Winner of the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation concours d’elegance at the Goodwood Revival was beautiful and sadly rarely seen 1934 Ryan ST-A N14986 (marked NC14986), S/N 118. The classic design was restored by Troy Stimson in Ft. Worth, Texas, before coming to the UK in 2010. The Ryan is based at Kemble and owned by Alain Grisay.
Troy tells this tale of how the aircraft came into his ownership in 1976: ” I bought the Ryan STA on a layover, by accident. We had a 30 or 40 hour layover in Tulsa. The guy I was flying with wanted to see this guy’s airplanes – a P-40, a Spitfire and a Ryan. I have always loved the Ryan and thought, ‘I’ve got to have that airplane.’”
“I had a picture of this Rolls Royce with me and asked the guy, ‘Would you be interested in taking this in trade?’ He was!”