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Published by Employees of the 
through their Welfare Department 

Art Editor- 
Editorial Secy 
Contributors to 
this issue: 

Larry Gibson 
George D-uncan 
M. Marco; Bill Wagner 
Sue Zinn 

J. R. Conyers 

Ralph Haver 


J. C. Stuart 

T. J. John>'-:'on 

Departmental and Organizations: 

Dope Shop 


Camera Club News 

Lofting Dept. 

Heat Treat 

Welding Notes 

The Ghost Talks 

Manifold Department 


Raaiblings from Third 

Maintenance Dept. 

A. Dope 
Flora Rosado 
Bill Keller 
R. L. Hayi^ard 
The Fui'nace 


Russ Nor dl and 

Paul Dawson 


Pat Kelly 


Our special thanks go this time to .J, 
C, Stuart for his clover poem, "Night 
and Day", and to Wally rie.llot for his 
appropriate art contributions; also .to 
T. J. Joxhnson for an excellent article 
giving us some dope on the Ryan "Sail- 
ors", And welcome to the newcomers In 

our contributor's list Flora Rosado, 

R. L. Hay>vard, and "Al". New faces are 
always welcome so — - — don't hide your 
light under a barrel. 


That latest visitors to the plant 
included Frank Tichenor, publisher of 
Aero Digest, Sportsman Pilot and Revista 
Aerea; and Max Karant, editor of Flying 
and Popular Amation. 

That a PT-20A was oti display in the 
Plaza downtown for several , days dtu'lng 
Flying Cadet Week, Hay 18th to 2Ath and 
that thousands of San Disganc took ad- 
vantage of the opportunity to stop and 
look at it. 




\ Making Army Trainers 
for the U.S.A. 

Now the boys at Ryans are a motley crew, 
Some smoke, some drink, some even chew. 
The Humphrey boys you a].l knovj- well; 
If they ever virork — it's hard to tell,- 

There's Harvey, yes, he's a mighty fine 

They say he looks just like his Dad. 
There's Walt and Kell and so many 'more 
But all they do is pace the floor. 

Oh yes, and Sachs and a fe# more too. 
Who play around on this old n5.ght crew. 
The best bjr far of this motley crew, 
Is Ml-. Harper, "I'lr, Boss" to jo-a. 

Oh yes, there's Tom, who is growing old. 

And vrorks like so he won't get cold. 

Chuck's the guy, you can hear him say; 
"I don't thinic I'll go to work today." 

But every job they do just right. 

Because these boys all vrork at night. 
Now everyone here knows Dan Burnett, 
VJhose watchful, eye they won't forget. 

And now a smudge on the day crew's nose; 
They run like ^vhen the whistle 

And leave behind the mistakes they've 

On the night crew' s shoulders the blame 

is laid. 

Now if this poem they should read. 

They'll know the reason they have turn- 
ed to seed. 

They're farmers one, they're farmers 

Farmers they'll be 'till judgment's 
call . 

But all together we strive with might, 
Whether we work by day or night, 
Faster and faster, day by. day. 
Making Army Trainers for the U. S. A. 

J. C. Stuart 



r//^r CLOCK 





by Bill KBller 


Joe won't punch me or any other tirae 
clock anymore! 

He didn't v;ork in this department. 
He was a maintenance mrin and a good 
one, I've lieard the boys say. 

Yesterday he was up ?>G feet on the 
trestle at the power house, tighterJLng 
up some fish plate bolts. 

They found his body on the ground 
about half an hour after he went up to 
do the job. 

Maybe his wrench slipped! I wonder 
if his wrench fitted tightly and if he 
was using it properly with the jaws 
aimed in the direction of the pull. 

Well, a lot of things might happen 
to a guy working on anything • above 
ground level. 

If Joe had only looped a piece of 
line through his belt and lashed the 
other end .to a tie before he started 
to work, he'd probably be O.K. and on 
the job. 

Everyone around here is pretty blue 

tLU^ CCttehULLU 

ijou mlokt 
meet a koo 

The Ryan Camera. Club held its 5th 
meeting Wednesda^y, June 4th, at the home 
of A. M. LAP,KIN.., . 

The attendance represented a number 
of departments^ among them^ Engineering, 
Inspection, Expei'iraental, Maintenance 
and Lofting. •■,■,;■:... ■:■ 

The program, ;g5t under way about 8:00 
P^M. with'vof stills contributed 
by members •'and. •'&•, demonstration of the 
process of making; an enlargement. After 
th3,t there vras a' showing of projected 
color stills followed by- a short period 
of movies. Film, both in color and in 
black and white, Was shown with' a very 
interesting t'.vo-roel trip through an ap- 
p].e dehydrating plant. 

The evening's program was interrupted 
at th.e finish of the apple picture to 
allow for the consumption of sinkers and 

It is our opinion that that part of 
the program is definitely in from now on. 
Place and date of our next meeting will 
be arjiounced later. The club cordially 
invites anyone who is interested to join 
in our fun. 


by Flora Rosado 

Congratulations and best wishes to MRS. 
EVA lEPOEE of the Accotmting Department. 
She has asked me to thank the Ryanettes 
for the lovely bouquet of flowers sent 
to her the day of her wedding. 

In spring a jovxig man ' s fancy usually 
turns to love, but up in production its 

:-well anyt'/ay, those new shades of 

pink, blue and biege are really swanky. 
Fellows, you're just plain irresistible. 

Boy, does LARRY MARTIN' s heart beat fast 
v/hen he sees MARGARET EVILSIZORI Cute 
isn't she, Larry? 

I noticed Material Control has tvro new 
girlsp Welcome, (Miss) SHERIDAI^I HARVEY 
and (Miss) MARGARET EVILSIZOR. 'You've 
got some stiff competition now, PAT! 
But at least they don't have red hair, 

i^' the way, Ryanettes, what happened to 
our Spring Dance? Kind of went by the 
vfayside didn't it? Well, it's a little 
late nov; so how about talking up a sum- 
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More Ryanettes ' 

mer formal instead. If yon like ths idea 
how about bringing it up at the next 
meeting? We shoxiLd have it scmetime be- 
fore vjinter comes. 

I always wondered why 
the fellows in Produc- 
tion didn't, mind work- 
ing overtime but when 
the Planning Department 
reeked of perfume (Par- ^--^ 
is best) at ten o'clock 

Monday nifht that must be the answer. 

'wJhose boy friend brings her to woi'k every 
morning, shares his limch v-'ith hei- in the 
car, even phones her as soon as she gets 
back to work at 12:00 o'clock, takes her 
home at four and then calls for her 
■ every evening? You don't need to .pnjess 
because it's^ALICE BACKMi\K''s beaix, VjAR- 
REJI MAECOUX. Love is really grand, is- 
n't it, Alice and Warron? But more power 
to you kids. That's v;hiit makes the world 
go round. 

' About a week ago the girls from Ryan 
.: ;Cdnsolidated and Solar received :invita- 
■'■^ions to the Aircraft Dance at Gamp Gal- 
■" Ian. Many who were free v/ent and even 
- those v;ho were "going steady" almost 
I left their "Sweeties" to dance with the 
Boys, better watch out for 


■■ypur girls! You know it's all 
National Defense! 

for the 



All the eligibles already have or 
soon will get their long awaited ques- 

■ To keep the boys happy for the pre- 
sent, please, please don't sing, huia or 
v;histle any military airs around the 
plant. I, myself, on hearing said songs 
get lovrer than a snake's solar plexis. 
But enough of this di-ibble. 

The 'lew paint shop will soon be fin- 
ished Vie hope. Ah, just imagine being 

able to vrork without getting your tonsils 
lacquered or getting dope in you:' eyes. 
Well, I can dream, can't I? 

The paint shop crew is enlarging with 
leaps and bounds. Greetings, you nexv 
arrivals! Yes, we're a queer bunch. But 

ere very long you too will be one of the 
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The Lofting Department, better knovm 
to old timers (of three months or more) 
as the Layout Department, is finally 
making a bid for a little space in o\ir 
Flying Reporter. 

Yeah, I'll bet a lot of you guys 
don't ev^n knov/ where the loft is. I'll 
have to admit it is on the ground floor, 
but it is in the section of ..the plant 
just to the left of the main gate as you 
enter. We have a long narrow room that 
is t-.7o stories high, so high-. we call it 
"the loft", see? 

Now to be more honest. Since vje ac- 
quired such a nice new soundproof room 
for cur department and put a taboo on 
all noise, the front office regards us 
with a little more respect (we hope) and 
gave us the. fancy title of Lofting De- 
partment. By the way, don't any of you 
guys forget that taboo on noise I men- 

A while back, a certain foreman of 
Sheet Metal used to barge in and shout 
for vjhomever he wanted to see, so we 
proceeded to shout back at him till he 
finally produced" bettor manners. 

A few days ago a couple of fellows 
from the offices upstairs adjoining our 
department asked mo what all the yelling 
was about every so often, and I had to 
tell him it was bur little cowboy, "PAN- 
CHO" TEX RECCARD just yavming. Ke makes 
a yawn sound like a yodel when he gets 
sleepy right after lunch time every day. 
By the \my, by the time this is publish- 
ed our little friend Tex may not be with 
us any more. He is planaing on accepting 
a Civil' Service job in aircraft vrark. By 
the way, Tex, have you found a cure for 
sea sickness yet so your next fishing 
trip vxon't turn out like. the last one 
you took. I hope ^e gets this issue so 
he .appreciates the send-off I'm giving 
him. /,_ 

One of our newer members is t'or'ning 
out to be ..a knight of old. He left his 
home town. • and his lady love six: montiis 
ago to seek his fortune. Now he is mak- 
ing airplanes for Ryan and has sent for 
his . lady fair. They plan to tie the 
matrimonial knot upon her arrival on or 
about June 15th. Well, lots of 'happi- 
ness and so forth from the loft, CAPiL 

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by "Al" 

Ryan's lost a good man v;hen MUIR of 
the 1st left its employ. However, the 
greater loss was suffered by tho 3rd by 
the transfer of SCATES to the 1st to 
take his place. We wish to v.'elcome to 
Jerry v;as kinda whipped after the 1;3- 
ho\ir-a-day v;eek and transferred to the 
3rd in order to recuperEte. 

We of the third wonder why a certain 
fellow is not on the air as "Earon Mun- 
chausen", after the story of planting 
radishes on Thursday and on the follov;- 
ing Sunday night coming to vrork tired 
out fron hoeing same, because of their 
rapid growth. By the v/ay, those of you 
who haven't heard it should get "SPIICE" 
to tell you the story, "Now let's sup- 
pose there were three pennies", believe 
you me, it's good. Not a soifL has crock- 
ed a smile for him yet. But, keen tr^dng 
Spike — -someday you may find a sucker. 

Note for the Ladies of the Office: 
God's gift to the v;omen, (don't ask me 
vjhy he's called that), "TED O'NEIL", is 
back in circulation after breaking his 
engagement. We thini-c the real reason 
for the broken engagement is not so much 
a broken heart as that of the fact he 
found out that the good old U. 3. Army 
liiade no deferments for those married af- 
ter the conscription act v/ent into ef- 

We vjonder what v/elder found out to 
his sorrovf, ' or should we say woe to the 
pocket book, that "Stromberry Blended' 
are expensive. 

We vjonder if BILL BILLS has ever 
heard that Keeping the Home Fires Burn- 
ing can be very e:>±iausting? If you xvant. 
Bill, ^-^ will ask for a leave of ab- 
sence for you, 

IfJhat man of the 3i'd whose' wife prac- 
tically ■ signs his pay check, recently 
was curbed still further v;hen his wife 
took the .nev/- car av/ay from him and gave 
him an old jallooy to dr5.^e? 

We wonder what Jn^ "BOTTLENECK" S!iAR- 
BER stands to gain by taking his fellow 

workers fishing getting them sunburnt 

so t^at they are practically out of com- 

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I^^ly does JONES (not Al Jones) wear an 
Ice Cream shirt to work? Does he do it 
to make the rest of us feel bad? 

Dudley, The able operator of number 
eleven hammer on the second shift was 
off a couple of days with a fe\'-r red 
spots on his back. What vrould he do if 
he had frcclcles? 

There seems to be no limit to the 
number of calls poor old pa stork has to 
make around cur plant and among the ex- 
pectant floor pacers LYJM HARRINGTON'S 
nalie has been added.' "LITTLE JOE" SMLNS 
name is up there too.' 

Ue alvjays see Schell, the furnace op- 
erator, rushing out of the plant on Sat- 
tTdr.y nights, and most of \i.s don't fully 
realize the significance of it. The on- 
ly ansv:er offered for such action on 
Satiurday nights only is that he is hur- 
rying to get up to Rincon so his plow 
won't get lonesome, 

■^ -Ji* -K 

More Dope by A. Dope 

bunch. You are now, of course, in a 
sense. But •wdien you can go up to one of 
the boys, hit him' over the head with a 
stool, reviiye hijn, and borrow a Five 
without his being peeved, ' then you xvill 
be one of the bujich see, Sbu? 

A few wa,y3 to get acquainted are: Go 
to the nearest library, study upon the 
various topics discussed at lunch. Then 
get in an argument. Be sure to have 
pictui'es to prove your point . Some of 
the boys are hard to convince! 

Another way: Toss your apple cores, 
milk cartons, and pop bottles at RASEY. 

Don't mind if he gets mad he's even 

scared of BILL B. Gad, who wouldn't bel 
(If you feel a draft after Bill reads 
this, said draft will be me getting out 
of his way.) 

JOHIvHr/ R. wasn't satisfied v/ith a 
three-day holiday, he had to have four 
days. Oi' maybe it vras the brand of soda 
pop he used over the' holidays (for a 
chaser). Says Johnny, "A cool brook, a 
shady nook, and thoul" Who is this 
"thou", Johnny? Tsk, Tsk. 

After six months in San Diego, I fin- 
ally got a date, but my style is cramped 
on a bus. 

Talking about style, if you single 
fellers want a few pointers on the gen- 
teel art of wooing, see PRETTY BOY SMITH 

badge 6004 he's a killer (to hear 

him tell it) , 

CARL PAIi'lER has recently become the 
proud ovmer of a future milk wagon, I 
tink. Congratiilations, Carl. 



NOAKES momumacw 

J. r! con vers V -> . 

Well, children of the every-thlrd- 
week friendship Socioty, here is;' the 
all revealing on another one c;f , .■;ti.i^ir>.,c,o- 
horts.. . We've snapped a dlfxe'reht'kind- 
of ■ a pictiire this time. 

JameE C. Noake-s woiold rather fig- 
ure ho^v much airplanen cost ■ than make 
them. Imagine if. Mis job is to see 
that all of the money is kept track of. 
....does soiJind pretty good at. that. 

James G. ;vas bom in Syracuse, New 
York, -in 1902 and- livod there -mti;;. . , . . 
whoops, we're going too fast,' He was 
in -high school there v/he.u .that, old' 
fashioned, world war brok-3 out, "Ai.tnbtigh 
just sixteen at the time, he joined the 
Jlarine Corps and served with the •5th 
■.regiment- in France, finally attaining 
the rankof priy&te, first class. 
\; ' .Here's one for the quiz kids. When 
'Jlia came home, from the wars he finished 
high schpor.and, vdiile doing it, played 
on the football team. In this peaceful, 
activi'^v he knocked a shoulder out of 
joJJit:.- -It still busts loose at the drop 
of ,^ 'tiandshake , 

, c •$■£ 1920, he started learning about 
mojiey vinatters (business administration 
c:Qur|e) .at Syracuse Univers.lty, Hovrever, 
he--'^.aiql to pay his v7ay and did it working 
as- i ■machinist and production clerk in 
a factory.. ■ It develops that kno-.ving a 
little about that sort of thing comes .in. 
to good adv-antage on his present job. 
Controller at Ryan. He says he can run 
any machine in the plant. How about it,- 
boys? ■ ■ ■ . ■ 

In 192/4, he -went to work as a night 
auditor (clerk on th?- grave yard shift) 
for the Onondaga Hotel, later traveling 
for that concern as a ful.l' fledged audi- 
tor. 'Since his fondeiit hope was to be a 
Certified P\.iblic Acco\.intant, he ne.-d: got 
a job 'vifith the vjorld's largest Public 
Accountant firm, the Price, Watei'house 
Co., of New York City. 

■ vrnile here, ' he signed on for a La ' 
Salle Extension Course in accounting. 
Also he started to take a -special coach- 
ing cotirse for the, C. P. A, e>caj.ris just 

started to,- The co-arse cost |125 and 
dicln'"t guarantee success, so raoney-vd-se 
Jm Ifoakes buys hziuself a flock of books 

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for $15 and gives 'himself a coaching ■• 
couT'se, It worked, too. He passed the. 
exasis and became a C.P.A. in"1934-. -''; 

Is there a m.oral in the fact that . 
a.ll.of our big shots are married? There 
may be something in 'Ihis, boys and girls; 
better look into it, if you aren't al-' 
ready under the influence. Any.'/ay, Jim ' 
riiarried a Rew York girl in 1936. ■ Inci- 
dentally, he showed us.., just accident- 
ally, of _ course. ,.,a picture of her in 
the local nev>rspaper. It was '.an announce- 
ment that a fonaer prominent pianist of 
Kew York, Mrs, James C, Koakes, woxild 
gif/o a recital in Goronado, 

Frcsu 1936 until 1939, Jim was Con- 
troller for the Canada Dry GLnger Ale 
Co, Then he took the first vacation 'in 
five years and ended, up in California, 

Yep, it got hlia too. So next he's 
wcrking for the C.P.A. firm of Arthur in Los Angeles. About now, when 
the futu5.-e of the airplane industry 
fjtai'ts. standing out 'like a guard's badge, 
brother Noakef; says, "Thc-t's the place 
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by Russ Nordlund 

Here it is time to go to pres^ and someone was really caught unprepared. Where 
time hf.s gone I sure would lil<e to know. 

Things have been more or leas quiet the last txvo weeks ever since LOU UPMSYER 
left our midst. It seerac to be a set tradition from no\v on, that those who leave 
our department for the last time, will be thox-ou^;hly cleanced from all manifold con- 
nections in our ever-ready horse trough at quitting time. (As to what prompted this 
action, I haven't the flight est id3a.) 

I wish each and every one of p-'lr^H-'U 
you had been able to vjitness =i-^"=Tii:-^-T 
the facial expressions and vtet ^iii^'^ 
dog droop when it beca:ne ne- il-.-i" ,-^, ^i,,,\ 

jg droop 
cessary for Lou Upmeyer to 1!/T 
check out after his cold duck- I- 
ing. Those contemplating si:a.i- 
lar actions in the future, had 
best be forewarned and wear 
somethj.rig old, 

A little diversion follovrs 
to give time for thought 

It seems there was an Eng- 
lish v:ar refug ee taJ-kingto a 

small boy in Mev/ York "Ky mi- 

cle in England v^as tapped on 

the shoulder by a sword, and 

became a Knight," "That's 

nothing", said the little boy, 

"My uncle was tapped on the head, by a 

policeman and he became an Angel," 

One defense worker asked the. other, 
"Are you v;orking for National Defense?" 
"Nope! Just Plane Defense," 

Now to go on, it ia with deep regret 
that i"e all have to say goodbye to a 
swell fellow — ^DEL I'lEUIR — ^vvho is leaving 
us this week for a little different 
field of work. Good luck Del in youi' new 
duties^ may you prosper and be as happy 
as we were to vrork with you. 

That same old story started going a- 
round oui- department last week, when 
WAICEMAN showed up for work wearing a ■ 
pair of dark glasses. There are those 
v/ho may believe you were hit with such 
acc\iracy by a swinging door, and another 
thing, I didn't think they had sivinging 
doors in dance halls that were in opera-, 
tion during sessions. But I guess, 
everyone can be sometiraes vjrong. 

I presume each one of us has had at 
one tjjjie or another, the pleasure of 
visualizing a comical side of one's . 
makeup, usually brought to your atten- 
tion by others. Now as the opportunity 
presents itself, I shall take the liber- 
ty to show you all a regular fellow at 
play. From '.vhat has been seen up to now, 

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ACCOM p ^<^m^^^ . 

^afiC<^r^^ Fie 


he has developed his boys into a real 
power-house rea.dy for all comers. 

Let's all try to tu.rn out' for these 
games whenever it is possible, and give 
our Ryan teams a large noisy attendance 
for that is what really makes any ball 
game, and at the same time, boosting the 
desire for further victories. 

In closing I would like to comment en 
how well G. E. SCATES is resuming hig 
leadman duties among a number of strajige 
faces after changing from third to first 
shift. . From several opinions, I guess 
it is really a task of changing one's 
system away from those heavenly grave- 
yard hours. 

More about Jim Noakes 

for me," and sells Claude Ryan the idea 
that what he needs is one of the Noakes 
boys for a Controller. 

This is one time that we didn't ask 
for an opinion on the future of aviation. 
We didn't have to. If aviation hasn't a 
super colossal future, then Jim Noakes 
has sure v:asted a lot of enthusiastic 
prophesying about it. Gosh only know.3 
how many good substantial figui'es he 
rips out to prove it,.., and figures are 
Jim's business. 




Editor's Note: — The fol?^owlng . article on Ryan TJniver- 

. sal E:xhaUv3t Manifolds v;bich was written by Ralph Raver, 

.' Manifold Engineer, can aiso be found in the June issue 

,11^ / of Aero Digest, 


Incorporating patented "Ball .and Socket" Joints 

The development during recent years of high horsepower aircraft engines and 
d^mamlc suspension mounts has brought about a great need for suitable exhaust mani- 
fold systems which v/ill perform their intended purpose with long life and low main- 
tenance requirements, A satisfactory manifold for present day high horsepox«/er en- 
gines must adequa.tely provide for the handling of the inherent movement, vibi'ation, 
expansion and contraction. 

The Ryan Aeronautical Company for 
many years has been vitally interested 
in the problem of suitable e:diaut;t mani- 
folds and after much research and exper- 
ience has developed a collector ring 
which not only has ].ong life and lov; 
maintenance features, but also adds life 
to the power plant itself in that the 
manifold is not supported on the engine 
as with other exhaust collector riA^s, 

The type of collector Vifhich Ryan has 
developed and proven to be satisfactorjr 
in service is knoxvn as the Universal 
Joint Exhaust Manifold, and is co;'ffinonly 
referred to as the Ryan "Ball and Socket" 
Collector. It is novj- used extensively in 
many models of America's most- advanced- 
type military and commercial planea. and 
has been manufactured in ever- increasing 
voli-ime during the past three years. 

Essentially, this type collector is 
supported by the engine mount or cowl 
v;el3. by means of a series of linl-is, and 
is connected to the engine exiiaust porbs 
through the use of universal joints. 
This arrangement eliminates hanging the 
collector on the engine exhaust ports 
and permits the power plant to vibrate 
and deflect free of the Goll.ector ring 
body as the uniTersal joints absorb the 
movement between the manifold and the 
engine. This type of installation ade- 
quately handles the excessive movement 
found in engines using d;mamic suspen- 
sion type mounts. 

The principle of the Ryan built "Ball 
and Socket" Universal Joint is quite 
simple. It is essentially a ttibe with a 
cupped end enclosing a cast iron spheri- 
cal sleeve, or ball. This cast iron ball 
has a conventional type piston ring in- 

stalled around its circumference, thus 

assui'ing a tight joint between the ball 
and socket. The port tube or exhaust 
nipple in turn fits inside the cast iron 

By mounting the collector ring on 
structures other than the engine, the 
engine itself is free to operate in the 
manner intended vdthout destroying the 
balance built into it by tho manufactur- 
er. On high horsepower eiigines it has 
been found that this balance is easily 
destroyed, and the life of the engine 
materially reduced ^vhen weight is hung 
uoon it, as is necessary with the ordin- 
ary slip joint collector 

Hovrever, with the "Ball and Socket" 
exhaust manifold, the engine need onl.y 
support approximately 15 pounds of the 
collector ring weight and this is dis- 
tributed over the full 9, 14 or 18 cyl- 
inders as the case may be. The remain- 
der of the v;eight is supported by the 
engine mount or cowl well. 

This compares very fa"»TOrably with the 
"slip joint" style collector arrange,-.aent. 
in which the engine mount must support 
the entire weight of the manifold. Par- 
ticular care has been taken to make the 
ball and socket manifold as light as 
possible without sacrificing strength or 
requiring "off gauge" materials. The 
cast iron balls incorporate lightening 
cut-outs; the stop collars have light en- 
:Lng holes; and, the collector ring body 
joints are light and rigid. The result 
of this weight saving, and the fact that 
the Ryan Uruversal collector does not 
require a collar to connect each port 
section, is that the weight of the ball 
and socket manifold is on a par with 

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ViiE (jf^iHi^eix 

that of the slip joint collnctor for the 
same type of engine. For e>di;iust turbo- 
supercharger installations the ball and 
socket collector is lighter than the 
slip joint collector as the Ryan man- 
ifold can be made of lighter gauge 
material rjithout sacrificing strength 
and safety. 

The Ryan Un-iversf'l i'anifold is made 
in a complete ring of three or four sec- 
tions which are bolted together for 
rigidity, thereby eliminating slip or 

expansion joints which are a sotirce of 
leakage .and considerable v:ear. The 
"Body" of the collector is suspended by 
six or seven small links which are at- 
tached to the engine mount ring or cowl 
well. As the collector is made in a com- 
plete ring these links allow for circum- 
ferential expansion caused by high tem- 
perature operation. 

The installation problem has also 
been simplified by use of the "Ball and 
Socket" collector since the manifold 
body can be installed before the engine 
is swiong into place. After installation 
of the povrer plant, the port tubes are 
bolted into place and the collector ring 
adjusted and secured. This permits the 
installation of cowling, tail pipes, ex- 
haust turbo - superchargers, and other 
item.s prior to actual engine installa- 
tion, vjhich is exceedingly helpful in 
ass embling aircraft on a production 
basis, and results in a very considerable 
saving of tii-iie. 

The univei'sal joint exhaust systeia 
itself is also simple to install as ex- 
pansion joints, slip joints, and compli- 
cated "vibration joints" between collec- 
tor and tail pipe are elim.inated. Since 
the Fiyan collector ring is mounted rig- 
idly to the nacelle structure, there is 
no movement or vibration to be allowed 
for in connecting the collector to a 
tail pipe or supercharger. 

This is very advantageous especially 
on exhaust turbo installations as vibra- 
tion, v;hich xToul.d be detrirr.\ental to the 
exiiaust turbine's life and operation is 
not transLD\tted to it. The e:q^ansion of 
the exhaust collector and the exhaust 
turbine is taken care of through the use 
of a large "ball and socket" joint placed 
between the tv^o units. 

Recent development and use of exhaust 
turbo installations requires that a rel- 
atdvely high differential pressure be 
maintained between the manifold and the 
atmosphere, hence leakage becomes an im- 
portant problem in this tyre of instal- 
lation. The "Ball and Socket" is ideal 
to cope vjith thiis situation since each 
of the universal joints in the exhaust 
port connections is sealed vrith a piston 
ring, and the cast iron balls are mach- 
ined to give the greatest possible ac- 
curacy and reduce to a m.inimum the 
clearance betv;een the "Ball" and the 
"Socket". Also, these joints are of 
small diameter thus presenting a low 
area for leakage. 

(To be concluded in the next issue.) 

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Howdy Night Owls! 




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The second shift can now sing "Sunrise 
Serenade" on the way home and actually 
see it happen. 

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Say, fellows, how would you like to have 
a sw8,p colijmn in our paper. If you '.vill 
take yo-or swap problems to rlAPPdS, 
Bumping Department, 2nd shift, he iAd.ll 
gxwe you all tlie cooperation possible, 

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I hear "FRENCHIE", our- "push her upper" 
on the 2nd got pushed iip last eve. A 
dark skinned gent very well "lit" didn't 
see "Frenchie" in that ne'A-- Pl;/irouth and 
really hit him. Of course if it hadn't 
been 3 J 40 in the morning whan all re- 
spectable people are asleep, "Frenchie" 
might have sa^J-ed this accident. 


WELDING NOTES - To Paul Veal from ????? 

A car without a tail ]-ight 
And turning to the right 
Is no reason to hit it 
When going home at night. 

The answer, 

If you park in a str.anger's driveway 
And go off to sip a fev; — 
Returning jow find a fender bent 
Is there anything you can do? 

Says one bumper to t'other bumper: 

"Down Texas way v;e grow "Pumpkin 
Haids" so big they use the rinds for 
baby cribs." 

Says t'othex' bumper: 
"That's nothing — here at Ryans tvTo 
Guards fell asleep on one small "beet". 
_ - 
1 - 1938 Dodge carbureter A-1 for what 
have you? See Harris. 
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Our Super "DAPPER' DAN" BURNETT vms re- 
marking to "SLDI" C0ATE3 about the com- 
mercial appliances of today. "Well", 
says Slim, "commercial appliances are 
not new. Wasn't the 'loose leaf system 
used in the Garden of Eden?™ 

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1-32 Caliber Automatic — $10.00 or 
what have you? See Harris, 

- - 

G. "SCUTTUEBUT" HARRIS has acquired a 
new addition to his family in the form 
of a wee scotty pup.'t you imagine 
hini up in the middle of the night rock- 
in^' 'nis pup and crooning "I can't give 
you anj'thing but love, baby". 

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1 - 1931 Ford Cabrolet, runs good. See 
Bob Fullerton, Iletal Finish, 2nd Shift. 

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"BILL" WimER has a very good idea that 
could be used by all the "sons of the 
beaches" at Ryans. It is a thermostat- 
ically "wow" controlled clock so that 
when they go to sleep on the Vjeach, an 
alarm will go off every 30 minutes so 
they can turn over. P.S. Might be a 
good idea for the plant too. . 

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So says the stack - 

You can cave me in 

You can push me out 
You can pound me around 

In and abou-'i 
But the man i\'ho treats me 

With the greatest respect 
Is tlie bumper who knows 

What hard bumps you can get. 

By your bumper. 
The Ghost 

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n:^ VS^&4 i\ 


just as sure as 
talking about the 

[ryan B 


by T. J. Johnson 

With all this talk going around about 
baseball, bowling, etc., I think it fit- 
ting and proper that a vj-ord be said in 
behalf of the RycOi boat ovmers and boat 
builders. I must warn you first that we 
are strictly of the monkey i/vi-ench sailor 
type, there being only one sail boat in 
the crov;d. 

So first off comes CLAUDE RYAN with 
his beautiful' 38' cabin cruiser called 
the 'KISMST', a trim craft if you ever 
saw one. Then comes DON WILCOX of the 
Inspection Department with his 30^ 'PAT- 
RICIA', Don has owned this boat for 
several years and has made several suc- 
cessful trips out into the blue Pacific 
after the elusive Marlin and Sv/ordfish, 
The vrriter of tM.s yarn has a 26' cabin 
cruiser called the 'DOE/.'IN'. The ivriter 
has also made several trips out into the 
blue Pacific after any kind of fish that 
would bite his hook. But he adiaits they 
always just got away as he brought them 
along side. (That's my story, an^Tway.) 


The mew RYAN FLYING- REPORTER cover? Now that we have an "official" cover we can re- 
lax and feel like an old established publication. The opportunity for a picture 
insert will give us a chance to use current pictures of i^roductioh, general activ- 
ities, prominent visitors and the liks xvhenever they are available, 

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WILLARD SAHSFIEID comes next with his 
24' ''SEA NYMPH', also a Marlin fisher- 
man of some note, having 'bagged' sever- 
al last year. Then, of course, there is 
the great JOHI^IKY CASTIEN with his 21' 
boat called the 'LEXINGTON' because the 
birds are always landing on it. And let 
me say here and now, Johnny can tell and 
is telling the best fish stories of any 
one in San Diego, So if you see him 
with his arms outstretched talking to 
some land lubber, stand clear because 

anything, Johnny is 
one that got away. 
Then there is BOB BLAKENEY of the "You 
can have it tomorrow TermLate Department" 
who vdth Don Wilcox again jointly owns a 
20' sail boat- that has to be towed in 
every Sunday, not because of the boat 
but they just can't control the wind, 
that's all. 

Then comes CARL PALI4ER-. of the Spray 
and Dope Department who built a 17-1/2' 
cabin cruiser that he thinks so much of 
that he keeps it in his spare bedroom 
under lock and key. It's the only metal 
hull for miles around; the name is 'HOPE- 
SO' . MAC CATTRELL of the Engineering 
Department also has a 17-1/2' cabin job 
called 'JOTA', Every three months or so 
Mac winds her up and takes a spin around 
the bay. (Right now the grapevine has 
it that Mac is applying for a job in the 
Drop Hammer Department so he can have 
more time with his boat.) I really don't 
blame him. Last, but not least, comes 
WALTER DEAK of the Inspection Department 
with his 16' speed boat which will do 
some 45 miles per hour. So any streak of 
white and red you might see going across 
the bay just might be D.ean warming her 
up. Then of course, there is BUCK KELLY 
of the Sub Assemblys and Rejection De- 
partment who has. been building a Hydro- 
plane for the past three years. But he 
tells me he is going to stay with it un- 
til he sees it in the water or die in 
the attempt. VJe're all with you. Buck. 

My apologies to any boat owners or 
builders I have missed, for I ;am sure 
there must be morej if so, I will try 
•to write it up another time. 




leware the deadly sitting h.?.bit, 

Or, if you sit, be like the rabbit, 

Who keepeth ever on the jump, 

With springs concealed beneath his ruiap, 

A little ginger 'neath the tail, 
Will oft for lack of brains avail. 
Eschew the dull and .slotliful 'seat, 
And mows about with willing feet. 

Man vfas not made to set a trance 

And press, and press, and press his pants. 

But, rather, with an open mind. 

To circulate among his kind. 

And so, my son, avoid the snare. 
Which lurks vfithin the cushioned chair. 
To run like HELL, it has beer, found. 
Both feet must he upon the f^fround. 

We must have men who get astir. 

Whose normal seat is on a burr, 

We need the men who g^t aruovo. 

Not those whose lives run in a grpove. 

The man who alv^ays does his whack. 
Behaves as tho' there was a tack 
Upon his chair, and in tho raw. 
Reminding him there's wood to saw. 

The man who's alv:ays worth Ms f ced, ■ 
Shuts off the gas and does the deed. • 
If he has more than one straight gut. 
He'll hustle when there's wood to cut. 

The man who iidd-nite oil does burn. 
Must rest, of course, upon his stern. 
He'll pad his head with heaps of facts. 
But can't get dovm to real brass tacks. 

The frenchies call ^ em "Ronda de Cuilr", 
Because to them a cliair's most dear. 
They sit and sit and gas and gas. 
And soon receive a calloused a... 

They also call 'em "Cul de plom". 
Because the part of them that's round 
Is just the same as if it's dead. 
Because it weighc as much as 

And so, my son, you must 

saw wood. 
If you expect to be 

much good. 
If life consists of 

chewing beef. 
You'll fend up on a 

barren reef. 


by Paul DaviTson 

Well! Well! Good Morning — Gl ory ! 
Here v;e are home from, a wonderful three- 
day vacation with burnt backs and brain- • 
less beans vjondering if it v;ill ever 
happen again, 

'hY-BISCUS chapman can't quite figure 
it all out. He came ' out of ^vork last 
Monday aight and swore someone had 
stolen his car, then suddenly seeing it 
right before him, remembered he'd paint-' 
ed it — ah, sweet mystery of life.. 

Jack Denny has nothing on ASHLEY 
(Frontiersman) BISHOP. He ventiired up 
to L.A. in his new 1900 model Buick. The 
car (?) got tempermental all the 
excitement and A.B. had to promise to 
fix the roof that was damaged during the 
San Francisco fire before it would come 
home . 

CARL "DAGWOOD" CLINS brought a new 
car and shut himself in the garage for 

three days just to look at it. His 

^'.dfe drives (?.) too. 

PAUL FREA14 thought he ought to have 
something " to remember this unexpected 
holiday by, so he asked his vdfe if he 
could go out. He'll remember itl 

Our Maestro JOHN GASTIEM surprised us 
last week: with some delicious smoked 
barracuda, vfhich we all enjoyed immensely, 
and was looking for.7ard to another \veek 
end of enjoyable fishirig but Johnny 
bought a new pole and decided to break 
it in without fish this time. 

Some of the boys ].azily soaked up the 
unshine at home while JOHN "IMFORI-JATION 
PLEASE" BARBER reveled in HollyvJood. He 
told about the beautiful sights and in- 
teresting lectures he attended' while 
there. Just call him Quiz Kids, 

All in all, everyone had a svrell time 
and we're all looking forward to another, 


The reason a lot of people do not recog- 
nize an opportunity when the meet it is 
that it usually goes around wearing 
overalls and looking like hard work. 





BULLETIN NO. 6 - This is the eijdr.h of a series of bulletins which are appearing reg- 
ularly in the RYAN FLYING REPQKTKfl describing for the American Vi-orking man facts he 
wants to know about the American business systiamj tellinj hov/ businesses are built; 
explaining how thsy are operated and defining the position that business occupies in 
American life. 


If you were asked to describe the men 
you know best, you'd probably begin to 
thinlc about your- neighbors. You rright 
say, for ex^nnply, that the man who lives 
next dooi' to you is smart j another fal- 
low down the street is not so siriart. lou 
say the chap acj.'oss the vmy is laay and 
shiftless, and the ont> next to hLu full 
of pep and q-oite likely to go far in the 

. You might thinlc of some fellow who is 
mean to his wife and children, end then 
you'd remember some man v;ho seems to be 
forever helping other people, or getting 
other people to help somebody. 

Maybe yoiar mind would turn to your 

fami3.y doctor, or the laundry man, or to 
the clerk who sold you your last suit of 
clothes. Describing the average man 
v/ouLd be a hard job, because it takes 
all sorts of people to make up the aver- 
age. The average man is a mixbujie oJC 
eveiy Icind of man. Everj^'body •■ is", a"n 
average person except for a few traits 
that make him different. 

The point is that business men are no 
exceptions to the rule. Most of them 
are just a"werage people. Some are self- 
ijsh, some are generous. Some are' likable, 
others are not; sccie succeed, others 
fail. Some are smart and others are not 
so smart. 


Some business men are excellent sales- 
men but poor manufacturers. They can 

sell at a, profit 
in spite of the 
fact that their 
manufacture is in- 
e f fie lent. . Some 
business men are 
very good manui'ac- 
turers but poor 
salesmen. They are 
able to stay in 
business because they manufacture' pro- 
ducts that people xirant and will buy, ixi 
spitQ of the fact that the quality of 
salesmanship is poor« 

But, such businesses are lopsided, are 
.>n6"tSi^s seciire as balanced businesses and 
\^i:^"!^-> easily upset by changes in condi~ 

tions. An inefficient manufacturer can 
get by as long as he can sell at high 
prices, but when recessions or sltmips 
make it impossible to get high prices, 
the inefficient manufacturer will. •.l0'S%„>, 
money and may fail, A capable manufac- 
turer can get l^y with inferior salesman- 
ship as long as many, people prefer, his 
product, but if he hasn't enough .salif-si.;*; 
sense to understand changes ;'in:,-ji€Cbiig":^ 
and' styles, he may go broke man'iifa.'ptiir- ^ 
ing, efficiently, producbs tha't'-'^pedpie ' ■'■^. 
have ceased to v^ant, .There was n6:'-||ro^ 
fit in the efficient manufacture ofr-the 
old-fashioned type of corset ■ V7;hen it 
?irent out of style and some corsel;- liicinu- 
facturers lost a lot of money because 
they failed to sense the change in the 
buying habits of their customers, 
(continued on next page) 

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Business raen Vvho operate unbalanced 
or lopoJ.ded businesses may be woll edu- 
ce.-L'f.d^ niaj'" be experienced and intelligent 
about the particular divisions of busi- 
ness in which they were trained but they 
are not necessarily smart business men. 

A si^iart business realises the im- 
portance of a good or.-janization of peo- 
ple viho can help him to achieve a reason- 
ably balanced business that ivill sell 
intelligenliy, man\ifacture efficiently 
and finance soijndly. A smart business 
nan appreciates and employs the abili- 
ties of people who can do things that he 
cannot do himself. 

But a business man cannot got full 


benefit of the 
abilities of 
o t h or p e pi e 
linless he can 
e.'irn and hold 
their respect 
ability and in- 
tegrity. If he 
lacks either ability or integrity, his 
capable associates v;ill not stay with 
hinij he will not enjoy the benefit of 
intelligent assistance, he vrill not en- 
joy the security of a balanced business. 
So, he vfill not be a sma]"t business man 
and lie probably won't last very long in 



The men vjho build businesses that are 
permanent and profitable are smart men. 
I-iany of them started as errand boys and 
apprentices and never got past the 
eighth grade in school. Most of them are 
too clumsy and too busy to mess around 
in society. Hany of them don't know how 
to cast a fly or play a fish. But they 
are earnest, honest men 'who can v;in the 
confidence, trust and loj'-alty of other 
good :!nen and thus siurround them.selves 
with assistants of fine integrity and 
high ability who com.bine their efforts 
to create balanced and successful busi- 

Of course it would be foolish to as- 
sume that all men in business are smart 
men with fine characters, because som.e 
are not smart and some are not entirely 
honest. Nor are all of them successful. 
It is fairly easy to go into business in 
the United States and many men who are 
unfair and unqualified to run businesses 
will, nevertheless, go into business for 
theraselves. A few such men appear to 
succeed, somehoxv or other, and people 
take notice. But most people don't take 
notice of the high percentage of fail- 


382,000 buanessQs failed in 1936 (ac- 
cording to statistics supplied by the 
United States government). During the 
saiiie pei'iod 408,000 new btisinesses were 
started. These figures mean that, for 
every 100 nevj businesses that started in 
1936, there v;ere 93 businesses (old or 
nev;) that failed. 

Some of the business men who failed 
in 193 6 were honest men '/;ho were capable 
in some respects, but who operated poor- 
ly organir-Lcd, lopsided bvxsinesses be- 
cause the businesses vrere lacking in 
character and failed to fulfill their 
obligations to be fair and honorable to 
their employees, their stockholders, 
their customers and their competitors. 

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This large proportion of failures in 
business is reasonably constant in nor- 
mal years and is higher in periods of 
depression. The failures are largely 
the res\ilt of incapable or shortsighted 
or unethical management and represent 
the process by which business purges it- 
self of the inexperienced, the uixfit and 
the characterless. 

The businesses that survive this con- 
stant and automatic house-cleaning pro- 
cess and continue to operate and to pro- 
vide employment, year after year, are 
those that possess a high average of in- 
tegrity and ability. The men who manage 
those permanent businesses are smart 
business men. 



You fell oxvs have probably noticed 
the hair cut JOHiJNIE CujVKSR lias teen 
vjearing the last couple of weeks. Last 
fall his ;P-irl told hira that he was act- 
ing like a billy goat, so he said "If 
that is the way I act I r,iight as well 
go ahead and look like one." There is 
no denying;: that he achieved doing just 
that, but what could she liave said that 
caused hira to want to look like a Grachie 
Blue Gum? 

If, perhaps you and joxw better ha].f 
don't get along so ivell you might try 
co-operating vjith her like one of the 
fellows in our department v/as seen 
doing the other day. He was hanging 
out the hashing as we walked up and he 
went on about his business as noncha- 
lantlj?- as could be. You could tell 
that he is no ainateur from the way he 
was v/orking, and if any of you are 
curious as to v.;ho it was just cone and 
ask us and we will give you the low 

POP LINDERFELT forgot his identifi- 
cation card one day recently, and when 
he was reprimanded for doing something 
that even a recruit wo.uld be severely 
punished for, he remarked, "I'll admit 
that it looks bad, but it was really 
intentional. I left my identification 
card over by the heat treat tank last 
night, 30 that I v;ould be sure to be 
able to be there in tirie for work today. 
Things have been moved arovind so much 
lately that a person needs an up to the 


minute road map to find where things 
are, and when I left my card I knew 
you ivoTild make me produce it, and in 
order to do that you wou.ld have to show 
me whore the tank is today." 

CURLEY HCERIIAN has started to build 
a model destroyer to add to his collect- 
ion of model boats and airplanes. He 
has a rice collection and after all of 
the v7ork that has been spent on them, it 
seems as tho he should bring them aroimd 
so that all of us may get a look at 
them. He shoiLLdn't mind if we try float- 
ing the boats in the quench tank and 
gliding his planes around the drop 
hammers. Or should he??? 

There has been some debate as to 
which system is best for the develop- 
ment of the muscles, pulling a drop 
hajrmer rope or ladling molten lead. 
The ladlers froia the foundrsr seem to 
have the edge over the rope pullers, 
because it is they who are seen sliowing 
off their muscles most frequently at 
the beaches. 

\jle would hate to have any trouble 
about l)eing accused of slander, but we 
reallj'- vrould like to know if it is the 
food at Glenn's that holds such an at- 
traction for DICK GILLAIi, or could it 
be that little girl by the name of 
Helen. vie knovj that she is his sister 
and all that, but do you suppose his 
wife does? I'll bet that this is one 
issue of the Flying Reporter that I^frs. 
Gillam doesn't see. 

u/e'll m&Gt at 

Ij'^ T\ 



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With the San Dlcgo Softball Associa- 
tion league play about to begin, the 
Ryan Softball Teams are hard at work 
finishing their practice schedaLe as 
well as smoothing out the rough spots. 
The teams as a whole are doing a fine 
piece of work. While there is nothing 
exceptionally outstanding about either 
of the teams, you may be sure that they 
are in there with a do-or-die attitude 
vj-hich in many cases is far better than a 
team of care-froe "greats". The Ditch- 
ing found on both squads is far above 
the rank and file pitching that one 
would expect to find on a company team. 
All' of the players are putting; forth 
their best efforts and playing in a 
spirit of good sportsmanship and sincere 
effort. At the present the "Stacks'' are 
undefeated in the pre- season playoff 
while the "All-Stars" have lost one game 
and that one was to the fast moving Red- 
dy Kilovjatts of the San Diego Gas and 
Electric Company, 

Both teams are scheduled to p3.ay in 
the San Diego Double "A" League which is 
nationally recogni:;ed as one of the out- 
standing leagues in Softball competition. 
This in itself is a feather in the cap 
of the Ryan Teams. To make "AA" League 
is an outstanding victory and should be 
recognized as such by the Ryan "Rooters" , 

///^f/f^ Vi^oi^'e^^-^fa 

The teams are out there giving their 
all and playing a brand of ball worthy 

of support, so GET BEHIND YOUR TEAM3 



With prizes the rule rather than the 
exception, the Ryan "Golf Bugs" are 
practicing hard for the forthcoming 
company -wide annual golf tournament. 
With three qualifying tournaments al- 
ready under their belts, moat of the 
Ryan Golf Club ivill be on hand Smaday 
morning, June 15th at 6 A.M. to try for 
one of the many prizes that will be of- 
fered for a host of various accomplish- 
There is just one restriction that will 

be enforced No one v^ill be eligible to 

compete for the LOW NET TROPHY that has 
not played in at least two of the three 
qualifying to-LU-nanients that have been 
held the past three months. This riil.e 

is made so that there v^fill not be a 
question as to the handicap that has 
been given to any of the players. 

There will be prices for all of the 
various classes and events. The aboTe 
rule applies only to the low net trophy. 

The players who have competed in the 
qua].ifying tournaments will be given 
handicaps computed on the standard hand- 
icap methods which until changed will 
serve as their Ryan Company Handicap. 

This tournament will be the first of 
its kind to be hold in the company so it 
is up to all of us to show that we can 
support such a tournament^ — come on out 
and join in the destruction of the Rancho 
Santa Fe Golf Course. The tournament 
will be at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course, 
Sunday morning, June 15th, 1941 at B Ul. 

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by Pat Kelly 

Ye Gods, men. After 
months of weary toil 
and unrelenting endea- 
vor to bring forth 
something a wee bit 
amusin/j, the xvriter 
finally found him- 
self hanging on the 

ropes v;ith nothing but the truth to pub- 
lish. Lo and behold, the jack pot fell 
out! Anyi'fay, it's refreshing to learn 
that at least one person reads this non- 
sense. TharJ< you,' "CKIC SALS" HILL. 

One dope in our outfit showed up the 
other morning in his house slippers and 
explained that he just forgot to change 
into his brogans. Well, that v:a3 a v/eak 
excuse, and "NICK" PETR.\NCyiGH warned 
him not to appear in hj.3 pajamas. No 
iiames i/ill be mentioned, but I v/ill ad- 
mit the slippers felt good. 

JMiracles never cease to happen. We 
are going to get a nevj building! That 
is, after the pipe racks and pig n.ron 
stocks are sheltered, we may have v^hat 
is left. BOB FISHBURN is in ecstasy. 
Perhaps he will be able to put things 
where no one but he can find them. That 
will be a great iBiproveiaent, for at pre- 
sent even he can't find anything. 

Truth or not , it ' s mighty hard to get 
something on these roughnecks. Take 
ilAPijE, for exfjnple. He just plods along 
scattering sunshine v;herever he roams. 
'xvienty some years ago he was a pill roll- 
er vath the Army of Occupation. He tells 
some tall tales, but vifho doesn't? 

Then there's STARKWEATHER. Suppose 
you take him, 'cause the writer tried it 
once. Starky is one of the charraing 

little sons-of ah guns from Kansas, 

alv;ays bubbling over homely v,dt and 
awaiting an opportunity to tell about the 
biggest one caught this season. You'll 
have to get up earl^;" to get ahead of 

And last, and a bit on the least side 
too, is "GHOST" TREAHY. Ever notice how 
greasy and black he gets? He is a fine 
mechanic, but that grease pack he v/ears 
is not accidently applied. Nc-o-o-o 
Sir. That's put there for a very par- 
ticular purpose. Whenever that black 

' ^^ ;•■•■' '■■a ) ^'i'-*? tSii: 

smudge appears in an aisle, its a v;am- 
ing that Treahy is immediately astern of 
it and you are requested to give way, 

'Struth, men, so help me J 

Dear Editor: 

Yesterday I happened to find the fol- 
loiffing document on the floor in. one of 
the ee-er — let us say — "Rest Rooms". I 
have only been v;orking at Ryan for a 
short while and do not know either of 
the men mentioned in the agreement. Knov;- 
ing how high lawyer's fees are in Calif- 
ornia, I feel it my duty to try to save 
these gentlemen the price of having an- 
other agreement drawn up. I believe this 
would be possible if you vjould print it 
in the Flying Reporter so that perhaps 
one of them would see it and come to you 
for it. 

Yours truly, 
An honest man. 

CHARLES E. KWURCK, here - in - after 
knovjn as the party of the first part and 
HUGH MC MHON, here-in-after known as 
the party of the second part do hereby 
soleranly, conscientiously, and fervently 
swear to the following agreement. 

In the future the party of the second 
part v;ill not refer slurringly about the 
bald pate of the part;?- of the first part 
and, in return, the party of the first 
part agrees never to mention the loss of 
mvomory of the party of the second part 
sustained vfhen he passed out at the 
sight of blood from his scratched finger 
and knocked his noggin on the dispensary 
floor. The party of the first part fur- 
ther agrees never to mention or cause to 
have mentioned that said loss of memory 
failed to return. 


Party of the first part 


Party of the second part 


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P L O Y E E S 

T ,H E 

Group Delivery of 
Ryan PT-21 Iralners 
iStory on Page 2) 

Vol, 2 No. 2 




As we celebrate America's day of Independence 
we are reniinded by President Roosevelt's re- 
cent "Four Freedoms" spoech of some of the 
goals toward which vfe are all v.-orking these 
critical days to assiire the continuation of 
our own way of life vri. tliout interference 
from foreign ideas or systems as well ac to 
help secure independence and freedom for 

Taken from a lies sage to the 
77th Congress 

Januaiy 6, 1941 

F O^ U R J. 


In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we 
look foin'card to a v;orld founded upon four essential 
human freedoms, 

■^ The first is freedom of speech and expression every- 
where in the world, 

* The second is freedom of every person to worship God 
in his own way — everywhere in the xvorld. 

i'f The third is freedom from vmnt i/rhich translated into 

world terms, means economic \inderstandings which will 
secure to every nation a healthy peacetjjtie life for its 
inhabitants everjiivhere in the world. 

■:!• The fourth is freedom from fear ^which translated into 

world tenns, means a vjorld-v/ide reduction of ar:niaments 
to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no 
nation will be in a position to coiumit an act of physical 
aggression against any neighbor anywhere. 

/"^Hj.r.ii^s VrYa^'i^ 


■ mm ¥JMM 

Published by Employees of the 
Through their Welfare Department 

Art Editor 
Editorial Secy 

to this issue; 

Larry Gibson 
George Dxmcan 
M. Ilarco; Bill Wagner 
Sue Zinn 

J. R. Conyers 
Ernie iloore 
Dan Driscoll 
J. C. Stuart 
M. Marco 

Departmental and Organizations: 

Final Assembly Chatter 

Slim's Pickin's 

Wing Assembly 

Bolts, Nuts and Rivets 


Rambling s from Third 


Manifold 2nd Shift 

A Dope frcaa the Dope Shop A Dope 

Ryanettes Pat Kregness 

Drop Hammer News The Rope 

Nick Livingston 

Slim Coates 

The Kite Haker 


V. J. Park 


Pat Kelly 

R. J. llorkowski 


Pictured on the front cover of this 
issue of Flying Reporter are a group of 
the nevj type Ryan PT-21 Ryan primary 
training planes delivered Friday, June 
20th, in front of the factory to Air 
Corps officers. In the photograph you 
\iill recognize left to right in the- 
foreground, Claude Ryan; Frank Moonert, 
Air Corps factory I'epresentative; Lieut. 
Donald Haarman, commanding officer of 
the Air Corps training detachment, San 
Diego and Works Manager Eddie Molloy. 
Back of them are the Air Corps officers 
and Ryan pilots who delivered the air- 
! planes. 


War never proves who is right, 

only who is left. 



Friday, June 20th at 2:00 p.m. was an 
important milestone in the history of 
the Ryan Aeronautical Company marking a 
large group delivery of the new type 
Ryan PT-21 trainers to Air Corps repre- 

Preciselj'- at 2:00 Claude Ryan turn- 
ed over the necessary papers covering 
the airplanes to Frank Moonert, Air 
Corps factory representative, who in 
turn delivered the airplanes to Lieut. 
Donald Haannan, commanding officer of 
the Air Corps training detachment of the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics v/hich will 
operate the nevi ships in the flying ca- 
det training program. 

Test pjJLot Joe Rust, who has flovm 
the experimental ST-3 and subsequent 
airplanes in all test work, had the honor 
of taxiing the first airplane of the 
group delivery away from the ramp at the 
factory field gate' Lieut. Haarman, 
Lieut. Merrill Carlton, Bob Kerlinger 
and Ryan School civilian instructors ac- 
cepting delivery of the balance of the 

With all parts beginning to arrive at 
the factory from outside suppliers, pro- 
duction shotild really continue rolling 
at a high rate and it is expected that 
before many vjeeks, the yardful of coxa- 
pleted airplanes will be on their way to 
various Air Corps training schools. 

Friday the 20th was a happy day for 
Eddie Molloy, G. E. Barton and other 
factory supervisory personnel charged 
with the execution of the large Air Corps 
contracts on which our organization is 
now working, The Navy model NR-1 planes, 
too, are novi rolling down the production 
line and one of these days soon similar 
cerouonies to those last Friday will be 
ataged ?;hen the NR-ls are delivered. 

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VJhat does the word "accident" mean 
to you? 

Is it a broken leg^ or a briiised 
foot, or a burn? 

Those things aren't accidents, they 
are injuries. The accident is the un- 
safe act which causes the injury. 

As Foreman Rusty says, "Injuries 
happen as the result of an accident, too 
often caused by doing soioiething tlie 
wrong or unsafe way. 

For instance, a mechanic, v'ithout 
thinking, vfill pick up a hand file with- 
out a handle to do a small vise job. 
(You know that the tang of such a file 
usually rests about on the edge of the 
palm of the hand.) v/ell, that mechanic 
will use such a file once, or ten, or a 
hundred tines and nothing v/ill happen. 
But, finally, some day the file gets him 
and the sharp point will be driven into 
his hand. 

In other v;ords, that mechanic vjill 

get hurt sooner or later he can't miss 

it if he keeps using that file vjithout 

a handle. If the mechanic slips a han- 
dle over the tang of the file before he 
uses it, he can never injure his palm 
because that's the safe way to use a 

If we are going to cut out injuries, 
vjs must cut out the unsafe acts that 
cause the injuries. 

And using a file is no 'different from 
sweeping the floor or handling material 
or operating a machine, or any other job 
in the plant. 

Every job has to be done the safe way 
and it is up to every man to learn what 
that safe way is. 



Bill Holt, lead man in Final Assem- 
bly, has been declared one of the ten 
winners in a competition recently spon- 
sored by the San Diego Jiinior Ch.giiiber of 
Commerce and will be given the oppor- 
tunity to take a primary flight training 
course of betvjeen 35 and 40 hours fljdng 
time this summer. Bill competed against 
over ei;'-hty other candidates and ive are 
certainly proud to have a "wimier" in 
OUT' itiidst. 

At the completion of this summer 
coxirse these ten winners will be award- 
ed their Private Pilots license. Out 
of the ten, two will be selected to 
continue into the secondary phase of the 
Civilian Pilot Training Program. Upon 
completion of the secondary phase, they 
vdll become eligible for the Army or 
Navy Air Corps. 

The Ryan School also claimed a vdnner 
in James For gey, night check mechanic, 
who likewise was one of the ten selected 
to continue his training. 

Another non-college class is due to 
start in the early part of this month. 
Anyone interested can apply at the San 
Diego Vocational School, State and llar- 
ket Streets. 

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This may be a little late but- "better 
late than never". 

A short while ago we lost our recep- 
tionist—NORICE AIIIA KIRKSEY. Good luck 
to this little Miss in her present job 
over at the Ryan School. 

BERNADINE DEHM took her place with 
us and she is a swell gal. Let's give 
her all the cooperation we can and v;hen 
we ask someone to call us here at the 
plant, give them the local number to 
call as well as the name. This v/ill be 
a big help to Bernadine in learning to 
associate your name and local number. 

Eramett liallot. Personnel 

i / I I '■ 

toUi. -- iiuhhcK.rCi 




This interview was held in com- 
petition with a salea nianagej; ' s 
regular duties. That m.sans that 
vie got in a short question every 
third interru.ption. Just how Sam 
managed to keep what vje were there 
for in mind even, is puzzling. 
Don't ever envy a sales manager, 

Sam Breder got arovuid to the 
time of this article by a varied 
and interesting rout, starting in 
Buffalo, Nei" York, where he was 
born. A few years later the Bre- 
der family moved out t o las souri. 
Sara spent most of his, admittedly r:^::^:^:!- 
undistinguished, school years in'JII^ 
and aroT^id .. Kansas ,. City. After -j^^jr- 
graduating from high school he f^^— 
took on a civil engineering cour se-::^" 
but ■ ■" 

didn't (^uite get a degree,'.^-:;— :;>«V\\ 

missing it by three or four ere- rri'^ ^ 


When the opportunity to ivork 
for the Sta r Rubber Company of Ak- 
ron came along, he forgot the f ew-^^^;^;;;^:^^'^ 
Ticking credits and v/ent to work. 

This 'ivas in j^i^ ^^^^ ^^'^^ first -5i'--"-^£2 
world woriy v/as getting v/ell under.;^: 
viray. _S^_Joined_jthe__Anny;__Alr 

He took ground school trainin g 
j.n A^ istin , Texas , and finished up, 
as a war bird, at Camp Dick, Dal- 
las. Uncle Samuel then assigned 
him to the 345th Handl.ey Page 
squadron at I'lineola, Lohg^ Island, 
,Hew Y or"k. He~say3TTe"Tihxshed the 


war off jn a blaze of glory, fight- 
ing the Battle of Long Island. 

After being discharged, ho v/ent back to hij_^d job w i th the Star Ru bber. Shortly 
thereafter they sent hhn out here "to the coast as Paci fic Coast Manager. Sam says 
he went on boimcing around in the rubber business mitil 1924 when he ca m e to Sa n 
^Mego_t_ojtake_a job with the Spreck els interes ts here. %T7iUi./'^'^''i &i'''«"''/^ ^'f\ • 

.In thejfa ll oTT9?7~ he"Joi ned~l,lie old originaI~^yan_^rgamzation^as s ales manag er. 
From this start in the aircraft industry, he went on tcT work^oFTockHeed,, Northrup 
and Ai r Associates . He was, of course, connected v/ith the selling end of it. During '"',A, 
the depression he sold parachutes for a while, Sam says there was a big demand for 
them, for half-hear"ted suicide leaps from tall buildings. 

In i^S he ,caiiie to vjork for Ryan as Sales Manager and he is still here but 

busily. ^ 'X\y^^%^ 

We didn't have a chance to ask for any prophesies or opinions. However, Sam Bre- 
der did drop a casual remai'k about selling you all airplanes some day. 

s-^. ^.^^-^l>i 

, (i/>fv/ 






r n n rc\ 

■~ f~\ f\ "^Y** 

In expanding production on a large 
scale such as we have done in the last 
several months, a closely knit, vjell 
organised and efficient group of train- 
ed men are necessary. With this in 
mind, we have set up a program in the 
factory for the training of leadmen. 

This program endeavors to train the 
supervisory structure in the technical 

part of their job that is, to tell the 

leadman what is expected of him in every 
day contact with his job. Superimposed 
on this material is infoi-mation and dis- 
cussion that ^vill help him in handling 
the human side of his job. 

Actual shop projects are brought in- 
to the conference rocci for demonstration. 
Each leadman participates actively and 
receives help and instruction when nec- 
essary from a conference leader. 

The program will be geared up in the 
future so that all the leadmen in the 
factory i/oll eventually receive instruc- 
tion in the technique of job instruc- 
tion, -^ 

Ernie Moore 

7HE y 






SAY ^'.f^^f^fi 

I liked his looks. He was v/holesome. 
There was something in his clear eyes 
that suggested tender strength; some- 
thing in the resolute set of his shoij.- 
ders that said "I am master of myself." 

"Who is that man?" I queried a casual 
acquaintance near by. 

He named him. Then he leaned toward 

me confidentially: "They say ," and 

he repeated some idle, malicious gossip 
that had a sting in it. 

She liad never appeared to better ad- 
vantage. The play had been made for her 
and she, it seemed, had been made for 
the play. Through the three acts of the 
tragedy she held her audience spell- 

bound. One feared to whisper, lest he 
break the enchantment of such art. It 

v/as a triumph a new crown of laurel 

for the greatest tragedienne of the age. 

Then I heard a murmer of voices 

from the orchestra chairs behind me. 
Faint, but clear, I heard her name spo- 
ken a pause then, vdth a rising 

inflection — "They say — ," I caught 
no more fmve a hushed, but knowing 

They say — 

Who are THEY 
that say? THEY— 
the great unknown.' 
THEY - the subter- 
fuge of some mal- 
icious mind] 
THEY — the anony- 
mous messenger of the slandered I 
the Borgia with a viper's tongue! 


They say — 

How — thoughtlessly, I shall say, — 
we preface many of our remarks with 
those qualifying words. As though with 
their utterance we neatly and adroitly 
passed the responsibility to another, 
and, consequently, felt free to say 
things we would otherwise never voice. 

It ' s a habit — a dangerous habit — 
a habit vjith potential harm in it that 
is incalcuJ-able. For with that which 
almost invariably follows' our "They say 
— ", we create mistrust, breed suspi- 
cion, destroy confidence, assassinate 
character and do irreparable injury. 

And it's all so useless. We simply 
traffic in gossip, in slander, in defa- 
mation. V/e gain naioght and we lose much, 
for some of our self-respect is sacri- 
ficed every time we utter those fateful 

Take this little preachment to heart; 
When next the phrase comes to your lips, 
deny it utterance. If you will not 
sponsor what you are about to express - 
or if you can't place responsibility for 
it upon a definite person or source let 
it remain unsaid. 

Do this, and you'll be happier and 
you'll not rob others of their happi- 

Dan Driscoll 



who LLkQ mailc 

the other 


We ran into a couple of factoi.-y "aorkers 
afternoon in one of the local music store.g 
ing albums of syiuphonic lausic for their raciio-Dhono- 
graphs which leads us to realise that ur\doubtedly 
there is much interest in serious j'usic among our 
employees. Consequently, vre are giving you here a 
bit of infoiTuation about the series of Midsunma" 
Kight ijymphonies to be given this year in San Diego 
on Tuesdays and Fridays, July 18th through August 
19th, at the I'ord Bovfl in Ealboa Park.... 

Nicolai Sokoloff has already arrived in San Diego 
where he v;ill for the third successive season direct 
the San Diego Sympiiony Orchestra in a series of ten 

concerts. All programs vail feature 
guest soloists vdth the exception of an 
all-Wagnerian program on the evening of 
August 15th. 

The first prograra, starting at 8:00 
on the evening of Jul;'' 18th, will fea- 
ture the beautiful young Mezso Soprano 
MOM PAULEE, vjinner of the I94I Metro- 
politan Audition. Other guest soloists 
for the season will include: 

JOHN POWELL, Pianist. Americin pianist- 
composer — noted for his concert per- 
formances — wi].l play his own composi- 
tion, the famous "Rhapsody Negre". 

RUTH R:':^YN0LD3 liURRAY, Mezzo Soprano-Miss 
Murray's Tovm Hall appearance early 
in 1941 received New York's outstand- 
ing "rave" notices of the past two 

Piano An outstanding team of pian- 
ists from Los Angeles. 



S oprano San 

rom outstanding 

HOLLIS SMW, Coloratura 

Diego's own direct i 

successes on New York stage and radio. 
CftlELES IjAK1;FL.LD CADliAM, Pianist. The 
faiaous composer-pianist needs no 'in- 
troduction to San Diego audiences, 
RMOHA GERHAFD, Pianist. Beautiful jomig 
artist — sensation of the 1940 Minnea- 
polis Symphony season will play the 

Ger shvvin Concerto, 
LOIS WAMI, Oboe. Product of the San 
Diego High School Orchestra. Now a 
nationally famous oboist. On the 
faculty of Guillard Institute, New 
Another guest violin soloist vfill be 
the Concei-t Master of the San Francisco 
Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Blinder. 

Tickets may be obtained for each sep- 
arate performance at the Ford Bowl, — or 
reserve season tickets and reserve seats 
may be obtained at the box office in the 
Thearle Music Company. 


W I K G 



L Y 

by The Kite Maker 

A lot of water has passed under the 
bridge since our last article. The vjo- 
men have taken over the Fabric Depart- 

have moved it out to the Dope 
some of the boys v/ent with 

ment and 

Shop and 

them. If work in the wing department 

slackens up a bit, all the boys vn.ll 

probably be going out to help the gals, 

I v;onder v/hy! 

"PAVING DOUG" BEEBE went back East to 
pick up a new Biiick and has been raving 
ever since about driving it under 40 
M.P.H. Well, I guess he had a pleasant 

trip any.-'ay. Some of the rest of us 
vjish we had a Buick to gripe about. 

But that is the way of life . . . 

DICK KOSKE vjent back to Detroit to 
pick up a Ford. When he got it, instead 
of green, it was a "baby blue". He drove 
it 200 miles and then installed a nev; 
motor. Oh well, there is a "lemon" in 
every mai<e. 

I hear a few of the wing boys are go- 
ing to Catalina over the Fourth ROCK 

FIEHLER and CHUCK KELLOGG— be good boys. 

Good health is no doubt man's great- 
est asset, but sometimes too much of 
that isn't a good thing. If- CKUCK 
KNUECK, the second shift foreman, had a 
little better constitution, vje v/ould not 
have the pleasure of having hiri around 
now, the reason beinj tiiat lie recei^wed 
his orders to take his physical and 
"stond by" for the Navy. Fortunately for 
all concerned the doctor said "No dice", 
and so v,'e still have our shining example 
of what a good haimaer inan should be. It 
isn't every man that can wash his hair 
v/ith two swipes of a wash cloth and have 
a polish job like his. Some claim it to 
be a Smonize job, but fi'o;.i authorita- 
tive sources vie find that it is Glitter 
Glaze, a new product on the market. 

The second shift hand finishers wel- 
come into our midst "SLIti" lifltOTLL from 
the day shift. 

V'e have found out what it is that 
takes "HOT BOX" SCHiilLL, the second shift 
oven operator to Itincon County every 
week-end. It is paternal love, for up 
there he is called the Great VJhite Fa- 

We aren't trying to strum up business 
for Earl Carroll up in L.A., but LONNIE 
SI'ilTH took his own wife up week before 
last and found it to be well ivorth his 
money. We aren't trying to cast anj'' 
suspicion on Lonnie, but vrhen a fellow 
takes his v;ife out to nice places he de- 
serves credit. 

Rube Goldberg has nothing on one of 
our janitors, except that he draws dia- 
graBis to illustrate the way to do diffi- 
cult tasks. One of the lights in the 
office burned out and the maintenance 
man brought a foarteen foot ladder to 
replace the bulb in the office v;ith a 
ten foot ceiling. The poor fellow was 
stumped and was just ?.bout ready to go 
and get a shorter ladder, when one of 
the janitors solved the problem by tell- 
ing him to go ahead and climb up the 
^ fourteen foot ladder 
^ /'-v''"'"N^ '/ and reach down to re- 
*- 1 •,^'\ place the bulb rather 
ccA than to use a shorter 
'v^/ ladder and have to 


reach up. 


-O . n. cl. 



by TIffi ROPE 

It has been rui;iored around that Dirty 
Dan is planning to move around quite of- 
ten and we hope that we can keep him out 
of our department. It wouldn't be so 
bad just during working hom-s to have 
him with us, but who v;ants him at meal 
time? Most of us eat right here in the 
department as do many from other depart- 
ments and unless v/e clean up our mess 
after eating supper, he v/ill be right hy 
the lunch vjagon to spoil our appetites, 

JACK KENDRICK is' back "on the beam" 
again v;ith the Widow, Sunday v/as the 
first time since Easter that they have 
been seen together. The quarrel about 
the boiled egg' that Jack could not, or 
v/ould not find, seems to be over. What 
could be more romantic than to go to 
Jack's house for dinner end then the 
Orpheum for the evening? No more ball 
gani.e3. Jack? 

PiAJOR CrtNNON is now back vrith us and 
is doing the second shift Drop Hammer 
inspecting. He is really doing a thor- 
ough job of it too. A magnifying glass 
is inadequate so he has purchased aami- 
croscope for the job. 

Due to unforeseen circumstances MRS, 
GILL/il'i came into possession of the last 
issue of The Flying Reporter. Now DICK 
claims that vje owe him an apology for 
our statement about his spending his 
time at Glenn's in order to see his 
cousin. At the time, we were a little 
dubious about the relationship, but all 
has now been cleared up. She is not his 
cousin, and Dick doesn't spend his time 
there on account of her, because she 
doesn't even vrork there (any more). Even 
Dick hasn't been seen there lately so 
how can v;e say that she is attracting 
him there? Please forgive us for any 
misunderstanding that may have come a- 
bout as a result of the last issue and 
rest assured that it will not occur a- 

_ o - - - 

Well, that time is here again, and 
although we're not exactly caught short, 
we're doing a lot of writing at the last 

The "dope of the week" award goes to 
TOM "HELL FIRE" HAR^PFOHD, the dashing 
Don Juan from Denver. He's finally/" go- 
ing to buj>' a car on account of her. It 
seems that the bus drivers all refuse to 
either park on dark streets, or turn off 
the lights in the bus, while he's es- 
corting his blonde around San D iego 
night life. Just one liajestic rialt Shop 
after another. So to you, Tom, goes the 
diamond studded socket iTrench and the 
free ticket to the 1936 Olympic gajsaes. 

Ruiuor has it that Hollywood is send- 
ing a road show to Bostonia as a cour- 
tesy to their star custoner, "CHEI'^RFUL 
CHARLIE SHSRI^jM". It's to save hiin. all 
the driving. They tell me he has a bet- 
ter attendance record than "Say No Hore 
Joe" himself. 

After deciding that badiainton would 
be a great body builder, some of the 
"Stoop Shouldered Sarapsons" from the 
Dope Shop got together after woi'k for a 
few games. Next day JOHI-I I'OTH hob- 
bled up, and on being' asked why he did- 
n't just plain limp, he opened his 
blood shot eyes and demanded to know how 
he was to limp on both legs. 

The saiae day BILL BGv/1-iAN was seen in 
a doctor's office finding out why legs 
that had carried hiui for twenty odd 
years had suddenly ceased to fijnction. - 

The KLASSEN brothers, HAfflC and FETE, 
are making investments, Hank in a 
couple of those blue diamond rings and 
Pete in a ne^v convertible. Each wonders 
how the other is going to do it. It 
isn't the cost, but the upkeep that will 
get you in the long run, "chump>s", so 
you haven't seen anything yet. 





4 I-.- 

CARL PALMER says he never fights vdth 
his vn.fe when he comes home late. She 
knovifs he's, but he always makes up 
such interesting stories. 

The "terrific pace" ovir inspection 
department has been forced to set, vj-ill 
be lessened a little nov; that our new 
feminine staff has been added. This will 
give CLYDE WILCOX more time to perfect 
his aim with that inner tube he uses. 

V/e have another "muscle-less midget" 
out here who claims that he does all 
right v/ith the fair sex, but r;hen we in- 
terviewed one of his ^'many", all she 
XTould say about him was, and we quote, 
"He's the kind of a blind date who makes 
you vdsh you were . " How about that, 

GENE WILCOX says that one thing to 
knoviT if you want success Virith the girls 
is that you can always draw the queens 
if you've got the jack. 

We'll close this novj with the thought 
that a gal who swears she's never been 
kissed has a right to svjear. 




Missed the boat completely last time 
and am catching the second section this 

You will probably remember the old 
saying, when boys are good, they are 
good, but when they are bad, they are 
very bad. So the set up is this. When 
they are good it's no good for column 

By V. J. Park 

gossip and when they are bad, it's too 
damn bad and that is bad. Period, 

WALLY BORDEN has become a father of a 
bouncing baby girl. Congratulations, 
Vlally. The cigars were elegant. 

And so help me that's all the good I 
could dig up. All the rest 'is bad, and 
as I've said, that's too bad. 

I've spun in now, so that's all! 


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by Pat Kregness 



special arrangement of Al Gee) 

I do believe it must be true v;hat they say about the Ryan 
Company Office Force. (You know, close competition to Earl 
Carroll's Famous Beauties.) Otherwise there vrouldn't be so 

many of the girls getting married right? From the time 

of the last edition of the Flying Reporter to this one, 
there are (to my knov;ledge) six yoimg v;omen vfho either "just 


did", or are "just going to", 
they're trying to keep it a secret. I 
don't believe HELEN BUTDIiR of the Pur- 
chasing Department, or BETTY FRANK, Jim 
Noakes's Secretary, or JESSIE MOORE, and 
FLORA ROSADO of the Production Depart- 
of the Material Control, or SARA BRAWI, 
Adelaide Smith's secretary vjant to keep 



with joy J however, I had 

better check up before I get mjrself in 
the "dog house" vdth anyone. It really 
is getting to be more than we old maids 
can stand having the girls in such a. 
dither, and over men, too! What's more, 
it's downright disgusting having to 
learn new names for all of them. Kidding 
aside, gals, we want to v^rish you all the 
luck and happiness in the world, and if 
you stay vjith us, fine, if you leave us, 
we're sorry to see you gu, and we hope 
3^ou will be very happy. 

I savf in the last edition or two 
where we got bawled out for not intro- 
ducing all of the new girls to the rest 
of the Company via our column. All I 
can say is, it is very hard keeping up 
v;iththe grox'/th of the office across the 
hall, and the good-looking brunette in 
the Piirchasing Department, with the ywi- 
my clothes, let alone finding out who 
the cute little blonde in the other 
building is. However, I shall endeavor 
to do my best. Apologies, please, to 
those I might omit. Purchasing Depart- 
ro.ent: CUPOLA BOYD, JEAN McNIITT (l-Irs.), 
all brunettes, and IfiitBnmml Accovinting: 
J^IARGARET TORRE, also brunette. Tabula- 
ting: HELEN CROSIER, a brownette this 
time (for the benefit of the males, that 
means light brunette). Controller's 
secretary: MIDRED PRESTON, (you can 
call her Millie, I think) very dark, 
vdth big brown eyes. Material Control: 
SHERIDAN HARVEY, tall aiid dark, and MAR- 
GAffiiiT FUSON, small and b].onde. There 
now. Remember that is the latest census. 

don't knov; whether or- not 

By, the way, we are 
also curious about 
the women in the Fab- 
rication D e partment. 
Nox¥ it's your turn to 
tell us about them. 
They're Ryanettes, 
too, I guess. I-Iaybe 
with girls in the 
f a c t o r y, the boys 
vdll be a little bet- 

ter behaved. (Am I 
kicking? ) 

The Fourth of July 
seems to be another 
one of those times, 
when we can run aroimd 
the country taking 
vacation, (if we'* re 
not too broke from 
the last one) and just 
generally loaf, and 
have a good time. It 
means a wonderful trip 
They're going to San 
Francisco by Stream- 
liner, for the v/eek- 
end, and on the return 
trip Dorothy and Gerry 
will drop by the way- 
side for a quick trip 
to Santa Catalina, not 
too short, but probab- 
ly not long enough for 
the girls. We envy 

I'm sure I'm not a- 
lone in my praise for 
the fine performance 
every one of you put 
on in "Our Boarding 
House". I still think 
the little boy in the 
audience who cried so 
(continued on page 10) 

But then- 




and this 

is not 



Bearing in mnd that the Ry.-in Flying 
Reporter is a iuagazine by and for em- 
ployees of the Ryan Aeronautical Comp.aiij'- 
we hope, too, that you will help make 

That's why we are anxious to liave all 
kinds of contributions for Flying Re- 
porter from and about the whole gang 
from the front office to the back gate. 

We're willing to bet that somewhere 
in the plant is someone v;ho has traveled 
or lived in the South Seas, someone who 
has worked his way around the vj-orld on a 
freighter, or v-'ho has vj-ituessed some 
event of world importance, or who has 
vvorked in the tin mines of South Merica 
or been a member of a big game hruiting 
e:q,iedition in Africa or has an interest- 
ing or mi\isual hobby. 

Well, if this description fits you, 
why not put some of your experiences 
doi'm on paper so that the rest of us can 

share them ndth you? Or if you don't 

feel up to the writing task involved, 
drop The Editor a note, tell him you 
have a story for Flying Reporter and one 
of our staff of 70 reporters v.'ill in- 
tervie^^^ you or "ghost va-"ite" the 
yarn. How about it gang? It's 
youi' paper — and here ' s your 
chance to help make it in- 
teresting to other R^'-an em- 
ployees. Turn in your con- 
tributions to the Personnel 

more Ryanettes 

sympathetically (and so loudly) stole 
the show. Incidentally, for the benefit 
of those who didn't knov;, the youngster 
tijrned out to be DOROTHY ARIIENTROUT's 
4 year old son, David, vjho couldn't 
stand to sec his Mother so mistreated by 
the big, bad man with the whiskers. 

We don't know who to thank for our 
lovely sun umbrella but to whomever the 
credit goes, thank you very much. Would 
I be mercenary if I said I vdsh we had a 
nice place to put it? 

The dance at Camp Gallan must have 
been quite a success as far as our girls 
are concerned. (Boy, they can hold their 
own with any of them. ) I think it was 
okay so far as the draftees are concern- 
ed, also] anyivay, a good time vjas had by 
all while they v/ere "doing their bit for 
their country", ahem! Ask GERRY about 
it, I'm sure she'd be glad to fit in all 
the little details . 

And now, in closing, I want to cay 
goodbye, with a tear in my eye, to my 
old side-kick, BETTY (short, fat, and 
wacky) FRANK, I don't know why in the 
world she resents the nickname "GENIUS" 
GATiY /iDAMS attached to her? The next 
time I'll hear from her (in fact, 
when this comes out) she'll be 
well on her way to Texas with 
her husband. Jack Taylor. 
It's not that I'll miss 
her but xvhat will poor 
out her to' kid? 

Yes, wasn't 
June a lovely 
month.'!! Ah^ 

me Eh, 



tc t 

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U C C E S 

After inany months of hai'd v/ork and 
long hours spent in the rehearsals of 
"Our Boarding House", the Ryan Dramatic 
Club presented the initial play of a 
series that will follow at intei'vals 
throughout the entire year. I say, that 
if all of the plays are as well present- 
ed as the one that most of us had the 
pleasure of vdtnessing June 19th, none 
of us can afford to miss any of them. 

The entire organi7.ation express their 
appreciation to the cast of "Our Board- 
ing House" for their splendid vrork, and 
their contribution to the employees' 
general welfare fund. 

Everyone that attended the play was 

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loud in praise of 
its professional 
presentation by em- 
ployees of our com- 
pany. The Director 
write "well done" 
in his book as he 
turns the final <-■>.",:.■■■ 
page of his first efforts with the Ryan 
Players. We will all be looking forward 
to the next play, as one success merits 

VJatch your Ryan Flying Reporter fOT 
the announcem.ent of the next dramatic 



by Nick Livingston 

The yard is full of planes and many 
more are now coming' along the assembly 
line but it is going to take lots of 
team work from the whole plant to meet 
our production schedules. 

R/.LPH GALEY is our nev/ Final Assembly 
Air Corps inspector replacing JOHN COOK 
v.'hon we were sorry to see leave, 

Friday, June 6th, ART NOPEBOON left 

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V/ell, fellows, we are a bunch of 
average guys and human beings. Being 
human we take the good things for grant- 
ed and often forget to express our ap- 
preciation for them. So this column is 
a meager attempt to show hoi-j much we ap- 
preciate a "regular feller", our super- 
intendent "DAPPSi DAN" BURl^'lTT. 

"President Roosevelt proclaims an unlim- 
ited eiaergency exists and requests the 
cooperation of every individual in the 
nation." That is an exaggerated idea of 
Dapper Dan passing out the notices of 
the above excerpt from the President's 

speech of May 27th I say exaggerated 

because he did not go about s h outing, 
but if you cou3.d haVe seen him, you 
would have no doubt in your Blind that he 
was passing out information that n'as not 
to be slighted. That, my friends, is 
just a sample of the way Dapper does 

for Mancato, Minnesota. Vie hope he re- 
tiims for he was a swell mechanic. 

HENRY ONTr/EROS became the father of 
an eight pound six ounce baby boy on 
Friday, June 6th. Congratulations from 
us all, Henry. 

The Fuselage Assembly put an American 
flag on that important double ship as 
it came off the jig on Saturday, June 7. 

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bjr R. J, Horkowski 

The next time Dan Burnett passes your 
way just notice his bearing and his man- 
ner; he is the very essence of quiet 
forceful authority the type of author- 
ity that an employee v/elcomes. If you 
are skeptical, just take notice of the 
enviable record of his men. He takes 
the time to chat v/ith fellovjs at random 
and v;ouJ.d recognize his men anjnffhere and 
vjouldn't hesitate to acknov/ledge it. 

If the gang is anxious to know the 
outcome of a fight or a football game or 
any other event that might be taking 
place while the fellows are working, he 
goes out of his way to oblige them. Dan 
Burnett realises that a man ^^.th his 
mind at ease is an asset. We know that 
he is always in there pitching for us. 
Dan Burnett is highly responsible for 
keeping Ryans 'A Good Place to Work'. 

These are not only my personal views, 
they come from the entire second sliift 
to a man. 

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VJith three teams going full pace the 
Ryan Softball activity hits a nevi high 
this year. The Ryan Enployees Recrea- 
tion Association has placed three teams 
in the city leagues. T\'TO of these teams 
are in the flying compnny of the citj-'s 
"Crack" Double "A" League and are" in 
there fighting from the "Play B^ill" of 
the Umpire to the final "Out" of the 
last inning. There is no doubt that this 
vdll be a fight to the finish tnis ^--ear 
as every team competing in the "AA" 
Lea;;ue is "plenty tough". 

There are a lot of t3ar.:s out to win 
this year and it is going to take the 
support of the entire Ryan organisation 
in back of our' te-aras to Fake for Ryan 

The All Stars are riding high v/ith 
one v.'in over the Strong Heddy Kilowatt 

The Ryan Stacks are standing v/ith 
only one defeat and that by no means a 
bad one. There are so many things to be 
taken into consideration in a game that 

all the points 
can n eve r be 
counted as against 
the losing team. 

Speaking of the 
last, but by no 
means the least, 
v/e find the Ryan 
ST-3s undefeated 
in the City "DD" 
League. It is 
true that this is the lov/est league in 
the city but to our v;ay of thinking, it 
is much better to be a big frog in a 
small pond than it is to just be a frog. 

lie are proud of all of the Ryan Ball 
teams and are piilling for them in everj'^ 
start. In this week's Dirjnond l.'arfare, 
vje find the Str.cks trying to cut a slice 
out of the very tasty Bridgeford Han 
outfit. Should they get their knife 
sharp enough that ham would really taste 
good. In the other Double "A" encounter 
we find the .Ul Stars locking horns with 
the Elks and boy, I mean they are really 
(continued on page 13) 


The Ryan Semi- An- 
nual Golf Tournajiient 
v/ith prizes in all 
classes, was a great 
success and for proof 
4^ of this statement, 
just ask anyone that 
was connected v/ith 
it. All of tha play- 
ers had a great game and all of the 
spectators had a great look. What more 
ccTild one ask? 

All of the contestants report that 
they are all set for the next divit par- 
ty ^o be held in the near future. With 
everyone playing the best golf that has 
been seen in any companjr toiarnament thus 
far and the v/eather, for once, suited to 
golf, the last one was extra good. Let's 
make the next one extra better i 

Did you say "Who won the big affair?" 
Fcllovring is a list of the v/inners and 
the prizes they carried av/ay: First Low 
Gross went to LARRY GIBSON with an 80. 
At the present writing Second Lov/ Gross 

is undecided as there was a tie and the 
playoff is still unplayed. First Low- 
Net Honors v/ere carried away by "HAPPY" 
HOAVATTER with a net 62; Second Lot/ Net 
went to DARWIN WHETSTIEN with a one 
stroke difference, 63. All of the above 
v/ill receive a very appropriate trophy 
for their day's v/ork at Rancho Santa Fe. 

Third Low Gross went to "BILL" ROD- 
GERS, the hard, riding fuselage ri-^eter 
and with it went three good golf balls. 
Third Low Net went to STZVE DEAVER, the 
Welder of Welders on Second shift; he 
also carried off three golf balls. The 
Blind Boggj=- v/inners, all of whom receiv- 
ed three golf balls for their efforts, 
are 53 follov/s: JOE LOW, "KNIGHT OF TIE 
you have it, boys. And so to the next 
tournament and let's make it a wov/. 

For your information the ney± meet- 
ing will be a Scotch Foresomes with just 
as much chance for the beginner as for 
the expert??? SEE YOU THEN I 

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L&qo houiLno oppottunitL^d 

It wovild be impossible to saj'" too 
much about the San Diego Unit of the 
Federal Housing- projects. After a tour 
of inspection of the various iv)J^ojects, I 
aia convinced that San Diego Defense Jork- 
ers have no longer any cause to worry a- 
bout tlie probleiii of housing their fami- 

The first xmlt that I had the plea- 
sure of visiting xvas the trailer project 
at the foot of 2Sth street. Here one 
finds a well-prepared plot of ground 
with adequate sanitary facilities and 
ample play space for both adults and 
children. The trailers, tiie best fitted 
and most comfortable that can be obtain- 
ed, are set in roxvs with enough space 
between then to lend sxi air of privacy 
and seclusion. There are central units 
for laundry, bathing, and general house- 
hold utilities, that surpass in conven- 
ience many of oui' so - called modern 
dwellings. For the person that is just 
getting settled in the city and v'ants a 
place to thii'ik it over, there is cer- 
tainly no better place than in the de- 
fense housing trailer project. 

The next stop on our visit v/as the 
dormitory project. This is without a 
doubt one of the finest of its kind in 
the nation. Here one finds the hone- 
like atmosphere of a large central re- 
ception hall where occupants can assemble 
for the evening, playing any number of 
games with adequate and complete equii>- 
ment furnished for all v;ho wish to par- 
ticipate. The central lounge of the 
dormitory is also a very satisfactory 
place to entertain guests vJhich, by the 
way, are v/elcome to all of the projects. 

It has been said that there are guards 
at every turn and that freedom is the 
exception rather than the rule. I can 
say that such is very definitely not the 
case, I have had a long talk v/ith the 
general manager of the housing projects 
and I am convinced that anyone living in 
the single men's dormitory, the trailer 
project for families, or the Camp EeEoney 
housing project xvill find that it is the 
sincere aim of the project management to 
make the living quarters of all of the 
projects just as homelike and livable as 
is possible. 

The last stop on o^jt visit of this 
past week was at the Kearney Housing 

Site with which most of us are acquaint- 
ed. This project is the largest and 
most peiTiianent of the three major pro- 
jects. Here we find a large group of 
homes well placed and, most important of 
all, v:ell built. There are several 
areas set aside for playgrounds for the 
children; there are contemplated school 
sites; there are stores of all types 
both under construction and in actual 
service to the residents of the Kearney 

San Diego is the experimental sta- 
tion, so to speak, of the Federal Hous- 
ing efforts, and from the pleasing re^ 
suits that have thus far been obtained, 
I am sure that San Diego as a whole, as 
well as we in the vital defense indus- 
tries, are happy and thankful for the 
efforts of our Government toward gi^ang 
us adequate and comfortable dwellings 
for ourselves and our families. 

Posted on the bulletin boards you 
will find all the information needed on 
how to avail yourselves of the opportu- 
nities of these housing projects or if 

you have any further questions, we will 
be glad to help you in any way we can in 
this office. 

