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Hank Weyland, e-mail, 29.10.2020 18:13

Hello Shawn,
I saw in Aviastar back in 2016 you said you had a friend you were helping sell his museum quality Ryan ST M. Is this aircraft still available?
Regards
Hank Weyland
242 S Young
Wichita Ks 67209
316-761-4682


Hank Weyland, e-mail, 29.10.2020 18:10

Hello Marie,
In 2016 you mentioned in Aviastar you had a friend that has a Ryan ST-A Special that is almost fully assembled with 3 Menasco engines in crates at least 1 which is a zero time engine. Did this airplane ever sell? Any chance its still available? If so please let me know.
Regards
Hank Weyland
242 S Young
Wichita Ks 67209
316-761-4682


Shawn Kelly, e-mail, 13.09.2016 13:02

I am helping a friend sell his museum quality ST M. If you are interested contact me at shawnk62@mac.com


Marie Kavanaugh, e-mail, 01.05.2016 17:23

I know of a Ryan ST-A Special that is almost fully assembled with 3 Menasco engines in crates at least 1 which is a zero time engine. I'm not sure if engines are the turbo charged ones. This aircraft has all new flying wires and no paint. Wing recovered and have been stored in a hanger for over 20 years. Airplane located in SC.


Peter Holloway, e-mail, 27.01.2016 12:50

Hello from England.
I own the gorgeous STA NC18923, no.322, now resident in The Shuttleworth Collection, UK.
I would like to get in contact with Fred Barber, Stone Mt. Georgia, clearly a fellow enthusiast!
All help appreciated.
Best wishes from Across the Pond.
Peter Holloway
Hollowaypr@aol.com
+44 7717 804085


Dave Masters, e-mail, 16.01.2016 22:10

I have had a PT-20 for over 50 years and it has been in flying condition since around 1968. For those who don't know about the PT-20: In 1939 Ryan modified 30 of the STAs for the military, making the cockpit openings larger(like the STM,)and designated them PT-20s. All but one or two were re-engined to the 125 Kinner and re-designated PT-20A. When I bought this Ryan, it was a PT-20A and I converted it back to a PT-20 with a Menasco engine. For the past 15+ years, it has been based at the Sonoma Valley Airport (sonomavalleyairport.com) and very soon will be moved to the Wings of History museum which is close to Morgan Hill, CA.


Jaime Colvin, e-mail, 14.04.2015 18:55

This is a plane I would be open to consider purchasing , if someone knows where I could find someone that is interested in selling his Ryan STA Special, please let me get aware of it .
Jaime.


Selig Solomon, e-mail, 21.04.2014 17:33

I am building a 1/4 scale Ryan STA. My plans are a bit ambiguous on the tail section and I would like some close up photos of the tail section, wheel, etc. in some detail. Any help would be appreciated.


ed Benguiat, e-mail, 07.08.2013 00:36

After flying since 1944 it looks like I'll never own a Ryan ST of any model.OK I give l'll never have the opportunity to polish it or even sit in the cockpit with my old tired body.
no more toughts of the RYAN in my "Bucket List". I give up andI thank everyone.


D.C.Wimpfheimer, e-mail, 12.02.2013 19:59

I am looking at a 1939-1940 photo of my dad standing next to a ryan pt 22 recruit .I think just after his flight .Pre.ww2 He later went on to fly B25s during the war.I can see from the cowling to the end of the number past the rear seat i think it is an 8 or a 9. he is waring a parachute and helmet.


Ed Benguiat, e-mail, 06.08.2012 21:57

I m still looking for an good STM and gotta have one before I die. I've been wanting to purchase one for the last 50 years. I know they're expensive.
Got the money and ready to roll. Thank you all


ed benguiat, e-mail, 16.01.2012 17:20

O.K. Fred Barber , Do you want to sell any one of your RYAN planes
Ed


ed Benguiat, e-mail, 16.01.2012 17:15

I'm looking for a Ryan. Any 'S" model will do Please contact me.
Thank you.
Ed
ebenguiat@aol.com


Ephram Benguiat, e-mail, 14.10.2011 15:07

I'm still looking to purchase an STA or STM or PT20 (No pt22"s) ASAP
I am prepared to pay a good finders fee for information leading to purchase. ASAP. please. P. S. I would consider foreign purchase as well
Thank you all.
Prof. Ed Benguiat 201 288 4775 USAI


