VH-UYN Ryan ST-A
In 1934 Claude T.
Ryan evolved a design which would wind up eventually to become a much
sought after classic
This was the Ryan S-T. ("Sport Trainer"). The introduction
125 hp Menasco C4
Pirate engine gave rise to the
Model ST-A, the first of which to be imported
into Australia (in
was VH-UYN, seen above at Mascot soon after it came onto the register.
This nice image comes
from the Graeme Parsons collection. The aircraft at the time was
by Airflight, Ltd.
VH-UYN unfortunately crashed at Belmont, Victoria in 1946, and
register. The shot below is from my own
collection, while the image at the bottom of the
page is from the
Geoff Goodall collection and shows the Ryan at Mascot,
circa 1937 with the for-
ward cockpit faired over,
and 'Airflite Pty Ltd School of Flying' painted on the cowling.
was taken by John T.
Harrison who was chosen by the pre-war RAAF as an official
His air-to-air shots of
RAAF aircraft usually taken against imposing cloud backgrounds, are a
derful record of that
era John maintained a personal log book of all his air to
air sorties, civil and