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Ryan NYP Spirit of St Louis

Scale 1:33
Author: Rafal Ciesielski
File Size: 15.5Mb
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Ryan NYP Spirit of St Louis

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Model # 018
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Technical data:
  Length 27ft 8in    
  Span 46ft    
  Engine Wright Whirlwind J-5C, 223hp
  Max Speed 107mph    
  Crew 1    
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     In 1919, New York hotel owner, Raimond Orteig, made the flying world an extraordinary offer first aviator to fly non-stop between New York and Paris would receive a $25,000 prize.  For five years nobody even tried...
     In 1926, Orteig extended his offer for another five years and this time it seemd that progress in aviation industry could result in somebody attempting this feat.  One of those thinking that this would actually be possible was Charles Lindbergh.
     Lindbergh started his flying carrier in 1922 by completing 6 hour flynig course. In 1926 he started mail delivery flights between St. Louis and Chicago gaining invaluable experience flying in difficult conditions.  Even more importantly, he gained full confidence of Harry Knight, the president of the St. Louis Flying Club. With his goal set, Lindbergh needed a plane, to get a plane, he needed the money.  He asked Harry Knight who arranged meeting with Harold Bixby, the head of the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce.  This meeting resulted in $15,000 backing, Lindbergh received through Bixby and the name of his record-breaking plane, Spirit of St. Louis.
     Finding the right plane was not easy, but in February of 1927 Ryan Airlines Corporation offered to build him a plane in three months for $6000.  Upon his arrival at Ryan headquarters, Linbergh was rather dissapointed in what he saw, but this changed as soon as he met Frank Mahoney, the president and Donald Hall, chief engineer. They agreed to build him the plane in two months, instead of three. Ryan NYP (acronym of New York Paris) was a highly modified version of a conventional Ryan M-2 strut-braced monoplane, powered by a reliable Wright J-5C engine. Because the fuel tanks were located ahead of the cockpit for safety in case of an accident, Lindbergh could not see directly ahead, except by using a periscope on the left side or by sticking his head out through the right side window.
      The historic flight started on the morning of May 20, 1927 from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, NY and ended at Le Bourget Field in Paris, France. Lindbergh flew the distance of 5,810 kilometers (3,610 miles) in 33 hours and 30 minutes.

Model built and photographed by Mariusz "Pulpetto" Grzywacz, used with permission.


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