Dick Wynn, e-mail, 27.05.2011 18:27

Ladies/Gentelmen,
I would like to find out if a Ryan owned by Dick Wynn (my father) still exists.Information is scarce as he passed away many years ago and any doccuments, photo's etc. were probably disposed of when he re-married back in the early Fourties.
What I know for fact.
He had it in college and he graduated from Lafayette in 1936. Going by a professionally done sketch with inscription,it was a Ryan STAS and he flew out of Wings Field in Pennsylvania. When I was very young, he told me that he had to sell it to the governmant because they needed it as a trainer and that would have been around 1940. Another part of the puzzle is that my mother had a plane at the same time and it too was probably kept at Wings Field. I don't have a clue as to what it was, when she got it or what her name was at the time but my hunch is that it too was a Ryan. Her nick name was Bootsie, her maiden name was Thomas,her first married name was Wynn and her second marriage was to Doug Mason who also was a pilot from the area.
Any assistance would surely be appreciated.
THANKS,
Dick Wynn


aaron berkowitz, e-mail, 11.05.2011 00:08

I owned a pt22 and an 1937 STA. thesweepback on the pt22 was to make it more difficult to handle. The STA did not have a sweepback. After the fire at San Diego's museum they contacted me in Phoenix and I sold it to Mr. Ryan who signed my log book and it is in the Museum there today.


ed Benguiat, e-mail, 22.03.2011 14:43

I am presently looking to purchase a restored STA or STM.
I know a good specimen has it's price
I reside in the USA. Thank you all.
Prof. Ed Benguiat


Kevin Dahlhausen, e-mail, 09.03.2011 12:47

Thanks for the comments everyone, I enjoyed reading them. I am starting a RC stand-off scale PT-21.


r bello, e-mail, 31.12.2010 05:59

am restoring an sta, need any info, manuals, pictures, anything. it's in great condition but i did not disassemble it. any help would be GREATLY appreciated. the wings are covered, fuselage polished, just needs final assembly. which is doable with the photos i have, but a manual or any such help would help. will pay.


daniel mairani, e-mail, 13.10.2010 20:22

I owned a PT-20 for 12 yrs. N14184. Menasco 4 with a beautiful fahlin prop. Sold it to a guy and it's now in Hollister ca..Great plane..I miss it.


David Harwell, e-mail, 14.09.2010 15:09

My brother Doug did have N17532 and we here at Barnstormers restored it. I was the luckly one in the family because after assembly etc, I got to fly it. It was a wonderful flying,and beautiful bird.


maury, e-mail, 13.09.2010 07:03

I flew the military version of STA (YPT-16) in 1939, with the in-line Menasco engine. A beautiful airplane, and excellent aerobatic capabilities. When Ryan went to the Kinner engine the CG moved aft, necessitating the addition of sweep to the wings of the PT-21 and -22. There was also a PT-20 version of this airplane, incorporating some changes required when the Dutch ordered a bunch of them. The most notible feature was the removal of an internal stringer between the two cockpits and placing it on the outside of the fuselage.


Doug Harwell, e-mail, 05.07.2010 07:58

Many of the old timers will remember seeing the STA (N17532)on display in the Nut Tree Resturant in Vacaville, CA. After the place closed, I was fortunate to be able to aquire the airplane from Ed Power and bring it to North Georgia where it was totally restored by Barnstormer's Workshop in Williamson, GA (my brother's place) and is flown regularly today. This experience partially satisfied a life long goal I had set when I was a 6 yr. old kid (62 now) watching my father licsens an STA in an old T-Hanger (1953). Unfortunately, the desk doctors in Okla. City one fine day decided that they did not like my medical condition, so I never actually got to fly the plane. But, just to own it and be able to slip into the cockpit and sit for a while was an experience I'll never forget. If you have an opportunity to own, fly or just get near one, don't miss it. Fred barber, we miss seeing you, hope you are doing well out there. Thanks, Doug Harwell


Jim Sinclair, e-mail, 24.01.2010 06:06

Antimo,I bought a 1941 Ryan PT-22 from USC aeronautical in California in 1954. I flew it over 200 hours. I took aerobatics in it and found it would do most any thing after you learned how to manage your airspeed and altitude. The stall speed was a little high so I always turned base at 95 mph and over the fence at 90 mph and touched down no less than 78 mph. It would snap roll with you very quickly. I also fly RC and would not be afraid of the STA just keep the speed up on landing.In fact, my friend owned a STA during the same time and he still has it. It was about 6 MPH faster then my PT-22. I have 1/4 scale plans for a PT-22 that I intend to build someday, I hope. Good luck!!


