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Ryan PT-22

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Ryan PT-22 "Recruit"

The Ryan PT-22 "Recruit" is a military trainer aircraft used by the United States Army Air Corps and it successor, the United States Army Air Forces for primary pilot training. It was the first monoplane that the Army had used for primary pilot training, as all previous PT aircraft were biplanes.

There is a PT-22 "Recruit" on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB near Dayton, Ohio and at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Specifications and performance

  • Span: 30 ft 1 in (9.17 m)
  • Length: 22 ft 7½ in (6.90 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
  • Weight: 1,860 lb (840 kg) maximum
  • Armament: None
  • Engine: Kinner R-540 of 160 hp (120 kW)
  • Cost: $10,000
  • Maximum speed: 125 mph (200 km/h)
  • Cruising speed: 100 mph (160 km/h)
  • Range: 205 miles (330 km)
  • Service Ceiling: 15,400 ft (4,700 m)