Rhinebeck’s Ryan NYP
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.