Ryan built the Spirit of St. Louis
Wagner, William Early promoter of aviation, a publicist for Curtiss-Wright Flying Service later with TWA. Author of several books including Ryan The Aviator, being the Adventures and Ventures of Pioneer Airman T.Claude Ryan.
RYAN, T. Claude (1898-1982). Aviator, aircraft designer and builder. Founder of several airlines including Ryan Flying Co. Ryan purchased Donald Douglas’s first complete aircraft, the Douglas Cloudster. Ryan and a partner founded The San Diego-Los Angeles Airlines. Then he formed Ryan Airlines. Later Ryan founded T.C. Ryan Flying School and the Ryan School of Aeronautics. The Ryan Aeronautical Co. was known as Ryan Aviation. In 1934, the Ryan ST was said to be one of the most beautiful aircraft ever built. Charles A. Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis” was formally a custom built Ryan NYP.” After WWII, his company built coffins. Claude Ryan was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the International Aerospace Hall of Fame.
Wagner’s book Ryan the Aviator, MacGraw-Hill CO. 1971, 253
Pages, heavily illustrated. On the half title page is an inscription/signed: “Best wishes to Jim Dalby, my old friend, fellow pilot and aviation pioneer. T. Claude Ryan.” Signed just below by the author William Wagner, Book in V/G condition, dust jacket shows little wear.........$95.00