The Ryan PT-22 Recruit primary trainer is a very popular sight at airshows. It's open cockpit design makes it a unique aircraft and one that is a real pleasure to fly in or see flying at air shows. Our Living History Flight Experience customers rave about their experience.

The Ryan Recruit was the first monoplane primary trainer used by the U.S. Army Air Corp. The PT-22 was the final version of the airplane, and 1,023 were built through 1944. The aircraft was used in training programs until the end of WWII when the aircraft was retired.

The Minnesota Wing's PT-22 is a beautiful example of a very original airplane.

The Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing operates a History Flight program which gives you the opportunity to fly in our Ryan PT-22! For more information on this rare opportunity, Click Here


  • Crew: two (student and instructor)
  • Length: 22 ft 5 in
  • Wingspan: 30 ft 1 in
  • Height: 7 ft 2 in
  • Wing area: 134.25 sq ft
  • Empty weight: 1308 lb
  • Loaded weight: 1860 lb
  • Useful load: 552 lb
  • Max. takeoff weight: 1,860 lb
  • Powerplant: 1 × Kinner R-540, 160 hp


  • Never exceed speed: 190 mph
  • Maximum speed: 125 mph
  • Cruise speed: 100 mph
  • Stall speed: 62 mph, flaps down; 64 mph, flaps up
  • Range: 231 miles @1560 RPM
  • Service ceiling: 15,400 ft
  • Rate of climb: 710 fpm @ max TO weight


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