Ryan S-T-A

Ryan S-T-A

Another Golden Age Classic


The Ryan S-T-A enjoyed high favor as a sport and stunt plane in its time and was also used as a military trainer.It is a low-wing monoplane of mixed construction; a metal fuselage, wooden wing spars with fabric covering and external wire bracing. the STA has two tandem open cockpits manufactured by the Ryan Aeronautical Company,San Diego, California.Examples of this aircraft are still flying today,and are a popular antique aircraft,because they are fast and very sleek looking with very classic lines.


Wing span 29' 11". Length 21" 5.37". Height 6" 11". Empty weight 1081 lbs.Useful load 565 lbs. Baggage 40 lbs.Fuel 24 gals.


Powered with a 150 h.p. Menasco inverted engine, the STA has a maximum speed of 142 m.p.h.,cruises at 128 m.p.h.and has a range of 326 miles. Rate of climb 975 ft./min.service ceiling 18,600 ft.

The YPT-16 is a military version of the civilian Ryan STA, and was used by the Army Air Corps for primary training. Fifteen were ordered after the Air Corps purchased a single Ryan STA-1 in 1939 for testing as the XPT-16. The XPT-16 and the YPT-16s originally were fitted with Menasco L-365 in-line engines, but later all but one of the -16s were converted to -16As with the installation of Kinner R-440 radial engines. It was the first monoplane acquired by the Army as a primary trainer. From 1940 to 1942, the Army Air Corps bought nearly 1,200 more similar Ryan trainers as PT-20s, PT-21s, and PT-22s.

Span: 30 ft.
Length: 21 ft. 6 in.
Height: 10 ft. 1 in.
Weight: 1,600 lbs. loaded
Armament: None
Engine: One Menasco L-365 engine of 125 hp.
Crew: Two
Cost: $8,500

Maximum speed: 128 mph.
Cruising speed: 118 mph.
Range: 350 miles
Service Ceiling: 10,000 ft.

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