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Ryan PT-16 / -20 / -21 / -22 and NR-1 Recruit. Photo. Characteristics.
Ryan PT-16 / -20 / -21 / -22 and NR-1 Recruit. Photo. Characteristics.

Ryan PT-16 / -20 / -21 / -22 and NR-1 Recruit. Photo. Characteristics.



A type: single-engine training aircraft

Crew: Two pilots are arranged one behind the other

Plane RT first in the history of the US Army Air Force monoplane initial training (in its various guises) allows you to trace their ancestry back to the two-seater ST 1933-1934 years of "Ryan Aeronotikel Company» (Ryan Aeronautical Company). Successful in a wide variety of civil aircraft modifications "Ryan" drew the attention of the military in 1939 year, when the US Air Force began looking for a new training aircraft initial training.

First it was purchased one copy of the aircraft S-T, designated HRT-16, which has been thoroughly tested. Then it becomes even 15 aircraft to speed up troop tests. In 1940 was an order for aircraft 30. Having all of the machines, the US Air Force decided that a more powerful radial engine "Kinnear" better withstand loads during training flights than in-line engine "Menasco" and 100 aircraft RT-21, ordered in 1941 year were accordingly modified. The new combination of the engine and airframe was so successful that the company has received an order soon Ryan 1023 on the plane, which was given the designation RT-22 «Recruit» (Recruit). Navy also ordered 125 aircraft (under the designation NR-1), which were almost identical to the aircraft RT-22, while the Netherlands ordered 25 aircraft NR-3.



Mainly operated flight schools under civilian control, the last planes RT were decommissioned at the end of the Second World War. Currently flying trainer aircraft "Ryan" can still be found in North America, while other machines are in a state of airworthiness in the UK and Australia.

Basic data


  • Length: 8,23 m
  • Wingspan: 11,35 m
  • Height: 2,74 m


Range of flight: 1014 km power plant, "Wright» R-1820-77 «Cyclone» 9

Power: 870 l. from. (649 kW)

The weight:

  • BLANK: 2114 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 2717 kg

Date of first flight:

  • 1939 year


Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 435 km / h


The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • NA-68 (true) and F-64 (replicas) flying in the UK today.


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