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.
The PT-22 was developed in 1941 from the civilian Ryan ST series. The earlier PT-20 and PT-21 were the military production versions of the Ryan ST-3 with a total of 100 built. The PT-22 was the United States Army Air Corps' first purpose built monoplane trainer. The rapid expansion of wartime aircrew training required new trainers, and the Ryan PT-22 was ordered in large numbers. Named the "Recruit", it entered operational service with the U.S. Orders also were placed by the Netherlands, but were never realized as the nation capitulated to Axis forces. The small order of 25 ST-3s was redirected to the United States and redesignated as the PT-22A. Another order also came from the U.S. Navy for 100 examples. The PT series was in heavy use throughout the war years with both military and civil schools, but with the end of the war, was retired from the USAAF.
- ELECTRIC CONVERSION INCLUDED
- Radio system required 5 channels with 7 servos
- Flying skill level intermediate/advanced
- High quality balsa and balsa plywood offer lightweight, state-of-the-art construction
- Accurate scale outline and appearance, includig airoiled tail surfaces
- Highly detailed cockpit
- High-quality prepainted fibreglass cowl
- High quality oracover covering is factory applied by skilled craftsman
- Numerous scele details include scale wings struts and flying wires, markings, rib tapes, rib screws, inspection covers, drain holes, and scale spinner.
- Complete details to build scale main and tailwheel gear and details for bent wire gear as well. Details of all flying wire barackets. Details for the construction of the scale 5-cylinder kinner engine cylinders are included.
- Working drop-hinge flaps add realistic looks and help to slow down landing speed
- Plug in 2 piece wing makes transportation easier
- Excellent performance and stability
- Wingspan: 90.0 in (228.6 cm)
- Wing area: 1218.3 sq.in (78.6 sq.dm)
- Approximate flying weight: 15.4 - 16.8 lbs (7.0 - 7.6 kg)
- Length: 65.2 in (165.5 cm)
- Recommended engine size: 30 - 45cc