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I was recently at the Museum for the reunion of the Douglas Aircraft Flight Test group. Had a tour with Knobby Walsh...great tour Knobby...after 17...
Thank you for a wonderful tour yesterday! You have created an amazing museum and we were so impressed with the employees genuineness. Looking forward to...
The “sister” ship of the famous “Ryan N.Y.P.” Spirit of Saint Louis, piloted by Charles “Lucky” Lindberg. The first solo, non-stop New York to Paris flight occurred in May of 1927. The world’s interest in aviation and the Brougham sky-rocketed. Production was up to three planes a week, everyone wanted a B-1, which sold for $9,700.00.
The aircraft is made of welded chrome-moly steel tubing, solid spruce spars and covered with fabric. Note the original wicker bucket and bench seats. The swirled cowling was designed to hide the waves and bumps of the hand hammered metal and became a standard feature on the Brougham.
This is the only flyable Ryan B-1 in the world.
Early aviators described the B-1 as “Flying Utopia.” The smell of oil and gas, the feel of the sun and wind, the humming wires and the chill of altitude.
Delivered: July 17, 1928
Built In: San Diego, California
First Produced: 1927
Powerplant: Wright J-5
Prop: Standard Steel
Service Ceiling: 16,000 ft
Cruise: 105 mph
Top Speed: 125 mph
Range: 700 miles
Empty Weight: 1,870 lbs
Gross Weight: 3,300 lbs
Wing Span: 42’
Wing Area: 270 sq. ft
Number Built: 142 total
Yanks acquired this B-1, a bush plane out of Alaska, in June of 1978.