Restoration Of Ryan PT-22 Recruit

The Ryan PT-22 Recruit served her country-training students in the Army Air Corps as a primary trainer. After a minor mishap she was dismantled and put into storage. With our assistance in restoring key parts such as the wings, tail feathers, and interior furnishings this piece of history took to the skies once again.

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History of the Ryan PT-22 Recruit

The Ryan PT-22 Recruit, the main military version of the Ryan ST, is a military trainer aircraft used by the United States Army Air Corps and its successor, the United States Army Air Forces for primary pilot training. It was the first monoplane that the Army had used for primary pilot training, as all previous PT aircraft were biplanes.

The PT-22's fuselage is a simple monocoque structure, with thick gauge alclad skin. The wings feature spruce spars, aluminum alloy ribs, steel compression members, with aircraft fabric covering aft to the trailing edge and aluminum alloy sheet covering from the leading edge to the spar.

The PT-22 fuel system consists of a single tank mounted forward of the front cockpit. Fuel is gravity fed to the carburetor. The oil system is a dry-sump type, with all oil stored in a tank located on the front side of the firewall in the upper section of the fuselage. The wing flaps are mechanically operated from a lever located on the left side of each cockpit. Adjustable elevator trim is provided via an elevator trim tab controllable from a hand-wheel mounted on the left side of each cockpit. In its original configuration, the aircraft was not equipped with an electrical system. Hydraulic brakes are provided for each wheel, controllable via the rudder pedals in each cockpit.

A total of 1,023 PT-22's were built.

Ryan PT-22 Specifications

Crew...................
Wingspan...........
Length................
Height.................
Max Gross Wt....
Empty Wt............
2
30 ft 1 in
22 ft 5 in
7 ft 2 in
1,860 lb
1,308 lb
Powerplant.........
Horsepower.......
Max Speed.........
Range.................
Service Ceiling..
Rate Of Climb.....
1 ├Ś Kinner R-540
160 hp
125 mph
231 miles
15,400 ft
710 ft/min

(Historical Information from Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 22 July 2004)