Rhinebeck’s Ryan NYP

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The Rhinebeck Aero­drome Mu­seum’s highly au­then­tic re­pro­duc­tion of Charles Lind­bergh’s fa­mous Ryan NYP Spirit of St Louis was flown for the first time on 5 De­cem­ber 2015 by air­craft re­storer/builder, Ken Cassens. Af­ter­wards he said “It was un­event­ful, and I was pleased with the flight char­ac­ter­is­tics… noth­ing un­ex­pected, other than it be­ing nose-heavy [how­ever] it trimmed out really well. A lit­tle bit hard to slow it down, be­cause it’s so clean, and a lit­tle heavy on the ailerons, but that’s to be ex­pected. No real sur­prises.”

The orig­i­nal Ryan NYP (New York-paris) was funded by mem­bers of the St Louis Rac­quet club, so was dubbed Spirit of St Louis in recog­ni­tion of their sup­port. It was built for Charles Lind­bergh who proved that long-dis­tance flight was pos­si­ble when he landed at Le Bourget air­port in Paris on 21 May 1927, af­ter his record­break­ing non-stop, 331/ hr flight from Roo­sevelt Field, New York.

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