Mervin Marco, Personnel 

more about Soft Ball 

going to throw sod until the stronger 
group of horns breaks the v;eaker group, 
I'iay the strongest horns win the battle! 

In the ST-3's bracket we find a tough 
opponent in the Rohr Aircraft Team. The 
ST-3s will travel to Chula Vista to find 
out just v/ho is the best (of course I 
mean on the Diamond) — the other question 
having been ansv/ered long ago, and from 
where we sit, this should be a good ball 
game from start to finish. So you see 
that this is a week to long remeiiiber in 
Ryan Softball History. 




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by "Al" 

Welcome to tvjo nev! members on the 
third. J. D. CHADWICK, Manifold man 
transferring from first shift and 
EVERETT MOE, welder transferring from 
second shift. We have an excellent crew, 
fellows, and we are s'-ire you will enjoy 
the change. 

Recently one of our fello\Js, due to 
the graduation of his daughter from 
Grammar School, had to come to work ivith 
his good clothes on. One of our i:iain- 
tenance men spotting this, offered the 
loan of a pair of coveralls to protect 
the clothes for the night. Such a spirit 
of court.eousness prevails throughout in 
men who v;ork the third shift. Our sin- 
cere tlianks go to WILLIAM CUNDIFF. 

We notice that KENIETH ROSE has plac- 
ed the plant g\iards in the position of 
being "Waker-Uppers", after the recent 
failure of one of his buddies to wako 
him. Rose, arriving a little early at 
the plant one evening, asked his buddy 
to awaken h.ini prior to entering the 
plant at 12 and proceeded to obtain a 
few additional winks in hie car, Avfak- 
ening at 5 A.M. there was little use in 
coming in to xvork then. Now Rose checks 
in, goes to the main door, sits down be- 
side it and catches up on his sleep, 
placing, as we said before, the guards 
on the spot as "Waker-Uppers". 

We of the third, have a welder, WIL- 
LIAM MITCIELL by name, whom v.'e believe 
to be the champion "Alfalfa Chewer", 
(Beechnut to you amateurs). From one to 
three packages per night is his official 
capacity. Anyone wishing to challenge 
his right to be called the "Champ" get 
in touch vjith the writer; perhaps we can 
arrange a contest. 

We understand that CARL HIER's wife 
returns from a visit to the east in the 
near future. Perhaps Carl will then be 
able to get rid of his Kitten-Cat dish 
washer he has at that time, and be able 
to sleep on Sunday mornings. His main 
complaint of the cat is that it stomps 
its feet keeping him awake. Could Sat- 
virday's being payday have anything to do 
vdth that, Carl? 

"College Days" are over, so we can 
welcome back to work JESlY LEONARD. By 
the way, Jimmy, see either JUi SHARBER, 
or JORDAN BENNETT for tooth picks. They 
keep a plentiful supply on hand. 



As I gazed at the horizon 
Of a cloud]. ess summer sky 

I sav' a speck appearing 
And v.'atched till it went by. 

Her body like the silver sands 

Shown brightly in the sun. 

She vjas svidfter than the deer 
Which through the forest runs. 

Two stars were held in heaven 
On the tips of her gold wings. 

Her wedding to the clouds above 
VJas proved by two plain rings. 

And as she passed above me 
With a droning spark of life, 

I felt a point of pride 
Pierce me like a knife. 

And as she sailed away 
Across that sky of blue 

I knev/ it was a trainer 
Which we had built for you. 

by J. C. Stuart 


We wonder what deal FLOYD "SIDE-MONEY" 
BENIffiTT has vrorked out with the lunch 
counter man? For the past week or so 
Bennett has gone throughout the Manifold 
D epartment picking up soda bottles. 
Dame rumor has it that he gets a penny 
for every ten, Ho^v about being a part- 
ner on the deal? 

WESIEY SHIELDS has finally beat the 
"High-Rent Landlord", taking possession 
of his new "Master-Bilt" trailer this 
week. No new "Daddy" is any prouder or 
talks longer in its praise than Shields. 
While not necessarily on display. Shields 
is at home in the Old Town Auto Trailer 
Court, Anyone interested may see it 
there. The writer has and it sure is 
all he claims for it. Happy "Gypsy Days" 

in time to come. Shields hov^ I envy 


Here's one for Ripley . . . 

During the past xreek, three of tthe 
third shift men, on the way to work 
1/j, _ (continued on page 15) 

more Rarablings 

stopped in for a cup-o-cof fee. From such 
small things history has been made. 

While enjoying their coffee, a beau- 
tiful Blonde, slijhtly inebriated (?) 
sat doxvn at their table. By invitation 

or of her ovm accord, I don't knov; 1 

vfasn't there. (Have to clear uyself — 
the vdfe reads the Reporter.) Nov/ their 
story is ttet it was L'jipossible for them 
to get away!???? As a result they were 
an hour late in checking in. 

This vjas not the end hovrever. Our 
beautiful Blonde follov;ed the boys to 
the plant, and attempted to enter with 
them, sans badge and identification 
card, at which point v:e bring in CAPTAIN 
PETJRS and the Night Superintendent 
"DAPPER DAi'J" BURNETT. It seens that 
Captain Peters was attempting to con- 
vince the Lady that this wa;.; no place 
for her when "Dapper Dan" came along to 
say that "he would handle the situation'.' 
We have been luiable to get any further 
information from either Peters or Bvx- 

It has been suggested that there was 
no gentleman among the original three, 
l{hj7 — you ask. Since they were an hour 
late, it would seem that each one of the 
gallant trio viere hopin^j the other two 
•vvould go on to vjork, for v/ho ever heard 
of three "Big Bad Wolves" not being able 
to leave one poor but beautiful blonde? 
It has been said that "The Pen is Might- 
ier than the Sword"; there is, as well, 
an answer to "Discretion is the better 
part of Valor" J so, anyone who may be 
interested in a short pay check, please 
ask for names elsewhere — I ivon't tell. 

The USUAL fish story—or the one that 
got away. Char intrepid fishennan, GIL 
LEFABRE, hooking his fish, used his reel 
to bring it in up until the point where 
he got a good look at v/hat he had, at 
vjhich time he dropped the line bringing 
it in hand over hand. When said fish 
shook the hook from its mouth, Gil laid 
down on the dock screaming and kicking 
his heels. Observers state that it was 

the largest Gil ever saw let alone 

lost. Tut-tut — Gil, Where's your sports- 
manship? P.S. We would in all probabil- 
ity have done the same. 




by Slim Coates 

Reading the society page of the San 
Diego Union, (and a swishy page it is) 
we came across a column written by Mary 
Hampton who advocates 
saving old silk stock- 
ings for use in mak- 
ing parachutes. Can't 
you just inagine test 
pilots JOE RUST and 
ing out and saying^ 
"0 for goodness sakes, ^"^^^^^^^ 
girls, I have a run> '/ • • ^^:^ 
in my parachute. " 

From here on out I'll open the sweep- 
er and dish out the local dirt. 

Nice to see "TIOT" V/ERTH back from 
St. Paul. "TINT" along with RED "KEW- 
THERFOOT" RUPERT helps to comprise our 
Brawn Patrol, 

When RAY MORKOWSKI says, "Oof oogle 
ump oop wop" he means, "May I borrow 
your wrench again." It's almost impos- 
sible to understand hLa xuhen he talks 
vj^ith his mouth full of food, (which is 
all night long). 

That stranger is JOE CASSON— he just 
isn't weciring that greasy hat any long- 

The boys, taking pity on HAP MILLER 's 
bald noggin, made him a nifty toupee out 
of steel wool, sideburns n' everj-thing. 
But EDDIE WT^iBER was green with en'.-y and 
thinks he shoul.d have the skull doily 
because of his seniority, 

BILL WII-IM;R has a new girl friend-- 
"Lives there the man with soul so dead, 
who never to hiniself hath said, this one 
is different—". 

FRANK FLINN still believes he could 
have found the dollar he lost if CAPi 
KRUGER hadn't helped him look for it. 

around lately xvith the nevrs flashes? By 
the way. Dapper Dan is known as the 
"Champ" since he won the rodeo at Reno'/ 
Nevada on Memorial Day. "BUTCH" ORTIZ 
has been passing out the checks with a 
good word lately. I was so busy working 
that I missed the good word last Friday, 
but I Ui'iderstand that it was a tip on 
one of STEFE "MURPHY" DEl'ER's horses, 
(continued on page 16) 

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by N o r e m 

a c 

BILL IffiLLER: Did I bring yovr golf clubs 

back last i^onth? 
ED BERLIM: No, you did not! 
BILL XrtlLLER: Now what vvill I do? I 

v;anted to play golf on the Foui'th. 

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Old Lady (To JOE RU3T parachute) I 
really don't know how you can hang 
from that silk thing! The suspense 
must be terrible, 

JOE: No ma'am, it's when the suspense 
is not there that it's terrible. 

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ED FiORROW: You don't seem to think much 
of l/ALLY iiiALKER. 

BILL CAr-ERON: If he had his conscience 
taken out, it v:ould be a minor opera- 

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Mother: Barbara, did that young man 

kiss you against yoTir will? 
Barbara: He thinks he did. 

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Jack, dear, if I do all the cookjjig for 

a month, what will I get? 
You'll get my life insurance and your 


more Slim's Pickin's 

Gold medals and orchids to the second 
shift bumping department . ■ V/ithout a kind 
vrord or a pat on the back, they can con- 
sistently be counted on in a pinch, and 
they are literally busier than a bird 
dog in a cuckoo clock. BOD H/.RRIE' new 
protege of the Texas plains, TEX MUIR, 
is working the cabinet blast until he 
can locate his "beatin arn". Bid anyone 
ever hear VAN CLEAVE say anything? D. 0. 
COVEY likes his new work suit, but does- 
n't think the pockets are waterproof. 

Notice the personality smile that 
SCOTTY DERR gives you with his new store 
choppers? He left his old ones on a 

chair oh, you're way ahead of me are 

you? Well, that's right, the lady sat 
dovm, and has hydrophobia. (Someone 
please explain that one to DON WILCOX). 
HANK DAUM's baby has more hair on its 
head than HanK has — it's cui'lier, too. 

Ever notice the complete savoir-faire 
that attends a Kilowatt Kov>rboy? (Elec- 
trician to you). The boys gave SM/iCK 

M. I'lARCO: Why did you not submit let- 
ters of recommendation with your ap- 

Applicant: Because none of them woxild 
do me justice. 

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Most any man can be an editor, all he 

has to do is to sit at a desk si^-c days a 
week, fovT weeks a month, and tv/elve 
months a year and edit such stuff as 

"JOE LOVE climbed on the roof of his 
porch last week looking for a leak and 
fell landing on his back porch. .. .Ii/hile 
FRED FORD was escortin;? GENEVIEVE 30YER 
from Pacific Square last Saturday night 
a savage dog attacked them' and bit Ford 
on the highway..,. KAY BURT, while crank- 
ing his flivver the other evening, was 
kicked just south of his garage." 

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The young daughter of a radio announcer 
V'fas asked to say grace at a family din- 
ner. She bowed her head and said in a 
loud clear voice, "This food comes to 
you through the courtesy of God ALnighty! 

BURBANK a little farewell party when he 
left to join the city fire department, 
but they misunderstood him — they thought 
he was to be a life guard. Nice of R. E, 
FRAZIER to. heat Smack's bath water. BILL 
JURNEY says the fire department in his 
home tovm consists of a hose cart and 
three dogs. The dogs find the hydrants, 

just 'bought a 
Buick, and hopes 
it will not be 
necessary to 
drive through 
the garage doors 
anjTiiore to stop 
it. Notice too 
that" he combs his hair since he's mar- 

ATHERTON tried" to write a new drinking 
song last night, but couldn't get past 
(continued on page 1?) 


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still raore of Slim' g Pickin ' s 

the first two bars, 

LYLE SI-IITH: "What's the penal tjr for 
bigamy? " 

W. CRAWFORD: "T-^o mothers-in-law." 

We've just received a card from STEVE 
DEVER v«rho writes from Flagstaff, Arizona 
that he's just finished eating a large 
T bone steak. Doggone me, it's been 
several years since I've seen Flagstaff, 
or a steak either for that matter. 

DALE FARI3 used to deliver papers to 
Casper, Wyoming. Old home week, eh boys? 

WHITEY RASl-iUSSEN wears his goggles on 
top of his head when he's grinding, 
guess it keeps the hair out of his eyes. 
"Yardbirds" WEIIPIE, FARI-iER and EGGERT 
are convalescing after being run dovm by 
the "Thundering Herd". (Day crei-J leav- 
ing at 3:30.) 

PONCHO MLLOT: "Mr. liarco, the bill 
collector is here. V/hat shall 
I tell hiiii?" 

M. IIAJIGO: "Tell him to take that 
pile on ray desk. " 

HER]3 THOtJAS has a new baby girl. As 
he was pacing the floor he said, "Thank 

Heavens it's a girl 1 'vouldn't want 

a son of mine to go thru v/hat I've been 
thru todayi" 

The Fliers are doinjfi: a bit of cloud 
nudging lately: MJOR CANNON and J. L. 

BENNET of the Inspection Department have 
their commercials; JERRY CONNEILY has 
his new Private ticket, and the latest 
solo fliers are "SLEEPY" HORN, iTENS NEW- 
MAN, and TOHfi FEWINS. By the xvay, have 
you seen the new "lovely" that has join- 
ed the club? BUTCH ORTIZ took a short 
flight with BENNETT and CAI^IERON, and is 
now a qualified bomber, if you know what 
I mean. JOHN MO^ROE CilKSRON left us for 
final assembly, but I know that his mind 
is on the little honey in Los Angeles, 
named Hermaine. 

R. R. F/iRI'ER is back from Oklahoma, 
and hasn't been able to get all of the 
sand out of his hair. Candidates for 
the Camera Club are STEVE DEVER, and 
DAPPER DAN BURImETT for the marvelous 
pictures taken at Reno, and Virginia 
City, Nevada, and Lake Tahoe, and H. A. 
CAI'iERON 7/ho can finish and enlarge them 
to look better than the scenery itself, 

is the snoopy guy who has to read every- 
thing over your shouldei', 

LARRY (Host) GIBSON: "What kind of 
cl^iaser would you like?" 

MARGIE YOUNGBLOOD: "Tall, dark, hand- 
some and wealthy." 

If you don't care for this stuff, 
just remember there are two schools of 
thought for everything, and no recess. 




Eli^R RUSSELL, second 
shift, is again in the 
limelight. Having taken 
unto himself a bi-ide, 
he graciously distribu- 
ted the cigars. At 
least they looked like 
cigars. Y'know, a few 
weeks ago Russ appeared 
with crope on one eye. Vie were unable 
to deteiTnine vdth any certainty whether 
there is aiiy connection betvreen that and 
this more recent tragedy. Hcivever, it's 
lots of luck, 01' Boy, and a world of 
happiness ! 

BILL FREEBORI^I, Beau BriDmel leadman, 
is afoot these days. It hardly seems 
possible that a brand new Hudson would 
be docked for repairs so soon after p\ir- 
chase. There are rumors that, though 
the Hudson may be blamed, the fault is 
not entirely mechanical. 

by Pat Kelly 

All right, WEBB, you asked for it. 
Another clunk slap-slapped around the 
shop in his house slippers a few weeks 
ago with dour results and now you try to 
get away with it. All, Youth, with its 
spirit of optimism. 

"P:L TORO" JOHNSON, the wild bull of 
Jamul, sometimes known as the "Rabbi", 
has his troubles too. Anyone in the 
market for a v;ell broken-in late model 
car that would fit perfectly with Major 
Bowes' descriptions, is advised to con- 
tact Johnny. As a matter of fact, John- 
ny paints a much more glowing picture 
than the Major. 

Say, we surely miss CAPTAIN BENNETT 
on the highway these balmy mornings. Cap 
was a top hand V7ith the traffic. He 
needed no red and green lights to con- 
vey his directions to drivers. Reckon he 
learned all the answers back in Van 
(continued on page 18) 

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America is the hobby center of the 
v;orld. l-iore money is spent annually on 
hobbies in the United States than in any 
other country on earth. From old fash- 
ioned whittling to polarized-lif^ht mi- 
croscopy, a thousand, and one spare-time 
interests provide Americans vjith relaxa- 
tion and amusement. Seeking relief from 
the' strain of expanding vrar-time activ- 
ity, millions of persons, in recent 
months, have joined the ranks of tiie 

Supplying the needs of America's vast 
army of hobbj-lsts has become big busi- 
ness. Factories vdth incones of millions 
of dollars annually cater to the v/ants 
of men and women who are following spe- 
cialised hobbies. Each week sees an in- 
creasing number of hobby columns in news- 
papers and hobby voluiaes on the shelves 
of libraries and bookstores. 

Among all these infinitely varied a- 
Yocations, which are the favcidte ones? 
Which attract the most followers? Which 
represent the greatest annual money in- 
vestment? What are Aaerica's f i-^e loadi- 
ing hobbies? 

^^' ^r^i^-i^ 


To find the answers to these ques- 
tions. Popular Science iionthly recently 
conducted an extensive survey covering 
individual hobby groups, Bianufacturers 
in the hobby field, national organiza- 
tions devoted in various ways to the 
furthering of hobbies. On the basis of 
the number of persons engaged in the 
particular avocation .and the amount of 
money spent by them during a year, the 
follov;ing five active hobbies emerged at 
the top of the list: 






Have you ever wondered how many Amer- 
icans collect stajaps or ovm cameras, how 
many people have home vjorkshops or spend 
their leisure time operating model rail- 
ways? In this' and future issues of the 
Flying Repoi'ter, ;/ou will find sudi In-i- 
formation. Up-to-the-minute facts about 
the nations' No. 1 avocation photogra- 
phy follows: 

Last year, 19,000,000 
amateur camera fans click- 
ed their shutters over 
600,000,000 times to re- 
cord still pictures in the 
United States. 'They spent 
during the year, more than 
$100,000,000 for film, 
supplies, and new equi.p- 
ment. The simple box cain- 
era, stand-by of amateurs for decades, 
is still top seller in ^rimerican photo- 
graphic stores. In 1939, the latest 
year for which such statistics are avail- 
able, box camei'as outsold' all other 
types tvro to one. Of the 1,500,000 new 
cameras purchased that year, approxima- 
tely 1,000,000 were box outfits. Minia- 
ture 35-Eiillimeter cameras represent 
onlj'- about one percent of those used by 
American amateurs. The film most viidely 
in demand is No. 120. Host photographed 

object in America is re- 
ported to be Oscar, polar 
,-) ^ ( bear' at the Rochester, 
J\j N.Y., Zoo. Eastman tech- 
vl^ nicians try out new films 
'Y!^^y^\^l photographing Oscar's 
:^ / 1 white coat against a dark 


t I background. 

y 'B e sid e s 

Amer ica's 
19,000,000' still- camera 
fans, there are some 500,000 home movie 
enthusiasts, Eight-milliraeter movie film 
outsells 16-millimeter in this. field and, 
in the production of America's leading 
maker of home-movie film, the Eastman 
Company, Kodachrome leads black-and- 
white. More than 200 amateur movie clubs 
are active in' the country. Still-camera 
organizations, counting' both jiinior and 
adult groups, exceed 9,000. There are 
about 5,000 adult clubs and approxiraa- 
( continued on page 19) 

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more about Hobbies — pai^ticularly Photography 

tely 4,000 school and junior photogra- 
phic orgaioizations in the country. New 
clubs are being formed at the rate of 
more than one a week. Nearly 100 such 
groups are active in the New York City 
area alone. There are camera clubs corn- 
posed of doctors, of chemists, of V/all 
Street brokers^ of telephone-coLipany em- 
ployes, of bankers, of a hundr-ed and one 
specialised groups — (not to mention "the 
Ryan Camera Club"). The largest photo- 
glTiphic organization of the kind is one 

devoted to snapping railroad pictures. 
VJith headquarters' in New York City, it 
has more than 15,000 members scattered 
in virtually every state in the union as 
well as in foreign countries. Smallest 
club is said to be a pictorial group 
vdth only eight m.aubers, "foui- o.-f which 
live in New York and four- in Cuba. They 
get together for meetings at intervals 
of two or three years. 

(Next issue Stamps) 

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N T' I C E 

For the benefit of those of you 
who have looked tliis far tiirough the 
issue trying to locate the last install- 

ment of Ralph Haver's article on mani- 
folds, it ,iust isn't here. We were 
caught short on space, but watch for it 
next issue! 

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more Ilaintenance 

Buren where he and Burns were pals. More 
power to ya. Chief. 

Alas, poor Joe. We knew him well. 
The Time Clock reports that he fell to 
his death, unhonored and unsung. It xvas 
suggested that, perhaps, his vfrench 
slipped. Or, maybe he" failed to "aim" 
the wrench jaws properly. Unfortunately 
it is not alv/ays possible to use a vn:'ench 
according to directions. The ansiver to 

Joe's demise is quite simple Safety 

belts. VJhen a feller needs one, he sel- 
dom, has time to go get it. The writer 
once fell into one, and it was a mighty 
welcome jerk when the tail ropy took up 
the slack seventy odd feet above the 
derrick floor. 

Permit the introduction of new hands, 
CARLTON and BUSCH on third shift. COR- 
NSLIUS, a welder from low-heel Texas, 
"HUHNIffi", first shift. 

Congratulations to all participants 
in "Our Boarding House". Much time and 
effort went into that production. We 
look forward to another real soon. 

Now that the big fight for the heavy- 
weight crovm is over, v;e must necessar- 
ily take up the mundane arguiaents on the 
war, automobiles and fishing. Lucky 
HAROLD HILL won the jack pot. Any of 
youse guys, from quarter-deck to bilge, 
are invited to join our "discussions". 

We bar nothing but pick handles contain- 
ing more than six inches of lead, 

THINK. K. 0. BURT nearly kayo-ed 
himself the other day. With an inimit- 
able flourish of the cutting torch, he 
proceeded to demonstrate his dexterity 
in removing the head of a large drum. 
Residue of the previous contents of the 
drum resisted forcibly the application 
of heat. The dr\im grew and grevj and 
GREV/. So did Burt's eyes. Burt grace- 
fully laid aside the torch, folded his 
tent and silently stole aimy. THINK. 

So long, noviT 

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I Story on Page 1) 

Vol, 2 No, 3 




tiisres were pleased 
marked aftenmrd, 


A scene of intense production activity greeted 
William S. Knudsen, Director of the Office of Pro- 
duction Management, and Ifej. Gen. George H, Brett, 
Chief of the Air Corps, vjhen they visited the Ryan 
factory on Thui^sday luorning of last week. The in- 
creased production tempo evident was in sharp con- 
trast to activity last August when Knudsen made 
his first visit to our then much smaller plant, 
for at that time necessary "tooling up" for mass 
production of the new trainers was just getting 

As Claude Ryan, Eddie Molloy, and other company 
executi-wes showed the distinguished visitors about 
the factory, there were obvious signs that the 
government's top Production and Air Corps execur- 
with the progress vjhich has been made. But as Claude Ryan re- 
"No matter hovr good the production picture looks, Knudsen still 
wants more planes to roll out the back gate and into service." 

It had been hoped that Knudsen' s tight schedule might have permitted him to ad- 
dress Ryan factory workers, but due to other engaga-nents and a desire not to inter- 
rupt production, it was impossible to make the arrangements. However, in speaking 
of our present production activities, Knudsen did say: 

"Your layout here is well arranged, very clear cut, and I could easily 
follow the department's flov.' of i/ork. You have a good type of plane, high- 
ly adaptable for production. " 

Speaking further concerning nationwide production, the 0PM chief eraphasized the 
important part vjorkers are playing in national defense in the following statement: 

"As I look at these men, my faith is restored in that native ability of the 
American to do the job assigned to him and do it on time. 

"The greatest contribution the American worker can make to the national de- 
fense program is to give his job everything he's got. With the v;orkman doing 
his part, America can make more planes and better planes than any other nation 
on earth, 

"The manner in which the industry has designed new planes, made the tools 
to make them, built the plants to house construction and trained the men to 
build the planes is an achievement unparalleled in the history of the' world's 
industrial progress." 

Also in the inspection party were Gen. George Kenny, Assistant Chief, Materiel 

Division; Lieut. Col. K, B. Wolfe, Chief of Production, Engineering Section, and 

Gol. E. R, McReynolds. Lieut. Col, Wolfe is in charge of additional tests on our 

new PT-22 model, 

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One of Americans best ini'ormed de- 
fense writers, Devon Francis, aviatiom 
editor of The Associated Press and pres- 
ident of the Aviation Writers Associa- 
tion, was last week shovm through the 
Ryan plant by Assistant Factory Superin- 
tendent, Ernie Moore, 

Following his trip through the plant, 
Francis, himself a pilot, took an hour- 

long hop in the new Ryan FT- 21 tra iner 
by special arrangement with the local 
Air Corps Training Detachment. 

Impressed with what he saw at Ryan 
Francis vjrote the following for the Ryan 
Flying Reporter: 

"I am cor.Lpletely flabbergasted at the 
speed vdth which airplanes are being 
(continued on page 2) 

Devon Francis visits Ryan 

rolled out of U, S. factories. The rate 
of speed is much greater than I expected. 

"I started from Nexv York late in Kay 
to visit the plants of the United States, 
I had some apprehension about the \vork 
being accomplished, but up to now I am 
agreeably surprised by what is being 

"Persons considerably removed from 
the industrial cities where American air 
power is in the making hear all sorts of 
stories about bottlenecks and retarded 
production which, in most instances, are 
proved to be false x\'hen one visits the 

"The trained manpower is coming into 
factories and entirely nev; production 
methods have teen adopted almost over- 
night to increase the output of the war- 
plane plants. 

"Nothing, however, is more mportant 
that the training of pilots in the Amer- 
ican bid for greater air power. England 
had and still has a pilot problem. The 
pilot problem in the U. S. is emphasized 
by the Army' s announcement that this fall 
it is pushing its training program to 
30,000 pilots a year. 

"The increased output of primary train- 
ing planes at the Ryan Aeronautical Com- 
pany plant, which I saw this afternoon, 
is being speeded by short-cuts in fabri- 
cating and is part and parcel of that 
effort to produce more pilots. 

"Less spectaciilar than the production 
of bombers, the training of pilots re- 
ceives less attention in the defense air 
effort, but in my opinion it is the most 
isTiportant problem before a rearming 
America today. " 


by J. P. Westler 

Our nation, born long years ago. 
Weaned on her martyrs blood, we know, 
And warmed by bodies hell now burns — 
Their lives forgot j O^xr nation yearns 
For remembrance 'ere all is lost 
They won for her at such a cost. 

Her life seems threatened by laachines. 
And man forgot, as magnate gleans, 
His profits climbing ever higher. 
The robots wear but never tire 
And are replaced, thus put the ban 
On that existence called a man. 

How can machines a nation love? — 

A nation meant by God above 

To harbor men in happiness, 

Who see in her all loveliness 

Of homes, built by untiring hand — 

Their handicraft — their native land. 

So nov;, seek not you men for rest, 
But give our nation all your best 
And strive, as our forefathers v;ould, 
For right to livel They showed they 

Think now, men, should our nation fall- 
Or stand forever, o'er them all? 


Our Uncle Samuel asks that we not 
publish any detailed information on pro- 
d\iction or deliveries of training planes, 
but vie doubt if he'll send us to Alcatraz 
for reminding one and all that on June 
lOth Chief j:ingineer Mllard Eoyd turned 
over the necessary papers, and an air- 
plane, to the Navy as they took delivery 
on theijf model NR-1. 

Nor is it a sin to say that those 
Army PT-21s are now really rolling out 
the front door as fast as Joe Rust, Leon- 
ard I'liraldi, Ed Sly, Roy Ryan and the 

"back gate" gang can get them into the 
air and accepted by the Army. ' Fact of 
the matter is that the day after the 
Navy ran off with the NR-1 a mass deliv- 
ery of PT-21 trainers, in charge of 
Capt. Hubert B. Ducki/forth, departed from 
Lindbergh Field for one of the Army's 
nev; primary pilot training bases. And 
nearly every day sees additional groups 
of completed Ryan trainers off from Lind- 
bergh Field to their nev; bases. 



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Published by Employees of the 


Through their V/ Bepartiaent 


iirt Editor 
Editorial Secy 


to this issue: 

Departmental and Organizations: 

Larry Gibson 
Gsorge Duncan 
M. JMarcoj Bill Wagnen 
Sue Zinn 

J. R. Conyers j 
Walter 0. Locke j 
J. P. Westler j 
Eddie Obeibauer 
Dan Burnett 
Ray rIorkov;ski 
Ralph Kaver 

The Ghost Talks 
Slim's Pickin's 
Manifold Exhaust 
VJ el ding 
The Ryanettes 
Wing Assembly 

Slira Goats 
Ilanny Fohlde 
Ken Kurray 
Pat Kregnoss 
The Kite iiaker 

COTOR: Taken on the occasion of the 
visit of the 0PM and Air Corps Chiefs | 
to the Ryan factory last vreek, the cov- i 
er picture shows from left tn right, 
Eddie Molloyj William 3. Ki-aidscn, Di- ) 
rector of the Office of Production Han- | 
agement; T. Claude Ryan; I^Iaj. Gen. 
George H. Brett, Chief of the Air Corps; 
and Gen. George Kenny, Assistant Chief, 
tiateriel Division. (See story on "Page 


All business as no\^ conducted — par- 
ticularly those lines of business xvhich 
embrace the so-called industries — re- 
quires specialised training and techni- 
cal education, in fact so much scienti- 
fic knoivledge that the distinctive line 
betxveen "business" and "profession" is 
fast disappearing. 

Any one who hopes to achieve success, 
even the average, must knov? more, or at 
least as much, about some one thing as 
any other one, and not only know, but 
know hovj to do — and hov/ to utilize his 




vath the delivery 'of PT-21 and NR-1 
airplanes now underway, several additions 
have been made to the Field Service per- 

Eddie Oberbauer, formerly foreman of 
experimental, is at present ^vorking v/ith 
the Ryan School personnel on service 
problems and listing the small bug 
v/hich are likely to develop in any nevj 
product. He vdll soon be leaving for 
Anacostia, D. C. and will then follof; 
the Navy shipa to Jacksonville, Florida, 

Ray Clever, formerly of fuselage in- 
spection, has been assigned to King City, 
California, to cooperate vdth the Air 
Corps Trairdng Detachment at Palo Alto 
Airport in that city. 

The v;rlter has just returned from a 
visit to that station and found the per- 
sonnel there very enthusiastic about the 
new ships. The Technical Sergeant there 
had started the usual round of minor 
complaints so the Engineering Officer 
bundled hini into the front cockpit and 
proceeded to put the ship through its 

/ifter going through aH the maneuvers, 
the Sergeant decided the ship must be 
pretty good after all. 

Walter 0. Locke 

experience and knowledge for the benefit 
of others. 

The crying evil of the young man v/ho 
enters the business vrorld today is the 
lack of application, preparation, and 
thoroughness, vrith ambition but without 
the willingness to struggle to gain his 
desired end. Mental and physical strength 
comes only through the exercise and 
v;orking of mind and body. 

Tbere is too little idea of personal 
responsibility; too much of "the v/orld 
owes me a living," forgetting that if 
the woi'ld does ov;e you a HVing you your- 
self must be your own collector. Vail 

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tK^ time clock 


Mr. Finelly, the Plant Nurse, ju^t 
gave a little talk to the boys on in- 
fections, and here are one or two of his 
swell ideas: 

"A bad infection is one of the worst 
things possible, 

"Many husky men have died from infec- 

"An infection can be pretty painful 
and, even though you recover, you may 
still be partly disabled for good. 

"What causes an infection? Our skin 
protects us. When it is broken, as a 
resvJLt of an injury, whole armies of 
little bugs, which we can't see, are 
ready to march right in and begin to 
multiply fast inside of us. If they're 
not stopped quickly, they have us down 
with an infection. 

"The sad part of most of these serious 
infections is that they start from very 
small injuries — such as a skinned knuckle 
or a nail jab, or knife scratch, or a 

Then Mr. Finnelly took a small bottle 
out of his pocket and went on, "In this 



Say, do I like those three-day ^■/eek- 
ends — you know, just time enough to make 
a trip to Catalina. 

For those who have been there, they'll 

understand, but for you who haven't 

say, bring on another three-day week-end 
and I'll be on the boat with you. You 
know, being single,, (through no fault of 
JOE rust's)..., my! my! are there pretty 
girls over there! 

Well, to go on, a certain young man 
by the name of NICK LIVINGSTON of Final 
Assaably and myself got on the boat at 
I'ilmington and whom do v^e see from dear 
old Ryan but EILL IIATSELBOBA who is all 
set for a ten-day vacation — reservations 
and all. We sure were in luck for you 
really have to have reservations if you 
Vi'ant to stay anyplace there on holidays. 

bottle are 100 yellow pills. Let's 
imagine that 99 of them are perfectly 
harmless, but that one of them is deadly 
poison. Notice that all the pills look 
just alike. If I offered you this bot- 
tle, wou2.d j'-ou take a pill and eat it? 

"I don't think you would, because you 
wouldn't want to gamble even at odds of 
100 to 1 that you wouldn't get the 
poison pill, 

"Well, we can't gamble vjith those 
bugs that cause infection either! 

"First off ~ Don't get hurt, but if 
you do, even if it's a slight injury, 
come dovm and have it cleaned and dress- 
ed. That's what you'll alvjays do if you 
remember this bottle of pills, because 
every time you don't come down and have 
a slight injury dressed, you're really 
just taking another pill from the bottle 
and eating it. If you continue to do 
this, sooner or later you're going to 
get that poison pill!" 


Fl KST Ai D 



by Eddie Oberbauer 

After two hours of swinging and sway- 
ing (and I didn't get sick!) we arrived. 
Gee, it sure looked swell. 

Getting off the boat, people are wait- 
ing for you and under the direction of 
Gary Breckner, the radio announcer, they 
give you a rousing welcome with a lot of 
songs of Catalina and then a "Hi, neigh- 
bor" — so we "neighbor" right back. 

It being the Foui'th and all, those 
fire crackers sure vjere noisy. We felt 
sort of dressed up in oiu* sport outfit 
with everybody around us in shorts or 
sv;im suits. We proceeded to hit for 
Bill's cabin. Ah, here come three pret- 
ty girls walking toward us. Let's see 

if it works "Hi, neighbor". And right 

back at us v;ith big smiles a "Hi, neigh- 
bor" and all. Say, that's the place for 
me, (continued on page 8) 

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Wound up in the past, present 

and future of aviation that ' s 

Millard Boyd. Whether to tell 
you the farm to factory history 
of the guy, or of his amazingly 
big ideas is a problem. Then, 
too, a sizable article could be 
v/ritten on "Boyd and Boats", 
He's nuts about them. He's a 
kid at heart. He's an under- 
sized bundle of ideas, energy 
and action. Some of these days 
he's going to break a neck 
leaping up and down those en- 
gineering department stairs. 

From the figurative day 
he vfas' born on a farm near 
Hornick, Iowa (1899), he has 
been engineering airplanes, 
from Wright brothers models to 
S-Ts. Since his dad moved the 
family half way across the coun- 
try and back a time or two be- 
fore Mllard v/as out of grade 
school, we suspect that maybe 
Millard inherited his boundless 
energy. The schools of Calif- 
ornia, Iowa and Nebraska all had 
the laborsome duty of trying to 
teach "that Boyd boy" something 
didn't concern airplanes. 

After a purely irksome journey through 
the grade and high schools he finally 
started on the nearest thing to an aero- 
nautical engineering course that the 
times afforded. This was a civil engin- 
eering course at the University of Neb- 
raska, Dioring high school days, he had 
built and flown several gliders, the 
kind you guided by swinging your v;eight 
aro-und. With the definite distinction 
of being a bonafide student, 
came the urge to build bigger and better 
ships of the air. 

The people of Nebraska thovight he v/as 
strictly screw-ball. When a guy builds 
himself an airplane in his spare time 
and then starts to fly it no more 
instruction than a ghost, he is a screw- 
ball. But that is what he did. Of 
course, he did have his glider experience 
to go on. 


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Comes War I, and Millard enlisted in 
the Air Corps. Uncle Sara took over the 
disciplining and training of one more 
typical American lad at Call Field in 
V/ichita Falls, Texas. Even the hard part 
of his life vjas fun, according to Mil- 
lard. The most notable thing he did as 
an airman was to rescue the Captain's 
3wanl<y car from a burning hangar. In so 
doing, he earned the undying gratitude 
of, and a valuable inside track with, 
same Captain. He says it paid mesij divi- 

He went back to the University of 
Nebraska again after btdng discharged in 
1919 and got his degree in Civil l^ngin- 
eerin.p. California was then , as now 
the scene of most airplane activity so 
Millard hied himself to Pasadena. Here 
he got a job with the C. Robert Little 
Aircraft Company. They built the first 
twin-engine job on the West Coast. It 
was mainly a question of being handy 
(continued on page 7) 


Editor's Note; Here's an interesting contribution from Ray Morkowi: 

Well, fellovjs, I know it isn't fair to write about the same person again, but 
darn it anjAvay, I just have to pass on the letter of appreciation that we got from 
"DAPPSE DAN" BURIffiTT for that article abo\it him in the last edition. Before we get 
to that letter, though, let ne tell you of a little incident that happened in the 
meantime to prove that "Dapper Dan" is Our Han. 

When Carl Rasmussen had an accident in the Drop Hammer Department it was no acci- 
dent that Dan was there to rush him to the clinic in his own car, then to the drug 
store to get a prescription filled and finally went hone vrith Carl to make sure that 
he would get proper attention there. To cap it all, he personally saw to it that 
Carl's car v/as delivered to his hcaiie. 

Now for that letter. Ily only wish is that it does not lose any of its sincerity 
in reprinting. 

I want to take this opportunity to express my most sincere appreciation for 
the very fine article in my favor v/hich appeared in the last issue of the RYAN 
FLYING Rj;POriT:jE, in your column. 

I am very proud to be working ^vith all of you men of the night crew. I have 
enjoyed v;orking with you, listening to your troubles and problems, v/hether they 
be about work, or f.bout your outside interests. I sympathize with you in your 
sorrow and feel a swelling of pride in your accomplisliment. 

Too often in the great rush of aodern industry one is prone to forget or ne- 
glect the human side of the great equation - "money-machinery-man". Each has 
its eaual import and none shouJ.d be neglected if we are to realize an efficient 
and profitable output of the worldly goods by which we all gain our livelihood. 

Some men thinlc, eat and sleep money. Some men see nothing but machinery 

machinery for every purpose, even to the eliimination of man entirely, if possi- 
ble. Only too fevj- see the man. Men, big ones, little ones, fat ones and skinny 
ones. Black men, white men, red and yellow men. Man is the most interesting 
part of the great equation. 

Money; anyone can spsnd or save money or make it work for them if they 

have it to start v/ith. 

]^l3.chinery:— machinery is a means to an end, a mechanical means. It is made 
to do a job with a trained nan to operate it. The machine cannot thLnk, it 
cannot eiren execute its o\m purpose without the aid of man. It vrould not even 
exist if it were not for man. Any machine has reached its apex when it has 
left the assembly line in the factory in which it v/as made. 

But Man:— man has the greatest opportunity of all and shoxild rightly receive 
the greater amount of credit and reward. Han can rise to great heights in any 
of ^ the arts, trades, and sciences. He has been given a mind with which to 
think and plan, a spirit with v/hich to surviisre, surmount and to conquer. To 
conquer his ox'/n fears, fears that he is not as good as the next man. A spirit 
of ambitious energy, ambitious to warrant advancement in his chosen line of en- 
deavor. Yes, this goes all the vjay up to the top and most important, it should 
not be forgotten v;hen one does reach the top, because getting there and stay- 
ing there are two different things. The respect, admiration and cooperation 
of liis fellow workers are important factors in getting and keeping him in his 
high office. 

Hen like to be lead by one v/hora thoy admire and respect, not driven by one 
whom they distrust and have no faith in. . 

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I like to work with men, I like to help men on their way up. It has always 
been a thrill for me to see some individual whom I have had the pleasure of 
helping get their promotion up the ladder of success. Some of them have gone 
a long way. 

So I say now, as I have alv^ays said, that honesty, justice and fairness, 
v;hether it be with other men or vdth yovurself , it is the best policy. 

Again I say that I consider it a pleasui-e to work with you all, and when I 
say good-night at the guard gate, I do so because I really enjoy the privilege. 

It is certainly grand to be a man among men. 

Very sincerely, 

more about liillard Boyd 

with a h-ammer and saw then, : says Boyd, 
In 1921, thinlcing he ought to be 
smart, he organized a company of his 
own to build airplanes. IJe'll make that 
singular. The Boyd Conpany built one 
airplane. Apparently the outfit was 
long on ideas but short on that green 
paper stuff. Not only that, but the 
Government started selling brand new 
war-made Jennies to all takers for about 
Hi>200, This kind of made it tough for 
people xvho were trying to make and sell 

their own product thus ended the 

career of Boyd's biplane with the con- 
vei-ted Dodge engine. 

This government act did create a lot 
of new flyers and made a lot of work 
converting, special designing and gen- 
eral changing on these planes. Millard 
got his share of that. Pretty soon the 
old Standards and Jennies started grad- 
ually disappearing from our skys and 
about then Lindbergh flew to Paris in a 
specially built Ryan Brougham. This ivas 
the starting gun for the public's inter- 
est in aviation. Among other things, 
during this period Millard designed a 
high vdng monoplane for an individual. 

In 1928, Boyd went to work for the 
Zenith Aircraft Corporation of Midway 
City, California. They de signed and 
built a good sized biplane. It carried 
seven people or a pilot and a slug of 
freight. A number of these were sold in 
Alaska and the company v;as doing sivell 
(continued on page 8) 

C J),_A Ob (jWs«:X . 

Daniel B. Burnett, Jr. ^' | 
Night Superintendent { 

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ttiQ 6ho3t tailed 

Well, vj-ell, it svcce seons like old times 
to see FLOYD "CHE14" BSNNETT's smiling 
face around and I dolmean around, 

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Talking about smiles — say, children, you 
never would believe there was so much 

gold bridge work 
in one place as 
was shown when our 
head man, meaning 
the honorable RAY 
passed out the 
raise slips Fri- 
day. Floyd walked 
ahead with the 
checks but I no- 
ticed he was close 
to Butch all the time. I guess it was 
to enable hdm to catch any of the fellows 
who happened to faint, 

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Our friend and pusher upper, no other 
really gets arovmd in that new Plymouth 
convertible. You aren't using it for a 
taxi are you, Frenchy? 

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RAY MORKOWSKI demonstrated the Polish 
jig — odd thing for a Norwegian like Ray 
to imitate a Pole. 

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(continued on page 12) 

more of Catalina 

Cabins, yes Villa park on Beacon 

Street. On the way v/hy there's FRED 


I forget her name she's pretty though. 

Gosh, it looks like we'll see lots of 
Ryan folks before we leave. 

There's a couple of other boj'-s we 
knov: from San liego and then two from 
the Paint Shop, three from Sheet Metal 
and Manifold, another from the Hammer 
Shop. Final Assembly comes through again 
and Production Planning. I guess we were 
pretty well represented, also the school 
v;ith comtrianding officer Lieut. Don Haar- 
man, Lieut. Herrill Carlton and a couple 
of the flight instructors. 

We heard also that CLAIIDE RYAN was up 
there in his cabin cruiser. He v;ent over 
to the Isthmus thoiogh. VJe did not have 
time to go over there as it's about 20 
miles from Aval on so we are saving it 
for next time. 

The Bird Park is really very interest- 
ing and worth seeing. If you are over 

there be sure and listen to Jimmie — he's 
quite a bird. The glass bottom boats 
to see the marine gardens, the night 
trip out to see the flying fish, seals — 
and fishing — oh, boy. .-j,j^ 

And, of course, the 
Casino we mustn't for- 
get. What a grand 
place! We had a swell 
time dancing to Dick 
Jergen's Band and there 
v/ere lots of girls to 
dance with, too. 

Sunday afternoon 
came all too soon. We 
got on the boat; then 
v;ith the strains of 
La Golondina played by 
the trumpet section of the ship's band 
up on the bridge, the ship pulls ax^ay. 
Speed boats come out and wave farev/ell 
as Catalina fades into the distance. Our 
thoughts turn to just how soon we can be 
going back to this island in the sea. 

more Low Down on Millard Boyd 

until that old depression came down on 
them. The organization expired grace- 
fully and Millard went to ivork for the 
Security National Aircraft Corp. in what 
is now the Vultee plant at Downey. 

Millard met, wooed and v/on a Calif- 
ornia girl in 1930. She is as crazy 

about sailing as he is. (Oh, yes? 

Editor) It's a family hobby. 

Through a mutual friend Boyd had met 
our boss, Claude Ryan some few years be- 
fore. During a visit the idea for a new 
highly specialized training plane was 
outlined by Ryan. It listened good, 
there v/as a market for it and there was 
Millard Boyd to engineer it. Ryan hires 
Boyd. That was in 1933 and since then 
our Chief Engineer's time and talents 
have been helping to m.alte this outfit 

All in all, this Nebraska farm boy 
has built airplanes with everything from 
a hammer and nails to hydro-press stami^- 
ings. He has been going like a Whirling 
Diin/-ish all of the time and isn't show- 
ing any signs of slowing dovm yet. Can 
you imagine a Chief Engineer saying that 
airplanes aren't v;orth a damn yet? Just 
like you'd say a 1911 Model T isn't fit 
to drive, tlillard says that we've got to 

make a lot of changes in aircraft. They 
have got to be made safer. They must be 
made to sell for less. We gotta turn 
'era out quicker. We've got to get at 
least one in every garage and have babies 
crying for 'em. This will be done and 
that ivill be done and there will still 
be room for a thousand improvements. 

Yep, there he sits with the best 
ti'aining plane in the world in his lap 
and never even takes a bow. He just goes 
on and on about what we are going to do 

and hovT m^ich there is to be done and 

we can't vnrite the finish yet. "Until 
we can," he says, "keep thinking." 



Don't try to kid the foreman — he was 
on the job long before you got up. When 
they speak of K.O,, don't forget there 

are two K. 0,s in the factory. So 

when you read, "K.O. stole silently a- 

vjay ", it vjasn't K, 0. BURT, it v/as 

K. 0. STEIaTART who was running like h— 
down the yard— 

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Ortiz is six feet tall, weighs two 
hundred pounds, has dark brown hair and 
blue eyes. Oh, yes, girls he is avail- 
able. You can reach him every night in 
the Manifold Department between the 
hours of 3:00 P.M. and 12:00 liidnight. 
You see, he is oui' foreman. 


by Ray Korkov/ski 

People are the most interesting- subject in the world and in order for us to 
better understand and knov; the ones we v;ork with I v;ill attempt to give you all a 
little dope on theia in this and future editions of our great little paper the Hyan 
Flying Reporter. 

I sincerely hope that in doing this I wi3.1 not v.Tite anything that will in any 
way hurt the ones that are interviewed. I vjould like to put all of you in this 
first edition but that is impossible, but you can rest assured that your turn will 
come. The first, of course, is the person that you are most interested in and the 
one, that you all knov/, so vfithout fvirther ado, I present 

RAY ORTIZ. T 7 have made soine direct hits. 

N i c k n ar/ie 

"BUTCH". When 
asked where 
he got that, he said 
that he was a 
butcher at 
one time, but 
he \ra.G just I" 
shooting the (^> 
breeze. The ^^^ 
tnith of the 
matter is 

that when he went to \vork for Consolida- 
ted (that was before he found his pre- 
sent love, Ryan) he appeared ready 
for work in a butcher's apron and cap 
and the name stuck. 

"Butch" v/as born in Albuquerque, New 
Kexico and came to San Diego when only a 
tot of two. He attended Sherman grade 
school, Hemorial Junior High and Santa 
An,A Junj.or College. He never failed to 
make the varsity in baseball, basketball 
and football. The latter was his spec- 
ialty and he often wishes he were still 
at it. He claims he has made some girl 
happy because he did not marry. He has 
had many opportunities according to 
"Slim" Coats 'who tells of the time Ray 
met him at a very exclusive night club 
in Los Angeles looking like an Indian on 
the Vv'ar path with lip-stick of every hue 
and shade on his face. VJhat's more, 
he's been an Iceman. 

He also v/orked at the Locldieed Air- 
craft Corp. He is a member of the San 
Diego Rowing Club v/here he keeps himself 
in shape. He claims he led a very peace- 
ftO., qtiiet life but we have it on good 
authority that he did have some bombing 
practice over Mission Bay, but before he 
could get the range he ran out of ammu- 
nition. If only he had drunk a little 
more milk before he took off he vrould 

ROY CSEESIS, Manifold Assemblyman, v;as 
born in Tappen, North Dakota, on Febru- 
ary l6th, 1915. He attended Tappen grade 
and high schools and then spent one year 
at the State School of Science xvhere he 
completed a coiurse in auto mechanics. He 
vxas married on June i+th, 1938 to a 
petite little Pole (but then aren't all 
Poles petite). He has no children — yet. 
Before coming to Ryan he had only one 
job but that was five years v^ith Corwin- 
ChujTchill Motors Inc. 

His ivife tells of the time they \vent 
to a spiffy af- 
fair in Los An- 
geles and Roy 
wore some old 
duds so as not 
to soil his 
"Sunday - go-to- 
meetin'" suit 
which he care- 
fully hung in 
the back of his 
car. But, 
alas ' and a- 
lack, v/hen <^^--Ji^''^^ 
he was about ^^J^ 
to change in- 
to his finery 

he found that he had left his pants in 
San Diego. His ambition is to learn to 
fly and own his ovm fishing boat. Five 
feet 10|- inches tall, Roy weighs I57 
pounds, has light broivn hair and sports 
a pair of smiling blue eyes. Sorry, 
girls. (continued on page 19 ) 

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Here is the balance of the article on 
Ryan Universal Exhaust Manifolds by- 
Ralph Haver, Manifold Engineer, which 
appeared in a recent issue of Aero Di- 

The joints in the collector ring body 
are rigid with a miniinum clearance so 
that leakage at these points is practic- 
ally eliminated. As regards the leakage 
in a slip joint collector, each joint 
must necessarily have sufficient clear- 
ance to allow free movement and the Tffar- 
iation of clearance is greater due to 
lack of machine accuracy. All the joints 
are subject to rough, shocking vibrations 
ivhich promote both wear and leakage. In 
the ball and socket unit, a high grade 
cast iron of controlled growth is used, 
and wear, due to friction, is conse- 
quently taken up as the hours of service 

At the connection betvifeen the turbo- 
supercharger and the: collector ring in 
other manifold types,v .a: -cjomplicated "vi- 
bration" joint must be utliiEed to pro-,' 
tect the exhaust turbine, -i: These joints:;' 
are usually packed with meta3ixc paeklhg:',:: 
To date a satisfactory joint i5if:- this: 
type for exhaust turbines has-'rvot; been- 
developed. The "Eall and SQCffcet'l ivtype;, 
collector, however, does •:. ndtt:::;:irequire.; 
this type of "packed" joiritJ.;ibg<^:Use;^:Gf:; 
the lack of vibration ■ :and:.,iiK)ij''i^^t- in 
the collector ring boay..:;-;;;::::;'^ '^Jp-"^'' 

An interesting r: flight :;:■ teat ' was re- 
cently conductedv on>:::ia^^>Ryan manifold 
equipped for turbo-:-supt3ircharger instal- 
lation. The plane vjaa flovai to 20,000 
feet v-'hero the engine was able to pro- 
duce 95/0 of its rated horsepower, clear- 
ly demonstrating that the joints were 
all tight and were not leaking. As there 
was approximately a five pound pressia-e 
differential in the manifold on this 
turbo installation the test proves that 
the universal joints are capable of 
holding pressure in actual flying condi- 
tions. Tests are under vjay at the pre- 
sent time to determine actual leakage of 
the ball and socket joints up to 3O" Hg. 
differential pressure. Indications are 
that the resiilts v.-ill be very favorable. 
Due to the fact that strains and 
stresses in the "slip joint" type col- 
lector caused by engine vibration and 
de-f"lection are not present in the "Ball 
and Socket" collector, the life of the 




manifold as increased and the need for 
heavy gauge material is greatly : reduced. 
The expectant life of the "Ball and 
Socket" collector is at least twice that 
of the "slip joint" type collector, and 
in the case of exhaust turbo installa- 
tions .043 material is all that is re- 
quired as compared to ,050 for the "slip 
joint" collector, 

A Ryan manifold made from ,032 stain- 
less steel mate:t:a.a3r^'^'^as recently instal- 
led on an experiraeritUl engine for test 
purposes andywas^iprvly interniittently for 
over 500 h3?iii-s,|;;i::'|)|i|j*ing tests this enr- 
gine de,v,ei-6pe(^;M:-ijn^^ Excess of 2200 horse- 
pov/er'^ahdj.PHf-^i'atiihgs above 25OO. Water 
manomster ;:c:phnections were installed at 
^^6;cli .:;ep<^^ust:-'port outlet and readings 
^o#er^:;;ear^ulIy recorded throughout the 
:' test\ -i'M end of 5OO hours the mano- 
.:-;.K"metcr;;:;r0^^ings were the same as when the 
■■ 'manif olci^>' v/as nev'/ thu§ .showing that the 
: . joih|,s;;:7were^'st;ill;,t:ight' and servicable, 
■':. An, Inspection .; of .:th§;/Sianif old showed it 
:-[_^(^-p^'X^.yer^^.,^ with no cracks 

■::^;':aM '"appar)entiy;.':;.<HLpable of indefinite 
' service, oincs^this manifold was instal- 
led on ari.: experimental engine, the con- 
dition of testing were more severe than 
those which v/ould be encountered in ac- 
tual service. 

Universal Joint orillectors require 
very little "Field maintenance". The 
connections betv;een the collector ring 
are rigid, hence do not wear. The ball 
and socket joints have practically no 
wear. The use of cast iron in connec- 
tion with stainless steel in these units 
offers an ideal situation in that no 
galling of the adjacent metals occurs, 
and fvirther the formation of graphite 
from cast iron as the temperature in- 
creases maJces the entire unit self-lub- 
ricating at both high and lov; tempera- 
tures. During the time we have manufac- 
tured ball and socket collectors, with 
thousands of units nov; in service, vre 
have had practically no orders for re- 
placement parts, 

Columbium stabilized IS-IO steel is 
used throughout on Ryan manifolds, un- 
less other material is specified by the 
3_0 _ (continued on page 11) 

^auoiL te 


Fifty mllion dollars a year, approx- 
imately, are being spent by the 12,000,000 
Americans whose hobby is staiiip collect- 
ing. The number of these enthusiasts, 
according to philatelic axxthorities, has 
zoomed from 2,000,000 in 1931 to six 
titnes that number in 19Z|1. 

During the Government's last fiscal 
yeai', the Post Office Department sold 
•;!)4iOOO,000 v/orth of new st.-unps to Ameri- 
can collectors. The sum represented an 
almost clear profit for the Government. 
In Nev; York City, more than 175,000 
school chi3.dren have stamp collections. 
Issues from countries overrun by Germany 
are now in greatest demand. All told, 




more about manifolds 

customer, but in any case the ball and 
socket units are of cast iron oiid stain- 
less steel. 13-10 stainless steel is a 
very durable material and is not affect- 
ed by the extreme sudden chan.^es in tem- 
perature encountered in exhaust mani- 

In the cold condition the "Ball and 
Socket" joints are relatively loose. 
This allows for excessive enijine vibra- 
tion and movement during warm-up. Since 
the joint is relatively "thick", with 
the cast iron ball acting as a partial 
heat insulator, there is considerable 
difference in temperature between the 
outside of the socket and the tube in- 
side of the ball. Hence c.s the collec- 
tor heats up, the ball expands more than 
the socket, forming a snug leak-proof 

The angular displacement of the ball 
and socket joint is approximately eight 
degrees from either side of the center- 
line, or a total of 16 degrees. This 
displacement v/ill adequately take care 
of the most extreme radial movement en- 
countered in modern dynamic motor sus- 
pensions, but on special aoplications 
this displacement can be increased to 
suit individual requirements. The mini- 
mum distance between the centers of the 
individual joints is four inches. How- 
ever, the minimum space required to in- 
stall a universal joint assembly varies 
V7ith the requirements. The usual dis- 

there are more than 150,000 different 
kinds of stamps listed, 

Hany present-day enthusiasts are buy- 
ing 3t,3mps as an investment as ivell as a 
hobby. A New York newspaper a few weeks 
ago carried an advertisement reading': 
"An entire lovely island, south shore, 
Massachusetts. Will consider exchange 
for North American stamp collection," 
At least 10,000 persons in the United 
States are following a budget plan of 
staiap buying to build up college fimds 
for their children. There are, experts 
say, more than fifteen collections in 
the United States worth 1^1,000,000 a- 




tance required from the face of the cyl- 
inder to the beginning of the fair-in on 
the collector body is ^ 1/2 inches. On 
special applications this distance can 
bo varied. 

Engines equipped with the universal 
joint manifolds may be easiJ.y overhauled 
and maintained without the necessity of 
disturbing the collector ring. Each port 
tube has a stainless steel collar which 
may be taken off by removing two bolts, 
I'Jhen this collar is removed the port 
tube can be pushed back into the ball, 
thus disengaging the unit from the port 
nipple and allowing the individual cyl- 
inder to be removed in service. 

After many years of development and 
three years of manufacturing experience 
vath the "Ball and Socket" eshaust col- 
lector Ryan has devised highly efficient 
means of producing manifolds on a large- 
scale production basis. The line produc- 
tion system as used in automobile con- 
struction is being applied insofar as 
possible to the manufacture of collector 
rings to further speed up production. 

Production capacity of the Ryan mani- 
fold department has been steadily in- 
creased until today the company is turn- 
ing out exhaust collector rings at the 
highest rate since the company has been 
manufacturing these specialized engine 
accessories, A further increase in pro- 
duction capacity, v;hich will approximat- 
ely double the rate of deliveries, is 
already planned and will soon be in 


The Ghost 

"AL NUBBIN" UTCBSR says he vdll trade his 
40 Ford for a "Yaller Dog" providing the 
dog can cook and lead hici hone — v.'hich vje 
are sorry to say is every Sunday A.M. 
We hope the dog is not a fanatic on Svin- 
day School as it might interfere with 
"Nubbins" getting home, 
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All the /Joys in Manifold are trying to 

Must be 


grow soup strainers, 
convention coming up, 

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BILL CORLEY back fron his i-'acation 
broke — must have seen some rare sights, 
eh, Bi.U? 

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RED "BIG TIME" BECKER has a nevf Olds. 

VJell, we will hand it to him x^hen he 

dives, he goes under in a big way. Re- 
member that favorite about "Won't you 
come vdth me, Lucille, in my merry Olds- 
mobile". Of course, we don't know if 
her name is Lucille, but Red won't have 
to sing so loud now. 

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V/ho vfas it shouted, "Ky Kingdom for a 
horse?" We are going to have to have 
horses or roller skates if they keep 
spreading the Ma,nifold Depai'tment out 
much more. It reminds me of the plains 

back "Thar" in Kansas it is so far be- 

tv/een stops that the jack rabbits carry 
their lunch. 

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"They have taken her away." Yep, the 
o].d Plating Department has been moved. 
Woe is us. vJe tvIII not be able to sil- 
ver plate any more slugs and use them 
for dimes. Oh, well, the Chuck Wagon 
boys vjere getting wise anyviay. 

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(continued on page IS) 

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7f,'c ^k^/i'^' ON (3^ 





¥e hadji't seen "Sookie" Kei-n, a pal of Los Angeles days, for five years until this 
week wheii he di'opped in to ask our help in letting Ryan employees knoxv about the 
necessity of protecting our forest reserves, "Sookie" 's novir Assistant Supervisor 
of the Cleveland National Forest and works out of San Diego Headquarters. Curiously 
enou gh Kern's article touches up on Cl av id o Ry an's earl y days in aviation. — V/.Vf. 

by J, C, Kern 

Recently several Ryan f.'indJ.ies raade a Sunday trip through portions of San Diego's 
forested back country. Boinj nevj- to Southern California, their curiosities v/ere 
aroused in the fire prevention ivarnings posted on the highways. The fire brealcs 
wiggling over sharply inclined ridges were strange creatures for sure, and the look- 
out stations perched on lonely peaks and accessibly on_ly by forest "truck- trails" 
suggested only a remote connection to them in the management of the public's forests. 

Campgrounds developed for free public 
use in the higher covmtry looked invit- 
ing, but soiaehow the group could not 
gi'asp the importance of restricting the 
cajup and picnic fires to theae areas. 
Some one of the party suggested that a 
stop at one of the ranger stations might 
help to answer their questions. It seems 
th?.t the ranger had anticipated their 
visit, knowing full ^lell that many thou- 
sand new people have moved into the San 
Diego area to aid in the aircraft pro- 
duction prograa-i. He outlined the public 
cooperation xThich is the ke-f "to the suc- 
c>";ss of any forest protection plan and 
then being very much air-minded, he 
pointed o\it the valuable contribution 
I'/liich the airplane industry hp.s and is 
riakiiig to his job of administer.ij".g our 
iJc-vtional Forests 

In that short discussion several 
aviation men and a forester met on com- 
mon gro\uids — the mutual protection and 
enjoyment of our natui'-al reso-'Ji^ces. 

Fur over twenty years the Forest Ser- 
■■/ice has recognized the iniportanco of 
aviation in the vadespread job of pro- 
tecting and managing our National For- 
ests. In 1919 i five bases were estab- 
lished in California froia which seven 
Army pilots and Ranger observers made 
regular flights twice daily lookii:g for 
forest fires. (Claude Ryan vras one of 
then — ^Hldj^tor. ) 

From these important beginnings aer- 
ial foresters have greatly exp anded 
these activities, supplementing atllitary 
.assistance with private contract ships, 
Tl::e rxouting of large fires vdth radio 
communication betvfeen plane and fire 
strategy headqu artors is novr comraon 

Aerial photography has been utilized 
on all types of forest land surveys and 
has proved of material aid in the map- 
ping of fire zones. Recently, camera- 
minded Forest officers equipped their 
plane with a small dark-room outfit, 
flew over a going fire, snapped their 
muchly needed shots of remote sectors 
and di'opped the pictures to the fire 
cax;ip - all in eighteen minutes. 

During recent years considerable ro- 
searcli has been carried 
on v;ith actual "bombing" 
of fires from the air. 
An efficient pattern of 
hits necessary to retard 
a fire's progress re- 
quires extreme accuracy 
from relatively lov; alti- 
tudes. Encouraging re- 
su3-ts are expected from 
this phase of aeronauti- 
cal fire control, par- 
ticularly by the hovering 

tyipes of aircraft ( of 

which our cm Ryan YO-51 
"Dragonfly" is an out- 
standing exarapl e — iCdit or ) 

Perhaps the key con- 
tribution of aviation to 
forest protection, ' in 
more recent years, is 
the parachuting of ssnall 
crevrs of fire fighters 
to fires in inaccess- 
ible areas, "Sm.oke 
jumping", as it is 
tem).ed, was 




c onsidered 
as far back 


as 1935, but 


it was not 

•,;4 » ^^ 

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until 1939 that experiments under actual 
forest conditions were begim. During- 
that year jiunpers protected by heavy 
clothing, heliuets, masks and steel in- 
step shoes made frequent juiaiis. They 
were equipped with special thii-ty-foot 
chutes Vv'ith steering flaps and vddely 
scalloped edges plus a section of stiurdy 
litiht rope to lower the juiiper in case 

of tree landing! 

of which there were 

obviously inany. Speed is the es.'jence of 
forest fire suppression, and since these 
early tests, the fire jumpers have pro- 
ven their value Irr drastically reducing 
the elapsed time between origin and at- 
tack of forest fires. 

There are of course tremendous losses 
in human life, property, natural re- 
sources and public finaiices each year 
froE forest disasters. On all typos of 
forest lards in the country f ires occur- 
red at the rate of one eve ry t wo and one 
half riiinutes during 1939. 

i/Je have cilscussed the ever-growing 
list of developynents in the aircraft in- 
dustry which have speeded the progress 
of controlling these blasts at our natu- 
ral resources. These vast forested areas 
furnish us homes and constructdon mater- 
ial, paper, plastics and a thousand other 
products vital not only to our everyday 

needs, but essential to the progress of 
our national defense. V/ell managed for- 
ests mean protection to domestic and in- 
dustrial water supplies, health giving 
recreational areas, v^rild life resources, 
protection to forage supplies for the 
cattle industry and to the timber now 
needed by a nation hard pressed to emer- 
gencjj- action. 

For e-wery ounce of these important 
aerial cures in fire suppression, vi^e 
need many pounds of fire prevention to 
meet the rapirHy increasing use of the 
National Forests. Last year many mil- 
lion people visited the National Forests 
of California, and 5,300,000 of these 
v;ent to mountain recreational areas of 
Southern California where fire hazards 
are most acute. In this battle to inini- 
mize the losses, eirery Ryan worker can 
play a part in assisting the forestry 
agencies v;ho are charged with this pro- 
tection responsibility. Me of the For- 
est Service \irge that every one of you 
familiarize yourself with the few siiviple 
fire prevention measures designed for 
your protection and the safeguarding of 
our forests. I"iany of you have corae froid 
out-of-state find do not realize perhaps 
the follov;ing fire laws vrhich are in ef- 

I, Since June 1st, smolcing in National Forest areas has been restricted 
to public camps, places of habitation or specific places posted by Forest officers. 

Z.Campfires can be made only after obtaining at a ranger or forest guard 
station a free carapfire permit, which states that Ciunpfires may be made onlyii 
stoves provided at iiaproved campgrounds. 

J. There are certain areas within the forest closed to public use except 
UTider special permit due to conditions of high fire hazard. 

4. Federal, State and County ordinances prohibit the throvfing of a match, 
cigarette, cigar, pipe heel or any ignited substance into any inflaEimable material 
where it will start a fire. This includes thro\uing smoking material from a moving 

In and adjacent to the Cleveland Forest, there are 30 lookout stations, guard 
and ranger stations. The forest officers you will find stationed there will be more 
than anxious to acquidnt you with the fire regulations and give you any other infor- 
mation vfhich we hope will aid and insure the safety of your Out-of-Door trips this 

The National Forests were created and are managed fcsr the maximum enjoyment and 
utility of the general public. With your wise use and cooperation, these objectives 
can be reached. Remember "Forest Defense is National Defense". 

(For the next issue of Flying Reporter, Jack Kern is going to supply Ryan employes 
with a list of Public Campsites near San Diego, and also tell how you may obtain an 
interesting map of the Cleveland National Forest.) 



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After that ten hour pre-lioliday night- 
mare^ and the "blitzkrieg" vie had a 
pretty gloomy looking gang of men. Then 
as they say in pictures, "Came the Dawn", 
When the slips were passed out contain- 
ing the wage increases, faces lighted up 
like four alarm fires, hanmers beat 
twice as fast, and there was more work 
turned out in the last two days of the 
week than the entire four diiys previous- 
ly. There was vihistling and singing — 
and it was generally conceded that we are 
going to "Keep Ryan a Good Place to 
Work" . 

We've heard a lot about Births, Mar- 
riages, and Deaths lately. We thinlc they 
should be in another column called 
"Yells, Bells, and Knells" or maybe the 
column could be called, "Hatched, liatch- 
ed, and Snatched". RAY "ADOLPH i-ENJOU" 
hORKOWSKI is the proud father of a five 
and one half pound daughter. 

Since the boys were shaken up like a 
box of berries, it has been hard to lo- 
cate some of them. F. E, FLINN is now 
one of the "spare-ribs" in the wing de- 
partment. PAUI; liC OSKER is in the ma- 
chine shop, and DICK 'ilLSON in the Tool- 
ing Department. 

Ever notice how much some of the boys 
resemble movie stars? R. HAF.LAN vdth 
his new moustache looks like Ronald Col- 
man, and DON WILCOX looks like Gene Ray- 
mond with a hangover. 

wife has a nev^ job, eh?" 

"WEASEL" EVANS: "Yes. It's hard 
work, and she says it ' s killing 
her, but thank goodness it's per- 

This may sound like a laovie gag, but 

it's really the truth. DEE FIEIDS ate 

'■ half of a cardboard plate, it 

for a piecrust. Despite the tough ten- 





hour assignment, JOE "WHAT A MAN" RED- 
DING took time out for a little game of 
solitaire. BOB HARRIS wants to know how 
you can refuse your wife a surprise af- 
ter she has bought it? 

BUD "JUNK DEALER" FARR is erecting a 
new sign over his car wrecking lot. It 
reads, "Ford Parts and Near Beer". When 
we see B. AlilSS and F. G. HOSSOP crowd- 
ing into the same phone booth every 
night at lunch hour, we wonder if they 
are talking to the same girl, or just 
want to be alone. MYRT WILDER is back 
after having his appendix ronoved, . .too 
bad it v/asnH his gall, eh fellas? KSN- 
m and CLAYTON RUSH are back after fool- 
ing around with the deer (?) in Yosemite, 
"ACE" PERRY sneesed and lost part of his 
bridgework. .. .watch that "Ace", you are 
apt to bite some of these barefoot hill- 

"Marlene Dietrich gives Private Scott 
a daaocratic handshake^' says the caption 
under a news photograph appearing in one 
of the local "rags". That's the dopiest 
news item of the week. What do they 
mean "democratic" handshake? Are movie 
stars supposed to look at soldiers thru' 
lorgnettes? Who and what do these film 
magazine chatterers think movie stars 
are that they can assume a "being demo- 
cratic" attitude toward members of the 
United States fighting forces? Well, 
that's neither here nor elsewhere. 

After listening to the glovdng des- 
( sounds like the Northivest Mounted) trip 
to L.A. and the rabbit dinner, we have 
been unable to determine whether he is 
in love or just hungry. But after see- 
ing several pictiires of the lovely Her- 
maine, we are inclined to believe it ' s 
the former. He said they visited Slap- 
sie Haxies "mill". I once saw a guy 
pxmch Maxie's nose so hard he had him 
rocking like porch furniture in the twi- 

SCOTTY DERR and a friend went to Mex- 
ico last Sunday, looking for frijoles, 
no doubt. This is a warning to FPtANK 
SAYE not to turn his back while he has 
that luscious looking chocolate cake 
(continued on page 19) 

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by Manny Fohlde 

Presses roar and I must meet the dead 
line. I undertake this task of follow- 
ing RUS5 NORDLUND as reporter for these 
columns with a certain amount of appre- 
hension, knowing, as I do, that it is 
going to be no cinch. 

We are all going to miss Russ no end 
and we wish to take this opportunity to 
wish him every success at his new post. 

First, I woiild like to assure all v^io 
may be a bit skeptical, that JOE LOVE 
can and actually does vriiistlel lie heard 
iiim giving out on tlie Hut-Sut Song the 
other morning and concluded then and 
there that his "pucker" v:asn't just a 
facial expression, 

BOB GUIER returned from his vacation 
this past week grinning like a donkey 
eating briars to infona us, throxigh the 
medium of cigars, (he passed me up, in- 
cidentally) that he had a good four hun- 
dred bucks worth of tax exemption at his 
house, Congratu].ations to you and your 
Mrs., Bob, and we trust that your big, 
expanded chest v;on't all go to v^aist. 

Another returning vacationist, BOB 
3ALLINGER, arrived at work vjith a wery 
disgusted look on his pan and v^rhen asked 
the reason, he told 

us that his long 

anticipated trip to 
the east had wound 
up in the vicinity 
of Lakeside. Ve 
sympathized with 
him and agreed that 
it certainly was 
tough on the home 

Anyone in search 
of someone to be a 
stooge for his 
jokes, contact BILL 
DUBILEI-IAN, inspec- 
tion crib four, 
badge number 506. 
t-/e find that BiLl is 
very obliging and is 
willing to cooper- 
ate one hundred per- 
centnm. Ask him a- 
bout the Marine at 
the Picadilly Room. 

It has been 
brought to the at-«t» ^.^- 
tention of several^"'-^ -^ 
of us that our boss 

man, REX 3EAT0N, has been remodeling to 
a certain extent since the advent of 
soft ball season. Have j'-ou noticed his 
reduction in girth and increase in shoul- 
der spread? It's quite becoming, too. 
Keep up the good labor. Rex. 

Note: All v;ho are interested in mvi- 
sic, fun and a very good time in general, 
see SHAKH^ION LONG, lately of the cast of 
"Our Boarding House", who is keenly 
looking forvifard to the production of a 
good ol' black faced minstrel show. 
Long says he can use anything from a 
harmonica to a caliope. Look him up 
folks, and give him all the cooperation 
you cant 


Line-Up Man: One who arranges dates 
for visiting firemen, 

Leadman: One who can drive a horse 
to v/ater, but finds that a pencil must 
be lead. 

EDDIE WOLBACH, manifold welder, first 
shift, seems to be head man ex-officio 
to the swap department. Nothing t 00 
large or small, says Eddie. Anything 
from a five-place perambulator with a 
broken "ivheel base to the largest deer 
gun obtainable. "If I can't find a deal 

(continued page 18) 


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Hello again I 

Sorry I missed so many v'eeks, taut I 
was asleep at the s'.'n.tch whea the flyer 
But here is not forgetting 
of liot nevfs riffht out of the 

and Dashes from the burnt eye 

Ciime by. 
with a bit 

lashes J 

ADI'IIRAL E. E. lilDilR froa chrome weld- 
ing is looking for a rockless rocker or 
a boat ■■■Jithout water. The' ..dniral spent 
10 years in the liavy, so KOWARIJ CR.'.IG 
thought he'd be a good man to take spear- 
ing 30 he could rovv'' the boat while Craig 
speared the fishes. The place ivas iils- 

sion Bay, the tine one night arotind 

9:30. V.'ith tv;o fish and a seasick Hyder, 
Brother Craig had his hands fu],l. Eh, 
what, Howard! 


COBINA KOLB had a blessed event not 
too far back and a boy, too. Congratu- 
lations Kr. and Hrs. Kolb and maj'" the 
rest of your troubles be cuto little 


by Ken Murray 

G. M. BOi'JIlAN has a beautiful midd3.e 
name but he iron't admit it. But I know. 
It's . Hi, Buddy. 

a brand new Ford station xvagon these 
days and you can't guess what he named 

it "El Sin Rancho", meaning "without a 


Special Nev/s! 

H. HARRIS, better known as Hi Gates, 
is about to take on a bride, and listen 
fellas, one vjith a job too! That's won- 
derful. All kidding aside. Gates, I 
ought to rate a drink or four v/hen the 
occasion occTirs. So congratulations and 
good 'aishes. 



by Pat Kregness 

Hello, again! That goes for all those 
people back f rora vacation, and t h e 

others who are go in;: 

That includes 

receiving postcards 
rest from San Fran- 
air eady been back a 

everyone, so Hello I Vacations are won- 
derful, things, I hear. Oui^ bronzed beau- 
ties are a sight to behold; not only do 
they look tan and terrific, but good and 
glad they're back, I still can't under- 
stand that, but then I vjon't be leaving 
until next w^eek. 

People are still 
and soiiveniers from 
ZELLA ADEN, and the 
Cisco, and they've 
week. I suppose the "Friscoites" or 
whatever they call themselves are still 
talking about the girls frou San Diego, 
LS0NM.:E 3/Jffi (back from Yosemite), GERRI 
three of the typical examples. After 
their return from Catalina vdth tan 
hides, and ravings about their vronderful 
vacations, guess where I'll be going. 
Ten more days, eight more days, seven, 
five, hurry, hurry. . . . 

Well, we bade SARA BRAUN goodbye vdth 
a lovely luncheon at the Cafe del Rey 
horo, and it really was s^7ell] so is 
Sara, and we hated to see her go. She's 
novj- Ilrs. 'Willie I-jinor^ kind of cute, is- 
n't it? While vie' re on the subject of 


this luncheon, it may sound irrelevant, 
but I think the Fur-Lined Bathtub ought 
to go to ADELAIDE SMITH this week: (Now 
there is a Lady Executive v;ho is a Lady!) 
This great honor is bestowed on her for 
being such a swell sport, and believe 
me, she is. 

We have a theme-song now, vjritten es- 
pecially for the poor working girl, 
(don't we love that phrase?) entitled 
"Daddy". She Y/as quite a working girl. 
VJe're still vrorking on the idea of get- 
ting Ryanette pins. 

Ti\ro m.ore additions to ovir family group 
this time: Broad smiles of v;elcome are 
bestowed upon DOROTHY ALCORN, very at- 
tractive — you knoiv, the type that alxvays 
looks like a dream in pastels. She vrorks 
in the Tabulating Department. To balance 
her, we have a brunette, BETTY C/iRR, 
equally attractive, slaving in the Ser- 
vice Department. 

Finally got a peak at the girls in 
the Wing Assembly and I might add, it 
is time we bowed to them for handling 
their jobs so elegantly. 

I guess the Summer brings us back to 
our childhood, or something. Othenirise 
v;hat are GENEVIEVE BOYER.'s reasons for 
going up to Green Valley Falls and pad- 
( continued on page 20) 

more I'ianifold Exhaust 

for you," Eddie informed us, "my partner 
in crime, GORDON of small part-s, can," 
Rags, bottles and sacks, 

Uell, han^ on fellov/s, vrhlj.e I go in 
search of a fjoose quill with which to 
write something for the ne.-rf:, edition. 
A n Ode to Something: 




slice of cheese, 

A bit of pickle, 
slab of rye 

Or pumpernickle, 
potato chip 

But better still 
A beer or two 

To drink your fill. 
A spot of shade 

A cool running strear.i 
A fishing rod 

And time to dreaju 
About the things 

That might worry some 
The easy life 

Of a contented bural 


Out of a cloud of dust and divots, 
Intermixed with the grim flash of steel 
and inarticulate yells, grunts and 
groans, there appeared foui' grim- faced 
men out to do or die for their respective 
ideals. Upon closer scrutiny vre were 
a,ble to recognize the members of this 
grrim group as they shouldered the tools 
of their nefarious trade, and approached 
the ne>± tee with grim determination. 

After a sanguinary four-hour battle 
in a dozen balls and 43 clubs were 
destroyed or put out of action, FRED FORD 
and BILL D/JiLBIG emerged the victors. 
The vanquished, JIIi NOAKi^S and WALT WAI^ 
KER, vowing never again to play with 
such crooks. , , . 

At the nineteenth hole. Ford vj-as down 
in one. Darling dovm in two while Jim 
Noakes gleeful].y shot a par and had his 
revenge. Ualt Walker is still there in 
a befuddled state trying to down his 
shot . 

the Ghost concludes 



clulj y-jfl 




7 -30 P.M. '^-j>.^:)U 


When our friend "COOKIE" COCK took over 
the Fitting Department, he says it just 
wasn't fitting. They fit him for the 
job, then stopped fitting, so "Cookie" 
doesn't have "fits" any nore. But don't 
worry, "Cookie", many better men have 
been unfit to be fitting. 

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HUGH "DOG" JOrrJiS says that cabinet blat>t 
stool fits him like his n&:i iippers. 

- - 

I see JDi "GAL SHY" RUP3iT and BOB "NOT 
over GOIiDON "WtffiCK UM" liOSSOP's job. We 
knew Gordon was good but we did not 
think it vrould take two men to fill his 

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If any of you "Gentlemen" 
(I'm sorry, fellows) need 

a shave or hair cut, just 

step in to SLIH "TRIM Wi 

, UP" COATS' barber chair. 

'i^. While Slim trims your 

\ hair and shaves your 

■ face (I hope) RM 


will shine your 

shoes. They use all 

the tools in the 

plant to do it with. 


/ ■■ \J^^ 

more Front Views and Profiles 

KORl-'iiiK H. (refused to jive his second 
name) iJDw'AFDS was born in Coapton, Cali- 
fornia, (quick, the smelling salts 

don't tell me vjg have a native t;op work- 
ing at Lyan) on February l6th, 1908 at 
2:30 A.u. (how av;ful to wake Ids mother 
at that unearthly hour). Ho attended 
Yucaipa grade school, Red].and3 High and 
San Bernaraino Junior Colle,';:e. He is 
married and has a strapping young man 
for a son. 

He did his share to make California 
the beautiiuL state that it is by his 
work as a forester. Norman vfoiold like 
to ovjn a sail boat 3.nd do some fishing 
vdth surf-board riding as a side-line. 
He works in the Welding uepai'tment and 
is 5 feet 10-^ inches tal3., v/eighs I65 
pounds and has brown hair and eyes. When 
ask-ed to relate some exciting incident 
in his life he said that his life was as 
serene as a duck pond vdthout the ducks. 

EDW/iED WEBER. You V..111 find hiiii in 
Sand Blast.- He is the lead nan in that 
department. 'ED' was born in Sioux Falls, 



more of 31 m ' s Pickins 

spread out on his bench. CAJLL "JITTER- 
BUG" THOi-LlS tried to get FLOYD B'JNlffiTT to 
go for a ride in his new boat. When 
Floyd found out he'd have to row, he 
said he had to go to Sunday School. No 

Km SCHAEFFER is back froii his vaca- 
tion in Oklahoma. Reraember the time he 
paced off the distance around the shop 
so he could tell the folks hovj many 
acres it contained? 

F. L. 'WALSH: "Your laundry came back',' 
A. L. JONES: "I-iy laundry came back?" 
F. L. 1/ALSH: "Yes, thej^refused it." 
STEVE DEVEF, is back after spending 
his vacation in Osawatomie, Kansas. 
That's v/here the insane asylum is locat- 
ed. Well, your guess is as good as laine. 
G. L. HINCKLEY tells me he saw a movie 
with ;\mericans in it, but I hardly think 
that's possible. HOSSOP is having his 
new car repaired since he played cymbals 
v'ith another man's fenders. 

GLEN CROCIOiR: "What kind of pie is 

A. L. KEITK: "I-/hat does it taste 

South Dakota, on Harch 18th, 190/+. He 
did his bit for the good old U.S.A. in 
World War Nc. 1 when he served two years 
in the Via.vy. He also worked as a fire- 
man and when asked if he ever put out 
any big fires or saved any damsels in 


he said he wasn't that kind of 


a fireman. Ho fired for the Northern 
States Povrer Company in Kansas City and 
Council Bluffs. 

He v/as married in 1934 and has one 
child, a daughter. His most vivid ex- 
periences were the tines he fell out of 
the shore boat on his return from liber- 
ties. His sxa- 
bition is to re- 
tire and spend 
his time on the 
beach. He is 5 
f e et 9 inches 
tall and weighs 
148 pounds. He 
has grey eyes, 
and the color of hair is v/hat hair 


CROCPDR: "Glue" 

KEITH: "Then it's apple the cherry 

tastes like putty. " 

The Fliers have taken a bit of tijae 
out to plan several parties, but in the 
meant iiue, NONA rEVJI-iONT and HARRY MILES 
have soloed. All solo fliers are given 
a pair of gold wings. More news about 
the fliers later, 

J. F. SHARBER: "Your daughter says 
she doesn't want to get married." 

"DOC" MULLENS: "Just wait til the 
wrong man comes along.'' 

Ever notice WALLY IMALLOTT's sunburned 
beezer? Looks like a landing light beam. 
But he's not alone. Note to BUTCH ORTIZ: 
Just because beer is a food, doesn't 
mean that you should make a meal of it, 

ST. PETER: "How did you get up here?" 

L/iT^ST AimiVAL: "Flu." 

Stuff happens, don't it? Stuff hap- 


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nore Ryanettes 

dling around in the 
water. Yes, I said 
paddling' . The rest 
of us are a little 
more dignified and 

I go to the beach to 

j get beat up by the 

I v/aves. Oh, vjell, it 

'< v/ill soon be over. 

j expression comes in 

I playing tennis at 

I noon at the Coast 

j Guard Station. 

j "PAT" SANFORD of Material Control is 

I certainly a cute little redhead. I don't 

I know what brought that on, but I was in 
their department this mornini^- trjdng- to 
get some good gossip out of BFITTY HIKES, 
Vvfho incidentally must be tno type that 
people just naturally tell thiJigs to, 
because she keeps me in touch v/ith the 
"goings-on" of people I don't see any 

more, but Pat was up there working so 
hard, and I couldn't help sighing with 
envy at that beautiful hair. 

Glad to see SVA SPRINGSTSAD back; she 
was quite ill v/ith a strepticocci, (did 
I ever take a chance with that word) now 
I'll have to pay her the seven cents I 
owe her. 

RUTH Bam^ celebrated her birthday in 
a svrell way. Congratulations and may 
you have lots more. (My birthday is 
coning soon, do you think I could put 
over anything like that, Ruth?) 

I'm curious about CIEOLA BOYD's trips 
to Redlands. Aren't the Ryan Cadets up 
to standard, Cleola? 

I guess if I haven't anesthetized 
everyone (there's another killer of a 
word) I will say goodbye now. Forgive me 
my meanderings, but you knovj how it is 
before you go on vacation... .three days. 

Tv;o days 



VJell, I guess we're all pretty well 
over the "Fourth" by novj except for a 
fev; memories. The boys vjho v/ent to Cat- 
got as far as the "club" from their hut 
and that seemed to be their limit. Rocky 
said he aL-nost went s^ "once". 
CHUCK had enoi^h money to pay his income 
tax when he got on the boat to come home 
but discovering a "bar" on the boat, he 
decided to let the Government wait. 

"CURLY" JACKSON must have had a great 
Fourth planning his marriage to the lit- 
tle woman on Friday the 11th. He'll 
probably remember this July for a long 
time. Good luck, Jack, and if you want 
to learn how to duck rolling pins, ask 

some of the old hands at it you know, 

SmONIDES, MORGAN, KOSKE or any of those 
old vets. 

Another one who v^ill remember the 
holidays will be that "SMOOTH BLONDE 
GENT" from the Wing Department who left 
a beautiful woman in the lurch by climb- 
ing out of the back ivindow in a Tiajuana 
night club. (Little did he knov; she was 
practically waiting outside the window.) 
"SNUFFY" SMITH, another boy who really 
gets around, ought to get together ivith 

this "BLONDE JOffl^I DOE". 

"TAILSPIN TOia-iY" MAST is back after a 
toiu- of the North. He went to Canada to 
see about getting a commission in the 
Air Corps but after looking into it he 
decided to come back to San Diego. All 
he would have gotten in the pay envelope 
would be the rattle of a few grains of 

BILL CLEVELAND, is now elevating himself 
socially. By this we mean he is not 
riding in an old broken-down car. In- 
stead he has bought a La Salle convert- 
ible coupe — soirie stuff. 

If you boys have noticed how dark it 
has been lately, don't blame the weather 
— blame Experimental. They had a ply- 
wood partition put around their depart- 
ment to hide their secret. The secret is 
to keep us from seeing them loaf. 


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From the archives of broken peace ws are bringing out old words and 
dusting therii off for vise again as shinin.^ lanterns to lead us throvigh the 
darkness of another 'var. 

Words like freedon, justice and truth all cf thetn hard to define, 

none of them used Hore fre';uantly than freedom. 

You cannot say 'Aihat freedom is, perhaps, in a single sentence. It 
is not necessarj'- to define it. It is enough to point to it. 

Freedom is a nan lifting a gate latch at dusk and sitting for a vrhile 
on the porch, smoking his pipe, before he goes to bed. 

It is the violence of an argument outside an election poll; it is the 
righteous anger of the p'iJ.pits. 

It is the v/ann laughter of a girl on a park bench. 

It is the rush of a train over the continent and the unafraid faces 
of people looking out the vjindows. 

It is all the howdys in the world, and all the hellos. 

It is l7estbrook Pegler telling Roosevelt hov; to raise his children; 
it is Roosevelt letting them raise therr.selves. 

It is Lindbergh's --.ppcxising voice raised above a thousand hisses. 

It is Dorothy Thonpson asking for v>;ar; it is Gen. Hugh S. Johnson 
asking her to keep quiet. 

It is you trying to remember the v:ords to The 3tar-Spangled Banner. 

It is the sea breaking on v/ide sands somewhere and the shoulders of a 
mountain supporting the sly. 

It is the ai.r you fill your lungs with 

It is a man c^irsing all cops. 

It is the absence of apprehension at 
steps outside your closed door. 

It is your hot rosentmsnt of intrigiie, 
tightening of your lips sometimes. 

and the dirt that is your 

the sound of approaching foot- 
the tilt of your chin and the 

It is all the things you do and xvanb to keep on doing. 
It is all the things you feel and cannot help feeling. 
Freedom it is you. 



It fiii picfiic mw 

•er — this picnic is for you. 



The third anaual Ryan Aermautical Company pic- 
nic to be held September 7th at the Del l^Iar Turf 
Club is for you ;ind your family. We hope that 
you will raake plans to attend. 

There will be taoverag'es and ice cream novel- 
ties for all. Each family will be responsible 
for their ovm luncheon basket. The picnic will 
start at appro-dji:ately 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 
5;00 p.m. 

A notice vdll be handed to each individual in 
the factory at a later date outlining the program, 
hov; to arrive at t.he Del liar Race Track and what 
and what not to bring. 
IJake plans now to attend! 

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On Friday, August 8th, the i-'oreman's 
Club played hosts to the exaployees of 
both the office and factory s.t o. very 
nicQ dinner dance held at the Hotel San 
Diego. Some 250 well dressed people 
were there, and every one of them said 
they had the time of their lives. We 
all had a chance to see our fellow work- 
ers at their very best, v;ith their very 
best girl friend, boy friend, v;ife or 
husband. There were so many beautiful 
girls there that the place really looked 
like Ijarl Carroll's Review on reviev/. 

