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What Ever Happened To Ryan Aircraft Company?  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Posted (12 years 2 months 4 hours ago) and read 10631 times:

What ever happened to Ryan Aircraft Company which built the Spirit of St. Louis for Charles Lindbergh? They were based in San Diego.

I am guessing that they no longer exist. How were there final days if that's so?

Any websites with good information on Ryan Aircraft?

Also what happened to Wright Whirlwind, the manufactuer of the Spirit of St. Louis' engine.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Regards


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 10609 times:

Nobody knows about the manufactuer of the grand famous Spirit of St. Louis?


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineLapa_saab340 From Spain, joined Aug 2001, 390 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 10603 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

Cheers!


User currently offlineMikeybien From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 10588 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.


User currently offlineUALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 10578 times:

I understand that Ryan is a pat of Hughs Aerospace and they build missiles. That was according to Air & Space magazine a long time ago.

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