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Ryan B-1 Brougham

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.

Service History

Delivered: July 17, 1928


MFG:  Mahoney-Ryan

Built In:  San Diego, California

First Produced: 1927

Powerplant: Wright J-5

Horsepower: 220

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

Length: 27’9”

Height: 8’9”

Armament: None

Number Built: 142 total


Yanks acquired this B-1, a bush plane out of Alaska, in June of 1978.