Oiuf managementt was there with lOO,^ 

attendance Mr. and Iirs. Claude Ryan, 

Sari Prudden, lir. and Mrs. 1-Iolloy, Mr. 
and iirs. Boyd, Mr. and Mrs. Barton and 
pir. and Mrs. Burnett v;ere just, a few 
that shov.'ed what good sports they really 




The evening started out vdth a Spen- 
cer steak dinner (of which the v:riter 
managed to got two). After that we had 
a word of welcome from our Maintenance 
Foreman, K. 0. Btxrt. 

The dancing started at 9:00 p.m. with 
Chet '/hite and Ms band as music vendors. 
At 10:30 we had a special dance mmiber 
by Eddie Carvajal of the Fuselage Depart- 
ment and his girl friend, Alice Copper. 
To say that they were good is putting it 
mildly. The dancing continued tintil 
1:30 a.m. at which time oiu' first dinner 
dance carae to an end. 

The Foreman's Club vdshes tot ake this 
opportunity to thank everyone for the 
splendid turn out. It is our intent to 
get the gang together more often. We 
think it helps to make Ryans a better 
place in to work. 

T. J, Johnson 



The vJhole gang in production is "Keep- 
ing 'Em Rolling" out the ,back gate and 
llnto the a^ir so welL, that we've overdone 
ourselves a bit in this issue of Flying 
Reporter by supplying a full-page pic- 
i:'Ure of a group of PT-21s taken during- a 
iieliyery flight. If you'll remove the 
pinding staples carefully and not tear 
'htt picture, you'll have a nice S^xll 
print suitable for framing. 

The cover picture has only recently 
been received from the Netherlands East 
Indies gov^ernment through their Informa- 
tion Office in New York City, which has 
made this beautiful picture available 
for use in Flying Reporter. It's good 
to know that these planes are receiving 
full use in the East Indies for training 
their military pilots. 

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Published by Emoloyees of the 


Through their Welfare Departinent 

Art Editor 
Editorial Secy 

to this issue: 

The Ryan Camera Club met in the Photographic Arts 
Building at Balboa Park last Wednesday, August 6th. The 

tiu-n out wasn't up to par but what can you expect in 

the iniddle of vacation titne? 

At our neict and subsequent meetings there vjill be a 
more serious coKpetition display of members' pictures 
vdth cjome very attractive prizes to the winners. Stills, 
color slides and movies will be the competition divi- 

Bill Wagner and Tommy Hixson, company photographers, 

offered to give as first, second and third prizes 

very beautiful airplane shots enlarged to I6x20s. 

and Tommy xvill act as judges for us, but we'll 

have a chance to judge the judges work because they're 

going to exliibit some of their best v/ork 

from which the salon contest v/inners 

will be able to select the pictures they 

v.'ant to have enlarged to 16x20. 

The contest is open to all employees 
of Ryan Aircraft and prints entered on 
meeting iiLghts will be judged at that 
time provided they comply with the club 

Rules and Regiilations for the contest 


Larry Gibson 
George Duncan 
M. Harco; Bill Vfegner 
Sue Zinn 

Ray Morkowski 
Eddie Oberbauer 
Dan Burnett 
G. Harris 
Sliiu Coats 
Mrs'. Carl Palmer 
T. J. Johnson 
Wally Kallott 

Departmental and Organizations 

The Ghost Talks 

Machine Shop-2nd Shift 

Drop Hammer Notes 


Fljdng Club News 


Slim's Pickin's 

Manifold Exhaust 

Camera Club Kev;s 

Whooo j 

Win Alders on j 

? ? ? I 

fien Murray ' 

Earl E. BjTdman j 

Planter Paris i 

Slita Coats \ 
lianny Fohlde 
A. K. Larkin 



Max. No. of Entrees per Member .... 3 
I'iin. size of print 4x5 

No tinting permissible 

Subject - anjd-hing unless specified. 

All prints submitted must be mounted 
on standard l6"x20" salon mounting card- 
board. Entrant's name is to be on the 
reverse side, upper left hand cornei*. 

Color SI i des (Projection) 

CO\rER: See article on Page 1. 

There is but one straight road to suc- 
cess, and that is merit. The man who is 
successfu]. is the man vjho is useful. Ca- 
pacitor never lacks opportujilty. It can 
not remain undiscovered, because it is 
sought by too mcny anxious to use it. 

Boui'ke Cockran 

Max. No. of Entrees per Meinber .... 3 
Subject - anything unless specified. 
All slides must be marked in the bot- 
{ torn left hand corner of the lamp side., 
, v/ith a gurrimed sticker to assist in gst- 
i ting slide properly placed in projector. 
' Entrant's initials may be printed on 
I sticker. 

! Mo-rle Films 

Max. Kb. of Feet per Entry per Member. . 200 
Film may he in black and v/hite or color. 
Each complete film must be edited and 
have at least one title besides the 
opening and end title. Subject — any- 

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With interest and spirit running at a 
new hi^h, the Ryan All-Stars and the 
Ryan Staclcs entered the second half of 
the city league play deterjniued to in- 
crease the fij-^m'es on the "v/in" side of 
the standings report. 

There have been some chan;;es made in 
the two teaias vfhich wi].l i:iake a dirfer- 
ence as the season rolls on. DUO SHEAR- 
ER, one of the better ball players, has 
left the All-Stars and Is aow playing 
under the banner of the Stacks. In an- 
other "fjwitch" JACK BILLINGS, proraising, 
young baseball player, has taken up du- 
ties with the All-Stars havin^j formerly 
been connected with the Stacks. There 
have been other additions to both teams 
fi'om the Rj'an ST-3 tea.a which coiniuoted 
their season, after a series of tough 
breaks, with a coimiiendable record of 
only two losses throughout the entire 
season to wind up in third spot for the 

When this issue of the Reporter goes 
to press there will have been many games 
a week for the balance of the season 
vjxhich vjill wind up the Ftyan Softball for 
this year in a hiu-ry. 

It is rather difficult to publish a 
schedule of games as it has been changed 
so many times that weekly scheduling has 
become necessary. The complete city 
Softball schedule for the follovjing week 
can be found in the sport section of the 
San i.iie,';o Union each Sunday. 

All three of the Ryan teams have made 
a splendid sho\^dng in their respective 
leagues this year, and all of us can be 
well proud to be represented by such a 
fine group of competitive athletes. 
The remaining games of the season are 
very important ones as far as the Ryan 
"AA" teams are concerned. It is hoped 
by all connected with the game that the 
employees will band together and come 
out and support the tea'as as they charge 
down the home stretch in an effort to 
impro^^e their league standing. 
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V/hen you get what you want in your strug- 
gle for pelf. 

And the world makes you king for a daj'". 

Then go to the mirror and look at your- 

And see what that guy has to say. 

For it isn't your father, or mother, or 

l/ho judgment upon you must pass. 
The feller whose verdict counts most in 

your life 
Is the guy staring back from the glass. 

He's the feller to please, never mind 

all the rest. 
For he's with you clear up to the end^ 
And you've passed your most dangerous, 

difficult test 
If the guy in the glass is your friend. 

You may be like' Jack Horner and chisel a 

And think you're a wonderful guy. 
But the man in the glass says you're 

only a bum 
If you can't look him straight in the 


You can fool the whole world down the 

pathway of years. 
And get pats on the back as you pass 
But your final reward will be heartaches 

and tears 
If you've cheated the guy in the glass. 

Dale Wimbrow 




by Hay Ilorlco^vski 

Skeptics (if any) please not-:! In the press, on the air, on billboards and most 
every//here v.'e look, vje arc; ti.->ld of unlimited opportuiiiiies in aircraft. We knoxv 
that the industry has grovjn out of its infancy but j.t has hardly ree^ched its adoles- 
cence and before it reaches uat-jj'ity mai^ of us will be in a position inhere v^e v.-ill 
be responsible for its habits end at the snme tLne earning an enviable livelihood. 
One man xvho is a very r^ood e,xaniple is JOHN COOPER ZIFFWALD whdn v/e all know as "Jack". 

Zippwald was born in Chica:i;'o, Illi- tune and future here. Jack started as a 

nois, on llarch 11th, 1916, and came to 
San Diego at the ripe old age of four. 
He says he vaguely reraenbers the cold, 
snowy winters there which is just enough 
to continue appreciating the \;onderful 
climate in this "Heaven on Zarth" city 
of ours. 

Jack attended Lemon Grove .' school, 
Grossinont and San Die^ro High Schoels. He 
began has career, as have cian,.' nen who 
reached positions of iinportrncr. and re- 
spon3ibilitj'-, as a truck cb'iver, where 
he learned to take the hard Vjiocks of 
life. His next position, v;hich Headers 
Digest rated as number one for..iiula for 
success, was a secretary where he became 
familiar with the heart of business. 

His interest in aviation led him to 
Consolidated Aircraft Corp. where along 
with "Butch" Ortiz, he learned the rudi- 
ments of the trade in ivhich he v/as des- 
tined to become successful. It was Con- 
solidated' s loss and Ryan's i',aln vrhen he 
came, along with Ortiz, to seek his for- 

"Poncho" by Al Gee, was born in Pomoroy, 
Iowa, His dad ^vas a jeweler and his 
mother a practical nurse. He attended 
1 Broadway grade school and Van Buren High 
in Van J3uren, Arkansas, home tov;n of Bob 
Burns. His mother nursed Bob Burns' 
mother until her death and "Poncho" ivas 
once deputized by Dob Burns' famous 
uncle, "Peck" Garrett. 

Captain Bennett sav/ a ,^reat deal of 
this country but always rejiiained a true 
Westerner because he never v;ent Sast of 
the I'iississippi river. Aside from being 
a deputy he was an avrto mechanic and 
painter and also ran a service station. 
He v;orked in a scissor factory and at 
the Nehi Beverage Co. in Fort Smith, 

i^rtensas. He studied police work under 
the F.B.I, and is now a member of the 

manifola fitter on the first B-18 con- 
tract, vrorked himself up to foreman on 
the rd^ht shift and then things began to 

His next step was assistant to Ee;-: 
Seaton and from there he v'as proiiioted to 
the Service Department as our outside 
service representative. His duties 
"wing" him all over tlie country spread- 
ing the ndvantages of oui- ball and sock- 
et manifolds to manufacturers of air- 
craft and doing a v;onderful job of it. 

Incidentally, if you vrant to }:noi?r 
anj'thing about cross-country flying, 
just ask Zippw.ald. He married' a very 
lovely little lady on September 23, 1939, 
vdth practically the whole staff of Ryan 
in attendance and has a son just four 
months old. His hobby is stamp_ collect- 
ing. He has a smile that is definitely 
contagious. Jack is 5 feet 11 inches 
tall, iveighs 175 pounds, has dark brovjn 
hair and green-blue eyes. 

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Special San Diego Police assigned to 
guard duty at our plant. He is the Gap- 
tain of the Third Shift Guards, 

Charles says that if we v/ould cooper- 
ate with the guards we would flna that 
they are really our friends and are ever 
willing to help us out of any difficul- 
ties. The truth of the matter, he avers, 
is that they have a job to do just as 
any of us and just 
because it is their 
duty to enforce 
rules and regula- 
tions is no reason 
to look at ther.i in 
any other li/JTb but $,y^iV'-/;^''^^\]:~^ 
just as we would ^U'"^k''^'^^^4:^'''^C \ 
the fellow next to %^^kMi.5;^^\ 

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REPRESENTATIVE - Eddie Oberbauer 

I promised to write for Flying- Reporter v;hile 
away, so here I go trip and all, 

I'll say right here, air-lines are the only 


to travel. That's "lie talking" because I 

didn't have to pay for the ticket. 

I'll sort of ^;ive you a gj.l'apse of ruy trip. 
First off out of San Diego at 9:1~5 p.m., v;e flevr 
over the fog in the moonli;:ht and say, those 
airliners do tra^rel out to sea a long way. Way 
we could see the lights of c^ood old Gatalina not 
very far off. Los Angeles certainly was beauti- 
ful as it was clear, believe it or not. And it 
was the first time Vd seen L.A. in all its 
gleaming splendor from the air at night. S5 mjn.^ 
utes out of San Diego, vre are on our way 
froiii L, A. to Kansas City. The slcy sleep- 
ers sure are nice especially the hos- 
tesses. Before being tucked in, I v/as 
asked vjhat time I '»ould like to get up 
in tJie morning. Well, I liave been get- 
ting up at 6:00 o'clock, "'■•Il\j not", I'd 
never seen the country before. The hos- 
tess looked at irie in diaraay. "You mean 


6:00 P.S.T., not C.3.T. "I'.o", I said, 
"6:00 A.I-u wherever we are." I know now 
why she gave me that look. 

I vifas next to the engine on the star- 
board side and it was really drurriiiiing a- 
way, thanks to Pratt and u'hitney. After 
looking out and seeing the cowl flaps 
vibrating in the breeze, I t'lought our 
Kinner powered S-Ts can't be so bad. 
Tell that fellow Rust and also liiraldi 
to think nothing of it. 

Six a.m. came and I was sort of doz- 
ing when someone shook me — "Six o'clock, 
you want to get up?" I looked out of 

the window nothing but Texas under us, 

nothing to see. "No, I'll sto,.y in for 
aiiother hour." Seven came aroLuid pretty 
fast, so this time I said I would get 
up. The hostess suggested breakfast in 
bed, so I had breakfast in bod. She ate 
some with me — some life! 

At 8:15 we were at Ij'ichita— we weren't 
supposed to stop there, b\it it v:as fog- 
ged in 30 the earlier plane could not 
get in. Savi a few Stearmans outside but 
not as many as we have out m the yard. 
It was hot as blazes there, too, 

Kansas City was only a short time a- 
way. After arriving I had a f our-ho\ir 
wait as they changed my :route from via 
Chicago to 3t. Louis over to Dayton. 

I looked up one of the old Ryan boys 
at Kansas City. Some of the fellows 

night remember him Keith Karsh. He's 

married now and still ^vorking for T.V/.A. 

At 2 o'clock we were off again. Iina- 
gine my surprise when who should be' Cap- 
tain of the ship but John D. Ililner, an- 
other former Ryan employee of not over 
2-1/2 years back. I had the hostess 
give Johnny my card. She said he almost 

jumped clear out of his seat same old 


VJe talked of old tiiaes. He shovi^ed ms 
his end of the ship. Ilakes our j.nstru-- 
ment boards in the S-Ts look very small. 
Johnriy had just been made Captain so he 
ivas a ver^r proud boy. Also he raarried 
one of the best looking hostesses on the 
line not so very long ago. AnyvTay, he 
brought us into Dayton after going around 
one thunder shower safely and under an- 

Wright Field is quite a busy place. 
After tv;o days there, I was on my way to 
Flo-ida, as the radio ajinouncers say it 

Cincinnati looked very nice. Saw an 
old river show boat going down the river 
as v:e came into land on the field. All 
the rest of the stops — Louisville^, Nadi- 
ville, Atlanta to Jacksonville vxere 
short; not over an hour's flight apiece. 
At Nashville, I left /jnerican, which I 
had flown froiu Dayton and got on Eastern 
Air Lines — the one that has Stexvards in- 
stead of Steirardesses. I'll v.Tite and 
tell that guy Rickenbacker what I think. 
Atlanta was the busiest airport I've 
ever seen, unless it just happened to bo 
that v/ay. Anyway there were ships ccm- 
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Here is the information on campgrounds in this vicinity furnish- 
ed U3 by J. C. "Sookie" Kern, U. S. Forest Service, who wrote 
the article "Aviation Protects Our Forests" appearing in our 
last issue. Maybe you can find a new spot for "week-ending" out 
of this list. 

"''^imiip in nnr p rur n 
jHi ruHOU Ll}"~ulntLri 



DESCANS O Located 2 rnUes north of Deseanso Junction, which is 42 miles east or 
San Diego, reached by a good road, 4 stoves, 4 tables and 2 toilets. 
Water supply fi'om v;ell, A small camp with limited space for camp 
trailers. Supplies at Deseanso Junction, 1 mile east, Elev, - 3550. 

GUATAY Located along liighvTay #80 and 1 mile west of Guatay, which is 45 
miles east of onn Diego. Eight stoves, 10 tables and 2 toilets. 
Water supply from well. Small area not suitable for camp trailers. 
Supplies at Guatay, Elevation 3900. 

GL51\fCLIFF Located on Hlghv/ay 80, 1 mile east of Laguna Junction, or 50 miles 
east of San Diego. Seven stoves, 6 tables, well water, toilet facil- 
ities and trailer space. Elevation 3600. 

KITCHEN CREEK Located on Highway #80 at Boulder Oaks, 55 miles east of San Diego, 
Five stoves, w tables, 2 double toilets, and piped water. Adequa.te 
J space for several cimp trailers. Supplies at Boulder Oaks adjacent 

to campgrounds. Elevation 3000. 


Located on Kauser Creek, a fork of Cottonwood Creek reached by road 
north from Campo, 5 miles to junction, then west 2 miles over a nar- 
row dirt road. Six stoves, 12 tables, 2 toilets, water supply from 
Creek. Not siaitable for camp trailers. Supplies at Campo, 7 miles. 
Elevation 1750. 


BURNT RANCHERIA Located in the Laguna Hountains, 11 miles north of Laguna Junction, 
and 60 miles oast of San Diego via Highway 80. One hundred stoves, 
150 tables, 9 toilets, piped water. Reached by paved road. Adequate 
space for trailers. Supplies at store nearby. Forest Guard Station 
in area. Elevation 6OOO feet. 



Another campsite in the Laguna Mountains, 14 miles 
north of Laguna Junction and 63 miles east of 
San Diego via Highway 80. Seventy-five 
stoves, 75 tables, 20 toilets and piped 
water. Space for camp trailers. Sup- 
plies at store nearby. Reached by 
one mile of graded dirt road from 
highway. Elevation 56OO feet. : 


Located in Black Canyon about 10 
miles from Ramona on Ramona-Hesa 
Grande Road. Has 12 tables, 12 
stoves and oit toilets. Shade, 


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Concerning the 172 stacks the-t SLIM 
hORKOlJSKI ivork on, they say, and I quote 
"They vdil have to malce the stacks big- 
ger or the inspectors will have to get 
smaller stamps."{j to "Half 
Pint", the inspector put« so much inlc on 
the stacks that "Politician" is always 
getting Ills hands in it and it causes an 
awj?ul waste of tiriie, what the in- 
spector re-stamping and Ray rmining to 
vjaah his hands every ninute or two. 

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Say, have you fellows noticed hovr our 
inspectors are on their toes now days. 
Inspector Ste»vart after looking ;t section 
over, got his red pencil out ana mai-ked 
a ring aiDund a bad spot on rjaid section, 
ivith a notice to burr said spot. V/as he 
trying to fool the finish man I'-r did he 
really know that it was a vjad of gum, 

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! Well, vrould you believe it, Tli-l "BUIIP 
HAPPY" RASMUSSSN, traded off that 19].2 
Overland for a swell Pontiac sedan and 
boy v;hat a radio it has. T;un is taking 
his family back to Iowa (his hone) for a 
visit, and on a thirty day leave too, 
How does it feel to be a banker, Tim? 

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I hear fSJ "BWIP" WOOD and WEST "AZ- 
USA" PIDCOCK are going fishing Sunday. 
You knoiv the only thing good about going 
fishing -Tith Ken is he really goes to 
fish. Just be patient West. There may 
be some blonde headed ones to be caught. 
Who Vjiovjs'? Strange things do come out 
of the sea. 

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Just a thought - - 

He vjho knov.'s the right principles and 
never uses them is not the equal of the 
man who uses the right principles with- 
out knovdng, 

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Yes, he ran after her until he got 
caught. Our friend GLEN SCHADEL, got 
married yesterday. The boys started hvi 
off with a shoxver and it wasn't rice 
either. The lady's name I hear is Ann 
Sue Price. Of course, she being a Ramona 
girl, they v^rere married at Ramona, Oh 
yes. Glen says she is a sivell cook, liore 
povjer to you, Glen. We all wish you a 
happy married life. — The Gang. 

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This "Topsy's Drive- In" must be some 
place. There have been any nuiuber of 
the boys take up homesteads. I hear 
latest to join the band. It couldn't be 
the food — or could it? 




Limited space for trailers. Supplies at Ramona Elevation - 2000. 

Located on Palomar llountain. Reached by paved road which inter- 
sects the State High^vay 11 miles west of Lake Henshaw and 5.3 miles 
east of Hincon junction. Has 3 stoves, tables and 2 toilets. 
Water piped to store adjoining campground. Elevation 5500 feet. 

Located 11 miles southeast of Teciecula and 14 miles west of Oalc 
Grove, on State Highway 79. Has 4 stoves, 1+ tables and 3 toilets. 
Water supply from well. This small cai:ip will accommodate a few 
trailers and is reached by good road. Nearest supplies at Teme- 
cula. Elevation - I5OO feet. 

Located on the State Highv;ay 79, 25 miles southeast of Temecula 
and 15 miles northwest of Warner's Hot Springs. Twelve stoves, 25 
tables e.nd. 4 toilets. Water supply is pd.ped. Suitable for camp 
trailers. Reached over a hard surfaced road. Shade. Supplies 
available at Oak Grove, Aguanga or Ter/iecula. Ranger Station adja- 
cent. Elevation - 2750 feet. 


Located 2f miles v;est of LaJce Henshaw on the State Highway and the 
San Luis Rey liliver. Has S stoves, 3 tables, 3 toilets, vdth v^ater 
piped to c«jiip::roijind. Shade. Not suitable for trailers. Supplies 
available at Ifenstiaw store. Elevation 2500 feet. 


by Win Alder son 

They may be a little late in taking a 
bow but this group of fifty-one boys is 
well worth a more intimate introduction. 
To single them out and give an individual 
v/rite-up to each one is unnecessary. 
They are just a good natured lot of hard 
workers vrtio are always willing to give 
each other a hand. To know one is to 
knovj them all. 

Under the very capable leadership of 
CHRIS MUELLER, assisted by five accom- 
plished lead men, the second shift has 
established the reputation for speed and 
accuracy that has long been the aim of 
the day force. "Time Study" is a fair 
referee. At this point I must mention 
DON WALKER, handsome sQave to production. 
In spite of me, he has kept a steady 
stream of machined parts flowing into 
I the inspection crib. 

But let there be credit where credit 

is due. The little man on the biirring 

; bench, or the dark, quiet man on the 

I boring machine, or some lathe or drill 

I or mill operator has done the job as the 

engineering department meant to have it 


I don't think I am going too far by 
including DAW BURNETT in the personnel 


of the Machine Shop, You all know Dan, 
He is the man who is always doing the 
things that can't be done and we are 
happy to consider him one of the boys. 
When CJEIS l-IUELLER let it be known that 
he was going to build his own house and 
that any assistance offered would be wel- 
come, Dan headed a construction gang of 
seventeen machine operators and laid the 
fo\indation, I hear it was an inspiration 
to see him in action with a shovel in 
one hand and his shirt in the other. But 
that chest line, Dan! I hear that Chris 
is now thinking of biiilding an addition. 
Come to think of it, he is very apt to 
need one. 

Yes, Chris Mueller is one of these 
lucky fellows like Mel Thompson, G. E. 
Barton, Eddie Molloy, Millard Boyd, Dan 
Burnett and many others I know. That is 
if you look at luck the way Elbert Hub- 
bard does. He says, "Do I believe in 
luck? I should say I do. I have watched 
the successful careers of too many men 
to doubt its efficacy. You see a fellow 
reach out and grab an opportunity that 
the other fellows standing around had 
not realized was there. Having it, he 
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more Ilachine Shop 

hangs onto it with the grip that makes 
the jaws of a bulldog seem like a fairy- 
touch. He calls into play his breadth 
of vision. He sees the possibilities of 
the situation and has the ati^oxtion to 
desire them and the courage to tackle 
them. He intensifies his strong points, 
bolsters his weak ones, cult.ivates those 
personal qualities that cause other men 
to trust him and to cooperate him. 
He sows the seeds of sunshine, of good 
cheer, of optimism, of unstinted kind- 
ness. He keeps his head cool, and his 
feet warm, his Hiind busy. He doesn't 
woriy over trifles, plans his v.?ork aliead 
and then sticks to it, rain or jhine. He 
talks and acts like a winner, for he 
knows in time tliat he v;ill be one. And 

then Luck does all the rest." 

And Stuff 

Everyone l-cnows where the Ilachine Shop 
is located but those of you who have not 
been around lately would hardly recog- 
nise the old place. I d6n't know who to 
thank for the rearraJigeiiient, but with 
the mills and drills lined up in modern 
manner, more orderly work can b-; produ- 

When Chris Mueller returned from his 
vacation I heard him remark that things 
were going so smoothly that no one would 
ever guess he I'iad been ,gone. Accept a 
bouquet, Steve. Yes, STEVS FOUQUETTE, 
I aviator, engineer, machinist, iiiathema-ti- 
cian, builder, farmer and financier did 
a fine job v.'hen he st.eppe4 into Chris's 
shoes for two weeks. 

It is amusing to see how delighted 
D. BEARY becomes every tijjie he is able 

to appropriate the inspector's stool. 
Could it be possible that the "D" stands 
for Dingls? 

It has been decided that if ED RCD- 
GERS were a goose, he would rather be a 
gander, and if he were here he would 
rather be there and if he were in St. 
Louis he v.'ould be happy again. Have a 
nice trip, Ed. 

I underrrtand that liajuana turned out 
nji full arid played the Swan song for 
RKi'lD . The alcalde was heard to have 
said, "They jiiade things interesting^ 
w}dle thoy xvere with us. They won't be 

BILL HUBBARD, engineer who handles 
the throttle of the Hubbard Lines Ltd. 
extends an invitation to one and all to 
meet him at the Hubbardville depot for a 
personally conducted inspection trip. He 
has a railroad that v/inds around his 
garage like the goat tower in Balboa 

It is good to see WALLY GERHARDT back 
in the £;hop. His recent contact ivith 
the office force does not seera to have 
been as damaging as was anticipated. It 
is strange to see hojn walking around luith 
a stop watch in his hand instead of a 
monkey wench but his smile is welcome 

Gteorge Rodgers will not need a number 
on the autocall. I understand that the 
machine shop is his headquarters and 
that he can be found there most of the 

This is our first splash and I look 
f onward to the answering ripplesj friend- 
ly competition goes a long way tdvjard 
iiwking good, accurate parts. 


Morgan Finney, one of San Diego Coun- 
ty's outstanding athletes, has joined 
the happy throng of Ryan '■.'orker?;. His 
addition to the atliletic teoiis here at 
Ryan will be a Vifelcome boost. 

Finney is one of the outstanding soft- 
ball pitchers in the county. He is also 
very clever and fast on the basketball 
floor as well as being a far better than 
average bowler. The greatest of all his 
accomplishments is his "Do or Die" spirit 
and the fact that no matter what the odds 
lare, he is always out to win a clean, 
hard-fought contest. We all hope that 
you will have a long and happy experience 
with us here at Ryan, Morg, 

ing in ervery 10 minutes from somev/here. 
Several airliners pass through so that 
accounts for it, I guess. 

The noon was shining and we passed 
several thunderheads between Atlanta and 
Jacksonville, I guess the pilots sort 
of skirted around them. It was a beau- 
tiful sight and at 9:00 p,m, I was in 


Jacksonville is some town. It has 
growing pains like San Diego. The Navy, 
Array and I'larines are here so I should 
feel at home — but I don't — it's too hot. 

Will write more after I can get some 
information on our Navy ships. So until 
then, I'll be signing off with a longing 
for that cool San Diego sea breeze. 

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by Ken Murray 

The fellows in the Hand Finishing De- 
partment have been having no email anoiint 
of aiausement at PHILLIP DAVID KOSER's 
expense lately, because his f:irl, Gloria 
Powers from Lake Charles, Louisiana, is 
supposed to be coming out to Karry her 
boy. He has been pulling a fast one on 
the boys, though, because the ceremony 
took place last June in Yuma. The best 
man has given us the story about the 
wedding, that is probably enlightejiing 
to most of us. 

The trip to Yuma was made after work 
one Tuesday afternoon, they vere married 
Wednesday morning and got back to Saji 
Diego in time to go to v.'ox'k Wednesday 
afternoon. Phillip is reputed to have 
gone to sleep soon after the ceremony 
and to have slept most of the v:ay home. 
The bride and groom had a chort honey- 
moon from Wednesday till Monday, ^'/hich 
Was only interrupted by the fact that 
Phillip attended v;ork each night as 
usual. Monday Mrs. Moser left for Lake 
Charles, where she has remained until 
the present, (continued on next page) 

Well! Well! Train time again and 
here we are without much dope. In fact, 
the only dope in this department is 
yoiirs truly. 

Here is h-xts off and congratulations, 
good luck and stuff to BILL JURNEY and 
his bride of not quite tv;o weeks. After 
a whirl vdnd romance of two weeks, they 
decided they couldn't make it without 
each othei- so married life began in the 
Jurney family, Kinda short notice, ain't 
it, Bill? I missed out on the cigars so 
that's one you owe me. 

Another newly wed is ELSTON DYSON of 
Ship Welding. He journeyed way back to 
the fair city of Minneapolis to pick up 
Mrs, Dyson after the ceremony. She is 
the foi'mer Miss Reilly, sister of L. F. 
REILLY of Stainless Welding, They re- 
turned from their honeymoon of one' month 
last week. Here's a friendly tip, El- 
ston. You may wear the pants, but when 
you get home you find your v-lf e is wear- 
ing the belt and buckle which is the 
most important part of keeping the pants 
(continued on page 16) 

6REAKfAST IN t3ED- Nothi^O like '^f 

MnQQmcL TO POT ^ M/^^ l^ 
ON H15 rfET / I,. 

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lEf'JPER - your execution pf authority 
with tolerance. 

Officiate - in the spirit of coopera- 

LEAD - do not drive, and they will fol- 
low at your pace, 

E NCOURAGE - never belittle, it takes no 
more effort, 

isElffitlBSR - that v/e all had to start at 
the bottom. 

Appreciate - in them their efforts to 

Nurture - them through their problems 

Collaborate - when called upon. 

t XERCISE - justice and fairness to all. 
Daniel B. Burnett, Jr, 

more Dro p Hammer o — 

"RUSTY" RUSTON, operator of Hammer 
No. 1 says, "If you can get four pounds 
of vrater out of a ten-pound v;ater melon 
and a quart of banana oil from a stock 
of bananas, how long will it be till 
they are fishing from flyin^j boats?" 

WES BURROUGHS has transferred back to 
the second shift again and is receiving 
a hearty welcome. 

CARL RASMUSSEM is getting back into 
the swing again after having his foot 
squeezed by a die. 

You can never tell what you will see 
in the mountains these d?,ys. BOB and 
DICK "SCREWY" MORGAN were seen in the 
vicinity of Ricon Sunday on their motor 
cycles with a couple of girls in tow. 
The boys were hugging the curves and the 
girls were hugging the boys. Apparently 
the girls won, because Bob had to have 
his side taped up Monday, 

SLIM COATS, author of "Slim's Pick- 
in' s", is keeping company with a neat 
little brunette, who might te "slim 
pickin's" for Slim, but there are plenty 
of fellows around here who wouldn't con- 
sider her as such. Good old Slim, bat- 
chelor of batchelors, adraits that he has 
a generous streak in his make-up that 
often gets the better of him thus ac- 


...... ^ .. ^j^ 

VJant ■ to buy out board ^must be good. 

Cash deal, 

- - 
First $5.00 takes good car radio. 

- b - 

House radio old timer — good investment 

for someone v.'ho wants to learn radio. 
Will s^.vap for fish pole. 

- o - 
Want 30-30 rifle or what caliber have 
you suitable for use as deer gun. Will 
pay cash. - o - 

See G. Karris - 2nd, Bumping Dept, 
O— o 

counting for her presence. Slim is one 
boy that no ;jirl is going to make into a 
sucker, but v;e haven't given up hope of 
receiving those cigars — yet. Slim's re- 
nark to this will probably be the old 
adage about misery loving company, and 
just because a lot of the rest of us 
have been "stuck" we want to see him get 
it too. 

Far be it from the second shift drop 
hammer crew to put any feathers in their 
caps, but they do have a new angle on 
their pay check pool, v;hich they do feel 
like crowing over. Instead of the cus- 
tomary manner of someone winning the 
pool and then going around with a list 
collecting tv/o bits from each man, the 
winner receives a U. S. Defense Savings 
Stamp book xvith a two bit stamp in it 
for each player. Foreman CHUCK KNURCK 
thinks enough of the idea to finance the 
move by buying sufficient stamps on 
Thvirsday of each week, sticking them in 
the book and having it all ready for the 
vjinner. And he doesn't get a cut either. 
We all know how those two bit pieces 
slipped away, when we did vdn the pool, 
but this way when we v/in we've got 'em 

in the bank and what a bank dear old 

Uncle's. Keep »em flying I! 

12 - 

tke timQ dock iciu^x ' 


I laughed so hard I gajj-ied thirty 
seconds J 

Boy, you should have seen the fancy 
dance that Jack just did over there on 
the shipping floor. 

The poor guy must have hurt 
himself thoug-h. It's no fun to bash your 
thumb vdth a haramer and I shoul.dn't have 
laughed at hjja either. 

But the v/ay he jumped around and hol- 
lered, he must have been a good imitation 
of v.'hat I hear those jitterbugs are. 

Foreman Rusty sent Jack ucivn to the 
first aid room and as soon a? he got 
back v;ith a neat bandage on his thuab, 
he got a good lesson on how to hold nails 
from old Billy \*o has been knocking 
things together around here for years. 

Like everything else, it's easy when 
you know how. 

As Billy said, "Never hold the nail 
to be driven down near the point. 

"Always hold the nail by the thumb 
and finger near the top, just.- iinder the 
head. Then if the nail slips off the 
face of the hammer, the fingers are 
knocked out of the xvay — not crushed." 

If there ' s a right and a wrong way to 
hold a nail, there's a safe and unsafe 






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v/ay to 'do every job. 

iiTell, Jack ^-vill have to do some fill- 
irxg in arouiid here until his thumb gets 
better and he can go back to nailing a- 

gain. He v(as lucky at that he might 

have broken the finger instead of bruis- 
ing it. 

// — 





by Earl E, By;rdman 

The Flying Club had a beach party at 
Ocean Beach, Sunday, July 26th, in honor 
of the instructors, Johnnie Taj-lor, Bill 
Pang retz, Lou Loyko, Rollie Tyce and 
Roger Herb. 

Ilargaret Loyko presented the follow- 
ing solo fliers with gold wings: NONA 
others present were JACK "ACE" GAGE', 
DICK WILSON of the Tooling Deraartment, 
HAKGGI, the Rip Van Wincle of the nani- 
folds, CARL THOIiAS and family, "SLH-I" 
SPENCER. We also want to welcome a new 
member, SAl'l FINNEY, the genial lead man 
of the Sheet Ketal Department. 

What ever liappened to FFJiNK FLIM, 
BUD l-iUNDSLL is back with us again after 
having taken a bit of tLvie out forad- 

■^nced flight training. As the Old Rose 
said to the j'-oung one, "Hiya, Bud?" 

Saw a number of the gang in the fliers 
corner at Eernardini's last Sunday, ii-i- 
cluding "RAF" THROELL, ROGER IQi^B and 
LLOYD "SLEEPY" HORN. "Kuaz" Eernardini, 
the goni;il head man, who by the way, al- 
so flies with us, is contemplating pur- 
chase of a new ship (Attention, Sam Bre- 
der.) Ku'zz claims he'll put on a "Fli- 
er's Special" if the gang keep popping 
in. Meat balls with flaps, no doubt. 

NONA MEUI'ICNT and JENS Wkmi^: . have 
just finished their first cross country 
jaunts and on Thursday, July 31st, JOHN- 
NIE TAYLOR and "SLU'I" COATS flew to Palo 
Alto to deliver a Fairchild. (Sounds 
like a stork, eh?) 

Which reminds me "I've just taken a 

shine to your wife," said the stork as he 
left a negro's house. 

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From the pages of the AIRCRAFT RiCCORD, a publication of the Aeronautical Chamber of 
Commerce of America, we have taken the following material which will be of interest 
to all who are affiliated with the aircraft industry. 

Just a little over a year ago an alarmed America rolled up its sleeves and 
tackled the biggest job in its history the defense of democracy. 

Before the aircraft industry could 
produce the thousands of airplanes need- 
ed for democracy's defense, it had to 
build plants in which to build the 

The result vias tlHt between September, 
1939 and July, 1940, when the U. 3. gov- 
ernment offered financial aid for factory 
expansion, the aircraft industry spent 
$52,000,000 of its own money for new 
plants and equipment. Between 1934 and 
1940, major aircraft companies spent 
over 1^63,000,000 on development and al- 
most $77,000,000 on plant expansion 76 

per cent more than their total profits 
for that period. 

On January 1, 1939, total floor space 
was less than 10,000,000 square feet. 

Two years later it had aLmost tripled. 
On April 1, 1941, it had increased by 
246 per cent ! 

Not included in the statistics were 
huge bomber assembly plants which the 
government is erecting at strategic 
points in the central portion of the 
country. Here airplane mamifacturers 
will assemble thousands of swift, hard- 
hitting bombing planes after automobile 
manufacturers have fabricated sub-assem- 
blies and shipped them to the final as- 
staably point. 

The illustration below graphically il- 
lustrates the manner in which the air- 
craft industry has grown, and how it 
will continue to grow until 1842' s peak 
production is reached. 

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1 J 

lLu H RURnr 

fLH 3 n 



Jan., 1939 

Jan. ,1940 Jan., 1941 

Apr., 1941 

Under construc- 
tion-Apr., 19 41 


U fOffiS 


PHH Plfint 



From 900 military airplanes in De- 
cember, 1940 to 1,216 in March, 1941- 

the American aircraft industry 

proudly presents this production in- 
crease of more than 35 P^^ cent in 
three months. 

But quantity production has only 
just hit its stride. 

Aircraft manufacturers are expec- 
ted to tvocn out between I7OO and ISOO 
warplanes a month by September, 1941. 
The estimate for 1942 is' 30,000 air- 
planes, a monthly rate of 2,500 planes. 

1939 -/ 
2,404 Airplanes 

1940 -/ -/ - 
5,800 Airplanes 

1941 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/ 
(est,) 18,000 Airplanes 

1942 ~i —t "I- "f- -f- -i -t H- -f- H- -t -i-'', 

(est,) 30,000 Airplanes ! 

Each symbol represents 2,500 airplanes, | 







■'■ air- 


Jan. 1, 

Jan. 1, 

Aor. 1, 





n? * § 

a. 2. a. 
II h A 

More than 43*000 new jobs 
ated in three nonths... 

More than 11^1,800,000 a 
added to payrolls.... 

Such v-'as the record of the 
craft industry during 1941 ' s 

At peak production, the ind-is- 
try estimates 505>7S1 vrorkers vji3.1 
be employed, exclusive of ;.'.ddi- 
tional thousands in accescoi'ies 
and parts plants. At that tiroe it 
is estL-nated that payrolls vdll 

total !|17,702,335 a week almost 

one billion dollars per year. 

There were 237,26? pei'son.'; en- 

ployed in the industry on Aprli, 1, 

1941, an increase of 436 per cent over January 1, 19 

1941 totaled Q8, 761, 426, an increase of 472 per cent 

Each v/orker represents 
50,000 employes. Each 
dollar sjnnbol repre- 
sents $1,000,000 of 
weekly pajoroll. 


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2. 2. m 

$ V 

£1 £!. a 

ci o 

<''- <!i ■"■ 
tf * "if 

$ $ i 


H S. .0. SI 2. 2. Si. 

h ti h h h h n 

Estimated ^ 

■•, (■■, ,"> (■, i:- f- Ji /: f.. ^ 
^>/ •i.'' ■# -^f ># -If -^ « * -i? 

St' '.t' V ! 

59. VJeekly payrolls on April 1, 
over those of January 1, 1939. 

Editor's Note: Flying Reporter tries to 
avoid controversial matter in its pages, 
but at the same time Vi?ants to keep its 
colvimns open to Ryan employees. We are 
pleased, therefore, to reprint aii active 
light-plane pilot's remarks without com- 
ment. The opinions expressed are, of 
course, those of the writer and arc not 
intended by hiiji to ejrpress any policy. 
for the R,van company. 


bjr olim Coats 

A most distressing development about 
Vv'hich little has been prijited in the 
nevv^spapers is the death sentence facing 
the lightplane industry in Aworica, This 
is the industry that makes those little 
flivT^er planes you see flying around the 
local airports over week-ends. 

Because Government demand for bigger 
planes is so tremendous, the ligj^t plane 
industry has been shut out by priority 
rulings, on supplies of aluiaJjun, copper 
and other necessities to Jceep itself go- 
ing. Eleven of the tv/elve light plane 
makers are now down in Vfashin,<fton beg- 
ging for enough metals to keep tham go- 
ing for a year. 

If they are turned down, they say, they 
are through as an industry. They'll lose 
their skilled workers peinanently, and 
in xaost cases close thoir factories, 

The light plane manufacturer.:; supply 
the ships for the Government ' s civil 
Aeronautics training program. Small 

ships of the flivver t;>'pe, v;ith a top 
speed of one hundred ten and a flying 
range of five hundred miles, are good 
for forest patrol, pipeline patrol, car- 
rying messages. Government and business 
authorities bent on national defense 
work, instrument training, and even 
coast patrol where it may be essential. 

Because of their slow landing speed 
and their high safety factor, they can 
be usfid iiiore easily in ba'l weather, 
i-vhich Eiay ground faster and more pov/er- 
ful ships. 

America's light plane industry could 
produce 25,000 planes a year — if it were 
asked. Instead, because of confusion 
and lack of planning, this entire indus- 
try is faced with extinction. It has 
enough metals to carry on for another 
thirty days, and that's about all, ac- 
cording to the Aeronautical Chamber of 

This is a tragic picture, if for no 
other reason than the fact that aviation 
is coming into its own in universal ac- 
ceptance by peoples of all lands. 

When military flying ceases and the 
shooting stops, thousands of young men, 
today being trained as pilots, v;ill be 
demobilised. Vast nimibers of them will 
want to keep on flying. Many will x^ant 
to buy planes just as we buy automobiles 
today. And there will be no industry to 
supply that demand — —if the Government 
killo the lightplane industi'y in America 

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Dear Diary: ' - 

Om" hero v/hom we come to honor in 
this eventful eve is not one but many. 
If we do not give due credit to all who 
are justified, ■, ';:;';;7:.:;f g:;^^-' ''" '"'"''" - '■'-, v ■ ^-.^ ;\ ' 

merely mail 
in your ques- 
tionnaire and 
we'll be glad 
to send you, 
under separate 




special course •:. 
in "Do I wor- I ^ 
ry" or eight-::.;"~ 
een months for ' "■ 

i LESTER JOUSSAI© runs aroun'd riuiiibling 

''to himself, "Am I drafted or do they 

love Eie. Am I frantic, along ivith "I'se 

three"— million." Hy! HyJ M I glad I'm 


CAKL "DACrt/OOD" CLIMS just returned 
from a week's sojourn at tiie seashore 
and viewing the splendors of Yosemite 
Park. Dag'.vood always says he gets the 
last vrord in at hone- — "Yes, dear". 

very liappy lately. He's building him- 
self an apartment house. It's to be the 
first for Boy's Tov/n. Pater is the proud 

father of a baby boy this is ids third 


^y pia^g-ter Paris 

JOHN "TYCOON" CASTIEN has been very 
busy these days. Johnny had charge of 
selling tickets for the Ryan Foremen's 
Club Dinner Dance. You had to be care- 
ful where you walked in ilodeling. He 
had three bear traps out and every time 
he caught you he refused to let you out 
till you bought a ticket. HUGH "EASY" 
PtYAN had to buy three — one for next year. 

JIM CAPJ.IN got tired of his new house 
already so filled his car full of every- 
thing and spent a night on the beach. 
The ne;<t daj^ when coming from the beach 
to v/ork three people stopped him and 
very polrbsly asked if they were remak- 
ing "Gr.apes of Wrath". 

The df.y uf reckoning has finally davm- 
ed on ASHLEY "ATLAS" BISHOP. Bishop used 
to be able to sneak his automobile (flat- 
tery) right up in front of the office 
but since the company put up the sign 
"no dumping" he has had to v;alk from 
East San Diego like the rest of us. 

PAUL r'KE/U'I ' s p e r s evering charac t er 
has at last rev;arded him. For eight 
years Paul has been to convince 
local radio men that his three and one- 
half tube set with the special built-in 
T/ind tiuinel was a radio. He now is the 
proud possessor of the latest home re- 
corder. He says the only difference is 
that when his vdfe gets mad, he makes a 
recording of it. 

more Welding 

up. So 3''ou see you really aren't boss 
at all. Anyhow I hope all your Kids grow- 
up to be as good looking as your wife 
is. Hi, Killer! Congratiolations to you 

A bit of dot and dash vdth a flash 
from the guy with the open eye lash. 

I wonder v:hat three guys got slightly 
oiled at a certain doings not so far 

A certain guy named STEWMT has a 
good excuse everytime he is late. It 
seems as though he has a rancho near San 
Ysidro and he claims the reason is the 
bridge v/ashes out. HiTimm, I vronder? 

i'^y^ my, Junior. What oi'etty rings you 

Anji-one desiring cement work done cheap 
contact your scribe, I knov.: tv;o expert 
boys — one is AdEural S. E. HIDSR and the 

other is H. CRAIG of Ship Welding, vrtio 
also is a good fisherman. Thanks for the 
lift on my garage floor tv/o weeks agOj 
fellows, I saw you pick up your torches 
this morning the first time since the 
help so I guess you're over your stiff- 
ness now. 

Also heard NOEL COATH got his pretty 
little race car all bent up last Sunday, 
h'e's got a kind of down - in-the-mouth 

look and I don't blame him 1 saw the 


Well, 30 much for this time. I'll 
leave you all \dth a thought to mu].l 
over : 

Here's to a man I'/ho is tough 

Big and ugly and rough — 

V/hose car is bent and old 

And he can't stand to be told. 

That's the guy I want to ride to and 
from (especially from) work with. 

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more Front Views and Profi les 


Captain Bennett's most rifribarrassing 
moment happened when he ^/ent i!ito a barn 
and stooped over to nick up a hold back 
strap when the mxile let go f lill speed 
ahead and not so gently nud;'fed "Poncho" 
right through the side ,0.—-.^ ^ y A / 
of the barn vdth ;f^ ^'~« 'L^\iO\^ 

no respect 

for his 


Charles' hobbies are hunting , fishing, 
model planes (he's never been up, likes 
to keep two feet on the gromi.i) , guns 
and last but not least autoi-iobiles. He 
drives a 1929 model 3tudeba]:cr to v;ork 
every day and has a 1926 iSuiick at home 
that traveled almost 300, OGO miles and 
is still in good condition. His ambi- 
tion is to be a super-farmer' . Captain 
Dennett is five feet, eleven inches tall 
and v'jeighs 258 pounds, has brown hair 
and eyes and a ruddy complexion. 

JOHN MUNEO CAI'ERON, nickn;amed "The 
Scotclixoan", was born in Glasgovj, Scot- 
land, and came to the U.S.A. at a very 
early age and if you don't feel fortu- 
nate beinj here just listen to Johnny 
rave about this wonderfvil country of 
ours. He attended Ocean View grade- 
school and San Diego High. He says he 

also went to State College to a basket 

ball gaais. He v/orked as a butcher while 
still attending school and occasionally 
practices it to keep in form. (Beware 
you tub dtmpers.) Before he developed 
his present manly pliysique he was a 
jockey for Alexander Pantagss and had an 
enviable record at Tiajuana (no not what 
you're thinking fellovjs- — I mean as a 
jockey), Tanforan and Bay lieadows. 

He is not the type of follov.r to stint 
when it comes to taking out his best 
girl (yes, I mean Hermaine) , so he hies 
her out to "Slapsie Ilaxies" and shov/s 
her the time of her life but if it wasn't 

We to thank you for your thour^ht- 
fulness in presenting the beautiful 
bouquet of flowers. 

The cheerfulness it brought could 
never have been more timely than on the 
day it ai'rived, 

Mr. and i-irs. C.H. Ortel 

- o - o - 

To drear.-; a thing is just dreaming. 
But to bhirk a thing is to have it happen. 
Think of the tasks that are given you, 
Nor thinly or make a move of any kind, 
OrHir to further whateirer you are doing. 

II, Welch 
_ o - - 

for the generosity of "Fifi" Ortiz, poor 
Johnn.7 vrould still be vjashing dishes. 

He leariied to fly with Bill Gibbs on 
Camp Kearny I'lesa but got his private li- 
cense when he flew over the car of the 

Coroner l->ecaus8 somehow the motorcycle 

he was I'iding refused to stop when the 
Coroner's car did. Of course, it did 
cost hm a fev; teeth and the Coron er 

pronounced hhn dead headed but at that 

it was a nice bit of flying. 

Cajaeron lives at the Delta Garjna 
fraternity house and rooms with "Herb" 
Jewell, flight mechanic for Consolidated, 
so he carries a number of yarns aboiit 
"Herb's" experiences that are very in- 
teresting. His favorites are fishing, 
handball, football and Herxmine. "The 
Scotcliman" is an inspector in final as- 
sembly and };is ambitions all lie right 
here at Ryans. He is five feet eleven 
inches, v« eir-^hs 155 pounds, has broxvn eyes 
and brown wavy hair (vjoo VvJ^oo) , 
Note to ;jditor: If Hermaine reads this, 
I'm only fooling. 

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(Artist: This she told probably 
be "Sllni's Peckin's",) 

World events are moving faster than a 
scorched cat v;ith the same general des- 
tination. Even the nation's leading men 
are split more ways than apple pie in 
an avil lunch wagon. Well, 't\e'll take 
everything as it comes, like ths farmer 
and his rain. 

We saw Wendell Willkie land here at 
the field last week, and a woman (you 
know the tj^pe) gushed, "Oh, I-Ir. Willkie, 
I voted for you." We didn't hear his 
answer, but it v>fas rumoi-ed that he said, 
"Oh, so you're the one." 

Wendell's career consisted mostly of 
running Alabama with power, and for 
President without any. But he has the 
consolation that the fellovr Vv'ho misses 

the boat doesn't get seasick. 


him for refusing to te].l lies he didn't 
mean. The apple doesn't fall far from 
the tree, but the sauce travels 
way. He's not so dumb at that, II« 
the field with a Navy paymaster, 

William S. Itnudsen of the 0PM was 
j ^vith us too, for one day. He is in 
f charge of production in the United States 
\ same as Dr. Dafoe in Canada. Mow the 
|l Russians are dumping their v;hcat on oiir 
i market, and get it back free in relief 
j ships. Well — if the Japs take the Phil- 
j lippines away from us,'11 take Cal- 
{ ifornia away from them, 
I Since the dog has been sleeping on 
I J. C. "SATCHEL" SMITH'S st'feater, Sraitty 
I has been v;earing the dog's blanket to 
iwork. Have BILL HENRY of the Inspec- 
; tion Department tel]. you hov; he got his 

W. F. FERGUSON, in deference to his 
■ pal, ROMAN "DAGWOOD" MORKQWSKI bet on a 
: horce once named "Hiccough" but should 
; have known better than to bet on any- 
thing that could be stopped by a slap on 


the back. A little advice to felloxvs 
planning on going to Del Mar: It is 
rumored that Bing Crosby's jockeys are 
going on strike for an eight hour day. 

Happy birthday to JIMMIE LARSEN and 
E<ulRY HOLLIDY. Time certainly tells on 

a man especially a good time. Some of 

the boys "batching" with "BUTCH" ORTIZ 
have been complaining about his cooking. 
They say it's not so bad when he breaks 
eight out of nine eggs, but when you 
have to pour the mashed potatoes into a 
plate, it's the pay-off. They finally 
had to call in RED BECKER, \\rho can whip 
up a plate of ham and eggs just from 
msniory and a cackle. You seldom find a 
good cook v;ho is married or has a girl. 
I never could figure out that angle. 
Maybe he was disappointed in love, but 
if you aske me, he wasn't half as disap- 
pointed as the girl, 

ED WEBER, the sage of the sandblast, 
says there was a time when he had his 
stomach full of prohibition. FRENCHIE 
F0U3HEE was disqualified in the recent 
flying meet. He' misunderstood them — they 
said cut papers; not capers. Golfers 
sore at G. T. BELL. They say he finds 
lost balls with the paper still on tliem. 
All a golfer wants is an even break viith 
his irons, and he'll break his putters 
himself. In golf, anything short of a 
back sprain is a practice swing. BILL 
HUBBARD is so proud of his nevj- lathe that 
he'd like to bring a cot to the shop to 
see that no harm v;ill come to it. 

A little tip to motorists: The cop 
at San Clemente has been tagging several 
of the boys lately, and has given them 
some pretty severe fines. About a month 
ago he stopped four of the boys in a car 
and v;hen they protested that they hadn't 
been reckless or speeding, he said, "Well 
vjhen you were going around the curve, 
you were talking and laughing." Appar- 
ently it is against the law to talk and 
laugh in San Clemente. He drives a Hud- 
son sedan, and anyway, don't go tearing 
through there on Sunday like you sho'old 
have been home last Tuesday. Incident- 
ally, RED "KEl^PIE" BECKER is now making 
one paymGiiit to the Police Force and one 
to the finance company on his new Olds, 
(continued on page 19) 


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According to conservati-^c estimates, 
10,000,000 Americans turn to T.iusic for a 
hobby. Husical avocations, dvulng the 
past decade, have gained rapicily in pop- 
rJ-arity. ■ In 1932, there v;ere approxi- 
mately 20,000 school bands in the United 
States. Nov;, there are 50,000. In 19.32 
the nunber of pianos shipped from Amer- 
ican factories was 27,274; last year, it 
wa3 136,500. 

When the first national high- school 
band competition xvas held in Chicago, 
Illinois in 1923, only 25 bands competed 
but today, as Kany as 5,000 take part in 
the sectional and national corapetitiono. 
School orchestras, v;ith an average of a- 
bout 25 players, number in excess of 
40,000, Each year, between 3,000,000 
and 5,000,000 school children study soi-ie 
kind of instrumental music. In 1924, 
when National Husic Week '#as first ob- 
served, only 800 conraunities took part. 
By 1930, the number had reached 2,000, 
and by I940, 3,000. 

Shifts in popularity of instruments 
have occurred in recent years. The once 
popijlar banjo has almost disappeared, 
while the accordion is riding a new high 
tide of favor. 

...contributed by Mrs. Carl Palmer 

Be careful in your selection, do not 

i choose too young, and tak^e only such 

j varieties as have been reared in good 

[ moral atmosphere. When once decided up- 

■ on and selected, let that part remain 

; forever settled and give youi' entire 

thougiit to preparation for doraestic use. 

Some insist on keeping them in a piel-de, 

while others are constantly getting them 

\ into hot water. This only makes them 

\ soui^, hard and sometimes bitter. Even 

poor varieties may be made sweety tender 

I and good by garnishing them vrith proper.- 

i patience, well svreetened with smiles and 

• flavored with kisses to taste. Then wrap 

; thei.a v/ell in a mantle of charity. Keep 

I vvano. with steady fire of domestic devo- 

I tion and serve with peaches ana cream. 

more of :g. xin's Pickm's 

You should have seen GLEN CROGISP. 
give an imitation of John L, Sulli- 
van. It didn't look much like "Javm", 
but it did look like L~. RED HAIWOCK 
postcards from Las l''egas that his nev; 
car is running slicker than a seal's 

We are overjoyed, no less, to find so 
many of the ciurent romances culminating 
in a Happy Blending. (The reason we are 
happy, we get the choice cigars.) "SMIL- 
ING BILL" "JUT^NEY married Kay Francis 
Westfal, July 25th, at S a.m. That's 
pretty early in the morning, but for the 
first time in his life Bill is really 
sBoling, JOHNNIE MOSER and Gloria Pov;ers 
are happily married; that is, Gloria is 
happy, and Johnnie is married. He sent 
her to Lake Charles, La. for her honey- 
moon. Now that she's back he's getting 
the breakfast for her. See RED BECIvER 
for tastj/ menus, Johnnie, 

We were invited to a Holljwood wed- 
ding once xvhere the guests were invited 
to stay over for the divorce. GLEN J. 
Sh'ADEL Was married to Annie Sue Price at 
Ramona, Sunday, August 3rd by Rev. V.'m, 
Hopkins. We can tell she's a good cook 
by the lunches Glenn brings to work, 
Congratiolations to all of you from all 
of the gang. Love is a wonderful thing. 
Zlven Rudolf Hess, the German Ace, once 
said, "It is better to have luftwaffed, 
than never to have luft at all." I 

Have you noticed how 
fat WAU,Y HUMAN is get- 
ting lately? He used to 
be as slender as chances 
in an oxygen tent. 

a fev/ daj's fishing a de- 
sert mirage. He says he 
didn't get the limit but 
hehadttie satis fa cti'on 

of knovdng that there was no one else on 
the stream. He doesn't recommend fishing 
it next year though as the Government is 
putting a dam across it. 


Take two parts of unselfishness and 
one part patience and work together. Add 
plenty of industry; — lighten with good 
spirits and s'weeten with kindness. Put 
in smiles as thick as raisens in plum 
pudding, and bake by the warmth which 
flows from a loving' heart. If this fails 
to make a good day, the favilt is not 
with the recipe but the cook. 


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H A N I F L D 


by Manny Fohlde 

In spite of adverse conditions 

scarcity of news, etc, I did manage to 

run do\vn a goose of the small variety 
and procure a quill vdth v:hich to v;rite 
this yarn. 

Rumor has it that a certain family is 
about to become a threesocie. This rumor 
has not been confirmed as yet so it 
should be filed away v>dth tne rest of 
the early morning coffee ivagar. gossip. 

Saw JACK ZIPF-ZAID running around the 
department the other day and it seemed 
like old times even though v/e did rea- 
lize he was just passing through. 

V/e were witnesses to a very strange 
happening the other morning v/hich provod 
to us beyond reasonable doubt tliat some 

guys are much braver than xvise Imagine 

if you can, a guy attacking JOE LOVE 
with a shoe box as his oaly weapon. 
Strange as it seems, it did happen and 
vje will have to admit, Joe gave ground. 
Ask him about it! We will have to say, 
however, that in this case Jos v:as right 
in abiding by the old adage that discre- 
tion is the better part of valor. 

JE-MIE APPLE3TI.LL, that little fellow 
who has an uncanny v;ay of crov;ding into 
these columns, makes headlines again 1 

He had the crust to take on something 
at least four times his length ;ind breadth 
and fight it to a standstill. It's com- 
mon talk that the white sea bass weighed 
much more, too, but Jimmie modestly 
claims it tipped the beam at only 29 lbs 
— no springs, honest weight. 

You have perhaps noticed that all 
those buckets of paint that were sitting 
down at one end of the yard have disap- 
peared. We would like to report that 
three of us were responsible for the move 
and carried buckets under our arms for 
three whole days — the next three days we 
carried them around tinder our eyes. 

Production will evidently take a back 
seat in the very near future, if coffee 
v/agon dope has it straight — several faces 

will be conspicuous by their absence 

the reason deer season -ipens shortly. 

Already the hills arouvid Seventietii and 
El Cajon are resoundi i>j to t'ns sp].at of 
rifle fire as enthucia."T.le nii^.rr.ds are 
limberir^ up their sigh'c.:- in preparation. 
Notably among these ar'"- the. -fOH'TG bro- 
thers of Small Parts, EDo'Ii IvC'jjA'a' of 
xvelding and sevei'al others '...oc rrur.eroiB 
to mention. I'm looking for?.'ard to some 
venison steak! 

Well, the v/hale oil is burning lov;, 
the lamp is beginning to sputter and 
5 a.m. comes early so will hie myself 
off to the hay in preparation for the 
next round. So long. 

1 WEI TH' C\]V)i.^Et^^f-R 


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mn Rim iimwm 

VOL. 2 NO, 5 

keep 'em fl^-lng 

SEPTi'I-BSR 5. 19 q 



He is independent and proudj yet democratic and gregarious. He is 

the envy of the rest of the world, 

tolerant and peace-lo\dnj- and vjithal 

world. He is the Aiuerican v;orknian. 

and its hope. He is generous and 
the inost pov/erful man in the 

His hands, accustomed to the feel of wrench and lever and <^s.nge, 
may never have held a gunj his mind, trained to think in terms of 
tolerances as fine as l/].0,000 of an inch, may never liave wrestled 
with a problem of military strategy"-; and yet he is the veteran of a 
thousand campaigns. 

His campaigns began in the laboratories, and his prowess was proved 
in the test pits of American industry. His battles were waged on the 
factory floor and in the field. His victories have helped to mal'ce the 
citizens of the United States the most fortunate people in the world, 
and the U. S. the greatest nation on eai'th. 

In the expanding plants of Araerican aircraft factories, working 
with government and commercial scientists and engineers, this man, the 
American worl-man - THE RYAN WORKMN - is making planes for the train- 
ing of our Army and Navy pilots; huge multi- engine d bombing planes; 
swift deadly combat craft anl, for that day which is sure to come, com- 
mercial and private airplanes which will again link in even closer re- 
lationship a world at peace. 

But today, in the gravest hour of world history, he is engaged in 
the greatest campaign of all. There is serenity and confidence in his 
face, and the experience of a thousand caiupaxgns behind him. He is 
sure of his ovm abilities, certain of his country's future. 

With sincere acknowledgment 
to General Electric which 
originated this constructive 
theme for its institutional 

Pic MIC 

|ki MAC 

He .TH 

TOKtS -Time Oov'! 







Your editors are constantly trying in 
every way possible to impro^-e the edi- 
torial content and form of The Ryan Fly- 
ing Reporter. This issue incorporates 
some of the new ideas on which the staff 
is working. 

Most important is the appearance for 
the first tirae of a page of photographs 
in the main part of the iriagazine. This 
page was printed on a ne^v Multigraph Du- 
plicator v;hich we novr have available for 
use in getting out Flying Reporter. We 
hope to have a pictiire page in oach is- 
sue, so xve are certairily open to your 
photo contributions. 

As yet we don't know just how much 
and what type of picture material we 
will be able to use, but your contribu- 
tions ^vill certainly be welcome. 

With Larry Gibson devoting more of 
his time to Employee Welfare and Recre- 
ation work, and the opening of the Tool 
Store, the actual ciitinj' of the maga- 
zine will be done by Bill Wagner and Sue 

Sept . 5 
19 4 1! 

Published hj Employees of the 
Through their Welfare Depar-tment 
under direction of 

■Jt -Jx- -Jf* 

Editors: Bill Wagner: Sue Zinn 

Art Editor: George Duncan 

Editorial Assistants: 

J. R. Conyers 
Slim Coats 
Ray Iiorkov;ski 

Editorial Contributors: 

W. M. "l-Iac" Cattrell 
John Van der Linde 

Departmental Contributors: 

Final Assemblj'- 
Observing Observer 
Wing Assembly 
The Snoop Set 
The Dope Shop 
Sheet Metal 

Pat Kregness 
Jack Billings 
The Observer 
The Kite Maker 
V. J. Park 
Brenda & Cobina 
A, Dope 
Pat Kelly 
Jack D. Young 
and Spot Wakky 

COVER: The cover shot really spells 
RYAN MSS PRODUCTION in capital letters, i 
It's a Ryan answer to the call to Keep 
'Em Plying. 

Zinn of the publicity office, assisted 
by George Diincan vrho is in charge of art 

Larry will, hov/ever, continue to be 
active in planning the paper's program, 
and as before will gather material from 
Flying Reporter contributors throughout 
the company. So, if you have some ma- 
terial for Flj-lng Reporter, just look up 
LARRY "CHUBBY" GIBSON — as if anybody 
could miss seeing him. 

Editorial assistants 
Reporter staff are J. R. 
Coats and Ray Morkovjski 
contributions and excellent writing 
styles have made them invaluable in 
maintaining interest in the paper. 

on the Flying 
Conyers, Slim 
whose regular 

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We hate to accuse Slim's friends, but judging from the letters which have been 
reaching the editor, someone must be trying to pull his leg. This week's fan mail 
has included letters from "The Human Cork"' (a novelty performer in the "Aquacade" 
vTater follies), iron a sailor on the U.S. 3. Pennsylvania, and from the girls at a 
certain Broadway Cafe. This last letter was signed "Ask for Margaret". Boy, is 
the Slim's Pickin's Column getting popular! - Editor. 


didii't know what 

All we knovf is that we are again ma.king the world chafe for democracy, so v;e 
will try to skim lightly over national events and bear doivn on local activities. 

We see by the papers that -we are about to have Gasless Sundays. During the 
last War v/e had meatless Mondays, gasless Siandays, coalless Tuesdays, and lightless 
Thursdays. President Wilson 
that day altogether. This is, of course, 
this country needs befoi-e gasless 
permission to quote me. 

According to the San Diego Union (Aug. 25) a society clubwoman advocates bridge 
parties to keep up the soldier's luorale. Doesn't that one knock you loop-legged? 

a fine turnout of over fifty men. V/e 

to do about Fridays, so he vetoed 
my own personal opinion, but I think what 
Sundays is a gasless gas administrator. You have 

Cant you just imagine being a soldier 
and after a hard day in the field, you 
go to town to have a good time. So you 
go to a bridge party, where a 
gabby sob sisters blow cigarette 


lot of 


in your face, and hold a post mortem af- 
ter every hand. 

Persona!Lly, we'd rather spend a quiet 
evening in a guard house. Any/.'ay, we've 
been told that there are thirteen tricks 
in contract bridge, and twelve of them 
are dirty. And speaking of guard houses, 
a friend of mine stationed in Alaska has 
been in ten days for saluting a totem 
pole, mistaking it for a colonel. 

At the recent Coronado Korse Shov; we 
saw Norman Kerry, the star vjho quit the 
movies to join the French Foreign Legion 
to fight the Riffs. In case you'd for- 
gotten, the Fiiff lives on figs and 
dates, doesn't care one for Alfonso, and 
gets mixed. 

According to a current aviation mag- 
azine CLaUDE RYAN got his start in avia- 
tion by taking a,dvantage of a bit of 
idle gossip dropped by a garrulous bar- 
ber. All our barber ever talks about is 
baseball, race horses and women. We've 
tried all three, and are still behind 
the eight ball. Who is your barber, iir. 
Ryan? (Believe it or not. Slim, but the 
boss usually vrorks so late the only bar- 
ber he can frequently find open is the 
one in the YMCA. - Sd.) 

The night manifold crew held a mid- 
night party at Ocean Beach recently with 

missed our good friend and benefactor 
"DAPffiR" DAN BURNETT, who was ill with 
the flu. BOB DAlfES fell off his motor- 
cycle and skinned up his face. He'll 
trade the cycle for a good second hand 
baseball mask. 

CFIARLSY KNURCK has been called back 
into the Navy, and will soon be wearing 
a porthole for a lavaliere. Dioring his 
absence ADOLPH BOGLER is piloting the 
drop hammers. 

BENl'ETT had a liouse wanning party the 
other night and WIN ALDERSON left a note: 
"In case I'm too far gone when I leave, 
this is to tell you I had a good time" — 
and it's a good thing he left it because 
he doesn't remember leaving the note or 
the house. DAPPER DAN SUIiNETT was in 
the same party and he vias ruled out by 
the neighbors for whistling so loud. 

Have you seen JUNIOR IlOSSOP's mous- 
tache? R. HARLAN suggests we organize a 
hill-billy band. It's O.K. vath me, if 
they'll let me play the jug. "BIG FELLA" 
STEWART- of the machine shop took his pal 
DP\N BERRY fishing. Berry went to sleep 
in the stm and burned one-half of his 

face to a lobster red now he resembles 

a barber pole. 

LARRY HOCKING says the reason he hur- 

rys to get to Long Beach every Saturday 

is because he lives there, I've often 

heard that you can go home when there is 

(continued on page 16) 

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by Jack Billings 

Our yard is in fine shape with the new 
oil and pavement, with the exception of 
the water run off from the old dope shop. 
How about it D.H.? (It's on the list; 
we'll get to it soon. - Palmer.) 

Proauction is really under way. Witness 
all those "Lil old S-Ts rolling aw a y 
from the testing ramp lately. 

A lot of fellows seem to have business 
in the Fabric Department. I wonder if 
it could be mere interest in airplanes? 

Me thinks the Coca Cola Cowboys are 
liable to spoil it all for the rest of 
us by ganging around the Coke machine 
during working hours. 

V/onder what the delay is in not leveling 
off the dirt out front of the parking 
lot and the Administration Building? 
(ftLO knows? (Guess we'll have to ask the 
Harbor Department that one. - Editor.) 

That little guy, Dan Cupid, sui*e scored 
a couple of Bulls Eyes in the police de- 
partment and he didn't use a gun either. 
In fact, at this time has scored no less 
than three direct hits. wonder if I 
could get a job as a cop? 

iVhat are we gonna do soon with all the 
new hiring going on and more cars coming 
in, and no place to park 'em? (Addi- 
tional space will probably be provided 
at west end of factory - Palmer.) 

Wonder if any one ever gives LARRY GIB- 
SON a vote of thanks for the swell job 
he is doing on our paper. 

Of all the things that I have been 
There is one more I'd like to be. 
And that's to be a man among the men 
And liked as well as we like Daniel B. 

If we all showed as much speed going to 
work as we do when the 3-3^ whistle 
blows, boy, wouldn't production speed 
up J 

Well, if this stuff hits the printed 
sheet, I'll have more next time. (Your 

stuff is good so do let us have more 

for next time, and the next time and the 
next, etc. - Editor.) 

After a prolonged absence from the 
pages of the Flying Reporter, the Final 
Assembly Department shows up again. The 
department would like to begin its come- 
back with a note of appreciation. 

For the past few months the boj'-s of 
Final Assembly have been pushing the 
completed airplanes out the back door 
onto terrain that would make a jackrab- 
bit stagger. The yard itself resembled 
a rocky crag on Mount Baldy, cr pei'haps 
the Municipal Golf course on seme Sun- 
day afternoon. 

Then one day came the astounding news 
that the yard was to be paved. The grad- 
ing commenced and vjith the grading came 
the dust. You never saw such dust^ 
This dusty condition presented quite a 
problem for a few days. But, xvhen all 
seemed lost, the paving started and a 
feeling of salvation came to those hardy 
souls of Final Assembly. Everyone is 
happy now, our yard is paved, .. nd the 
back gate is about to be opened. 

All members of the department are 
thankful to the imnagement of the Company 
for the job they have done. 

It was to our great misfortune to 
lose a man by the name of NICK LIVINGSTON 
who has been with the Ryan Aeronautical 
Company since back in 1936» Nick has 
taken a Civil Service job in Corpus 
Christi, Texas, and judging from our 
letters from him, he seems to thinl: it 

quits hot 
down there 
and also 
that Ryans 
is s t ill 
a swell 
place to 
work , We 
all mi ss 
Nick a lot 
30 hurry 
b a ck to 
San Diego s 

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IN JACKSONVILLE by Eddie Oberbauer 

I'll try to give Flying Reporter renders a picture of the Navy training base 
here at "Jax" as it x:s called by the natives. It is about 12 niiles south of the 
city on the St. Johns River whicn is used for seaplane operi.tion. Speaking ox the 
river, it is more like a bay than a river, and at places is 5 rdles v/ide. The water 
is fresh, but has a very bro'.mish color. 

The base vhich is very lar^-e v/as for- 
merly a reserve base. There .are two 
auxiliary fields, each having a large 
landing field, two hangars and quarters 
for the personnel and cadets. There are 
many squadrons at the Jax base, each 
consisting of about a hundred planes. 
Squadron W-llA and IIB ai-e the ones 
which do the primary training and our 
Ryan iffi-ls are with these. 

They have over ?-C0 priinary training 
ships not counting the I\Tt-ls and then 
there must be that •■nan;'- or more basic 
training ships plus patrol boi.;bers of 
which there are quite a number, and sea- j 
planes also, host of the training is off ' 
the ground though, rather than off the | 
water, • 

Ihe students are required to go through i 
the trade school which is located at the ! 
main base before they are given their , 
flight training. Consequently some of { the wings, 

the students while stia.l in trade school The Wavy iiistructors here are prac- 
training are on the line and in the han- i tically all Ensigns just having graduated 
gars helping the enlisted personnel v.dth i from school themselves. They fly six 
service and repair to a certain extent. ■ da3'"s a week and at times put in as high 
One sees these boys dressed in a light j as ten hours a day including some night 
khaki all over the taxi area and the , flying — so they really are kept busy, 
parking line, and vjhen a ship comes in i With this hot weather, you see the 
toward the line, a boy goes to meet it | boys come in vdth their shirts soaked 
and fo].lov;s i.t in alongside of the v.dng j with perspiration and that is the way it 
tip. They sure get plenty of exercise, ^ stays all day too. People in San Diego 

j don't know i/hat a paradise they are liv- 
ing in. All jou. have to do is ask any 

On top of that, this particular officer, 
I believe, was trying to roll the wheels 
of the airplane on the pine trees when I 
was v/lth him. 

He gave me plenty of thrills j in fact 
he gave me the final check which the 
student cadets have to take on finishing 
their course. The one thing they stress 
most is forced landingr: in <'imong the 
pine trees (vdth vi/hich this country is 
v;^ell couched) on fields not so very 
large, or, in places so thick with trees 
that you couldn't land in between them. 

So every tLne the instructor sees a 
spot that you night set an airplane in, 
he pulls a landing on the student. He 
does get a Vi'ork out. I know, because he 
p'jlled one on me, while I was climbing 
out of one of the fields. I sav>r a narrow 
place, headed for it and made it, but 
there Wasn't much room on either side of 


When the Ryan NR-ls first arrived one 
could see khaki clad figures in the 
cockpits of them. The students would 
sit in them and my guess would be — dream 
about flying — for which I don't blame 
them. There certainly was a lot of com- 
ment on tiie beauty of the plane. 

I vjas able to make a few flights v;ith 
one of the officers. He flew me around 
to their aurciliary fields and really 
gave me some thrills. I must say, the 
Navy really makes the cadets learn to 
fly, take off and land, in fields not 
much larger than a couple of city blocks, 
and that are surrounded by pine trees. 

of the boys who were formerly located 
out there — they'll tell you. It is sur- 
prising how many ha-e are from San Diego. 
Of course, some time or other, everyone 
in the Navy gets to San Diego, 

Jacksonville is quite a place; in fact 
there are things about it that resiind 
you of San Diego, but it is not so very 
large. The older part of town looks like 
the scenes of Tobacco Road. You have to 
go out several miles to get to the nice 
residential districts. 

One thing I v/as surprised about was 
the number of summer tourists. The at- 
( continued on page 14) 

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by v;. Mo "Mac" Cattrell -ral^ 


On Friday morniu^s August 15th ^ three Ryan employees set out to sea aboard the 
Wilcox yacht "Patricia" ^ Commodore Don V/ilcox and I w^e accompanied by that Caaiel 
advertising Chief Pilot for Ryan.., Paul Wilcox (who is ■U>o seldom seen around here 
since his assignment to our Air Corps school at Heme%)o 

Don and I firmly believed that this 
was the only proper way to end a vaca- 
tion (our first weele was spent In Cata= 
lina). Paul was grimly determined to 
land . himself a Marline After feeling our 
way thru a dense fog to Ballast Point, a 
compass course of 170° was held until 
the whistling buoy beyond tke point was 
reachedo Then a dire<5t- Southwest course 
was steered for the next hour a 

By this tiipp we were basking in the 
Southern California sunj, well out of the 
fogj, as well as sight of lando The wat= 
erj as sea -going Chief Engineer Millard 
was "smooth as glass" o 
mo looking ahead ftjjsiut 
the port bowp we sighted 

calls "high fog^" A haze had oene up 
and actually a i^ig^it precipitation was 
evident » \ 

True enough, %iere was a "fin^o Don 
maneuvered the bo|it so as t© cirosa the 
path of the "fin."\ As he did, the Marlin 
turned in astern. ck* our starboard baitj, 
followed it for wha« seemed like ninutes, 
then crossed over land began to f ollofw 
the port bait, Pa^l^ by this time, was 

Boyd would say,, 
At about gsOQ a 
a half mile off 

jumping all over thi 
and get itj you Son- 
Suddenly at 10= 
ing the scream of 
to reward us as the 

stern crying "Come 

jf-a-Sun, etc." 

[0 the thrill of hear 

reel ujwrincllng was 

iish struck tho bait 

a Marlin jumping and playing ijs. the early 
morning suno Since there- wasn't a tele= 
photo lens aboard^the movie camera load- 
ed with Kodachrome was useless^ To say 
the leasts it was an experience to. watch 
such a beautiful fish go thru his morn- 
ing exercise a 

Full throttle was applied to "Pat- 
ricia" and we made a quick trip to the 
area in which w? had spied "friend sword- 
fish" but he had apparejjtly gone his 
wayo We circled for twenty minutes or 
so and then set our course, directly 
North-west a At about ten o'clock the 
writer decided to snatch "forty winks" 
sisace there was little aetiono 

From here on in this is truly a fish 
stoiy which rates spa®© in. Ripley 2 s 
"Believe It or Not"o W© ware trolliag 
two flying=fish baits with two teasers 
nearer the sterno I was aroussd from a 
peaceful dose at 10^05 by my tw® ©am.- 
panions with crie» "There 8 A finS Off 
the port bowo" I 4^3fl?>= 
ed, up to search the 
calm waters c£ th© port 
side which were now 
covered by many minia= 
ture concentric w9.veis 
created by drops oS 
what the; San Diego 
Chajuber of Commerce 

and began his first i^uho The "Patricia" 
was by now a stage • beset with action^ 
ForT,.?rd speed was ca'ased^ the other bait 
wa3 reeled in along with the teasers o 

Paul brought in his 
206- Ibo Marlin, Don Wilcox 
and the "Patricia" have bean 
out again == result j, another 
swordfisho On five trips so 

far this yeaTf, Don has taken 
in thrflee Marlin ^ which is a 
real record ;an.d some fishing 

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Don kept saying ^ "Give him all th© line 
he wants s" and Paul was saying, "Sikf' 1* 
you so-and-so*" The hau^ness was plaead 
aroiJind Paul's, shoulders » Don took Ms 
station the wheels and.aftej? what 
seemed an eternal wait 
Paul cried o'^Oc.K. Strike 
himo" . . 

He had taken the bait 
and begun a second rune 
Don gave the "Patricia" 
full throttle.- I^ppptird 
while Paul' set the hook 
(eoir??in«i8d-?sft '®a^ 10) 


The Ryan Welfare Department, in its constant effort to serve the a-aoloyees, has 
opened a tool store for the convenience of the Ryan f?jiiily. 

It is the pl?jri of the department, under the direction of ii. I:iarco, Personnel 
Director, to operate the store along the line of a Navy Ships Service unit vrhere men 
can purchase nost anything at a material saving for theinselves and their faiiiilies. • 

The main iten to be handled will, of coiirse, be tools for use in the factory, 
which will enable all of us to have the proper tools with v/hich to do oiu' jobs. It 
is the hope of the company management, that all of the employees will realize that 
this store is there for the cozivenience of all. 

It is in no v/ay a corapulsory organization. You wi;].l not be required to make 
your tool piirchases here nor vjill the nuiuber of tools required for your work be in- 
creased on account of this enterprise. On the contrary, the Factory Management is 
working now on the standardization of certain tools for certain jobs and it is their 
wish that the factory will not be cluttered with large unsightly tool boxes loaded 
with unnecessary tools. 

On most evev^r item sold in the tool store, the employee vjIII find that he can 
effect Quite a subs tpn tial savin" -:. There are, of course, many things yet to be 
worked out in regard to opening tir^te, hours of service, etc. Hov;ever, it i§ certain 
that everything will be taken into consideration for the convenience of, and finan- 
cial saving to the employee. 

Here's another step in "KEEPING RYAN'S A GOOD PLACE TO V/ORK". 


cerned that Ryan will have a very strong 
league. Your Athletic Departraent is 
hopeful of organizing 28 teams to com- 
pete for twenty seven vj-eeks with no split 
in the season. 

There will be a meeting of all those 
interested at 3:30, lionday, September 
8th, in the courtyard just inside the 
clock house. 

At this time we vjill discuss plans 
for the league in general. Some say 
that it will be impossible to gather 
together 28 teams that Till keep up their 
interest for the entire season. ' Your 
Athletic Department thinks that this 


siofiis m\^m is 

A record turnout is expected when the 
Ryan Bowlers tvrn out for the first 
league contest iionday night, September 
15th, at the new bovaing alleys at Kett- 
ner and "C" Streets, / 

Interest is running high at this 
point and it is hoped by everyone con- 

Those who have 

will be a very easy matter, 

So, LET'S 

previewed the new 
bowling alleys say that they are, v^ith- 
out a doubt, the finest alleys, to be 
found any.\rhere on the coast. This should 
be a banner year in the bowling activi- 
ties here at Ryan. It might be good news 
to knov/ that in addition to the cash 
prize money, vj-hich incidentally vd.ll be 
increased somewhat this year, the winning- 
team will recei^re a team trophy bearing 
the names of the winning team, to be on 
display in the company trophy case, plus 
an individual medal for each member. 



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So you v/anted a job? You g-ot it. In othor v/ords, the personnel director 
thought you were okay. Let's see noii if he raeets "vvith yoxtr approval. 7jven. pex'son- 
nel directors have a past history and vie submit for your consideration that of Ker- 
vin liarco. 

at a tendf3r age, in Clinton, Jiaine, 

He started asking questions, 
born in 1893. 'i^lien he vras nine, the family decided to nove to Sjrracuse, 
Mervin asked a few questions and vent along too. 

.■here he was 
New York 

From the time he enrolled in grade 
school until he finished "vfith" high 
school, all in Syracuse, he had one 
greater passion than askin^^ questions... 
playing baseball. During' two high school 
years he played semi-pro ball to the ex- 
clusion of all consideration for such 
passive activities as study. After the 
second jQav of trying to play ball and 
study, he decided to just play ball. The 
Syracuse Stars, of the old International 
League, hired hojn as a rookie catcher. 
For three years "Merv" happily played 

""^^"^ vHilSSIIZliSS^^ 

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pro base ball. Then he got married. 
His wife felt th3.t maybe his educa- 
tion had been just a little neglected in 
spots and persuaded hiui to give up base- 
ball (professionally) for a more con- 
scientious search after knov/ledge. Be- 
cause the Chancellor of SjTracuse Univer- 
sity was a close friend of the fanil;'", 
it was possible for our friend to start 
at Syracuse U in a mechanical engineering 
course. Except then for summers deroted 
to baseball, Mervin continued in school 
to end up with a degree in Mechanical 

In I9I8 Marco exilisted in Naval 
Aviation. He held a first class 
riiachinist's rating. H.M. says he 
could go for a hop in one of the 
aid Standards or Jennies and turn 
such a sympathetic ear to the mur- 
nerings of the motor that he could 
tell which cotter key on whicli con 
rod v.ras rattling. He did a lot of 
flying but noTer v/as officially a 
pilot . 

After the war, in 1919, he star- 
ted in being curious (for a salary) 
in the personnel department of the 
Franklin Motor Car Go. Incidentally 
about this tLme he was appreciative 
of his v;ifo's foresight in making 
Jiim get that M.E. degree. It and 
the naval aviation experience came 
in quite well in the automobile 
personnel business. He could ask 
the questions and anstver them, too. 
That is a very handy trick, in any- 
body' s business, 

Mervin had a brother-in-lavj out 
here in California. This far-see- 
ing individual persistently tried 
to sell him the idea of living in 
glorious sunshine (?) the whole year 
'ro'.ind. In 1925, the "call of the 
Coast" won out. Mervin quit his 
job at Franklin, sold his house, 
(continued on page 10) 

fllflS f 

as told by JOHN VAI'J DER LINDE to J. R. Conyers 



Fifteen years ago - Septeiviber 15, 192.6 - air-nail service on, the Pacific Coast 'be- 
tween Los Angeles and Seattle v^as inaugurated with Piyan M-1 monoplanes by Pacific 
Air Transport, now part of the United Air Lines system. John Van der Linde, Super- 
visor of AssefiiiJlies, last week .aut Iv. A. Pattorson, Unit ei?: Air Lines president, here 
at Lindbergh Field and together they discussed the old days when Jchn, Dan Burnett, 
Ed Morrow and some of the old-tLiiers helped build the planes that inaUi?uratad regu- 
lar service on the coast. Here's more intsrestin:j dope about early Ryan activities. 

iJhen I saw in the neivspapers tl'.at United Air Lines was celebrating? its fifteenth 
anniversary this month, it brought back i^ny metuories of the early days of the Ryan 
company and our connection v;ith Pacific Air Transport, pioneer coastv/ise airline, 
which started operation in September, 1926, with Rjran Ii-1 nail planes. 

Back in 1925 there were iust twenty- five of us. There xvas "T.C." (Ryan), who 
wore coveralls just like the rest of us; Harley BovjIus, the chief mechanic, and I 
was the assistant chief. Ed Korrow was with us then, as novi, Charley Wittmer, 
George Allen and Dick Bovnnan, for others. 

The last three named all ivent on to 
be air mail and later, transport pilots, 
Dick Bowman is still flying for U:iit'j:d 
Air Lines (Pacific Air Transport for 
whom he went to work v/hcn he left Ryan 
became part of United). 

Our so-called factory was then out 
where Speer's Airport is now. You know, 
across froa the Marine Base near Pacific 
Highway. iVhen I look at the nice clean 
floors and rows of Sr-3's en the assembly 
line here, I have to laugh. You should 
have seen that first factory. liiscella- 
neous parts of lyooden airplanes, dope 
cans, propellers and engine parts scat- 
tered all over the place. Nice and neat, 
like a salvage yard. But v;e got the job 

T.C. had cocked his eye on the air 
mail plane business a long time since and 
vje had started building the high-wing 
Ryan H-1 with an eye and a hope for see- 
ing it haul the mails. It was a darn 
good airplane for its day. We hung a 
Whirlwind J-Zt. on her and she'd go 115 
miles per hour v;ith a payload of over 
800 pounds. That wasn't hay then. 

When Vern Gorst was av.'arded the Pac- 
ific Coast Night Air flail contract he 
started scouting for a good aixplane to 
haul it.... and naturally he came out to 
look over the Ii-1. He thought it looked 
pretty good and decided to give it a 
test on the Los Angeles to Seattle run. 

T.C. flew that first test run. When the 
Army boys heard about all the speed re- 
cords the i'I-1 busted they became very 
interested and a little jealous, I do be- 

It was because of this that a race 
between Claude Ryan in the M-1 and the 
Army's ace flyer, Oakley Ke].ley, came 
about. T.C. and the M-l just flew the 
struts off of that special Array D-H. 

Well, any.vay, Gorst contracted for 
six K-ls and the Pacific Air Transport 
Company was born. Not, however, luitil 
Gorst had hung aroiind and personally 
v/atched the building of those airplanes, 
from wood to dope. 

We sold the Colorado Airways six of 
'em too, for the old air nail Route No, 
18. All in all, v/e b\iilt some 23 or 24 
ri-ls that first year of production. And 
that, my friend, was production with a 
capital "P". 

We weren't only building airplanes 
either. We were turning out fliers like 
George Allen, Wittmer, and Dick Bowman. 
Charley Goldstrap, nov; western supervi- 
sor for American Airlines v^aa a Ryan 
student. Doug Corrigan xvas, too. At 
one time I had forty students in my 
class. The Ej'-an school was pretty well 
known even at that time. I-Iany riore of 
the boys we taught to fly ivent on , to 
make "names" in aviation. 

(continued on page 22) 

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more about ffi'/ORDFISH 

more about I-EiTtVIN ilARCO 

After a fev: seconds we knew that we were 
"hooked up". The battle was on. In the 
next few minutes the sportiest deep sea 
fish in the Southern California area had 
jumped free of the water fifteen tines. 
He looked to be a small one. Pictures 
in Kodachrome were again out of the 
question due to the light rain. 

Don kept maneuvering the "Patricia" 
to hold the Harlin off our stern until 
finally Paul brought him close to the 
boat. When he v/as reeled into sight, to 
our surprise he was coming in "tail 
first" . We stood ready v/ith gaff and 
line but when he was apparently far from 
"green", Don siniply threw a line about 
his caudal fin and we hauled "Mr. harlin" 
aboard with little difficulty. Tirae: 22 

Anxious to see hovf he had been hooked, 
we found the leader had been xvound about 
his body - causing him to be brou,-jht in 
tail first. The hook was not in his 
mouth, but had about three turns of the 
leader arouiid his bil3. and back thru the 
hook, creating a slip knot which held 
his mouth closed and hence prevented the 
use of his respiratory system. 

During his jumping and fighting he 
had wrapped the line about his body and 
thus hindered various propulsive extre- 
mities so that he v;a3 soon tired and 
consequently landed with ease. His v/eight 
v/as speculated upon as being anywhere 
from 160 to I85 pounds. Landing him was 
no trouble for we three -vuho were so jub- 
ilant. Paul's first llarlin and the second 
on the "Patricia" for the season. (Don 
landed a I6O pounder about a month pre- 
viously. ) 

After obtaining two more "strikes" 
which failed to materialize, v;e agreed 
to head back to port. Stopping at the 
Karlin Club at approximately 4:00 P.M. 
for official ^^feighing and photographing 
ceremonies, we found that authentic 
scales showed him to v;eigh 206 ]/2 pounds. 
This fact entitles Paul to a Marlin pin 
since the vieight was beyond 200 pounds. 
The fish now became difficult to handle 
since we knev; what the actvE-1 weight was! 

