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Sven, 12.07.2016 00:32

If it looks right then it is right. This is a very right looking aeroplane.Anyone else care to add to the list of lesser known right lookers?


Barry, 11.07.2016 18:25

Oliver Parks bought the rights to the Kreider-Reisner Challenger, modified the design and built it as the Parks P1 training aircraft of which there were 90 built. There were some revised such as the three seat P1X or the 100 h.p. Kinner K-5 powered P1H.

Power plant 1 x 90 h.p. Curtis OX-5

Span 30'1" Wing area 290 sq ft

Cruising speed 90 mph Service ceiling 11,500 ft


Glen Johnson, e-mail, 07.02.2011 19:39

The Parks P-2A aircraft should be added to this list. I own Serial No. 1, which is the same aircraft referred to by Mr. Steve Homer, above. It is powered by the Wright J6-5 radial engine and was built partly in Detroit at the Detroit-Ryan aircraft company and marketed as the Ryan Speedster.


Francis J. Buchholz Jr., e-mail, 09.02.2010 22:52

Parks College has an extensive aviation library, and information on the P-2 should be available.
Class of 59'


Steve Homer, e-mail, 04.07.2008 17:24

The list is missing the Parks P-2 which had a radial engine. Richard Bach, the author of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" had one and flew it into Parks field one day in 1968 to have Oliver Parks autograph the instrument panel.


Dale Schrage, e-mail, 02.06.2008 01:08

The Parks P-1 was produced at Parks College of Aeronautical Technology which was founded by Oliver L Parks in 1927.
It was located in Cahokia, IL, about 10 miles southeast
of St. Louis, MO. The school taught aeronautical engineering, flying and A&P classes. Many MANY pilots were trained there in WW-II. In 1947, Oliver Parks donated the college to St. Louis University. The Illinois campus was closed in about 1997 with the college moving over to the St. Louis U main campus in mid-town St. Louis.


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