Ryan PT-16 / -20 / -21 / -22 and NR-1 Recruit. Photo. Characteristics.
Ryan PT-16 / -20 / -21 / -22 and NR-1 Recruit. Photo. Characteristics.

Ryan PT-16 / -20 / -21 / -22 and NR-1 Recruit. Photo. Characteristics.



A type: single-engine training aircraft

Crew: Two pilots are arranged one behind the other

Plane RT first in the history of the US Army Air Force monoplane initial training (in its various guises) allows you to trace their ancestry back to the two-seater ST 1933-1934 years of "Ryan Aeronotikel Company» (Ryan Aeronautical Company). Successful in a wide variety of civil aircraft modifications "Ryan" drew the attention of the military in 1939 year, when the US Air Force began looking for a new training aircraft initial training.

At first, one copy of the S-T aircraft was acquired, which received the designation XRT-16, which was thoroughly tested. Then they bought another 15 aircraft to speed up the military tests. And in 1940, an order was received for 30 aircraft. Having received all the cars, the US Air Force considered that the more powerful star-shaped Kinner engine would better withstand training loads than the Menasco in-line engine, and 100 RT-21 aircraft ordered at 1941 were refined accordingly. The new combination of engine and glider was so successful that Ryan soon received an order for the 1023 aircraft, which was given the designation RT-22 "Recruit" (Recruit). The Navy also ordered 125 aircraft (under the designation NR-1), which were almost identical to the RT-22 aircraft, at the same time the Netherlands ordered 25 NR-3 aircraft.



Mainly operated flight schools under civilian control, the last planes RT were decommissioned at the end of the Second World War. Currently flying trainer aircraft "Ryan" can still be found in North America, while other machines are in a state of airworthiness in the UK and Australia.

Basic data


  • Length: 8,23 m
  • Wingspan: 11,35 m
  • Height: 2,74 m


Range of flight: 1014 km power plant, "Wright» R-1820-77 «Cyclone» 9

Power: 870 l. from. (649 kW)

The weight:

  • BLANK: 2114 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 2717 kg

Date of first flight:

  • 1939 year


Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 435 km / h


The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • NA-68 (true) and F-64 (replicas) flying in the UK today.