By 5:10 P.M. Paul had the Marlin cut 
into steaks, aided only by a .'small hiont- 
ing knife. These he took to Haaet, where 
the Wilcox family v/ill enjoy his catch 
for many weeks to come. 

Thus ends our "Believe It or Not Fish 
Tale" of landing a Harlin in 22 minutes, 
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packed up his wife and two children ,and 
caJie to Los Angeles. 

There he ^vent to work as eraploj^rient 
director of the Pick'.v'ick Stages Corpor- 
ation, southwestern division. He also 
did the purchasing for this outfit. 
When the Greyhound company took over 
Fickivick, Marco stayed on in the sMie 
job. The "call of a catcher's initt" 
had been v^orking on hlra for years. He 
organized a semi-pro hi'll team and play- 
ed up and down the coast for three years 
while attending to the Greyhound affairs 

In 1932, Mervin went to vjork for the 
Willys Overland Automobile Company, pac- 
ific Division, as Personnel Director, He 
directed personnel, negotiated three CIO 
union contracts, organized company ball- 
teajns, etc. for Willys /^^(^ 

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"'^ihen any business is growing like 
the aviation business started to in '39, 
that's for me", says Marco. Besides, he 
says, "I wanted to see "ivhat kind of ball 
teams the aviation industry could turn 
out." So in 1939, he got himself hired 
to vratch over the interests of Ryan's 
then 230 employees. 

His two boys are grown now. Warren 
is in the aviation industry and "Merv" 
Jr. is going to State College, hero. 
This chip off the old block is an ath- 
lete of no mean abilities, too. "He is 
a cinch to van the Southern California,, 
pole vault this year," quoting his dad. 
The only ball M.M. plays now is on the 
sidelines at the Ryan team's games, but 
he really plays there. 

Here's a tip in closing. If you have 
any troubles that you'd like a little 
advice on, take 'em to Mervin Marco 
for he's not only been through the mill 
himself. . .but he's a darn good listener. 
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Story on Page 9 

LEFT: The Ryan M-1 plane which I5 

years ago this month inaugurated 

the Pacific Air Transport service 

—now United Air Lines. IN CIRCLE 

are W. A. Patterson, United Air 

Lines president, and John Van Der 

Linde, who helped build the 

planes used on the first 

"~-^^^ Pacific Air Transport 

run. (This route 

was surveyed by 

T. Claude Ryan). 

BELOW: 15 years 

of progress from 

the M-1 is here 

represented by a 

new UR-1 trainer 


Paul Wilcox, chief pilot for Ryan, 
proudly displays the 206-pound Mar- 

lin he caught 

off Point 

Loma — 






V%0^ BE A U. S. ARMy a'^^S 

^^#>.^fLlflNG CADET ^^M^* 


by Ray Morkowski 

FLOYD W. BENNETT v/as born in Minford, 
Ohio, about thirty years ago, attended 
Mt. Carmel grade school there, then a 
year at Wheeler sburg High while they 
completed the nevj high school ^t Minford 
from which he graduated. He had the hon- 
or of writing the preface to the first 
year book ever published at that school 
and well he should because he was a mem- 
ber of the Literary Club and the Debat- 
ing Team. 

He received his "letter" for playing 
on the basketball team and to cap all 
this he played the tuba in the school 
band. Before we get off the subject, it 
is appropriate to mention here that he 
married his school-days s"*'Jeetheart in 
Portsraouth, Ohio. 

Floyd spent the first eighteen years 
of his life on a farm where it ivas his 
duty to take care of mechanical equip- 
ment, which stood him in good stead be- 
cause he had no trouble finding work as 
bull-dozer, truck driver, electrician, 
plumber, carpenter or anything in the 
mechanical line. 'wlhich goes to make it 
qiiite evident whjr he is the assistant 
foreman in the Manifold Department. 

Bennett v^itnessed the disastrous Ohio 
Valley flood in 1937 and though he won't 
adrrdt it, he spent many sleepless days 
helping the unfortunate victims. He 
can't erase the memory of burning hay- 
Stacks, debris and houses with dogs, 
cats, chickens and so forth on top of 
them floating down the rushing river. 

He enjoys football, basketball and 
baseball but fishing is now his favorite 

S) " - 


1 -^^'-'^^ 

sport. ' His hobby is woodwork and he is 
a master at it. He refuses to admit it 
but I happen to know th^-it at one time he 
prided h-ijaself as a marksincvn tvith the 
rifle, but on a hunting trip his v;ife 
bagged all the ga^ae so Bennett doesn't 
talk about his feats with the rifle any 

Floyd claims his best piece of luck 
v/as finding employment here at Ryan's, 
the onlj^ place he ever really enjoyed 
vjork. He and ]}lary, his viif e, cannot get 
over the climate and are sincere about 
making San Diego their peraanent resi- 

Bennett is five feet eleven inches 
tall, weighs IS5 pounds, has green eyes 
and black hair. Fortunately it is no 
longer necessary for him to wear the 
horn-rimmed glasses he had during his 
school days. 

_ o - - - 
born in' Watford, North Dakota, on Novem- 
ber 2nd, 1913. He attended Watford Grade 
and High schools and finished a trades 
course at the Hanson Auto and Electrical 
School in Fargo, North Dakota. His early 
life v;as spent on his pa,rent's ranch 
v.'ith the exception of his tour of all 
the western states vfhichhe financed 
himself by di'iving a truck, doing mech- 
anical vrork and picking fruit. 

"Erv" enjoys baseball, bowling and 
plays a game he calls golf. Occasion- 
ally he buys hay for the horses at Del 

He still trembles when he 
tells of the time he ivent 
horseback riding and was be- 
ing chased by a mad bull vfhen 
the horse stumbled and Ervin 
bit the dust. Fortunately, 
the bull took after the horse 
and "Erv" took after the 
nearest fence. 

Another interesting ex- 
perience that he relates is 
the time, along with his 
brother, they decided to put 
on the "dog" by riding thru 
the old home tovm on their 
(continued on Page 14) 

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trtQu couez the plane ±... 

by Sue Zinn 

"The tirae has come, " the walrus said, 

"to speak of nany things of shoes and 

ships and sealing- v;ax, of cabba.^es and 
kings" — but more particularly at the .'lo- 
ment about the advent into the Plyan Cov- 
ering Department of tv.'enty-five ^e^^' wo- 
men workers, soon, I understand, to be 
increased to 30. 

From time to time we have read little 
notes about the fabric v/orkers in the 
pages of Flying Reporter, but after 
visiting the department the other day 
and talking vjith supervisor VIROINIA 
PINIv^GAN, I am thoroughly convinced that 

a whole page is not enough although 

less than that will have to do as long 
as I'm virriting it. There are several 
men also working in the department to 
help in the heavier duties involved in 
the covering of the nings, flaps, ele- 
vators, stabilizers, fins, ailerons and 
rudders, but this time, we put the note 
in about the fellows and write the art- 
icle on the girls. 

The girls of the Fabric Department, 
with the exception of the original few, 
have received their training at the Vo- 
cational School in dov/ntov;n San Diego 
vfhere they went to school for eight hours 
a day over a period of about two v/eeks. 
(SeV-eral of than had also had previous 
v/ork on sewing projects and one had 
worked on aircraft motors atDayt-on, Ohio 
during i\forld VJar I.) 

As soon as they developed sufficient 
adeptness at the art of fitting and sew- 
ing heavy aircraft fabrics neatly and 
firmly, they came to work at Ryan under 
the capable supervision of Virginia. The 
girls receive equal starting wages v/ith 
men vrtio are performing similar work and 
are qualified to advance at the same rate 
as the men for equal classification which 
is a mighty fair deal it seems to me. 

The v/ing structure comes to the Fabric 
Department all ready for covering. Here 
the heavy aircraft covering material is 
sewed by machine into the proper width 
strips, is cut and then sewed by hand 
over the wing surface. Virginia looked 
at me and said, "They use the baseball 
stitch, you ioiov;." I didn't. So she 
went on to explain that the baseball 
stitch is tlie one used in sev^ing base- 
balls. Well, could be — anyTi'ay "baseball 

stitch" sounds like a lot of fun. 

After the surface has been covered, 
strips of tape are placed to follov; the 
c ntour of the ribs and these are T-pin~ 
ned (devolving from the use of a pin 
shaped like a T) . The final job of the 
Fabric Department, I v/as told, is to 
P.K. them. That brought up memories of 
mj* mother's hemstitched handkerchiefs 
but I fo\ind, after boldly displaying ray 
ignorance of wli^it meant, that 
the term was derived from the use of 
Parker Kalon screws are used to 
fasten the tape and the covering to the 

The work in the Fabric Depar'tment is 
very exacting and must be done in accord- 
ance with specifications and pass the 
all-seeing eye of the inspector. Here 
too, we have our first girl inspector, 
EDITH COLLIER. Finished surfaces for 
approximately six planes are completed 
each day and go on to the Dope Shop for 
doping and painting. 

Work is going on at all times on sev- 
eral, if not all, of the different sec- 
tions to be covered and since each girl 
is trained to handle every job in the 
department, v/ork never has to slow dovm 
for instruction purposes. Virginia was 
most profuse in her praise of the way 
the vromen cooperate by pitching in wher- 
ever help is needed v;hen triey finish the 
particular piece they have been working 

"In fact", she said, "I have never 
v/orked with a group that v^as so interes- 
ted in the vfork at hand and that tried 
so hard to do the best job possible." 
And Hrs. Finnegan has had plenty of ex- 
perience to back her statement, coming 
to Ryan from the position of District 
Supervisor of the W.F.A, Sev;ing Project 
for San Diego Co'jnty. a 



_\jw ^^;^2P^,. _V«Ijrt 


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more about MJ-ls at Jacksonville 


traction I believe is the beaches more 
tbaa Jax^ The beaches are about 20 miles 
away and ars of very f iae white sand and 
not at all comfortable to lie ono Vary 
nice to drive on thought People park 
their cars all edosg what they think to 
bs safe sand » then go off and leave themo 
The tide comes in very fast because the 
beaches are very flat and you can often 
see car after car being towed or pushed 
out» The water has been very warm — over 
80 degrees 5 so a person does not enjoy 
it very much. 

The main field being quite large—run 
ways over a mile long and most all of 
the area paved— 'Oae sees as high as 7 to 
8 airplanes either touching or taking 
off at the same time — quite often in 
formation which the Navy teaches in the 
priasary stageo It is quite a sight to 
see the KR-ls taking off in formation 
with the beautiful cloud backgrounds o It 
seems like the air is just filled with 
planes at time,, 

So far the Ryans, of which they have 
53 out here nov;, are doing fineo I know 
they will keep it up after having such a 
fine bunch of fellows building them back 
in San Diego » 

I spoke to the Squadron Commander this 
morning about some photographs for the 
Flying Reportero He will have some taken 
but I canH prosise you to have them in 
time for this issue o We should get sok© 
beautiful shots, as they have lots of 
planes nowo I showed him the Flying Re- 
porter with the A3?asy formation so maybe 
he*ll get some batter oneso 

Incidentally, he kept the magasiase so 
I'm without mine and I didn't have it all 
read either. So next time send several o 

Last Saturday and Sunday I spent down 
at Miami o I was checking up to see if 
what I had heard about it was true o There 
isn't any question about it; it is beau- 
tiful and really tropical down there o I 
tried breaking a cocoanut out of a shell 
but no luck,. Those things sure do at- 
tach themselves to the nuto We went out 
to the beach which has so many beautiful 
hotels right along the shore » The palm 
trees, of which many are cocc«nut, grow 
right in the sand next to the water <> The 
water temperature Sunday was 89 degrees; 
air temperatvire gOj. so not much use in 
going in to cool off, I wanted to go 
fishing there but time was all too short 
for me to spend a day outo 

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dad's high, two wheeled cart hitched to 
a high spirited horse who decided to 
bolt when they hit the main street. They 
jumped clear and the horse freed him- 
self from the cart so they had no choice 
except to take the cart in tow them- 
selves o About a half mile down the road 
the horse stood, nonchalantly waiting 
for themo Needless to say, they made a 
very nice picture putting the horse be- 
hind the cart and pulling the cart home 
themselves o 

Simonson is a final line-up man in 
the manifold department on the second 
shift. He is five feet eight inches, 
weighs 1^5 pounds, has light brown hair 
and blue eyes. He claims he will not 
marry for several years yet, but we have 
it on good authority that the trip home 
he is planning is more than just to see 
the scenery. 

- o - - o - 
WILLIAM B. CRAWQRD-" just plain Bill" 
—was born is Tyler, Texas, on January 
26th, 1896, He attended Douglas Grade 
and High Schools and Stanford University., 
Bill was married here in San Diego in 
1915 and has a son who is now married o 
Bill received his mechanical back- 
ground with the Continental Motor Co, 
and his ability as a manager from his 
successful ventures in the dry goods and 
bakery business. 

His ambition is to have a home ei- 
ther in Oregon or iVashington where he 
can fish off the back porch and be able 
to turn around and shoot deer at the same 
time and have tham roll down the hill 
right to the door so that his wife can 
skin them. 

One cool October morning Bill went 
fishing with his Uncle who, according to 
Bill, was making entirely too much noise 
to suit the fish. Uncle stood quietly by 
while Bill demonstrated how to noiseless- 
ly slip along the shore and slip he did 
into the lake in fifteen feet of water,. 
Now they say a fish has never been caught 
in that spot since. 

Crawford has a mechanical shop all 
set up in his own garage where he spends 
most of his time building Rube Goldberg 
gadgets. He enjoys baseball and football 
but gets all of his exercise riding 

Bill is five feet eight inches tall, 
weighs 150 pounds, has dark brown hair 
and grey eyes. 

He is foreman in inspection crib #4- 
on the second shift. 







> -- 

Many thanks to BILL WAGNER of the Ryan 
Flying Reporter for the flight calcula- 
tors donated by Air Trails raagasine, 
which he gave to members of the flying 
club. If you didn't receive one, it's 
your own fault for not being on hand. 
The nev; membership cards are out, so 
don't fail to pick up yours at the field. 

We have several new members: M/iRGE 
PILLING of Chula Vista, a cute girl v;ith 
lots of flying time to her credit; EARL 
ERUIN, who just made his first solo hop; 
VIIC BEI*ffiENNIGK, an ardent cross country 
hopper; and those tv;o husky, handsome 

gentlemen, RENIG ia,UTl{ of the Drop Ham- 
mer and ORVILLE WERTH of the Manifolds. 

I'lONA I^EUKONT has run afoii the C.A.A. 
It is rumored that she flevv low over 
Ryan's auxiliary field dropping her 
phone £:umber to the Araiy cadets. She 
recently made her cross country hop to 
El Cajon, Oceanside and return. 

"SKIP" GOODRIDGE is brushing up on 
his air v;ork daily, for his license; 
JACK :'BUTCH" KEITH, the club mascot, 
soloed on his sixteenth birthday, and 
his chest is way out to here. Other 
fliers hitting the ball regularlj'- are 

Instructor Johnnie Taylor: "Are you 
becoming air sick?" 

Dick Wilson: "Not exactly, but I'd 
hate to yawn right nov;." 

Ne:ct meeting will be Sunday, Septem- 
ber 7th at 11 A.M., Air Tech hangar, 
Lindbergh Field, to discuss plans for a 
breakfast hop and hangar dance. 

Pon't forget to pick up your member- 
ship cards. 


(We hope you're not the unfortunate one 
who could have v/ritten this.) 

I know one thing, fellows, and that 
is that I made one great big mistake 
when I went around "popping" off that 

our group insiiTance was a big "gyp" it 

cost far too much and you never received 
any benefit from it. 

I was suddenly taken home with a bad 
headache, and in general feeling "way 
down low". I called in a doctor and he 
reported that I would have to be in bed 
for at least one month. What a spot I 
found myself in. A party some days be- 
fore had left me pretty low on cash. I 
ha,d never thought I might get sick so I 
had not saved a penny and the worst of 
it is that I had caiicelled my company 
group insurance thinking that it was all 
a lot of "high binding". 

Well, needless to say, I had to bor- 
row to meet my raany bills, and believe 
it or not, I am still trying to get that 
loan paid off. To make things still 
vforse, one of the boys dropped in to call 
on me. When we got to talking, he told 
me that he had been sick for three weeks. 

I said, "What did you do about yoiir doc- 
tor bills?" And then he said that he had 
saved a little and also had the company 
group policy which paid him compensation 
for his lost time, and between the tvjo 
he had made the grade without borrov/ing. 

After my friend left I made up my 
mind that as soon as I could get out I 
would check up on this insurance aind 
find out just what it was aLl about. 
Some days passed and I got to feeling bet- 
ter so I v;ent in town and asked a lot of 
questions about insurance only to find 
out very soon that the protection offer- 
ed by the company group insui'ance is not 
the most expensive insiarance but is 
without a doubt "Tl-fii CHEAPEST INSURANCE" 
that a fellow can have. 

Aside from what v;e put into the poli- 
cy, the company helps us by putting in 
some along with it and the result is 
that we have the finest protection that 
can be had at any price and best of all 
we are getting it for half what it xvould 
cost us on the outside. 

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more of SL Dl'S PICKIN'S 

no other place to go. Isn't Captain 

FRANK Bii^IiViiTT losing weight? 

SUE ZINN: "If I sit on yom' lap, 
you'll get the wron,;;^ idea." 

FLOYD BSIvMETT: "No, I thinlc you are 
a very nice i^lrl viho vjouldn't 
let a strange man kias her." 

SUE: "I thought you'd get the wrong 
idea. " 

We're receiving cards left and right 
from the boys vifio are on their' vacations, 
"WHITEY" RASMUSSEN is having a whale of 
a tiiie at Iowa Falls, Iowa. "DUTCH" 
ORTIZ writes from San Francisco; FRENCHIE 
FOUSHEE was last heard from at Albuquer- 
que, New HexicojBOE Hr''iiH.I3 is in Denver, 
Colorado, CARL TIIOIlAS and family are 
also in Denver. Carl just bou-;rht a tom- 
ahawlc for his niother-in-lav/, and -ih&n he 
gets back he's going to let her have it. 

It's pretty hard to keep track of all 
of the marriages and births. In fact, 
v/e've about decided to employ tViv, ser- 
vices of AL GEE and Chief ED SCHIiiDIZR, 
They are pretty good at finding things; 
in fact they tell me they could have 
found Livingston on the first green. 
¥ell, anyivay, BILL "NO CIGARS" McBLAIR 
was married, as were C. ABERMATHY, and 
"MAC" McKAHON. Kin Hubbard once said, 
"You kin tell how some girls hate to 
vrork by the fellers they marry," Con- 
gratulations, fellas. 

And just because BUD FARR did excep- 
tionally well, he's trying to sell 
everyone else on matrimony. Confiden- 
tially, Bud, I've been turned down oftener 
than a bedspread. 

You just ought to see the proud fa- 
thers in this outfit. JACK WILLIAI''IS 
thinks he has a record because little 
Irene weighed 7 pounds and 15 ounces. 
JACK CHESS may give him an argiunent tho' 
and I'm sure that CHRIS MUELLER will. 
Chris says that they would like to have 
had a girl .this time, but JeJnes Martin 
Mueller v>rill make a fine tenor for the 
"quartette". He has three other boys, 
you know. One of tiiem is in the Ma'«?j^. 
Congratulations, fellows, and thanlcs for 
the cigars. 

DOUG SWALM: "What did you call yoior 

MYRT WILDER: "The first year I always 

said 'I say' after that we 

called her Grandma." 

EULA i^AETIN says that sympathy is 
what one girl offers another in exchange 
for details. When I went to school Ihey 
used to tell us that the world turned on 
its axis every twenty four hoiors, now 
the Axis turns on the world every twenty 
four hours. 

Adios, see you at the Ryan Picnic. 










DEI. MfiR 
SEPT. w^ 


more abo ut GROUP INSU RAITCE 

Remember there is life insurance , 
sickness aj id accident compensatio n for 
the one lov; figure. All of the book v/ork 
is done for you, and all of the collect- 
ing is done for you, and lav-^t but not 
least you are protected against those, 
rough spots along the trail that we can 
never foresee. 

Believe me, fellows. E:(PERIENCE is a 
SUPj\NCE is the CHEAPEST and the BEST 
that we could get anyvvhere. Another 
thing that I would like to mention is 
that I find Mr, ilarco and the people in 
the personnel office are always more 
than willing to discuss with you any in- 
surance problem you may have. TAKE IT 
SURANCE. One claii,! v/ill more than repay 
you for what you have put into the pol- 


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3.,'- ■--;?;■ ■:;:r:;;;:i;;; ■•:;.:.;.-.; .. 

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!- Having missed vnriting the Engineering 
column for the last fe^^^ issues of the 
Flying Reporter, due not to a lack of 
interest but a lack of ti^io, we'll striY-e 
our utmost to produce again. 

At present the most pertinent subject 
is vacation. But, on the other lir-.nd, if 
I attenipt to tell you what all the boys 
have done on tlieir vacations I'd ■'^nd 
up with so many interesting short stories 
you could call me 'Henry. (Well I've 
got to say soiictiiin;';, don't I?) 

"So I took the Fifty Thousand Dollars 
and irarried the girl." I don't know what 
it means, but that is what BOD CLOS^ is 
always sa^dng. (Confidentially, it is a 
bit of V'fishful thinlaxig.) 

licKkY LARKIN is to become a father 
most any day now. I knov; hov; you feel, 

VJhat does a fellow do v/hen he gets 
fed up pajang high rent? '.-Jhy, that is 
simple. You just go up to Sscon'iido and 
build your mm home. Anyhow, that is 
what JD-l CRABTREE of Contract Engineer- 
ing has done. Only one minor detail I 



ara not convinced of Jin tells 

30 mile drive morning and nigh 


BOB EVAKS is still a nurse chaser. 
(Well, I suppose that's all right too.) 

You've heard the say.l):ig, "You look 
like a boiled lobster, " said of a person 
who has received a case of "Ole Sol", 
V/ell, if you xvant to see a classic ex- 
ample of this, have a look at EAI^L BUETER, 
Print Room Executive, some Monday morn- 

IE pnnip cr 

Well, Cobina, vie had a nice rest but 
it's time to go back to v;ork again. Some 
people as I hear it, thouj;ht v;e either 
got fired or qiiit but guess this proves 
we are still around xvith our noses to 
the transome. ■ 

Gee, Brenda, v/edding bells are suj:*ely 
ringing around here. They're ringing so 
loud and often they hurt my ears so I 

got to take n\y trumpet out then vjhen I 

hear the other girls tallcing I got to 
put it back in to hear the latest gossip 


_ BY yj J^ARK f\.^ 

ing when he is fresh off the beach, 

FR.lifx: GORDON'S v/ife has gone to Flo- 
rida for a vacation, and he admits he is 
lonesome. Need I say more? 

iiXLOther man in our department harj met 
his doom. Wi'iLT SOF^MSEi': (.'/-.s liiarried 
three. Toeeks ago. He must like it though 
as the cigars v/ere of distinction. 

Ask TOh DAVIDSON if he still likes 
school teachers? 

As I understand it, liOy DUNFFE, and 
elbow bejader froi:i av\'ay back, had a weak 
week end on the week-end of his vjeek va- 
cation. (Confusing, isn't it?) 

Mew personnel of the department are 
Drafts2xan, and LEX 
'Welcome, boys. 


WHATIEY, T:T:i3t. 

those who cross 
the road to 
get to their 
autos at four 
o'clock V7ill 
use extreme 
care in execut- 
ing such a 
maneuver, as 
the demon be- 
hind the v.'heel, 
will get -you 
as he r o ars 
by in his 
Dodge brother J 
And if he 
doesn't, BOB 
COOPER vdll. 



Some of the things they tell is 

love always so x/onderfijl that you v'ant 
to go to L, A. week-end after week-end 
just to see the guy, like some people? 
'■Jho is the tall, dark and handsome En- 
gineer who recently hasn't become so re- 
luctant v/here things are being tabvilated? 

And do all the fellas buy their girl 
friends portable radios for their birth- 
days even after some other guy bought 
them a box of candy? And speaking of 
wedding bells, that little love nest on 
(continued on page 18) 

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Park Blvd. mil soon be occupied by 

telephone bells and police calls. 

And hov; do some girls rate a ride to 
work in the norninj with a short handsonie 
Army man, and a tall, handsome man to eat 
lunch with? 

And say, did you knovf that one gal 
got a gardenia from an Army inspector 
for getting things done right. And an- 
other thing, how do the Personnel ^fii-ls 
rate that handsome stranger working with 

Well, girls, Tri.ll see you all at the 
bov/ling alloys if the Ryanettes show the 
enthusiasm they displayed at our last 
luncheon by shoiw-ing up at the first meet- 
ing — if I have to be pin-girl agafai this 
time I vjon't play. My knuckles are still 
cracked and my shins black and blue. By^ 
the way, I quite agree vdth you about 
the handsome gentleman from Washington 
v/ho's causing all the girls hearts to 
start beating again in double time. 

I guess oui' minds are too cultured 
for the slang this riff-raff used to de- 
scribe us. At least I certairdy don't 
understand what they meant when they 
said: Dracula's daughter dropped those 
droopy dopes, Brenda and Cobina, dis- 

/n ^ccK 5fiy?I. /domt Tc-t^tcer | 
I 15R<r.£ loo ' y 



by Pat Kel 


The aid chap who said something a- 
bout "tempus fugiting" reolly knew that 
of which he spoke. SeemuS as if the last 
issue of the Reporter, ^vhich vie missed, 
was distributed yesterday, and the ne:d:. 
issue, which vie may miss, is due tomor- 
row. Like Laivrence of Arabia, v/hose long 
suit was highly efficient raiding par- 
ties, we vjill gallop hither and yon in 
an endeavor to pick up loose ends. 

PAUL TAYLOR, erstvmile I-iissourian and 
maintenance roughneck, has gone over the 
hill and signed up with the wire pullers. 
Frankly, Otto got a damned good man, and 
it' s our loss. 

Hoot, Konl The ol' jack pot fell out 
again.' Here's a tip to all engaged in 
the disreputable vocation of contributing 
to the Reporter. When you're stumped, 
just write the truth, and you'll surely 
get a rise out of some one, perhaps a 

EARL KAIR, ex-pill-roller in the reg- 
ulars, enters a restaurant, and with 
his best Mac West shuffle, proceeds to 
the counter. 





mayed that this pair of determined, de- 
lusioned dullards didii't defer dri^ng 
discreet dissenters daft. Why don't we 



"Gimme a coupla eggs," says he. 

"How do you like your eggs, sir?" 
quires the waitress. 

"I like 'em fine, sister," says he. 

"Ch, I mean how do you like them cook- 
ed?" says she. 

Says Kail, "Baby, that's just the way 
I like 'em." 

Attention, fishermen! H. H. KIIX, 
versatile v/elder, staked out a claim 
somewhere south of Snsenada, and return- 
ed with ample evidence to prove that he 
struck pay dirt. Last week he brought 
back a carload of bonita, barracuda, 
bass and abalone. He graciously gave 
many of his catch av/ay. We can vouch for 
the "de-lish-us-ness" of one large 'cuda. 
Mrs. Kill kindly gave us exquisite cook- 
ing instructions. 

Have many new hands to present for 
your approval. JOHN RODGERS, a master 
tin smith. ' EOE ROOT, an initiate from 
another department, who has dreamy eyes, 
and admits he is verj'- much in love. VlC 
DU SHAUNE, tall, dark and handsome enig- 
ma. CHARI.IE BAKER, who, like many good 
Calif ornians, hails from Illinois, 

And so, "Hasta luego, amigos mios." 

-IS - 



by Pat KregntiE3 :;^::- 

t t 


the Ryanettep are slow. No sir, there have been 
, and it's finally brinc:^!^ reavilts. You're v;or 
wa have two fevaale maiibers of our office force who ere "T.-iitln/r the 
That isn't surprising in itself, with all 
maiTying R^z-ii raenl I must bs s 

No one can So.y 
here for over a year, and it's finally brinc:^!^ results. You're vronderin;'; vjhat I 
mean? Well, 
Fatal Step". 

about, but thej'-ire 

tickles me. 

the pulchritude floc.tliig- 
sentiraentaliot, tut tltab 

One is BERM.^CII^ "GIGGLES" DEffii, one of our charming receptionists, and she is 
marrj'-ing CHL\RLES McGAFFERTY, a ,r;''-iard, and a very nice person. (Just ask Dernie?) 
The other is ALICE BACIiMAN, one of the many pretty -?irls in the Production Depart- 
ment, who is to v/ed 'WAilREN E. I'iARCO'JX, an insooctor in the Receiving' Department. 

Another "Bride of the Month" is FLORA ROa^ifflO who will soon be Krs/ Eddie Smith, 
He's not a Ryan man, but to all of them £oes all the lu(*,k and happiness of their 

bein? held 

fellow employees. 

Incidentally, girls, I savj an ejcample 
of some house-work last v;eek that ivould 
put us all to shame, ITiree very indus- 
trious inspectors working like mad, 
cleaning house. Do you suppose they 
hire themselves out? ALICE, take note. 

Things happen around here, and v/hen 
they do, they happen fast. When I came 
back from my vacation, I v.'as sure I was- 
n't in the right place. Of all the 
strange new faces] I know when th^ saw 

me they thought "another nav; girl"! 

Please, folks may I beg off introducing 
them to you right now? I will s-cj that 
they're carrying on the Ryan tradition. 
(Maybe I'm harping on that too much, but 
I'm just whistling to keep up my courage. 
Besides, we girls are entitled to a lit- 
tle vanity, aren't we?) 

Our chocolate-coated lollipop goes to 
MILDRED ALKIRE this week. I guess I'm 
only one of the many to whom she has 
lent a sympathetic ear. For some really 
j good medicine, take a good dose of MIL- 
DRED 's sympathy and there will be rapid 
improvement. No fooling, there's a girl 
with real generosity, both v/ith her tine 
and money, and an always ready sfidle. 

We of the office force realize what 
stiff competition we have vjith beauty in 
the Covering Department, I'm opening my 
big mouth ivhen I say this, but why not 
bring the competition out in the open 
and maj'be have a couple of bowling teams? 
I'll leave that up to Larry Gibson's 
discrtrtion, but it might be fun. What 
thinkest thou? 

! Our luncheon this month xs .-^^.^15 

at Topsy' s and after the success of the 
I last one, we're sure it v:ill be fun. 
j This month's birthday babes are MARY 

FREEL, on the 20th; CARLIE GROSS, on the 
! 24th; GENEVIE\'E BOYER, on bhe 29th, and 
I BETTY WILSON on the IVth. I'm not allow- 
' ed to divulge any more secrets but they 

1 are at "that mysterious age betvreen 16 

j and 60, 

The girls in Production Planning gave 
I ALICE BACHMAN a surprise birthday party 
I on July 25th. They had a cake v/ith can- 
j dies, presents and a card signed by all. 

Alice wants to extend tier thanius to all 
i the girls of the department, 
j By the v;ay, why is it that you girls 

like' to tease poor ORIN RIGLEY and POCR 
I FRED FORD? We thought that was a nice 
i way to celebrate their birthdays, even 
I if we did enjoy it more than they did, 

, huh? That reminds me what ' s a disin- 

; terested jalopy? Oh, you knovj? A Bored 
i Ford!! I Now vrill you try for the four 
I dollar question? Yes, I'll stop now, 
I (Gee, I xvish Slim of Slim's Pickin's 

would give me some lessons in hujaor, or 
j the technique of writing.) 

BETTY WILSON just returned from her 

vacation, and really looks as if she en- 
' joyed herself, 

I We ivant to thank Mr. Molloy for al- 
, lov/ing us those f.&i minutes before ele- 
^ ven for buying our lunch, VJe were afraid 
I for a couple of days we vreren't going to 
I eat, 

I Warning to the men: Yes, we girls 
. have been knoim to compare notes! 

19 - 



The two BUDs are back from their va- 
cation. BUD BESRY is back from his last' 
vacation during which he took the family 
to Yosemite for a week's stay. 

BUD V/IER did a solo act on his vaca- 
tion. He hopped on his motorcycle and 
made a I5OO mile trip takin,^ in Santa 
Barbara and San Bei'nardino. The trip 
must have been a good one because he 
took an extra day. That didn't please 
"WILD MAN" NORTH a bit. EASY was doing 
an off and on job of running Wier's jig 
and vjhen he wasn't running the jig he 
Was telling DOUG BESBE how tired he vjas, 

CHARLEY FLOTO went to the High Sier- 
ras for his vacation and managed to 
knock a few mules over a small cliff, 
(The mules were returned unuseable.) 

BILL CLEVELAND faiocked off Saturday 
afternoon to go to the races and get 
"took". Well, he can afford it now that 
he's gotten rid of that "La Salle Twin 

races also but he takes only '--.fU.OQ which 
his wife rations him. 

I hope all of you fellov/s ivill be at 
the Ryan picnic since Danny's folly fiz- 

JII^MY STITES is bringing "Popular 
iiechanics" to broaden his mechanics 
scope, Jimmy finds new designs in this 

"TOUGH LUCK" AISREVJS has had a bad 
time lately. The night of the foreman's 
banquet he v^recked his hand on a bottle. 
(He was too anxious to get it opened.) 
After he got it openedj it really gave 
him trouble. 

RCGKY FIELHER is very talented. He 
can take a small speck on his finger, 
squeeze it to a pimple, infect the pim- 
ple, swell his arm to a good size and 

then somebody stopped him. Too bad 

he'd probably his arm cut off at the 

"JUESKE and BEEBE, Inc." builders of 

dream boats the little model they're 

building nov; is running them into real 
money. First it's a rov; boat — then they 
put a sail on it. Nov; it's going to have 
a mahogany deck. Boy, some boat! 

Many req\iests have come in to have 
JOE BELL tied to his jig. We xvill do 
our best to have this done and v/e be- 
lieve the company is vdlling to cooper- 
ate, (continued on page 21) 




UEiiiJJt^^^'i' tjji Ci^i^^ftii^i iiiI^]pl!:i■ i !'Hi;TTrrrrTt!<.iifM fi;T.:"i;uii 

^ ^-^r^' 

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by Jack D. YoMng - "THK BEARDU) PROPKET" 

Now that the Flying- Reporter has in- 
creased in circulation and a de.'rree in 
thickness, it's high time wa heard irori 
the largest department in the p].ant. 
(High time, indeed 1 We liave been wonder- 
ing vv'hat ' s been holding Sheet Metal up 
in the past, but novj that your depart- 
ment is under way, let's have regular 
contributionts. Editor) 

Sheet I-ietal should have and would 
have made an aprioarance in an eai'lier 
edition, but EMCK FaULWETTER (oui^ fore- 
man to those not in the knovi) has been so 
busy vdth so many thousand parts that he 
forgot all about om* much-needed publi- 
city. He's forgiven we're sure: Orchids 
to him and his raany able assistants for 
a real job of production in Sheet lietal. 
Vacations and._Stuff 

C. kutPER, oui* 

night foreaan, will 

aViJj^/ -/ be back vrith us on the 25th, 


*^ j/^""^ He's been breathing the fog 
([\\ and seeing the many sights 
.^>5;^H around San Francisco. 

W'^ HOWARD SNGLER has been at 
V\the helm on the second shift 
and wiJ.l take a hard-earned 
and deserving tv;o weeks off 
,.,,-rSs»- following the return of 
J- —-''"'' night foreman Harper. 
EfilCH FAULWETTER will be one of the 
last to leave the ship. He'll hit for 
the hills and pull dovai a buck. He's 
never missed yet. 

Northern California seems to be at- 
tracting the boysl DICK VffiLLS, leadman 
in our rivet&rs group, will take a grand 
circle trip, including the Coast Red- 
vj-oods across to Sacrojaento and on into 

JH-IMX FITZGERALD is now enjoying ■ the 
cooler climes of the Bay Area. 

BOB O'iCEEFE will also try for his 
deer up around Cuysinaca Peak. BILL HSL- 
IGR has been and highly recoimiiends fly- 
ing to Catalina. BILL BROWN is waiting 
till Christmas tine, but we can see his 
point. He's mustering up the coiirage to 
see his "heart-throb". She vTas recently 
married—to someone else. JACK LUNSFCM) 
has a nev; Studebaker to break in so will 
be content with short side trips. GLEN 
LINCOLN will be married to lliss Lucille 

Finnegari, Sunday the 24th. They'll honey- 
moon at Se<-^uoia National Park. 

For the boys v.'ho vuoiold like a real 
treat, we can arrange to let you view 
G/JIL HATFIELD'S eight complete albums of 
plane pictures. You've all seen sailors 
rowing in the park! 

MORE SHEET 1-iSTAL by Spot Wakky 

LAIRD BOIiE has a bad case of jitters 
and a new iiiclcname, "Short Clrcviit". It 
seems that he has had trouble virith a cer- 
tain tjrjie of hole in his work and also a 
run in vdth the law. 

BOB (SUPER IIAN) HUTSOi'? will be leav- 
ing the second to go to college, Ryan 
will lose a good nan. 

JAIS LUNSFORD of Final Assembly is 
sporting a new Stvidebaker vdth orange 
wheels that would knock your eyes out. 
He just says "It'll do." 

It seems that ART SCHU3ERT has been 
having trouble vdth his lunch disappear- 
ing (aha a mystery). Don't quote me, 

but BILL HSLMER fes been seen eating two, 

VJhile the rest of us were slaving a- 
way, VERNON RI\TiRS spent th.3_week-^end at 
Catalina. Lucky man! a,, ■ s|\;®--i^ 

says the deer had better 
tal-ce to cover because he 
is out to bag the biggest 
one in these parts. He 
doesn't knovr it, but he is 
going to have some real!;- 
competition from yours ] 
truly who is from Texas, 
where the deer grow bigl 
and the tales grow bigger. 

more about W ING A SSEMBLY 

BROlifNIF.R moved again. No^v he's in the 
barracks on the "causevj-a;;" flats". 

"WIERY WART" WARD backed his car over 
the same three foot rock t\vice. The 
second time it really fixed his car up 
nice. I'laybe he's trying to out-do "WOLF' 

The "MAD RUSSIAN" LEVI and his fellow 
butcher "SHORTY" are no longer vdth us. 
Levi said "These guys are repulsive," 
and left. Shorty said, "This is too much 
work." We have three good men to take 
their places, W. L. JOHNSTON (the future 
draftee), JACK 3EGESER and M.H. JENNING. 

That man ZOOK over in vdng had a few 
of his wing cronies over for poker. They 
cleaned him out of his beer and 03.00. 
The viatures were CALDER, STEPP, CARLTON 
and KOCHEL. 


u! U JmJu. 


It seems I have been asleep ft the 
switch for the last couple of issues or 
did you notice? You didi Well, well, 
then my literary talents aren't joing to 

All has been quiet in the Finish De- 
partiaent — (that is outwardly). 

The stork paid a visit recently to 
one of the boys. An orchid to your 
Missus, GENE and IffitDY LEE, who, by the 
way, ruust be quite a big girl now. Does 
she recognize you yet. Gene? Poor Baby. 

I don't know xvhether it has been no- 
ticed by others or not but the traffic 
problem in the Dope Shop is getting out 
of control. The door connecting the 
covering Department to the Dope Shop is, 
by order of the Fire Department, suppos- 
ed to be kept closed at all times that 

is excepting when it is being opened, of 
course. But it is being opened contin- 
uously. It should be taken off to save 
ivear and tear on the hinges. 

I've tried to squeeze through the mob 
that ' s standing in line at the door — in- 
spectors, foremen, assistant foremen, 
leadmen, super's, engineers, delivery 
boys — but aostly inspectors — to see what 
the attraction is. But I can't make it. 

Next to Ryan's Finish Department, 
Grand Central Station is the busiest 
terminal in the U.S. The Finish Depart- 
ment is out back but anyone vvanting to 
get to the Personnel Office comes thru 
the clock house, takes a short cut thru 
the sev^ing department, thence to the 

I have noticed too, that the attire 
of the raasculine element associated xvith 
the Sewing Department has lately become 
more sober and gentlemanly. But aha, 

they're not fooling anybody are they, 


Before all the jjnprovement s started 
around the plant, coming to work v;-asn't 
so bad. But now I get up in the morning 

full of wim and winigar, hop in my go 
buggy, drive 5 niles to vjork, parlt in 
some convenient spot do'.m on Broadway 
and get on my bicycle (it's much easier 
to park) and get to work just before the 
second tvhistle rings. Ann I'm all wore 
out for a hard daj-'s work. 

Del Kar is quite well represented by 
'P.ja.n Knights. But are you making any 
money, fvsllers? 'Jhere is it going to 
get you? 

Anybody who is a sportsman is getting 
rifle and ammunition together and I 
don't mean for parachutists. But I do 
mean deer season is just around the cor- 
ner. I wonder if the boys are half as 
good on the hunt as they lead us to 
think. I alv-'ays get the buck fe-s^er mjr- 

If CLYDE W's aim 
with the rifle 
is as good as 
it is Vvith some- 
thing else, he'll 
get his buck. 


He's especially 
good on the long 
range shots, 

night foreman, 
is or was on his 
vacation. We all 
hope you had a 
good time, Harold. 
And Gene ' s glad 
that you're 
back, aren't ^" 
you, Gene? 

But dawn 
has come so, 
like the Arab 
I shall fold 
my tepee and 
silently but 
silently steal 




I was flying the run for Ryan Airlines 
between here and Los Angeles. Gosh, I 
can still remember hov» every cow pasture 
looked from the air. We looked at 'em 
carefully, very carefully. One never 
knew viThen one would have to land in a 
cow pastvire. . . .but sudden. 

Well, if I xvent on to recall all the 
memories of later M-2's, the first Ryan 

cabin monoplane ("Bluebird") and ^11 of 
the stories connected with 'em you'd ^et 
tired of listening. There are a lot of 
men remembering these early days of the 
flying business on this anniversary. 
Fifteen years have seen a lot of improve- 
ment in sky wagons but we knew xve had a 
good one then and no pilot is prouder of 
his DG-3 than we were of the Ryan M-1. 

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; Ofllolal U. S. Nav) Pholograph 

Vol. 2 No. 6 


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mm ?vnm i]im\m 

VOL. 2 NO. 6 

keep 'eg flying 

SclFTEMBEI^. 26. 19/il 


DO YOU REALIZE that since the Kational Guard was mustered into Federal Service, we 
have absolutely no military organization for the protection of life and propert:/- in 
this State? In case of an emergency such as a great earthquake disaster, or a flood, 
or in case of an attack, who i\fo\ild loo]<: after and guard over the loved ones at home? 
This is food for thought. 

THERE IS NOW BEIMG ORGANIZE D a California State Guard to do this very thing, but 
vie need your help. We only ask you to enlist for a period of one year, with the priv- 
ilege of resigning by giving your company comraander thirty days notice in writing. 

WHERE ARE ALL OUR R-^-BLOODED AI'IERICANS? Why can't you devote only two hours a 
week to drill? We are badly in need of Engineers, Telephone Men, Cooks, llotorcycle 
Dispatch Riders, Clerks, someone that can take (iLctation in shorthand. Truck Driv- 
ers, Radio Operators, and above all, we want men to train as Air Raid Bomb Experts. 
This will take men with plenty of nerve and common sense. They will be trained by 
Government e:<:perts, but will have to pass rigid tests, for this will be very danger- 
ous work, and will require men virith skill to handle it. Therefore the Air Raid Bomb 
Experts will get special training by qualified experts. 

YOU ]^!EN WHO HAFE BEEN DEFERRED on account of working for National Defense can now 
show your appreciation by joining the California State Guard and doing your bit to- 
ward defending lives and property of the State of California in case of an emergency. 

ARE VfE TO BE THE LAST RE GIMENT in the state to get fully organized? I think not. 
If all you men will give this serious thought, I know we can depend on enough of ^'ou 
to fill out our regiment. We only need about one more company of 95 men to fill our 
quota. Any of you who are interested, please contact F. A. Gray, Captain, Second 
Shift Police, at the guard house and he will be glad to give you any further infor- 
mation regarding the Guard. 

THE CALIFORNIA STATE GUARD is a patriotic organization authorized by the Governor 
of the State of California for the sole purpose of protecting life and property in 
case of an emergency. It does not pay anything to its members. If you join you are 
not proiiiised a thing. The officers and non-commissioned officers will be appointed 
at a later date. It will be wide open for everyone if they have the ability and '.can 
pass the tests the saine as in the regular Army or the National Guards. 





The four thousand Ryan employees and their families who showed up at the Del 
Mar Turf Club on Sunday the 14th for the Third Annual Picnic report that this j'-ear's 
gathering of the Ryan clan topped them all for all-round 'jnjoyment. 

The numerous events staged throughout the daj^ assured everyone .present that 
there would be no dull raoments. The generous refreshm^snts provided, the beautiful 
merchandise av;ards donated by Ryan friends, and the attractiv^e surroundin':^s all con- 
tributed to a top-notch picnic. 

There's plenty of credit due to everyone connected with the plarming of the 
picnic, but no one contributed r.iore to making the day a success than did Mervin 
Harco, Larry Gibson and Earl Prudden, the genial I'l.C. Dan Driscoll, in charge of 
grounds; Dan Burnett, chief starter, and Ace Ediii.iston, Joe Johnson and other members 
of the Foreman's Club, to mention only a few, put in a good days work to see that 
others enjoyed thejaselves to the limit. 

Highlight of the afternoon vjas the Grand Drawixig of cash awards begun at four 
o'clock. A hush fell over the Turf Club grounds as Earl Prudden informed us over 
the loud-speakers that the first number dravjn would be for a ci'isp $50 bill. 

Then over the public address system- came "Six. ...Zero. . ..One. .. .Nine, ..." and 
like a bolt of lightning a figure hurdled two fences, ran up the stairway of the 
judges stand like the YO-5I taking off, and dashed up to the mike to claim the big 
money of the day. The lucky man - HENRY KLASSER - of finishing, who has been with 
the company only four and a half months. (Aside to Carl Palmer: Is Klasser as 
fast around your department as he was getting there to claLm that ^;i50 bill? If so, 
you've really got a manl) 

Then began the drawing for the ^20 bill, with Prudden and Larry Gibson doing a 
regular selective service drau'ing act as tiiey failed to get any takers at first. 

Finally up came the number of BD 
up to claim second place dough, 
four $5 cash prizes. 

"RID" BEGIffiR of Manifold Second Shift who ambled 
Following this came the three ^10 awards and the 

A mild sensation of the afternoon 
was the de-luxe arrival of Engineer 
Bill Lmiiiensch;ih who set his new Taylor- 
craft plane down for a nice landing in 
the infield of the race track. 

Mervin Marco apparently put his two 
sons in training some months back in. 
anticipation of the sv^ell merchandise 
awards, for Warren and Lefty Marcotxx 
fell over the line in that super spe- 
cial wheel-barrovf race. 

Frcan nine in the morning until dark 
there were races, rolling pin throwing 
contests, shoe races, egg tossing con- 

tes-bs and golf driving often going on 

at the same time. A regular three ring 


circus, by golly. 

We saw a lot of swell picnic baskets 
with people deep in salad, eggs, pie, 
fried chicken, three-decker sandwiches, 
IDotato chips, etc., etc., and the cof- 
fee, beer, soda pop, cokes and ice 
cream seemed to be v/ell distributed all 
aroiond, so apparently everyone vjas well 
fed, and thoroughly enjoyed themselves 
gastronomically. (contd. page 4) 

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Vol. 2 x: — 
No. 6 

Sept. 26 
19 4 1 

Published by Employees of the 
Through their iifelfare Department 

under direction of 

Editors: Bill Wagner; Sue Zinn 
Art Editor: George Duncan 
Editorial Assistants: 

J. R. Gonyers 
Slini Goats 
Ray MorkoviTski 

Editorial C ontributors : 

Um. van den Akker 
TOiTuny Hixson 
Gapt. F. A. Gray 

Departmental Gontributors: 


Manifold Exhaust 
Scenes Seen 

at the Picnic 
Police Force 

Pot Shots 
Observing Observer 
The Ghost Talks 
Wanderings of 

the Mind 
Machine Shop 

Pat Kelly 
V. J. Park and 
Bob Close 
Manny Fohlde 

I Was There 

F. H. haxwell 
The Observer 

G. "Bob" Harris 
Win Alderson 

COVER: The excellent picture of the 
group of Ryan I\fR-l trainers at Jackson- 
ville, v;hich appears on the front cover 
of this issue of the Ryan Flying Report- 
er, is an Official U. S. Navy Photograph 
and was graciously supplied especially 
for our employees' magazine by Capt. C. 
P. Mason, Commanding Officer of the Nav- 
al Air Station there. 

Activities at the Jacksonville train- 
ing base have been described in recent 
issues of the Flying Reporter by Eddie 
Oberbauer, Ryan's service representative 
at the Naval Air Station. 





there's a place for fun 

Everytime a nevj hand punches in and 
Foreman Rusty takes him over for some 
special instruction, I'm apt to v/orry 
myself out of adjustment, until I'm sure 
that each of these new fellows is not 
one particular kind of a guy. 

The guy I mean is the practical joker. 

Nov;, get me right I'm not an old fogey 

myself and I don't v;ant anj^body to go 
around looking as if he had lost his 
last friend all the time.' But I do know 
that a fellow with a nice pleasant op- 
timistic disposition who is serioua 
enough to mind his own business and to 
give his job the best he has is the kind 
of a fellow that gets ahead and goes 

I don't like the fellow v:ho is always 
trying to plaj' jokes on people. He is 
the fellow who thinks April Fool's Day 
is the biggest holiday of the j^ear! He's 
never grown up and he'Tl never get very 
far. In addition to that, he's going to 
hurt somebody - perhaps seriously - be- 
fore he gets through. 

He's the kind of a guy v/ho v/ill toss 
a nut or a bolt at some other poor fel- 
low vjho is hard at work and minding his 
own business. He's the guy who puts in 
a phoney telephone call and nearly scares 
somebody to death. He's the guj'- who 
thinks it's fujiny to trip you up and 
watch you fall down. He's the guy v;ho 
likes to aggravate someone into a little 
vjrestling or scuffling match. He's the 
guy v;ho shoots rivets from the air hose 
or uses an air hose to scare someone. 

I say that good fun is O.K. and I'm 
all for it. Plowever, the place v;here 
you are working is no place for it. Be- 
sides, sometitiie that nut or bolt might 
hit some poor fellow in the eye. You 
can never tell when someone may be in- 
jured as a result of a fall, and vncest- 
ling and scuffling, no matter how good 
naturedlj' it started, are very apt to 
end up in a real fight. 

You can have a lot of fvn and play a 
lot of harmless jokes, but the fellow 
v/ho is really interested in going places 
saves these for the proper time and 

I'fo telling you something when I tell 
you that this practical joker is a dan- 
gerous guy. The smart fellov; is the one 
who xvorks when he works. 

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PoLLce Tcice/^oi ^kot± 

by F. H, Maxwell 

(Now that we of the Police Department have a 
real columnist in our midst, we will give 
you other pen slingers some stiff competi= 
tion "Nice Goin» Maxwell".-Al Gee) 

It's good to be back v;ith Ryan after 
nearly a year with the Border Patrol in West 
Texas : Several factors motivated my resig= 
nation and subsequent return to good old San 
Diego,, among others, a wife in San Diego 
(mine, mind you?) and that well-known cli= 

Speaking of climate,, that of Texas is 
good except for a little excessive heat in 
the Big Bend country On one of those un- 
usually hot days a couple of us were patrol- 
ling near the Rio Grande river and happened 
to see a coyote chasing a jack rabbit - they 
were both in a dead walk - some kind of a 
gentlemen's agreement I understand 

'.Vhat causes me to throw my two cents vjcarth 
in Flying Reporter is to express my good 
feelings about being back \vith Ryan and also 
to put an end to the conspicuous absence of 
articles from the Police Department as has 
been the case in most cf the back issues that 
I have read.. I think Flying Reporter is a 
fine thing and feel that everyone owes the 
staff a vote of thanks for turning out such 
good issues; 

An amusing little incident occurred the 
other night and we of the third shift thought 
it worthy of passing along I think we shall 
call it, "GOOSE = GOOSE'* or "BIG CHIEF POTA- 

At three A.M.,, officer Cline. (known as Big 
Chief Potawatome of the Oklahoma "Oil Well " 
Tribe) paced the six by six foot floor of the 
east tower as nervously as a captain might 
pace his quarterdeck before entering battle: 
His mind vi/as working feverishly making rapid 
detailed calculations ; He stopped suddenly 
"I have it"i, he muttered in a tone of final= 
ity, "If I were cockeyed and the angle between 
my two lines of vision was exactly 93 degrees,, 
I could stand perfectly still in that corner 
and. without moving my head, keep both the 
south and east fences under constan" s .ru= 
tiny?" His mind rambled on in egotistical 
cavorting at having solved such a difficult 
geometric problem and, at the same time , pic= 
taring other advantages of a 93 degree divert- 
ed dual vision = such as crossing the street 
at 5'th and Broadway or accurately firing two 
pistols in different directions simultaneous- 

lyg His train of mental revery was abruptly 
derailed however ^ by the sound of wings over- 

Captain Norris at the front gate was 
stolidly pacing to and fro and happened to 
glance up in the tower just as Big Chief's 
unknown winged assailant descended upon him,. 
He saw Dig Chief tense every muscle, cau- 
tiously balance himself on the balls of his 
feet and send his right hand darting for his 
pistol? There 
was a rending 
of cloth Big 
Chief ducked 
and swung a 
left hook when 
he saw that 
his trousers 
belt and hoi- 
s t er h u ng 
from the pis- 
tol in his 
hand "Gad, 
that's lusty 
draw in* '!?*", 
he mumbled -as 
the left con= 
nected and 
his assailant 
fluttered to 
a forced land- 
ing in front 
of the Ad 
building. Big Chief snapped on the search 
light and illuminated his enemy -> a goose? 
Yes^ a beautiful Canadian Honker,. 

The cold early morning breeze gently waft- 
ed the mist around Big Chief's exposed legs^ 
He held his torn trousers aloft and through 
the fluttering rags savj the goose slowly re- 
cover from the left Ii ok and take off aa 
gracefully as a Ryan PT=22.r Cold rage over= 
came Big Chief, "THAT'S SABOTAGE «!«" , he bel- 
lowed; - • - - 

more about the Picnic 

C;. Page 12 you'll find a list of contest 
winner3---(sorry., but am afraid we missed the 
winners of a couple of events)- -but before we 
sign off until next year-s picnic a vote of 
thanks goes from all Ryan employees to Bill 
Q,uigley„ general manager of the Del Mar Turf 
Club and to Dan Noble,, general manager of 
the San Diego County Fair, who made it pos- 
sible for us to hold the picnic at Del Mar^ 
See you next year! 



rank MoonQ'iL 

by J. R. Conyers 

Frank lioonert is not on the 
Ryan staff, but nonetheless 
he certainly rates as a mem- 
ber of the Rj^an co/.ipany fam- 
ily because of his close as- 
sociation with everyone of 
us in his position as Air 
Corps Representative here. 

When Frank T. Moonert 
was born in Cincinnati, 
(1902) his dad decided 
it would be mighty fine 
to have a son to carry 
on in the Moonert disin- 
fectant manufacturing 
business. However, as 
time has proved, he for- 
got to anticipate the 
advent of the airplane and the affect it 
Was going to have on his proiriising son 
Frank. Since this lad v/as the only son 
in the family, this v/as very unfortu- 

From his highschool years through two 
years of Junior College, the younger 
Moonert expressed an intense interest in 
airplanes, to the exclusion of all else. 
The family lived in Dayton when F.T. 
finished his college career, and it v/as 
only natural that he should proceed to 
get himself a job with the Air Corps at 
McCook's Field in Dayton, Ohio. 

The Air Corps didn't think he had 
enough experience to start as a mechanic 
so they made him a messenger boy. But, 
like Horatio Alger, he surmounted this 
humble start to become a mechanic's 
helper after eight months on Uncle Sam's 
payroll. In another short year he had 
risen in the ranks to crew chief. The 
next step was to the status of instru- 
ment repair man and flight test observer. 

He lived through several years of go- 
ing up with all the nice new untried 
airplanes that the Army could find to 
flight test. Although a number of mis- 
haps and forced landings took place dur- 
ing this period, Frank says that his 
longevity is due entirely to a profound 
faith in airplanes. He says that a motor 
knows whether or not you believe in it. 

However, several years before this he 
and Harvey Bowlus (the same Bowlus who 
manufactures gliders now and years ago 
vjas with the Ryan organization) built 
themselves a glider. F.T. made a bad 
landing in this and broke an arm. After 
all, he says, it didn't have a motor for 
him to have faith in. 

In 1926 Moonert took on the limited 
responsibilities of assistant traffic 
manager for the newly formed Florida 

Airways, Inc. They were 
flying Ford "Tin Goose" air- 
planes and all vrent reason- 
ably well until the big vjind 
came in '26. After the 
storm they hurried out to 
the airport to look after 
the welfare of the ships 
but it wasn't necessary. 
The "Tin Geese", all three, 
looked like someone had played shinny 
with them. Thus ended the Florida Air- 
ways and brother Moonert v;ent back to 
his Air Corps. 

In 1929 he was transferred to the 
Procurement Section as an Air Corps In- 
spector and stationed at the Curtiss Air- 
plane Company in Buffalo, Here, he also 
did the Army inspecting on Consolidated 
airplanes (at that time made in Buffalo), 
In 1929 Henry Ford decided to warm up 
the public to aviation with his novj 
famous good-will tours. Preparatory to 
this, Army Lieutenant Hutchinson, Eddie 
Stinson, Ben Jacob son (now in the office 
of Production Management, Moonert and 
(continued on page 20) 



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AMARILLO;, TEXAS (Via Air Mail Special to Flying Reporter) Sure had a swell time at the 
picnic Sunday Ray Morkowski and I just drove into ^Amarillo from San Diego - 1130 miles in 
one day am dog tired^ and can hardly see, but here's the column anyv/ay 




Th^ Hutchinson, Kansas, marriage wherein the bride j, "at- 
tired in a surgical gown" married a scarlet fever patient, 
sounds a discouraging note It probably means that nothing 
short of smallpox will insure a man's freedom 

And did you notice in the last issue of the Repor-ter how 
the Ryanettes gloat over the fact that they've trapped a 
couple of the Ryan boys? Kinda gives you cold chills, does 
n-t it? Maybe they vjere only kidding, but just remember, 
"Mighty hoax from little acorns grov; " 

But all kidding to one side, v/e vjant to congratula t e 
both the boys and girls, and v;ish them a lot of luck, sin- 
cerely If someone has to marry the Ryan men, v;e prefer it 
to be the lovely Ryanettes But as a movie producer once 
said, "Include me out " 

ANDY SHUBERT doesn't mind taking a Cook«s 
Tour of the plant, but he dislikes being the 
automotive power to the truck HAROLD POW 
LEY'S favorite household pet is a moth, be 
cause it eats nothing but holes,, Wonder what 
happened to BILL "JOCKEY" BICE's riding col 
ors? For that matter, v;hat ever happened to 
the Riding Club? 

Just found out that FRANK WALSH was once a 
Champion Bronc Buster and Rodeo hand Welcome 
to the gang Frank We have several more with 
us CARL THOMAS and REX SEATON, who used to 
contest at Cheyenne, Wyoming. K F JOHNSON 
and "WILD" BILL JURt-EY were once pretty good 
ropers until they vi;ere roped 

BOB HARRIS s "They say that brunettes 
K;, have svjeeter dispositions than blondes " 
"' HAP MILLER; "Well, my vdfe's been both, 
and I can't see any difference " 

Congratulations and many thanks from the 
gang to the Ryan management for the best pic- 
nic we'"ve ever attended And believe me, 
that's no "balloon juice", either 

We wrapped up our picnic lunch in our old 
map of Europe- -that's all it's good for now 
Things were happening so fast that v/e'll just 
have to give you the highlights, and if there 
is anyone we missed, we'll give you both bar- 
rels next time 

What I first thought was Robert Taylor in 
a new spring suit turned out to be Janitor 
NCBDi in his nevj sport ensemble The best 
dressed couple turned out to be MR, and MRS 

With MR, and MRS BUFilNGAME sat I-iRS 
FRANK BENNETT with a tin cup She did men 

tion xvhat she was collecting for but Frank is 
quite a bit larger than I am, so I'll skip 

Every morning I hear an announce!- describe 
crispy, crunchy crackles s But for some real- 
ly golden voiced oratory give me EARL PRUDDEN 
every time STEVE DEVSR and SLEEPY HORN were 
busy taking pictures you'll probably be see^ 
ing them in Flick, Pic or Click 

I wonder what was in the huge basket that 
BiVRBARA and EDDIE MOLLOY were carrying be 
tween then I noticed CLAUDE RYAN keeping an 
eye on it too 

The ball throwing contest was about the 
best CARL KRUGER let go of the ball as if 
he was dropping a blot back in an ini<: bottle 
BILL WAGNER can really toss the old apple, 
but with no more sense of direction than a 
cat galloping into a rubber boot 

And all I can say about G E- BARTON i s 
that his enthusiasm balances his technique 
and for that we will give hli:i "A" for effort 
DAN DRISCOLL handled the ball like a cocoa 
nut "DAPPER" DAN BURNETT however, always 
tosses the apple neat as a nurse's cap, and 
as dapper as a rooster on a fence But Dan 
could pick his teeth v/ith his thumb and make 
it look like an amendment to a constitution 
He had savoir faire 

Did you hear REX SEATON yell when the bar 
was closed? His voice xvas as bitter as the 
dark end of a drug store I wish Bxng Cros- 
by' s horses could haA/^e taken a lesson in run 
ning from LE FEBRE RAILBIRD MARCO, trying 
to sing like Bing, was told by CaptaxnGRAI 
(continued on page 21) 




Actual combats on all fronts of World VJar II the IJorth Atlantic^ Englandj, Europe and 

.frica— are daily proving the superiority of military aircraft produced in the factories of 
,he United States : 

This is the story told in recent dispatches received frojn London which report that pi- 
,ots of the Royal Air Force are high in their praise of the speedy range, naneuver/ibility 

,nd striking power 
,ease program. 

of the warplanes built in triis country for Great Britain under the Lend- 

Scenes Seen 

(3t the Picnjc 

lAPPSR DAN and his derby hat. Last 
'aar it vjas a fire:;ian's hat, and next 
rear Dan promises us a full dress top- 


-;;- -K- -x=- 

ILAUDS RYAi.' looking apprehensive as 
3ILL M'lENSCHUH came in to land his 
?aylorcraft in the infield 
-;>- ■ii- -ii- 

©DIE MOLLOY sending iiis daughter BAR~ 
3ARA 5 rather than his t'.vo sons, for 
.ce cream, figuring that the disher-out 
)f ice cream vjould really give for the 
jirls , iSddie had a big gang in tovj and 
sent Barbara in with a big order, 

lev/sreel-jjian RALPH hAVER here, 
md everyivhere grinding away. 


/ho owned the tv/o Speed Graphic cameras 
Je sav; busy all day? TOFii-lY HD(30N was 
m duty for the company shooting the 
Dicnic for this issue of Flying Report- 
sr, but vjasn't aware he had so much 

Jill you fellov/s 
laim the $20 
ailed be there 

3dds on that bet 

v;ho weren't there to 

vjhen your number was 

next year? I'd take 

■lERVIN M.\RCO reports that he, AL GES 
md LARRY GIBSON did janitor service at 
the race track until dark — - or vjere 
they looking for full beer bottles, as 
If there was apt to be any left . 

3ould S/iRL PRUDDEN function as liaster 
of Ceremonies without that yellow 
sv; eater? 

-;,- -K- * 

GSORGii DUNCAN snooping here and there 
about the grounds for cartoon ideas, 
(continued on page 8) 

Typical of British reciction to tlie /American 
planes was this headline from the London press: "iUa 
erican Planes Fly on All RPJ'' Fronts; 'Superior to 
Nazi Ships' Say Pilots :" 

The unprecedented success on the European war- 
front of these fighters, bombers and trainers from 
the United States has a vital bearing on America's 
own aerial armament program. For virtually all the 
planes have counterparts being produced in tremen 
dous nuimbers for U, S Army and Navy air forces, and 
the lessons le;irned in the crucible of war are be- 
ing applied to design and production of these air 
craft intended for western hemisphere defense. 

Recent exploits of Boeing Flying Fortress bombers 
in high-altitude raids on Nazi naval bases, describ- 
ed as being "virtually beyond the range of sight or 
hearing of the Nazis, who only knew of the attack 
v;hen bombs screaraed down on them from an apparently 
clear sky," centered vjorldvdde attention on American 

Here are excerpts from London dispatches describ- 
ing the v;ar work of other U„S -built aircraft? 

"The Curtiss P-40 knovm to the British as the 

Toraahav;k— is one of the fastest and most versatile 
planes now in operational use The mount- 
of Axis planes vjhich have tangled with 
Tomahavjks in the Middle East (they were credited 
with the destruction of 25 enemy ships in one month) 
attests to its superiority over the Axis crafts 

"American planes made their RAF debut in the 
Coastal Command, 'where recomiaissance patrols com- 
posed of Lockheed Hudson bombers (equipped with 
Ryan manifolds — Ed,. ) proved very effective, 

"Recently these Hudsons have been supplemented 
by a grooving fleet of Consolidated PBY-5 flying 
boats, called Catalinas. The 'Cats' are perhaps 
the most popular of the RAF flying boats They fre- 
quently patrol at long stretches witliout landing, 
and serve as patrol ships and convoy escorts. It 
was one of these ships which first spotted the Ger- 
man battleship Bismarck - 

"Nevjest recruits to the Coastal Gominand fleet 
are the squadron of Northrop (N-3PB) seaplanes re- 
cently comTiissioned by the Norwegian Air Force 
fighting with the RAF These planes are being used 
for anti-submarine convoy duty off the British 
Coast." (An N-3FB reportedly took part in the 
aerial torpedoing of the Bisiriarck,) 

(continued on page lO) 
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ing toll 

jVJ A C 



{ } 

t Every time that I look up at the fa- 
miliar put-put of the five-cylinder Kin- 
ner motor and see one of the new ST-3 
ships skimming across the sky, I feel 
proud to be connected xvith Ryan in the 
liachine Shop, even in my small capacity. 
This is a machined airplane, fabri- 
cated in a shop which is living up to 
the high standards required by the IMted 
States government. I feel that the Ryan 
ST-3^ along with other modern aircraft, 
symbolizes the greatest achievement of 
the machine age. Precision biult by 
highly trained operators, guided by the 
experiences of a top force of _ engineers 

more Scenes Seen at the Picnic 

DAN DPJ3C0LL, vice president in charge 
of grounds, seeing to it that everyone 
coming in the gate got through the 
counting turnstile - but only once. 

ORIN RIGLSY failing to shov-i up to join 
his partner ROY CUNKI!^GIL\M for the v^heel- 
barrow race. .iJhich end of the team vjere 
you supposed to be, Orin? 

'i\ ~/\ "iC 

PAT KREGIES3 and her Ryanettes practic- 
ing for the egg tossing contest with 
used flash bulbs supplied by the photo- 

^'. J'- -*'- 

LARRY GIBSON trying to provide enough 
eggs for the unexpectedly large turnout 
of teams for the egg tossing contests. 

The most exercise of the day v/as had by 
a young man up in the grandstand where 
few saw him. Tivo and a half year old 
STEVIE RYAN, the boss' youngest, made at 
least tv/enty expeditions to the top of 
tlie grandstand and back, getting ac- 
quainted with everyone enroute. 

MARCO'S two boys v/alking off, or rather 
falling off, the winners in the wheel- 
barroxv race. Bet they'd been practicing 

This doesn't belong in the "Scenes Seen 
at the Picnic" column, but vie were all 
sorry not to have seen lilLLiiRD BOYD v/ho 
was laid up with a burn eye. 



by VJin Alderson 

and backed up by Uncle Sani, we have as 
fine a product as is manufactured today. 

A rough casting, unrecognizable as 
any part of an airplane, coiaes to liglit 
in the stock room. DON -IkLYER. produc- 
tion e:;:peditor in the ariacl'iine shop^ spots 
a machine that is completing an order, 
and the fabrication of the casting is 
begun. The first operation ma.y be a 
slot milled under the expert supervision 
of STEVE FOUQUETTE. The fabrication is 
continued when the part is turned, under 
the guidance of JIII HUJjFHI.HYS or ROY 
HSDEERG, Leadmen on the lathes and tur- 
rets. DON POLIiiCK handles the drilling 
and reairiing and is certain2.y doing a 
fine job. There is much more to drill- 
ing a hole than just p«jshin,g a hole thru 
a piece of metal. These one-half thous- 
andths tolerances are no joke. BOB FINAN, 
burr lead man, puts the final touch on 
the part and it is ready for the inspec- 
tion of Crib 3« 

It should be remembered that all 
steps in the fabrication of parts are of 
equal iipxportanc e . Because careless opez"- 
ation at ,-<ny point in the manufacture of 
a part may render it useless, only ex- 
pert operators are employed. CKRIS 
I'HJELLER, foreman, aclcnovjl edges the fact 
that he has been very fortunate in se- 
curing so fine a group of men. 
And Stuff 

A knocker can be found in every group 
but a good thing for him to remember is 
that when he knocks his company, he is 
knocking himself. He is a part of the 
company. An ounce of loyaltjr is worth a 
pound of cleverness. 

V/here are all the stamps that the 
boys were going to get? I believe that 
every man should place an identifying 
mark on his work. Vihen a man signs his 
name to an article he has produced, you 
can be sure that it is a good one. 

A little item for us to remember is 
that blueprints are made for our benefit 
and that ENO's are not merely decora- 
tions. A good memory is a great thing 
but our ability to forget is far greater. 

Wo introduction is necessary for 
ORANGi'j ROLIG. The welcome that ho re- 
ceived on his retui'-n to machine shop in- 
( continued on page 9) 

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spection was a well merited tra.bute. He 
is a very thoroui^h man with a pleasing 
personality, a vast experience and an 
unlimited capacity for v;ork. Regarding 
the machine shop personnel, he says, 
"They are an amiable group of fine young 
men who are sincerely doing their best 
to do a good job. It is a pleasvire to 
be associated vjith theni." 

have taken to the less coiffiaodious but 
more satisfactory ways of trailer life. 
I understand that Baker has a beautiful 
new awning on his trailer and that he 
refers to Strickland's as a contraption. 
Do I hear any retaliation, Strickland? 

D. BEARY, supposedly 
hard-boiled, is really only 
half-baked. He fell asleep 
on his right side while on 
a recent fishing trip and 
left the other side exposed 
to the sun. He describes 
his trip as a "royal flush" 
both inside and out. On 
partial recovery he bought 
a new bright red Chevrolet 
but he may be disappointed 
to learn that this in no 
way lessened the glare. 
Off the record but on the 
level, I have found out 
that Beary and his fish 
stories are oiily surpassed by Beary and 
his lobster stories. Such lobsters as 
he lost will never be caught and such as 
he caught v/ere too large to photograph. 
But let's don't spread this around. 

We all miss H. 0. BAKER and look for- 
ward to -his return from Indiana where he 
is taking health treatments. I hope that 
he remembers his promise about those 

Among the newer sports that have en- 
tered the Ryan plant is one that is en- 
gineered by ROY HjI!:>BERG. Recent winners 

The moon doeth shine. The breezes 
doeth blow and the flowers doeth bloom — 
tra-law tra-la. But ART TORGERSOW stUl 
runs aroxuid with a long face. They tell 
me that his wife may return from her 
thirty day vacation earlier than vjas ex- 
pected. Cheer up, she'll be back, 

ED "EGGIE" LEACH, machinist and shop 
cleanup man, resents the fact that STEVE 

FOUQUETTE, REED, RCMEG and several others 
go out for their lunches. For the past 
several months he has lived principally 
on the knick-nacks and left overs, and 
nov/ that the source of his supply is 
dvjindling, he is anxiously v;atching his 
waist line. 

The trend of investm.ents is tov;ard 
nev/ cars. JUi HUI-iPHRIES is sporting a 
new Dodge, STETO FOUQUETTE favored a 
Hudson. WOODS went first class when he 
got a new Olds. JESS McCRAY took to a 
Pontiac. BOB and DON TIILES, brother 
machinists in a friendly sort of way, 
may have something to add regarding the 
security of nevv car investments. They 
showed fairly good judg- 
ment by purchasing Fords, 
But it is hard to beat a 
Buick, boys, e s pecially 
pretty green ones. 

It is hard to understand 
why BOB FINAN didn't walk 
av'ay with the prizes at the 
picnic. Although only se- 
ven of his t'.velve young- 
sters showed up, the per- 
centage Vifas still decided- 
ly vifith hiin. But Bob, all 
the young bloods and most 
of the older ones will a- 
gree that you have some 
v;inners anyway. How about 
that, Stewart??? 

And last, let us all remember that it 
is not how many hours we put into the 
job that counts. It's what vie put into 
the hours. 


We v/ish to thank Ryans and all the 
Ryan emplo^'^ees for the lovely flow- 
ers and for their kindness to Ilr. 
Pierce while employed there, 

I^trs. L. S. Pierce and 
sons, Vernon and 


The only hope of preserving what is 
best lies in the practice of an immense 
charity, a V7ide tolerance, a sincere re- 
spect for opinions that are not ours. 

P. G. Hamerton — 


bu- m>a4iitW. 

C7; A 

Monday morning rolls around and we awake to find that somehow we have survived the picnic 
i v/hat a picnic I 

BOB CHASSj evidently of Scotch descent ^ found out in some v/ay that I was celebrating my 
rthday and generously offered to buy me a beer Realizing that such generosity shouldn't 

unrewarded, I, in turn, purchased one for hin. Some fun'- 

"They never v;ould have done it^" observed double "SAWBUCK" SM-t-lERS^ "only they must have 
3wn that I wasn't there to claim it." Our guess is that Sammcrs shan't miss another pic- 
for some time to cone. 

VIC JOHNSON, the glamour boy of production planning, stagged it to the affair This was 
fond all comprehension as Vic is usually seen squiring not one but at least two gals about 
3 bright spots 

Everyone agrees that it was a swell picnic and the committee in charge can take pride in 
aething vjell done 

Speaking of well done, did anyone notice the rosy hue of BOB BOOTH JR. 's legs It seems 
...___.- ________ ... _____ ^^ though Bob vjcnt fishing tlie other week-end and 

exposed himself a wee bit too much. 

We vjere unable to determine at the time, but 
since have arrived at the conclusion that "PAPPY" 
SiiATON and CARL rALI^IiiK must have been bitten by one 
of the nuraerous horse flys that teemed about the 
grounds and so got the urge to put on a sprint race 
all their oivn "Pappy" did all his runrinig up and 
dovm, much to the amusement of the crowd vjatching, 
and came in a bad second 

SHAKl.'OK LONG was doing very well indeed until he 
decided to stop and take root V/e'll have to adxrdt 
that he did .fall more or less gracefully 

iiU^SR (I-;0U3TACHI0) BRODKRSON has been tramping 
throughout the plant vjith his trousers rolled to 
his knees in order to show off his new boots to 
good advantage Needless to say they are good 
looking boots (continued on page 21) 

re about American planes in Europe 

"In the Middle L^ast .PJiF fliers re- 
rt Lhey are deeply impressed with the 
rforLiance of the Ilartin i^ryland bon- 
r, which is being used by the 'Inter- 
bional Squadron' composed of American, 
Ltish Empire, Free French and lihode- 
in fliers 

"In the recently opened Battle of 
many, middle distance American Havoc 
abers (also used as nightfighters) 
\re played an important role- These 
ht flying Douglas planes (also Ryan 
lifold equipped- -Ed ) have been car- 
ing loads of Britain's super-bombs on 
nost nightly attacks on Berlin, Kiel 
i other important German objectives 
sj have great speed and i;ianeuverabil- 
f and few of them have been lost " 
Military censorship restricts coxa- 
it on the appearance of other Ameri- 
1- built ships on the European scene 
tfever, it is known here that addi- 
Dnal U S models are arriving in 
ir- increasing numbers and reports of 
iir exploits are being awaited 
These include the four- engine Gon- 
Lidated Liberator bomber, the Douglas 
ston light bomber and such fighters 
the Bell Airacobra, new Curtiss Kit- 
lawk, Vultee Vanguard, Brevjster Buf- 
Lo and Grumman Martlet 
And the British are reported to be 
jerly avjaiting such recently-dev el op- 
aircraft as the Brewster Bermuda and 
Ltee Vengeance dive bombers, the Mar- 
a Baltimore and Vega Ventura medium 
i light bombers and the Lockheed 



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fflOOI WE 

by R. J. Worko^fski 


When you go to the Armory in Balboa 
Park on Thursdajr night to join the State 
Guard, the first man you see will be 
"Tiny" because you just can't miss hiin. 
He is 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 
275 pounds, has smiling blue eyes and a 
mass of brown hair, so even if there are 
other men standing in front of him, 
you'll still see "Tiny" first, head and 
shoulders above the rest. 

"Tiny" is none other than our o^vn 
Captain Gray of the plant police, who 
first saw the light of day on July 2nd, 
1901 in Chandler, Oklahoma. His school 
days were spent in Nebraska where he at- 
tended Nelson High. He left high school 
when he upped his age a little in order 
to get in Company A, 134th Infantry, 
formerly the 5th Nebraska. Unfortxinat- 
ely, nine months of his service was 
spent in a hospital durdng the "flu" ep- 
idemic vifhere "men viere packed like cord- 
wood" , 

After the war, he made up his high 
school credits and entered Nebraska Univ- 
ersity with the intention of studying 
law but circumstances intervened and he 
took a course in electrical engineering. 
Of course he made the football team and 
tells of the first practice session when 
he knocked out the star in a line plunge. 
His regular position was guard but '.vhen 
the team needed a few yards to put it 
over, "Tiny" was called to the full-back 
position because it took a brick wall to 
stop him. 

Wr es tling 
and boxing are 
also on his 
list but don't 
ask him about 
his ring ex- 
perience be- 
cause he still 
boils about 
the time he was 
"egged" into 
■the ring v;ith 
a fellow 
his size 
p leaded 



him to go easy 

and then proceeded to land a "hay-maker" 
on Captain Gray's jaw. Needless to -say, 
by the time "Tiny" stopped spinning, Ms 
opponent had left the state. 

Captain Gray served in an executive 
capacity with the General iilectric Cora- 
pa.ny of Oklahoma and Westinghouse in Dal- 
las, Texas, before entering the field of 
law enforcement. He studied finger- 
printing and identification in a school 
of Applied Sciences and also studied un- 
der the F.B.I, and he got around to his 
course in lav'f by correspondence v;ith La- 
Salle University. 

"Tiny" was First Sergeant and Supply 
Sergeant in the C.C.C. and enjoyed it 
very much. His experience with the 
Junior C.C.C. could not be traded off 
for anything in the world, according to 
Captain Gray, who tells of the time the 
boys threw doivn their equipment and de- 
cided to quit, but when they were told 
that there was no truck available to 
take them to tov/n ^6 miles away, they 
changed their minds. 

These same boj'-s, working out of Fort 
Knox, 7th Corps Area, Nebraska, were 
transferred to the 9th in California and 
once out of Sergeant Gray's jurisdiction 
they could not be handled, so the Captain 
of this area, finding it imoossible to 
get "Tiny" transferred, invited him up 
as his guest, paid his expenses and ap- 
pointed him senior foreman. Needless to 
say, the boys behaved. 

Captain Gray again came to California 
about two years ago to visit an old room 
mate of his and has been here ever since. 
We can't leave him without mentiordng 
the fact that his physique netted him a 
fine income by posing v/ith four foot 
St ils on wrenches. 

- o o - 

FJRANK LEO WALSH' s nickname "Happy" 
fits him to a "T". He was born in Lock- 
port, Nev; York, on January 1st, 1882. He 
MSLS married in 190? and has a boy, 3d- 
win^ who is now married. "Happy" went 
to Cleveland Grade and High Schools and 
to Niagara University. He's never been 
in the service but he was a civilian 
packer for the 9th and 10th cavalry, col- 
ored regiinents at Fort Warren, formerly 
Fort Russell, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

Frank worked at the Aluminum Company 
of America, plant #1, as a switchboard 
operator, the Niagara Power Co, at Nia- 
gara Falls, N.I. as a machinist helper, 
the Fisher Body Co., The Dodge Hotor Co. 
(continued on page 14) 

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It vjould be nice if the office gals v/ould .;jet together with the fabric eals sojiie 
times. They are 3. sivell bunch. 

Who can remeinber 'v*en — v.'asn't this place a :.iess a ivhlle back. Koxv look hov; clean 
and orderly the entire place is. Who says x^e aren't ;jrov;ing? 

V/here in heck is the inail roomV (Up in Engineering last time I looked — but had 
I better look twice? — Ed.) 

Did you knovj that one of om 
sv/ellest looking kidn. A boy anci 

Did you ever stand alongside 
you are??? 

With all these coupons , tickets, 
is in order: — 

P.B.X. ODarators 
'■ a gal. 
Of Capl 

is the proud niother of tijo of the 



and really realii 

iG V'hat a runt 

green st 



" 1 


U by 'Win Alderson 

Leading the field of social events 
during the past month, vjas the house 
wanning given by GEORGE U&J , LOGIL BEN- 

Gorgeously decorated with salnon 
gladiolas, spotlesslj'' olefin, perfectly 
arranged and lavishly scented '.vith 
"Tweed", (UNgraciously supplied by Dave), 
this eight bedroom bungalow gave the ap- 
pearance of the abode of three very par- 
ticular old maids rather than three not 
very particular young bachelors. 

Entertairmient was provided by local 
talent v;ith tlie exception of tv;elve m- 

ported but we won't talk about that. 

accomplished pianists, played intermit- 
tently while guests sang and GERRY 
WRIGHT and DAN BURi-ETT whistled. The 
latter 's v/histling of "Chloe" can even 
by r^nucrabered by the writer. 

Sound affects were cared for by DAYE 
BRACKEN until an unfriendly neighbor re- 
lieved hiiii of his duty. 

Among the highlights of the evening 
was the draraatic exit of ARNOID NORTHROP. 
This consumed the greater part of an 
hoiir and was enjoyed by everyone includ- 
ing Arnie. 

The reception v/as not only a howling 
and a raving success but also a tribute 
to the friendship held for the three 
boys by their fellovj workers. 

Under threat of self e^qjosure, I am 
prevented from further remarks. Oh why, 

why did I ever write that note or trip 

on that last step?? 

53, premiu};i.p, etc., ssems like this 

- 1 - 

Bill Jones was big and healthy 
Of his strength they often spoke, 
But his wife got couponitious 
And insisted that he suoke. 

- 2 - 
He didn't like tobacco 

She was vjell aware of that. 

But she told hisi 'twas the cheapest way 

To furnish up their flat. 

- 3 - 

So he started smoking stogies — 
Always had one in his trap. 
Each nite he bro't his coupons 
And laid them in her lap, 

- k - 
Nov/ and then he'd falter 
When he struck one very rank 

But his wife woiH-d al'.'/sys v/hisper 
T'is money in the bank. 

- 5 - 

Then he'd sink his teeth in deeper 

Stick to it if he choked. 

He knevj his health v/as going 

But he smoked, and smoked, and smoked. 

- 6 - 
He wasted to a shadow; 

His breath he could not catch. 

At last he grev/ so vieak, his \n.fe — 

She had to light the match. 

- 7 - 

One day he dropped unconscious. 
She knelt dovm by his side, 
"Only one more puff my dearest. 
Don't desert me noiu, " she cried. 

- 8 - 

"Just a few more puffs now dear; 
Wake up and start to pull, 
I've got to have the wash tubs. 
See, the books are almost full." 

_ 9 _ 

But Bill was past all hearing. 
The light had left his lamps. 
He'd started for a country 
I'/here they smoke, but get no stamps. 

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by V o Jo Park and Bob Close 

As I was unable to attend the Ryan Picnic--and undoubtedly there were several aiuuaing in- 
;idents which the rest of you have not heard — I do not feel I could do justice to them in 
L second-hand fashion Therefore, for this issue and several to follow, we'll have a "Round- 
tobin" affair. Oh, boy^ 

First on the bill is ROBERT CLOSE, the little man what prepares Service Bulletins. Bob 
las been with the Ryan Company for one year. His age is 26 (?) according to hiiUo He's an 
jligible bachelor: "Take over Bob," 

TOM DAVIDSON was having a sivell time at the picnic until 
,hose spots began to appear in the form of a red horse (with 
rings) It came racing dovm out of the sky and jumped over 
me hedge;, chased by a pink elephant After Tom lost the 2 
o 1 bet on the elephant he went over to congratulate the 
ockey of the Red Horse and instead of a jockey, it turned 
)ut to be a pilot, VJILLIAI'I T,- II^JI-IENSCHUH with his very ovm 
bought and paid for) airplane I think Bill had a lot of 
un racing around up there. Incidentally, I don't knov; 
hether Tom got rid of that pink elephant or not but later I 
;aw hiia leading surapin' around which looked nice to me Won-^^ 
ler how he felt about it? (Tom, you never told ne you v/ere' 
roubled that way -■ V J P ) 

You should have seen EARL KOPS and LBi DUNFSE and the 
'heelbarrow--they went by in such a cloud of dust I couldn't 
];ee whether the wheelbarrow vjas Earl, or Lew. No matter, 
jhey made second and won sumpin'- -(termite food). (For ivho? 
larl or Lew? - V J. P.) (continued on page 16) 


by Pat Kelly 

t * 3 none 

when this 
too good. 

diatribe is 
but by the time 


ublished in the Reporter, it's absolutely 
otten and the writer blushes at its sight 
n a final attempt to make it a bit inter- 
sting and more voluminous, the writc^" ur- 
•ently appeals to GOTTSCFj^LK and CUNDIFF of 
he other shifts for more than moral sup- 
ort However, Gottschalk's assistance may 
e delayed because of a fore.ign growth of 
ocie sort on his upper lip Vie trust a re- 
edy is soon affected 

Froiri sources deemed reliable, we 
ci^rn that the follov/ing will soon be added 
the factory safety rules; 

When tv7o move true 


or other vc- 

iclcs meet at an intersection of the aisles 
n the olant , both shall stop, and neither 
hall proceed until the otner nas passedo 

2 Men who are working on the overhead 
earns, including wire-ptillers, shall at all 
imes maintain a secure grip, or grasp, on 
he beams, braces or stays, with both hands, 
vjjeet oration is prohibited 

And that brings up a remarkable aspect of 
Lifiian nature. Nearly every day some of us 
angle from the angle iron that supports the 
oof,; .Je are quite careful not to let our- 

selves fall and not to let our tools fall on 
someone below^ yet when we ask those under- 
neath to move, v/e get a sour look Hemingway 
expresses it neatly with a capital 0. 

To the simple eyes of a pipe-fitter, the 
repair crexv, under the direction of FREEBORN 
and the able assistance of "GHOST" IffiBB, is 
having a bit of trouble assembling what it 
joyfully took apart , The shop is so littered 
with gears, bearings, shafts, castings and 
vuhat-not that v;e hardly have parking space in 
which to eat our frugal noon meal- My eye is 
set on a couple of shiny pieces in a far cor- 
ner they may have no use for 

Storekeeper BOB FISHBURN truly has a mag- 
nificent stock room nov;, and it's well kept, 
too But the finest thing about it is that 
one receives orompt service. 

CORNELIUS iS the chap who can -,ake xt and 
still coLie up grinning Approximately three 
months ago he joined us, and approximately,^ 
tv/o months and 30 days ago he was assigned to 
what is hypothetical!:/ termed a -'salt bath". 
Solution of the intricate problem is just a~ 
round the corner. Says Gorney, "If we could 
just find the corner.:" 


lads, it's nice to get up in the 

mornin', but it's nicer to lie in your bed„ 

- 13 


50 yard race for boys up to 12 years: 

1. Ralph Euckner 3. Morrian Finan 

2, Shannon Long 

50 yard race for boys 12 to I5 years: 

1. Francis hueller 3. Doug Gee 

2. Charles Hinson 

50 yard race for women: 

1. Patricia GiLuon 3. Velma Lov; 

2, Phyllis lleir 

P.ollinj Pin Contest for wonen over 30: 

1. Ruby Pur'due 3. txri'>. Graraenco 

2. Lulu Scholes 

50 yard race for girls up to 12 years: 
l.Hertrice Esterdahl 2. Martha Palraer 

50 yard race for girls 12 to 18 years: 
1. Lois Purdue 2, Pat Long 

50 yard race for Ken; up to 45 years: 

1, Gil Lefebre 3. Norm Edwards 

2. Bill Fiillmer 

50 yard race for menj past 45 years: 

1. Dick Flarety 3. Don Flack 

2, Elmer Humphrey 

Rolling Fin Contest for (?omen under 30: 

1. Ann Bealss 3. l^cmn. HcCoy 

2, Itrs. Poison 4. lirs. H. liont- 


Shoe race for men and boys under 30: 

1. Tilden Barr 3. Rudy Reese 

2. D'Leshe 4. B. C. Purdue 

Shoe Race for women and girls: 

1, Patricia Gottschalk 3. Carol Kull- 


2, Mary Gaminco 4. Doris Dixon 

Egg tossing contest for men and boys: 
1. Lee Arrig and Leonard Olsen 

Egg tossing contest for wcs:-ien and girls: 
1. Mrs. Saltzer and i-'Irs. D'Leshe 

Sack race for boys and girls 

1. Clara Wilder 2, Earl Finan 

Ball throv?ing contest-vjomen over 30: 
1. Kay Esterdahl 2. Ruby Pitrdue 

_^_____-i?^7','' UlOhAf, r' Ball throwing for women and girls 
V^'- 0> Q ^'"' uT' under 30: 

....^^^,^>.^^^~ .-»-- -.- . 1. June Underwood 3. lileanor Croote 

mo re Front Vievjs and Profi les 

and the Ford Motor Co. At Ford he was 
chief inspector for six and one-half 
years and was head of tiie motor pressed 
steel department. 

