Ryan PT-22A Recruit

View of a silver and yellow painted plane hanging from the roof of the museum.

Improved from the earlier PT-16, the PT-22 was a military trainer aircraft used by the United States Army Air Corps and it successor, the United States Army Air Forces. It was the first low wing monoplane used for primary pilot training and made for a smoother transition to more demanding low wing fighters during World War II. The Army Air Forces accepted 1,023 PT-22s.

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Eric Long

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Aircraft; Aviation; Military; World War II

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