Ryan Ramblings SCW

The world adventures of a special aeroplane

2018 – 80th Anniversary


1938 Jerry Sass purchases Ryan SCW #211 from Booth-Henning Inc., Aircraft distributors based in Love Field, Dallas.

“During World War II Oklahoma would play an important role in the training of pilots who would be called upon to fly missions and sorties all over the world. Under the leadership of Clarence Page, another Oklahoma aviation pioneer, a company known as the Oklahoma Air College was formed. The company would land a lucrative Army contract to train pilots in Oklahoma. Partners in the company included Page, John Burke, Ted Colbert Chief Pilot for Continental Oil Company, and Jerry Sass, an enthusiastic investor. The flying field [called originally Cimarron Field] was established at what is now known as Clarence [E.] Page [Municipal] Airport near Yukon [about 15 nautical miles west of Oklahoma City].”


Deciding to organize and run his own airline, Keith Kahle, along with Oklahoma

City pilot Jerry Sass and attorney W.C. Lewis created Trans Southern Airlines, Inc.

Trans Southern Airlines, Inc. applied for a route running from Amarillo, Texas to Atlanta

Georgia. The airline’s proposal was denied by a Civil Aeronautics Board committee.

After this setback Keith continued writing for the Oklahoma City News until it went

bankrupt, then he started writing a Sunday aviation column for the Daily Oklahoman.




Royal Naval Air Station Lee-on-Solent (HMS Daedalus) was one of the primary shore airfields of the Fleet Air Arm. First established as a seaplane base in 1917 during the First World War, it later became the main training establishment and administrative centre of the Fleet Air Arm. Situated near Lee-on-the-Solent in Hampshire, approximately four miles west of Portsmouth on the coast of the Solent at grid reference SU560019, the establishment has now been closed down.


From left to right:-

William Charney, aka Capt Biff Windsock, adventurous owner aviator of the “Red Rockette” D17-S.

Jon Butts, Past Chairman of Lee Flying Association.

Veronica Carter, Ryan Communications Officer.

Peter Bentley, ex Director of LFA, who flies a Luscombe.

Flemming Pedersen, owner and world traveller of Mooney HB-DVN

Steve “Smilin Jack” Carter, pilot of Ryan VH-SCW.



Safely in Storage at the Shuttleworth Museum, Old Warden.


Goodwood Revival 2017

About to leave home base Goose Green for Goodwood, and sequence of photos taken at Goodwood.

Patrolling the Somme near Compiegne, France

Hi Folks:
Absolutely beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing the lil” doll with me.
Does everyone know we got presidential medal’s of honor for flying her and her
sister aircraft. In that coastal patrol effort?. ——-that is my most prized medal.


Bob with 2 Gold Medals

I accepted Zack’s medal along with mine in Orlando a year ago or so. CAP MEDAL

“Robert Mosley, brother of Zack the well known cartoonist.”


A newly published book describing the relatively unknown war on America’s Home Shores. “An excellent and factual read.”




An article in a recent Newsletter, “The Vintage Aviation Echo” has described how aircraft from the Golden Age have often been overshadowed by military aircraft from the First and Second War.
Whilst this has been an exciting development, and greatly admired by all especially at airshows where everyone is thrilled by the spectacle; an important piece of Aviation heritage has been steadily developing, “under the radar”.
Jeez Cooke’s display at the Duxford Flying Legends Airshow in the Mystery Ship, in company with the Shuttleworth Comet and Mew Gull, and his flights in the Comper Swift replica are fine examples of this strengthening development.
The Ryan SCW is described as a “Starlet”, in this month’s Aeroplane Monthly magazine, which romanticises, the stylish and glamorous feeling of the Art Deco period.
“Art Deco is one of the first truly international styles, but its dominance ended with the beginning of World War II and the rise of the strictly functional and unadorned styles of modernism.
New materials arrived, including chrome plating, stainless steel and plastic. A sleeker form of the style, called Streamline Moderne, appeared in the 1930s; it featured curving forms and smooth, polished surfaces.”
We look forward to the Goodwood Revival, September 8th – 10th, where the “Vibe” can be relived.
The Vintage Aviation Echo, May 2017:-

DUXFORD “FLYING LEGENDS” Airshow 8th and 9th July

Friday afternoon, Ryan arriving at Duxford having flown from Le Touquet in France.


(Image credit Martin Lawless)

Below, Ryan in background watching the action.


(image credit Richard “Smiler” Smith)




19944355_1375024392546804_1785646378982597638_o(Image credits Simon Johnson Photography



(Image credit Neil Cotten)




Compiegne Classic Airshow 17th and 18th June

Wonderful event held in the area bordering the famous WW1 battlefield of the Somme.


This airfield is the oldest official aerodrome in the world, established close by in 1909, and not far from the Armistice memorial train carriage site.

France’s famous WW1 fighter ace, Georges  Guynemer was born in Compiegne.  “Guynemer became influential enough to affect French fighter aircraft design. In December 1916, he wrote a letter to the chief designer at Spad, criticizing the Spad VII as inferior to the German Halberstadt that was its contemporary. As a consequence, Spad developed two new but very similar models, the SPAD XII and SPAD XIII.” ………….”Although the cannon promised devastating firepower, the new plane was a handful because of it, as the cannon’s rearwards-protruding breech mandated separate aileron and elevator controls, split from each other on opposing sides of the cockpit.[11] The single shot cannon had to be manually reloaded in flight; it had a heavy recoil when fired, and filled the canopy with fumes from every shot. The Spad XII was not a plane for a novice pilot. However, Guynemer used it to down an Albatros fighter on 27 July, and a DFW the next day.[12] The latter triumph made him the first French ace to attain 50 victories.”


Nearly 72 years from the taking and occupation of Compiegne airfield by the US forces, a photo is taken on the German Luftwaffe laid tarmac.

The Collinot brothers, committee and volunteers did a superb job, hosting the 1930’s – 1940’s themed aerial show over two days. Pilots and guests were made very welcome and well looked after. Ground support was very helpful, the majority of volunteers being retired Air France engineers.

The weather was almost perfect; overcast on Saturday and slightly warm on Sunday, but the approximate crowd of 4000 on that day didn’t seem to mind. The focus was in the air, and what a great way to see aircraft at their best. Each participant displayed his or her aircraft in their own airspace during their allocated time of  between 5-15 mins.

The Ryan performance seemed to impress the crowd, “tres beau” and “tres jolie” were frequent remarks.







La Ferte Alais Airshow. 3rd & 4th June


Great Airshow and very well organised. One of the best I’ve attended.
Displayed on both days following a Reliant Stinson around the skies whilst a Laird filled in the gaps with some aeros.

The ground staff were very professional and I reckon it was Eric who kept an eye on us.
She was left out in the rain on Friday, but when it really started coming down, they arranged to put her in the hangar for the night.
Polished finish was a little off, she still looked good after a chamois.




We’ve been based out of St Cyr, right on the edge of Paris airspace last fortnight.
Got to turn inside the fountain at the Versailles palace on final to stay clear!

Unfortunately our friend had to deadstick his Norecrin into a paddock after leaving LFA on Sunday.
Prop came off due to failure of mounting bolt.  He is OK but sadly plane isn’t.

This weekend, 17 & 18 June, we shall be attending the Compiegne Classic Airshow, north east of Paris.
They have some spare hangar space there in the museum, so planning to leave her there for a while.


Ryan photos courtesy of Peter Mark editor of Old Timers.

For the article regarding the Shuttleworth’s Season Premiere featuring the Ryan RCW in the Old Timers please follow the link here



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