V/hilo there, 


also worVced with John 

Findler in the experiraental stage of the 
famous Liberty motor. He remarked about 
the three-eighths steel cylinders they 
had and claims that some of them are 
still in active service. In San Diego 
he worked in the city police garage as a 
service man, then took full charge of 
the San Diego Union-Tribune Garage. Be- 
ing an expert mechanic and experienced 
in the v/orld of business Walsh bought 
the Sixth Street Garage and was so sue- 
de ssful that he invested hi a eai^nings in 

2. Estelle Sanchez 

two retail liquor establisiiments, one in 
Ocean Beach and the other in La Jolla. 
He later sold his interests in San Diego 
and v;ent into the wholesale novelty bus- 
iness in Reno, Nevada, but after some 
very unfortunate reverses he gave it up 
and caiae back to San Diego. Walsh is 
lead man in the small i^arts department. 

"Happy" does some very extensive All- 
/unerican hunting including mountain 
lions and bobcats. His favorite sports 
are baseball and hockey. Five feet ele- 
ven inches, I65 pounds, blue eyes, brovm 
hair and streaks of gray, he carries 
hiiaself like a soldier and has the pep 
of a youngster. 

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14 - 

Well folks, here I is again, back from 
the land of hail and rain. CARL THOMAS 
is making the same trip. I thought I 
saw him just this side of Phoenix but I 
guess I was mistaken. There '.va,3 a tan 
burro this side of Phoeaijc and I vrved 
but it never vfaved back so I ^^uess it 
virasn't Carl. 

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What all the orders on the backlog 
for manifolds, those GOLD BRICK Ti/JINS 
SI'IITH are getting so many stacks piled 
around that you can't tell one from the 
other unless one of them i:).oves. 

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Well I see our friei-ids SLDi "COW" BOY" 
taking their vacation to^:ether. It 
will give the Coi'j Boy a chance to 
break that new steed of his to ride 
double. And it will give Ray a 
chance to see how the other half of 
the world lives. I don't knov; how 
the plant vdll get along without them, 
but they say if anything important 
comes up the company can send for 
them. Boy, did you ever! 

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Yep, that's right, it should go to 
our own T. C.'" "PAPPY" RYAN for the 
swell picnic. It vjas a grand show 
and everyone enjoyed themselves to 
the limit ( some even went ovei- the 
limit). It v;ould take me a week to 
name all the crowd as I have a heck 
of a time trying to write on this 
thing anyway. But '-ve do thank you, 
MR. RYiil! for a s^'/ell time, 


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WORLD 'mAS. I see our friend RID 
"ROUND TIE WORID" MAM-IOCK has returned 
home. We hope you had a swell trip 
Red. It's furjiy how those no good Fords 
(Note: this statement about Fords does 
not reflect the views of my sponsor) 
will take you there and bring you back, 
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I see AL "NUBBIN" \\7I^^ has put a 
stripe on lus car and right dovm the cen- 
ter and real wide. When asked ivhy he 
made such a wide one, he says, and I 
quote, "The darned thing goes so fast 
that it tries to fly so I figured the 
air pressiire on the top of the stripe 
vjould hold it down." Unquote, Yes sir, 
that guy Weber is sure a wizard when it 
comes to AjIlRO-DrilANIACS. 


me, another nite, 
see vi/hat's cookin' . 

DEN" BUPiNIGTT is going on his vacation. 

Well, I guess I will 
Darn, I don't see why 
they don't leave some of this stuff ahead. 
Wonder when Butch will get back. Boy, if 
they get much more work piled up around this 
cabinet blast, we'll have to put JONES on a 
high chair to see him. Hot dog, there is 
the dinner bell and boy ara I hungry! 

That Personnel Department is sure all right. 
I never got better cooperation. It doesn't 
take J-IARCO long to do things. Wonder if the 
fellows appreciate the things that are done 
for them when it is necessary. 

Wonder if WAGNER will print this? Sure is a 
crazy idea. SLDi and his fan mail! Boy, 
v;hat won't he think of next? Boy, did BECKER 
bite on that joke. Wonder if they will ever 
get the sand blast cabinets built. 

It sure seems f unn-y not to see BURNETT aroiond, 

Fiiss his regular hello. Wonder if he is 

. sick. By golly that guy BENNETT is sure on 

It seems that >iR3. Di'jmilL was born in j his toes, I don't believe there is anything 

Scotland and raised in Vancouver, j he misses. 

(Note: All Scots go to Vancouver to j _ 

be raised.) So naturally Hrs. Daniel i ^ thought this guj^ COPOCK ivas a welder but I 

guess he is a floor v/alker. Here comes that 
WEBliE. Bet a nickle he wants a chev/ of 
snoose, BUTCH is sure on the proxvl tonight — 
things must not be going just right. Boy are 
my feet ever killing me. 

wants to take hirfi to let the Vancouv- 
erans see hoiv local, girl made good. 
3, I'lrs, Burnett, we do mean this as 

We thinl': you did right 

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a compliment. 


Boy, THAR SHE BLOWS and will I sleep tonight! 


FRED THUDIUM ("Kinky" for short) vjas 
there ivith soiae charrala<j cornpany. I dare 
say, Fred, must one dress so formal for 
a picnic? (Impersonal and all th?t sort 
of rot. - V.J. P.) 

LEW DUNFEE was hr.ving his usual good 
time and as usual he never lives to knov^ 
whether it was good or not. (He should 
live so long! - V.J. P.) 

I think the Engineers on the rope 
during the "tug-a-war" contest deserve a 

lot of credit for trj^ing, anjn'Jayl (Too 

m\ich brain — not enough brawn. - V.J. P.) 

As for me, I'll stick to the more 
strenuous contests — golf. Yen, I shot a 
50, (Yeah, 5O ft.) Hy first drive 
drouled, my second dribbled, so I gave 
up (frankly spealcing, I was eliir.inated) . 
Funny but on the golf driving range I 
can really hit 'em 200 yai-ds or more — 
(maybe a 100 at least). I guess it's 
just that before a crov/d (there were ten 
or more) one is ner^wous and one loses 
his aim). Well, that is as good as any 
I can think of 1 {liy you've got a long 
cirm. - V.J. P.) 

LEONARD GORE was there wltli his bosom 
companion, "Betsy" for those not ac- 
quainted witli her, she is a camera. Hope 
you got a lot of nice pictur-es, Leonard! 
(Betsy, a camera? That ain't the way I 
heard it. - V.J. P.) 

EDDIE BAUI'iGARTEN tried his hand in 
everything, (all the contests, I mean), 
and I might even mention more, but all I 
can say is if whistling v/ith a peep has 
anything to do vdth his pep — ^ceep vjiiist- 

AL CROOKS had a good time I'm sure. 
His wife and children were all there, 
and they were alxvays loolcing for hlii. 
For a vjhile I wondered if he v;as hiding 
from them, until I sav: his wife, and 
from the looks of her, v.'ell, if he "/ants 
to hide O.K. I'll gladly take over. 

(That's something I missed. - V.J.P 


the fun 

QOFDOli xvasn't 
as he has been 

tliere to enjoy 
in the hospital 

under observation, 
back soon, 
vsish him. a 
ly, Frank, 
lag those 
there. I 

Here's hoping he is 
And I'm sure all the gang 
speedy recovery. Incidental- 
did you see BOB EVANS follow- 
nurses around while you were 
hear tell he's been there 30 
often, visitors use him as a guide. (Wg 
all agree to this. - V.J.P.) 

I have to take a chance on this one, 

so if I fail well, the Army is alivays 

arucious to know my date of departure. 
(Somebody thinks of me, anyivay, ) Our 
Chl^^f Engineer has been going around 

with a patch over his eye and could it 

be well doors do get in one's vJay, 

Oh! I just found out it wasn't a door. 
Seriously, v;e all wish hiia a speedy re- 

LYLE CHRIST5NSEN said the picnic was 
all right but cou].dn't understand where 
he got the headache. (Don't be so mod- 
est' - V.J.P.) 

IRVIN DICKENS just came bade from a 
fight with a pneumonia geriTi. We are most 
happy he vifcn. 

TOM NE.'ffiNS anchored the Engineering 
team during tlie tug-of-war contest and 



jd, but don't make it sound like a he's been bent like one ever since. Ser- 

tea kettle tiine on the first syllable of 
each V'/ord, 1,'hat is it, a vjar cry? 

HUGH HOBART vJas standing beside a 
beautiful young lady and when I asked 
him to introduce me, he says "to v;hom?". 
Sa^jTs I, "Why have you been standing be- 
side her all this tii^e?" Says he, "To 
get out of the sun," (is liis face red!) 
He's so sensitive 
stand he v^ears a 
beach. (Girls have 

to the su.n, I under- 

racoon coat at the 

the saJiie effcct-VJp) 

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Incidentally, Bob, you've done a swell 
epitaphs and vaj ad-libs is the fact that: 
scribed as "demon drivers" in th 

j.ously, we needed more like hirri on the 

The real reason for JACK PARK not do- 
ing his ahem, regular stint in this 

coluRin is not the second-hand informa- 
tion gag but, being very close to the 
time vjhen the long-legged bird v'ill be 
appearing at his home. Jack cannot keep 
his mind on any subject longer than 5 
minutes, other than the one of, "Shall 
we call him Virgil,, Alphonso, etc. — ". 
(Leave your name out of this,-V. J.P. ) 
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job. One more thing I might add to your 
last issue have both been fomially presented v^ith 

courtesy cards to attend city tr-affic court to settle a trifling matter of running 
stop signs. Cooper said he --vouldn't have accepted the citation except that the po- 
liceman v/as so big. Greenberg v;as just meek al^out it. WE TOLD YOll SO! 
Goodbye navs, as v;e walk out the window and turn to the left. 

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itsi inntiis CHiisf 

by Tommy Hixsoa 

For some unknovm reason Bill i^agner and I got foolish enough to risk our necks by of 
ering to- judge a Ryan Camera Club photographic contest held Wednesday, Septem.ber 
rd, in the Photographic Arts Building in Balboa Park. 

The fact that we are both alive and in apparent good health today is evidence either 
hat our judging wasn't too far off the beam or that we are missing our calling by not join- 
ng the diplomatic service 

Be that as it may, the Engineering Department 
made a clean sweep of the competition — both for 
black and white prints and for Kodachrome transpar- 
encies The amateur movie crown also went to an 
engineer Ralph Haver~-by default Seems that Ralph 
vjas called out of town on business and vjas unable 


by 2arl £, Byrdman 

Many of the new members are getting 
n extra flying time v;hile some of the 
ang are on their vacations : CARL 
TOMS is in Denver 5 DALE FARIS is in 
ndiana "BUTCH" KSITH and FRi\M FLINN 
DO 5 are on their vacations., JACK GAGE 
s back after having (of all things) 
rie mumps. 

In the meantime the following fli- 
cs are keeping the ships in the air; 
Lying to Long Beach next week in 
irge's Aeronca Chief, combining bus- 
ies s v;ith pleasure (chiefly the lat- 
iT, I suspect) 

Ue have so many new fliers now that 


'CE are eating their lunches while 

.ying All students must xvear goggles 

I keep egg-shells and piecrusts out 

' their eyes I've worn a helmet ever 

jice I landed vjith my ears full of 

imon meringue pie 


IjlDINI are out of the primary class 

rw That " s v«hy you always see them. 

V th toothpicks Personally, I'll pass 

u the soup course We've installed a 

:lw two-way radio in the flight office 

J we can keep track of our secretary 


Jeriously, many aircraft workers 

wo have been v/anting to get into the 

a;r for a long time, can now realize 

tjeir ambitions at a cost within their 

itans- If you'd like to fly, talk to 

ako of the members 

You ought to see the nev/ flying 
cket that VINC BENBENNICK brought 
ck from Mexico It makes him look 
like Sanchez the Bandit— SANCHEZ VERY- 

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~ 17 

to shovj his film, vjhich, hovjever, he must exhibit 
at the next meeting or give ud the silver-plated 
■. . vfn. 

Lc W "hac" Gattreil v;as the winner of the Koda- 
chrome division with a beautiful color shot of the 
Serra Museum in Presidio Park, while Bill Keller 
won hands dovjn in the black and white division with 
his very amusing and aptly titled "Mr, Chips"--a 
swell character study of a poker player ; Incident- 
ally, Mrs K is responsible for the title.. 

Second place in the Kodachrome clasa, and by a 
very narrow margin, went to Leonard Gore for an ex- 
cellent study of the lily pond in Balboa Park, 
while Bob Johnson romped home in third place in 
this interesting group v;ith a fine color shot of 
Lake Tenaya at Yosemite 

The Kodachrome division was especially interest- 
ing for the large showing of really excellent ?;ork, 
and wide variety of subjects.: Ray Pyle contributed 
some beautiful outdoor color shots made at Yosemite, 
In addition Ray shov;ed a fine transparency made on 
the University of California campus, but this shot 
was not entered in the competition, A black and 
white of the same subject earned special comment in 
that division 

Possibly the most interesting Kodachrome of the 
evening vjas a magnificent sunset picture xvhich was 
greatly enhanced in interest by steel rails gleam- 
ing a brilliant red in the late evening light , This 
shot v;as not entered, but should certainly rate 
high in any contest 

Second award in the black and white competition 
also 'vvent to Bill Keller, for a study of a typical 
California public building^ while Ray Pyle took 
third with a softly lighted picture of the Campanile 
on the campus of the University of California at 

The judges v;ere inclined to feel that as a group 
the Ryan Camera Club has advanced considerably far- 
ther ?Jith their Kodachrome work than with black and 
white, but we certainly had ourselves a swell even- 
ing criticizing someone else's work for a change. 

Incidentally the company photographic department 
furnished the prize awards v-hich were 16x20 enlarg- 
( continued on page 21) 




r* /^ 

1 p n r 


V&i. J. van den Akker 


This is Part I of tv/o ps.rts of an 
informative article concerning one 
of the most important processes en- 
countered in aircraft construction. 
Part II vdll appear in a later is- 


Before consider- 
ing the welding of 
aircraft parts and 
assemblies, let us 
examine the v/elding 
by itself, and con- 
sider the changes 
which take place 
within a metal vjhen 
it is subjected to a 
temperature suffi- 
ciently high to pro- 
duce a molten condition. 

As heat is applied to a piece of metal 
the freedom (molecular) within the metal 
increases. This freedom may be consid- 
ered as a function of the temperature. 
Any strains in the area being heated are 
liberated, the raetal expands, and as the 
molten condition is reached we no longer 
have a solid material, but we are now 
dealing with a liquid. 

An increase in the temperature to the 
melting point generally results in an 
increase in the size of the crystalline 
structure, and most important, we now 
have, instead of a v/r ought alloy, A CAST 
STRUCTURE . Now we come to the important 
consideration of v; el ding; nairicly, im- 
mediately after the welding operation, 
the weld metal is a cast structure. As 
such it is entirely different from the 
wrought structure. 

Should Vie nov; allow this metal to 
cool sloxvly down to temperature we 
will find that the crystalline structure 
is irregular, that the grain structure 
is large, that thermal stresses have 
been set up, and that the strength of 
the weld metal is often belovj that of 
the base material 'which has been welded. 

Very often imperfections are evident, 
such as entrapped oxides, (these may be 
caused by oxidation at the high tempera- 
ture required to melt the metal, or be 
in the form of Liipurities due to im- 
proper cleaning before v;elding), poros- 
ity, blow holes, inclusions, ar^ segre- 
gation. Even under ideal conditions the 
average weld is far frora perfect. This 
is borne out in that design allowables 
permit the vield to carry only 80^ of the 
load vrhich the base metal is allowed to 

In the case of Oxy-Acetylene vjeldlng 
we should first examine v/hat occurs vJhen 
the torch is lighted and burning. The 
Acetylene burns in an atmosphere of Oxy- 
gen, and we may state this as follows: 
2C2H2 / 5O2 4CO2 / 2H2O plus heat. 

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Or, two parts Acetylene 
plus five partvS Oxygen 
yield four parts Carbon 
Dioxide plus two parts 
\vater, heat being liber- 
ated as a function of 
the chemical reaction, 
This shov/s that if the 
chemical reaction goes 
to completion, the pro- 
ducts of combustion a,re 
a gas (Carbon Dioxi'ie) 
and water (vapor). Should we have an 
excess of Acetylene, we shall have an 
excess of Carbon as one of the products 
of combustion xvith the result that v;e 
will be introducing an excess of CAPIBOK 
directly into the metal during vjelding. 

Conversely, if we have an excess of 
Oxygen, we have the reverse of the above 
v/ith the result that the molten is sever- 
ly oxidized during the welding operation 
and some of the Carbon in the base metal 
^vill combine with the excess Oxygen to 
form Carbon Dioxide with the result that 
the base metal will have a burned appear- 
ance, and be decarburiaed. Technically, 
the former condition is termed a REDUC- 
ING FLAME, v;hile the latter is called an 

In general, neither of the above de- 
scribed conditions is suitable for air- 
craft v/elding. The desired condition is 
termed a NEUTR.'J. FLAlffi. This consists of 
molecular quantities of Acetylene and 
0::ygen which v/ill combine producing only 
heat. Carbon Dioxide and v/ater, the last 
two of which are chemically inert insofar 
as the weld metal is concerned. 

Assuraing the conditions of a neutral 
flaiTie and proper sized tip for the gage 
material to be welded, we are confronted 
v/ith the problem of what type of material 
vje are about to weld. Naturally a plain 
carbon steel will not offer the same 
problems as Xi|.130 (Chrome-molybdontmi)' 
steel. nor will it be the same as vjelding 
Stainl.ess (Nickel-Chromiura) steel. It 
follov/s therefore that a knowledge of 
the material itself is essential. With a 
knowledge of the material we are about 
to weld, the selection of the welding 
rod we will use is a relatively simple 

In- the v/elding of Chrome-molybdenum 
steel, much trouble has been encountered 
due to cracks resulting after the metal 
has cooled. This can be overcome to a 

large extent by pre-h eating. 

(continued on page 20) 


by Carli fi Gros s a nd Genevieve Boyer 


Oh me! Oii my I Don't knov; why Carlie 
and I were elected this time to write 
the "Ryanettes". Mo fooling, it puts me 
at a terrible disadvantage because Pat 
Kregness has done such a sivell job of 
it. We think in the future she should 
inherit the job permanently as there is 
no one else here that we can think of 
that can put the nex^s across as vjell as 

Speaking of Pat, the front office's 
loss is the factory office's gain. We 
sure do miss her but are glad to get 
flying glimpses of her occasionally. 

What a sick list we have to report 
this issue. What's the matter, girls, 
too much vacation? So you can't take it, 
huh? We're sm-prised or are we? 

ADELAIDE SMITH is looking too per- 
fectly ducky in her brand nev; cast and 
she's wearing absoluteljr the last word 
in crutches. Seems she stepped off a 
streetcar on a dark night and landed in 
the biggest hole in the street. 

ELEANOR HOWE is in the hospital at 
the present writing but we hope to have 
her back soon. We do miss these girls 
and hope this present epidemic of acci- 
dents, etc. is almost over. 

RUTH BOUEN, for lack of something 
else to do, fell trying to answer Mr. 
Rigley's phone, along with doing a half 
a dozen other things, and the poor child 
fractured her back. So we v/on't be see- 
ing her for a while. Chin up, Ruth, we 
are all pulling for you. 

Can't leave JANE ROBERTS out of this 
list. She also fell and is wearing a 
cute little bandage on her knee. 



Speaking of sick lists, let me take 
this opportunity of thanking all of tlie 
Ryanettes for the beautifal bouquet I 
received when I was under the v;eather 
recently (yes, the Boyer was hit with 
the epidemic too). It was mighty 
thoughtfiju. of you ,:Tirls and I really did 
appreciate the fact that I was missed. 

rATiEAIlA SKEPHARD of Accounting now 
ansxvers to the name of Barbara Fry. Al- 
so, UiE FLSI'ilNG, secretary in Mr. Moon- 
ei't's office had a "sense of Yuma" so 
she made a trip to the place and nov/ she 
is Mrs. Reese, if you please. 

V.'hat handsome engineer is casting 
those yearning glances to'wards JANET 
ROSE? Could it be that it's because 
she's from Brooklyn? We're watching you, 
Engineer, so look out. Also, new up in 
Production Planning is CELIA LA KOIN 
PATTON from Moline, Illinois. We must 
have a national representation among the 
Ryanettes by now. Gracing Mr. Breder's 
office is JEAN COI'IPTON who just recently 
joined forces with us. (Jean was Bre- 
der's secretary in the good 'ole days — 
Ed,) If we've missed any of the new 
girls, please forgive us and remember 
they come so fast and furious, it's a 
job to keep up with them. 

Speaking of the picnic, and who isn't 
speaking of the picnic, wasn't it per- 
fectly grand? We're all for Del Mar for 
future gi.therings and appreciate the 
courtesy of being able to use it. And 
orchids to IJiRRY GIBSON for the swell 
job he did. That boy certainly worked 
to put it across, along with his many 
co-workers, and they really deserve a 
big hand. 

Confidentially, those girls who 
brought outside aircfaft v.'orkers to the 
picnic aren't fifth columnists. They 
just wanted to make them admit that Ryan 
could give the best picnics ever. They 

V/hy don't you gals up in Production 
Planning give us a tip on v;hat you're 
doing from time to time? It's hard to 
get up there to gather the gossip but 
any hints will be appreciated. 

Hasta manana, amigos, and don't for- 
get the next luncheon at Topsys vfill 
celebrate some more birthdays, weddings 
and what have you. But the next issue 
will describe that luncheon in detail. 

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The whiae of midget gas engines, the .whir of miniature 

plane propellers, the jTietallic chatter of model railroad 
trains pro\'lde music to the ears of more than 2,250,000 
Americans. Last year, approxunately 2,000,000 model air- 
planes were tui-ned out by amateurs in the United States. 
Nearly a quarter of them were pov;ered by gasoline engines. 
The other 1,500,000 depended on conventional rubber-band 
motors. In recent months, the trend in model-plane build- 
ing, naturally has been tovjc-ird military ships. 0ns eastern 
araateur has a fleet of 15 gas jobs, each equipped v; its 


own poiver plant. 

aircraft welding contd. 

The preheating of the metal imparts 
sufficient heat into the metal to prevent 
a rapid chilling of the deposited v;eld 
metal, and further |.)ermits of a broader 
spread of thermal stresses. If facili- 
ties are available, controlled cooling 
will in all probability eliiriinate a great 
many of the difficolties. 

In the gas vjelding of Chrorae^molybden- 
um steel it must be remembered that if a 
high strength bond is required, an alloy 
filler rod will be necessary. It is at 
this point that difficulties are encount- 
ered. Many aircraft companies have so 
designed their Chrome-molybdenum steel 
fittings as to permit them to use a mild 
steel filler rod during vjelding. This 
eliminates a good deal of the troubles 
encountered vjith an aLloy filler rod. 

Having welded the laaterial, we are 
confronted with two pieces of wrought 
material united with a metal of cast 
structure. Stress relief in the form of 
NOroiALIZING will remove the th'ermal 
stresses set up during v;elding-, and HEAT 
TREATi-EIJT can be used to refine the 
grain structure of the metal, v/ith a re- 
sultant increase in the physical proper- 

So far we have made no mention of 
FLUXES that are used in the x«felding oper- 
ation. A flux is used to clean the me- 
tal during welding, to float impurities 
to the s^irface, and to act as a blanket 
to prevent the metal from being oxidized 
during vjelding. The reader's attention 
is called to the fact that a raise in 
temperature generally causes an increase 
in chemical reactions, and that this in- 
crease in chemical action is proportion- 
al to the increase in temperature. It 
is for this reason that molten metal 
must be protected from the Oxygen of the 
air during vj el ding. 

Similar air-cooled engines arc being used 
in stre.ofilined miaiature racing cars. 

In all }.iart3 of the coiantry, model 
railroading is as active ss ever. Lump- 
ing together the "tinplaters", v;ho buy 
their equipment ready-made and the "model 
railroaders", viho make theirs to scale, 
there are appro:d.mately 250,000 ninia- 
tiu'-e-train enthusiasts in the' United 
States. Last year they spent $11,000,000 
for new electric trains alone. The aver- 
age model railroader spends about 03 a 
week on his hobby. More than 100,000 of 
these hobbyists are said to have equip- 
ment that is v;orth 04OO or more 

more about Frank Hoonert 

Ford's publicity man Leroy Pallatier, 
started out on a route making tour. They 
were flying an Army D.Ii. and Stin son's 
Jimkers. They left St. Joseph for Kan- 
sas City after making preliminary ar- 
rangements to have the Kansas City field 
lighted Viith a smudge pot at each of its 
four corners. 

It seems that everj^one in Kansas City 
decided to burn their trash that night. 
After using up all of their gas trying 
to decide xvhich siaudges marked the air- 
port they finally picked out four likely 

looking ones and landed but not on 

the airport. Fran): swears that the field 
they came dovm on was actually a better 
one than the airport. 

In 1935, Moonert was transferred to 
the new Consolidated plant, here in San 
Diego. He carried on the grief laden 
duties of an XTmy Inspector there iKitil 
1937 when he was transferred to the North 
Araerican plant at Inglewood, When Ryan 
started building airplanes in a big way, 
the Army sent F.T. down to us to perform 
the seldom appreciated, but highly bene- 
ficient, rites of Air Corps Representa- 

Editorially, we'll add that Frank is 
certainly appreciated around here and 
has helped us out of some spots. 

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Photo Con- 
test Win^ 
ners Chosen 

ments from flight negatives in the company files. Winners selected 
their prizes from a group of a dozen flight pictures which vrere ex- 
hibited, and the f orEiation picture u'hich appeared in Flying Reporter 
tv/o issues ago to be the outstanding favorite. 

If and when we company photographers can get up otir nerve we'll en- 
ter soiTie of our work in coiapetition, but want it distinctly understood 
V7ith the judges that we'd better be placed no vrorse than third or we're 
apt to find someone else looking for our jobs, 

Kay Larkin arrived a bit late to preside at the laeeting but was 
forgiven inasiauch as he war, calling on Krs. L. who v;as stil.l at the 
hospital with the new "Lcirkin" production model. 

more of 



tl-iat he could even sing like one of Bing's horses. But no wonder, 
Crosby's horses have ti"ainers. 

SAM SAIIA and MP lIILlJiR tried to bury each other's head in the 
sand like tulip bi-J-bs during one of the races. And then there v.'ere 
those "Ten Knights in the Barroom"~JBIMIE KEBSLTHAU, "KE/jPIE" BECKER, 
IIALLOTT, JiRRY COHN.'l.LY, and LOU SCHAFFER. There was one thing I did 
miss — EULA i-iAR.TIN's green hat luith the orange feather. 

Well if I live to be a million, I hope I never have the misfor- 
tune to miss a Ryan picnic* 


more EDDIE WOLBACH tells us that he has access to a place where deer 

hunting is , set-up. For fu].l particulars, contact Eddie v;ho is sta- 
Manifold tioned at the second welding stand frora t.he flux bench on the inside 
row. Incidentally, he v/orks the first shift. 

JACK CHESS, half pint strong man of the manifolds, declares his 
young son informed him that he could expect to retire any day now as 
it is his intention to replace his old man on the jigs. 

A general increase in the terp.po of the hammers is noted as our de- 
partment gets back to full production again. We take this opportunity 
to welcome back several of the fellov/s who have been helping out in 
other departments for the past fsv'i weeks. 

It was noticed that the morning of the opening of deer season, BOB GARDNER and a 
few of the boys vjere conspicuous by their absence. Good hunting. Bob? 
AROUND THE CIRCUIT PANGHO of the Drop Hammer en- 
tertaining the boys at l\inch time with tall tales of 
hunting in the hills of Mexico. 
MEL LADROOT hobbling around 
flux in his shoe. s^ / 
STEVE 3TEVENIN searching about for a move cart to J 
tote his few small parts from his bench to the -welder. 
JI14 C03TELL0 smearing grease on his guillotine. 
JOHN MacGUIRE .■'. Igu^-ing out the length of his check 
each payday. 

LOU "SAFE CRACKER" SCHAFFER cracking up his Ford 
again safely and being able to walk avray from it. 

ME trying to figure out a v/ay to vfrite this column. 
FLASH ! ! I Reports from several sources fil- 
tered in that LARRY GIBSON was forced to smoke his 
own cigarettes at the picnic Sunday as no one seemed 
to have his particular brand. Certainly was tough on 
the home team! 

as the resiiit of hotf-'^- 



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M P A N Y 


Vol, 2 No, 7 



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NO. 7 

keep 'cm flying 

October 17, 1941 


Every one of us recognizes the fundamental importance to any man 
of equipping tiimself with all possible technical knowledge and skill 
pertaining to the industry or profession in which he is employed. 

Airplane manufacturing is a highly technical industry and one with 
a tremendous future ahead of it. The men equipped with the best tech- 
nical knowledge and skill will play the most important part in its fur- 
ther development and will profit by the opportunities that their ability 
makes available to them. 

The men employed in the industry who have the ambition and energy 
to improve their knowledge and increase their ability by additional 
training are, of course, the ones any one of us would choose as those 
who will benefit most by the opportunities available. 

These are general facts that apply to any men in any airplane fac- 
tory, but I am thinking particularly of the men in our own organization. 
There will continually be opportunities for the men who are willing to 
study, who stay with it and prepare themselves for these greater respons- 
ibilities. It is definitely to the company's interest to do anything 
it can to help its own men to obtain additional training. 

With this purpose in mind, a training plan which is adaptable to 
men actively employed is being sponsored by the company. A description 
of it will be found elsewhere in this issue of the FLYING REPORTER. It 
is my hope that many employees will investigate the courses available 
and take advantage of this means to obtain valuable training along the 
lines in which they are interested. 

The company has agreed to pay one half the tuition and equipment 
costs for any of these courses for which its employees desire to enroll 
and show suitable qualifications to undertake. 

Consideration is being niven also to an arrangement for the company 
to provide certain awards to those making the highest grades in any given 
course. The details of this arrangement arc not yet definite and when 
worked out will be introduced in the FLYING REPORTER later on. 





Training courses sponsored and in part financed by the company for the benefit of 
its workers are now available to qualified Ryan employees in order that they may, in 
their spare time, prepare for advancement in various fields of aviation work^ Here is 
a real opportunity for ambitious employees to equip themselves to accept more respons- 
ible posi t ions! 

Details of the plan, which calls for home-study instruction using texts developed 
by leading industry technicians, have been worked out by Ernie Moore, assistant factory 
superintendent, with a newly organized affiliate of the Ryan 5chool of Aeronautics which 
will handle the training program. 

Under terms of the training agreement, the employee will pay only a $2cOO weekly 
instruction fee, with the Ryan company, upon recommendation of the factory superintend- 
ent or his assistant, contributing a like amount to defray the costs of training, pro- 
viding the student shows possibilities of being upgraded to work of higher classifica- 
tion. To facilitate handling, payroll deductions will be arranged., 

Five courses of study are offered: 






Although it will be necessary for em- 
ployees to enter into a training agreement 
with the Ryan Aeronautical Institute, the 
finance plan is so liberal and the con- 
ditions so fair that no one need hes i tat e 
in enrolling for the instruction because 
of fear of becoming involved with an em- 
barrassing financial obligation. T. Claude 
Ryan endorsed the training program only 
when satisfied that employees would not 
be in any way burdened in enrolling for 

These important features of the agree- 
ment assure Ryan workers that their best 
interests will be completely protected. 

1. There is no down payment or regis- 
tration fee for Ryan employees. 
Others taking similar courses must 
pay a $30.00 registration fee. 

2. The courses are available to Ryan 

employees onl y 





c ost 

others have 


pay since 
amount eq 


to that 

paid by you. 

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3. Training may be discontinued at any 
t ime on written notice without fur- 
ther financial obligation. 

4. The faster you absorb the training, 
the less it wiy cost you, thereby 
giving a premium to the ambitious 
student. For example, if by dili- 
gent appi i cat i on you can compl ete the 
Aircraft Construct ion andMai ntenance 
course in 20 weeks, instead of 30 
weeks, it will cost you only $40.00 
instead of $60o00. 

For the benefit of those employees who 
feel Aircraft Construction and Maintenance 
to be too basic a subject to require review 
in the Aeronautical Drafting and Eng ineer ing 
Course (of which it is a part) special ar- 
rangements ha,ve been made to offer the bal- 
ance of the work in a Special Drafting and 
Engineering Course at a reduced price. This 
special course is aval 1 abl e only to Ryan em- 

Engineering training will be found of 
great benefit even by men who may not ex- 
pect to enter the engineering field, for it 







BOOK T— rrpcs or AincRAn 


Introduction, History, Enumeration of Surfaces. 
Monoplane Bracing. Biplanes, Biplane Bracing. 
Operation Classification and Military Planes. Me- 
chanics. Aeronautical Mechanics. Measurement. 
Time, English and Metric Systems, Mass. Volume. 
Distance. Forces, Law of Gravity. Acceleration. 
Density, Work. Horse Power, Velocity. Poundal 
and Dyne, and Momentum. Kinetics. Potential En- 
ergy. Centrifugal Force, Gyroscopic Force. Inertia. 
Motion. Action and Reactions, Levers. Angles, 
Parts of a Circle. Uses of Angles, Pythagorean 
Theorem. Functions of an Angle, and Parallel Liae 
Cut by a Transversal, 


Aerodynamics, Problems of Mechanics, Lilt ard 
Drag. Development of Lift, Negative Pressure. 
Center of Pressure Travel, Aspect Ratio, Coeffi- 
cients. Basic Pressure Formula, Camber, Com- 
parative Pressures, and Reduction of Dra^ Four 
Forces on Aircraft. Center of Gravity, Axis of 
Aircraft. Wind Tunnel Testing. Wing Section 
Graphs, Lift Coefficient. Drag Coefficient, Center 
Pressure Location, Law of Fluid Flow, Lilt and 
Speed Calculation. Cruising Speed, Laws of Pres- 
sure, Wing Section Layout. Method of Control. 
The Fuselage. Directional Control, Longitudinal 
Control. Lateral Control, Control and Stability, 
Lateral Stability, Forces Acting Relative to Di- 
hedral, Horizontal Equivalent. Angle of Attack. 
Longitudinal Dihedral. Sweepback. 


Slick and Wire, Reasons for use of Wood, Disad- 
vantages of Wood Construction, Stick and Wire 
Fuselage Construction, Nomenclature, Tensioning 
Methods. Safctying of Turnbuckles, Double Safety, 
Other Methods of Tensioning. Fuselage Align- 
ment. Establishing Bay of Reference, Application 
to other types. Repair of Stick and Wire. Bicycle 
Construction. Welded Steel Tube Construction, 
Materials for Body Construction, S.A.E. Steel 
Classification, Other Materials in Use, Warren 
Truss. Types of Tubing, Preservation of Steel 
Tube Members, Disadvantages of Steel Tube 
Structures. Formed Structural Members, Extruded 
Parts, Castings. Forcings, Monocoquc Construc- 
tion, Semi-Monocoquc. Wood Semi-Monocoque. 
Pressed Plywood, Metal Monocoque. Methods of 
ForminR. Cone Rolling, Plastics. Gcodetics. 


Problems of Design. Structural Elements, Attach- 
ment Methods. Function of Ribs, Drag Forces, 
Drai; Struts, Drag and Anti-Drag Fittings, Form- 
ing of Hard Wire Ends, Tie Rods. Double Bracing, 
Warren Truss Bracing. Special Drag Bracings. 
Spars Considerird as Beams, Wooden Beams, Char- 
acteristics of Wood. Grading Wood, Specific Grav- 
ity, The I Beam, Internal Routing, Built-up Spars, 
box Spars. Fabric Covering, Grades of Fabric. 
Dopes and Finishes. Repairs to Fabric, Stressed 
Skin Wings. Use of flywood. Advantages o! 
Piywood, Disadvantages of Plywood. Metal for 
Stressed Skin Wing Construction, Conventional 
Metal Wings, Skin Application, Types of Metal 
Spars, Transverse Corrugation, Disadvantages of 
IWeial Wings, Flaps, Slots. 


Axes of the Aircraft, Ailerons, Aileron Aspect 
Ratio, Differential Ailerons, Mechanical Hook-ups, 
Cable Pull Control, Underalung Horns, Wheel 
Control, Horn Substitutes, Bellcranks to Change 
Direction of Motion, Push-Pull Rod, Change of 
Direction by Triangulation, Torque Rod System. 
Elevators, Lever Arm Action. Elevators in Pairs, 
Individual Elevator Horns, Central Elevator 
Horns, Direction of Motion, Counter- Balanced 
Elevators, Remote Static Balance, Aerodynamic 
Counter-Balance. Elevator Hinges. Rudder Con- 
trol, Aerodynamic Action. Mechanical Control, 
Rudder Pedals, Rudder Balance Systems. Rudder 
Functions. Counter-Balance Rudders, Ice Preven- 
tion, Multiple Rudders, Rudder Action, Bi-Rudder 
Mounting. Flettners, Flettner Principle. Tabs, Aid 
Flettners, Method of Adjustment, Centroids of 
Hinge Line, Non-Reversible Mechanism, Adjust- 
able Floating Flettners, Flettner For Direct Con- 
trol. Hydraulic Aid. 
Landing Loads, Vertical Loads, Longitudinal 
Loads, Side Loading, Center Mounted Gear, Gen- 
eral Gear Consideration, Tread, Full Axle, Split 
Axle-Type Gears. Center Shock Absorption, Single 
Leg Gears. Retractable Gears, Classes of Retract- 
ing Mechanism. Gear Type Retraction, Breaking 
Knee, Jointed Truss, Safety Precautions. Locks. 
Brakes, Cable Control Brakes, Brake Pedals, Toe 
Brakes, Heel Brakes, Brake Cables, Disc Brakes, 
Brake Drums and Shoes, One Shoe Brakes, Two 
Shoe Brakes, Brake Adjustment. Hydraulic Brakes. 
Hydraulic Brake Controls, Full Pressure Hydrau- 
lics, Hydraulic Disc Brakes. 


Combupti'm Engines, Two and Pour Stroka C; 
Fuel, Compression, Volumetric Efficiency, Thi 
Efficiency, I.M.E.P., Indicated Horse Power, 
chaiiical Efficien>.y, Cycle of Operation, Diaai 
tagca of Two-atroke Cycle, Four- Stroke < 
Principle, The Four atrokea in the Cycle. Vj 
A Cycle of Operation, Valve Laps. Principal 
chanicai Elements. Cylinder, Connecting Rod. 
necting Rod Arrzngemeat. Crankshafts, Cyli 
Arrangement. Firing Ordtr Radlals, Cranki 
Crankcase Forms, Firing Orders o( Verticali 
gines. Cylinder Enumeration. After Centerlini' 
ing. Running Mates, Companions and Oppoj 
Valves and Valve Drives. CarbuKtors, 
f:hargers. Igaition, Lubrication, FueU, Fuel 
quirements. Octane Ratingo, Fuel iiysiems, 
ing. Air, Fins, Baffles, Cowling, Liquid Coi 
Pumps. Circulation Systems, Engine Mounts 

Propeller Nomenclature, Diameter, Pitch, ' 
metric Pitch, Aerodynamic Pitch, Effective 1 
Actual Pitch, Propeller Slip. Blade Width. S 
ard Pitch. Materials for iTopeller Constrm 
Wood, Reasons for Use of Wood. Hubs, Hul 
lation to Propeller, Track, Reasons tor Reje 
of Wooden Propellers, Micarta (or Propeller 
struction, Metal Propellers. Adjustable 
Blades, Variable Pitch Propellera. Methoc 
Varying Pitch, Electric, Oil Pressure Coi 
Constant Speed and Full Feathering Prop< 
Kydromatic Propellers. Bending, Tension 
Compression, Centrifugal Force, Drag, To 
Gyroscopic Force, Blade Arrangement. S 
Blade, Four-Blade Propeller, Three-Blade 
peller. Geared Down Propellers. Types of Gea 


Use and care of drafting instruments, pencils, triangles, T square, French curves, 
protractor, engineers' scale, etc. — Use and outlines of drawing sizes and ruling, 
aeronautical drawing numbering plans, and aeronautical drawing bills of material — 
Methods of identifying materials in cross sectional views, Identifying forms of mate- 
rial, i.e., bar, tube, etc., and showing countersinking, counterborlng. etc. — Airplane 
tolerances for bolt holes, drilled and reamed, and for bushings and rotating bear- 
ings — Airplane bolts, nuts and machine screws, their threads, head diameters, grip, 
lengths, airplane coded numbering sys*ems, standard cotter pin hole sizes, materials 
and explanation of accepted airplane uses— Mtileridl gauges, Birmingham Washburn 
& Moen. Brown & Sharpe, Matin's; the materials to which each 
applies, and charts showing thickness of material of each gauge — 
Airplane bend allowances for aluminum, duralumin and steel in all 
gauges — Methods of showing bends in materials — Standard drll' 
sizes, fractional, number and lette"-, tvpes — Table of decimal inch 
.Izes of letter and number drills— Table of Standard Aeronautical 
drafting signs and abbreviations — Table of Sfandard Aeronautical 
engirieering designation for various surface finishes — Lines and 
their uses, heavy, light, dotted, projected, center, ordinate, etc. 
— Instruction In Mechanical Drawing, including the various fun- 
damental figures and layout of unusual curves and figures for 

airplane drafting — Methods of dimensioning, etc. — Methods of showing project 
first angle as used In foreign drawings and third angle as used tn Amei 
drawings — Methods of showing sectional views of parts (airplane practice) — Met 
of showing different types of screw threads, U. S. form, Acme form. Square f. 
Single, double, and triple thread — Screw thread explanation, form, pitch, lead, 
and depth — Student practice in drawing airplane detail parts— Methods of di( 
mining flat pattern shape of sheet metal parts and fittings, sheet metal shop ec 
ment and Its uses; shears, brakes, rollers, bumpers, nibblers, spinning lathes, t 
hammers, hydraulic presses, etc. — Machine shop equipment and its uses; portable d 
^^^--'^ drill presses, lathes, milling machines, shapers, planers, p' 

"''- pfi-t-i presses, automatic screw machines — Applied Mathematics — S 

^==^ r'^TalT metal hand forming — Wood working machines and their uses, c 

lar saw. band saw. planer, lathe — Airplane factory basic asser 
procedure — Methods of assembling Airplane parts, riveted, bol 
etc. — Methods of showing rivets and rivet holes, bolts and 
Holes, etc. — Individual Airplane parts and how they are i 
and specified on assembly drawings — Student practice in ma 
drawings of airplane assemblies — Blue Print Reading ( 
twenty blue prints of different types furnished with this cours 
Student drafting of parts selected from assembly drawing. 


Aeronautical Dictionary — Diagram and explanation of complete airplane assembly 
—Explanation of main airplane assemblies, wing attach fittings, longerons, landing 
gear attach fittings, fuselage welded structure and fittings— Bulkheads— Fuselage 
frames— Landing gear— Landing gear hydraulic shock absorber strut— Explanation 
of types cf layouts, including method of developing layouts of details from master 
layouts of assemblies— Drawings of right and left hand parts— Explanation of actual 
layout of tubular steel bulkhead assembly— Fitting design layout— Examples and 
examinations of various layouts- Trur? projections illustrations of their application to 
airplane design- Welding and its application— Illustrations of various methods and 
types of welds, common, puddle, slotted end fitting, butt joint, fish mouth, lap 
lolnt, angles, lugs, etc. — Impcrt^nt considerations in the use of welding — Strength 
and weight considera'ion of welded fittings — Methods cf showing various types of 
welds on drawings— Curved and circular proiectlons— Illustrations of connections of 
small tubes to large at various angles— lllust'atlons and methods of determining 

projections of joints on curved surfaces such as tubes or cylindrical shapes — I' 
trations and methods of determining projections of angular cuts on endi 
cylindrical shapes — Illustrations and methods of determining curved and circ 
projections — Design of wrapped fittings, etc. — Drawing of angles and prac" 
application — Applied geometry and trigonometry to airplane design probler 
How to figure angles, lengths of sides of angles, solution of triangles, true anc 
true lengths of sides of angles— Illustrations and design of tube ends and fitt 
of duralumin and steel. Including milled, flat and forked types— Methods of m. 
facture of tube ends of above types — Method of attachment of various type; 
tube ends, welded, riveted, bolted, etc. — Aluminum and aluminum alloys, their c 
mere la I designations, types, compositions, uses in airplane design, advantages 
limitations, working properties — Modern airplane design discussion, monocoque 
skin stressed structures compared to tubular, basic theory of skin stressed struct 
design, Illustrated — Field engineering, student development of detail and assen 
drawings from sketches. 


The lever, arms, including weights and loads, formulas— The crank, illustrations 
and formulas for figuring cranks with applied loads, the fulcrum point, the throw, 
the rack and pinion— Gears, Spur Gears, the "involute" tooth, pitch diameter, out- 
side diameter, root diameter, correct mesh, friction In gears and gear boxes, heat 
generation, drawing pairs of gears, specifying diameter, etc. — Bevel Gears and 
Mitre Gears, the "pinion", "vertex" and angles of drive shafts, bevel and mitre 
gear "pitch diameter", pitch angle, pitch line. ?0" gear and pinion. 75** acute 
angle gear and pinion, 105^ obtuse angle gear and pinion, drawing bevel and mitre 
gears— Worm Gears, lead, linear pitch, pitch diameter of worms and geats, mount- 
ings and types of gear box— Spiral gears, principles, angles, and methods of draw- 
ing—Application of forces, how to design structures to withstand forces set up by 
the application of loads— Tension— Tensile Strength— Yield Point — Elongation — Com- 
pression— Slenderness ratio, compression applied to columns, tubes and sheet metal. 
modulus of rupture, standard data sheet on steel tubes— Bendlng-Shear-Shear ori 
bolts, rivets, sheet metal, etc. — Data sheet on bearing values, shear, tensile strength 
of aluminum alloy, steel annealed and heat treated— Torsion, beams In bending 
showing extreme fibres, etc.— Distribution cf loads, formulas and illustrations of 
loads carried in straight and angular members, figuring stresses, eccentric and con- 
centric design— Modern Fuselage fairing and design; how to start the design and 
layout of a monocoque or seml-monocoque fuselage shape, locations of frames and 
bulkheads. Complete Illustrations and explanation as to how the shape of a fuselage 
is laid out and developed, superimposed development and use of the drafting 
spline. Method of checking such a structure for reverse curves. How the shape of 
each or any frame or section is developed. How this type of layout work is done 

s a known fact that in learning to make work- 
ing drawings you gain a far greater knowledge 
af the problems of engineering and can apply 
them to production, and an opportunity is af- 
forded in these courses to prepare for such 
work as this,. 

The courses contemplate two to three hours 
study at home at least two nights (or days) 
jer week. Advantages of home-study training 
are many^ including the fact that you can 
Drogress as rapidly as you care to without 
vaitJng for "slow" students in a class group. 
ikewjse the relatively slow student is not 
lurried over points not readily absorbed, but 
nay take his time in obtaining a thorough 
inderstanding of the work. It is a well=- 
mown fact that we retcjn information which 
ve read much longer than that which we hear, 
5S in a Classroom. 

Unlike many homc==5tudy courses, these Ryan 
nstitute lessons are stripped of non=-essen= 
iais and you are assigned only actual air= 
raft problems from the first. Everything 
'ou will study directly concerns aviation. 
\o unrelated material is given. Unnecessary 
iathematics„ for instance, is not tauoht. 

Men taking Courses No, 2 or No. 2-"! in 
Aeronautical Drafting and Eng ineer ing will 
need a set of drafting instruments and equip- 
ment, but here again the company has offered 
to absorb half of the cost of the needed 
material as speci f ied by the Ryan Aeronautical 

All courses are written by men now actual- 
ly employed in the aircraft industry—men in 
important positions with such outstanding 
firms as Douglas and Conso! i dated^ For ex- 
ample, the Aeronaut icai Drafting and Engineer- 
ing Course is largely the work of Harry Adams, 
one of Douglas Aircraft's leading engineers. 

To give employees some understanding of the 
scope of the materia* covered in a typicai 
Ryan AeronauticaS Institute course you w« ii 
find listed on the opposite page the complete 
work given «n the Aeronaut'cai Drafting and 
Engineering Course, which "ncludes the main 
divisions of Aircraft Construction and Main- 
tenance. Aeronautical Drafting, Fundamentals 
of Airplane Design and Advanced Layout and 
Bas i c Mechan i cs_ 

Following is a tabulation of courses and 




j Regul ar 
jTu it ion 



i Maximum 
Company | Employee 
Pays I Fays 







300.00 \ 150.00 150.00 

-' 1 " ^ 

IO60OO I 104=00 



Fee to pay 

2 00 



2 00 75 

. !..__„. 

2.00 52 

60.00 60.00 



90.00 I 

1 L 


2-00 f 45 J 

Schedule No. i=R 

* No regular course given. This is of- 
fered only to Ryan empioyees. 

Complete listings of all courses arc ob- 
ainabic from the office of Ernie Moore, As- 
istant factory superintendents Enrollment 
pplications are also available in this of- 
In order that those interested may be g iven 
ull information on ail phases of the train= 
ng program, it is requested that you fill 
ut coupon opposite and hand it to your fore- 
an or to the guard in the clock house. An 
nterview will, then be arranged for youo 

To; Ryan Aeronautical Institute 

I would like to receive more complete de- 
tails of the new employees training piano 
1 am particularly interested in the instruc- 
tion checkedo 

□ Aircraft Construction and Maintenance 

□ Aeronautical Drafting and Engineering 

□ Airplane Stress Analysis 

□ Aircraft Power Plants 

□ Special Drafting and Engineering 


Clock Number 


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Oct. !7 

19 4 


Published by Employees of the 
Through' the ir Welfare Department 
under direction of 


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Editorsj Bill Wagner; Sue Zinn 

Art Editors George Duncan 

Editorial Assistants? J. R. Conyers 

Si im Coats 
Ray Morkowsk! 

Editorial Contr ibutorsj 

Wm^ J van den Akke'- 

Daniel B 

Edd" e Oberbauer 

Departmental Contributors: 
Wing Assembly 


Fi y ing Club News 
Mach ine Shop 
The Body Bu i i ders 
Mani fo I d Exhaust 
Eng i neer ing 

The K j te Maker 
Earl £, Birdman 
Win Alderson 
Jos G. Groszek 
Manny Fohlde 
Park and CI ose 

Fabric Department Hi-Lites 
Ryanettes Pat Kregness 

Contributing Artists W. Wo Maiott 

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"Here's a 'V for Victory' that means some- 
thing. The planes are Ryan PT-2i primary 
trainers^ the men are aviation cadets of the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics at Lindbergh Field." 

That's the caption which appeared on the hun- 
dreds of pictures, similar tts that on the 
front cover> which Acme Newspictures has sup 
plied to newspapers and magazines throughout 
the countryo Thus is the Ryan name spread. 
This picture, too, is the basis for the com- 
pany's present advertising program in aviation 
trade papersj 


VICTORY for the Democraci es i s be ' ng speeded 

by the 
VOLUME production of Ryan Trainers for the 

Uo Sc Army 


N avy a nd 

friendly foreign governments 
and their assignment to 
VOLUME operations where Ryan planes are 
playing an important role in 

p i I ots„ 

the world's finest 


oya I ty -seasoned with a dash of TOLERANCE,,' 
*i/nich means endurance^ TEMPERANCE, wh ich means 
moJcration; FAlTHj ■ h i ch means unshaken ad- 
herence; and HONESTY, which means "fairness— 
is one of the greatest assets that any man or 
group of men can possess. 

Based on this one factor great nations can bei 
made or destroyed. It behooves us then to 

iearn its full meaning eariy in life and to 
govern our actions w'th this thought even 


Loyalty comes ^from within one=s se!^'. it ::an- 
not be bought, no*' can 't be taken away. One« 
can be ioyai to one-s seif as we i < as to h ' si 

It Is evident in our home 
our play. 

fe„ our work and 

Loyalty between workers tends to better teami 
work. Better team work tends to better pro- 
duction and that is the ultimate des're of 
a f 1 bus i ness. 

Loyalty between employer and employee creates) 
a harmony that might even be called a sym- 
phony of industry. 

With this thought m the minds of aii of us 
I am sure that we wM I come 'mmeasurab i y closer 

to the slogan "Keep "em Ftying" and "Keep, 
Ryans a Better Place to Work". 

Daniel B. Burnett- Jr : 
Night Superintendent 

Aii business as now conducted- partic- 
ularly those I ines of bus iness which embrace 
the so-called mdustr ies-— requ * res special- 
ized training and technical educat ion, in fact 
so much scientific knowledge that the dis- 
tinctive line between "business" and "prores- 
sion" is fast disappearing. 

Anyone who hopes to achieve success, even 
the average, must know more, or at least as 
much, about some one thing as any other one, 
and not only know, but know how to do-^—and 
how to utilize his experience and knowledge 
for the benefit of others. 

=-Theodore N. Vai I 



ai ' I had a terrifying dream last night. 

i" Enemy bombers were over San Dieqo- And, plummet- 

1)1 g earthward in gigantic curving arcs of death and 

struction were great steel bombs which my dreaming 

(nd was able to pick up and see while still thous- 

ds of feet i n the air . 

At first I sat on the sidelines as it were, watch- 
ig intently as the first bombs fell short of their 
cal. In a way it was interesting, anc! the kind of 
"un" one enjoys in watching some historic event tak- 
iq place before one's very eyes 

Then those explosive monsters began falling cioser^ 
cd I noticed thct they were delayed-action bombs. 
Fnaiiy, one feli an the street directly in front of 
.1 , and I knew I must get out of there quickly to 
;oid being blown to kingdom come. 

Soon there were too many of them falling in the 
(wntown district for me to dodge them all, so I bur- 
red home only to find my wife hysterical from my 
log absence and because one bomb had blown up the 
' ee i n the back yard. 

V/hat were we to do? The neighbors called a coun- 
il and it was decided we should all go downtown to 
ic air-raid shelter in the basement of a store build- 
ig. How long we lived there under bombsrdmcnt I 
idn't know, but finally the terrible odor from hun- 
:eds of people living in close confinement for days 
(1 end was too much for us, 

My wife and I decided we would rather be blown to 
Its in our own home than live there longer, so we 
!ft the shelter and started hone. As we neared the 
l)use, dive-bombers which had not previously been in 
le air appeared overhead, and almost at the same time 
•I saw our own pursuit planes take off to engage the 
lemy , 

Dog fights broke out all over the sky. One in part- 
icular attracted our attention A P-40 was on the 
ail of an enemy aircraft; now he was in position; and 
i th a squeeze of the trigger on the stick he poured 
3t lead into the hostile plane Down it came in 
ild, flaming gyrations, But wait-= it was heading 
t^aight for our house yes, it was going to crash 
a were overcome with fear of the impending catas- 
jrophc. And then, as in most dreams, I awoke in a 
bid sweat just as the cfimax of the story was reached, 
' For a quarter of an hour I lay there sn my bed in 
Te early hours this morning trying to c;ear from my 
jemory the fearful happenings of my dream so that I 
lould go back to a restful sleep. 

What queer quirk of the sub-conscious mind had 
laused me to dream this terrifying experience^ which, 
od forbid, may never come to any American city. Oh, 

1 I iiiii ar/i I ;. I e sa i Uo . . iiuvv i r t 

"not a /torrent of arms, nor 
nor cvin a stream, but still < 

St/ Hjl ^> hfijBamisAj ® 

yes, 1 had been ryading in bed be- 
fore dropping off yto sseep Reading 
LIFEmagazinc to fare exact Now I re- 
member it was/an article on the 
"trickie" of /ynerican aid which has 
so far reached/those countries fight- 
ing aggressii 

It was ttfe story of billions and 
billions o/ dollars being appropri- 
ated; biiyions and billions of dol- 
lars in anrnament contracts being let; 
but of toA few mi i I ions of do I lars of 
equipment being delivered, What was 
1 1 the arjTicle I remember.. 

a r i ver , 
a wretch- 
ed, iiVadequate trickle." 

So/that was it,.uthat was where my 

sub-conscious mind got hold of the 

idea/ of an inadequate preparation 

whiih would permit even San Diego to 

be /bombed. Or could it be that it 

was not the sub-conscious, but rather 

my/ own CONSCIENCE which was playing 

tr/icks with me? Yes, that's it, was 

i tj my conscience? Had I been doing 

m)| very best ..producing the greatest 

nifrnber of accurate parts there at my 

I bench . and how about you there 

ij at the next bench, and you, and 

■-1 you .were you working at peak 


V«ith a resolve to put forth 
just an extra effort each work 
day from now on ! eased my m.ind 
suf f I c Jcnt !i y to drop off again, 
this time to a peaceful sleep 
for the balance of the night. 

In the morning light, and 

with the clear thinking that 

comes at dawn, I knew that you 

and I - all of us - are swell- 

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Yes, fellow Ryan workers, it's about time that somebody brought to light the departmej 
where all the streamlined Ryan fuselages are assembled. 

There we were, nestled far away in the corner with nary a word about us in the "FIyi 
Reporter" But we * I I have no more of that! Starting with this issue, the "Body Builder' 
will be a regular feature and here's hoping that we can do our part m keeping the "Reportei 
the swel I book that it is. 

First of all, we'd like to introduce ourselves. At the head of our departnenx is J^ 
JOHNSON, our foreman Secondly comes GEORGE LITtlLL, our assistant foreman. Next come t 
boys, who are doing a swell job as our leadmen. 

On Jig No. I, we have JACK WEYER, OTIS G. JOHNSON reigns over Jig No. 2. Jig No-, 3 
taken care of by AL LAUBE, our youngest lead man. STANLEY "OLE" OLSEN, the smiling litt 
Swede, handles the master position on Jig No, 4. Next in line comes ROBERT "TAYLOR" WALLI 
who can be seen ruling over Jig No. 5. Then we have the king of Jig No. 6, PHIL "HAPPY" BE 
3ANT: Over on the other side we have MORRIS "MOOSE" SIRATON in the tail cone assembly. N 
to mention about 70 other boys, this completes the department. /f? 


Now that the bowling season is in full swing, we find that 
our department i s we i I represented in the Ryan Bowling T • : n.^- 
ment. V/e have two teams, one just as good as the other and 
they're out to give the other teams some real competition- 
Team No I is headed by CAPTAIN BOB WALLIN. Others on the 
ZEK, and WAYNfl "300" HANSON, 

Captain of Team No 2 is AL LAUBE. Others on the squad are 

WAYNE HANSON seems to be the most promising of our bowlers. 
It won't be long before he'll be in the two hundred column 

First member of Team I to bowl a 200 game was CAPTAIN BOB WALLIN. 
pins flying as can be readily seen when we find he bowled a 206 game. 

"RED" HAZZARD seems to be having a little trouble with those "Chicag 
the matter. Red, or is it the beer? 

He rea 

I ly kept tl 
es"= What 


We have another lead man in our midst when the lunch whistle blows ANDY SMITH by namt 
Little GURNESS "WHITEY" FLINT can verify this statement because as he says, anytime he lool- 
behind, he can always see Andy leading the crowd 

VERNON BEAMAN, the Kid from Kansas City, says that the only thing he likes about his 
girl is his arms. 


LET IT NOT BE SO contd , ~ ing that "wretched, inadequate 
trickle" of arms, till it becomes a stream—and the stream 
river, until finally a real torrent of material will in re 
ality make America the Arsenal of democracy. 

Last night's dream taught me something. Hereafter I'll t 
putting forth that extra effort of which we are all capable 
and perhaps by telling you my dream, the tempo around th 
whole factory will go up a bit. .enough at least to make i 
worthwhile for this personal experience to be retold in th 
pages of Flying Reporter, 

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Pi c 1 1 

n 6. 

We read where the gov- ny CI IM rOATQ examples: "JAROINE I dream 
ernment is building an air- D I J L I IVl \^\ur\\j ^^ Lilac Time." "TREKAS of 

plane factory with an l8-ho!e golf course on you, my skies arc blue." "WHATRON I say af~ 
top. The idea is what they call a shadow ter | say I'm sorry." "|<m just WILDER about 
factory to fool enemy bombers.- There isnoth- Harry." "Down upon the SWALh'Iie river " "A- 
ing more innocent looking than a golfer cheat- MISS my Swiss," "Some THOMPSCIn happy, some 
ing,— ask LARRY GIBSON: THOMSON blue ". "I'll SANA In my dreams," 

Also in the same paper i notice that the "BRAZEE Bones, sittin' in the shade " and 
way we finance the defense deficit is two- 'JTHACHER the BALL is OPFER." We!i don-t 
thirds revenue and one-third borrowing Her- 

ring of Iowa favors paying the income tax in 
twelve easy installments next year. He could 
lave left out that "easy" without changing the 
subject any. Personally we would rather pay 
it in a lump sum and get it over We are not 

blame me,. I have to work with him Oh yeah, 
he had one other. "Seven beers with the wrong 


E. P- MALLOTT is recovering from an auto- 
mobile accfCent He had six st i tches taker in 
his head. {Cross stitches, girls). The doc- 
•worried, however , as we* ve just^helped pay off tor removing the glass from the cut, thought 

he was having a sky light installed in his 

the last widow of the War of 1812. 

The same paper showed pictures of the Duke 
)f Ken, youngest brother of King George VI, 
/isiting the United States The Duke was 
stunned by our sky=l ine, and super-stunned by 
lur beautiful women That's getting one bird 
■fith two stuns,: 

Conversation overheard in the front of=- 
St Ryanettej "H*lo Hon, Kumera minut kan- 

'.nd Ryanette; "Awrite, jussa secun " 
Sst Ryanette: "Wajudo lasnJte?" 
;nd Ryanettes "Muh boyfreni wen tashow." 
st Ryanette: "Sodeye. Java gootime?" 
nd Ryanette? "Yeah, Jew?" 
st Ryanettes "Uh Huh, goodanufo" 
nd Ryanette: "Jeetcha 

st Ryanette: "Notchet. 

nd Ryanette: "No lesko." 

as extol I ing the virtues 
,f Smorgasbord, the Swedish 
•read In translating the 
leaning of Smorgasbord, we 
find it is the root of 
iSmore' meaning "to smother". 
he second syllable 'gas« 
s a corre'ative of bicarb 
if sodium. And 'bord" means 
.without room". 

ijWSKI has been toying with 
pme titles using the names 
fmen employed on the night 
lift. Here are a few ex- 

dome. BUTCH ORTIZ just returned from his 
vacation in Reno,. Nevada He says the gam- 
bling weather up there is faro and warmer., 
KENNY WOOD: "Who is that close-mouthed 

s . guy over there? 
A. L. KEITH: "He ain't close-mouthed. 
That's Floyd Bennett wait- 
ing f_or the janitor to come 
back with the cuspidor." 
Have you noticed how HAP MILLER'S hair is 
growirg in again in tufts, like swamp orasso 
AND don't let him kid you that those bags 
under his eyes are Bundles for Britain: 

We should like to extend a hearty welcome 
to new members of the gang: J. M.. REiCHAROT, 
cousin FILBERT, from Osh- 

Did you know that when 
JOHNNY BURDICK'sgir! friend 
calls him at the plant, she 
asks for "Rosebud"? How 

Guess weMi have to close 
with the lament of the Ryan- 
ette who said, "Why is it 
that everything I want to 
do is illegal, immoral or 
fattening?" Weil, it's just 
I ike the farmer said when he 
saw the calf running after 
the cow. "Life is just one 

Ht0lNTCtOS€MOOTH£0y thing after the udder," 


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by V.J. 

Having revealed i nformat Son on some 5C^ of the en- 
gineering personnel in the last issue,, we will attempt 
to convey some mfortnat ii on on the remainder! 

"Gif s ah new deal today " There is a whisper'ng 
campaign afloat «n the deoartment. "He that should be 
so bold ss ttj speak above a whisper wili be immcdiatei y 
frovi/ncd upon, by hiis disgruntled neighbor " So take 
heed ye men from other departments who risk a visit 
with the Engineering Department Baby is asleep, so 
don't make so 0c)a4"*)" much noise Yes it has its 

In the last issue BOB CLOSE made a statement to the 
effect that we need more men like T, P. HEARNE as an 
anchor man, on the end of a rope I might add to this^ 
Bob did not mean dangling. 

All the boys join us in extending a generous wel- 
come to MARTIN DAVIDSON who has recently joined our 
department as Group Liaison Engineer. 

we're all missing "SMITTY", Vault Executive. Hope 
Receiving Inspection appreciates him as much as we 
did. Good luck Smitty His place is taken by R. R. 
McREYNOLDS, a new man in the organization. 

We all wonder what car BILL BUNSEN has reference to 
when he says^ "My Jeep" 

SAYJ Has anybody seen KELLER? 

WAYNE LEUTLOFF is just too silent. (Why don't you 
make a noise once in a while^, Wayne?) What' And wake 
up the department. 

MAC CATTRELL said he went fishing. Well, it could 
be. What is it about these fishing trips that is so 
attractive? Could it be the scenery or fresh air? Or 
the sport of fishing, or are the Mermaids in season^. 
Mermai ds??????? 

WILL VANDERMEER, our Assistant Chief Engineer — a 
fishing expert with an unlimited knowledge of where 
not to go. 

FRANK ANDERSON, Chief of Parts List, a golf en- 
thusiast and a good guy. So good, in fact, we have no 
dirt on him. A shower a day keeps the dirt away, 

BOB JOHNSON, Chief Aerodynam«st and Flight Engin- 
eer insists color photographs arc the only thing I 
bet his wife 's a camera widow. (And I could name a 
lot more? ) 

RUDY 8EIZE, the man of mystery. V/hy doesn't some- 
body buy him a combj not that I care but just for mys= 
tery's sake? It isn't that bad, Rudy. A lot of people 
wish they had hair to comb. (That includes me— Wagner) 

Since WALT SORENSON has been married he hits the 
time-clock on the button every morning. In fact, he's 
never late, but so darn close to it that if the guard 

& Bob Close 

didn't stop him for his toadge, 
tornado would result from the back 
wash of his entrance (Maybe it' 
that 6u! f Aviation Gas ) 

GUS OHLSON tells us that he get 
plenty of exercise at home Mayb 
that's why he"s always so easy to ge 
along with 

The Sleek yellow convertible i 
driven by none other than BENNY BROM- 
BERG, Chief of Stress 

HARRY GOOD IN was seen last Sunda 
in a certain drive-in with a ver 
charming young ( ady He's been tell 
ing us he doesn*t care for the faii 

RALPH HAVER was moaning about hav 
ing to go to Seattle on a plane- 
gee, some guys have ail the tougl 
luck* (For an expectant Father h 
still looks pretty good?) 

JIM CRA8TREE will teli you ES4 
condido is the place to live. 

ED SPICER and love for his cat 

are so close together one would thint 

they were man and wife. He is aN 

ways broke supporting her. (I shoull 

(continued on page 10) 


is on the w..'e." 
DUNC: "H— , the one 1 want ain't ' 

no wire.'?" ^ 




Pick myself upj dust myself off, and stick 
out my chin again? So, Mister Slim Coats, you 
think we women are all predatory, and espec- 
ially the Ryan girls; you poor def<nft«tcss 
males. What's the matter that you're so bit- 
ter; didn't a Ryanette chase you? I was a 
little annoyed when I read your prologue on 
women in the last issue, but now I realize it 
was probably our faults, not yours. You see, 
we very foolishly mistook those "cries of 
help" (we heard on all sides) for a "wolf- 
like" calL Entirely a case of mi staken iden- 
tity.- You will forgive us, I hopC: 

However, Mr. KENNY PEARSON, of the Ryan 
Police Department didn't escape. Miss MAR- 
ZELLA AUEN of the Tabulating Department trap- 

i ped him, and they will probably be married by 

; the time this issue comes out- Congratulations 
from all of us, kids. (Enough of Mr. Coats, 

. I want to retract that compliment I gave him 

la couple of issues ago<) 

I We girls are all sporting our Ryanette 
pins now, and I think one and all are very 

proud of thcm« Now that our campaign for 
the pins is over, I suppose we can start work- 
ing on the "eating-place" problem again. (Any 
one who wants to turn their worrying over to 
me may do so. ) 

This bowling looks as if it's going to be 
a lot of fun. Even if we can't bowl with the 
fellows on Monday Night, we can have our own 
private league. I think we're going to be 
surprised too, at the results. (You can take 
that any way you want, but I meant in a pleas- 
ant sort of way)^ Anything to get away from 
that "office spread"; even if it means throw- 
ing a. great big ball at ten poor little pins, 
and landing in the groove, (on the side) 

Now that Winter is practically upon us, our 
thoughts turn to that ever persistant thought 
of women-~-of clothes. Even if we mustn't 
touch, we sure can look, and speaking of look- 
ing, isn*t GENEVIEVE BERGRATH*S choice in 
clothes wonderful? and BARBARA LIPPlT's wrist 
watch? and HELEN CROSIER' s Bright Green purse? 
(continued on page 12) 


jtalk) (I've heard many a peculiar name for 
'the feminine sex, but I dare say this one is 
uniqueo ) 

■ I am told that ED BERLIN and GEORGE GILDER- 
SLEEVE are a couple of hot gophers, — whoops, I 
jmean gol fers) . 

! WALT SCHROEOER, better known as Paul Bunyon 
can certainly sling some tall tales of i n- 
:tr igu ing Navy I i fe = 

; WILLIE CROVER has assumed life with the 
Ryan Companyo He's working with EARL BREUTER 
in the print room. Welcome, Chum. 

EARL BREUTER claims Ocean Beach is the 
jplace to live. I wonder why? (I've lived 
Hhcre for two years. Well maybe I don't look 
around the right corners, or under the right 
bl inds^ 

Jo Ho WOOD, known asV/oodiej (Knot-head), 
claims he's never stolen a towel from the San 
piego Clubu Says a free conscience leaves 
room for pure thoughts. 

^w, nuts, what I know about them would take 
(too long to write., 

I JACK CONYERS just returned from a placid 
vacation. It must have been as he is not 
vearing one of his hot bow-ties. 

KAY LARK IN and WALLY BORDEN wear their new 
ole as Father in a chick manner. 

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MILLARD C. BOYD, Chief Engineer,—- (we 

should stick our necks out?) 

BOB BENESCH, Chief Checker. Just to prove 
there is an exception to the rule, checker's 
are decidedl y on the black list of most drafts- 
men, but Bob is tops with us. 

LEX VflHATLEY, the "DEAL" from Nevada. Girls 
we wish we could elaborate, but a man's past 
always putsamaid's heart into an uproarl So 
the Big Boys tel I us. 

Hey, Close What floor docs BOB EVANS 
spend most of his time on when he sojourns to 
the Mercy Hospital? I can tell you that 
it's not the fifth floor. Now that's odd 
isp't it? 

DONALD . JEFFERDS , Strong and Si lent— that's 
all we know, 

BOB CLOSE returned from his vacation this 
last week. Said he spent most of his time in 
bed. Why! Bob. 

V. J. PARK can now consider himself a man 
and further more he has the proof. It was a 
boy, born the 27thc Oh yes, the name V. J. 
Park I I I o Congratulations. I can see now 
why Park knows Evans does not spend his time 
on the f i f th floor.. 

And now if we have left anyone out over 
and above those mentioned in the last Issue, 
we are sorry, but what do you expect when 
guys like us try to write a column? (Don't 
answer that . ) 

M e e f - 


by 5UQ Linn pinch hitting for J R 

CONYERS on vacation. 


When you can iMei Thompson, for many years Chief Inspector, has ' circus came to a 
pry a man on vaca- ' just been selected for the new post of Assistant nearby town with a 
tion I oose from Service Manager to assist Walter Locke in this ex- couple of Jennies, 
sou! inspir- panding department which is taking on added impor- a Thomas Morse 
Call f ornia tance because of the large number of new Ryan train- ; Scout and a Spade 
of de~snai I- ers inmilitary service Few men in the organiza-;This was the first 
de-slugging, tion arc more familiar with Ryan planes than Mel \ time he had seen 


i n g 


de-sowbugging and his transfer to service work will be an impor- 

an a i rp ! ane and 
his enjoyment was 
only heightened by 
the 25 mile bicycle 
ride over a dirt 
road which both 
preceded and fol- 
lowed It. 

In December, 1925, following his gradu- 
ation from high school, Mel Thompson became a 
member of the 66th Service Squadron of the 
and the particular spot which he selected Army Air Service and went to the Philiipincs 
for the event was the little town of Calhan for a year where he got his first real ex= 
in eastern Colorado in the year 1906. Mel perience with airplanes. The job of the 66th' 
rambled through grade school s in various parts Squadron was to uncrate and set up all the 
of Colorado, principally in Colorado Springs, airplanes shipped to the Phillipine Air Oe- 
His high school education began with a year pot and to handle all overhaul and repair 
at a mining camp in southern Colorado where work for the fourth composite group, 
he developed the manly art of holding his own During the time he was there they set up 

his garden and in= tant addition to that department and will relieve 
duce, bribe or by the always busy V/alt Locke for imoortant contrac- 
other dubious tua! matters-, iuccecdin-] Thompson as Chief Inspec- 
means persuade him tor is Bert Holland with whom we will shortly have 
to come down to an interview for Flying Reporter, 
the office, you've - — — .^-■~».-.- 
cither got blackmail goods on him or he's 
just plain accommodating. 'Nuff said-^no 
blackmail goods at hand on Mel Thompson. 
Like all good little boys, Mel was born 

with the tough young gentlemen (7) that in- 
habited the mining towno From there he trans- 
ferred to a boarding school on the western 
slope of the state^ 

MeS says that al though he pi ayed some base- 
ball and basketball during his high school 

some 20 of the DcHaviland 4Bs =■- which were 
steel tube fuselage jobs and also several of 
the older DHs with the combination stick and 
wire fuselage and pi ywood, skin stressed fuse- 
lage. The biggest trouble with wood fuseiages 
was termites that got in the packing cases and 


daze, his main athletic activity involved boredondown through the longerons so that it 
milking cows and tending a greenhouse. The yyas necessary to completely disassemble the 

greenhouse, it seems, specialized in leaf 
lettuce ■== "the finest", Mel confided, "in 
the whole vicinity - crisp, brittle, tasty." 
But aside from his interest in leaf lettuce, 
young Thompson found plenty of time to sup- 

planes, take the covers off and give them a 
thorough inspection and put in new wood where 
necessary, then recover and reassemble. 

Hunting was a favorite sport while in the 
Phillipines and that "A" in high school Spaa 

port a string of scholastic "A"s that would j sh was put to good use when on one such exn 
put the AAA to shame^ The only fly in the pedition they found themselves in the back 
ointment was History, especially that of the country among a group of natives who had never 

before come in contact with such "bleached" 
specimens of humanity. The amazement of the 
natives was complete when they found that the 
"pale one" spoke a language which correspondcc 
vaguely to their own broken Spanish. 

ancient and medieval species — a diabolical 
subject imposed upon the defenseless student 
body by the printers of history bookSc 

Mel's interest and enthusiasm over aviation 
dates back to a day in 1919 when an aerial 

Coming back to the United States in 1927 
via China and Japan., Mel obtained his dis- 
charge and took up the more prosaic task of 
studying engineering at Colorado's Agricul- 
tural CoHege. However, the sheckles wouldn't 
spread quite thin enough and he had to quit 
short of a degree. 

The next few years were divided between 
teaching ground school subjects to students 
of the' Ryan School of Aeronautics and working 
on a natural gas piping job to Santa Fe and 
AlbuquerquCo In the latter instance, 8" mains 
were used to carry the gas 220 miles across 
the desert from Bioomfield to Albuquerque. 

When the first experimental model of the 
S-T was under way in 1933^ Mel Thompson again 
came back to Ryan to work in the Shop under 
Dan Burnett.: Since that t»me his connection 
with Ryan has been unsevered although his 
tasks with the company have been many and 
varied, including a great deal of the ex- 
perimental work on the S-C. In August, 1936, 
with the company's personnel list topping 50, 
Mel Thompson became "the inspector" for the 
Ryan Aeronautical Company. "After that", Mel 
says, "I just grew up with the Inspection De- 
partment" Incidentally, there are over 90 in 
the department today. 

About what aviation is going to do when 
the hullabaloo is over Mel says, "That all 
depends. The companies who have established 
a good reputation for their company and their 
product and have kept their users satisfied 
during this boom period^ are going to find 
themselves enjoying the lion's share of the 
business when we again have an opportunity to 
sell commercially " And that all leads up to 
Mel's new job, for starting October ist he is 

working with Walter Q Locke as Assistant 
Service Manager 

Contributing to Mel's recent successful 
years in the Inspection Department has been 
the queen of the Thompson household with whom 
he walked down the ais! e in Phoen ix on the day 
before Christmas in 1936 Now a little red 
headed daughter of four and a strappi ng young 
ladof 5 months {who Mel insists has inherited 
the sweet disposition of his mother) grace 
the Thompson home. 

more Ryanettes 
go on with everyone 
thing ext^s special 
of the office, We' 
WEN, although not o 
us again. 

Speaking of cast 
to seeing the next 
tic Club, wh ! en we 
wayo Six of the Ry 
productions JANET 
for you„ 

It seems as i f 1 
romance e! imi nat ing 

ape I gadgets? This could 
of the girls having some- 
to add to the brightness 
re awfully glad to have 
of her cast, and RUTH 80- 
ut of her cast, back with 

Sj, we're looking forward 
presentation of the Orama- 
understand is well under 
anettes w i I I be in this 
EM I o We'll be watching 

heard rumors of another 
from the Production De- 

partment; however, I'm not going to say an- 
other thing. (GERRY, count red faces for me, 
will you? I'll bet there will be a good many 
more than one) Let me introduce Miss LOR- 
ETTA PETERS, of Methods Engineering who thinks 
Mr, CLANCY is "swell" to work for, {two bits 
please, Clance) and has a passion for big, 
brown eyes. She hails from £1 Centre, and is 
a welcome addition to any office. 

Horse-back r'ding is a very popular sport 
with the young women around here {there being 
no other kind); among the enthusiasts are 
BOYD. It's a great sport, but the walking 
back from. the ride isn't, and from here on 
in, thi s gal ' s sl eeping on Sunday = 

So long, 
Mro COATS.. 

all you nice people, and you too, 

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[TMffiKDC ©E[PA\K¥M[IW¥ fflD^lOTIES 

This is the Fabrs': Department on the Air 
and between you and me, it's plenty hot and 
lots of (to Traffic is still slightly con- 
gested, but it»s beginning to look as though 
Grand Central Station did have a chance after 
alio Of course the real admirers of beauty 
still use the detour^ K. 0^ BURT had to re- 
pair the door which the visiting Firemen wore 

Now that you have a fine radio that really 
plays musiCj, WANNIEj, how about having the gang 
over some night for popcorn or something- V/e 
might even shingle the roof for you if that 
keg of naiis hasn't been opened yetc 

That Jenial Jentleman who comes from the 
region where grits are Hominy and not sand- 
papefj, wiith his jcnius for juggling new ideas 
and in general jarring the jills with his 
jokes and jamming the jitters with his jen- 
erous grjn=-=-that Jentleman, incidentally, is 
now our Assistant Foreman and at your ser- 

And another thingo If you should feel a 
presence and out of the corner of your eye you 
should get a glimpse of s green or a blue 
shirt, it could be CARL PALMER on his way to 
another department. That man is busier than 
six Cranberry Merchants on Christmas EvCo 

I was taught in school that cold air ex- 
panded but, that isn't soc According to the 
covering department, hot air expands and, boy 
do wCo Four new girls and four new boySo 
Just this week too and that's not alio We 
have one of the old boys back with uSc You 
guessed i t==-CHARLIE, the LaMesa Night-in-galec 

I don't know where that boy's from, but 
everyone is always kidding me about being so 
big and ask me where I hailed from, and when 
I tell them, "Good old South Dakota", they 
kinda smile and say, "I thought so» That's 
the only place anyone could stay green long 
enough to grow so mucho" 

And just to prove to you that all the Sky- 
scrapers aren't in New York-'-wcll, we will 
just skip ito The El Cortez is a nice place, 
don't you think? 

Well, we have no casualties to report, 
but we do have an accidento AGNES TROYER and 
her husband had a car accident Saturday night 
and both were pretty severly cut up- If only 
some people would just remember to turn their 
headlights down, how nice it would be for uSo 

So far as your reporter knows there are no 
marriages or births this month, but then I 
wouldn't know anyhow. All I know is what I 
read in the pspero Say, how about some of 
you folksies giving out with the dirt? 

Entertainment, ah yeSo Three of aur girl-: 
in the Covering department ars in the pisyj 
that the Ryan employees are giving. Let's 
all goo It just can't help but be good. 

We don't have any scandals, so we will 
just skip that tooo We are very nice peopis, 
no skeletons in QUR cioseto Skeletons are, 
very boring, aren't they— especial I y when 
they travel incognitOo 

Weil everyone seems to have a code in 
their 'eado Isn't thst ducky— and Kleenex 
going up Q.^e.r^ day^ Only yesterday I saw 
little Shorty with tears roiling down her 
cheeks and her nose as red as anything, I 
said to her, I said, "Who is the big brute 
who is responsible for this?" Then she turn- 
ed to me and laid her head on my shoulder and 
said real pitiful like, "I just god an awbu* 
code in my 'ead"o Poor Dearo 

Misnomer Department — 

There just ain't no SLACK in SlackSc 

Our very red=headed redhead, STELLA by 
name, has a horse and a dog. She says she 
I ikes some men toOo 

Do you know what the FoKo on the rudder 
said to the P.Ko on the wing? He says, 
"Brother, you might have a bigger spread 
than I have, but I cover more surfacec 

And then the airgun said to the wing as 
he made a hole in one— "My Deah, this is 
positively ripping, don't you knowo" 

Do you know what the Cocoa butter said to 
the Pecan? He said, "Ha, HaS We're both 

Wei I , I'll be seein' yoUo 


esasi mm'^ 

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Hani hold l^x.haud- 

JDHN "SMALL PARTS" McGUIRE, the wooin' man of Euclid 
tcr, decided that if he were to win the girl of his 
ams , one of many that he met at correspondence 
'DOlj he'd have to build up his strength to a point 
re she wouidn*t dare refuse him. With this in mind, 
hero ambled down to the city Y.M=C=A. where he look- 
up the man in charge of muscles and asked to be shown, 
was (see cut) and upon reporting for work a few days 
er, he informed all who would listen that all he got 
his trouble was a very sore back and a whole herd of 
rley horses^ "From now on", says John, and we quote, 
II stick to getting my muscles out of the cereal bowl 
h morning?" 

JACK "SPOONBILL" VESTLER declares that he has a good 
ply of merchandise on hand for his "retiring from 
iness" sale . .- Due to circumstances beyond his con- 
I, (and the man who comes around) his overhead was 
greatly increased that he decided it imperative to 
I it quits= His stand is located on the main drag 
u the Manifold department midway between the East 
West Aisles. Thank youl 
Rumor has it that BOB "THREE DAY" BALLINGER is ser- 
sly thinking of joining the W.CT.U, auxiliary and 
ing the tobacco cure. "This is one time," says 
, "when a fire in the hand was worth a great deal 
ts than one in the bushes!" 

"I was warned," pined BOB. CHASE. "My mother told 

there would be times such as these," Sleepless 

Ihts arc all O.K. if one is suffering from insomnia 

some such disease, but when according to accepted 

jndards one is perfectly healthy in that regard, 

s a pony of a different pattern! It seems that a 

ich of the boys were whooping it up— no that's the 

mg one—] It seems that a bunch of the boys were 

»t to follow the Chase family to their home the 

ler night following what was to have been a ball 

le, but rapidly took the form of a brawl game due 

the defaulting of one of the teams concerned. The 

ining of this game, regardless of how it was done, 

:essitated a celebration, so it was decided, much 

the consternation of the Chases, that it should be 

>e up with brown bottles;— -or was it cans? Anyhow, 

) came to work the following morning looking much 

<e something the cat refused to drag in and said, 

icre'll be no more of that!" 

JIMMIE APPLESTILL and DON JOHNS are negotiating 
ainS At present they aren't on speaking terms due 
a small matter of a nickel debt, so have appointed 
IG ICK" MORRILL as their go-between to keep conver- 
tion from lagging. It's much like a ring on the 
d party line, two longs and a short. 
Listening to the V/orld Series and reading the fun- 
papers is sti 1 1 among the two leading indoor sports. 


Have you ever noticed that nine out 
of ten people who read the news- 
papers, always turn to the backside 
of the paper to begin their news 
gathering? The reason for this is 
very simple^ It is news to the Amer- 
ican folks when they find out just 
what has happened to their favorite 
comic character since the last in- 
stallment appeared in print. The 
only time the average American stops 
to read the headlines is when they 
inform the world as to the status of 
the world series. 

The boys working on the new Doug- 
las Stacks feel much like the mas- 
suese in the old mai d's home They're 
having to learn a lot of new wr inki es. 
Speaking of old ma«ds— did you ever 
hear of the two old maids sitting on 
the font porch of the insane asylum? 
Stop me if you have The gist of it 
goes like this. One bright, sunny 
morning a couple of old maids were 
out on the front porch of the asylum, 
rocking back and forth in their 
chairs, when without warning one of 
the old girls said, "I wish some big 
tall, handsome man would come riding 
out of those woods on a big, white 
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J. van den Akker 



As in the case of Chrome-molybdenum 
steels, so too in the case of vv-elding 
Stainless Steels is a knowledge of the 
base material essential. A brief re- 
vievi of Stainless Steel shows us that 
there are a great many varieties of this 
corrosion resistant material, that the 
18-8 variety is knoxvn as the austenitic 
type, that the Carbon content is around 
.06^ (this indicates a very lov; carbon 
content), that it conta5.ns about 185^ 
Chromium, and about B% Nickel plus the 
addition of a stabilizing element to 
permit the material to be welaed. This 
latter stabilizing eleiaent is generally 
Ti. (Titanium), or Cb. (Columbiuni) , 

Since the base metal must contain a 
stabilizing element in order that it can 
.be vjelded, it follov;s that the filler 
'rod to be used must also be stabilized. 
Experience has shown that a filler rod 
(stabilized v/ith Cb. is more satisfactory 
than a filler rod stabilized vrlth Ti., 
(due to the fact that the latter has a 
tendency to volatilize at high tempera- 

A neutral flame is essential for even 
a slight variation will cause embrittle- 
.ment in the weld area. A reducing flame 
will carburite the weld with a loss of 
ductility and a sharp reduction in the 
icorrosion resistant properties of the 
alloy. A good rule to follow in the 

Eel ding of this type of material is to 
eld it as rapidly as is possible com- 
. ensurate with adequate penetration. 
I In the welding of the jUuiainura Alloys 
|we have already mentioned that not all 
the alloys lend themselves to welding. 
For the welding of light gages of the 
.Tiaterial, the Qxy-Hydrogen flame is re- 
soramended. If high strengths are to be 
obtained, use a 57= Silicon filler rod, 
Neutral flame and generous quantities of 
k good flux. Flux should always be used 
jeherously and must be removed as soon 
is is possible after vjelding. 

It should always be remembered that 
Lf you wish to avoid shrinkage cracks, 
ind severe thermal stresses after weld- 
ing, you can avoid much of the trouble 
3y depositing a NAHItOW BEAD. It can 
:'eadily be appreciated that the linear 

coefficient of expansion or contraction 
across a narrow bead v/ill be less, r.n<'. 
f'orther the heat required to lay a nar- 
row bead is also less resvdting in j.css 
heat input and substantially lower tem- 

Arc XV el ding presents substantially 
the same problems as gas v/elding. The 
chief difference is the increase in tem- 
perature, with its corrolary, faster 
v/elding. Thermal stresses are more 
severe and preheating is often required, 
especially on heavy sections. On the 
whole the deposited v>'eld metal is more 
sound, the grain structure is finer and 
the strength higher. One of the reasons 
that arc welding is not used universally 
in Aircraft is that the arc welding of 
very thin gages used in aircraft is not 
always feasible, and it folloyjs that 
thermal stresses and shrinkage vdll be 
more severe. 

Much has been said for and against 
arc xvalding.. It is the writer's opinion 
that arc welding v:ill invariably produce 
a sounder weld than 'Adll gas welding. 
This opinion is prevalent to a consider- 
able extent at the present time in the 
Aircraft Industry and a comp>lete program 
of research is now in effect under the 
guidance of the National Ad^/isory Commit- 
tee for Aeronautics (MACA) in conjunc- 
tion with the American 1/elding Society. 

In the case of arc welding the 'choice 
of filler rod can be, and often is, crit- 
ical. In the Case of an alloy steel such 
a.--. X4130, considerable difficulty is 
caused by the high thermal stresses which 
are set up in the metal due to the rapid 
heating and rapid cooling. It should be 
pointed out that the temperature of tho 
gas flariie is about 3?.00OC. while that of 
the Arc is about 6OOOOC. Further, the 
situation is aggravated because the heat- 
ing is localized. Good practice demands 
that all structural parts which are arc 
welded bg stress relieved before use. In 
addition to the above mentioned factors 
relative to arc welding, it also produces 
a finer grain structure, one v^rhich lends 
itself better to Heat Treating operations. 