Jim Sinclair, e-mail, 24.01.2010 06:05

Antimo,I bought a 1941 Ryan PT-22 from USC aeronautical in California in 1954. I flew it over 200 hours. I took aerobatics in it and found it would do most any thing after you learned how to manage your airspeed and altitude. The stall speed was a little high so I always turned base at 95 mph and over the fence at 90 mph and touched down no less than 78 mph. It would snap roll with you very quickly. I also fly RC and would not be afraid of the STA just keep the speed up on landing.In fact, my friend owned a STA during the same time and he still has it. It was about 6 MPH faster then my PT-22. I have 1/4 scale plans for a PT-22 that I intend to build someday, I hope. Good luck!!


Lindsey Parsons, e-mail, 03.01.2010 21:06

I was the happy owner of N18921, an STA Special back in the late 1950's. As I recall I put about 400 hours on it, mostly in local area acrobatics. I had replaced the original engine with a brand new D-4 Menasco I obtained from Canada in it's factory crate. I flew my first air show in this airplane. We rigged up a crude "sling shot" fuel pump on the intake manifold for an inverted fuel system and it worked (more or less) for reasonably short duration outside maneuvers. Outside loops were a real trip in this bird due to it's large radius and resulting high indicated air speeds. I recall one occasion where a high inverted G maneuver caused a crack in the soft aluminum oil tank which resided on top of the Menasco case and I was suddenly drenched in hot , dirty oil ! It was a huge job later to clean out all the oil from around the body rivets and the forward cockpit aluminum cover. In all the time I owned the airplane, I never had that cover off for anything but inspections so I don't have a realistic idea how the bird would perform with a passenger. My Menasco was rated at something like 130 BHP and, although ample, it certainly wasn't over powered. I managed to own a number of fine airplanes after the STA but none were even half so beautiful. I used to hear some of the hanger talk about how "tricky" this bird was to operate and it was total nonsense. It was a very honest airplane to fly and one that had decent ground handling characteristics also. The only operational trouble I ever had with the bird was having snow stuff up the wheel pants and cause excessive drag on the tires and a propensity for that damn magnesium intake manifold to crack due to the heavy weight of the carburetor mounted on it under high positive G maneuvers. It's a GREAT airplane and it was a privilege to have been it's caretaker for a few years !!!


Shane Papps, e-mail, 25.08.2008 09:39

I am an STM pilot and have loged 250 hrs in S53 sn 489, can confirm Freds coments, ,The STM has no sweep back , the pt 22 has, and the difference is the pt 22( radial kinner) will spin and catch you if you are not onto it , I also have good times in a pt 22, they are 2 completly different aircraft. The STM is however a very reluctant plan to get to spin, . Hey Fred Barber, touch base with me please am interested in the machines and history you have mate .


Don Stubbs, e-mail, 01.05.2008 04:34

My dad was one of the test pilots/engineers that worked for Ryan during the 30's. He did some of the testing on the SC, St and Sta's. He also worked very closely with T. Claude Ryan. Have many pix. of the factory and the making of a movie for Myrna Loy and Clark Gable in "Test Pilot"


John Nielsen, e-mail, 28.04.2008 01:43

Fred,
Are you interested in selling an ST-A? I'm a big fan of this aircraft and want to own one.
Thanks.


fred Barber, e-mail, 23.02.2008 18:33

I have four full size STAs. Your posting is a year old and I did not know if you were still interested in the STA. There is no wing sweep in any of the STAs.
All of the PT-21s and PT-22s had it. The reference to the STM is a misnomer. The STAs built against military contracts are refered to as STMs but in fact they are standaed STAs. My first STA was a fighter from Guatamala with the machine guns on the wings. I still have it. Sincerely Yours Fred Barber


antimo de rosa, e-mail, 02.03.2007 20:39

I'm a rc modeller and i'm tring to built this airplane scale 1/4. I have some dubt about sweepback angle of the wing; I found that the PT22 the latest military version of the Ryan STM with radial engine, has 4 deg of positive sweepback. I'd like to know if this was a subseguent modification or also the early models STA have too? Thanks a lot Antimo from Rome Italy




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