The Ryan Sport
Trainer (STA) first came out in 1937 and hence, by definition, is not a
However, most of the military derivation of
it, the model STM were built in 1940
inclusion in this collection. A
fairly large contract for this gleaming
all metal trainer was
the Netherlands East Indies Army and
Navy in 1940. When the Japanese invaded the Dutch
(Indonesia today) in 1941 many of these
machines escaped and fled to Australia.
formed a Dutch
East Indies training force
in exile and, after the war, found their way on to
register. One such is the
immaculate example illustrated above, seen at Moorabbin
near Melbourne, in 1955.
Both the ST-A Special and ST-M were powered by a 150 hp
engine when new, although conversions to a less temperamental power
plant (in this
Lycoming) were often made as the machines aged..