18-8 lends itself well to arc welding 
(continued on page 17) 

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„. WELDINQcontd. 

and this is one of the preferred methods 
of welding this material. Welds can 
easily be produced which will pass a 
bend test of 180° in the plane of the 
Vireld over a radius of one aetal thick- 
ness. Due to high thermal expansion of 
this material, the expansion is only lo- 
cal and of such a nature so as not to 
buckle the entire assembly. The shrink- 
age stresses arc sometimes quite severe 
and good practice requires a stress re- 
lieving operation, VJhen light sections 
are welded to heavy sections using the 
gas welding method, the light section is 
often carburized due to the high heat 
input required to melt the heavy section. 
This caji readily be avoided by the use 
of arc welding. The chief Imit&tion of 
arc welding in aircraft lies in the in- 
ability to m-aintain a stable arc at the 
lower temperatures required in the avoid- 
ing of thin section. ConsideraVjle work 
has been done along this line, and at 
the present v;riting raacnines da- 
signed especially for light gage material 
are available. Arc v; el ding of aluminum 

has not been adopted by the aircraft in- 
dustry to a large extent. Sound welds 
can be obtained, but the resultant beau 
is generally rough and irregular in ai>- 
pearance. Some vrork has beeii done ?.'it!. 
the Atomic Hydrogen virelder but so far it 
has not proven very adaptable for Air- 
ci'aft ir genert'l. 

Due to the fact that all vfeldiiig do-ic 
on aircraft is vital for the satisf acT,ory 
operation of the airplane, the Army and 
Navy have set up quaiiiying st;indard3 
v;hlch a vtr elder must pass before he is 
permitted to wela on Army or Mvy con- 
tracts. The tests are grouped for dif- 
ferent alloys, and consist of checks on: 
1. Penetrationj 2. Elongation; 3. Yield- 
4. Strength; 5. Visual Inspection; 
6. Sectioning. All tests are vri.tnessed, 
and fuJ.l confinaation to specification 
rec-i'iirements are mandatory. In the case 
of Austenitic 13-8, a bend test is given 
plus a check on penetration in lieu of 
strength test. The same is true of Aluiii- 
inuGi. The latter is due to the fact that 
these metals are not pri!!is,ry structure 
materials when welded. 

mm[ HO86IES 


In 2,000,000 home workshops, American 
hobbyists are finding fun working v/ith 
tools and making things of wood and me- 
tal. Stemming from one of the most 
time-honored hobbies of all, v/hittling, 
home craft'v'/ork has branched out in many 
directions. Approximately one in four 
shops, 5C0,000~out of the 2,000,000 to- 
tal, are eqiiipped with power tools. Ac- 
cording to the estimate of one machinery 
manufacturer, home-workshop hobbyists in 
the United States install aixnually about 
$5,500,000 v:orth of xievr electric-driven 
machines. Approximately 400,000 of the 
home-workshop fans are f ort^onate enough 
to possess povrer lathes. The average 
: amount spent in twelve months by the 
' confirmed home workshopoer on tools and 
materials runs betv/een .'iJ^O and ^iiOO. 

Both farm and city dv/ellers enjoy 
home vrorkshops, A few years ago when a 
: leading farm journal made a' survey of 
its readers, it discovered that 2? per- 
cent of all the farmers v^ho replied to 

the questionnaire had home v.'orkshops and 
spent their leisure on craft projects, 

Desiries woodworking, carving, furni- 
tujre-making, and metal work, there are 
numerous specialized branches of home- 
v/orkshop activity. One of the leading 
variations of the kind is amateur rad:lo. 
The 56,000 licensed amateurs in the 
country construct, operate, and repair 
their ov.'n x'dreless sets. They range from 
schoolboys to octogenarians. The yoimg- 
est is 11 and the oldest 83. One amateu:- 
hits a layout that cost $25,000 while 
scores of "ham" operators get along on a 
total investment of ^25. Banded together 
in' The American Radio Relay Leagv.e;, 
26,000 of these amateurs help maintain 
communication when floods or storms in- 
terrupt telegraph and telephone service, 


eccidents don't olwoys 

happen to the other 



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e Jacksonville News. 



from Eddie Obef boiue^' 

Upon receivin^^ the last issue of Flyin,-; Reporter, it brought to ::;iir-d th.u,t I 
slipped up having Jacksonville represented. 

First of all, I liave been heai'lnt^^ rumors that people hare been wondering v;hat 
has happened to me, vjondering \«Jhether I had forgotten to come back, been loF.t in the 
Iswamps and eaten by the allifjators, (incidentally right close to Jacksonville there 
lare some spots one can imagine are just crawling with then) or had, jcined the I\Ia"v^r. 

fishing. I've paid considerable atten- 
tion to v.'hat the papers say about fish- 
ing here but can see no reason for Floi - 

Novf the latter could happen. But to 
put an end to all these I am ^till alive 

land watching the I-IR-ls keeping them. 

flying ^ivhich isn't very hard 

Sure hope they keep on being tl 

Notv to answer when I'll be back — vjell 

to do. 

t way. 

it ' s a long story. 

ind when you find 

out, drop the word to me. 

Have sort of gotten used to this 
Florida cliiaate. First it was terribly 
hot; then hot, vjith rain thro\'/n in for 
several weeks. How it is just hot again. 
People around here don't seem to mind 
land the Navy just flys on — weather or no 

There are days v;hen the one squadron 
I'/hich has our Ryan KR-ls flys over 600 
hours. That's no small amount, believe 
me. In a day's v;ork plenty of interest- 
ing things happen, but I am not at lib- 
erty to tell them, thou;-h you can get 
some idea by knowing a hundred of them 
are operating here. 

To break away from the airplanes and 
tell a little about Northern Florida, 
'with which I'm not very enthused — yet it 
(has its interesting points. 
{ When Walt Ferguson, the Kinner repre- 
sentative, was here, ive made a trip over 
to St. Augustine to see the old Fort. We 
jlooked it over good, even going dovm in 
jthe dungeon virhere they supposedly kept 
some of the prisoners, and ivhen it was 
^discovered in later years there vfere 
bones of several skeletons found in 
there. They have somevjeird tales to 
Itell of it. 

; Also saw the Fountain of Youth and 
Idrank some of the \:'ater, but am sorry to 
isay I still feel as old as I did before; 
■They did have some pretty guides though, 
so it was time v/ell spent. 

I want to tell all you fishing fans 
ithat I — (though I don't profess to be an 
: expert — ^tried out the so-called xvonderful 

do bett(~:f 

id;i to brag. I'm sure you cm 
any day back there. Gould be it's nor, 
their season, or I am too far Morth.. 
Still, that's the way I see it. Yes, I 

but we'll s+ 

at that. 

to make REX SEATOII feel 

caught some. 
Wouldn't want 

After reading about the v;onderful 
picnic you all had, it made me plenty 
sorry to have ;nissed it, and I must say 
even a little homesick. Not hard to do 
vjhen so many of your friends are back 
there, and so many things one can do. I 
sure miss everybody azid am waiting for 
the day when I'll be heading back that 
way. Guess I've stayed at one place too 
long and become too attached to it. 

Anjway, v/e all have a job to do ar'd 
it's a pleasure to feel you're doir:-r 
your part. So, until I'll be seeing ycj. 
all, "Keep 'em Flying". 

— <+> — 

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htont yieu/i 





;ket gave way 

RY RAY MOR I^O\ /C 1/ I ''''^hen the bracke 
Yes, friends, David is one *^ IX ^ i I ' W l\ l\ ^ W D l\ I ^,^P^j^j, ^Lna tv;o hua:tred 

of those rare species kiiown as native 
Californians for ho ras born in Los An- 
geles on September 2Cth, 1914. He . at- 
tended Southwestern Iiilitary Acaderiy in 
San Marino, California, Holli'iwood High 
School and Los Angeles Jimior College 
where he majored in dr<'iniatic production. 
Since leaving school, he ^vorked in stage 
production and iiu?,nager;ent and also a 
printing press. 

He is, at present, "batching" with 
three other native Gnlifornians wlio tell 
me he is an e::pert cook. Kis present 
hobby is making recordings of Logan H, 
ennett's (one of his room-mates) piano 
playing, although he does make soiae neat 
little model boats, and enjoys an occa- 
sional horseback ride. He sports a "Let- 
ter" for his featE on the football field 
and his ambition is to own a stock farm 
specializing in horses. 

His ability as an open field runner 
in his football days was a god-send when 
a hungry pelican took after him at Rosa- 
rita beach one day. 

Bracken is not iriarried, stands five 
feet eleven inches, weighs 175 pounds, 
has dark brown hair and blue eyes. He 
is floor inspector in the sheet metal 
department on the second shift. 
_ o - - - 

HAROLD L. McCRAY was born In a cover- 
ed wagon at the end of the trail. ?iis 
folks were cattle ranchers and were re- 
turning with a herd from Kansas. His 
birthplace xvas Hay springs, Kebraska. 
Nicknamed "Nig" because he was an as- 
sistant provost marshall in France, 
over 6000 colored soldiers. He will 
celebrate his forty first birthday on 
September 10th. 

"Mac" vjent to a little country school 
in Sheridan Countj'-, Nebraska, and had to 
ride a horse seven miles to get there. 
He later gradurited from the University'- 
of Minnesota as an electrical engineer. 
He saw active service in World War jjl in 
the 5th Division 9th Brigade. Besides 
being a cattle man, he worked on tlie 
Pathfinder dam in Wyoming installing 
turbines and tells of the time he was 
hanging a power line on a canyon wall 

feet into the Roaring River below. 

He calls this his most embarrassing 

moment. Early one morning, in the front 

line trencher ho 
found it very 
advisable to i-e- 
tii'e to a nearby 
shall hole. Un- 
fortunately th- 
shell hole con- 

tained some mus- 
tai'd p^as so i«fhen 
"Mac" got bad'. 
to the trench he 
began to itch and 
scratch with the 
result that he 
pulled off ^ part 
of his hide and he still regrets the two 
months he spent on his stomach. 

McCray was married on Jamiary 10th, 
1921, has six chi].dren. One, a daughter, 
is married and has presented "Mac" 
a grandson. Incidentally, her father's 
v.'edding gift to her was an 1600 acre 
ranch including a goodly herd of cattle. 
The price of wheat went up so she put 
half of it to that purpose and McCra;^ 
being a true cattle man is plenty mad 
about it. 

He played baseball ^vith the 5th Div- 
ision, charnpions of the camp. His hobby 
is trying to do the impossible vath 
electrical gadgets and his arabition is 
to give his children the best rearing 
and schooling possible. He stands 5 
feet 9 inches, vjeighs I65 pounds, has 
dark brown hair and eyes and wears horn- 
ed rim glasses, 

_ o - - o - 
When I asked EARL LKwIS MUK^DELL, Jr, 
of Final Assemblj/ for an interviev./, he 
said he had nothing interesting to tell 
but by the time I was through with him, 
I realized it was just modesty that 
prompted that remark. By the time you 
finish his story you will agree that 
many trice his age wish they had half 
his experience. 

"Bud" is his nickname. They tacked it 
on him to keep both Jimior and Senior 
(continued on page 24) 

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win aiciQti)on 

From the inspection point of view, a machine shop is simply a place where 
parts iindergo changes in order to make them purchasable by the customer. The in- 
spector's job is to determine whether or not the parts are ivhat the custoraer has 
ordered. Every operation, regardless of how minute, has a separate inspection. A 
milled slot or a drilled hole must bear an inspection stamp of approval before the 
operation is continued. 

The maintaining of close cooperation betv/een the production and inspection 
departments' and the careful coordination that exists between the first and the 
second shifts has resulted in efficiency, good production and qitality. 

BILL HENRY and JOHN MCCARTHY, trained inspectors, receive the v-hole-hearted co-^ 
operation of CLARENCE EUIT and 3AVAGE on the first shift. On the second shift, 
ROMIG and myself find that CliRIS MUELLER and DON W.^KER want quality— in spite of 
their being production minded. 

It is a pleasure and a privilege to be connected with tvro such harmonious 
groups of men as those that we find in the machine shop, 


BOB FINAN, burr leadman, has a new one. 
Instead of tlie one that got a'.'.'ay, he 
tells of hovj to run them off. He main- 
tains that he, or anyone else, (prefer- 
ably the latter), can jump into a tank 
full of sharks, and as long as he keeps 
moving, the sharks will leave him alone. 
Bob is open to all arguments to the con- 

drove 300 miles, stayed up all night and 
the following day, but feel that they 
were amply repaid. Each of them proudly 
displayed the of doves on their 

EUGENE WOODS does not think so much 
(of hunters. His brother returned from a 
Ihunting trip with a si;-: point buck but 
jEugene is still bringing cheese sand- 
jwiches to work. 

cently returned from their vacation v/ith 
tales of the v;onderful performance of 
Bob's new Ford. They wound up their 
trip by driving from Denver to San Diego 
In thirty-six hours. CHRIS hlTELLSR sug- 
gests a new car for the boys. 

Speaking of driving, ARTHUR 'v^fELLS 
spent last week in Davenport, Iowa. He 
Was gone exactly seven days, spent the 
biggest part of the week in lov/a, and 

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says that the only disagreeable part of 
the trip was the time that they spent 
loitering along the road. This makes a 
person wonder what Wells could do if he 
were in a hurry. 

It is pleasing to see the familiar 
grin of tail, cheerful, attractive SLIii 
COATS decorating the manifold departmeat 
again. His three weeks vacation forced 
us to notice that only his presence 
could be more noticeable than his ab- 
sence, Fred and Slim could be seen in- 
termittently throughout the first even- 
ing of his return, exchanging Indian 
signs and signals. Finally Fred excited- 
ly announced that Slim had been to De- 
troit and had purchased a nevj Che-/rolet, 
But more power to you. Slim, Tivo more 
jumps and you'll be in the Buick class. 

And FRED STHiARD has been doing his 
good deed by keeping BILL HUBBARD happy. 
His E±micking of the Streamliner is 
nearly perfect. He pulls on an air hose_, 
emits a blast like a train whistle, beats 
on a piece of tubing and shuffles his 
feet. He completes the picture by taking 
a deep breath and grinning, 

ARTHUR TORGERSON of Chicago, 111,, 
has his own brand of troubles. In a re- 
cent con"versation he was overheard to 

(continued on page 24) 


A r-«. r^ p-' 




DENNY, CALTER and BASORE are getting up a petition to have a Ryan picnic once 
a month. We v/onder why 

BASORE (again last month's news) set the whole Wing Department off schedule 
while he was off for a week with .a boil on the "back" of his hipl 

Cffi(3iGE "The Greek" got so wrapped up four forced landings already* 

in his work the other day that he broke 
a rib as he unwrapped himself. That's 
O.K., George, but the men in salvage 
don't like to be called "Those guys from 
Wrecking", — But then again, maybe you've 
got something there. 

• It cost CARPENTER $5.00 to find out 
that the Dodgers were really bums. 

VINC "SINK YOUR GRANNY" is still hav- 
ing trouble. Does anyone know of a 
boarding house where the eggs aren't 
half solid and the toast isn't burned 
for breakfast? 

MAST (new member of Safety Drivers) is 
going to believe us some day, if he is- 
n't careful, that Henry Ford's V8 motor 
wasn't built for airplanes. He has had 

BENNETT snapped out of that bowling 
rut and is playing a good game now. He 
is going to take the city exam for flat 
feet soon. 

The "S.D.'s" welcome MINOR. After 
that trip to Oakland, he has showed his 
interest by getting two dented fenders 
and one ticket for speeding. 

One of our fine boys tied the knot 
last Saturday night and I, for one, can 
say he sure tied it in first class shape. 
You boys that didn't go to the wedding 
sure missed a very beautiful wedding. 
Lots of luck, HARRY, and I hope you 
liked our gifts. 

We lost one of our, very fine boys to 
North Island. I am sure we all hated to 
(continued on page 22) 


by Earl E, Byrdman 

There is more action with fewer prin- 
cipals than there were at the Battle of 
San Juan in the flying club. MARGIE 
PILLING, one of our lovlier brunettes 
jwon her Private License, and DICK WIL- 
ISON, Beau Brummel of the Tooling Depart- 
ment just soloed (again). Dick was a 
flier before he came to Ryan, but had 
idropped his ticket. BILL PONGRATZ is 
idoing most of his flying these days 
around Detroit and Ypsilanti, Michigan, 

The cross-country hoppers to Warner 
Hot Springs included JENS NEIMAN, VINC 

their vacations, but other regvilar fliers 

IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNW ^Down at the 

,3ottom of an aerial "layer cake" and not 
iLiking it one bit are private plane ovm- 
brs. Under new Civil Aeronautics Board 


Gf\Oj-/ Uopt Tue: wneeLS hahcoav.' 

regulations, they must fly below 3500 
feet altitude. Above, fly comraercial 
airlines, tA only up to 17,000 feet» 
Levels above 17,000 have been restricted 
to the exclusive use of military planes. 

Q, What is the last word in para- 

A. Jump. 

If any of the gang read this stuff, 
my last word will be DUCK, 

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U L 

1 1Q[I4D 


I just had an accident! As George, the pipe- 
fitter was hoisting up a new piece o.f sprinkler 
pipe, the end svning around and socked lue right 
in the face! 

Hy face wasn't red it v;as smashed, s.nd I 

sure skipped a few ticks! But they fixed me 
right up with a new piece of glass and later I 
was wondering if they should have gi^en me some 
of that tough glass, — the same unbreakable kind 

fellows on the bench 
need of that because 

that's in the goggles the 
vjear. I guess there's no 
I haven't any human eyes. 

Speaking of goggles and human eyes 80;^ of 

the things you knovj come to you through your 
eyes. It's a fact. You watch a ball game; you 
read the nev/spapers or a book; you recognize 
your friends and members of your family; you 
see a movie or a shov/; you look at a sunset or 
country or city scenery; you can't drive an 
automobile unless you can see, and so forth. 

You wouldn't like to lose those things, 
would you? 

Just wear your goggles! You shouldn't v«ear 
them just once in a while, but you should vjear 
them whenever there is even the smallest chance 
that some bit of material might fly into or 
strike your eye. 

It always makes me skip a beat every time I 
see a thoughtless mechanic go over to a grinder 
and touch up a cutting tool without his goggles. 
He probably doesn't bother to put them on "be- 
cause he's just going to do a short job." 

The length of the job has nothing to do vrith 

It only takes a split secozid to lose an eye, 
and whether your grinding, buffing or snagging 
job takes three seconds or three days, those 
goggles should be right up there covering those ./////_, 
eyes of yours every instant. U^^. 

If you stop a minute to think how much your 
eyes really mean to you, you'll never allovj them to be unprotected when they need 
protection. A glass eye looks real, but you can't see with one. 

more Wing Assembly 

see him go. The boys on the Bovvling Team 
really cried. So long, LOU^ and good 

For some reason or other hORGAN can 
be found helping the wife knit sweaters 
iduring these evenings. He also likes to 
{get up in the morning and cook his break- 
jfast. What's the mystery, Kr. "M"? 

V/e are getting more members every day 
in the Wing Department's "Safety Drivers'.' 
JTo date, KELLOGG is the starring member. 

It seems that someone fell asleep at 
their wheel and hit him head on out near 
Encinitas one night. 

Last month JIMiVrf SOUTBifICK used to be 
annoyed by a dog on his way to work, un- 
til one morning he got his nose caught 
in the spokes of a motorcycle. Wow the 
same dog sits on the curb and wags his 

tail as Jim goes by ^Moral — don't keep 

your nose to the grindstone sit on the 

cui^b and wag your tail. (It's a good 
idea, but doesn't buy groceries — ^Ed.) 


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J II . ] i . ii .j ii ! ■! I ■ uim \m If- 1— ■"ri Ti 

horse and grab me up in his arms and 
carry me away with him." "Be careful, 
Mary", said her companion, "or they'll 
be tossing you out of here in a couple 

of days you're talking sense now." It 

goes along like this for months and 
months and then steadily grows ^vorse. 

"BIG ICKY" ICRRILL, first cousin to 
the "thin man" clairus to have the most 
devastating, diabolical dentures in ex- 
istence. He has been religiously en- 
deavoring to break them in properly for 
the past few days by eating corn on the 
cob, rock candy and vJalnuts on the half 
shell. The pronunciation of "Kansas City 
has been his stumbling block, though, a3 
he has been vmable to say it in a v;ay 
that doesn't resemble a locomotive let- 
ting off stea-Ti at a mid-desert water 
tovjer. "I find," says "Icky", and we 
quote, "that there are a great many uses 
for them aside from employing them for 
mastication purposes." "They come in 
very handy as paper vreights, door stops, 
I chock blocks for the baby carriage and 
various other uses around the liouse." 
Ue might suggest in all seriousness too, 
that they are just the thing for scratch- 
ing the back when a door jam can't be 



Hangar flying is a popular pastime 
around any aircraft plant, we ir^agine, 
but few if any can surpass that that 
goes on in our back yard at lunch time. 
The only fault we are able to find with 
it is that the er,-ah — fog gets so thick 

that navigation of sandwiches is light 
near impossible. You ought to conie out 
there some, noon time and listen in. It's 
highly entertaining if not educational. 

JACK CHESS wins the "ICeg lined" lov- 
ing cup this week with his tall one, 
"You know," said Jack, "That baby of 
mine really is a bear cat. Alreidy cit 
the age of five v;eeks he's trying to 
stand by himself I" "He'll be walking In 
another two weeks and sho.ving in three 
at that rate!" 

JOE LOVE and HANK HANGGI have been 
vieing with each other for some time novj 
for the position of "hiszoner", presi- 
dent of the RyaJi Breakfast Club. Hank, 
being a bachelor, has the edge on Joe 
due to the fact that he eats his break- 
fast at the plant more regularly. At- 
tendance at tlie breakfast table seems 
to be one of the determining factors in 
the race, v/hile the ability to dunk do- 
nuts in those collapsible paper cups is 
another. Joe Love drinlcs milk and nib- 
blv^s on a cold-rolled snail, so is dis- 
qualified from that angle. 

"Sorry, but I couldn't see him.," said 
BOB GUYER. "Sorry, but I can't see it 
either," said the judge. "Throe bucks, 
please 1 1" 

ROMIE SMITH clams that the thing 
with four (4) v;heels that ho so erron- 
eously calls an.-aut(2uobile *^an outwrap 
anj'thing on the highway. It ' s a virtue 
to have confidence, Ror.nie, but be sure 
that the wrap you speak of doesn't prove 
to be the kind that v;as so popular a fov; 

seasons back namely, the wrap-around 

top-coat. It no'.' comes in three flavors, 
l.-Ponderosa Pine, 2, Oregon Pine and/or 
Knotty Pine. 

"Sixty-nine Cents'. ! ! — is that all I 
owe you?" asked DYKE VJARREN of the Cros- 
ley Car V/arrens upon being presented 
xvith the bill for his m.onthly supply of 
gasoline. "That's a heck of a lot bet- 
ter than I'd even hoped it v/ould be. 
Tell ya ^vot, don't bother to fill 'er 
clear up, just remove th' cap 'n' if ja. 
can detect any odor of gas at all, I'll 
jus' skip the vjhole thing 'n' be iii ta 
see ya nex' week." 

The foregoing conversation was report- 
ed to have taken place at the station 
where Dj^ke does his business. We take 
this opportunity to present Mi'. Warren 
with the gingham loving cup for coop- 
erating with the petroleum coordinators 
to such an extent, (contd. page 24) 

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fiACHINF. SHOP._contd. 

have Lientioned the difficulties encount- 
ered in pronouncing the names of Calif- 
ornia tovms. He said, "Isn't it funny. 
They spell it L-A-J-0-L-L-A and they pro- 
nounce it San Juan Capistrano," 

GLENN STRICKLAND has finally exposed 
CUSHMAN BAIffiR'3 avming troubles. It 
seems that Custoan traded an old stove 
for his axvning and he suspended it on 
his trailer from the four corners. After 
the first shovjer the axvning looked like 
a big water bag, sagging nearly to the 
ground under the strain of three or four 
hundred gallons of water. When he un- 
hooked one corner of the awning to let 

the water out slowly, the rest of the 
catches gave v/ay and he was caught in 
the ensuing flood. He managed to keep 
this a secret for a long time. But re- 
meiiber, Bakei', truth will always out. 

D.ON WAI.KSR, attractive blonde expedi- 
tor, and CHRIS NUJ^LLER, heav?/-set fore- 
man, are the cause of a debate ""l^ich 
should not be overlooked, I contend tb-.-.t 
it is unfair to hold it against a man 
just because he takes on 3 little vvei/'lit 
in his old age. Remember, Don, you'll 
be old someday. 

And last let us remember that 


is only the best way of doing things, 

Let's all be artists. 


from stampeding when they called. Junior 
is tv/enty-tvjo years old and belie'we it 
or not was born i-ight here in San Diego, 
He attended U'ashington Grade School, San 
Diego High and San Diego Junior College. 
He got his letter playing football next 
to Eddie "Double Hitch-backed, Super- 
quad, Drooper-whoa, Fire-plu,g, Chief" 
Becker, Like all ex-grid men he worked 
on construction jobs at the Destroyer 
Base vjhich he says is "damned hard". 
Aviation is his life; he soloed and rat- 
ed his private license at Speers, took 
an advanced training course at the Ryan 
School and has just passed his physical 

test for the Anny Cadets and we can ex- 
pect to lose him any day now. His en- 
thusiasm for flj'-ing prompted him. to buy 
a plane of his ovm which was wrecked in 
a faulty landing. He haa one hundred 
and four hom^s logged. 

He says the closest he ever came to 
displaying another talent vjas at a night 
club v'/hen his friend Jira Nebel Thau sang 
and he watched. "Bud" drives (?) a '29 
Model "A" that is in a very sad conrb".- 
tion. He is 5 feet 6 inches tell, vjeijr^s 
160 pounds, has hazel eyes and bi'uvi.' 


BOB GARDNER, the wandering nimrod of 
manifold welding (He's the boss man by 
the way), won't be riding the merry mix- 
up or anything like it at the fim zones 
or amusement parks in the ' near future. 
He just can't see the percentage in it. 
"Why should I give some guy a dime to 
foul me all up, vjhen I can get the same 
thing for nothing somewhere on the slopes 
of Mt. Palomar? The scenery is much 
better anyhov?!" Bob had it all over a 
couple of other fellows we knoxv of, how- 
ever. It seems that these fellows were- 
n't as fortunate as Bob in being able to 
find a horse to bring them home and had 
to walk all the v;ay. Bob was still all 
turned aroiKid though as he rode the 
horse all the way mounted hind part be- 
fore muttering something about inoss on 
the trees. 



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Vol. 2 No. 8 

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Yesterday you fretted and worried about what was going 
to happen "tomorrow". Yesterday you made your share of mis- 
takes and you had your aches and pains. You thought of the 
possible adversities of "tomorrow". 

Today is the "tomorrow" you worried about yesterday and 
chances are the sun rose with great majesty and the greater 
part of the things you worried about yesterday didn't even 
come to pass. 

Yesterday is gone; today is yesterday's "tomorrow"; to- 
morrow will, in a few hours, again be "today". 

Only one doy can be lived at a time; there is no use to 
regret the mistakes you made yesterday or to fear those you 
will make tomorrow. No more can be expected of you than 
that you make sure that tomorrow docs not see you making the 
SAME mistakes as you made yesterday or today. 

Failures do not come from making mistakes. Failures 
come from being unable to gain profit from mistakes we have 
made to the end that we do not repeat the mistakes. 

It is unnecessary to fear either mistakes or the future. 

Our greatest men have all made many mistakes but they 
were able to recognize them and never repeat. 

You can bet that when a man is successful there's a 
reason and most of the time it is that he had no fear of the 
future because he knew that he wouldn't repeat yesterday's 
mistakes tomorrow. 


Volo 2 
No. 8 

M mm m 

Nov, 7 
19 4 1 

Published by Employees of the 


Through their Welfare Department 

under direction of 

■A: ■» * * 

Editors: Bill Wagner j Sue Zinn 

Art Editor: George Duncan 

Editorial Assistants: J. R, Conyers 

Slim Goats 

Ray Morkowski 

Wm. J. van den Akker 

Departmental Contributors: 

Flying Club News Earl E. Birdman 

Nuts, Bolts & Rivets Noremac 

Manifold Exhaust Manny Fohlde 

Bob's Bumps G-. (Bob) Harris 

Machine Shop Win Alderson 

Maintenance Pat Kelly 

Douglas Gloudster Dan Burnett 

Engineering J,. Park--B, Close 

The Body Builders Jos. G„ Groszek 

Modeling Paul Davjson 

Ryanettes Pat Kregness 

Brenda & Gobina Lenore Barr 

Fabric Hi-Lites Dorothy Kolbrek 

The Wizard Cane I"lan C. E, Thomas 

Sheet Metal News Jack Young 

Drop- Hammer Dick Gillam 

Final Assembly Jack Billings 
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Test Pilot Joe "Cigar" Rust is pictured above 

• in this excellent flight view putting one of 
i the new Ryan PT-22 low-vdng trainers through 
1 its paces following its delivery to the 
i flight line by the busy final assembly crew.. 

Cameraman Tommy Hixson took this fine pic- 
! ture from another PT-22 piloted by Lieut . 

• Clarence Terry^ former San Diego judge^ now 
assigned to active duty making final accept- 
ance check flights of our trainers for the 

'Army, Lieut. Terry is generally to be met 

j on the flight line, although a goodly number 

; of Ryan employees undoubtedly had the plea- 

' sure of making his acquaintance some time 

{ago in courtroom appearances resulting from 

too much speed while piloting a Ford or a 

Chewy around San Diego streets. You'll 

find him a regular guy. 


by Dorothy Kolbrek 

I wonder if the rest of you have felt the 
same way that I do at times. 'We are doing 
routine work. Some do skilled vjork, but it 
becomes routine after a time. 

Do you feel insignificant and a little 
weary of it all? Well, we all do„ 

But did you ever think of the importance 
of each little job? Put them all together 
and they spell PRODUCTION. Isn't that what 
this country needs? 

It's pretty wonderful to just be able to 
live in this glorious U.S.A.. where people 
still can think out loud. No one v/ants to 
compel us to do anything, but these are not 
ordinary times. We must give the best that 
is in us. After all, we're only protecting 

We are not sacrificing a great deal. We 
get paid for what v;e do. Many lives have 
been sacrificed to bring airplanes up to 
their present standard. But these men, and 
women too, had a goal. It's funny, but vje 
too have a goal and most of us don't rea- 
lize just how much a part of everything 
else v^e are. We are just little people- 
living, loving, dying. 

It's not very pleasant to think of the 
prospect of taking other human lives in or- 
der that we might live, and have our way of 
life. But the time has come— how few of us 
realize that. 

Maybe a life depends on how v;ell vie do 
our work, and maybe a fellow worker's hap- 
piness depends on how v;e treat him or hero 
Perhaps we are just a small minority, but 
v;e can work together in peace. If every 
small group worked together in harmony, the 
big groups, yes, even the v/orld, could live 
together in peace. Together we stand, di- 
vided we fall. 

So let's have lots of laughter and hap- 
piness and interest in our work. Remember 
that vje are the most resourceful nation in 
the world and we will find SOME way to lick 
even the DEVIL himself. Let's have faith 
in ourselves, faith in our fellow worker, 
and most of all, faith in our country. 

DEADLINE for the next issue of FLYING REPORT- 
ER will be 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 
19th. Larry Gibson in the Employees' Tool 
Store will be glad to receive your contribu- 

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(J/ppottunL tu 

condensed from 

This excellent article which again gives convincing reasons why industry's opportunities g 
to the best-trained and most enthusiastic men, has been condensed from "WANTED: A MILLIC 
MORE SUPERVISORS", written by CHARLES HURD and appearing in the October Issue of KEDBOC 
Magazine. - Editor) 

It is a curious fact that the same emergency 
which forces the United States to go on a war foot- 
ing is producing a greater immediate opportunity 
for youth than anything that has ever happened in 
this country' s history 

War today is a contest of industries, of vast 
organization and vast production. The fact is be- 
coming clearer that it is fought in the factories, 
at work-benches and on drafting boards, more than 
in the air or on land or on the sea» For each 
soldier, sailor and aviator, there must be eighteen 
civilians supplying him vJith arms and munitions 
and clothes and all the tools of warfare„ 

Whether a country actually is at war, or whether 
it is preparing its strength to meet any challenge, 
makes very little difference The needs are the 
same, as we see each day with announcements of new 
contracts, nevj programs, new priorities, 'i'he needs 
are for trained men and specialized iriachines, and 
most of all there is a need for capable brains and 
hands ., 

As recently as two years ago the million young 
men who caiae of age each year v/ere new liabilities 
in a disorganized social system» Most trades were 
closed to them. College graduates often fotind the 
local filling-station or the corner drug-store of- 
fering the best opportunity available. Such work 
ioade their expensive training and hard study a 
joke. Today the country still has a disorganized 
econoxay to consider, but that is a matter for the 
future. Now it is the land of opportunity for 
youth, particularly for educated or trained youth. 

For those v;ho have no training, there are op- 
portunities, to get it in capsule form and to step 
after a few months into jobs once reserved for men 
with college degrees in engineering and technical 
subjects. Careers again are waiting to be made, 
by the thousand and the hundreds of thousands. As 
al'ways, the greatest opportunities are open to the 
best-trained young men. 

Only one-fifth of the forty billions of dollars 
authorized for defense has been expended, and that 
mostly for land and things which were on hand. 
Only one-third of the contracts have been let, and 
many of these are for factories and shipyards and 
machines not yet designed, let alone built « 

Nevertheless^ almost every ma 
capable today of being a superintenden 
or an inspector or a foreman or a su 
pervisor is at work, and usually work > 
ing overtime » Productive brains hav \ 
been spread to the maximumo Here i 
where the prime opportunity for yout ' 

A country which needs a million ne i 
industrial bosses must create them al i 
most overnight, because the only regu-: 
lar source of supply of new productio j 
engineers has been for many years th ' 
annual graduating classes of the scien 
tific and technical schools which pro 
duce each year between twelve thousan 
and fourteen thousand graduates,. Tha 
is the current supply available in 
year when the defense program need, 
hundreds of thousands. 

There must be a technical expert foi 
each ten men working in the averag( 
aircraft factory. Since there are rel-l 
atively few aeronautical engineers; 
this industry has hired regular civil' 
engineers and made them over into air- 
craft specialists. 

If the need for trained specialist! 
seems exaggerated, look at what thi 
Civil Service Commission had to do t{ 
comb the field for marine draftsmen am 
engineers. The maximum age limit foi 
hiring Civil Service workers always ha; 
been forty-five years. For these spec- 
ialists, it raised the age limit tc 
seventy years. 

Since these things have occurred be- 
fore the program really is started, it 
is hard to exaggerate the ultimate need. 

The best specialists in the field art 
the young men with a long background oi 
inquisitive study in classroom and lab- 
oratory. But time cannot wait on them. 
There must be quick, intensive training 
for wholesale numbers of young men. 

So much for the present opportunity. 

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It exists but what of the future? 

In preparing this article, the writer 
asked that question of a great inany people, 
particularly the business and industrial 
leaders who have come to Washington to help 
develop the defense program. Their replies 
fitted into a rather general pattern, as 
they speculated on a future of which no one 
can be certain. 

These men pointed out that there never 
has been a clear-cut future for any genera- 
tion, vjhether there vjas war or peace. Some 
of them cited the good-time predictions loade 
in 1928 as an antidote for the gloomy pre- 
dictions of today's pessimists. On on« thing 
they all agreed- --that nothing hab snuwn as 
clearly as the current war the need for 
trained workers, whether these men work 'with 
their heads or their hands or a combination 
of both.. 

There are two principal jobs facing the 
people of the United States j 

One, the important immediate thing, is to 
bring defense production to a level greater 
than that of any combination of pov;ers v;hich 
may threaten the United States. The other,, 
and probably the more difficult, is to evolve 
an industrial program that will make it pos- 
sible for this country in a post-war vjorld 
to hold on to, and to improve, the progress 
it already has made. 

To a certain degree these are political 
problems, but politics can do no more than 
provide an encouragement, or an atmosphere 
in the world. The viork itself is the task of 
engineers and technicians and trained work- 

That is where the training and adaptabil- 

I ity of today's youth will count both for the 

j country and for the individuals themselves. 

In the end, any opportunity must go to the 

best-trained and most enthusiastic man. 

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In the last issue of Flying Reporter the 

company announced a new employee training 

plan for home study of technical aviation 

subjects. Under this plan, half of the 

training expense is paid for the employee by 

the company, upon recommendation of the em- 

; ployee by the factory superintendent for this 

' instruction. 

A large number of employees have already 
expressed their interest in this training 
' program, and the first group of students en- 
1 rolled have begun their studies which are 
j planned to prepare men for positions of 
; greater responsibility. 

Bo VH TuiNK >Me JiiWfTOCS CR»* SCftflpe. URmrrTLE 

By filling out the coupon below you will 
be furnished with more complete information 
on the training prograin, or if you filled 
out the coupon in the last issue of Flying 
Reporter and have not been contacted by a 
representative of the Ryan Aeronautical In- 
stitute, it is requested that you again fill 
out this coupon. Coupons should be turned 
in to the guards in the clock house. 

Information may also be obtained by con- 
tacting Harry Siegmund at the Ryan Institute 
offices on the opposite side of the field. 
The Institute has arranged for Mr. Siegmund 
to be available daily from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 
p.m. especially to interview factory employ- 
ees who are interested. Other details are 
also available in the office of E. A. Moore, 
assistant factory superintendent. 

Tos Ryan Aeronautical Institute 

I would like to receive more complete de- 
tails of the new employees training plan, 
I am particularly interested in the instruc- 
tion checked, 

C2 Aircraft Construction and Maintenance 

□ Aeronautical Drafting and Engineering 
r~^ Airplane Stress Analysis 

□ Aircraft Power Plants 

□ Special Drafting and Engineering 



D epartment_ 


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As the Ryan Aeronautical Company continues 
to assume its position as an important cog 
in the country's defense program^ official 
inspection visits to the plant by government- 
al representatives and foreign dignitaries 
become more frequent in order that they may 
observe progress for themselves and confer 
with management and production executives. 

Just for the fun of it, let's take Octo- 
ber 15th to show what we mean.. 

Highlight of the day was the visit of 
Sidney Hillman, co-director of the Office of 
Production Management , who, with his staff 
of Army and Navy officers, was conducted 
through the plant by Claude Ryan, iiddie liol- 
loy and other company officials, 

Earlier in the day Claude Ryan conferred 
in his office with the Honorable Rafael 
Larco-Herrera, vice-president of the Republic 
of Peru, 

While Sidney Hillman and his party v/ere 
being shown through the plant, Bert Holland, 
Walter Locke and Al Gee were conducting a 
Cook's Tour of the factory for the benefit 
of the Bolivian Military Air Coinmission con- 
sisting of Colonel Oscar Moscoso, Major Al- 
fredo Pacheco, Captain Rodolfo Garcia- Agreda 
and Lieut Hector Callardo Mjor Kdward H, 
Potter, U S. Army, was liaison officer for 
the party 

Meanwhile Ryan's vice-president Earl Prud- 
den v,fas showing the sights to William Niss- 
ley, assistant to the Undersecretary of VJar, 
on a tour of inspection of pilot training 



I soon 

^ \J \J \J L 

Perhaps the most authoritative book 
available annually on aviation in the entire 
United States is the Aircraft Year Book pub- 
lished by the Aeronautical Chamber of Com- 
merce of America. 

The Aircraft Year Book for 1941 is now 
available for distribution and may be ob- 
tained by Ryan employees at reduced rates 
through the tool store in charge of Larry 
Gibsono The usual rate for the book is 
$5oOO per copy but by special arrangement 
with the publishers, we are able to obtain a 
price of $4o00 each. However, if sufficient 
employees place orders through the tool 
store for copies, the price will very likely 
be further reduced. If you are interested, 
contact Larry Gibson, 

The Ryan Employees Welfare' Tool Store has 
been given a great reception in the first 
month of operation. 

This store is for all employees of the 
company and we hope that you v;ill avail your- 
selves of the opportunity to save a little 
money on the tools you find necessary to do 
your job. 

This store has been established for all 
employees through the efforts of our Person- 
nel Director, Mervin I^rco, and I am sure 
that it is his v/ish that the store become a 
habit of service to each and every employee. 

The store is operated on a strictly non- 
profit basis and is equipped to serve you 
with any type of tool or accessory that you 
find need for in your work here at the fac- 
tory or in your home work shop, Plorab, Stan- 
ley and Starrett tools are featured mainly 
because experts of this and many other com- 
panies feel these are the best makes of 
tools on the present market. 

It is to be remembered that this store is 
in no v;ay a compulsory unit in our organiza- 
tion but that it is here for you if you find 
a need for it. 

Frankly, the two main purposes of the 
store are, first, to save our employees all 
that it is possible to save them, and second, 
to make available the necessary tools with 
which to do the job you are doing. 

At the present time the store is open 
from eleven to twelve in the morning, and 
from three to four in the afternoon. These 
are temporary hours and will be changed if 
necessary so that the service of the store 
will be as convenient as possible. 

There you have it. Another step by your 
Personnel Department to "Keep Ryan's a good 
place to worko" 

The editors of FLYING REPORTER were some- 
what disturbed to learn this week that some 
employees failed to receive their copies of 
the last issue o 

The print order for each issue is suffi- 
cient to cover all employees and there is 
no reason there should not be enough copies 
to go around- Perhaps some employees are 
taking more than one copy. If so, we're 
pleased to learn of your interest, but re- 
member if you take more than one copy some 
other employee vjill be denied his issue., 

Extra copies of this issue have been 
printed. If you fail to receive a copy 
please report the fact to Larry Gibson in 
the tool store„ 

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The Ryan Softball Team, often the under- 
dog in its contests, finally came through to 
win the San Diego Softball Association Post 
Season Tournament. 

Every contest vjas a fight to the finish 
with the white clad warriors from Ryan com- 
ing through in every start but one with a 
winning drive that was too much for all of 
their foes. 

It is rather hard to pick out the out- 
standing feats of each player as every play- 
er on the squad put forth the best that he 
had in him and the result was, as I have 
said before, the tournament victory. It 
would be impossible to say too much about 
the team as a whole as they really v/ere out 
to win, and win they did. 

Their victory will be rewarded in two 

ways first the glory that such a fine team 

brings to their sponsors, ,, ^nothing concrete 
but none the less, very important » Second, 
each member of the team will receive a medal 
shov/ing the date and the accomplishment. 

Following is a list of the Ryan All-Star 
Squad which brought to Ryan its first city 

championship in any sport; 
ED HERRON - Utility 
MERT FULLER - Utility 
"LEFTY" MARCOUX - First Base 
BOB CHASE - Short Field 
TOM McWILLIAMS - Third Base 
"MOOSE" SIRATON - Short Stop 
BUD QUADE -■ Second Base 
JOS BASSO - Left Field 
JACK BILLINGS - Center Field Utility 
SAM GILBERT - Center Field 
0V;EN "CHIEF" -;.UJffi;R - Catcher 

and last bat in no way least — 


Finney's pitching was outstanding and a 
boost that made the championship possible. 
The tougher the spot, the harder he pitched. 

And there you have it — -Ryan Aeronautical 
Company's first championship team in any 
sport , . 

To the team as a whole we say, "Congratu- 
lations, the company is proud of you." To 
every man on the team we say, "Well done and 
thank youo" 


The Ryan factory day and night shift bowl- 
ing teams are right in the midst of a hot 
scramble for those four points that mean so 
much to a teajn when the final tussle for 
league championship rolls around. 

Monday evening from seven until nine o'- 
clock is the time the 28 day shift teams come 
together at the Tower Bowling Alleys » It is 
truly a great thrill to see the teams in ac- 
tion . 

There are 28 alleys available in the Tower 
Bowl which is without doubt the finest boi«L- 
ing academy in the western United States. All 
of these alleys are put to use by our Ryan 
bowling league. 

The league will run for 27 consecutive 
weeks with the various places being determined 
by the number of points vjon and lost. There 
are too many prizes to mention but you may 
rest assured that all of them are worth work- 

ing for and that the boys are reaUy ii earn- 
est as they roll for the "one and three" 
pocket each Monday night „ 

There is truly a lot of interest shown in 
this year's league and from the number of 
spectators there are a lot of fellows and 
gals giving their department teams a lot of 
support. Drop in some Monday night and see 
for yourself just what is being done in the 
Ryan bowling league. It's really worth your 
while o 

The first section standings will be printed 
in the next issue of your Ryan Flying Report- 
er. By the v/ay, if you are interested in the 
weekly standings of your favorite team you 
may consult the new welfare bulletin board 
just inside the main factory entrance. We 
now have a large bulletin board for the ex- 
clusive use of Welfare activity of aH kinds. 

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"Heyj listen. Hey, lookl Hurry, hurry, h-u-r- and was a flight instructor, toO: 

r-r-r-y to see the world's youngest daredevil leap 
frcHn thousands of feet in the sky by parachute. 
It's thrilling S It's terrifying I And it's educa- 
tional S See the 'Flying Squirrel', one hundred and 
ten pounds of death defying daring make his spec- 
tacular and famous leap into the very javjs of 
death. There is nothing else like it on earth. 
He's only a boy. Hey, lookl Hey, hurry, hurry, 
hur- r-r-r-y I " 

That little spiel, friends, made on July 4th in 
1915 at a county fair heralded the six-footer you 
know now as Bert Holland, chief inspector. It ivas 
being made just I5 years after Bert's birth on a 
farm on the Ozark Hills near Poplar Bluff, Missouri, 
He had seen the balloon ascension at a county fair. 
His die was cast: So, at 15 he left home to be- 
come a balloonist himself 

In 1916 he helped a pilot repair the Curtiss 
pusher that had been cracked up in an unusually bad 
landing.- His rev/ard for that was learning to fly 
Then the youngest known pilot in the United States, 
or in the v;orld for that matter, his aviation 
career continued with barnstorming and 'demonstra- 
tions' until he joined the U: S. Signal Corp. o.. by 
stretching his age a couple of years Even at that 
he was too young to be accepted in the "Air Corps" 
which at that time was part of the Signal Corps 

After being discharged in IBI9 he went to St 
Louis v;here he took on some more education Be- 
tv;een barnstorming on the side and finishing up 
with high school, Bert was a very busy young feller 
until 1923o Then he devoted his attention exclu- 
sively to barnstorming county fairs (or anything 
else) until 1925= For a couple of years he v/as in 
business for himself, salvaging airplanes and re- 
selling their parts at the best price possible. 

Next, he went to vjork for Boeing as a mechanic- 
It was here that he first started developing the 
'critical eye', so much a part of inspectors. Af- 
ter about three years at Boeing, Bert took an in- 
spectors job at Keystone Aircraft Company. Later, 
he was assistant chief inspector there. 

When Keystone folded up, in 1931^ the 'Fljdng 
Squirrel' took a job with the Republic of Colombia, 
down in South America.- He helped in organizing an 
air force for this enterprising Southern neighbor, 

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'.ihen the Republic ordered some new- 
airplanes from Bellanca, here in 
the States, they sent Holland back 
to supervise the job as Colombia's 
representative , 

In 1934^ he was sent to the Se- 
versky plant on a similar job for 
Colombia and while there his con- 
tract expired. So, Bert joined the 
Seversky outfit as assistant chief 

After three years with Seversky 
he took a job with the Canadian Car 
and Foundry Company in Montreal .- 
This job was principally aerial 
survey vrork of the Northern Pro- 
vinces, The Canadian Car and Foun- 
dry Company then sent him to their 
aircraft factory at Fort ".villiams, 
Ontario to organize an inspection 
department when they started the 
first Hawker Hurricane contract. 

In 1939, he went to Mexico with 
a little handful of five men to 
set up and organize an aircraft 
factory for the Canadian Car and 
Foundry Company v;ith a contract to 
build 40 training planes and 20 
Grumman fighters - 

All equipment was purchased from 
the States, 300 workmen picked up 
from the streets and mountains and 
trained for the job. At the ter- 
mination, of the contract with the 
Mexican government, the entire fac- 
tory was turned over to the govern- 
ment and is now operating and ex- 
panding rapidly with a substantial 
backlog of orders from various 
Latin American Countries, 

There is not one American in the 
organization. The factory is quite 
small but ultra modern in every re- 
spect and the natives constituting 
the working personnel are turning 
out beautiful work in spite of the 

fact that they have never seen the inside 
of any other aircraft factory. 

When he came back to New York City in 
1941 he was dead set on having a vacation. 
It had been over three years since he quit 
working long enough to enjoy a good smoke, 
he says. Like all ivise people, he came to 
California for this long coveted vacation 
and had little more than become accustomed 
to the fog when he finds himself Chief In- 
spector for the Ryan outfit. He said, 
sort of wistfully, that he had given up 
and abandoned all hope of the vacation 

All in all, Bert has spent the last 
twenty-five or six years in or around air- 
planes. He's flown 'era up and torn 'em 
down. He's checked *em and wrecked 'em. 
He even spent two and one half years in 
night school taking engineering work on 

When you hear Bert Holland tell of the 
kind of guys that are building this brat 
of an aviation industry into a giant j you 
can have no doubts as to its future "They 
spent too many long, lean years getting it 
goingj" he says, "nothing can stop them 

I^QJUS, [B(DaiJ5 miD ffiDVCEFS 

for a job 

i A woman applied to Mr. Marco 
and gave her name as Jane Smiths, 

Vlhat is your husband's name, she was ask- 

"Jack Smith," she replied. 

"I mean his full name," said Mr. MarcOc 

"When he's full he thinks his naime is Joe 
uouls but when I get my hands on him, it is 
.still Smith," she replied. 

I "Any of you lads know anything about short 
land?" asked the sergeant to a bunch of 
iraftees at Camp Callan, 

There was a quick response. Six of thesn 
fell out at once. 

"Righto. They're shorthanded in the cook 

When there is so much vjeather as we have 
.0 California, it can't all be good. 

Bill; Is it possible for a woman to keep 
I secret? 

Jacks Oh yes. My wife and I were engaged 
lix weeks before she let me in on it. 

by noremoic 

It's most aggravating to have something 
around the house that's broke and won't work 
-—especially a husband. 

"Could you learn to love me?" asked the 
young man, 

"Well," she sighed, "I learned shorthand 
in three weeks. 

Son: Pop, 
from seeds? 

Pop: No, son 
is necessary 

are political plums raised 
, sometimes a little grafting 

The new maid was asked by the cook if the 
company said anything about the cooking. 

"No, replied the maid," but I noticed them 
praying before they started eating. 

MTo Marco asked the applicant if he had a 
good head for figures. 

"Nope", he replied, "everytime I see a 
good figure I lose my head." 

(continued on page 18) 

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by menny fohlde 

"There I stood, holding the bag and it 
wasn't because I'd been on a Snipe hunt 
either/' bemoaned JACK MARLATT. It seems 
that Marlatt, being in a great hurry to get 
to work as he always isj or it may have been 
due to his sleeping in a wee bit on this 
particular morning, rushed out of the house 
grabbing his lunch bag in transit . Imagine 
his chagrin, when upon being accosted by the 
guard at the gate, he discovered that his 
bag contained nothing more than one round 
dozen grade A, number one, extra large cackle 

GORDON JOHNS, of the gun totin" Johns 
brothers, caused quite a flurry of .excite- 
ment around the neighborhood of Fifth and 
University the other evening. "Mad man on 
the loose with deadly weapon, approach with 
caution S" was the message that came over the 
police radio. After the dust, raised by the 
arrival of fifty prowl cars, motorcycle offi- 
cers, fire trucks and "paddy wagons", had 
settled, Mrs, Johns was found behind the 
davenport v;ith several sofa pillows piled 
around her, waving a v/hite flag and holler- 
ing at the top of her voice Her husband, 
Gordon "Muzzle-loader" Johns was located en- 
trenched behind the circulating gas heater 
with his sights trained on a target that he 
had hung on the wall over the kitchen stove. 
It took a lot of persuasion but Gordon was 
finally able to convince the officers that he 
was merely lining up his sights in preparation 
for the opening of duck season. 

Speaking of hunting ducks, AL CLARK, has a 
method all his own that proves very unpopular 
with his companions o fir, Clark, he of the in- 
satiable appetite, does all his hunting with- 
in hailing distance of a restaurant, "Hunt 
one hour and eat for three is my idea of a 
real way to do it," says Al, 

CLIFF SCATES is down on the upper crust 5 
Due to lack of materials and defense priori- 
ties he has been unable to buy, beg or borrow 
a set of new, improved dentures for the roof 
of his mouth o Peas porridge hot, peas por- 

"BES chief, HERE'S B 
,viuV THfiTS GOhIN ft \>JHff^ 

\^j\TH R bo%EH EC<t^ FOR ^uNChf, 

ridge cold! 

Have been deeply engrossed the past week 
in a book entitled "The Seven Cures for Lean 
Purses" The old boy that wrote about this 
universal problem must have had a lot of ex- 
perience in this line because one passage 
dealing with the saving of money was very 
well put , In effect it went something like 
this "There is no use fattening your cat- 
tle for market and then runnii-ig all the fat 
off in driving them there >" V/ee words of 
wisdom: "It's not the amount that's made, 
it's the amount left over that counts." 

Psychology is a v/onderful thing. No doubt 
about it , Remember a few years back when it 
was the rage throughout the country to say 
and keep saying, "Day by day, in every way, 
it's getting better and better"? HANK RICK- 
KAN evidently believes there is something to 
it as he has been mumbling to himself for 
some time paste The phrase he had was dif- 
ferent, but the idea was the same. He kept 
saying over and over again the words, "A mar 
just wasn't made to live alone„" He finally 
said It so often that he convinced himself 
that it v/as true and as a consequence, for- 
sook the lot of the lonesome and took untc 
(continued on page 10} 

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IF THE TIME CLOCK TALKED slight injuries kw serious injuries 

Foresman Rusty is always on the job to spot 
any of the boys who have small injuries^ to 
make sure they go down to the plant hospital 
proraptly for first aid. 

Lefty had been with us less than ten days 
when he slipped from the third rung of a lad- 
der one mornings He only scraped his shin. 

When Lefty came back from the plant hos- 
pital. Rusty was waiting for him out in front 
of me and Rusty talked the accident over with 

Rusty said, "You know. Lefty, you might 
have fractured your skull instead of scraping 
your shino You were just lucky, that's alio 
I have known guys vjho had to be taken to a 
hospital, and stay there a long time, as a 
result of falling only as far as you dido" 

Rusty went on, "I an just as interested in 
finding out why you fell off that ladder as I 
would be if you had fractiired your skull. 
Once an unsafe act has been done, none of us 

can tell whether a slight or a serious injury 
will result. That part of it is all lucko 

"Let's go over and look at that ladder set- 
up you were using and see what we can find 
wrong with it." And off they went. 

You can bet that Rusty found out why Lefty 
fell off that ladder^ It may have been a bum 
ladder and shouldn't have been used at all; 
or maybe it was set up at the wrong angle; or 
maybe another man should have been holding the 
ladder; or maybe the ladder should have been 
lashed; or maybe Lefty v/as leaning over too 

It's a cinch Lefty will know all about how 
to use ladders safely after thiso That stuff 
about luck being the only difference between a 
slight injury and a serious one is pretty good 

A good way to figure it out is that every 
injury might have been fatal o Slight injuries 
are just as important as serious injuries. 
Both are bad newsS 

himself a wife. Yes, it all took place a 
I week ago last Sunday in a little town in 
Arizona called Yuma or some such name, 
SAMMY GILBERT went along to keep him from 
'losing the courage that he had worked up and 
to act as best man. When Hank v/as inter- 
viewed, he was asked if he. had had the de- 
luxe three dollar wedding with whoopin' and 
.hollerin' thrown in or was it just a quiet 
;ceremonyo "No," said Hank, "I felt gener- 
jous as -— all get out and gave Judge Lutze 
a "V" 'n' he in turn gave me the v/orkSc" 
Congratulations, Hank, and welcome to the 
ranks of the oppressedo 

! HANK HANGGI, Jack of all trades, just 
doesn't believe in trusting alarm clocks any 
I longer c Whenever Hank arrives for work a 
j couple of hours late, and it isn't too often 
(that he does this, you can just bet your 
(bottom buck that he has been up to his old 
itricks again. This trick of his consists of 
: reaching for the telephone when the alarm 
, clock goes off and starts carrying on a con- 
iversation with no one on the other end of 
ithe wireo "Mus' be the wind," says Hank and 
ipromptly returns to the hay. We might sug- 
gest that he hook up some other type of 
ialarm signal to his clock or install an old 
iauto horn on his telephone, 
I Well, seeing as hov; my keyhole peepers 
land men of letters have let me dovm as far 
jas news gathering goes, I'll fold this under 
and call it quits. 

H«rj6oi Atses BoT ootsN'Tsaioie 

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With the round-about editorial assistance of Dan Burnett 

Just a f e^v months more than 20 years ago 
the first Douglas airplane, designed in the 
back room of a barber shop and built in an 
abandoned shed, took to the air in Los Ange- 
les to begin a long line of famous airplanes 
now known the world over. 

The first Douglas airplane, the Cloudster, 
was one of the first airplanes in the ;vorld 
able to carry a useful load equal to its own 
empty weight even today an unusual feat ex- 
cept for airplanes especially designed for 
vfeight carrying abilityo The Cloudster was 
designed for that ability-— to carry enough 
gasoline to cross the United States non-stop. 

The attempt to be the first to make the 
transcontinental hop without landing, by Eric 
Springer^ novj El Segundo plant manager, and 
David Ro Davis, Donald Douglas' first partner 
now famed as the designer of the Davis wing 
used on the B-24, failed because of engine 
trouble over El Paso. Before another attempt 
could be made the Army made the flight and 
the record. 

Soon after, the Cloudster vifas sold by Da- 
■'/is and turned into a sightseeing plane. Then 
it dropped from sight as far as the Douglas 
company knew, the only report being that it 
had ended its days somewhere in Mexico. 

This month from DANIEL B„ BURIJETT, JR., 
night sdperintendent of the Ryan Aeronautical 
Company in San Diego, came at last the story 
of the final days of the first Douglas air- 
plane* Its last job was to carry beer from 
Ensenada to Tijuana in Baja California. Its 
last flight ended in the surf at Ensenada on 
a dark night. 

The Cloudster was acquired by the Ryan 
Company, which v;as operating an airline be- 
t^veen Los Angeles and San Diego, in the fall 
of 1925 „ 

"My job at that time was rebuilding ships 
from open jobs into cabin jobs," says Burnett 
who has been with the Ryan company since 1922. 
"Naturally we were thrilled to take the three 
cockpit open Cloudster and rebuild it into 
one of the finest cabin ships of that time^ 
In fact, it turned out surprisingly similar 
to the general cabin arrangement of modern 
airliners o" 

There are lots of yarns yet to be spun 
about the early days of the Ryan organiza- 
tion. This one, curiously enough, made 
its appearance in DOUGLAS AIRVIEVJ, offi- 
cial publication of the Douglas Aircraft 
; Company, from vjhich it is reprinted. Next \ 
I year, incidentally, is Ryan's 20th Anni- 1 
! versary and the editor vjould welcome any j 
I historical information which some of the 
' old-time employees might care to turn in 
to the Flying Reporter 

The Cloudster' s passenger cabin was cora^ 
plete with dome lights, ashtrays, soft up- 
holstered seats and plush carpets. It car- 
ried 12 passengers, six seats on each side 
of the center aisle, a pilot and co-pilot. 

"We used the Cloudster on our run to Los 
Angeles," Burnett recalls, "On one occas- 
sion we even carried some steamer trunks. 
On Navy Day in 1926 we landed at North Is- 
land (Navy field), taxied up to the line, 
opened the hatch and let dovm our ladder. 
Then all 14 of us climbed down before a sur- 
prised group of Navy personnel. 

"The last assignment for the Cloudster 
was carrying beer in Lower California. The 
roads had been vjashed out and the only way 
to get beer from the brewery was to fly it 
up to Tijuana. 

"The end came to the good ship Cloudster 
one evening when the pilot, J. J, (Red) 
Harrigan and the copilot, JOHN VAN DSR 
LINDS, v;ere flying a load of passengers from 
Tijuana to Ensenada, They v;ere to arrive 
at Ensenada after dark and had been told 
that the tide would be out and they could 
land on a stretch of beach. 

"Well, v/hen they got there they picked 
out a likely looking spot on what they 

thought was beach despite the darkness. 

They proceeded to make a slightly stalled 
landing and, just as they figured they were 
about to land, up rolled a big breaker and 
wrapped the ship in a ball. 

"Red and John came up spitting gallons 
of salt water and yelling to see if every- 
one was all right. They managed to pull 
out all the passengers and walk ashore, 
(continued on page 21) 
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Here is one of the Ryan STM-S2 seaplane trainers in use by the 
Netherlands East Indies government for naval pilot training, 
pictured at the Fleet Air Arm base at Sourabaya, Java. This 
new photo has just been received from the Netherlands East 
Indies where a large fleet of land and seaplane S-Ts are used. 


by g.(bob)h6irris 

Boy, it sure seems good to be workingc. This depression of the 30s sure hit us hard,-- 
It is really a pleasure to see so many of the fellows with their new cars and nice clothes 
and the look of confidence on their faces » So much different than it was a couple years 
ago when all you heard was, "Did you find a job yet?" "I haven't had a days work in over a 
month," "Things are sure tough." "I don't knovi how people will make out this v/inter." 

Now you hear, "I wonder if I will ever get a chance to take my girl out if I have to 
work until two thirty ^ It was bad enough as it wasc. Can you imagine getting your gal at 
ten in the morning to go to a picture show and a nice chicken dinner c No gal wants to do 
the town and sit out under a tree right in the middle of the day. Sunshine is no time for 

Our master mind, BILL "INVENTOR" WIMKER, has transferred to the day shift o On being; 
asked why the transfer. Bill said his girl just couldn't get romantic by the light of thei 

The old song "They have taken her away"~who?~why none other than FLOYD "CHEW" BENNETT c 
The day shift may have him now but don't get to feeling high and mighty as we will have him 
back soon no doubts Chew says they CHANGE him so often he is hoping they don't ask him to 
furnish his own SQUARES o Get it? 

Our mutual friend MARGY, Miss Youngblood to youse guys, was telling me how the wages and 
taxes workc She says that according to the cycle the money travels, we workers get it in 
one hand and then transfer it to the other hand and then give it back to the government » 
Some business, huho This money business is like the month of Harcho It comes in like a 
Lamb and gone with the v/indo 

I just received a letter from BILL WAGNERo He says we have to have a deadline for our 
paperc Lordee, 1 thought all of my lines were DEADo Oh well, we live and learno 

Boy, are these new stacks getting in the inspectors' hair? (continued on page 27) 

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On Friday evening, November 14th at 8:00 
p,ms the Ryan Dramatic Club will present 
their latest extravaganza in the form of a 
rollicking, side-splitting mystery comedy. 
Every department in the plant is represent- 
ed in the cast and all have v;orked hard to 
make this new production the most sensation- 
al ever presented by them. 

The scene is laid in an old abandoned 
house on top of a hill outside Hevj York 
the leading roles while JANET ROSE, WANNIE 
CARL play the supporting rolls ^ The direct- 
or is none other than our able inspector, 

Remember — -you who are looking for a good 
evening's entertainment--put "ONE MAD NIGHT" 
(and I do mean "MAD") on your "MUST SEE" 
list for Friday night, November 14th, 8:00 
p„m,> at the Roosevelt High School o 

^. i^T— ria.« ■■^^^...^ . 

ONt Mno WioHT / 

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m J 

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by slim coats 

I don't know whether we are at war or 
noto We seem to be getting just a taste of 
it, like a fellow kissing a pretty girl thru 
a veilo But there is something ominous in 
the airo Something like dinner music v;afted 
from a cannibal village in Africa. But I'm 
still an optimist even though I'm fading a 
bit like vjindovj shades facing south. Re- 
member how the last war started? Listen: 

Gen„ Joffre; "The Rhine is a lousy- 
river. " 

Von Kluck: "Yeah? So's your old Plarne." 

It's nice to see all of the map-happy 
crew back from their vacations in various 
parts of the country. "DAD" NOBLE drove his 
car 100,000 miles and. never blew his horn, 
«s fact.. MAYNARD LOVELL spent most of his 
vacation in Frisco, guess why? R, E. FRASIER 
while visiting at Durango, Colorado shot a 
bear measuring seven feet from beezer to 

RUDY GUSSM/iN quit us to go back to New 
York^ where the traffic is run by red and 
green lights, and the rest of the tovm by 
Israelites. Are you still wearing the trade 
mark J Gus? 

Mo A« BROWN is with us again. He's one 
of these patriots that wants to be the spirit 
of 1776 all by himself. He v/ants to v^ave the 
flag, beat the drum, and play the fife, and 
all he leaves you in the picture is the ban- 
dage. J:. G, SMITH has convinced v;elder G = 
B.^ STANDISH that there is little percentage 
in doing janitor work. REX SEATON just gave 
me vjhat the girls would call "a card shower." 

Did' ja know that 0, G« ROMIG of the ma- 
chine shop once won recognition from Henry 
Ford, and received a personal letter from 
him, because "0, G," raised extra large po- 
tatoes? 's fact. Nov/ that Ford is making 
cars out of farm produce, they will probably 
resemble vegetable salads. I hope I don't 
get another jack made out of mashed potatoes. 

Speaking of eats, E. I. "EGGIE" LEACH 
claims this cool weather is making him hungry 
again, and he'll consider any handout except 
eggs» £a P. MLLOTT says a cobbler should 
stick to his last— -and pay alimony to the 
other three. BYRON GEER's voice is changing 
and it appears we 'H have another boy soprano. 
KENl^Y RUSH is angling for a job as deck 
stevfard on a submarine. 

And those poor Ryanettes again in their 

frantic haste to marry off the girls they 

have things gummed up like a boy's candy 
pocket. For the sake of perspicuity, allow 
me to explain. It's true that KENNY PEARSON 
has just returned from his honeymoon, but 
not with the eye- filling MARZELLA AUEN. A 
great many of the boys have been eyeing the 
lovely Miss Auen with admiration, but Cap- 
tain Fo A. GRAY of the Guards "muscled in", 
and persuaded her to marry him sometime in 
February, probably St. Valentines Day. If 
you know the Captain's six foot six, two 
hundred eighty pounds of brawn, you'll know 
I do mean "muscled in". But cheer up, Pat. 
Don't feel too badly about it. Everyone 

makes mistakes once in a while that's why 

they put rubber mats under cuspidorso (And 
for this the Ryanettes will probably glare 
at me like I was a quail in season.) 

Have you noticed how FRENCHIE FOUSHEE is 
sprucing up to emulate DAPPER DAN BURNETT? 
Careful Frenchie, the Champ is sensitive. 
FLOYD BENNETT was quizzed by six different 
officers as a hold-up suspect recently. Not 
only did he have to prove vjhere he was born, 
but he had to give six reasons ¥/hy. GEORGE 
DUNCAN, our Klever Kartoonist is so good at 
multiplying that rabbits look over his shoul- 
der c 

BUTCH ORTIZ: "Hey, Tex, tell Tennessee 
to send Okie and Arkie up here," 

WIN ALDERSON says that when he invited 
his wife down for dinner on one of those 
rainy evenings, he didn't know he was stick- 
ing his neck out like a well-digger looking 
for his lunch. She turned off on the detour 
and was bogged dovm so deep that it took two 
tow cars to get her out. Win is carrying 
his lunch in a paper bag now. 

Nice to see DON HERS HEY of the Lab. again, 
Don and I used to sweat blood on the C-701 
stack. Now that BOB HARRIS and his Anvil 
Chorus have moved away from us, it ivould be 
nice and quiet if someone could put the dam- 
per on FRED STEWARD'S train whistle. 

A. L. KEITH is the proud Poppa of a baby 
girl. Gitcha cigars yet, fellas? H. A. 
POWLEY, the kid from Jasper County, Missouri, 
v/ho made good in the big city. Don't miss 
UHITEY "FRANKLIN D" ROSEN'S impression of 
the Chief Executive. It's the best so far. 

The recent high tides swept the Ocean 
Beach women's club out to sea. It's a good 
old world after all, isn't it? Now you can 

(continued on page 21) 


GHIi-l/iN - - Welcome V 

COOPER carries his tendency of 
speeding around corners in his car, to 
speeding around cox^ners in the Engin- 
eering rooms* Occasionally he slips 
and causes a dent in the floor (or in 
himself) which might be the reason for 
so many dents in his car I mean car- 
rying things too far. 

TOK DAVIDSON and IS^-l DUMFEE went to 

San Burdoo over the weak- end v/onder 

why?— As if we don't know! 

There's been quite a few things 
moved arourid here lately including per- 
sonnel and desks. If you can't find 
anybody in the regular place just ex- 
amine all v;aste baskets. 

Engineering bowling team No. 1 

(l signifies the better team supposed- 
ly)— had better vjatch their step as 
No„ 2 has a slight edge on them. 

MILLARD BOYD just returned from a 
quick trip from the East and informs 
us they have California weather in the 
capital, I'iy, my, the California Cham- 
ber of Comaerce would appreciate that. 
We would too, after all of the rain 
and mud we've had lately — Right? 

W, SCHR032)ER just returned from his 
vacation, when asked if he had a real 
vacation or vjhether he took his wife, 
he replied that it was real and he 
took his wife tool Are we hearing 

GREENBERG has been unfaithful to 
his gal friend. In fact when news of 
the $50,000 inheritance awarded a Mr. 

c- n a l 

nee tin 


by J. PARK and B. CLOSE 

Greenberg, draftsman at Ryan— (of course there are 
two of them) — ^-published in the San Diego Union 
reached the eyes of Fred's gal she v/as surprised 
to find he had a wife and two children. She im- 
mediately called to inquire about the-^ v/if e and 

children and screamed "unfaithful dog" but it's 
O-.K. as long as he has the $50,000 (which he has- 
n't) as the real McCoy, GERAID GREENBURG, resides; 
in the Layout Department. Too bad names mean so 

MAC CATTRELL informed us that the fishing trip 
of last week-end was really a fishing trip — with 

no merjiiaids involved tough luck, Mac. I hear 

that mermaids can be seen eyeing about the rocks 
on the La Mesa shores. 

Since everybody has been so darn good of late 
and we haven't any news vjorth mentioning, we are 
going to turn poetic and indulge in a little ditty 
we came across the other day that expresses the 
inner spirit of most people, yet it is spoken in 
words of thought that could be used as a means of 
turning blue moods into progressive action in 
everyday living. You read it and we hope you 
agree with the author whom we have forgotten. 


When things go wrong, as they sometimes will. 
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill. 
When the funds are low and the. debts are high, 
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh. 
When care is pressing you down a bit. 
Rest if you must, but don't you quit. 

Life is queer with its twists and turns, 

As everyone of us sometimes learns. 

And many a failure turns about 

When he might have won had he stuck it out; 

Don't give up though the pace seems slow. 
You may succeed vjith another blov/. 

Success is failure turned inside out 
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt. 

And you never can tell how close you are] 
It may be near vjhen it seems afar; 

So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit — 
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't 
. .. quit . 

(continued on page 18) 


'ioclu Isulldezi . 

by Joso G. Groszek 

In introducing ourselves in the last issue, we 
forgot to mention two other gentlemen who should 
have been added to our list. These two fellows 
can be seen walking around the department with 
smiles on their faces, a flashlight and mirror in 
I their hands and a RED FENGIL in their pockets. 

Yes, without a doubt, it's our two department 
I "THE IRISHI^iAN" O'CONNELL. These two boys really 
iknow their "stuff" v/hen it comes to finding bad 
rivets and other vjrong doings. (I personally can 
vouch for this as I many a time was the victim of 
their findings.) But "nuff said" about these two 

gents and so on v;ith the column. 

^ «- -K- 

When a fellow will travel to Sam ee, California 
.practically ev:ery night to see his lady love, we 
jcan say that he really is in love. A pretty ex- 
ipensive date, traveling to and from Santee, but 
not for our millionaire friend, TOMMY GARRETT. 

•if- ■» * 

ilt has been told to me that BOB EVANS is so 
;low that he has to stand up to touch bottom, 

■Jc •» ■«■ 

Our department welcomes back BOB DILLAN, the boy 
;Who v;as away for a few weeks on account of an op- 
jeration. With him back, he says, "Production 
{will soon speed up again . " 

' « *• -K- 

A poem, that was dropped in our department's "Fly- 
ing Reporter News Box"— —which by the way is lo- 
cated on the back of the Fuselage Tool Cabinet — 
goes something like this..... 

"Go ask papa," the maiden said, 

But the young man knevj her father 
was dead. 
And he knew the life her papa had 
So she knew that he knew what she 
meant when she said 
I "Go ask papa." 

to our "200 


Teani No. 1 Beats Team No. 2 — In a 
game that was close from beginning to 
end, the two department bowling teams 
met on the field of battle. Both 
teams tried their hardest to keep the 
"timber" falling, but luck being more 
on the side of team 1 made them the 
victors by a score of 4 to 0. 
* -if « 

Another name added 
column" is MORRIS "RED" 
just made the Honor Column by bowling 
an even 200 game against the engin- 

« «■ *■ 

With his feet in a brand new pair 
of bowling shoes, no one can say that 
GEORGE LITELL doesn't look like a 
bowler, even if it is from the ankles 

it K a 

We are still wond«ring wkat the 
f ued was about between BILBEN, team 2 
and the pin boy on alley 16. It seemed 
that anytime he bowled, the ball would 
be returned to him in the gutter in- 
stead of on the "return ball rack". 
■«■ * * 

The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still. Sad v;ill be the day for any 
Itian when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doings 
—where there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do 
isomething larger, which he knows that he v/as meant and made to do. 

-Phillips Brooks 

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hy winelderson 


Many of the men in the shop have wondered about 
the Inspection Department — why they adliere so close- 
ly to the prints and why there is such a high 
fence around crib three. The purpose of this ar- 
ticle is to give the machinists a little more in- 
timate introduction to the men who are in charge 
of this assignment. 

At the helm is BERT HOLLAND, a man of finU;. 
quick and reliable decision. He is the final v;ord 
in untangling the errors made by others, 

Bert is assisted by DON WILCOX and GEORGE DE'W 
whose main duties are to listen to the tales of 
v/oe poured into their ever tolerant ears by a 
horde of inspectors whose job it is to look for 
nothing but trouble. Some fun. 

Ne:ct on the day shift, meet HAROLD LA FLEUR. 
For further information, and for the real low 
downs, see WALT DIBLES, Army Inspector. Harold is 
in charge of crib three o 

In the crib we have STEVE STEVENS who works 
right along, ivrites his quota of rejections, and 
has little to say as a rule. If you can find a way 
to get next to Steve, I'd like to know. 

W. G. HUBBELL must have something pretty nice 
waiting for him at home (or somewhere else). He 
won't work overtime because overtime is sometimes 
hard to explain. How about that, Hubbell? 

GEORGE Tia)ERt'IAN is the man with the big, red 
spot right on the end of his nose. Honest, fel- 
lows, this is really a boil= (Don't mention to 
him anything about the fall plowing at Grandma's 
place up at Redlands. Grandma says that he doesn't 
get enough work here so she lets him spend his sur- 
plus energy digging around the ranch o) 

OTTO HATCHER says that all his troubles are now 
safely behind him. He is just recovering from an 
operation and says, "Believe me, boys, — -it will 
never happen again." 

CLAUDE HOUSSR wants you all to know that any 
time you feel pretty hard just see him and he will 
tell you just how hard you really are. He is the 
Rockwell man. 

THOMAS DALY has finally moved to a new room. 
Drapes, an easy chair and running water. But just 
ask him how far he has to go for his semi-annual 

G. F. BECKER has always wanted to own a motor- 
cycle but he never could figure out why they stood 
up on two wheels. He has solved his craving by 
purchasing a Crosley four wheel, two cylinder put- 

has lived in Otay Mesa so long that he speaks with 

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a slight foreign accent. (A good 
character study for Horatio- Algers, ) 

known as the Cigar Store Indian, has 
recently returned to the folds of the 
Crib three inspection departmento 
His pet likes are Stephen Foster, 
Magnetic Inspection, tennis and the 
fair sex. 

his new Pontiac, city life has kept 
him so busy that he has had to give 
up his mountain retreat. I hear that 
at the present time he is thinking of 
building an adobe hut in favor of a 
pair of dark eyes somewhere in Mexico„ 

Hov; we come to the Crib Three in- 
spection force, night shift. I think 
that DAN HARRISON needs no introduc- 
tion. To those of you that don't know 
him, may I say that any time that you 
want to see a big Irish grin, just 
smile at him. I'll guarantee that he 
will smile back. Dan heads the night 
inspection and sheds troubles and 
grief like a duck does water. 

BUD BRAGDON comes next. If you 
want to stay on the right side of this 
boy, make a noise like a sandwich, 

F„ ELMER JACKSON is the man who al- 
ways wears the v;hite gloves. I guess 
that Rockwell machine must be pretty 
delicate. He has trouble adjusting 
his appetite to the dinner v/histle eind 
it seems that occasionally his desire 
for nourishment gets the best of him, 

HOWARD COWHICK, magnetic inspection, 
says that if you have anything that 
you don't want, see him. He v/ill have 
something to trade you for it. 

Taking them as a whole, they are 
really a swell bunch in spite of any- 
thing I have written and I sincerely 
hope that the Machine Shop and the In- 
spection Department become better ac- 


STEVE FOUQUETTE, mill leadman, took 
advantage of - the -high- rentals and 
built an overnight house. But it seems 
that he was a bit hurried about put- 
ting the roof on, During'the shower we l| 
(continued on page 21) 


by p<9t /<e//y 

"IRON MN" STARKlffiATHER, mayor of Crown 
Point;, met with a serious accident a few 
weeks ago. After taking the necessary pre- 
cautions, he went up on the traveling crane 
track in the drop hammer department. Sig- 
nals were jumbled, however, and the crane 
hit Shorty, dragging him several feet« Only 
a man with Shorty's stajaina could have come 
out of it vdth a big grin on his face. All 
of us are pulling for a rapid recovery^ 
Shorty _, 

Also on the casualty list are MARSHALL 
with a mashed finger, SULBERG a mashed toe, 
and FISHBURN a mashed thumb. 

(These are typical of accidents which, 
1 unfortunately, have been occurring too fre- 
\ quently, but which with proper precautionary 
■measures are definitely preventable Heavy 
machinery, in particular, is always poten- 
-.tially dangerous, and consequently everyone 
I concerned vjith its operation must shovj ex- 
itrerae caution and concern for the other man. 
1 — -M. M,:, Clancy, Safety Engineer ) 
1 Any one notice liAPER's polished finger 
'nails? Claims he fell asleep and v/hile 
idreaming of the Bow and Arrow country, his 
daughter took advantage of his helpless con- 
dition;. While Raper is given to dreaming, 
.we must admit the sparkling nails did no 
;harm to his manly appearance. 

"CURLEY" CARMONY has a new theme song. It 

has something to do with " I am Calling 

You'*. The 
great white 
Father in 
W ashington, 
so the stoiy 
g es, has 
reserved a 
few o ddi- 
t i e s for 
Curley. The 
c o llection 
i n eludes a 
brand new 
G a rand, a 
c omplete 
outfit of 
OD.«s, and 
a barracks bag 
and ends. 

VIC DuSHAUNE is what we might call a pic- 
turesque character.. Early in '14 Vic joined 
up with the historic Coldstream Guards and 
served all through the first big shoiv, inad- 
vertently cat ching a f ev/ of Jerry's bouquets. 
That v/asn't quite enough, so he v/ent to Span- 
ish Morocco for a bit of excitement. Here's 
the catch. When any one tells a story at 
noon, that is, shall v^e say "Off the Record" , 
Vic quietly picks up his mess kit and makes 
for the nearest exit. 

overflowing vdth other odds 

more Engineering 

Where, oh where is KELLER- — v;e never see 
him any more? 

T» HEARKE, local camera authority (ques- 
jtionable by many) invited J. PARK over for 
a sociable evening to be spent discussing 
the fine points of photography (and a little 
poker on the side).. At any rate Park took 
I razzing on the complexity of his new 
camera as he attempted to take a picture 
.without removing the lens cap. The above- 
nentioned host then decided he would show 
Jack how it should be done and demonstrate 
also the simplicity of his set-up. It was 
30 simple that it only took him one-half 
liour to set it upo Tom proceeded to take a 
itlash picture and continued razzing Jack, 
\s I hear it, Tom overlooked one minor de- 
rail- — ^he forgot to cock his shutter! So it 
»as a nice picture he didn't take. 

more Nuts and Bolts 

also Rivets 

"Do you think papa would murder anyone?" 
the little girl asked her mother. 

"Certainly not, darling.. Whatever gave 
you that thought?" 

"I was just out in the kitchen and heard 
daddy say to Mr. Brown, 'Let's kill this 
one while we're at it.'" 

A lady entered a doctor's office and 
said, "I have a little wart I want removed" 
and the. doctor said — -"The divorce lawyer is 
next door. 

"Yes," said the lawyer to the tearf «0L 
young vjoman, "A divorce \vould cost you 
about $200.00." 

"Don't be ridiculous, I can have him 
shot for $50oOO 





111 Yo Silver— -Away we 
went^ to the biggest gigantic 
four star celebration in this 
decade,, JAMES "ALONZO" CAR- 
LIN* s house warming: 

Peanuts — -Pop Corn — Monkeys 
"Elephants— v/e v;ere all there 
with plenty to spare- — —beau- 
tiful women and song» The 
celebration got off to a fly- 
ing start with a wonderful 
display of fireworks. 

To start off the evening^ 
entertainment LOUIE CHAPMAN 
favored us with the popular 
songj "Hi— on a Windy Hill" . 

his slap happy version of a 

anti-i-over^ vjhile LESS JAUS3AND and DOG- 
WOCC CLINE indulged in the strenuous game of 

Here's to many 

P.S.; Thanks 
James Carlin 

by p<3u/ c/c3wson| 

t iddle- de-wink Se C. C. CLARK 
and JIM CARLIN bobbed for ap- 
ples, with JOHNNY CASTISN fet- 
ing as our genial host, 

A delicious lunch, toma- 
toes, ice cream and cake, was 
served a little later with 
the ladies taking complete 
charge of that . 

History repeated itself 
again on September 14th viher: 
each Ryanite forgot the fight 
for Uncle Sam, and took off 
on the "A" train for that 
Saratoga of the Pacific coast 

^Del Mar, ^vhe^e each and 

every one of us enjoyed to the 
fullest the privilege extend- 
ed to us by T. Claude Ryan„ 
many more swell picnics. 

for the svjell lunch, I-irs 


by dorothy kolbrek 

Hello Folkses: Did you all find that pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow, or v;as it 
mud? I suppose the Chamber of Commerce vdll be down my throat for that crack. 

Nev/s is not so hot at this time of year, especially to the barefoot brigade in the PoKc 
gang. We are cooling our heels 

Traffic has really become a problem, and I don't mean in the Fabric Department either^ 
I mean getting in and out of work with cars.. But then it will probably be ironed out be- 
fore too long. 

A time card was handed in last week that read something like this— "Seven hours forty- 
five minutes spent on sewing surfaces; fifteen minutes spent sewing buttons on mailman's 
shirt ,. " 

with the tooth- ache, VIOLA with a sore 

Girls, it's no use. I found out that the 
■"■F„A. is married. So you might as well pull 
yourselves together. Oh, shucks, (*F.A, 
does not necessarily mean Final Assembly^ ) 

Well, we have another Inspector added to 

our list ANN C/tRROLL is the new one; very 

nice too. S)ITH COLLIER is still very busy 
—more production must be the only answer 

Yours truly certainly does feel very sil- 
ly about the blue and green shirt deal„ Why 
don't I keep my big mouth shut? Now I never 
know v/hen the boss is coming — blue, green, 
yellow, vjhite and striped too To say noth- 
ing of the polka dots-. It's darned confus- 

We are all becoming Slack-ers, 

Several of the women have been absent at 
various times MARIE, with the flue, EDITH 

throat, GRACE had a bad cold, STELLA a stiff 
necko Golly sakes, aren't women funny? 

Every department has a jack of all trades 
and we have one too, Sometimes I think MRS 
FINNSGAN is twins. First she's sewing or 
wings, then P King on surfaces, then a lit= 
tie mending. Well, we won't go into anj 

The Fabric Department lost a good mar. 
this week— —TOM (I don't know his last name— 
we all knew him as Tom). Seems as though he 
is in the Parachute business now with Te? 
Rankin, Good luck to you, Tom, 

Now that the Ghost of Halloween is gone 
and the spirit of Thanksgiving is upon us, 1 
v/ill give you the benefit of my superioi ;, 

knowledge in cooking the Royal Bird -Turkeyo ;, 

(continued on page 2?) 


m mbheiies- 

This column should be entitled "The Swan Song", "A Col- 
umnist Cuts Her Throat", or some such falderol at least 

it should be bound in black. Why? Because it is my last column. 

Before I say goodbye, and they carry the body away, and Slim Coats has a big laugh, I 
want to send my deepest apologies to MISS MARZELLA AUEN and KENNY PEARSON, whom you will 
remember I had on the way to matrimony in the last issue. Well, they were on their v;ay, 
but not with each other. Gee vjhiz, please forgive me for opening my big, flabby mouth 

I'm not even going to take long enough to tell you about the two new beautiful girls in 
the front office— I'm just going to slip quietly back onto my high stool in the corner and 
put that big conical shaped cap on my head, V/ell, goodbye everybody (I guess ay mother 
reads my columnj and she's everybody to me) 

by p6it kre g ness 

(PAT KREGNESS - You're going to have an awful argument with ye editor which will be heard 
all over the factory office building if you try to resign from the Flying Reporter Staff » 
You're last column? Don't be silly! You should see some of the mistakes I makeS You've 
done a swell job in the past and your column will continue to be a regular feature. Over 
my dead body you'll stop it! However, your column this time is so well written, we'll al- 
low this public apology to run. But if we honestly thought this was your last column we 
wouldn't run it. So there! — EDITOR) 

1 inn nnn nnr 

I say, Cobina, you old bat, I haven't been able to catch 
you for three weeks How about a little dirt this time? 

I got this straight, mind you, by ye old grapevine, no 
less, that our little DOT ARI^NTROUT is going to take up 
swishing those long shredded wheat biscuits over in Honolulu, 
with a few wedding bells mixed in so it ivon't be too lawfully 
dull= Well, she was a good kid but she sure cramped my style 
so - - 

I notice quite a few of the babes around here have been 
out with colds, etc. First it was GENEVIEVE BERGATH, and on 
her birthday too, worse luck— then LENORE BARR (she's no com- 
petition though) and DOT MANNING yesterday. The old flue is 
sure making the rounds again « 

You sure hit it right on the nail, Brenda, 
when you said less competition with DOROTHY 
not around, but who will we have to sing to 
uso It is kind of nice having somebody sing 
to us and hand out our pay check at the same 
I time. Like a singing telegram, l-laybe it 
; would be a good idea for us to go to the Havj- 

aiian Isles | we might be able to get us some 
men; at least they couldn't run very far away 
from us After that they would have to start 

Did you see the worms around Sherman's 
birthday party. (Plaster, not human.) They 
sure made my blood crawls I wasn't sure 

whether they were running to or from the cake 
and the cider \vould have been better two weeks 
from now, but it tasted good then. 

Gee, ain't some of the football games 
thrilling. I can't go any more. At the 
last one at State, they lost the football 
and started kicking me around. You sure 
get a good view from above the goal posts, 

I was dovm to the Accounting Department 
the other day and there are a lot of cute 
jokes floating around. One about a lost 
hairpin and one about a butcher. Naughty, 

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had last week, his tenants woke him up in 
the middle of the night saying that their 
roof leaked too badly to get any sleep 
and could he please put thern up for the 
night . 

The next day Steve hired a youngster 
to help him repair the roof., (I under- 
stand that he vfeighed only ninety pounds o) 
The boy climbed up on the roof to make 
the necessary repairs and immediately 
fell through. Liiagine the embai-rassraent 
of the tenants when they discovered they 
were going to have company for breakfast. 
He fell right in the middle of the dining 
room table while the victuals were being 
served. Steve fired the youngster right 


and hired a carpenter to get the job 

think that we should run BILL HUBBARD 
Fire Chief, The fire whistle blew 
last week and SLIM COATS tells me 
Bill leaned on the corner so hard 
he rounded the inspection crib that 
he came out of it vjith his hip pocket full 
of shavings.. 

DON POLLOCK should be the best friend 
that JIFi HUMPHRIES has, but Jim doesn't 
know this. Poor old Jim has been so load- 
ed dovm with v/ork and vrorries lately that 
when Don has a man out of a job, he takesi 
some off the turret lathe jobs and runsi 
them out on the drill presses =. 


None of them was injured except for the 
dousing s 

"John secured a length of rope from some 
Mexicans and they tied it up to the landing 
gear and staked it ashore, expecting to be 
able to keep the Gloudster from being washed 
t-o sea. Next morning when they came down to 
take a good look there v/as nothing left but 
the Liberty motor and the landing gear. The 
breakers had completely torn the ship apart 
in the night before o" 

Thus ungloried and unsung, working as a 
"flying beer truck", ended on the sands of 

the Mexican coast the first of a long line 
of Douglas airplanes which have made aviation 
history, - A remarkable airplane in its day,' 
it was the direct forerunner of the Douglaa 
airplanes ivhich were the first to fly around 
the worlds And from it have developed the 
airplanes which today fly farther (theB-19) 
than any in the world, faster (the A-20) than, 
anything of their type in the vjorld and car-: 
ry more passengers (the DC- 2 and DC-3) than 
any other airplanes. (Could be that those 
Ryan Manifolds help keep the Douglases fly- 
Ingl - Ed.) 


mind your own business vdthout any help. 
Those boys and girls who live at the beach 
will know v/hat I mean. 

