Cradle Of Aviation Museum - Spirit Of St. Louis Ryan NYP
Bill Maloney

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01SpiritOfStLouis 02RyanNYPCowling 03RyanNYPMainGear 04SpiritOfStLouisWing
01 Spirit Of St. Louis 02 Ryan NYP Cowling 03 Ryan NYP Main Gear 04 Spirit Of St. Louis Wing
05WrightJ5CWhirlwindRadial 06SpiritOfStLouisNose 07SpiritOfStLouis 08SpiritOfStLouisMainGear
05 Wright J5C Whirlwind Radial 06 Spirit Of St. Louis Nose 07 Spirit Of St. Louis 08 Spirit Of St. Louis Main Gear
09SpiritOfStLouisPeriscope 10SpiritOfStLouisInstrument 11SpiritOfStLouisMainGear 12SpiritOfStLouisTail
09 Spirit Of St. Louis Periscope 10 Spirit Of St. Louis Instrument 11 Spirit Of St. Louis Main Gear 12 Spirit Of St. Louis Tail
13SpiritOfStLouisWing 14SpiritOfStLouisTail 15SpiritOfStLouisTailSkid 16SpiritOfStLouisWingStruts
13 Spirit Of St. Louis Wing 14 Spirit Of St. Louis Tail 15 Spirit Of St. Louis Tail Skid 16 Spirit Of St. Louis Wing Struts

Spirit of St. Louis Sister Ship Specifications:

Length: 46 feet 0 inches
27 feet, 5 inches
9 feet, 10 inches
2150 lbs Empty 5,135lbs Max
Max Speed: 130mph
Cruise Speed: 112mph
Range: 3,600 miles
Service Ceiling: 16,400feet
Fuel Capacity: 450Gallons
Powerplant: Wright J-5C Whirlwind Air Cooled Radial Gas Engine 220hp
First Flight : 1928
Cost: $13,000 for the original Ryan NYP

This Ryan NYP is a sister ship of the original Spirit of St. Louis built a year later for commercial production. It is said to have been flown by Jimmy Stewart in the Spirit of St. Louis Movie in the 1950s. Aside from the Madonna Cone Bra prop spinner it looks very much identical to the original Spirit of St. Louis Ryan NYP. The original nose cone of the trans Atlantic attempt Spirit of St. Louis is currently located at the Aviation Hall of Fame in Teterboro, NJ. What I especially liked about this Ryan NYP was that the forward vision periscope is extended. I'm embarrassed to say I didn' t realize what I was looking at when I was at the museum. I thought it was a beam used for hanging support somehow. Had I known it was the periscope I'd have taken more shots of it from different angles.

Winthrop Perkins has period footage of Lindberg's Spirit of St. Louis taxiing and taking off on his aviation appraisal website. The clips are really excellent and show how long and slow Lindberg's takeoff run was. The tail skid must have really been digging in to the wet grass with all that fuel aboard. It almost looks like he is not using full power for the takeoff roll.

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