my mother along with my father. It fits the description you give. The aircraft was on tour selling rides on the wave of Lindbergh's publicity.


A. Henson, e-mail, 10.01.2011 21:17

I have an old snapshot from wife's family showing a plane exactly like the Spirit of St.Louis but with the cabin complete and with a windshield. No gas tank. It has a (partly unreadable) banner painted on the rear fuselage ending with "& Transport". Also says Chicago Municipal(?) Airport. Probably taken in the early 1930's in Grand Forks, ND. Definitely a Ryan. but what is it? Anyone know?


bob specht, e-mail, 15.12.2008 21:09

My wifes father Roy Alton Patterson helped prepare the Spirit of St Louis for "Slim" Lindbergh. He worked with Douglas Kelley on the project at Ryan in San Diego and Lindbergh stayed at Kelley's home during the final preparations of the Spirit. Mr. Patterson had both his pilots license and mechanics license signed by Orville Wright. Mr. Kelley and Mr. Patterson were both Fresno, CA natives and built a sister ship called the "Spirit of Fresno" that was found in poor condition on the California coast and has been restored but as of yet have I not seen it. Patterson also worked on the Howard Hughes production of "Hells Angels" as a stunt pilot under Ben Alexander for over a year. He went on to become an air mail pilot for TAC which was absorbed by American where he stayed until he retired in 1966 to work for Walt Disney. There is a CD book with 225 pages available from me if anyone is interested.


Clara Jane, e-mail, 01.02.2008 22:44

I just now got done reading about this in school and i think this is sooooooo cool how that tiny plane was able to fly from New York to Paris!!!!!


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Hal Miller, e-mail, 05.01.2007 02:33

Question...It seems to me I read that The Spirit of St. Louis had an oil problem (I think) and that if Lindbergh had not gotten to France when he did he may had serious problems. Do you know anything about this?


Luis M. Moreno, e-mail, 30.03.2007 21:30

A pesar del tiempo transcurrido y de los avances de la aviación, el vuelo Nueva York-Paris de Lindberg en el Spirit of St, Louis es una grán acción dificil de igualar en parecidas condiciones.
Los pilotos siempre lo recordaremos con admiración.


Matthew VanSlambrouck, e-mail, 04.04.2007 04:24

this plane is my favorite plane


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