Another by line in the same paper announ- 
ces, "Ceiling on Prices of Hides Announcedo" 
That reminds me, whatever became of "MOOSE" 
SIRATON? Since G. STEWARD has replaced BILL 
CRAWFORD in the inspection department, he's 
"started wearing a necktie.. Bill moved into 
the shipping department, and "TEX" ROWLAND 
replaces "Stev/" „ 

Act II, Scene II, Hajnlet "- your only 

jig maker--" reminds me of GEORGE DEW. I 
knevj you v;hen, George, remember? BILL 
BECKER as a football player was a contor- 
tionist, because a radio announcer described 
him as "running around his own end" « But 
that's nothing, BILL CORNETT says that Rob- 

inson Crusoe used to "sit on his chest to 
eat his evening meal," 

First Ryanette; "You talk too much to 
catch a man :. " 

Second Ryanette; "Well, you can't catch 
anything if you keep your trap 
shut , " 

Inspector JOHN MONROE CAMERON is happier 
than a Dalmatian in a vjagon factory, and 
hints at forthcoming nuptials. Could it be 
the breath taking Hermaine? DICK GILLAM is 
trying to convince "Brown-eyes" (Louise) at 
Glenn's, National City, that he's at least 
trying, like a grasshopper on the edge of 
the Giand Canyon, 

Well, I guess this is all of "My Day", 
except I've just seen the schedule for the 
new income tax, and I guess I'm going to 
have to change my motto from, "In hoc signo 
vinces," to just short "In hoc". 

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by William van den Akker 

The big ones go BOOM and the little ones go BANG as pro- 
duction speeds the parts out of the Hammer Shop. Many of 
us are all too prone to think of the Drop Hammer depart- 
ment as a place of lots of noise, with each operator vie- 
ing with his neighbor to see who can make the most noise 
in the shortest space of time. 

Stampings, however, are much more than this. 
The dies, usually of Kirksite and lead, must be 
carefully made. The upper die, which is for the 
most part made of lead, is called the Punch, v;hile 
the lovjer die, usually of Kirksite, is generally 
referred to as the Diec 

The leveling of the dies is no soiall matter, 
and must be of extreme accuracy. The Kirksite die 
is leveled v;ith a torch « The Lead Punch is poured 
in position while resting on the Kirksite Die* The 
latter is meanwhile setting on a leveling plate. 

Failure to align the dies properly vjill result 
in bad stampings j together with the fact that the 
possibility of breaking a die is ever present It 
is unnecessary to mention that accurate stampings 
cannot result from dies v/hich are not properly 
leveled = 

The dies are first prepared in the modeling shop 
as a plaster form. These are very accurate, and 
it is from this that a sand mold is made. After 
the sand mold has been accomplished and "slicked"^ 
the die is cast Proper allov/ances must be made 
for shrinkage, and upon cooling the die is removed 
from the mold and "finished" o This "finishing" of 
the die comes under the heading of "craftsmanship" 
and determines to a large extent the life of the 
die Any error, no matter how small at this point 
will result in error of the same magnitude in each 
of the stampings which result from this die.: 

Assuming nov»r that the dies are "finished", and 
mounted in the hammer proper, we are ready to be- 
gin the stamping operation. But let us pause a 
moments Do the dies have the proper clearance; 
that is, are they capable of stamping, let us say 
.049" material, or v/as the die made to stamp 0O65" 
material? Furthermore, what kind of material are 
we going to stamp— -stainless steel, mild steel, 
chrome molybdenum alloy, etc? What is the finish 
of the material? Is it a 2D finish, a sand blasted 
finish or a #1 mill finish? Will the stamping 
permit a severe stretching of the metal? Is it of 
primary structure? How close are the tolerances 
and what are the allowables? 

By now you are beginning to realize 
that there is a little bit more to 
this matter of stamping than just 
raising a die and letting it go, 
either Boom or Bang, Yes, it is a 
great deal more than this. In fact, 
it is an operation which must result 
in precision parts, while the opera- 
tor does not possess the precision 
equipment to do the work for him. He 
is faced vjith the necessity of timing 
his blows of the Punch to a hair's 
breadths Each time the operator 
raises the head, he must know just 
how high to raise it in order to 
"Dravj" the metal dovm to the required 
contour. Ilistakes at this point re- 
sult in wrinkles in the material, ex- 
cessive thinning of the metal, or 
worse still, a fracture or tear in 
the metal which vjill be cause for re- 
jection of the entire part. 

Sometimes it is impossible to make 
a stamping without v;rinkles in the 
metal o These wrinkles generally shov/ 
as slight irregularities. When it 
has been found that it is impossible 
to eliminate this factor, the irreg- 
ularities are removed by planishingo 
This consists of a pneumatic hammer 
and base which hammers the parts 
smooth. This operation, like all 
operations in the hammer shop, mu st 
be done carefully, in order to pre- 
vent thinning of the material, or ex- 
cessive strain hardening. 

The quality of the metal is also 
very important o If the metal is too 
hard or springy, difficulty v/ill be 
encountered in keeping the stampings 
uniform. Failure on the part of those 
(continued on page 23) 

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checking the materials, will" often result in 
a waste of nuch material, as well as an in- 
crease of many man hours of productiono 
Another important consideration is the fin- 
ish of the materials. This should be in ac- 
cordance vjith the construction of the dieso 
A very smooth and hard material does not lend 
itself to deep drawing nearly so well as the 
sairie material with a slightly roughened sur- 
faceo An example of this roughening is a 
sandblasted or pickled surface.: 

Harley Rubish, a member of long standing 
with the Ryan Aeronautical Company, is the 
Foreman of the Hammer Shop,, He has been un- 
ceasing in his efforts to constantly improve 
the quality of Ryan Stampings. It is no 
small fact that he has succeeded as evidenced 
by the outstanding quality of the vjork which 
is constantly coming from his department. As 
a further tribute to his successful manage- 
ment, it may be added that with very little 
more equipment, his department has more than 
doubled the quantity of output , Along with 
the increase in production quantity, has been 
a steady rise in quality of the workmanship. 
Closer fits are made possible by more accu- 
rate stampings, plus a speeding up for the 
assembly crews and welders who complete all 
or part of the v\rork on the stampings 

Some facts to remember about the stampings 
are as follows; The metal is Viork Hardened, 
or strain hardened after the last stroke of 
the hammer = This generally gives the metal 
a "spring-back", vjhich must be removed by an 
annealing process which softens the metal. 
A final blow after annealing serves to "set" 
the metal in the die. The uniformity which 
results from stampings made in this manner 
is evidenced in the way that the parts can 
be "nested" together o " The above procedure 
applies to stainless steel stampings. In the 
case of aluminum alloy stampings, the parts 
are stamped, then heat treated, and "set" in 
the final operation. 

Stampings can be and are made in "stages" 
or successive operations in which the metal 
is gradually drawn or formed to the contour 
of the diso Much of the staging is elimin- 
ated by the use of rubber„ This operation 
involving the use of rubber cannot be stan- 
dardized, and depends for its success upon 
the supervision by the department head, and 
the ability and experience of the operators. 
Another method which has long been utilized 
in the Ryan Hammer Shop, is compression 
stamping , 

The use of this principle involves the 
"bunching" of metal at the point of severe 
forming. When an excess of metal has been 
forced into this area, subsequefit operations 
allow the metal to f ollov; the contour of the 
die so that thickness is uniform over the en- 
tire staraping. If staging were eliminated, 
and the entire forming attempted in one opera- 
tion, the metal would fracture and tear: A 
small amount of die metal will remain on the 
metal stamped In the case of stainless 
steel, which is particularly susceptible to 
"galling", a special acid treatment is re- 
quired to remove the die metal in order to 
prevent Zinc Embrittlement 

Lubrication is no small problem. Care 
must be exercised in the application of the 
lubrication oils , This problem is sometimes 
complicated in that a lubricant must be cho- 
sen which can be easily removed. In all 
cases it must be remembered that the QUALITY 
of the stamping is the yard stick of measure- 
ment.: If the stamping is accurate, then and 
then only can vje say that we have the de- 
sired product, namely quality with quantity. 

Another feature to be remembered, is the 
matter of scrap waste metal. The manner in 
which the blanks are cut can often be the 
difference between profit or loss. Suffice 
it to say that the men in the Hammer Depart- 
ment are doing all of these things plus 
plenty of v;ork, and GOOD work. Let us then 
take the thought with us the next time we 
visit the Hamiuer Shop, or hear the Booms and 
Bangs, that the men in the Hammer Shop are 
doing a good job, a skilled job, and that 
the Hammer Shop is one which is known up and 
down the Pacific Coast as one which is able 
to turn out as fine stampings, and in many 
cases, finer than the best of them. Good 

fellows, and by your continued good 
we know that you are doing your part 


Your kind expression of sympathy 
is gratefully acknowledged 
and deeply appreciated » 

Mrso Geraldine Broan. 

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u CI m 

DOW FLACK, who is employed by the Ryan' 
Aeronautical Company as a janitor^ has an 
invention which he xaade or secured while 
working at the Worlds Fair in San Francisco 
in 1939 and 1940, where he vjas exaploj-'ed in 
Robert G.-, Ripley's "Believe It or Not Oddi- 

While strolling through the grounds one 
day. Flack stopped to watch a demonstration 
at the General Motors Exhibit, They were 
demonstrating v;ith a large piece of Luc it e 
by holding a flashlight in one end, the 
light coming out of the other endo 

Flack, wondering how the light could pen- 
etrate the Lucite, secured a stick of it 
four and one- half feet long and one inch in 


diameter. Working day and night, he fash- 
ioned it into a cane that illuminates when- 
ever it comes -- in contact with the ground in 
the manner of a Neon light. 

The vine and leaves, he carved himself, 
and they extend the entire length of the 

He carries the cane vdth him whenever he 
goes v/alking, and values it very highly. 
Hundreds of people have inquired about the 
cane, and it has been the sensation of many 
an American Legion Conventiono It is to his 
knowledge, the only lighted cane in exist- 
ance. Kany people believe it to be Neon, but 
Flack insists that there are no v;ires in it, 
and it is so constructed, to light itself 
whenever it is touched to the pavement. 
Since its innovation, I'^Ir. Flack has been 
knov/n as the "Wizard Lighted Cane Man"c 

"Lucite", if you didn't know, is a poly- 
merized derivative of metharcrylic acid, 
(try that on your zither) and can be procur- 
ed as a cast resin in the form of sheets, 
rods, and tubes and as a thermoplastic mould- 
ing powder^ In both forms it can be procur- 
ed as a crystal clear product and in a wide 
variety of brilliant transparent, translucent 
and opaque colors. 

is the latest to solo, and now 


by Earl E. Byrdman 

JACK "ACE" GAGE presided over the last 
meeting, pinch hitting for absentee HARRY 
MILES. A schediole of fall and winter activ- 
ities was discussed, the program to include 
breakfast hops, hangar dance, hay ride and a 
series of spot landing contests 


that vacations are over, there is more action 
with fewer principals than there was at the 
Battle of San Juano Among those attending 
the meeting were EARL ERWIN, DSSSA HOWELL, 
and JENS NEWMAN, TOM]^IY FEWINS has just pur- 
chased an Arrow Sport— a fine hunk of stuff, 
JERRY CONI^IELLY has his Commercial Ticket 

Note to WES MOVITZ: Contact "HANK" HAN- 
GGI, leadman on the day manifolds — -he'll ex- 
plain the details for yoUo 

Pilots of airplanes who fly over restrict- 
ed areas in the United States and its pos- 
sessions during the present national emer- 
gency may expect prompt and severe penalties 
says Harllee Branch, chaimian of the Civil 
Aeronautics Boards 

The prohibition against planes flying 
over naval bases, military depots, arsenals, 
and other strategic national defense points 
must, he says, be strictly enforced. He 
said that there are a number of such re- 
stricted areas in the United States proper, 
besides Alaska, Canal Zone, etc. 

Branch urged that all pilots acquaint 
themselves with the restricted areas because 
they are liable to disciplinary action even 
though they fly over such areas by inadver- 
tance. Lists of restricted areas can be ob- 
tained from the Chief, Flight Information 
Section, Civil Aeronautics Administration, 
Commerce Department, 'Washington, D. C„ There 
are a number of such areas in this vicinity, 
so watch yourself o 

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Three new men have been in- 
ducted into the second shift 
drop hammer department— --JCffl 
HANSONc. Joe is doing a bang up 
job of blowing off parts and 
helping the crane man; Henry- 
has the makings of a drop ham- 
mer operator and Jerry is doing 
a swell job as move mano Keep 
up the good work^ boys. We're glad 
to have you with us„ 

this last week-end 
Johnny won't say why 



to Los Angeles 

via Long Beach o 

the Long Beach 

she's from Northwes- 

stop but I hear 

tern University. Nice going, Johnny „ 

The speed king of the hour is none 
other than BUD FARR, our own time- 
keeper o Bud was cruising down Univer- 
sity at normal when John Lavj nabbed 
him for doing 35 in a 25 mile zone,. 
Shame for you, Bud— that Chevy will 
do better than that. 

VERNON WINDMILL and Violet Hill- 
berg recited vows and became Mr and 
MrS:, windmill Sunday, October 19th. 
It seems funny that he didn't tell 
the gang when and where, or maybe he 
wanted to be alone Anyv/ay vje all 
wish you luck, 

CURLY HOERMAN, hammer operator 03, 
broke down and bought himself a car^ 
It's a *37 Chrysler sedan Curly 
says he can roll that baby up to 
about 60 in second gear, throw in the 
overdrive, push the throttle through 
the floor board, throvj the brake out 

by Dick Gillam 

the window and just lay back and cruise all dayc 

The second shift drop hammer bowling league is 
off to a good starts There are six teams, four men 
to a teamo Team captains are as follovjs— RUSTON, 

How these guys can pull the rope all night and 
throw the ball all day is beyond me„ 

The best five players on this team will have a 
game with the drop hammer league players soon and 
if they expect to come close to us, they will sure 
have to practice a lot. 

up to. play in the golf tournament at La Jolla. I 
don't believe they took any prizes but there seems 
to be a misunderstanding as to who beat who in the 
three-some- Tom Sarich or Mike Moyer did not tell 
me, but I heard from, a pretty reliable source that 
Adolph Bolger beat Tom and Tom beat Kike: Nice go= 
ing, boss. 

Bj the way, the boys on the second shift drop 
hammer are somewhat in a daze. Here a few nights 
ago a young lady walked through the shop at 12:00 i 
o'clock—two nights in a row and we haven't seen 
her since I hope none of the boys scared her by 
staring,, I wish she would come back because every 
night at 12 o'clock there is a lull in the shop, 
and if there is going to be a lull, she might just 
as well be there o 

SPECIAL— -On the 7th of November, "POP" LINDER- 
FELT, heat treat man second shift, will be 65 years 
oldc According to law he is totally disabled or | 
unfit for active duty, but "Pop" says he v;ould 
rather worko 

Pop has pulled through six wars— —Spanish Ameri- 
can, Phillipine, China, Mexico and World War I and 
he is married. This last war has been going on 37 
years and Pop says he never won a battle « 

Well, we all wish you a happy birthday, "Pop", 
and I'll bet that the 8th of November will be the 1 
only, day in a long time that you won't be fit for 
duty . 

Anything on the unusual side in the cartoons, either 
in the last issue or in the present one, may be ! 
correctly attributed to the vi -issitudes of be- f 
coming a fathero Yea»-GEORGE MICHAEL DUNCAN, born 
one dark and stormy night, October 21st, to our hon- 
orable cartoonist and his wife, CONGRATULATIONS; 

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TinaL {-l-ddemlyLu A/ote± 

JOHN VANDER LINDE, Supervisor^ v/as given 
quite a surprise the other day. John was 
reading a newspaper clipping about an old 
employee of the Ryan Aeronautical Company 
who at one time had worked in his department » 
The person was none other than that famous 
character "WRONG WAY CORRIGAN".- 

John had .just finished reading the art- 
icle, and was ready to embark on one of his 
many duties v/hen, glancing upj he saw before 
him Corrigan himself. 

After the shock of the strange coincidence 
had settled the two took a walk through the 
plant and discussed old timeSj and savj many 
of Corrigan' s old buddies 

Corrigan was quite impressed at the change 
that has taken place at the Ryan Aeronautical 
Company., He was very pleased with the pro- 
gress of the assembly line. 

Doug was in town to witness the opening 
and the dedication of the new parts plant at 
Consolidated: However, running true to form 


he showed up at Ryan instead, 
his many old friends » 

merely to see 

The department now boasts another proud 
father— Lea dman NORMAN LARSSN was presented 
with a 7 pound boy by I-Irso Larsen. Norman 
is feeling much better no^v and of course the 
customary cigars were in order. 

The department is quite proud of the new 
flight line- — it is a great improvement over 
the old mud flats.. 


Hats off to LARRY "McPHAIL" GIBSON, 
welfare director, v/ho in his spare time this 
summer found time to run the Ryan All-Star 
Softball teamo Not only did Larry do a fine 
job of managing the team to the city cham- 
pionship, but he also proved to be a better 
than average pinch hitter and general all 
around handy man. NICE GOING, LARRY! 

3keet Metd A/eu/±_ 

Ho hum! The Bearded Prophet is no morel 
He wasn't put to an end for not coming thru 
with a contribution---for Sheet Metal— — .in 
the last Flying Reporter. He merely lost 
his identity when he rid himself of the 
bush for picture taking purposes,. Good 
riddance, xve'd say. 

Sheet metal has enlarged to the extent 
of requiring assistant lead men. Some 
growth, huh? Lo Wo WHITE (his only name is 
in the form of those initials and he has a 
birth certificate to prove it) has been 
picked to lend a hand to DICK WELLS of the 
riveting group_ "HiTE" PEDERSEN is being 
ably assisted by ART KILMER. If you're not 
acquainted with Art- — ^-keep your ear glued 
Ito KGB. Art had a very successful audition on 
!that station recently. Good luck. Art! Oh, 
yeah—Art sings! 

While we're on the subject of rapid ex- 
pansion it would probably be apropros to 
■mention that one F, A. DAVIS is the proud 
i father of twins— a seven and one- half pound 
jboy and a six pound girl, born Friday night, 
I the tenth. 


Has PAUL HOFFMAN, Erich's clerk, asked 
any of you about the training of a bird dog? 
He was the proud owner of an English Pointer 
and vjould like some pointers on catching oneo 
It's also rumored that Erich is going in for 
hunting dogs. Probably a lot of you guys 
v/ould get more companionship from a good dog 
than you do from those drive- in galso How's 
about that GRABAR? 

BILL BROWN probably won't make that tripo 
He married Miss Gertrude Swanson in Los An- 
geles, Saturday the 11th and made a hurried 
trip to San Francisco over the weekend.. 

One gent checked out last week with the 
complaint that the plant was too noisy. JAKE 
LUNSFORD was quite sympathetic- — claiming 
that it is hard to sleep at times. 

Orchestra leader Frank Davis knocked him- 
self out the other night o He practiced on 
his drums by playing along with Krupa re- 
cords o Five straight hours proved too long 
a time for such goings on. He didn't show 
(continued on page 27) 

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more sheet metal 

up for work the next day and is still walk- 
ing around in a dreara„ ART SCHUBERT will be 
passing cigars one of these days-for details 

If DAVE PALASHj timekeeper, really wants 
to make a v/inner from his recently acquired 
race horse -—"Be Under Fire" a two year old 
fillyo In case you're looking for good odds 
he'd best act as pace setter o Palash beat 
the whistle to the clock house the other 
night I 

Ever play the game Gats and Mice? See 

JOHNNIE KIRWANj of the routers, really 
goes in for lengthy vacations , He and his 
v;ife have just returned from a 34 day vaca- 
tion to I'lassachusettSo Johnnie only had two 
flat tires going and managed to throw out a 
clutch in Oklahoma on the way back. Besides 
being hard on clutches, he claims Oklahoma 
is also tough about passing in a "No Passing" 
zoneo What's five bucks if you've had a 
swell vacation, Johnnie? 

Back after forced vacations are DICK NARE 
and JACK BURNS o HARRY PASS is doing nicely 
at the Hercy Hospital, He's the victim of 
an auto accident „ Hope to see you soon, Har- 

JACK EDWARDS, riveter, has been spending 
many an hour each night for quite some time 
now, hopping a model "A" chassis up with a 
•28 V-8 engine. He's really enthusiastic 
about the job and will "gow-out" with any 
and all comers o He plans to run up to liuroc 

Dry Lake one of these Sundays and will give 
us his clockings o How's about a Ryan "Gow" 
club, he asks? 

shifts as leadmen over the routers. It's a 
temporary arrangement and will be followed 
by other such exchanges among the leadmen, 
as we have ito The idea being to work out a 
common operations method between the first 
and second shiftso A very good ideawethinkl 
Hope the night shift doesn't affect all of 
the boys the way it has PHIL STILLMAN„ It 
seems that Phil lost yours truly 's lock the 
other night, was good enough to borrow a 
combination lock for the drawer, and left an 
apologetic note saying that he would buy a 
new lock, but neglected to leave the combin- 
ation, When did Gertie get back from the 
coast, Phil? 

Air-minded, but in a different v;ay, are 
and Wyoming, respectively,. They've been 
breaking broncs for Barney, a renter o f 
horse flesh at Bostonia^ So far they've 
tamed and are training three of them. Says 
Harold, "These horses are being trained es- 
pecially for Ryan workers. One of them even 
whistles at red heads in slacks . " 

EMMY "BETA-GINGH" GUTZMAN, captain of our 
bowling team—issues a challenge to any es- 
tablished team, for a no-handicap bowling 
contest at anytime on any alley. In answer 
to a pin boy' s dream we of f er— GUTZMAN, FB£D 
and Eo BURKS. Keep 'em rolling, fellersS 

more of Bob ' s Bumps 

Boy, vifhat excitement we had last night! 
We had our first fire alarm and it was lucky 
we got it under control as it could have 
been very costly o Of course everything went 
off just like clock work. We have not had 
enough time to really instruct the fire men 
in their duties as much as v/e v;ould like to 
but we hope in the near future to have a 
fire department second to noneo 

Our plant police really give us all the 
help any one could and we really appreciate 
it., We hope to have the plant zoned and 
lettered off so we can go to any certain 
spot in the plant on a second's notice, G. 
E» BARTON was there and very willingly gave 
us all the help possible^ He was right in 
there wading around in the foam with us and 
I think that really shows the RYAN spirit „ 
Yes, when it comes to a pinch, the men at 
RYAN can be depended ono Our Super DAN BUR- 
NETT and RAY ORTIZ, our foreman, stayed 
right in there v;ith us too, and we, the Fire 
Marshals, wish to take this opportunity to 
express our thanks for their help, 

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more Fabric Hi -Lites 

First be sure of his or her demiseo Fea- 
thers are very nice in your hat, but not in 
the dressing. You must soak him in salt 
water too, as this will keep him from shrink- 
ing. Line your roaster with soap before you 
stuff him as this will save a lot of dish- 
washing later on„ 

Say, did you ever use bath powder for 
seasoning instead of sageo It's really amaz- 
ing. The expression on everyone's face when 
they taste it.. Eggs are too expensive — use 
dried apples or prunes » Another helpful 
hint is to baste the bird with cylinder oil 
from time to time. As a matter of fact, you 
won't even have to thicken the gravy „ 

I certainly do hope I have been of help 
to youo As a last suggestion, it's always 
best to keep hamburger in the refrigerator, 
just in case you can't eat the turkey o 

Your corn-fed reporter was off work a 
couple of days last week with the flu but 
now I'm doing fine, thank youo 



E M P L 

Vol.2 No. 9 



1 9 4 1 I 

Y A N A E R 



mm ?vim i\mi\m 

Vol. 2 No. 9 

Keep 'Em Fl y i ng 

November 28, 1941 


I am a defense worker. There are thousands just like me throughout our great nation. 
To me, it is the most wonderful experience of rny life— because the nature of the work 
is so far reaching. 

Sometimes — when energy is low, the task seems heavy and wearisome, and I find my mind 
wandering to thoughts of fishing, golf, swimming, boating or perhaps just restino on 
the beach. My mind seeks such thoughts as -- "if I only had" -- when in reality I 
have more wealth of life and opportunity at hand than comes to most people in a nor- 
mal span of I i fe. 

I feel a great deal of pride when I realize that i have proven trustworthy enough to 
be employed in the great task our country has undertaken. I know that everything I 
do, however trivial it may seem on the surface, is one of the basic mi I i ions of steps 
which tend to make a picture complete. For instance, I know every job has a meaning 
and to this end — what I am doing not only helps us to help our friends over there, 
but enables us to protect ourselves. 

It is like a gigantic puzzle in effect — due to the fact that the digit which I have 
just posted is simply a numeral. But looking beyond the page upon which it is writ- 
ten, I vision those I love, peace, health, happiness, the American way of living with 
its appetite for freedom; to exercise one's mind and life; to live as God intended it 
to be lived; to enjoy the beauty of nature; to feel the warmth of the sun upon one; to 
gaze enraptured upon the glories of the heavens on a clear starlit night; to see the 
flowers, bedecked smilingly in their brilliant hues as Mother Nature dressed them for 
the spring; science, art, literature, med i c i nG--and on and on to the things which 
touch upon the life of everyone. 

These things I envision. Then follows a thought of charred ru ins, of terror running 
rampant, of tragedy, starvation, disease, slavery to a hated cause, of a living hell 
on earth. V/hen these visions have passed, and my eyes alight upon the work at hand, I 
see it as opportun i ty— as the tool which has been given to me to help me protect in my 
modest way these others throughout the land that are going about tasks other than de- 
fense work — and those dear to me. 

And so, I shan't mind what my country asks of me through those who employ me, because 
I know we all have a common task, a common duty and a 

(Flying Reporter publishes 
these thoughts by a worker 
in another factory because 
we feel that they represent 
a cross sec t ion of the 
thoughts and beliefs of 
America's loyal army of de- 
fense workers in the present 
national emergency. — From 
Dougl as Airview) 

common destiny in the land we 
love. And come what may, deep 
down in my heart I shall know 
that I have endeavored to do, 
to the best of my abi 1 i ty, 
whatever I could for my fel- 
lowmen, my country, and my- 


NoVo 28 
19 4 1 

im mm mum 

Published by Employees of the 


Through their Welfare Departnent 

under direction of 


•i;- -K- a » 

Editors: Bill Wagner j Sue Zinn 
Art Editor: George Duncan 
Editorial Assistants: J. R. Conyers 

Slim Goats 
Ray Horkowski 
Wm. Jc. van den Akker 

Special Contributors; 
Top Kotchers 
Service Department 

Co Jo Rust 
V^in Alder son 
Daniel Burnett jJro 
I-lai'y I-iaud Ilitchell 

Departmental Contributors: 

The Body Builders 

Neivs 'n Views 


Bolts, Nuts & Rivets 

Blasts from the 

Flight Line 
Manifold Exhaust 
Final Assembly Notes 
The Kite rlaker 
Fabric Hi-Lit es 
Sheet i-ietal 

Joso Go Groszek 
Dick Gillam 
li. I-iagdick 

Prop Wash 
iianny Fohlde 
Pat Kelly 
Jack Billings 
ChaSo Anderson 
Dorothy Kolbrek 
Pat Kregness 
Jack '^ . Young 
Jo Park & E. Close 

COVER PICTURE - Manifolds aren't very ro- 
mantic objects we must admit, so we're sure 
that men in that department will .realize 
that most front- covers of Flying Reporter 
have been of planes because they lend theia- 
selves more readily to interesting illus- 
tration. Hov^/ever, just to prove that the 
editors, too, realize the importance of 
Ryan's manifold manufacturing activities, 
we are running the picture on the front 
cover of this issue as a special tribute to 
the I'-lanifold Hen. 

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DEADLINE DATE - for copy for the next issue 
of Flying Reporter is 55 00 Wednesday, Decem- 
ber 10th. Specially prepared sheets on 
which to put your material are available 
from LARRY GIBSON of the Welfare Department. 

fBimi n m um 

1 jest wonder if youse Publishers, Bind- 
ers and Printers would let a nev; guy nudge 
in on one of your columns jest long enough 
to say hello to the finest bunch of fellers 
and gals I ever met. Really, I kinder fig- 
ger Ryan has surathin' there. 

You know, as a general thing when a green 
hand comes lumberin' in on the bunch, the 
ole timers get sorter clannish all to once 
like they was vjonderin' which side of the 
tracks you was borned on. Then when they 
find you really do speak English and don't 
eat your meat raw, they kinder begin watchin' 
you with a suspicious eye like you v;as there 
tO' try out fer their job er sumpin' . 

But not them Ryan vrorkers. No siree. Why 
everyone was so dern nice to me, I begin to 
get suspicious of thea thinkin' they had 
lightnin' rods, er insurance, er sumpthin' 
to sell rae. 

Why I was treated like it was mighty nice 
of me to come and help out. And no matter 
vjhat blunders I made, seems like there vjas 
alius someone handy to smile plesant like 
and show me how to do it right . 

Novj to some, that might not mean anything 
but to me, I tell you, it meant everything. 
You see, I alius tried to be as nice to the 
other feller as he was to me and them Ryan 
folks are makin' it mighty tough fer me to 
keep up v;ith them. 

Really, I don't knovj v;here they found so 
j;iany nice people but I have a hunch the per- 
sonnel department has sumthin' to do with 
it.. And if the personnel is so dern nice 
and keerfull of how they select, it can only 
come from the officials. And them bein' 
that vjay too surely must mean that Claude 
ain't such a bad egg either „ 

But I'm kinder ketchin' on and have vrork- 
ed three old vertebraes loose in my neck 
bowin' and sayin' "good mornin'" when I come 
to work. And the bosses. Well, they really 
look hurt if they don't get a chance to 
speak first. My boss is so dern nice I 
wouldn't dare to invite him home to dinner 
fer fear the vjife would take him fer one of 
the boys and start tellin' him all ray faults. 

Anyway, I'm mighty proud to be one of you 
and sincerely hope I never do anything to 
make myself unv/orthy of your company. And 
when I look down and see that ole Ryan badge 
shinin' on my chest, my vest pooches out a 
bit more than normal. 

(continued on page 19) 



One of the most enthusiastic private pilot owners of a Ryan S-T is Anesio Amaral^ JTo, 
young sportsman of Sao Paulo, coffee raising center of Brazil in South Americao 

Amaral purchased one of the first Ryan S-Ts soae five years ago^ had it shipped to Bra- 
zil, and has since been operating it most successfully - so successfully in fact that he 
has consistently v/on most of Brazil's important sportsman pilot races and acrobatic flight 
contests in recent years. 

Last week, as most every year at this time, came 
word from Amaral that he had again won the "Circuito 
Aero Nacional" ~ this year for the FIFTH time= The 


[iliS DfflCE 

race, we understand, is of some 2000 miles duration 
betvjeen Brazil's most important cities, v;ith points 
being awarded competing pilots for piloting and navi- 
gating ability as well as speeds 

Beside being the five-time winner of this most im- 
portant Brazilian sporting event, Amaral has won nu- 
merous other avjards as well, all of vjhich are inscrib- 
ed on the cowling of his Ryan S-T, Pictures received 
last year showed at least eight avjards inscribed on 
the cowling. We have v^ritten Amaral for pictures of 
this year's event and hope to bo able to print several 
in coming issues of Flying Reporter. 

Several other Ryan S-Ts and Ryan 3-C cabin planes 
are operated by private owners in South America, and 
in fact the 3-C of Edgard Rocha Miranda last year was 
second-place to Amaral in the "Circuito Aero Nacionalo" 

Speaking of Brazil brings to mind a letter Miss 
Mosena (in Eddie Holloy's office) brought to our at- 
tentiono It's from a young Brazilian student . Al- 
though we're apt to laugh at his struggle with the 
English language - and who doesn't have to struggle - 
his sincerity is obviously very genuine, and you can 
be sure he vjill receive the pictures for which he took 
the trouble to write. Here's his letter: 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
September 25, 1941 
Ryan Aeronautical Co, 
San Diego, U, S, A, 

Respected Sirs 

I am a 16 years old student and, as a twenty cen- 
tury boy, I have a great interest by aviation , 
chiefly in this hour that my country is in a epoch 
of devellopment of the air forces, I have a great 
interest by everything concerning airplanes and its 

I wish to know if it would be possible, I receive 
free of cost and without obligation, photographs of 
the Ryan airplanes, chiefly of the Ryan S-T and of 
the Ryan Pt-21o 

I am demanding the photograph of the famous Ryan 
S-T because it will be a great pleasure for me to 
place the picture of this famous avion in the wall 
of my bedroom. From that time gratefully, I am 

resDectfully . « gO 

In case anyone has wondered 
ivhat that little white shack in 
the northwest corner of the fac- 
tory yard is for, we wish to an- 
nounce it is Ryan's new operations 

Due to the increased fly-away 
deliveries of PT-22s to the Army- 
schools, the need arose for a 
place to handle ferry pilots and 
paper work in that connection, and 
also an operations office for com- 
pany test pllotso 

Office space for use of the Ar- 
my Acceptance Officers, Lt, Terry 
and Lt, Jones and Company Test Pi- 
lots C, J. Rust, Leonard (Miracu- 
lous) Mraldi and Al Lawrence, Ar- 
my Inspection and Company Inspec- 
tion has been provided. 

Locker space for keeping para- 
chutes and other flight gear is 
also provided for. 

Thus another important item 
which contributes to the nation- 
wide slogan of "Keep 'Em Flying" 
is put in operation by Ryan Aero- 
nautical Company, 

C, Jo Rust 



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"If you work for a man, in heav- 
en 's najne, work for him. Speak 
well of him and stand by the in- 
stitution he represents. Remember, 
an ounce of loyalty is worth a 
pound of cleverness. If you must 
growl, condemn, and eternally find 

fault resign your position, and 

when you are outside, damn to your 
heart's content. But as long as 
you are part of the institution, 
do not condemn it, for if you do, 
the first high wind that comes a- 
long will blow you away and you 
will never know why," 


By I'lary I-'Iaud Mitchell 

Climaxing six weeks of anticipation and 
planning, the Service Department finally 
flung its surprise banquet for Walter Locke 
on Saturday evening, November 15th o The af- 
fair vjas held in the Sun Room of the San 
Diego Hotel o Postponed on three occasions, 
the Committee in Charge began to despair of 
keeping negotiations secret from Walter, but 
the surprised look on his face as he vjalked 
into the room at 7:15j expecting to find an- 
other dinner-dance undervjay there, bore out 
his words that he "was completely flabber- 
gasted." In his after-dinner remarks, he 
wa,rned his staff that from novj on "he would 
have to keep a more careful watch over what 
kind of business vjent on out in his office I" 

The affair was planned pri:iiarily to honor 
Walter Locke who has served so capably in so 
many capacities in the Ryan Aeronautical 
Company ever since he first entered the 
school in 1926. Promoted rapidly to the po- 
sition of Production i-ianager, he has worked 
on almost all the models produced by Ryan, 
and seen the company grow from its beginningo 
With a slight intermission in the years be- 
tween 1928 and 1933 when he was loaned out 
to various other aircraft companies, he has 
worked with Claude Ryan continually and held 
the jobs of Purchasing Agent and Personnel 
rianager before he became Service iianager in 

1939 = 

The dinner was given as a token of appre- 
ciation by those vjith whom he has worked, 
and in particular those who are now working 
with him, and he was presented with the gift 
of a fountain pen desk set. The head table 
v/as decorated with "Keep 'Em Flying I" signs, 
purloined from G. E. Barton's desk without 
his knowledge, and subsequently returned; 
red, white and blue flowers, and a contrap- 
tion designed to display four photographs of 
Ryan planes. This latter item, called a 
bird cage by its designer for lack of a bet- 
ter title, now decorates .-Jalter's office and 
provides amusement for those v,rho call upon 
him there. 

The dinner also served as a first birth- 
day celebration for the Service Department 
itself. The latter has expanded so rapidly 
in the past few months that it has scarcely 
had a chance to become aware of itself, and 
(continued on page 14) 


k> >) J o 

We start life with an abundance of faith. 
First our parents have faith that we shall 
be born normal, that we shall be healthy and 
strong, that some day we will be successful 
to a great degree. 

Then v/e ourselves have an inherent faith 
in our parents. First, because it is in- 
stinctive, the law of nature Faith that we 

vjill be protected and cared for until such 
time as we have learned to protect and care 
for ourselves o 

Our first break-away from our protected 
home-life comes when we are left the first 
day in school. The strangeness of many 
children about us leaves only the teacher in 
ivhom we are now obliged to place our faith. 
Thru our school life vie have faith in some 
of our teachers and not in others. I am 
sure that we gain far more knowledge from 
the teacher in whom we have faith than from 
those whom vie do not. And the reverse situ- 
ation is of equal iraportance. There is no 
\irait to the study and work vie will do if vie 
know that our teachers have faith in us. 

Our first job, vie are nervous and appre- 
hensive, and yet somehow we suin up enough 
courage to apply. After receiving our job 
we depend largely upon faith, but this time 
it is faith in ourselves . 

Faith in our ability to learn (for we 
never stop learning), combined vjith ambition, 
enthusiasm and sincerity, we are launched on 
our careers. 

Sometime the road is easy going and some- 
time it is pretty rough and when it is rough 
we need plenty of faith to carry us through. 

When employer and employee relationship 
enjoys true faith, each in the other, there 
is greater success in store for both. 

Our very government, of, by, and for the 
people, is an outgrowth of the tremendous 
faith of our forefathers v;ho believed that 
they were right and that the future would be 
bright for their children and their children's 

Let us now have FAITH in our Neighbor and 
our Neighbor ' s Neighbor, and that soon the 
war clouds will give v;ay to a bigger and 
brighter ray of sunshine f-Qr all the peoples 
of the earth. 


V- Daniel B. Burnett, Jr. 
Night Superintendent 

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around old Department 
slipped on a 
and cracked 

Things haven't been so good 
"B" for the last ten days. 

First off, that new machine helper 
spot of oil, fell and broke his wrist. 

Then Fred tripped over a truck handle 
his head on the edge of a work, bench o 

The pay-off was when Larry fell over a piece of 
steel scrap in the aisle and scraped plenty of skin 
off his arm and the side of his faceo 

Then things began to happen. 

Super Jack arrived and grabbed Foreman Grindo right 
out in front of me and Jack sounded off plenty! 

Leaving out the cuss words. Jack told Grindo that 
more men had been hurt in this department during the 
last ten days than in all the rest of the plant and 
that Grindo had better get on his horse and do some- 
thing about it pronto o 

He told Grindo what to do, too^ 

Briefly, Super Jack said that v/hat Department "B" 

needed vjas a good thorough house cleaning that most 

falls happened because things vjere lying around where 
they shouldn't be instead of being piled up, picked up 
or put away properly. 

They both left to make an inspection and it T/asn't 
long before I caught glimpses of the janitor mopping up 
oil spills; turning truck handles out of the way, clean- 
ing up odds and ends and making aisles clear, 

A little later someone put up a new poster right be- 
side me v/hich says "IF IT DOESN'T BELONG ON THE FLOOR- 

This is a problem that everyone in the department 
can do something about and I've seen Grindo talking to 
most of the boys. From the way things are beginning to 
look, there aren't going to be any more injuries from 
falls around here. 

Super Jack is right,—- - "There should be a place fo r 
i everything— and everything should be in its place," 
' Too bad for Grindo that he didn't get wise to this 
before Jack had to put him on the carpet ! 


We reproduce the following suniraation of an address by Maj, J, D, Fullerton, an Englishman 
■of the royal engineers, speaking at a meeting of the International Congress of Engineers in 
iChicago , 

He stated: 

"First, it seems quite probable that in 
the near future aerial v;arfare will have to 
be counted on. 

who depend for their defense upon navies, 

' "Fifth, as the aerial ships will be, com- 
paratively speaking, inexpensive, the small 

"Second, this vdll, practically speaking, 
revolutionize the art of war^ 

"Third, owing to the high rate of speed 
which airships will attain, it will be neces- 
jsary for all nations to maintain themselves 
ready for war at very short notice, 

"Fourth, the nations most affected by the 
lintroduction of aerial warfare vdll be those 

nations will be able to equip themselves 
with them, 

"Sixth, owing to the possibility of war 
at very short notice, a larger proportion of 
the nation will have to be kept under arms, 

"Seventh, warfare by sea and land will 
only be possible when a nation has command 
of the air," 

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by Jos. g.groszek 

With the Final Assemblers in need of more space, the Fuselage Department was obliged to 
move to a nev; location. We novj can be found adjacent to the "Wing Assembly" Department. 
Though somewhat crowded, we soon will become accustomed to our new home and again the 
wheels of production will keep moving along. 

In need of a tow truck, vjhich v;as no where to be found, EDDIE BARKOVIC, found himself 
confronted with the problem of moving his tool cabinet to the nev; location. To see hira 
pulling and tugging and making enough noise to drovm out a B-24j was really a sight. Any- 
one needing towing service should see Eddie "We Tow Anything" Barkovic. 

WAYNE HANSON, cruising through Escondido at a mere 80 miles an hour, was pulled abruptly 
to a stop by an officer of the law. "What's the matter, officer? Was I going too fast?" 
questioned V/ayne. "Nol" said the officer, "You were flying too Iovj!" And so Hanson was 
presented v;ith the officer's autograph on a piece of paper, better known to all as a 

HOWARD GUY, our 160 pound weakling, is so skinny that anytime he drinks tomato juice, he 
looks like a thermometer. 

JOE JOHNSON was reportedly sick in bed, with a nurse in attendance one day last week, 
but the fish v;eren't biting. Better luck next time, Joe. 

Two men were lost last week -when BOB DILLAN and BOB EVANS left us. But in their places 
we welcomed back into our midst, GUS "THE GREEK" ELIOPOLOUS. Gus is an old timer and we're 
sure glad to have him back. 

At a recent football game I happened to meet up with PHILLIP "HAPPY" BARSEN, accompanied 
by a young lady. From the looks of things, I think he was more interested in the lady 
friend as he didn't even know what the score was at the end of the game. Wow! Some boy, 

"BUCK" KELLY, Sub Assembly Foraaan, was proudly passing out the cigars last Saturday — a 
seven and a half pound baby girl arrived to adorn the household. GEORGE LITELL took several 
cigars. I've heard six and then again twelve. It is reported that he doesn't smoke them 
so I guess he is going to save them and then pass them out -when and if he is equally as 

On the Alleys, 

Fuselage Team No, 2 is in quite a slump it may seem, but according to AL LAUBE, they'll 
be plenty hot in the second half and maybe even sooner. 

With the help of MORRIS "MOOSE" SIRATON, Team No. 1 should have an even chance to place 
in the money in the Ryan Bowling Tournaraent .. We might add that "Moose" still holds a record 
at the Fourth and Cedar Bowling Alleys. He bovjled a 279 game there last year and that's 
really knocking 'em down. 

We want to congratulate E. HERMAN of sub-assembly for bov/ling that 260 game against team 
No. 1. They didn't let him get away too far as "RED" HAZZARD was right on his tail with a 
score of 249- 


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by dickgllhm 

How raany of you fellows read the article "Production" by Dorothy Kolbrek in the last is- 
sue of the Flying Reporter, I don't believe she missed a trick and she is right — In order 
to have production we must have harmony. And it is also true that on how well we do our 
work may depend some life, or what we do today /nay have some effect on somebody's happiness 
I tomorrow. So if you still have your last issue, it'll be worth your while to read "PRO- 

DEAR SLIM: Just a few lines to let you in on the latest dope. Brown Eyes (Louise) was 
very attractive, in fact she was too attractive. The competition was terrific and I was 
i finally nosed out in the home stretch by a Consolidated rivet bucker. But you know how the 
jold saying goes, "It Is better to have loved and lost," — so I'll hop along now, 
I A new name has just come to light. It is "WATER WAGON JARVIE", or better known as 
I "CHAMP" with his bowling quintet. Only because of his frequent on and off the wagon did he 
'achieve this most flattering handle. 

An Englishman went back home and was telling his people how funny we do things over here 
jin Araerica. He told them that when we mix drinks we put in lemon to make it sour. Then we 

1 — — — — ^— — — — — — - put in sugar to make it sweet. Then we say, 

RYAN DRAl-lA CLUB SCORES ONCE MORE I "Here's to you," and drink it ourselves. 

I Have you noticed the glow in the eyes of 

The Ryan Dramatic Club scored again, in I LITTLE JOS lately. Well, the answer is an 

the eyes of their fellow workmen, with the | gi pound baby girl. Congratulations to Mr. 

very successful production of "One Mad Night" . ^nd Mrs. J. 5KAINS. And, while we are on 

on Friday, November 14th, in the Roosevelt I 
Junior High School Auditorium, 

It was easy to see that this play was the 
result of many long hours spent in rehearsal 
as in the eyes of all of the better critics, 
the performance was exceptionally finished, 
jThe play was well cast and each actor played 
his or her part very well. 

From the pleasant remarks that have been 
heard in and around the factory, the some 
{500 people vjho attended the play were all 
Well pleased and are eagerly awaiting the 
jannouncement of the next play to be present- 
ed o 

The 'Welfare Department, under the direc- 
tion of Mervin Marco, Personnel Director, 
take this opportunity to express their thanks 
to all of the players for their fine work 
jind untiring efforts in making this high 
j^rade entertainment accessible to all of the 
|iiyan employees. Again we say "Thank you for 
i great presentation of a very enjoyable ', 

the subject, let's all extend our congratu- 
lations to Mr. and Mrs. A. W. DUDLEY for an 
8 pound 5 ounce baby boy. 

Most of the Drop-Hamaier boys are break- 
ing out with new cars these days. I don't 
see how they do it the way prices go up and 
elevators come down. But speaking of cars 
-—E. W. KENIGiDY of Hand Finish has got a 
'38 Buick, a lead foot, and a traffic cita- 
tion for doing 40 in a 25 mile zone. Take 
it easy, "Buck". 

If there are any of you young braves who 
want to look like the Chief, ask "SCHELL", 
our oven man, v/here he gets his hair cut. 

RAI"BEY and BROWN are back on the second 
shift Plannishing after a brief stay on the 
first shift. They have both been on the 
Owl and the second shift before. Anyway, 
we are glad to see you boys back. 

GLAnON RUSH had a good start on a mous- 
tache here not so long ago. It was, I'll 
(continued on page 16) 

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Here's a little infonaation about another 
one of our executives who got his job by the 
through route, or as it is sometimes called, 
the complete treatment. 

A very few years after his birth in Fran- 
ingham, I'lassachusettes, in 1903 his mother 
discovered that there vjas no use trying to 
keep Walter away from that "air-field". The 
eiTiergency landing field, built by the Army 
in Framinghara during the war v/as a source of 
great interest to Walt during his high school 
years, Betv^een chinning with the aviators 
and building model airplanes, he v/as thorough- 
ly air-minded by the time he graduated from 
Phillips Exeter Academy in iixeter, N. H. 

Although the family elders were not so 
keen on this aviation business as a career, 
(since his cousin, Weldon Cook, one of the 
pioneer aviators vjas killed), Walter started 
at the I"I.I.T. in 1922 to learn aeronautical 
engineering. He didn't get his degree. By 
1926 the urge to actually fly and build air- 
planes v;as stronger than desire for academic 
knowledge so Walt hauled out and came to 

Here he took a flight course from the 
Ryan School under Red Harrigan, combined with 
an "earn while you learn" course in aircraft 
mechanics on the Ryan K-lmail planes. Later, 
in 1927, he assisted with the engineering 
v;ork for Lindbergh's Ryan job. The Spirit of 
St. Louis, including the complex fuel and 
oil system. 

When the old Ryan-Mahoney company moved 
to St. Louis in 1928 Locke v;ent to Troy, 
Ohio to work for the Waco Company. From 
there he went to lietal Aircraft Co. in Cin- 
cinnatti and then to the Veville Aircraft 
Company in Detroit. The guy v;as getting a- 

He came back to the coast in 1930 and took 
a job as production manager in Hav;ley Bow- 
lus' glider factory. Next thing you know, 
he's with the Pitcairn Autogiro Co. in Penn- 
sylvania. There he worked both in produc- 
tion and in engineering. After about two 

years things slowed up in the autogiro bus- 
iness and Walter took his only wayvvard trail 
from airplanes. He worked in the engineer- 
ing department of a steam boiler manufactur- 
ing company. He blew up at this, (some pun 
— Ed.. ) 

Next we find him in California again, 
working for Northrop at the old El Segundo 
plant,: While happily employed on this job, 
he got a chance to cone back to San Diego 
and his Alma ^'ater, Ryan. So, in 1934, Walt 
came_ back to work for Ryan again. 

Previous to this time the first experi- 
mental S-T had been built and it remained 
only to get production rolling on that model. 
That is '.vhere Locke came into the picture. 
From that day to this, his chief interest 
has been S-Ts and their successors, includ- 
ing the service detail to "Keep 'Em Flying". 

Now for a guy whose wife advised him sev- 
eral times to give up the aviation game, 
Walter 0, Locke has piled up considerable 
miscellaneous and assorted experience in 
producing aircraft and such. He says that 
if all the guys who had been advised to give- 
up aviation had followed that advice, we 
wouldn't have an aviation industry, and be- 
sides we wouldn't have a Ryan Aeronautical 
Company, since .everyone from the bankers 
down advised Claude Ryan to give it up at 

some time or other 

'service oept. 

Speedy Service 

S«TtSFieS — Top 

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Slim doaid ' 


Ah ---Thanksgiving again. There will be 
two Thanksgiving days this year again, but 
in 1942 there will be only one; the old 
fashioned kind-— that is, the last Thursday 
in November c. The President's switching of 
dates for the Thanksgiving Day caused a bit- 
ter poet to write; 

Thirty days hath September 

Aprils June, and Noveraber 
February has twenty-eight alone. 
All of the rest have thirty-one 
Until we hear from Washington.. 

'wouldn't this slay yuh dept; Betty Comp- 
ton Walker, ex-wife of ex-I-iayor Jiriariie Walk- 
er, "seeks United States citizenship", ac- 
cording to a news item= And of the ex-MrSo 
Walker, a British subject, it says, "She did 
not appear at the naturalization office her- 
self but had her attorney act for her.." 

Seems to me the privilege of becoming a 
United States citizen is certainly worth a 
personal appearance and worth a lot more at- 
tention than one gives to squaring a traffic 
ticket o The importance of becoming a United 
States citizen should be considered in award- 
ing the privilege. Shucks-- this is a lot of 
preamble for no constitution, so let's start 
on the news. 

Since AL WEBER' s car accident his fenders 
resemble Venetian Blinds, or vjhat the girls 
would call "accordian plait," 

"VffiASEL" SVANSs "The horse I was riding 
wanted to go one way and I wanted 
to go another =" 

BUTCH ORTIZs "Who won?" 

"WEASEL" s "He tossed me for it," (P.S.- 
This is no joke, ) 

There ain't no justice department: BOB 
ilARRIS and his bumpers used to clutter up 
the place like a prairie dog village in a 
bowling alley, VJhen they moved, everything 
was as quiet as an oil burner, and novj along 
comes S) WEBER with his camp kitchen (passi- 
vating tanks) which are hotter than the 
jhinges of Vesuvius, BOB HARlilS, by the way, 
irias been suffering for several weeks with an 
bye infection, so during his absence we will 

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carry on the fued with DICK GILLAM„ Dick's 
girl, "Brown-eyes" was married last week, 
and to add insult to injury, she married a 
Consair man. Poor Dick misses more chances 
than a farmer at a circus raffle, 

LARRY GIBSON: (Far off in rough) "Say 
caddie, why do you keep looking at 
your watch?" 

Caddies "This isn't a watch, sir, it's a 
compass „" 

We want to ivelcome the following newcom^- 
ers to our department; E, 0, ELLIS, Jo ?» 
from (you guessed it) Minnesota , Plees' ta 
meecha, fellas, 

Ro SPIKING; "Golly, 

I've lost 

since I've married, 
my five hundred dollar bank 

let that worry you. 


you know love makes the world go round," 
"SPIKE"; "Yeah, but I didn't think it 
would go around so fast I'd lose my 
balance," (continued on page 24) 


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y^iep^ In -ff^oemolij 

A future Ryan Pr-22 trainer begins to assume Its first recogniz- 
able shape with the riveting of flat pre-cut and pre-drilled 
aluminum alloy sheets to f orn the tail oone section of fuselage. 

iftiat's this weii-d gi-oup of oonio&l lastEil pillars? Tuil 

^ aones, says i'orenan Joe Johnson, whose men "stock" then 

for future use just by standing them on end till needed. 



E K 


W'ill, uoa 
jigs in ba 

■we're getting 

ckgrovuid, -while 

skin rivetu.l 


sooevihere: Tail cones vjere placed in 

the forward fuselage section was attach- 

ip. Fuselages are now on "move" jlcs. 

Have you, too, been tryinq to tell the wife and family now 
Ryan training olancs are built? And found it difficult to 
do without some pictures of actual production work to show 
'cm? Well, here's the answer - an answer which came to us 
as the result of a trip through the plant made by Devon 
Francis, aviation editor of The Associated Press. After 
Ernie Moore had shown Francis ho* we build the Army and 
Navy primary trainers, Devon asked us to have Tommy Hixson 
arrange a series of pictures suitable for an "over-simpli- 
fied explanation" which could be easily understood by the 
layman. The pictures were then sent to hundreds of news- 
papers throughout the country ,-p i ctures which hav* shown 
and are showing millions of readers what an important olace 
YOU have in national defense. 


Dov/n the assembly line 

■,oes the fuselafje to receive its tail 

tuc .in.-"s, v/indshieli^ anrl ■•t.her unit;" 
■ iepartmeni ;'aotorj'. 

^ LeniUng 

^ the .,i-o„ 

las : 

One of the Einner five-oylinder radial air-cooled engines is 

Q swung into place and boltod to nmsber one bulkhead. All 

accessories are assembled on eajine before it is mounted. 

_ While the fuselage has been raaKlna its way down the line, Bud 

/ Beer3''s viing men and Carl Paliaer's paint shop gang have been 

readyin^s the outer win^ panels for attachment to stub v;ings. 

Here's an over-all view of the Ryan production line (since 
O rearranged) .supervised by John van der Linde and Hoy Ryan. 


Joe Rust and assistants flight test every airplane before 
Army acceptance .after tihioh they are delivered to schools. 


.■, , -ire ablution, cadets training at one ■ ■ -. ■ ■: .. ■ '.■■::-^ ... / :_ :--■•: . 
,;;iva urimary instruction to \i.T Oorps pilots. i'iu'eo army schools and one 
■..-ria&ry trainitxi^ base are now equipped v;ith Ryan pr-21s, P-T-^^s and tlR-is. 

Here, In a way, is the riiial product 

I or the Ryaa, assembly line - another 

pilot for- Uncle Sani's air services. 


■ Just a f e^v lines to let you 
know that the second shift 
riveting department have been 
so busy that they couldn't 
get a word in sledgewise. And 
'What 's more, looks like we'll continue to be busy so if 
we're going to get in the REPORTER we better do it now. 
(Out of my vjay, son, out of my way!) 

First of all the second shift bovjling league is off 
to a good start. At the first five sessions we had a 
fine turnout. If we keep up this good attendance and 
incidentally, the good bowling (yes, I'm bragging), we 
vjill have no trouble getting our names engraved on 
that trophy, 

I notice that our floor inspector, BRACKEN, manages 
to make this sheet quite regularly, but then news is 
nev/s even if one guy makes it all. Speaking of news, 
they say that when a man bites a dog that's news and 
in this case that axiom applies to Bracken., 

we all know that there is a state la^^f requiring a 
red reflector in the rear but when a man carries one 
in front right on the tip of his nose, that's carrying 
things too far. He refuses to divulge where, hovi or 

v/hen he got it, but here's a little hint he goes to 

L»A, every week-end —All right then, if you don't 

want me to tell, just stick to your story and see if 
anyone vjill believe it. 

If you see a flash and then feel a gust of wind, 
that's BYRON GEER doing his bit for Production Plan- 
ning, We were going to get him a pair of roller skates 
but he's doing G.K» with his pedal extremities,, 

says there should be a lav; against 
in any one day. Chuck says that 
v;e'd come in at noon, take an hour 
for lunch and check out at one. Some day. Chuck, may- 
be some day. (Chuck was transferred to the day shift. 
I guess the night shift got the best of him„) 

JOE REDDING and WARREN (better known as "SHORTY") 
found staring into a cage at the zoo were asked what 
it was that held them so spellbound. The deer, they 
replied, swearing that they were the only deer on this 

continent and they proved it when they went hunting. 

The expression on their faces was pathetic but then 

there is hope they may get over it. Cheer up, boys, 

there will be another season next year when you again 
v/ill be able not to see another deer. 

"CHUCK" CHAMBERLIN is thinking about going into 
the used car business. In the last three months he's 
had five used cars and is figuring on the sixth right 
quick now. So far he says he hasn't lost any money on 
them well, that is, not much anyvjay. 

working eight hours 
if he had his way. 

The quietest time in the rivet- 
ing department is about 3:45 p.m. 

aad no wonder that is the time the 

girls from the fabric department 
check out. At first they had stage 
fright and who wouldn't — one look at 
the faces in the riveting department 
and Frank Buck would turn and run 
like h . We miss the girls ter- 
ribly since their hours have been' 

been feeling kind of low the last 

lyiaybe he, 

our lead 

few dayso We know it's 
about a girl. Who knovjs"; 
got hitched. 

man, boivled a nice 200 in a league 
game the other day, and it was high 
for the day, but he excused himself 
saying he had an off day. Boy, oh 

boy imagine what he'll do to you' 

guys when he's really in the groove.! 
Well, Sam, vje'll be waiting. 

LOVELL, Captain of the Production^ 
Planning bov;ling team, figured it 
was coffee nerves when he noticed 
that every ball his team threw down 
the alley gave a jump about a half- 
v;ay to the pins, but on closer in- 
vestigation they found a hexagonal 
nut imbedded in the floor. Of course 
we men in sheet metal got the blame 
but I assure you we knew nothing' 
about it . It ' s sabotage — that ' s vjhat 
it is = 

During deer season DICK GIffl), WAR- 
went, hunting. They all started out 
together, but Bob wanted to be alone 
so he left the rest of the boys. 
After a while they heard a shot and 
ran pellmell to help Bob cut up the 
venison, but the only cut-up they 
saw was Bob, his face a mile long, J' 
with censored words gushing from his 
mouth. He had missed a 350 pound, 
four-point buck at forty yards. He 
might have missed his deer this year 
but he did get a lug of grapes. 





the lads who took advantage of the duck season this 
yearo And rauch to everyone's surprise^ they did bag 
L7 ducks „ With a mob of guys like the above^ a poor 
iuck wouldn't have a chance « On second thought , luay- 
De it would. Anyviay, to those guys who don't believe 
they got ducks J see Pinney,. He has pictures to prove 
Lto And he is just dying to shov; them to some one, 

"CURLY" STILIi-^iNj one of our riveters (and a good 

■>n.e) ^ believes in the old proverb "Don't believe a 

larn thing you hear and only half of what you see," 
laybe that's the reason a car sidesvdped "Curly" 's on 
Jniversity . the other day vfhen he ¥;as coming out .of a 
side street „ The damage v;as a mere $190. 00 o Hovj's 
ibout a stopj look and listen^ IITo Stillman? 

BOB GIESINGER has been complaining about the lack 
)f sleep the last few daySc We happen to know that it 
Isn't insomnia unless love is a form of ito He men- 
iions casually (?) that his "future" is coming to San 
)iego aH the v;ay from that dear old state of lowaj- 
Farmerette, Bob?},, Oh, don't bother explaining, r-lr„ 
liesinger, we understands (Copy boy's note; What do 
rou mean, "you understand" ^ l"lr.. Magdick? Have you 
)een through the mill yourself perchance?)— —But 
„ speaking of insomnia, we riveters don't knovj the mean- 
.ng of ito _______ 

Our bowling team 
had tough competi- 
tion when they bowl^ 
ed Pianifold Noo 3 
and none of us can 
figure out how or why„ Maybe it's 
because RAY MORKOWSKI kept score,. 
(Copy Boy; Don't blame me-— -I've 
got to get our team out of the cel- 
lar some wayo) or was it the 122 
pins we spotted them. 

The boy v;ho will be getting the 
bids to attend traffic court will be 
none other than DICK GIRD v/ho just 
had his new Dodge overhauled 

We wonder ivhere "DUCK HUNTER" 
SACHS got the nickname. "S„AoS,:," And 
why. do the boys all flap their ears 
when they see him? 

We welcome two new lads to the 
Riveting Department ---JERRY ZIMIERI'IAN 
of Kansas, formerly of North Ameri- 
can., and Go ENGEL of Montana o We're 
glad to have you guys, and you will 
find out we're easy to get along 

lioLt6'A/u.t6 and. AiLvetd 


By N R E M A G 

A woman has two views of a secret. It 
iither is not good enough to keep or it is 
.00 good to keepo 

"I hope you thorouglily understand the 
japortance of punctuation," said Ko MARCO to 
prospective stenographer, 

"Oh yes, I always make it a point to get 
o vjork on time^ " 

All of our young ladies should learn to 
nit c It gives them something to think 
bout when they are talking o 

iretty girl passes; "Oh, Bill, can't you 
ust imagine her at l/lCO, F;6o3 on magnopan 
. developed in micrograin soup and enlarged 
n a plush-tone black?" 

A city and a chorus girl are much alikSo 
A city is built with outskirts and a chorus 
girl is tooo 

"Are you a clock watcher?" asked the fore- 

"I am not," replied the man, and was 

Later the foreman noticed the man seemed 
to be the first in line to leaveo 

"I thought you told me you were not a 
clock watcher, yet you are always the first 
to go," 

"I'm a whistle listener," said the man. 

They now have an apparatus that throws 
the voice of the after-dinner speaker five 
miles o Nov'j if they could only invent a de- 
vice to throw the speaker the same distance, 
we vjould be happy, (contd. - page 23) 

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This, as far as I knoiv, xvill be the first 
time the "Flight Grev;" has been represented 
in the "Flying Reporter", In beginning, I 
should like to make one statement — —Any ref- 
erence made in this, as well as following 
issues, is made in the spirit of fun and 
with no malicious intent vjhatsoever„ 

HAfDROCK needs a nev/ pair of specks » Daily 
assignment of ships as directed by our es- 
teemed chief should be checked as they pass 
him at the gate. Too many reaching the back 
line with no gas.. Too many kibitzers maybe? 

l^WIS (SIX TIFJES) KIRKl'/OOD has firiily 
made up his mind to keep his hands clean of 
oil in the future, especially so v/hen track- 
ing a prop. For the information of the kit- 
chen mechanic. Kirk did cut his eye while 
working on the job and not by talking out of 

For the moderate sum of two bits apiece 
we can buy BILL ROACH a new hat. The one he 
has should be in a museum. They retire old 
horses — -why not "that hat"? This suggestion 
will be vetoed by "CHIEF" HANDROCK as the hat 
is a landmark for him when he needs a cock- 
pit warmer upper „ 

ever get that so called "Inspection Scooter"? 
What pov;ers of persuasion did he use? If 

Mrs, Prettyman will inspect her ovm table or 
bed at home, v/e'll bet the casters are miss- 
ing without her knowledge. However, Wrs. 
Prettyman, it v;ill have its advantages in 
that the seat of "Dusty" s" pants will remain 
whole in the future. 

We all have heard of the famous fued be- 
tween the I'lartins and the Coys, the reckless 
mountain boyso On the flight line, it's H. 
L, and J. 0, BERRY. The fued between the 
BERRY boys is rapidly taking on a shooting 
sequence (for the ten pin). Betting at this 
point between the stalwart, high heel v;ear- 
ing Texan, J, 0., and our exceedingly mascu- 
line (even. if he does wear a Holly.yood hash 
mark) sailor boy H. Lo, remains about even. 
Place all bets ivith ED SLY who does help 
with the agitation. 

PLEA FOR IISRCYI Will whoever puts up BUD 
SLY's lunch please put more in it? Some of 

us attempt— I repeat, attempt to have a 

snack for a long day only to find that it's 
gone. After long and vigorous sleuthing, it 
has been found Bud is the guilty snatcher. 

NOTE OF WARNING » For the information of 
Pilot LEONAfUD IIIRALDI, some of the boys on 
the flight line have made the statement that 
"open season" should be declared on some pi- 
lots. When are you going to buy a ship. 
Too many BEEFS, Doesn't your conscience 
ever bother you? 

Service Department Fetes Locke 

members of the Department welcomed this op- 
portunity to meet and become better acquaint- 
ed socially. Several after-diiiner remarks 
were made under the very able guidance of 
the Master of Ceremonies, Earl Prudden, which 
informed the group of the various elements 
including Customer Service, Engineering Co- 
ordination, and Field Service, which have to 
cooperate to make the Service Department work 
efficiently to keep the planes flying which 
the company manufactures and sells. 

It was most forcefully brought out that 
"A plane on the ground is of no use to any- 
one" and the gist of all remarks pointed out 
that it was due to the efforts of Walter 
Locke in coordinating the work of all depart- 
ments concerned, that Ryan planes have the 

reputation of being the best serviced in the 
training program. This same reputation is 
also enjoyed in the commercial domestic 
fieldo As a souvenier of the banquet, and in 
appreciation of their position in the com- 
pany, the department adopted nev; pins with 
the bold motto, "We Keep 'Em Flying 1" and a 
model of the Ryan ST-3K cast thereon. 

Quite incidentally, the dinner-dance v;as 
a lot of fun for all who attended! First a 
full course turkey dinner put everyone in 
the properly sufficed and jovial mood. Then 
a round of complimentary speeches marshalled 
under Earl Prudden' s jocular manner I And 
then an evening of dancing with lots of good 
music and pretty women I How soon are they 
going to have another one did you say? Just 
call the Service Department for information! 

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There are quite a fev/ rumors afloat that 
the boys are going to boycott GUY BAKER'? 
service station. It seens that we can get 
gas and oil as required but if tires need to 
be checked and windshields need cleaning, v;e 
have to do the work ourselves. 

Conversation between H) SLY and KEITH 

Sly: lAThat are you—man or mouse? 

Rouse: I'm a little mouse, d — ~m it, 

how in h — do you think I got these false 
upper molars at my age? 

Hov; does the mouth full of cups and sauc- 
ers feel. Rouse? 

Welcome DILL THOI-IAS, pitcher for the San 
Diego Padres, Take care of the arm, Tommy, 
we want to see the pennant this coming sea- 

v7ill someone explain hovj one Army man, G. 
BAKER and one poor little I-larine, L. KIRK- 
WOOD, ever found their way to the flight line 
ajnong all the sailors? 

For the information of all men left of 
the flight crev;, from the lowest member to 
and including our Army pilots, don't feel 
slighted if your name does not appear herec 
V/hen and if you ever ERR, however big or 
small, from now on your lives will be made 
public, provided, of course, I remain alive 
after this issue. 

Our own little JOHN BIRDSALL i 

Bought power tools by the roomfull 

'Til his v;ife late one night 

Called to him in fright, 

"Please, Johnny, don't loiter, 

Your thumb's in the jointer— 

The end of it's chipping a.viaj. 

It will start in to aching; 

Won't bring home the bacon 

And these tools you have yet for to pay» 

You walked under the path 

Of a red hot salt bath 

And burned half your hand on the way„ 

If you're not careful, by heck, 

You'll cut off your neck 

On your brand new table saw blade," 

Here I sit wracking my brain (?) for 
topics of interest to you, and about you 
Gentlemen in the Finish Department. I hope 
you appreciate the fact that I am under a 
great mental strain trying to find nice 
things to say about yoUo 

For you outside the Dope Shop — -any simi- 
larity to intoxication in the Dope Shop is 
purely due to dope fumes. Of course fumes 
aren't v/holely to blame. We're all a little 

whacky anyway that is everybody but me. 

I've got brains I've never even used yet, 
., You noticed, of course, the beards run- 
ning around the Finish Department. That is, 
they v;ere, but wives and girl friends ob- 
jected after a few vieeks so all but one 
hearty gent shaved. 

It seems there vjas noney bet on who would 
keep bearded longest, but o^uite a lot of 
water was backed up v;hen the pay off came. 
Oh well, you still have your lovely beard, 
BILL. Some crop too. And by the vjay, youse 
guys ahd gals, if any of you are fishing 
fans, BILL BEARD lELSON has a nice boat he 
is willing. to take you all fishing in - (for 
a nominal fee, of course) . 

As I write I have visions of a beautiful 
Thanksgivings O.K., so I had a beautiful 
Thanksgiving = Here's hoping you did also, 

A note to the canaries in the Fabric De- 
partment; To improve your vocal renditions, 
make an appointment with RED in the Dope 
Room= He's a Nite-in~Gull-~he thinks. If 
you want a truly mibiased opinion, see 6003 
in the Finish Department. 

Our lead man B. B. is kept pretty busy 
running between the fabric and dope depart- 
ments. I think a collection should be taken 
up to buy him a scooter or sump' no 

If I seam to jump from one extreme to an- 
other, don't mind. Being a dope, I'm not 

Christmas, Christmas, you come but once 
a year Thank God. 

Talking about Christmas — -v;hich is the 
longest time, Christmas to Nevj Years or New 
Years to Christmas? 

There is one person in the Dope Shop that 
is glad to see December arrive. It seems 
said person is going to take a ride on the 
genteel ship of Matrimony, VJhat is that say- 
ing, "It isn't the cost (of a wife), it's 
the upkeep." (continued on page 19) 

by manny fohlde 

An eminent safety engineer once offered 
the opinion that love is the greatest SINGLE 
cause of accidents. We think he should have 
gone a bit farther and said that if a fel- 
low' s in love and is still single, it IS an 

Judging from the waj^ SLIK COATS gets a- 
round, he must have a bicycle -ivith an out- 
board motor. 

"Is that the chant of the tobacco auction- 

"No, tha's JOE LOVE and BOB GARDNER work- 
in' up a v;ager on the vjeek-end football 
games. " 

Taxation as a means to stem inflation 
should begin with factory made cream puffs. 

It's been said that ALIMONY is the hang- 
over of infatuation. 

BOB CHASE has the migratory instinct all 
right enough; — in reverse. He heads north 
in the dead of winter. 

At this point, I find it necessary to re- 
sort to a bit of plagarism to supply the ti- 
tle that is fitting to the yarn, and take it 
from the name of a vjell-advertised product 
that has graced the market for some number of 
years. "Rough on Rats", seems to be the cap- 
tion for this tale. To start '.vith, a herd of 
rats of the large, sea-going variety had 
taken over one of the wood piles in the back 
yard by the right of eminent domain., (Squat- 
ter's rights to you.) K.O., and we do mean 
"KO" BURT and J. A, PEAT sized up the situa- 
tion and decided that reinforcements ivould be 
necessary before any attempt was made to rout 

the rodents. Drafting a couple of men, our 
board of experts vjent about the business at 
hand with a great degree of vigor. The two 
draftees drove the rats from cover xvhile the 
"Club Ken" started swinging on them as they 
came into view. It was a brief and stormy 
session vjith Burt having the edge on speed 
and agility while Peat more than made up for 
this from the standpoint of accuracy. When 
finally the dust of battle had settled, it 
vjas found that the score stood at ten to 
nothing in favor of the attackers. 

We rather suppose that the victory ivas not 
entirely costless, however, as it is an even 
bet that liniments of various strengths and 
odors were applied to sore and aching muscles 
that evening when the warriors hit the hay. 


admit, a little bit on the Thomas Dev;ey side 
but you can't hold that against it. After 
all, we can't all look like Clark Gable, 

It may seem funny for you fellows to 
know, but in our midst we have a man who 
really goes out to get the news. If news 
v/ere dirt (and it sometLiies is), I believe 
he would look like a vacuum cleaner on field 
day. The only difference between SLIK COATS 
and a vacuuia cleaner is that you can shut a 
vacuum cleaner off, 

"SPARE RIBS" S. C. WAYTE, the leadman in 
the Hand Finishing Department is having a 
bad case of too many "ribs". The Hydro- 
Press is really throwing then out fast, in 

fact so fast that Wayte and his boys are 
having a hard time keeping up. All Wayte 

needs is a bull whip and a black moustache 
to look like Simon Legree, 

PAUL LANE, operator No, 5, is the proud 
possessor of a traffic ticket which he re- 
ceived ivhile driving home one night last 
week, Paul was doing 35 in a 25 zone on El 
Cajon Blvd. 

The Drop-Hamner boys on both shifts are 
looking fonvard to the Golf Tournament be- 
tween TOM SARICH and MIKE MOYER against LIT- 
Mke were sort of took the last time they 
played at La Jolla, so vjill be out there i 
doing their best. Little Joe is riding the 
dark horse and Adolph says his team will 
give slice for slice. I never did go in for i 
golf much, but if they're going to have i 

sandwiches, maybe I should go along. 


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by p^t kelly 

Just returned from "One Had Night", and 
while in the mood, will jot dovm the i/a- 
pressionsc, Excellent performance, a vast 
improvement over the preceding production, 
and the" prophesy that Holljavood scouts will 
soon find they have overlooked a projnising 
field of talents 

DUSMUNE and his bull gang celebrated 
Halloween in grand style in the suburbs of 
Del liaro From the appearance of STEWARD, 
WAGNER, RYAN, and the "DUKE" hi;;iself , the 
sky was the limit, I'iARSH;\LL, a maverick, 
was roped and branded.. 

Incidentally, IIARSHALL is now the proud 
owner of an hacienda in the beautif\il £1 
Gajon valley and it is rumored that he will 
soon have a house vjarming with a spot of 
schnapps for all comers., "EL TORO" JOHNSON, 
too, is establishing a large rancho up Jamul 

MILLIKAl^, third shift, is a pal among 
pals, as those who read further will see. 
Picture a member of the first shift on his 
day off, sauntering along the avenue and 
minding his own business, when, from a dis- 
tant balcony the melodious hail of Millikan 
dinned in his ears and brought traffic to a 
standstill o Innocently unmindful of the 
peril, the first shifter made his v;ay to the 
sinister balcony and thereby sealed his doom 

for while partaking of ah refreshment, 

his better half entered a nearby "gift shop" 
and purchased a winter ensemble which she 
emphatically declared to be a Christmas pre- 
sent from said first shifter « Koral be- 
ware of I'lillikan, palo Source of this infor- 
mation, for obvious reasons, will not be 

Many thanks, BILL V/AGK'ER, for the fine 
picture of our plane and for the "lift" 
which was most vj el come. 

Things are pretty o^uiet in the ol' corral 
now, so guess I'd better saddle and ride. 
So long! 

Weill Well! Here we are set- 
tled down once more after a tough 
week-end of moving. Believe me, 
if you had walked through here 
Saturday afternoon, you would have thought 
that Final Assembly v;as choosing up sides 
for a battle royal v/ith the viinner to take 
on the Fuselage Department in a grand fin- 

When the dust had finally settled and all 
the noise had ceased, one was amazed at the 
sight that unfolded before him„ It ivas none 
other than a nev/ production line, one that 
everyone should really be proud of= 

This change has not only left Final As- 
sembly with an excellent line for production 
but also it has established a splendid co- 
ordination with the company inspection and 
Air Corps inspection „ One could not fully 
describe the neiv line in so short a space, 

However, if any of the readers of the 
Flying Reporter should happen to come in 
contact vjith the line, they could not help 
but admire and approve of ito Final Assem- 
bly is quite proud of it for inany reasons, 
chiefly because of the added space it af- 
fords and the time we can save while planes 
are in production. Things will certainly be 
rolling along now that this definite form of 
production has been founded „ 

Group Leader GEORGE WESTOFER left for Tex-- 
as last Friday for a weelc's vacationo Those 

by jeck billings 

that are in the know say that George has 
gone to Texas in search of his heart's de- 
sire. Well, George, if that picture you 
were showing around the Final Assembly is 
any reason for your journey, you're certain- 
ly a lucky fella « 

Did you know that ROY "THE STREAK" RYAN, 
foreman of Final Assembly, owns a seventy- 
five acre tobacco farm in Kentucky, yet he 
came to California and the Ryan Aeronautical 
Company to do his part in this great nation- 
al defense program, 

"You can have your baseball and football," 
says JOHN VANDER LINDE, supervisor of Assem- 
bly, "Give me a good game of soccer," John 
it seems was a better than average soccer 
player while a lad in the Dutch East Indies. 
If you doubt his word, just get him started 
on the subject. He can show you a dozen 
scars on both shins. 

With a sad heart we mention the fact that 
WILLIAM "THE BULLET" HOLT, is no longer vjith 
uso Bill has taken a position with the Air 
Corps. Good luck, Bill, the whole gang is 
pulling for you, 

BUD HUNDELL left us last week to go in 
the Air Corps. Buddie has waited for this 
(continued on page 18) 

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by Ray Horkovjski 

"OH GES" ROl'IIG - The "Gee" 
stands for Garth which is all 
right, but that "Oh" is for 
Orange. Now I've seen every- 

That Orange was tacked on 
him by his mother on the date 
of his birth, February Sth, 
1877, back in Tuscarawas, Ohio, because, she later ex- 
plained, of a craving she had for oranges before "Oh Gee" 
was born, and as luck would have it, they were scarce and 
expensive at that and place. 

Feeling that that name required more explanation (and 
I agree with him) he v;ent on to say that his mother v/as 
also interested in raising fruit and subscribed to a hor- 
ticulture magazine published by a man named Orange Judd, 
Which only goes to prove that if you v/ant a thing bad 

enough, you're bound to get it although Romig still 

thinks she should have named him "pistachio" or "Brazil" . 

All kidding aside, there may be nothing in a name but 
you should see his fruit ranch on route //395 ten miles 
beyond Fallbrook where he raises a variety or oranges 
that weigh from four to six pounds each. And that's not 
all. In 1919 when potatoes were retailing for $2.50 a 
bushel, he received honorable mention from Henry Ford for 
raising some jumbos. It was an accident. The soil hadn't 
been turned vfell enough so "Oh Gee" instead of burying 
the cut spuds just laid them down and covered them with 
sod which resulted in the largest spud at that time. 

About the time vje entered the World War ^1 he went to 
work for Goodyear and v/as with them up to 193 5 « He helped 
construct those ill-fated lighter-than-air ships "Akron" 
and "I-lacon" . He learned the machinist trade v;ith the 
westinghouse Electric Co, in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 
He also was in on construction of the povjer plant at Ni- 
agara Falls. 

"Oh Gee" finally found the opportunity to fulfill a 
life-long ambition to visit California, but he stopped in 
Tulsa, Oklahoma, to earn a little extra cash and he fi- 
nally got here in 1937 » He made no secret of the fact 
that he ^vas from Oklahoma which was darn near his undoing 
because at the time California wasn't exactly receptive 
to Okies. 

He claims he wore the hole in the tile at the Driver's 
License Bureau because of the difficulty he had convincing 
them that he was here to stay, "Okie" or no "Okie". "Oh 
Gee" went to work for Ryan at that time in the old plant 
across the field "vjhen the bay and Mt. Helix ;vere about 
the saxae size as now and REX 3SAT0N, DAN BURNETT, 'BUTCH' 

wee little bits of squirts and look at them now." 

Romig was married in I9OI and has four lovely daughters 
whom he thinks have trained him somevjhat like those South- 
ern mules they used to cultivate cotton, and trained not 
to step on the plants. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 
140 pounds, v;ears glasses that do not conceal his mirth- 
ful, sparkling brovm eyes and has a head full of grey hair. 

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by Win Alderson 

After recent observations of 
a few "Top Notchers" in our com- 
pany, I believe everyone in 
this plant can be one too, if 
he ivants to. 

The following attributes 
have been gathered from contacts i 
and many others who are on their 
way "up" . 

First, a "Top Notcher" is an 
individual who works for the 
institution of which he consid- 
ers hiraself a part. 

He never thinks or says, "I 
v;asn't hired to do that." 

When his work is completed, 
he doesn't leave his bench or 
desk looking like a map of Long 
Beach after the earthquake. 

He not only knov;s "how" but 
finds out "why". 

He prizes his health. 

He doesn't think of the hours 
he puts into his job. He thinks 
of what he can put into the 

He is calm, patient, persis- 

He is happy in his work be- 
cause it is a step toward the 
work he likes best. 

He is honest, frank, natural 
and sincere. 

And last, he is a "Top Notch- 
er" because he has the desire to 
be one. 

And you can be one too. 


more Final Assembly Notes 

chance a long time and we are 
all looking forvjard to seeing 
him again in the uniform of the 
Army Air Corps. 

BUD SHEARER awoke the other 
day vdth the sound of a bugle 
in his ear. It was quite a co- 
incidence because Bud left us 
yesterdaj'" via the draft call. 
Cheer up. Bud, it's fellas like 
you that are going to make this 
world safe for Democracy. 

From a Newcomer contd. 

For, after all, I'm doing 
something for defense and ivhile 
it ain't much, I like it and 
get paid for working with a 
swell bunch of folks,, 

Fer fear of bein' taken vjrong 
I won't sign this if you don't 
mind, but if you can find it 
convenient to print it on one of 
them blank pages you might have, 
I vifill be gratefull for the 
chance to say 'hello' to every- 
one and thanks for the fine v/el- 

A nev; comer 

Ao Dope Says contd a 

There is another gent vjho 
isn't so glad to see December 
comeo It seems his deferment is 
up on the 10th of said month o 
Woe is meo 'Joe, woe is me,, I 
think I'll be sick that day. 
Don't get me wrong— I'll be glad 
to go— but my feet don't match- 
one's a right and one's a leftc 

Until my next, (you hope not) 
if I'm not inducted, I remain, 
A. Dope. 

IN ERROR - Somehow, somewhere we 
went slightly screvjy in our edi- 
torial credits in the last issue 
of Flying Reporter^ We inadver- 
tently gave credit, or blame, for 
"Brenda and Cobina" to Lenore 
Barr, of the Personnel Depart- 
ments Not only was this an er- 
ror, but actually, if and when 
Brenda and Cobina are unmasked, 
the writers vjill be revealed as 
two and not one. So, Brenda and 
Cobina, whoever you are, our 
apologies for wrongly crediting 
the v/riting of your column to 
Lenora Barr ™ and to you, also, 
Lenora, our sincere apology for 
the error (You see, Pat Kreg- 
ness, I told you we editors make 
mistakes tooo) 

Many a man finds himself behind 
the eight ball because he spends 
too much time in front of the 
high ballo 


by Charles Anderson 

As this goes to press, BERT YOUNG is in the process 
of being transferred from Stub Wing to the flight line 
in Final Assembly „ 

Some of the boys are wondering what happened to the 
traffic cop at Laurel and Pacific that the City Manager 
and the Police Chief were talking about. It seems that 
they had to wait 20 minutes to get out of the traffic tie 

CAIDSR still comes to work at 7 J 00 instead of 700. 
What kind of beer do they have in La Mesa, SPEED? 

We are still waiting for HARRY "RUBE" SCHIDEL to pass 
out those long-awaited cigars, 

MAST sold a half interest in his plane and bought a 
special- built Pontiac with an Auburn body on ito He 
drives around in the rain an' all without the top because 
it spoils the "looks" of it^ Anyway, he seems to be do- 
ing better with the car than he was with the plane. Who 
was the brunette driving around with you last Saturday 
night. Mast? 

Here's one on deer hunting that sounds more like the 
truth than most deer tales we hear,. Re R, ANDREWS went 
all the way to Utah and didn't catch anything. 

Time Study can't figure out what to do about the time 
spent looking at "those" pictures on WALT's (KID VULTSE) 
tool box You laight charge it to Inspection I 

MINOR can't get over the fact that if that horse came 
in just two feet further out in front he v/ould be richer 
by $2000, 

"WOLF" JOHNSTON tried to horn in on BEEBE's date at 
the Tower Bowling Alleys last Monday, 

Flash! AL JESKE goes deer hunting in a big way. He 
took six .shots at the first deer he saw before he realiz- 
ed that the sights on the yardage business weren't set. 
But that ain't all- the next deer he shot at he got^^but 
xvhat a deerS It seems 
that some other hunter 
had punctured the neck 
and the deer was slight- 
ly underweight. The 
first shot hit the deer 
from the rear. Then, 
after a chase that took 
him half way through 
the State of Nev; Mexico, 
he got a hit on the 
broadside, A couple of 
more shots and the 
chase was over; The 
story ends— --the deer 
was so much of a mess 
he had to chop him up 
for chicken feed. He 
thinks the taxidermist 
will be able to fix the 
head for mounting It 
(continued on page 22) 

= 19 - 

fA&HJc hj-ljtf: 


by Dorothy Kolbrek 

Hello, Folksies, both young and old, this 
is your repeating reporter reporting. As 
usual, the weather has us on the run, either 
for it or against it. Personally, I'm 
against, it. My shoes v;ould make good boats 
except that I don't have a vjhistle. 

But say, it's nice to have a warn place 
to work like the Fabric Department, Who 
cares about old man winter? 

I wonder if you all share in my senti- 
ments that someway we might be able to buy 
hot sandwiches at noon. Gee I A H;-i:.iburger 
or a Hot Dog would sure go over big at this 
time of year. 

Yours truly went to the Ryan play at the 
Roosevelt High. The attendance was goodj 
so was the play and so were the players « 

We should all have a rarin' exciting 
time at the Foreman's Dinner Dance on De- 
cember 6th. I don't mind tellin' you the 
menu is what interests me. 

Dan Cupid seems to be in the offing, but 
I can't give out with it yet. 

ESTHER WARE has been absent for over a 
week. She has been very ill. STELLA GISH 
is in the hospital at this writing. We cer- 
tainly do hope for a speedy recovery for 
both of them. 

BILL SHAINAK is with us again after three 
months in Los Angeles. Glad to have you 

This might be a very wild idea but, here 
goes, I think it would be swell if the ein- 
ployees of Ryan were to have a club where 
they might play pool, dance, or play cards — 
a membership club. Perhaps some of the rest 
of you folks — like my husband and I v;ho like 
to go places on Saturday nights and can't 
find a place except a night club that is so 
crowded and stuffy, and where you have to 

shout to make yourselves heard would like 

to go to a certain place where you know that 
you vjill meet people that you knovj and like, 
a place vjhere each one would pay monthly dues 
to pay expenses. What do you think of it. 

For Women Only 

Here's what all of you girls have been 
v;aiting for: The correct way to give a 
beauty treatment. In this day and age of 
burning our bridges and cigarettes to the 
bitter end, a s oothing beauty treatment 
should take all your cares away. 

First, get your victijn 1 mean your pa- I cotteCT ftERjRE Rl6oft lAoftTvS SETS irJ 

tient in the right frame of mind. Sing a ' 

simple little song for instance, "When You 

and I Were Young Maggie". Then when she 
has reached a state of coma, sneak up gently 
and put a rope around her neck. Tie it a- 
round the back of the chair. Next take a 
couple of good strong clothes pins and pin 
her ears back. Then grasp her hair firmly 
in both hands. 

If your victim, I mean your patient, will 
cooperate, have her brace her feet as this 
will make the result more effective. I've 
always thouglit it vjas so silly to cut hair, 
when it's so easy to pull it out, and then 
too, it ..massages the scalp. If there is any 

hair remaining, vjash it any good laundry 

soap will do. 

Now here's a little secret that I've 
learned. It's rather exclusive, don't you 
knovj, and just a little on the stuck up 
side. Instead of using wave set, try mo- 
lasses. It's not only the color that is 
beautiful but it has that distinctive scent. 
When you reach the face, you will have to be 
more firm as your victim, I mean your patient, 
villi become somewhat restless. 

There's no sense in buying expensive Mud 
Packs, There's nothing in the v;orld as good 
as good old adobe vjith a little creosote 
mixed in. You'll know vjhen you have just 
the right amount. Of course, use your own 
discretion. Apply with a wooden spoon, then 
smoothe vjith a garden trov;l. 

If your victim, I mean your patient, still 
shows signs of life, turn on the heat. I'm 
just telling you this beauty treatment has 
made me infamous. As a last bit of advice, 
you'd better collect your money before rigor 
mortis sets in. I'll be seein' you. 

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by Pat Kregness 

Surprised? This column is still being inflicted on you, and after such a beautifail. 
farevjell speech, tooo Well, now that I'm cutting my first vdsdom tooth, I should be able 
to do a little better; without such appalling result a » 

We seem to be losing a few of our girls lately„ I-lARGAPffiT TORRE of the Accounting De- 
partment is leaving for the big, bad city of Ghicagoj take care of yourself, MARGARET^ Be 
good, but have a good time. 

Although she nearly missed her boat, (but for her they held it)— and taking an aunt and 
an entourage of 5 Ryanettes—DOROTHI ARMSNTROUT was "seen off" on her way to Honolulu (to 
get married, of course) o The girls who went up to the dock with Dorothy were JAI\E ROBERTS, 


They had a wonderful time, I hearo They 
got to go on the boat. Incidentally, they 
were the only people who could do soo In- 
stead of an Act of Congress, the UoSoOo al- 
lowed the excursion (due to the fact that 
there were 400 Australian Sailors aboard) ^ 
Anyway, that's mjjr guess, but it does sound 
like funl 

After a lovely Thanksgiving (I wonder when 
it will be next year?) lots of food, and 
stuff, (or should I say stuffed?), we're all 
looking forv/ard to Christmas, Please, MTo 
Boss, can we have a party on the day before 

Lots of people took lots of trips lots of 
places over Thanksgiving, but mostly to 
their homes and families like JEAN McNUTT 
did -, 

Say are these Ryanettes bowlers? Don't 
answer that question, but we have a couple 
of deadeyeso GENEVIEVE BERGATH is no slouch 
and neither is BARBARA FRY. Both of them 
are hard to beat„ How does DOROTHY I'iANNING 
do it? Now that girl has her own private 
technique, but it sure gets results » We 
certainly are having fun taking up a couple 
of alleys one night a week: Why don't some 
of the rest of you come down? 

