Ryan Ramblings SCW

The world adventures of a special aeroplane

Goodwood July 2018


The final refuel at Goodwood before returning to Australia. Well not quite!

A rare photo opportunity taken during the perfect warm weather conditions in England. A Dennis refuelling tanker with locally based Tiger Moth in the background.

………………….Dennis Ace Shell Mex & BP Tanker…………………..

The Dennis Tanker was built in 1937 in Guildford, Surrey, England. The factory was a purpose built  3 storey facility built specifically for the design and construction of Dennis vehicles in 1901. The building, known as the Rodboro building ( still stands today and is home to a Music Academy

The Dennis has a 4 cylinder 4.5 litre petrol engine bolted to a 5 speed (4 forward and 1 reverse) gearbox. Its long nose gave it the nickname of The Pig– this name could also be applied to its driving style!! – no power steering, a wormsteering box, drum brakes and an extremely heavy clutch with no synchromesh (crash box!) – a Pig to drive!!

Her main duties while being used by Shell Mex & BP was to deliver fuel to garages in West London, this lasted, we believe up until the early 1960s although no one can be sure, after which she remained in storage at the BP depot

The tank at the rear has a capacity of up to 500 gallons of fuel – not much by todays standards!!!. Fuels hand cranked out of the tank – see pump handle at rear

She has lived at the world famous Goodwood Motor Circuit (near Chichester England) for the past 10 or so years. Having been fully restored by BP to its original Shell Mex & BP livery. It is on display between the months of April and October and makes regular appearances at both the Goodwood Revival in September and the Goodwood Members Meeting in May. It has also been used as set dressing  for film shoots and advertising and is regularly photographed by visitors to the Circuit and Airfield

The history of the Dennis Brothers can be explored in the following link :


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.







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