The Planes: 1927 Ryan Spirit
of St. Louis Replica
Length: 27' 8";
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,
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 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.