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Heroes of the Sky




Record Breakers

The Planes: 1927 Ryan Spirit of St. Louis Replica

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Length: 27' 8";
Wingspan: 42';
Weight (empty): 2,150 lbs.

Construction Materials: Welded steel tube and fabric fuselage, wood (plywood and spruce) and cotton fabric wings
Builder: Ryan Airlines, San Diego, California
Cost: $10,580 (original model)
Number Built: 1; one of three replicas built for the movie The Spirit of St. Louis
Engine Type: Wright Whirlwind, 9-cylinder, 200-horsepower, radial, air-cooled internal combustion engine
Engine Builder: Wright Aeronautical Company, Patterson, New Jersey
Configuration: 1-pilot tractor monoplane
Maximum Speed: 125 m.p.h.

Lighting Up the Silver Screen
This working replica of Lindbergh’s plane is a Ryan B-1 Brougham modified to fly in the 1957 movie The Spirit of St. Louis. It was later purchased by actor Jimmy Stewart, who played Lindbergh in the movie.




the planes   make a paper airplane  
Teachers, get lesson plans and see the curriculum ties to the Heroes of the Sky.
See the planes on exhibit, check out the specifications and get a sneak peak in a few cockpits. Try one of these high- flying designs at home!


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