Lapa_saab340 From Spain, joined Aug 2001, 390 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 11426 times:
I'm going from memory here, so this may not be accurate. As I remember, Ryan either merged with or was bought by North American Aviation, which later became Rockwell International. The Wright Aeronautical Company kept on making engines after the J-5 Whirlwind (the Wright Cyclone comes to mind). They later became Curtiss-Wright, but they stopped manufacturing airplanes and engines quite some time ago. They're still around though, I don't remember what line of business they're in, but you can get some more info from their webpage: http://www.curtisswright.com
Mikeybien From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 11411 times:
The original Ryan Aircraft Company (aka Ryan Airlines) merged together with several other companies (most notably Lockheed) to create the Detroit Aircraft Corporation in the late 20's. Detroit Aircraft went bankrupt in the early 30's, and the original Ryan went with it.
Claude Ryan later created the Ryan Aeronautical Company in 1928 which is today known as Teledyne-Ryan, a part of Northrop-Grumman. Ryan Aeronautical designed and built the Ryan ST trainer. Variants of the Ryan ST trained thousands of American WWII pilots. Most of their work now is in the unmanned military aircraft field.