Unfortunately, PAT "NO--DATES--ON-^FRID AY- 
NIGHT" KREGNESS, missed the play, but I hear 
that it was really good and did fit the title 
"Om MAD NIGHT" o I guess JERRY WRIGHT has 
herself "typed" now. (She's a character ac- 
tress c)~— and what a character J S I J When are 
we having the next one? 

One of the tvvo unfortunate girls in Pro- 
duction Planning is better off than the 
other onec. MARGARET FUSON got to see her 
husband for a few days, and then he left 
right away again. (It was the first time 
^Margaret had seen her husband since they got 
married. ) FLORA SKLTH is not so lucky, poor 
girlo The Navy called her husband away 
right after they were married and she hasn't 
seen him for a whole month or more I don't 

think I could be as swell about it as those 
two, though. Speaking of that part of the 
office, isn't BETTY fllNES' plaid suit a 
knock-out? I mean isn't it pretty? (for 
the benefit of the people viho might think I 
was being nasty.) Any chance of getting 
that suit when you tire of it, Betty? 

RUTH BOWSN says the only thing she doesn't 
like about having the Police Department take 
your picture is that you don't get any 

"SLIM" COATS (we speak occasionally) was 
telling me that he was going to ride in a 
"Rodeo". I'll be surprised if he didn't 
walk off with all the first prizes 'cause he 
sure can "throw the bull"! 

two lassies vjho celebrated their birthdays 
at the luncheon this month It was a lovely 
luncheon at "Tops" and congratulations to 
the two pretties 

Thaxiks for bearing with me to the bitter 

MRS, LEE F. REESE who has been connected 
with the Air Corps Inspector's Office here 
in the Ryan plant for the past few months 
and ?jho just left to make her home in Norfolk, 
Vao, sent the following letter before her de- 

Dear Ryanettes - 

I'm especially poor at "Good-byes", so I 
shall say in this way that I enjoyed knovjing 
all of you so much. It ^vas really appreciated 
when you took lae in as one of your group and 
my life has been enriched by my acquaintance 
with each of you. 

Hasta la vista. 

€r\ jLti^ 


^k(2et Metat 


It's my own fault that I've put off v;rit- 
ing this article till the day before F.D.RJs 
Turkey Day. I'ly mind has slipped below my 
belt to thoughts of turkey and all that goes 
with it. 

Celebrating Thanksgiving in a big v;ay and 
with much to be thankful for, v;ill be ¥x , 
and to-s. HOWARD iillGLERo Howard has recently 
taken possession of his new home at 4435 
Louisiana St. We all hope they'll be very 
happy with the new suiToundingSc 

Our big, broad-shouldered, 6 ft, 6 in. 
VIRGIL HUHTII-liiE will soon be interested in a 

new hone. He's marry- 
ing I-iiss Yetta Jean 
Gershan around Christ- 
mas tiine. The ceremony 
v;ill be at St. Josephs 
and VvTill be followed 
by a wedding jaunt to 

We of the first 
shift v;elcome £l-iIL 
MAGDICK of the second 
shift with their con- 
tribution to the Fly- 
ing Reporter. We did- 
n't willfully neglect 
mentioning the second 
shift and their nevjs — 
a certain chap was to 
have gathered some 
nevjs but didn't. 

Seems as how the 
only challenge our 
first shift bovjling 
team has had is a 
challenge fron the 
second shift team. 
How's about a challenge 
from another depart- 

Our Ryanettes have 
r e a lly let a good 
thing slip through 
their fingers! Sheet 
Hetal's most eligible 
bachelor, BOB O'iffiFFE 
has been seen holding 
hands vjlth a very 


Ky intentions are good and my will, 

it is strong. 
And my heart, it is light, as I burst 

into song. 
But some slight, though fancied, or cross 

look will crush. 
And then BOOM, my intentions go way with 

a rush. 

For no i:iatter how hard I try to be strong, 
At the end of the day, I've done many 

things wrong. 
I toil and I fret and I sweat and I stevj. 

beautiful brunette but she's not a Ryan- 

ette Brunette. We don't knovj what Bob's 
intentions are, but there's a very definite 
gleam in his eyes when the gal's mentioned. 
Every little deduction will help around 
I'larch 15th, Bob! 

If PAUL HOFFIIAN dons a r.iask one of these 
days and thrusts a motor at you, think 
nothing of it! He's former holder of the 
novice foil championship of Colorado. 

We also boast of our DON IffiLSON. Don 
v;as one of the country's outstanding midget 
drivers. His driving took him to all but 
tvjo of the 48 states in the five years he 
drove and he has some very fine memories, 
but thinks some of the new comers should 
have a chance to hit a fev; bales of straw. 

If all of the other foremen build up en- 
thusiasm for the coming Foremans' Dinner- 
Dance to the extent ERICH has, it's bound 

to be a great function. 

Having it on a Satur- 
day night vifill lend a 
nice atmosphere. 

'We'll see you there 
on the sixth of Decem- 

At the end of the day, 
to do. 

there's still lots 

Yes, I guess I'm a pebble on life's end- 
less beach 

And the circle's not vjide of the few I 
shall reach. 

For I'll never knovj the iiripression I'll 

Nor the trust I'll inspire, nor the hearts 
that I'll break. 

It's a comfort to know that tomorrow will 

But to know that I've failed or I've fal- 
tered, there's none. 

For today is the day that I'm living, you 
knov; . 

What I plant here today, tomorrow will 

— Dorothy Kolbrek 

Kite I'laker contd. 

funny to me, 
swears that it 

but Al 
is true. 

It seems that AN- 
DERSON met two dolls 
on the train coiaing 
back from L. A. the 
other evening and of- 
f e red to take them 
home from the station 
as his car vjas parked 
there and he felt that 
it was only the right 
thing to do. The dolls 
accepted and when the 
train pulled in, Andy 
gave the girls instruc- 
tions as to where he 
v;ould meet them. When 
he got the car and 
came back to pick them 
up, there were two 
sailors with 'em 
(SURPRISE) -so Andy ob- 
liged and took the 
girls home and then ran 
the sailors out to the 
Training Station — what 
a man! What a man! 

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What with Thanksgiving over, this depart- 
ment sure looks bloatedc Now we wonder why? 
Quite a few of the boys went home to Mother 
and indulged in that longed-for good ole 
home cook'n. Say, 3,000 miles is some jaunt 
just for one dinner, Hmmml i'lust be a woman 
mi:xed up in here somevjhere„ Sure, you dope, 
his I'lotherl KahS 

Just in case youse guys and gals on the 
first floor of the office are wondering 'what 
all the noise on the second floor last week 
was all about, we vail be glad to enlighten 
youseo 'Tivas merely the scuttling of the 
engineering personnels In fact you can't 
even find them in the waste baskets noWc It 
just goes to show you? And don't ask me 
vifhat I 

FRSD GREENBERGH has recently contributed 
to the San Diego treasury the tremendous sum 
of $10«00,, (The dear soulo) A traffic ci- 
tation, no less. 

KAC GATTRELL claims his 
hard working brother is be- 
coming a trifle lasy these 


He vion't even wash 

flac's caro Boy, tlac, that's 

Lookyl Why is it when 
a new girl is hired it takes 
thera some months before 
they get around to this de- 
partment? After all, en- 
gix'ieers could use a couple 
of female secretaries and be 
production planning have that we ain't got? 


If all the fellovjs would not 

Jo PARK but Bo CLOSE we'd have 

more parking space. 


hear the sarong on Dorothy LamouTc Or, why 
bother with the sarong? (Hmm, that's a bit 
off keyS) 

and LEW DUNFEE have decided that cards can't 
be trusted. Besides they lost more than 
money. But look what they had to gain! Gash 
or trade—boy, what a deali 

Rumors have it that the sign on this de- 
partment 's door will be changed to "smoking 
Room" as it is frequented so often by those 
who are restricted from smoking elsewhere. 
We are dreadfully sorry this is not England 

or vje would have them up 
for a spot of tea — -righto 
ole boy. 

We work by the bay so 
you all must drop in some- 
day SOOHo 

GORDON RUPP has recent- 
ly joined the Technical 
Coordination Section of the 
engineering department in 
the capacity of secretary. 
Welcome, Rupp. 

BOB EVANS is back after 
(?)c Which nurse did you 


J^ck Ellsworth 
Sheet Hetal 

!ide, what does a week of sickness 

(My, My, such languish I) 
into that. 


we won't 


______..._ (one of the attractive young 

ladies just walked through the department,) 
BOB COOPER claims a sarong is something 

a Hawaiian sings 

Personally, we'd rather 

have, Bob? 

JACK and I have been trying for the last 
15 minutes to think of nice thoughts about 
the engineers, and rather than va-ite our ac- 
tual thoughts (:aram-"m), 
to the fact that our 
vjill be long lived if vj-e leave v;ell enough 

we intend to resign 
careers as reporters 

more Nuts, Bolts and Rivets 

A man arrived home after a night out. 
His wife was away. He v;as trying to fit a 
key in the lock and singing a happy song 
when a voice from the vdndow above shouted, 
"Go away, you drunken bum, you're trying to 
get into the wrong house," "Don't kid your- 
self," the drunk replied, "you're looking 
out of the wrong vdndov/," 

A young English girl sent over to this 
country as a refugee got a job helping out 
in a music store = 

"I want an E string," a customer said one 

"Would you mind picking it out yourself, 
sir? I hardly know the difference between 
the 'B's and the she's," 

Many a man's peck of trouble comes in A horse may sweat, a man perspire, but a 
liquid form. girl merely glows. 

If you would get up with the lark, you 
must go to bed without one. 

I am for America first because I vjant to 
see it last. 

- 23 


THE ENTIRE RYAN ORGANIZATION welcomes the following newcomers to our ranks. With 
their help we'll keep Ryan's a good place to work: 

G. R. Sutcliffe 

D. h. Garxnan 
L. L. Holmberg 
R. McDaniel 

C. Umansky 
R. W. Egbert 

E. H. Dreyer 
E. H. Johnson 

J. P. Householder 
A. M. Goldman 
R. T. Hughes 
W. L, Sether 
0. E. York 
G. F. Marsh 
R. N. Rieder 
0. P. Harlow 
W. H. Dean 
M. R. Robbins 


Sheet Metal 



Time Study 

Sheet Metal 


Sheet Metal 





Final Assembly 



Time Study 


Plant Engineer 


W. B. Presley 
W. L. Palmate er 
J. C. Robley 
A. M. Sampo 
J. T. Webber 
H. C. Blood 
T. H. Garter 
J. W. Wilson 
J, £. Sklar 
S. B. Gray 
Ho Van Zandt 
M. T. Skelley 
M. S. Snipes 
G. G. Anderson 
W. S. Randall 
R. Lo Read 
W. D. Hammack 
0. Larson 
W, Shainak 

Maint enanc e 
Final Assembly 
Final Assembly 
Final Assembly 
I'lachine Shop 
Final Assembly 
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Final Assembly 
Final Assembly 
Final Assembly 
Final Assembly 



Did you know that DAPPER DAN BURNETT was* 
given a write-up in the September issue of 
the Douglas Airview? By the way, Dan is giv- 
ing the Plant Police lessons in pistol shoot- 
ing, at a dime a lesson. 

Have you met our movie actors? AL GEE 
appeared as an officer (and a gentleman) in 
"Thunder Afloat". And "MAC" McWHORTER, our 
jockey appeared in "Broadway Bill", and many 
other race horse pictures = 

JIMMIE LARSSN, JR.: "When are you going 
to play football, Grandad?" 

GRAMP: "What ever gave you that idea?" 

JIMMIS JR. : "Dad said we are going to get 
a new car when you kick off." 

SUE ZINN tell us that her ideal must first 
of all be a man — from there on out it doesn't 
matter. Did you ever ask to see someone in 
the office, and have NORECE KIRKSEY give you 
that sweet smile and say, "wadijuwannaseeim- 
about?" (Slim — Norece is over at the school 
now — where have you been?— Ed.) 

CARL THOMAS finds that by kicking wooden 
legs he isn't getting anywhere faster than a 
jacked up truck in a slow garage that ' s been 
picketed for a year. He'll tell you so him- 
self. Have you noticed that our new guard 
A. C. SMITH carries his jacket on his arm all 

evening? He vjon't leave it in the office 
because he doesn't trust the police. He says 
it's an old Army game. IJhat about it. Cap- 
tain NORRIS? (The Captain lost his.) 

Tsk, Tsko H. F. McMAHON playing pursuit 
ship with a paint gun. That lovely little 
girl that trips along as tho' the vjorld was 
paved v/ith fresh country eggs, and causes 
all of the boys to "eyes right" is GENEVA 
GRi\Y of the second shift tabulating d^iert*- 
ment. She's prettier than flowers in the 
rain, and the only trouble is that after 
she's gone by, the parade is over for us. 

Don't let JU^iMIE RUPERT give you tliat 
"vror.ian-^shy" stuff. He gets up every morning: 
to take his girl to Siveet'.vater High School, 
and then goes back to bed. Another lad v;ho 
is about as optimistic as a cat in an aquar- 
ium is JOHN MONROE CAflERON. He's just gone i 
into escrow for that huge sparkler he picked 
up for Hermaine. JACK HARTLEY showed us a 
picture of Lila Hayes of Orange, California, 
whom he hoped to marry on December 1st. 
She's prettier than a lumber yard calender, 
good luck. Jack. 

Well, marriage is a wonderful institu- 
tion all right and the prospective bride- 
groom is generally ready for one. 

- 24 


M •— 









Victory for the Democracies is being speeded by the 

Volume production of Ryan Trainers for the U. S. Army, U. S. Navy 
and friendly foreign governments and their assignment to 

Volume operations where Ryan planes are playing an Important role 
in training the world's finest pilots. 


mn ?vnmMPQimii 

Vo k 2 No , 1 

December 19, 194.1 


This was to have been our Christmas issue with particular emphasis 
throughout Flying Reporter on the spirit of a joyous holiday season 
to which we were all anxiously looking forward. 

Now all that has been pushed into the background by the v/or I d- shaking 
events of the past ten days and into its place in the center of the 
stage has appeared the grim reality of war. 

But in spite of the emphasis now centered on man's most uncivilized 
side - killing other men ~ there remains for America and the Democra- 
cies, and for us only, the HIGH MORmL PURPOSE and inward strength 
which can belong only to those. who are on the side of RIGHT. 

By their infamy anc' treachery, America's enemies have in final ef- 
fect done us greet service and themselves an equal disservice - they 
have welded the nation into a single, determined unit and have given 
us that HIGH HORmL PURPOSE which we would have lacked had we struck 
first. That HIGH ^':ORAL PURPOSE can and must be expressed by every 
Ryan worker in one single, unswerving direction - INCREASED PROOUC- 

It is said that you can't destroy until you hate. Certainly this 
nation and we as individuals have every reason to hete our enemies. 
Then, let us express that hate in the one way which for us can be 
most effective. We must build so that we can destroy. We can and 
we will deliver ever-increasing production. 



Vol. 2 ^rrx Dec. 19 

No. 10 

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ill fllj b mm til 

'ubiished by Employees of the 


Through their Welfare Department 

under direction of 


* * » * 

Editors: Bill V/agner; Sue 2 inn 

Art Editor: George Duncan 

Editorial Assistants; Bob Close 

Slim Coats 

Ray i 

Win. J. van den Akker 

Special Cantr i butor s: 

Earlier Lays Velma Liuniap Kann 

Poetry A. A. Jueschke 

Jacksonville News Eddie Oberbauer 

DeparttTiGntal Contributors: 

The Body Builders Jos. G. Groszek 

Nev/s 'n Vi Gws Dick- Gi 1 lam 

Bolts, Nuts (S. Rivets Moremac 

Blusts froin the 

Fl i cjht Line Prop Wash 

The Kite Maker Chas. nnderson 

Ti-ne Flies BIN J'unson 

Comments on the Staff Ray Morkowski 

Ryanettes Torn L Jerry 

Bob's Bumps G. "Dob" Harris 

Plant pj j i CG Notes Al Gee 

Engineering J, Park 

fs FRom m hm nm 


The officer who directs you to a place (ft 
v/l>jch to park when you come to work is try- 
ing to help YOU and your whole hearted co- 
operation with him will make both your and 
his task easier. 

Have you reg istered your car license number 
with the Plant Police? If not, please do so 
as soon as you can, as it may save your bat- 
tery being run down by lights absent-mindedly 
left on or a radio left playing. This is 
another place that your plant police cepcrl- 
iT.Lfit can help you, with your ccoperat ion. 

Never be V. i thout your badge and identification 
card. In times like the present, one never 
knows v.hen one will have to prove his real 
i clQuX i ty . 

DEADLINE for copy for the next issue of Fly- 
ing Reporter will be 5 p.m, on TUESDAY, De- 
ceniLer 30th. The deadline has been pushed 
up one (Jay for this next issue because of 
!!gw Years Day falling dur ing the t iine thut the 
Flying Reporter is going to press. if you do 
not have the special sheets prepared for your 
copy, these are obtainable through Larry Gib- 
son either in the Tool Rocnt or in the Per- 
sonnel office. 


The cover photo of Ryan PT-22 
trainers was made at Ryan's Air 
Corps school at Hcmet, Calif. 

The beautiful color insert of 
Air Corps planes has been made 
aval I ab I e for the Christmas num- 
ber of Flying Reporter by the 
editors of FLYING and POPULAR 
AVIATION to whom we are indebted. 
We suggest you frame or pin the 
pictures on the wall as indicat- 
ed in the drawing opposite. De- 
sides showing our own Ryan low- 
wing PT-21 Mrmy trainer in full 
color, this color print also 
shows the Douglas M-ZOr^, which 
is equipped wi th r<yan manifolds, 
and the Consol i dated u-24 bomber. 

- 2 - 


Two high-ranking air force officers of the 
Netherlands East Indies were in Son Diego re- 
cently visiting the Ryc;n .>eronsut ice ! Comptiny 
factory, where they studied production methods 
und reported to f^yan officials on the opera- 
tion of ivyan priniory trainers m the Dut:ii 

Gen. L. h. Van Oycn, commander of the Neth- 
erlands tast Indies air force, was accomp an i ed 
on the local factory 
visit by Maj . £. J . 
Te Ro I I er , aircraft 
purchasing agent for 
his gov eminent i n 
the United States, 
They conferred with 
Claude Ryan, Sam C. 
Bredcr, ar.d w;,LTi:R 0. 

According to the 
v i si tors, the Ryan 
p I anes de I i y sretj ear- 
I i er th i 5 year are 
being used for pilot training both by the air 
force, which is headed by Qan, Van Uyen, and 
by the Fleet Air Arm v/fiich is operating the 
first Ryan trainers ever to be equipped as 
seup lanes. 

After his visit here, Gen, Van Oyen de- 
parted by Clipper plane for the East Indies, 
where he has now orobably resumed command of 
the Lutch Air Force after an absence of two 
months. He had acted as observer of war games 
in the south and east and conferred with of- 
ficials of the VVar Department while in the 
United $>tatesa 

uuring this world tumult of strife and war, 
let each, one of ug pause for a few rncnents 
to reflect what the true spirit of Christmas 
liieans, I'!ay we be nuiably thankful for the 
many blessings wa have and particularly for 
having been born /American:., including the 
privilege of doing our utmost to defend our 
democracy which is built oi. a fourijijti on of 
Ghr i st i an i deal s 


Since the first announcement two months 
ago of a company sponsored tra i ni ng program 
through the home study courses of the l^yan 
Aeronautical Institute, some 70 employees 
have enrol led ^nd are now inaking gmd pro- 
gress in their instruction. 

Under the Institute program, the Ryan com- 
pany has arranyed to pay hulf of tiie tuition 
costs for einployees enrolling for 'training in 

Aircraft Construe tion 
a n a f-; a i n t enance, 
Aeronautical ur a f t- 
i ng and tngi n e e r ing, 
Airplane Stress An- 
alysis i^nc r-.ircraft 
p .V e r r^ i a n t s . 

i' a y r I I d e d uc- 
tions can be arrang- 
ed for ti.ose employ- 
ees interested in 
the 'home study train- 
ing , and it i s pos- 
sible to di scLsnt ! nus 
the instruction ut any time without penalty 
or further payment, l-lo dov^n payment is re- 
quired, T!;ese libera! arrangements for the 
employee are made possible bec-use the com- 
pany absorbs half of the costs. 

Training courses arc still svaiiabSc to 
those who have not yet had an opportunity to 
enroll and to new employees who have been 
hired during the p^ist two months. 

If interested in t!ie program, a word to 
Ernie Moore, assi stant factory superintendent, 
wi ! 1 bring you more complete information. 


Our special greetings and thanks at this 
Christmas Season go to those loyal Ryanites 
and Ryanettes whose continued interest in 
writing news and oepartncnta I columns for 
Flying Reporter hoS made possible the gre^-tly 
improved employees magazine which you now re- 
ceive every third Friday, 

We could name several dozen employees who 
have given of their time and effort in order 
that al I Ryan employees might enjoy the com- 
panions!-.ip and common interest which is the 
goal and purpose of Flying Reporter. 

You who have given your cooperation know 
without our tnentioning naifies that you have 
done a good job — so accept our si ncere thanks. 



These are bl unt words all right end we liope 
they startle you ei.ough to make you read this 
notice for they're meant in all seriousness. 

The country is now at '.,ar. it has become a 
matter of abso lute necessity and personal hon- 
or thct employees refrain from-di scus si ng com- 
pany matters of a military nature with any 
outsider. Particularly must tiiey r.ot discuss 
such matters with the press; 

It is your and the company's responsibility 
to safeguard against release in any way or by 
any means information which has becfi classi- 
fied as secret, corri i Uent i al or restricted. 

Loose talk can yet you into seriou s troub le 
with Uncle bam, l^ieal cooperation in ti-is mat- 

ter is vi tt. I 

low uuout it? 

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about the base 

First Ryan planes ever used by the U. 5. 
Navy are the NR-ls which were completed some 
months ago and are now in active use at the 
new Jacksonville Air Base in Florida. A pic- 
ture of Ryan planes at Jacksonville appeared 
on the cover of a recent issue of Flying Re- 
porter, Mow we bring you a recent newspaper 
description of the new training base. 

In little more than a year, one of the 
world's largest naval air stations has grown 
out of swamp land on the edge of Jacksonville, 

More than $35,000,000 already has been 
spent to build airfields, hangars, repair 
shops, trade schools, administration build- 
ing, barracks, supp I V depots, officers' quart- 
ers, mess halls, recre^jtion buildings and 
other fac i 11 ti es. 

And at least another :!;I5,000,000 probably 
will be spent before tl" e station, under the 

command of Capt, C. 

'ason, i s coino I eted 

It sprawls over 3200 acres on the west bank 
of the St, John'jS;^ ri ver , part of the site 
of old Canip John^SJfln of V/orld .Var days. 

The stat ion wc.s commi ssi oned Oct, 15, 1940, 
and less than two months I ater the f irst group 
of cadets arrived to begin flight training. 
Since then about 450 f I icrs have passed through 
the cadet course. There are 1300 in training 
at present and another 200 or so at the sta- 
tion awaiting their turn for instruction. 

Officers say the tiavy has a goal of 17,000 
military fliers with 5,000 pilots already in 
service and another 4,000 students at train- 
ing centers. 

But for every man who pilots a plane, the 
Navy must have approximately 10 men on the 
ground as mechanics, metalsmiths, radio men 
and ordnance men. 

Training these ground crews is one of the 
most important functions of the Jacksonville 
station. tlore than 3000 enlisted men at a 
time are schooled for aviation ratings of ma- 
chinists' mates, metalsmiths, ordnance men 
or radiomen. Each of them already has had 
elementary naval training before undertaking 
the 16-week schoo ling. 

Each man is an embryo specialist when he Is 
graduated from the trade schools. At the 
present rate, at least 9000 craftsmen wi I I 
pass through the schools in the next twelve 

from eddie oberbauer 

Hello, everybody, espacially those whom I 
haven't had the opportunity to greet and let 
you all know that I certainly am glcd to be 
back here in sunny California. (Eddie - this 
reached my desk the day of the last flood. — 
" Sunny?— Ed.) 

I had a rather long assignment which gave 
me an opportunity to see the greater part of 
the United States. Much of it I had never 
seen before, so it was all very interesting 
and educational. Seeing both the Navy and 
Army in operation with all their different 
types of planes was something I had long hoped 
to be able to do. 

Of course, after being away from San Diego 
so long, I really appreciated coming back and 
seeing ail those changes here at the ojantl 
and in the city. Some people v.orking here 
daily do not notice the change, but I can see 
it after being away so long. It all seems so 
iJifferent — so many new faces that I almost 
feel like a stranger. The many old familiar 
faces look good to me, though, after seeingi 
only strange ones for several months. So you 
can really see how glad I am to be back here 
in San Diego, V.ith the world situation as it 
is, however, it might be nice to be in a lonely 
cabin in the mountains in Montana where I 
spent several days of my vacation. Outside 
of being cold there, these days you woulcn't 
have to worry about blackouts. 

But l-wouldn't be satisfied anyway. It is 
so much more interesting to sae whot's going 

The production line certainly looks good 
and makes one realize that our company is do- 
ing its part — a part of which we should all 
be proud. 

Co many people asked me, "Where is the 
Florida tan (which they imagined I should 
have)?" All I can say is, maybe the sun does- 
n't shine down there very much or maybe it 
has to filter through so much moisture in the 
air that it hasn't the necessary rays left to 
give it to you. It does feel awfully hot 
though and even Sam Breder can't convince . Tie 
otherwise. And the feet that I have regained 
my weight is because of all the Thanksgiving 
dinners 1 had on my vacation. 

Speaking of Florida remindsme that shortly 
before I left the Air Station at Jacksonvi I le, 
(continued on page 18) 

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r^s Vice President of ttie Ky&n Merjnouti col ^ornpuny,, , 
Vice 'resicent cuC ocnerdl Mcinciger c f the Hyin School 
of .-aeronaut i cs, ^nc '\/ice Presi deiit "of the Ryan Aero- 
nautical Institute, i-i-irl U. Prudden is definitely not 
lacking in titles .jr :iuties; i;i fcct, this accumulo- 
ticn of "slias's" is entirely tha result of hsrd v.or;-, 
i r t It G right direction. 

uuririg lis c^rly yeors in St. Pciul, H i nnesota, Zi\r\ 
rGceivt-'c Lis first interest in evitticn, guided by the 
influence and hero v.rjrrjnip uf oidcr brother Geortje. 
cverythirg oeorgc; dia, :-i;ri c i c' . George v>'ds absorbed 
in eviction, and built gliders v.ith the aid of designs 
obtained frai,. Sritisl' rr,aca2ii:es such as Fl.ignt, inas- 
mucti as A;neric£in avicticn maijazires ,•, ere l-^ckiny at 
that time. 

At eight ye^rs jf age, £arl sellincj r.ewsncip er s 
in Juluth, and during iii s high school ai.d college years, 
added to experience by the door-ta-door selling uf 
household brusiies arrJ later, li f i insurance, all uf 
which used considerable extra energy in addition to the 
tirre allotted to his studies, in fact, he learned about 
life and kna'.vledgc the otily way or, as l-e said, "v.'ork 
a n d ■ {) I e n t y of it." 

The University of IMnnesota took four years of Carl's 
enery) , and rated him a B.A, Two weeks after ijradua- 
tiOii in 1917, his youthful, adventurots spirit found 
him in Paris, France, v. here iie enlisted in the French 
MriTiy under the /-»i;ierican Fiela Service fjr the Juration 
of the war. He couldn't wait for our country's of- 
ficial entry. ' He laughs when lie tells of the ,:.ay iie re- 
ceived which arnountcd to 5^ per day plus a semi-monthly 
ration of tobacco. In addition to this he recalls that 

A serious loss to Flying Reporter is the recent re- 
signation of J. R. Cunyers who, because uf the illness 
of his father, has had to move inland from the coastal 
area to a drier climate. Conyers has been one of the 
mainstays of F!ying Reporter alirost fro.u its beginning 
just one year ago. His regi:lar column, "Meet i'.r. Blank", 
has introcJuced to Ryan ernployees the conipany's princi- 
pal executives in an interesting, {lumorous way which 
has made everyoric of us feel a great deal closer to 
theiii. Conyers has rQ.nC\'^ a valuable service, iiis 
enthusiasm anc' hard ivor!; v. i I I be sorely missed, 

Thi i s regular feature of Flying Reporter is, however, 
going to be continued under the ca-pahle hand of bub 
Close, who has heretofore collaborated with V. J. Park 
in ..riting the Engineering column. Bob introduced his 
first interview, with Ear! Pruddeti, ..ith this remark, 
"i-iy humble atte.npt to fill the capable liti'rary shoes 
left by my co-worker, J. i\. Uunyers, reveals the fact 
that iny shoes arc very Su;a I I and leave empty areas ^1 I 
around when placed Inside his enorii;ous boots." 



it was necessary to enlist the aid 
of his parents in the paying uf his 
uniform and passage to France. 

In Uctober of tiic saine year he 
recci ved an honorable discharge from 
the French Army, and enl i ste J in the 
American Army as Private. Sh:crtly 
thereafter he was setit to a Frtnch 
non-com school, followed by service 
as a Corporal at Soissotis. Two 
months later he was sent to a French 
officers' school at fleaux , s-'mr^^ he 
received his commission-. In Janu- 
ary, 1913 he returned to the front 
where he was given comn^^nd of a 
motor truck unit v.ith t!ic T'-nth! Army, the work of which in- 
cluded the carry i ng of ai'ninuni ti on to 
the front and returning with en- 
gineering supp I i GS, German prisoners 
and FreiKh wounded. Just before 
leaving France in ! ay, I'^-'i^, he was 
proaioted to Group Adjutant of this 
motor unit. 

Will J e in France, he had nis first 
plane ride in an o I d two-seater 
i con t i liue d on page 8) 

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Scvcrcl moritls oyo /^deluide Ornith cub.iiittcil for Flying reporter an article appearing ir, a 
Honolulu newspaper, entitleti "AN rtLlcii Sr£.-.Ko'', and wri tten by an American newspapermafi there. 
Since then it iias been held in our files for an appropriate occasion to use in triese pages. 
That occasion iias now arrived. 

u\t\. anti-Japanese feeling running at a high pitch v;e must not lose siyht of the feet That 
many native-born Japanese are sincere Americans and that tliey,too, deeply deplore the trecch- 
cry of t'TGir blood brothers. 

Two v.rongs wiii never make a rigiit. Let us remember to .nuintaiii ,. • . :,ii_; :, t tolerance 
tovvarc those unfortunate Japanese who, though good Americans and throuyn no fault of their 
owi'ij may be the subjects of unjust treatment unles 
our part. article, taken originally from The Honolulu Advertiser, sho.jh rerr.i 
^aefure rnakirig snrp judonents without sunportimj facts. 

there is an undsrstanci ng attitude on 

..' 5 to jause 

% Lei a nee -AN ALJ ^JN SPEAKS 

'>\'ou!:i that t::ous£nds of M.riericai.s coulJ 
'.:/e s^t ,;ith :.-.': ricentl;. ... farev.ell ciinncr 
party, given, in a i i ttle I latina Loa restaurant 

cA ie^i J, 

his v; i f a for t h r e e 

. re J jy \:'. . Un i t id 
a.'i irivitation to serve 
just the VYsy they put 

cjtates GuVtriiraent Viitii 
i .1 tiie Army S" That i s 

: ': . i.L^ySj is y:::irs ol:;, v/as the son 
^ ' : .: J„;:cir;ese, 

, ^ .. '_. 3 d but s i ni ;^ I e v.\ e a ! had 3 e s n 
strved, toastinaster, an American of Japan- 
• ::? siTcestry, got up and said th^t on behalf 

■ .,.-. restaurant D',vncr and ;t i s v.jfe we had 
sjatitered to honor the boys v/ho had been chosen,. 
The' 'isheri to thank the .;;;uests for honoring 
t. _ : I ...;,'.;se. 

He then soi:, -'Tlie father of tiic American 
boy of Japanese ancestry, who has been called 
for rvrmy' service, wishes \uq. to i-'resent this 
speech" (v.hich 1 quote "in essence") o it 
v.DuU' ;sy every American to stuoy it ,. - . i = 


ire gathered together here tonight to 
honor three men whom the Uni ted States Govern- 
msnt ha:: fi^vored. Among them is my buy. For 
many y£c.r_ the pineapple company 'xMirz hus 
given me employment. They have treated ivie 
well and 1 have been ^hle to educate my boy. 
is ijoiiig to serve in the Army of his coun- 
.i ,jrouo that iie is one of those so 


try, I i^.i 


"1 am an 
-iiything j i 
, prouc 

:.l!en Japanese, and can never be 
, in'.iir the lav.s of ,>..ierica. I 
iiapfiy n.y son. who is an Americari 
reason of iiis birth and on account of his 
loyalty, is one of those who will serve. 

"If the time comes, which I hope it wiii 
■ ,ot, v/iion he has to carry arms against the 
country of which his father Is a citizen, I 

want him to do so. He v.ill a.'ii^ jc cuing the 
right thingi thing that any r^merican citi- 
zen must do. All of us have our duties and 
responsibilities,, His is plain, and next 
Monday he will start his service to his coun- 

"His mother and i naturally h^te to see 
him go, hut I want everyone here to i<now he 
goes with our full approval. We hope that he 
will always be a credit to his country and to 
hi s parents." 

As tnc chairman read his speech, the father 
sat alongside, his eyes on the table, listen- 
ing intently, ^t the end, he rose and stood 
quietly while the room resounded with ap- 
plause; then he gravely bowed and sat dowri. 
;No one could deny the honesty of his words, 
nor the sincerity which character i zeo his 
entire attitude. 


To apologize; To begin over; To take advice; 
To face a sneer; To be charitable; 
To en error; To avoid mistakes; 
To keep on trying; To obey conscience; 
To keep out of a rut; To profit by mistckes; 
To fjrgive and forget; To think and trien act; 
To smi I e in edversi ty ; 
To shoulder deserved; 
To dispute underhandedaess; 
To subdue an unruly temper; 
,To make the best of a little; 
To recognize the silver lining; 
To accept just rebuke gracefully; 
To value character above reputation. 
1 __ Submitted by A. ^\. Jueschke^ 

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V.Gil, here it is Christmas agc;in. 1 think 
it was Uickins who once said, ''.,e >.oulc tell 
that it weis the holiciay season, <js our neigh- 
bors' party was louder than usual--" Well, 
Christinas may corne but once a year, butv.e 
spend the other 364 days paying for it, 

Christmas reminds rr.e of tlie poem by Lydia 
Ch i I d: 

"Over the river and thru the v.'ood, 
i;OW ur aiiddiothcr ' s cap i spy. 
Hurrah for the fun-- 

|s tiie pudding done? 
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie=" 

The above was written sometime ago as you 
can judge by the reference to "Grandmother's 
Cap". Nowadays the visiting relatives usual- 
ly spy grandiDs's new pennanent wave as, at- 
"^ircd ir purple slacks and smoking a cigaret, 
she stands on the porch waiting for the.n,, 

Is Our Face Red Jeoartiaent: Last issue we 
told ycu that McU'HCRTEr? had been riding ir, 
pictures. Flees to be excusing— the man was 
LASSWlLL, as fire a jockey as ever warmed 
saddle leather, \.'e sincerely hope you will 
pardon us and hope that v*arner Brothers didn't 
pay the wrong man. He tells us, by the way, 
that FLOYD St£Nf\LTT is the most humane man he 
ever sev, . Floyd once put his shirt on a horse 
that v;as scratched, 

V/hile we are on the subject of horsemen, 
allow us to introduce the new "Four Horsemen", 
dcn't thin'', that's four? Look 'em ever. WAR- 
5EN have been riding every Sunday, Golly, 
sometimes I wish I could ride, I'm scared 
stiff of the haybags. I never could under- 
stand how an animal stuffed so full of hay 
could be so hard to sit on. 

Heard in the Tabulating Department ^t end 
of second sh i ft: 

HARRY BCGGS: "How about taking a -pair 
of my shoes up to f^acific D!vd,?" 
ELVIRA CURRY: "a pair of shoes?" 
Harry: "Yes, I'll be in them," 

ELVIRA CURRY, by 'the way, is that blonde, 
tall and slender as a minaret on a mosque in 
Istambul, very soothing to the eyes, and works 
with GENEVA GRAY, the little lovely in the 
Tabulating Department, Really a pair of 
Queens. mI I in favor say "Ah--", 

Vi'as very much impressed with UAFPER DAN 
BURNETT'S column on "Faith". It reminded me 

of an incident that happened rece.itly. Doth 
AUDREY 3r,Y and NORECE KIRKSEY were on their 
way to work, and a little bit late, .>udrey 
said, "Let's stop a minute and pray." But 
Norece said, "No, let's run as fast as we can, 
and pray at the same time," That^s v.hat I 
like, a practical working faith. 

City si icker JOHNNIE COLES, was he I u up re- 
cently in Hoilyv.ood, and the bandits left him 
standing on the corner in his bare feet, SUE 
ZINN says the only differsiice between the 
cutie and the old maid is ttia.t the cutis goes 
out v.ith the Johnnies and the old maid sits 
home wi th the willies, 

uuring the recent blackout, we had- the 
pleasure of doing all-night guard duty along 
Wjti; mL GEE'S Grenadiers, Be M eve me, a 
guard's job isn't as soft as a baby's blanket 
after al L 

Everything started cut as smooth as the bot- 
tom crust on a pie, and then it turnea colder 
than a beaut ifui girl's heart, and I finally 
found out that my cheeks were frost bitten, 
iti fact, I haven't been able to sit down for 
several days. <-,x\i then it started to rain — - 
now I can understand v.hy Capt. NQRRIS has been 
pleading for roofs on the towers. Anyway, it 
was nice of F1^:>NK BENNETT, KENNY rE^vRSCN, and 
AL gee to drop around to our post to swap a 
joke or two. We are now a w'csterntr, the man 
from "Painted jost"o 

WeJI, before we yo to the five and ten to 
do our Christmas shopping, we would like to 
thank the many people who have sent us the 
encouraging letters, ,,e didn't realize that 
the Ryan Fiyiny Reporter was so widely read. 
We should like to than;-.; the boys of the 75th 
Material Squadron, the 69th Air Case Squadron 
and the 394-th School Squadron of Keesier 
Field, Biloxi, Mi ssi ssipp i , for the ir letters. 
Also the boys on the U.S.S, Penr:sy I van i a, the 
U.S.S. Colorado, the Navy Training Station, 
the boys of Battery a, 52nd Tra ini ng Battalion, 
at Camp Callan, and the boys of the Anti-air- 
craft Unit at Camp Haan, 

Thanks a lot, fellows, we appreciate your 
letters very much. We are a chummy guy and 
get a heap of fun out of receiving mail. So 
if you have any ideas about liow we can improve 
the column, we'd be mighty giad to liave you 
(continued on page 9 ) 


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<L.\jeZ(j ?<uan ii/ozie.z lid. -fn 

more about Earl Prtjdden 

French fighter. Of all places to go, the pi- 
lot picked a flight over the front lines„ 
Earl says the only fright he had was learning, 
after the return from tt-,e flight, that the 
pilot had a grand total of fifty hours to his 
credit and that this was his first trip since 
a protracted illness. The French Sergeant who 
authorized the trip thought the pilot needed 
to build ujj a little more time. 

After the war, £ar! returned to St. Paul 
and immediately continued to exercise his 
talents in salesmanship by selling life in- 
surance, one of the most difficult things to 
sell at the time. In 1920 he and his mother, 
with whom he now lives (tar I is still a bach- 
elor), moved to L'etro i t Vihere his brother held 
the posi t i jn of Aeronaut ical Engineer with the 
Stout Airplane Ccmpany. Continuing his self- 
ing activities in this area, he expanded his 
field to real estate and construction, cirsd 
ended his career in the east as Secretary and 
Treasurer of a large construction company 

In Detroit his continued association with 
others interested in aviation aroused in Earl 
a desire to lend his talents to this new s n- 



A DKEAM-— vEs, 

months ago Flying Reporter printed an article, 
"Let It Not Be So". !t was the story of a 
dreem about an air raid over San Diego, Lit- 
tle did we think at that time how close to 
actuality that dream might have been 

V.e suggest you get out your October 17th is- 
sue of Flying Reporter and reed the article 
again. We hope that your doing so will serve 
the valuable purpose of making you realize 
the utmost seriousness of the present situa- 
tion and the need for coordinated effort and 
calm planning here in San Diego in case of 
actual attack. 

In reading the article again we were particu- 
larly struck v/i th one somewhat prophetic para- 
graph - "What queer quirk of the sub- con- 
scious fnind hac' caused me to dream this ter- 
rifying experience, which, God forbid, may 
never come to any American city." 


dustry.- In 1925 his brother came to San Diego 
and formed the Prudden-San Diego Airplane 
Company. Assuming that airplanes would have 
to be sold, Earl followed his brother to San 
Diego and applied to him for a job in the 
sales department. The answer was that the 
company was in an experimental production 
stage, and did not need salesmen. 

Shortly thereafter, Earl saw an ad in the 
paper which stated that this same company 
needed production mechanics, and it was his 
brother's surprise when he walked through the 
shops one morning and found Earl manicuring 
the fuselage of one of the early metal ships 
— a job which he obtained through the factory 
employment office. 

Early in 1928, an opportunity presented 
itself with Dan Ui ego ' s "Paci fi c Technics I 
University", or P,T.U. as it was known, which 
served as the ground school division for Ryan 
fiight students. His ability to convince 
others of the opportunity this training af- 
forded gained him the position of sales man- 
ager of the P.T.U, and the T. C. Ryan Flying 
School . 

Those were busy days for Earl with morn- 
ings spent at the P.T.U.; afternoons at the 
Ryan airport on Barnett avenue; evenings back 
at the P,T.U. for the supervision of night 
trcisning activities; and S5tui"j.iy3 a;id Sun- 
d.iys back at the airport fur toe sale of 
courses, passenger rides, and airplanes. It 
is recalled that within twenty-four hours 
aft^f Ryan was appointed a distribjtor for 
Gredt Lake training planes, a ca-'ioad sale 
of these planes to individual purchasers was 
made, which was one of the highlights of air- 
cra-^t saies activities in those days. In ad- 
dition to his duties, Earl also found time to 
take flight lessons early in tiie morning at 
the as -port which gave him his pilot's certi-» 
f icaie 

. ri 1931 Earl was made Vice President of 
the Ryan Aeronautical Company; and in 1935 he 
was made Vice President of the Ryan School of 
Aeronautics, v.ith the added responsibility of 
General Manager of the latter organization 
being given him in 1939. Although the activ- 
ities of the commercial school and the Army 
schools at both Hemet and San Diego keep him 
well occupied, he nevertheless has the deep- 
(continucd on page 20) 

■ --■•■*»iJ ai-'Mrii*iv/*''™'«iJivr 


mexica. i 

rzeedom Muit Jsa 

^oLdLet On ike -fi 

emAti'U'u*nRVtm tw<*sui 


Sidney VJeinstein, American sailor, has vjritten a 
most sincere poem on behalf of his' shipmates in 
Iceland, appealing in their behalf for produc- 
tion at home to support the men on America's far 
flung defense lines. It is so appropriate to the 
present pressing need for increased production 
that we reprint its closing verses. 


















more of Si im' s i-|ckir, ' s 


Uu J^L 



Suu1:li (and warp I sv.'ept off the Long 
Beach Muriiclpcii Airport November 26th 
in an air parade preluding the United 
States Mrmy Air Forces' expanded re- 
cruiting program. 

From Ryan trai nars to gigantic four- 
engine bombers the roaring ships ex- 
emplified the air strength of 
rNdier ! ca. 

Leading the zooming parade was the 
ye i I o'.v-vvi nged Ryan priinary trainer, 
one of several flown to Long Beach 
for 1 1! a c c a s i ri „ 

Next carne v'ultee's b i ue-and-go Id 
basic trainer and North .Hrnerican' s 
Harvard advanced traiiier^ 

Tiien into the air sped Vultee's 
VantjUcird p.ursuit and thi. sleek Lock- 
heed I--38 interceptor, to be followed 

by tl- 

e r i Sing rur^r 

I the Douglas JB-7 
6-25, tv;in-engine 

and North amer i can 

axtack bombers; Lockheed's Hudson and 

Vega' s Ver;tura, . 

Last to be air-Dorne were the mass- 
ive heavy bomber s----Conso I i dated' s 
Liberator and the Boeing Flying For- 
tress, both four-engire craft. 

The exhibition was organized by the 
Army in conjunction wsth the Aero- 
nautical Chamber of Commerce of r^ner- 
ice to acquaint the public Y.ith the 
progress of aeri af rearfriamart ;ind stim- 
ulate further interest in the air ser- 
vice s o 

Newspapermen, press piiotographcrs 
and newsreel ccmpanies v-ere on hand to 
cover the event, and pictures of the 
aerial review have already appeared in 
San uitgo niotion picture theaters. 

tell us i^Dout i t . 
about that tao, in 

r\nd if you don't like the col 
your letters, or, if you just 

umn (perish the thougiit) yau can tell us 
feet like letting off steam about things 

in general, v.e'll lend a willing ear to that too. 

Thanks again to all of you folks, and as wc wind up another year, we'd like to extend a 
wish to everyone, inside the organization atic out, thi^t this v.i I I be the i-ierr icst Christmas 
and the Happiest New Ye^r you've ever had. And if you will permit us to paraphrase Oickins 
once more, '"God bless you everyone,' cried Tiny Slirn." 

\A/on (ja/rie Ptoauctlon JLine I 

jNevvs'jn Vjsvys 


If BROWN and RAf-IStY arc going tu keep break- 
gin on th i s co I umn, I guess we' i I have to grin 
and bear it, but one thing that everyona should 
know is the true friendship, coopsrat i on, and 
fellow brotherhood thot these two boys created 
in- our department last week. Ramsey asked 
Brown if he could have a date with his girl 
and Brown consented. Then Ramsey asked, ''May 
I use your car?" and Brown said he could,. Then 
asked Ramsey, "V.'ouldyou loan me $5?'' and Brown 
said yeSc Boy, oh boy, if that's not team work 
I'M sit the next one out. 

ADOLPH BOLGER has been off d few ci-ys -.vsth a 
bad case of pink eya^ ! hecr there are so 
many cases of it over at Consoiidated that if 
the boys had longer ears it would look like a 
Dbbit farm. The recent rumor about C, RU5H 
was- just a lot of hot air from our oven man 

Just as a suggestion to the Ryon Uramatic 
Ciub=»-=the next time they have a play they ought 
to book SLIM (PiCiCINS) COATS. Besides grapple 

the horned wimppy he can ride three horses :. 
one timCo 

Those pretty new gold shirts didn't do the 
second shift Drop Hammer Sowiing Team any good. 
Isn't it so, boys? 

At last some of the second shift Drop-Ham= 
mer boys arc getting a break. D. HELMS, E. 
RUSTDU, P„ UME, and C, HOERMANN are going to 
swap shifts with B. EVERLEY, JACKSON, W. BUR- 

SPIDERj Joe, i thought you said you warn't 
afraid of anything or anybody. 

JOE (S,^Y NO MORE) CRTIZs Sure, that's v.riat 
i sai d air ight, air ight. 

Spi der« Then why did you run when that boy 
hit you? 

Joe ; , 5t WO'.: ' there 

while my body v. as being mutiUjtedo 

Flowers in the rain=-or just 10 minutes to 
8 o'ciQCk--xne Drop Hammer boys are glad to; 
see GENEVA Gf^A>Y an.d her pal as they pass thru 
the shop to buy their lunch. 

RAY TREAT plans to spend Chnstmss y.ith his 
folks in Phoenix, Arizona, The day shift fire 
fighters are really on the job. A blaze broke 
out by one of the small degreasars and before 
the fire whistle sounded some quick thinke 
had the fire out. That's nice going, boys.. , 

BOB DAWES and yours truly pi eked up a couplei^l 
of citations while coming to work one day f 
( c^nt ! nijGd on page !3) 

To our employers and al! Rysn Einp I oy ees:- 

We, the Bumpers, wish to take this oppor- 
tunity to thank you one and all for the won- 
derful cooperation you have shown the Bump- 
ing Department this past year. You have been 
swell to usBumpers and if at times we have 
made mistakes you were always ready to for- 
give and forget. To help each other hsm at 
Ryan seems to be the rulc.- 

This Bumping is a nerve wracking business 
as you all know and if at times we have been 
too quick tempered or too outspoken, we are 
sorry and hope you understand. Vve thank you 
and wish you all a !;£RRY CHRISTMAS and a 
trouble free New Year,, Signed--Go HmRRIS., 

■veil. Gang, here I go again. You know I 
have been thinkingo Impossible, you say-- 
V.'ell^ maybe. But what I've been thinking is 
■it a swell bunch of idiots you guys are., 
! have navsr worked for and with a better 
group anywhere. 

And in this national emergency our work may 
have to be done under trying conditions but 1 

Qqh) e. 

r^ :^ 




3Y q;bos HARR] 


speak for ail uf us when I say that our Gov- 
ernment can depend on all of us to do our ut- 
most in any way that is needed.^ Yes, I sti 
think you are the swell est bunch of idiots i 
hove ever had the pleasure and honor of work= 
ing with. 

Several of the boys have given .me news 
items for this edition but 1 hope they will 
forgive me under the conditions for not get- 
ting them in. Wishing you al I a merry Christ- 
mas and a better new year, your friend and co- 
worker, G. "Bob" Harri s. 

!'.:5. Any men wanting to join the Califor- 
nia State Guard, contact Captain Gray at the 
police desk at once. Capt. Gray can give you 
a written pass that will clear you through 
the guard at the armory. Make all applica- 
tiois to ..:opt. Gray as he has authority to 
sign that will admit you to Balbo=. 

Ria^t^ ktom tkQ FLIGHT L 

1/ BY 1^ R U P '.V , S H 

Attention to all men of our crz-ii — Fir«l 
Assembly may well take note. It seeins y/e heve 
a thief in our rnidst. i^Jot only do we have a 
thief, but one who combines theft with the 
ability of a magician. CHARLES "FRilILt: TCP'' 
MARTIN is missing a sweatshirt. Missing the 
sweatshirt is bad enough, but the manner in 
wftich it was taken is a puzzle. According to 
Char lie's story he was 
wearing: I . Under shi rt 
2. Sweatshirt 3. Reg- 
ular shirt 4, -sweat- 
shirt and 5. Leather 
j acket, all in the or- 
der named. Sweatshirt 
number two in the a- 
bove is the one that 
i s iTii s:J ng, tal<er.' en- 
tirely w i t i I u t h i s 
consent and knowledtje. 
ROY RYAN has agreed 
that this matter is 
e n t i rely beyond the 
scope of our Plant Po- 
lice and shal I be turn- 
ed over to the local 
office of the F3I for 
invest i Q'dt ion, 

extra note of im- 
portance for men of 
the Flight Crew: I ^ 

have it from well inforr.-.Gd circles that our 
Army Test Pilot, Lt, B. F. JQNiS, is strcngly 
considering adding to his already arduous 
duties, a class in higher mathematics. It is 
believed thct he will give special attention 
to fractions. if Lt. Jones has a certain few 
men in mind for this instruction end if he 
will pardon a bit of persona! advice, I would 
suggest the use of a few concrete examples, 
such as, shall we say, an apple, or perhaps a 
GALLON of gasol ine, divided into THIRDS. Elev- 
en and THREE thirds gallons? FRANK "SIHCN 
LEGREE" HANIJROCK will of course be interested 
in joining this new class. (Ooy, oh Boy! 
V.'i II I pay for tt; is one , ) 

Second nominee for our new class in mathe- 
matics might well be Inspector A. S. BILLINGS, 
with his THIRTEENTH month, 24th day , But tncr. 
Mr. Billings may be one of the advocates of 13 
months of 4 wee'';s each and perhaps his ^x'r\:ir 
I was only an oversigiit. 


Vihila on the subject of instructors and 
tneir duties, it seems we have a new one, who 
pos3i'o!y may be a littie uver-zea Icus. It 
seems that STAN STuRZYULAK, (boy what a naine, 
1 think i would change i t to Junes), was given 
the jcu of bleeding brakes on a ship and 
given a newcomer as a helper. The ncwcofner, 
of course being anxious to please, asked Stan 

i f he shoui d save the 
i I that had been 
b I ed ffom the 1 Ine, 
Stan promptly to I d 
our new helper that 
the i I was of no 
further value si nee 
the I Dss of t ime re- 
qui red to break each 
air bubble, BY HmND, 
precl udes ar.y sav i ^g 
of oil. 

Personal nominee 
for the "Liars Club" 
i-iULL! '■.\\, a constant 
wearer of glasses, 
who reported >f'or 
work th i s v-st week 
with a cut on the 
underneath side of 

V.'hom do you work for? The be ss? Ah, no I 
He merely points you the way to go- — ■ 
he sets us the tasks that you're hired to ua , 
But he isn't really t.-ie boss of Yi:U. 

Whom do you work for? The toss af the boss? 

The company handing your pay across? 

You owe them the best that you have, 'tis 

B'jt neither Oiie claim?, to be the boss of YOP 

V.'hom do you vori; for? Yourself, my friends 
From morning's light till the day's dark en:;- 
,-.r\t the boss that you fincily answer to 
is nobody else in the world but YOU. 

ouo.,i: ttad by i,, ,v. Juescnke 

i I 


Horns r is tn.^t .:. ;; a i r 
f e I f ,. and cut li i s eye , 

e y e r G w . 

Story as told by 

of di ayona I s s! ipped. 

Si riC!-- . as 

constant wearer of glasses, same glasses be- 

s happen'] 
r e < i r e i e c t i n 

ing unbroken, HOV/, OH HOW, could this happen? 
Me thinks Mrs, Mullinix hung a 
tag on Homer. 

Vv'hy is it some of us have to be dumb and 
have to slave a full iialf hour, prio-- to be- 
ing ch2cked up en by our flight chief? Re- 
cently one -f cur members was told to get a 
certain ship cooking. He cranked, spun the 
prop, and of course (I suppose) let out a few 
minor cuss words and still no start, V/hen 
tolj the siiip would not start, our flight 
chief inspected same and found aU plugs un- 
done. j»-— d sissy ship, i calls it. 

Persona! Grievance. It is requested that 

there be no \\\:ir <i holidays in the middle of 

the week. This past Thanksgiving, having a 

bad habit of awaken i rig early each and every 

(continued o n p a q e ! *■■ ) 



I hope you can bear with this column this 
time, cause v. e are changing horses in rnid- 
stream, so to speak, it seems as though our 
heretofore Ryanette Reporter has decicSed to 
turn the column over to yours truly. Hope 
you won't miss her too much, though v.e will 
all miss her fine humor and wit. 

Now to get on with the news of the doings 
of the Ryanettes. Things as you know, are 
somewhat quiet because of the lat-st develop- 
ments in these ycod United States. Smiles are 
now in order, so let's hope that we see plenty 
of them. 

We have three new girls in i-'roduct i on 
Miss AMY JCRL'E, of Methods engineering, Mrs. 
cILEtN B£NSON, of Planning, anc Miss LORRAINE 
iMARTlt;, of Contract Planning. We arc happy 
to welcome these g i r j s in our midst and nope 
they will join us in our monthly lunch(;ons. 

But out of our group goes an equally nice 
group of girls. Lf-avinq or. the 15th to aet 


married are BARBARA LIPPt 
Also out of our ranks on 
SMITH to join her husba 
BARBARA FRYE who wi i I t 
duties of housewife. V>' 
one. But best of luck to 

The lovy I i ght is glowi n 
days. There will probi-b 
there when it gets out Lut 
to keep. Start ducki 
can't say more, but you' I 
between tiic I i nes. 

We! i i SI iiOj now you hev 
tend with. Do you think i 
Because when two of us 
hurdiy worth a battle, do 
men are all they claim to 
run for our money, (V/e 
crossed. ) 

V^e I I 'bye now^ see you 







e 15th goes FLORA 
I ii the East ar; □ 
e up the domestic 
I I mi ss you every 
! . 
I n P I anni ng these 

be fur flying up 

t's just too good 

Tom. Sorry I 

just have to rsad 

e two womt-n to con- 
t will be worth it, 
get together, it is 
you think? i f the 
be we will expect a 
've got our fingers 

subseq.-t , c - ,■ . 

rffi QO OflO QBOUI m lOREratffS OlflOtR OQOCf 


This is being written while I'm or guard 
duty during a blackout, with a blue flash- 
light and the stub of a pencil, so if it seems 
to lack the usual society touch, don't blame 

In the first place, I thought the Ryan 
Foremen's Club staged one of the finest din- 
ner parties I've attended in m^ny- a moon. I 
had expected the usual chicken croquettes, 
when Lo etc. a huge sizzling steak was placed 
before us. Wow. BUL BEERY did a first class 
job as Master of Ceremonies. After the music 
started there was more action with fewer prin- 
cipals than there was at the Battle of San 
Juan, so I'll skim lightly over the high- 
I ights. 

We should like to thank CLAUDE RYAN again 
for introducing us to DAU BURNETT. Sorry 1 
didn't catch the name the first time. Mr. 
and Mrs. CLARENCE HARPER won the prize waltz 
contest, while ERICH FAULWETTER was trying to 
find a girl to fit a shoe he'd found. Taking 
a quick gander around the room, we spotted 
B. F. HOLLAND, Mr. and Mrs. BARTON, Messrs. 
AKKER, WHITEY LEHTO, and Commander 0. S. BILL- 

Hovi a good society editor wcuici tell you 
how the ladies were dressed. "Mrs. So-and-so 
was handsomely ensconsed in pink tulle, with 
over drapes of outing flannel, tight at the 
bodice and flounced at the wa i st, wj th pockets 
of flowered organdie, and a bit of ric-rac 
throughout." But to tell you the truth, I 
don't know swasette from chenille, so you'll 
just hove to take my word for it that it was 
about the loveliest bunch of women I've ever 
seen (end I've seen some). I will say this, 
that Mrs. JOHNNIE CAST 1 EN was one of the 
cutest things you ever laid eyes against in 
her little "Scarlett O'Hara" dress, and was 
Johnnie's chest way out to here. 

All you had to do was walk over to the bar 
ing, and mention drinks, and their ears would 
come up like weeds in July. We trailed along 
pretty close to ERNIE FIELDS as he was packing 
the dinero for the party, but it did us no 

Then they started the rhumba. There were 
eight lessons in the course of dislocating 
( cont i nued on page 15) 

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by Velfiia uunlup Mcinn 

less frightening t : 

The (iiiitors used in 
the old troioing days 
qu i tt often threw o i I 
uiid when we girls began 
to tcike f I i gilt i nstruc- 
t i on, we di scovered i t 
was !' good idea to cijre- 
f 'J II y tuck our hair under 
the he Imct and then smear 
our faces and necks with 
cold creain; ive could 
clean off the sn-.ucges 
more quickly and I oak 
newcomers and visitors. ' 

The pilots had already discovered that 
Mentho latum around the Nps, chin and nose 
was not a good idea. The force of the wind 
made the skin more tender, more apt to blis- 
ter, or paal. It was better to use cream or 
oil, and then use some inenthu latum at the 
and of the trip. 

Yours truly usually borrowed a pair of 
covt'ralls for instruction flights to protect 
her clothes. One of the early girl students 
at the old Mngelus-Mesa field (Los Anyelus 
tertriinal cf Hyan a i r i i ;ie s--Ed . ) wore a fur 
coat and the fur became entanqled in the un- 
protected control wires. This caused the 
plane to yo into a flat spin - all the way 
uowHo Both instructor and student received 
minor injuries. Tiie wires were protected 
after th:.t and restrictions were puton flight 
an pare I . 

Jack Harrigan was i;iy instructor. One day 
when he was absent from the field, I went up 
with iiowley Bawl us. The next day we were botn 
tliorouyhly "told off". To change pilot-in- 
structors before solo time just wasn't done; 

Velma Lunlap, the writer of tl:is art- 
icle, was the first r^yanettc, baing eiii- 
ployed by Ryan Mirlines, l.ic, in 1925 
and 1926 when Claude Ryan and his asso- 
ciates, w!:o st:.rted business in San tjiego 
in 1922, \,ere operating the "Lus angeies- 
San jiego r\ir Line". Later Ryan built 
the first l-l- 1 mail plane whicii led up to 
th;e early "Brougham" cabin |! lanes and 
later to the S-T trainer. 

bad luck, unethical 

and so on. 

Over c ysc.r later, 
on the field of the 
Aero Corporation in 
Los Mnge I es, \ rca I I y 
found out why. I had 
been taking further 
instruction from Lee 
Fianagin and Lee Wil- 
lie, Then one day Ole 

Cison was takin; 


up. These pilots h>-d been trained in dif- 
ferent SCllOD I s. 

Die intended me to make a loop; the sig- 
nal, to me, meant an Immelman. I thought we 
were rather low to attempt one in an old Jenny 
but obeyed orders. Result: He took over the 
controls and we hung upside dowii out of con- 
trol just settling down, heads down, over 

the big water tank at 93th and V.'estsrn. 

I began counti ng the oranges fi oat i ng there, 
noticed the moss, and wondered how it was go- 
ing to fee I , and if 1 should unbuckly my safe- 
ty belt and dive in ahead of the plan?. Then, 
fjr no special reason at al!, we whipped out 
of it anu just missedlihe edge of tl.e taiik. 
After landing, we each went ur- ag:. in in an- 
other plans. Then tiie instrurtors all gut tu- 
g ether and mcde up a set of signals. if i 
remember correctly, t: is experience was taken 
up "..ith the managers of other airports, 

perhaps this was one c* ti.j fureruniiers of 
air reci-i I at i nns.. 


making too much noise at Fifth and Broadway. 
Straight pipes are all right if tiiey're on a 

In the last issue of the Flying Reporter DAN 
BURNETT, Jr. had quite a little article on 
Faith. And right now is a good time to show 
all th:e otlicr nations what kind of Faith we 
have in ourselves and in America. 

The Governor of Ca I i forni a -has Cclicd for 
10,000 additioriai men to join the California 
State Guards. Anybo-jy who wishes to join 
should get in touch witi; POSY over in the 
Shipping iJepartmcnt or come up to the Annory 
in Balboa Park. The first shift men meet 
every Thursday night and th.e second shift men 
meet every Thursday afternoon at one o'clock. 

'well i guess I'd better quit now so Mil 
doss ..ith a Merry Christmas and a Happy i^ew 
Year to everybody. 


Every once in a while, tiiere appears in Flying Re- 
por'ter some comment about how fast one of the boys can 
make his car travel in second or in third, or a little 
ribbing about someone getting a ticl;et for breaking 
some speed limit. 

f^crhaps that's what is thought to be 6 "normal" at- 
titude—most people like to talk about how short a time 
it took to reach some point several hundrr^d miles av.ay 
in their car. I'll bet there isn't one man in ten who 
can answer several fundamental questions correctly abcut 
the basic principles of driving a car. To prove it — 
here are three questions: 

1. How long does it take you on the average from 
the time you see an emergency until you actually 
start to stop? (In other v.orcs, till you get 
your foot on the brake.) 


2. How many feet wi I 
brake at 20 m.pji.? 

3. I f a car go i ng 20 m, 
what wi I I the farce 

take you to stop your car after your 
(Four wheel brakes - concrete road.) 

foot is on the 

.h, hits a stone wa 
e at 40 m o p . h , ? 

I with £ force of say 2000 lbs,, 

You can get the correct answers 

Recently we found that five t 
at home, auto accidents, etc. — t 
time just the same. Auto accide 
knowing how to avoid them. If y 
most in your mind all the time, 
do the same thing for some other 
Time is short! Let's save a I 

to these questions by 

i iH G s as mu c h t i me was 

han from accidents in the plaiit. 

nts lead the list, and one sure 

asking for them at the Clock House. 

lost from outsice i n j ur i es--that is 
Yet it was lost production 
ay of doing your share is 

ou know the mechanics uf driving a car and keep them upper- 
you'l.l save yourself time, money and suffering — and perhaps 
fami i y , 
I the time we can by avoiding accidents! 



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comments on the 




fB siaff 

, jrKOV,; 


■^'■'•^'■IRj, we missed your coritr i but i of 
-don't !et it iicpperi age in. 

M. MARCO on vacet i on, o .Thank gocdness BILL \.3Xr\ has 
bread shcul dcrs.—hG* I I need theme 

LAi^RY GIBjOK..:it v.ili be o cinch to double the flocr 
space in the nev, tool store. Just rcpii.ce Larry iv«th 
someone not quite so bulky 

You never sav, a guy so vi tolly interested in any- 
thing as Bl Ll V//^GNL.i-i is in this newspaper ai ours, 3iJT 
just what do you mean, "mani folds aren't roTiantic ot- 
jects": Vie'll never forgive you for that,— - 

SUE ZINi\ who is sincerely sorry v.hen she lias to < n- 
for.T. us that "Mr. Wagner is not in^' but then it is nic- 
er tali<infj to her than it is to Bill anywayc 

JACK COtJYtRb, the greatest cornpiiment to the origin- 
al is its imitatian, (i^e, my Front Views and Profiles 
copying your style), BUT if you don't -jive a tumble 
to ''Dapper Dan' Burnett real soon you" 11 r.ave the whole 
night si.ift on your neck, 

GEORGE LUNCAN's illustrations are just the thini_; 
that make us v^ant to turn the pages without reading 
thenv, (Oh, 1 can read, ail right, but 1 do like to 
look at pictures too,) 

WM. J a VAN DcN Al- 
in that last ed i t i on- 

5Llh COATS, 'nuff sas d, 

RAY ! ORKOWSKi ,— who let him in here? 

liow the duece did greased lightning ever get a name 
i ike C. J, KU5T. 

'■•hei'i it comes to "Top Notchers"^ Wili ALuER:.Oi: ^j 
one you can't leave out, 

QAKicL BURNETT, versatiiity .; I u c 

^;.ervice Jepartment would have o tiiise trying to Uvc 
up to that name if i"!ARY MAUL, MITCHELL evzr left. 

JOS Go GROSZEK— that' s realiy covering ground from 
"Pole to role": 

If OICK GILLAK keeps dishing out al i that dirt^ he'll 
have to changE |- i s t; t c to 'Boos and t^ruise''. 

H, M'aGuICK, so you c«n dow! better th^n !? So what' 
So I can play ping-pong better than you So there! 

NOREi-iAC "BoSts^' his food, is "Nuts" about salads 
and just "Rivets" himseJf to Southern sty is chicken, 

.velcome to the "Fiigiit Crew" and special thanks to 
"l-"-rop ■■.'.■ash". 

MANi'iY FOIiLJE, don't cry,. Bill Wagner is a big bad 
man so don't believe him. There is just oodiss of ro- 
mance in you. 

PaT KELLY, you sure were fortunate to be able to 
see "One Mad l^igtit", \ v.ould especially have liked to 
see "JERRY"' ./Rl GHT who is an old friend of mine. Don't 
you tliink they iTiight arrange to have some of the many 
affairs on a day that would enable the night shift to 

JACK BILLINGS, thanks for thot bit of nev/s ^hout BUO 
MUNDELL leaving us to join the Air Corps. We join yau 
i n wi sh i ng him we I I . 

(continued on page 18) 


iiijjS: vihefi PAT i-;RE3N£SS, GEORGE 
JBV, AC!-; and "UEUGE" EJMiSTji., Mr. 
ani. .rs DOG Gr<RjNER, and .Ir, and 
!:rs, RDi S£*\TON si I got on the f ioor 
they made more motions than a brown 
bear fighting buinbie bees. S soon 
discovered that the rhumba is bro- 
kc-;r; field rur^rung v.-ith your brakes 
on You ho ' 'J your hands iske a 
carpenter who has just measured a 
doorv.'ay v.ithout the aid of a yard 
stick. Ti-.en you sort of v, iggie- 
foot across the floor, taking a 
sten here and there like a posse 
?l;..j'-. iiQ for '.-jry spats in a swamp! 
Riiumba Tiusic sounds !ika a knock in 
a tv.o-cyclc marine engine Y;iu get 
the same effect by throwing : non- 
key wrench in a washing machine. 

OAN BURNETT'S dancing was beau- 
tif'j! to see. S-orts writers would 
say "His flashing foot wori( foiled 
many massed attacks." He was hot- 
ter than a single over second base. 
EOUiE OBERBrsUER dancing the 
rhurnba iooked hke s drugstore clerk 
trying to shake up ::; egg in 
h;s hip pockets. ! tried it and i 
soaked sillier than e beached 
whcfe. '..e t'-;cd sevar-a; tsmes to 
get a dance with .Mrs,, L i i-H"- 1 Ff ' s 
cute daughter^ BmRBARA, vho dis- 
played more loy^^ly curves than a 
mountain uet3ur„ but we v.ere ruled 
out by priorities. /■, t the bar^ 
r.LEM told me th^t i-'.rs CLE;: once 
dropped a ht,uor cure in his cof- 
fee, L.r\6 he hasn't tasted coffee 

i-;''s u,,K BURNETT confided that 
the na.xt time she appears at a 
rhuiibd dance she'c either going to 
wear a sun bonnet era football hel- 
met to keep it from b'ling elbowed 
off her head. Could ! loan you my 
old Poke Bonnet, t'.rs- Burnett? 

Personally, we don't know how 
iong the party lasted as we had to 
hurry home to study our Sunday 
School lesson 




"BUCK KELLY and Mrs, KELLY sure put it 
over on Wal ter V.inchel I . They had a "bun- 
dle from Heaven" last month and Walti^r did 

not sense it. 

Girlie: Oh, tjoctor, wi I I the scar show? 
Doctor: That, my dcc:r, is entirely up 

to you. ■ 

Tlie auction suddenly stopped and the 
auctioneer explained: "FoUs, a gentleman 
in this room has just lost 1)50.00 from his 
wallet and offers a $10.00 reward to any- 
one returning the money to him." Silence 

followed for a few moments, and then a voice called out: "I bid $11.00." • 

A woman was telling her club that every time she got down in the dumps she bought a new 
hat. Someone made the catty remark: "i wondered you got them."— -- 

Political orator (getting ready to introduce a cand i dote)~He is braver than Lancelot, 
wiser than Socrates, more honest than Lincoln, wittier thdu Hark Twain, and more handsome 
than Apoliol Jo you know who I mean?--VoiCG from the gallery: Sure — my vvife's first hus- 
band. — — 

The Lord gave us two eris. One is to sit on snd the other is to think with. Your success 
depends on which one you use. Heads you win, and tails you lose.-- — 

If v;ashington wants to recover all the o I ci metal, they might start with the brass hats, 
tin horns, pinheads, screwballs, ironpants, crackpots, dumbbells, hammcriieods, wire puiiers, 

deadpans and silver tongues, 

BUD BERRY advises us that a person should learn to use manicure scissors with the left 
hand. "The reason," tie Soys, "is simple. If you lose yo'.ir right hand, you can do your 

manicuring with your left,"- 

WILL VmNDER liEER to EJ BERLIN: I think I'll get a globe. Things are happening so fast 
I want to keep up with the news. 

BERLIN: Do you vant one with Jcjpan on it? 
Wi I I : Sure 

Berlin: Well, you better hurry. • 

A father was quizzing his small son (about seven) as to how he was getting on at school, 
"Ah, I ain't going to th-jt old school any more." "Why not", asked the father. "Ah, that 
old teacher don't know what she's talking about. Yesterday she said three and two arc five 
and today she said four and one are five = — =- 

Have you ever noticed that the Lord is mighty good to some people? He compensates those 
who are not important by making them feel important:-- — ■ 

A doctor says a little honey would keep many a man feeiing young and peppy. o,,„No doubts 
— providing the man's wife iidn't find out about her =— - 

A preacher -say s women spend too much money on unnecessary clothes. It cannot be so. I 
never saw any woman wearing unnecessary clothes,.---- 

I never heard of a blind man joining a nudist colonyl — -- 

M. MARCO to applicant: "I suppose you know the King's English." "Of course he is, who 
sai d he wasn ' t. "— — 

"Who's the head of the house here?" asked a peddler as he appeared at the home of DAN 
ORISCOLL "1 am," said Jan boldly. "My wife's visiting in Los Angeles."—— 

I am told that one definition of petting is to call it a study of anatomy by use of the 

Brai I le system. 

He: 1 think I'll go out and get a bite out of the refrigerator. 

She: Wait a minute and I'll go along and gnaw on the sink. — 

People have a confused idea of what heaven is like. iJo confusion in my mind. My Idea 
of heaven is to sit in the rear scat and watch the back seat driver take an official test.— 
And girls, it's well to remember thi.t the only girls who leap from stranger's auto- 
mobiles are those who climbed in. 

Women don't marry geniuses. Of course not. It takes a genius to escape.—™ 

A credulous woman is the one who believes the dentist when he promises not to hurt her. 

I hope the Japs don't sing, "California, Here I Come". 

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8 fillLBEIIi 


v.ho see C'.ristrnas as he cid, usually 

•f i rrJ ti. i s Cl.r i !.tnic! s 
! d men surish i na wi I I 

With the Christmas season here, I think that on openirig our page, it vvould be well to 
quote the great writer, Charles -iickens, v.ho gives us the full meaniny of Christnic,s in tl.ese 
few words, 

"I have always thought of Christmas tiine, when it has come round, as a good time — 
a kind, forgivinc], ch.ritable, i lecsant time; the only time I know of, in the long 
calendcir of tn2 year, when men and womsn seem by one consent ta op^n thair shut-up 
hearts freely. ,,(i:; therefore, thou:jh it has never put a scrap of gold or silver 
in my pocket, i believe tl;at it has done me good, and will ao me good, and I say, 
God bless it." 
In keeping these few words in mind, I think that al 
are tha happiest when it comes around. 

On the subject of Christmas, raany of tt-.e bjys v, i I 
from v.hat they are used to. Instead of snow and ice 
througl; their windows, Yes, L;l-;r i stf.iss will be quite different. 
REPORTS liU 'iHE ANNUAL F0RLj-!£i\»3 GIKiCu u.^-iZiL--— 

Dn December 5th, the dinner dancs sponsored by tiie foremen's Club was 
uiego liotei. ..c are proud to say that the "bouy busiders" were well represented., Tiie hi- 
larity from the first three tobies over in the corner indicuted thut t-^use'age was having a 
wonderful time. Among tliose present were JG.iGr. LiT£LL, GL^i^K JCIiriiai;, .ir-Li WAZlARij, MmPFY 
BARSON, V.AYNE IUN50N, AL LAUBi;;, EujIcI CmRV.JmL, LChLM P*>t^M-iiT rJliJ BOB V,ALLIN, aior.g with 
their i-^rs and l-iisses, Also present were l-'r . and ilrs, JCSiIi'n JOHNSON and from the Sniiies on 
their faces, one couid easily see that tiiey too v^.-ere having a swell time. 

The girl who accompariied V.vkYNE H,t;J5GN was none other than the si^^ter jf HOV.aRO "C^SA 
GRANDE" GUY. -It sure is funny how looks differ in that family; she as beautiful as she is 
and he — -, a':: welf, i should stick my !:eck out! 

JORGrI LiTELL was so busy directing traffic on the dance floor thct he had very little 
time to dance with the "Mrs." He managed to have the last three dances though., and from 

C;U i te di f f erent 
come streaming 

iCld at the San 


\'] c a f 

he is a real jitterbug. 

LiTTLi- iiUJiE Gr^UW/JAL. with his '■'one and only" gave a swell jjertormance on the finer arts 
of j i tterbugg i nn , Jorge should take note. 

On cicsing, I'd like to take th s s opportunity on behalf of JOE JOHMSOM, JORGE lITElL, all 
the lead men and myself in wishing all a very Merry ChrJstmcs and a Happy i^Jew Year, 

m Kilt miiKf 

im nras 

if you want any ducks cleaned and cooked, 
210LK0WSK! has s new and di f ferent angle, it 
seems thai some friend (?) left four ducks or 
his front porch. He got so sick cleaning «em 
h.e couldn't eat 'em. So h.e wished them off on 
sorie friends who cooked 'em. They ir turn in- 
vited him over but he still couldn't eat 'em. 
ricither could they. They couldn't have been 
ducks of the "mud hen" variety ccuic they, 

Just because HARRY passed out a few cigar;-: 
at the Foremen • G uunce, EASY hiORTn and some of 
ills boys fsel pretty much brought down about 
the deal= But tliis reporter car teii you, 
Easy, that unless you're an a I d stoggic man, 
watch out for those cigars, 1 about strangled 

on one of 'em last Saturday nigirt, 

BOB PLUi-'iBER is a papa now, It's a bey. 
LlLL '^SPuE:/" SLEVEL>NU has his second tick- 
et since he buugiit that Ford, BHI, you should 
know better than to gun it with those straight 
pipes on the corner of Pa " 

c ! f i c and i-iarket 


were you just trying to find out if the l^olicc 
Jepartment was on the job. 

"bUGLE BOX" CARPENTER says he can't rei.iem- 
ber anything at the dance except 3US and l-'.rSc 
BERRY"; expressions \:i)(io they tried tc tune in 
K,F,S,.^'. on hiis "Bugic Box" radio 

After he...rlng iiud sing (?) some of the 
beys thifk he ought tu make music his busi- 
ness Tliat rendition of "Stardust" was - 

(continued an page 1 9 

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By Bill Munson 

The Time Study Department wishes to express their 
sincere sympathies at this time to FRANK LeMARR of Tool 
Design in his recent bereavement. 

W, A. "WALT" WALKER, Operation Analysis Engineer, 
left for Santa Monica Sundoy, December 7th, to serve 
The United States Army in capacity of Second Lieutenant. 
Walt has been with Ryan since April 27, 1939 and he 
wishes to take this opportunity to say "goodbye" to the 
many friends he was unable to see before leaving. Cer- 
tainly this is a loss for Ryan and a gain for the Army. 

The recently issued list of employees' telephone 
numbers and addresses has ba^n d boon to the male mem- 
bers of this Department. There isn't one of them that 
can't give you BETTY HIKE'S telephone number - or even 
call her for you if you insist. 

W. E. "WALLY" GERHART, who is well known in the fac- 
tory as Head of the Times Study Unit has replaced Vi'ALT 
WALKER. Good luck "Wally" and we know you'll do a swell 

Three of our Department members were determined to 
see that the Japanese were properly "squelched" so M.C 
CAMPLIN, JUNIOR DAY, and JAY SMITH made a wild dash for 
the recruiting station on December 8th to join the Air 


MflCHf/V£ 5HOP. 

Corps: however, they foiled to meet 
the educational requirements. They 
haven' t "given up hope, though, and 
Camplin is leaving for. hi s home the 
fifteenth of this month for a short 
visit and is then coming back to 
sign with the Army. Day is leaving 
the 20th for his home, if he can 
get leave, for a visit, and he too 
will return to join the Army, 

Sorry - F.D.R, has forbidden the 
further issuance of "uncensored" 
news - so unti I a censor shows up - 

more from Oberbauer 

Fox Movietone News was making a two 
reel short on Navy training of which 
qui te a number of shots were taken of 
our Ryan s on the I ine, take-offs, and 
formation flying. So if this movie 
comes to town, i t shou Ic be interest- 
ingtosee. Whether it will be shown 
in movie houses or only on special 
occasions as wi th clubs or di nners, I 
don't know. Anyway, if you do have a 
chance to see it, I suggest you dc so 
asitwill give you a good picture of 
the Navy and how our Ryans are work- 
ing for them. 

more Corrinents on the Staff 

Charles ANDERSON, if we keep 
harping about that cop on Laurel • 
and Pacific, maybe the city will 
sit up and take notice. 

DOROTHY KOLBREK, why all the 
beauty hints? Your gang don't need 

PAT KREGNESS, I wish 1 knew how 
to saynice things. \*d say them 
all to you for coming back, and the 
Mani fold boys second shift are back- 
ing you. They all got a kick out of 
the lashing you gave Slim Coats, 

JACK D. YOUNG, thanks for acknow- 
ledging the efforts of Emi I Magdick, 
You'll soon be heari ng from the sec- 
ond shift bowlers. 

J.PARK and B. CLOSE twin ignition. 

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Seeing as 

.ow B, 

chi.rye of 


I'- i e e T 

, CLOo£ i s now I u 
Tlie £xC'CS" cciiumn, i'M hovt Xu strucylc jn .vj tiiout his 
able assis'taiics, JACK UQNYJiS lias left tu seek greener 
pastureSo ' 

I've hecrd and read considerable "CuriN'' ni my yount, 
ii f 2 but nis.'^Q.r before hcve I read such an outstanc" iny 
exciiiple of 100=;^ prcof as that sppearihi; in the square 
un the middlG of page 23 in the last issue, JACK may 
be the v. i t (end I'm hi If right) of bheet Metal, but 
he'd better pull liis neck in ELLSWORTH he'll get shot., 
H.Tifiimrni' ira I 

I'M bet when this issue conies out every cciurnn v.iii 
hove soiiie mention of tiK; blackout. So I'll be different 
and won't say a ivorcl about it. i.r.iy one tiling— I can't 
understand about these going ons and that is v.hy air 
tiie single fellows up here are in favor of blackouts 
Er-a-that is, all single fallows including T. \' .. WuWRliz... 
All of you, sometime or other, have heard the theory 
claifiiing all engineers to be crazy and to substantiate 
this I '.viil quote FRED GREEMBERG's idea of prose.. 

TITLE; "THE FIVE O'CLOCK V."H I STLE" or, in other 
wards, what are yju hanging around for? ■ 

I bought a wooden whistle, but it wooden v.'nistie. 
steel whistle, but it steel viooden 

V,ii i st i 2. 
lead whistle, but the cupaer v.ooden 

1 ead me whi sti e. 
copper whistle, but the copper iteel 

woe den IStd .ne whist I e< 
tiii w^!st!e— now 1 tin whistle, 
it just gees to prcve— what am i s^y- 

I bought 
( bougrt 
! bought 

I bouei'it 
So you s 



i'Ei^Ty'^ORTH i assistant 


■\QzX men the i r pant 
wGul ^ sic h i s boys on 

A hearty welcome to P.^UJiEft, 
5t4.nrJard Engineer.. 

I was iioticii'ig this morn iriy 
le^s rolled up. I wish ,hL JEE 
the mouse. 

Superman has a cold this uiurnirijj. Imagine that and 
guess who 1 mean, with such a splendid physique it is 
truly a shame ,= 

Congratulations are in order again v;nd this 
they go to RALPH HAVER who is the proud father of baby 
twin girls (double trouble) = Babies, mother and father 
ere doing fine. 3oy, >,,hat a man? Ryan's papa Dionne. 

Has anyone noticed the halo about LBV uUNFEE's head 
recently. He's drinkinc only milk ncw= God, what an 
exi stence,. 

Cheer up I There'.: ;: • i ! i 370 dsys tiil Christmas—- 
(I'; 42). 

That's all — and don't forget 
glasses during the blackout. Oww ; 
hands in this elevator? 

w car your black 
Sorr.ebcdy got cold 

by J. P^rk 

it's rumored that Sam C:r-i.i!Qf 
wired Ralph Ha-ver- as follows, 
upon receipt of word that 
Haver, then in Columbus, 
Oi-. io, had just become the 
father of twi n oi r I s> 

Tv<li.S ARRIVE J A:,u jGI"';G 

And here's v.hat i s reported to 
b e Ra I ph ' s reply to Sam >' s w i re : 


..ore Kite : iaker 

killer, Bun, So was the feather 
on your wife's hat. Fzr further 
details, read your favor i te sicws- 
paper or ask CHARLIE "SNEEZE" 
FLOTQ. It seems that while they 
were dancing, the feather made 
contact with Charlie's i.ose. 

^■'lAST is only 5 minutes from a 
Commerciai Pilot's license as we 
go to press, 

BLOUiNT has oeen keeping a se- 
cret from us al I these months. 
His Saturday night occupat ion has 
been bartending., 

"CUR HERO" i'ORGAW is V,'lng As- 
sembly's Fire Brigade Leader. 

The three Wing Assembly Bowl- 
inn teams seem to be p faying in 
a blackout lately. 

w'i th all these lovely lassies 
in the Fabric Shop, we can't un- 
derstand why FLOTO had to "wolf" 
on a!! our women. "j„J." (an- 
other wolf, last i ssue) was quite 
troucht down by the coi.ipet i tion. 

.vhen you get into a t-. ght place 
and everything goes acai'ist you 
till it seems as though you could 
not hold on a minute longer, 
never nive up then, for that is 
just the place and time that the 
t i de wi I i turn, 

. — i-iarriet Beecher Stowe 

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inorc Blasts from the FLIGHT LIIC 

morning, j got up, weshed, cir&ssed, rtiached 
for the lunch box, found it empty, and on 
calling my daughter to find out v.'hy it wasn't 
pscked, was promptly informed; "Why, Daddy, 
today is Thanksgiving, yt:u don't go to work," 

Signing of Non-Aggression Pact, Notice Of: 
ROBERT "T-l-N-Y" DUtlR and "Prop Wash" Being 
of sound mind, have come to the foilovnrcj 
agreement: In exchange for omitting Mr, R. 
Durr's name from this column in a glib and 
slanderous manner, Ir. Robert ^.urr has taken 
ovpr the posi t i or of Oociy Guard to "prop Wash". 
A (A of y^ou have se»n Rob«rt picH up snd heave 
around two wing weights at :. time, when one 
throws the rest of you for a loss, 3e warned 
f e I I owsl 

Has the rest of Final Asseir.bly noted JOHN 
VAN DER LliJuc's SOX? Why the rainbow would 
be put to shame at times. Could it be pos- 
sible that John's hours brinyiny him to work, 
early, allows him his choice at home before 
the kids yet up? That's the Green Eyed l-ion- 
ste-r showing up Johf)--my kiddies aren't that 
big, YET. 

Red Letter bay! Saturday, uccember 6th, 
V/ord was received at the back gate to warm 
up a plane for top boss CL^UjE RY,•^i^l, How 
when I say Red Letter uay, 1 me^n just that. 
The request came as such a surprise that all 
members of our crew being anxious to help 
and please were getting in each others hairo 
Why even some of the inspectors worked! 

While not present at the time of T„C='s 
landing, I am told that even a soft-shelled 
egg wouldn't have broken, had it been on the 
tail assembly. This, t1r. Ryan, was your first 

more about Earl Prudden 

est interest in activities on this side of 
Lindbergh Field, and keeps well informed of 
ail company problems and corstributes markedly 
to tlicir solution. 

The policy of this company to expand all 
phases of its activities has resulted in the 
birth of a new baby, the Ryan aeronautical 
Institute (cf which Earl Prudden is c I so Vice 
President) , as an affiliate of the Ryan School 
of aeronautics. Now, it appears that when a 
man is shouldering quite abitof responsibil- 
ity on two separate jobs we generally con- 
sider him a good man, but when a man takes 
on three and really enjoys doing a good share 
of the work on all three — well, you draw your 
own conclusions. 

Under his leadership the results of the 
efficient management of the school in the 
training of young men in the field of aviation 
has drawn many compliments. This, we feel, is 
i ndicat i ve of Ear I ' s ability to select capable 

S r^ F E T Y M E E T I i: G 

Thirty safety eng i neers froin al I 
principal Southern California Air- 
craft P i .^nts met i 'i San biego liovem- 
b-er 29tr. for the i-onthly aircraft 
manufacturers safety counci I confer- 
ence. It was the first local inect- 
iny of the group. 

Representing Ryan were Ai See, 
Ciiief of Plant Protectio'i, .i-rrJ M. 
Mo Clancy, Safety Engineer. A very 
interesting talkon Industrial Saf- 
ety was ,;ivcn by jr. Clarence E. 
Rees of San i^iego. Following the 
meeting a tour of the local air- 
plane factories was inade = 

Co.'apanies represented were Ryan, 
Conso I i dated, So I ar, Lockheed, uouo- 
I as, Vul tee ,'.'orthrQp , North Ameri- 
can, Rcil.r, end Standard Parachute 
Comjjany . 

appearance on the fliyiit line in some time. 
We know you are busy n« end, but come out on 
the flight line soon for another hop= 

(Mote to "Prop Wash" - When turning in your 
column, please put the title "Fiiuht Line" 
on it so we'll know where it's from. Also, 
let nie have your name. We'll continue to run 
the column by the name "Prep Wash" tut v;culd 
prefer using your name if you don't object. 
Also see Larry Gibson sometime m the tool 
store and get some special copy paper from 
h im,. "-Ed i tor) 

men to head the various departments.. He has 
never endeavored to run the show, but is al- 
ways willing and anxious to give not only the 
responsibility but also credit to those who 
head the various sub-departments. 

For outside recreation. Earl found time 
for two years to serve as rresioent of the 
San Jiego Chapter of the N.A.A, At the pre- 
sent time, he serves as Chairman of the C'lam- 
ber of Commerce av let ion Co;,imittee. He also 
manages to find time to attend tiie majority 
of the activities of both the company and the 
school , 

Although the seriousness of the present 
crisis has finally ccme home to us, we are 
confident that Earl's experience in matters 
of managing under fire will be needed now 
more so than any other time, for the protec- 
tion of our interest and indirectly those of 
our country itself. He radiates confidence 
and does more than just "KEEP 'EN! FLYING." 

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Victory for the Democracies is being speeded by the 

Volume production of Ryan Trainers for the U. S. Army, U. S. Navy 
and friendly foreign governments and their assignment to 

Volume operations where Ryan planes are playing an important role 
in training the world's finest pilots. 


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