Winning Ryan ST-A – Goodwood Revival 2013

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.

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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!”

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