Aeroplane Monthly 1993-11
B.Grimstead - Riding the Ryan PT-22
Bob Grimstead photographed Malcolm Faier's Ryan PT-22
The PT-22 is flown solo from the back seat, to keep the c.g. in a sensible position. The swept wing compensated for the change from an inline to a radial engine.
Although the flying controls are light and effective, the rudder needs constant attention and response is distinctly slower at the lower end of the speed range.
The strut and wire bracing of the wing is unusual. While the fuselage is an all-metal monocoque, the flying surfaces are fabric-covered wood and metal structures.
A dramatic top view, showing the Kinner engine well forward on the long nose.
The blue and yellow scheme was applied to PT-22s used to train VIPs at Randolph Field, Texas.
A wartime study of a US Army Air Force PT-22, showing the more common natural-metal fuselage. The number 277 is just discernible.
US Army PT-22 279 takes off. The stalky unfaired undercarriage mars the aircraft’s lines.