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An increase of $180.00 in the cost of 
Ryan Transport Courses was definitely 
announced after the last meetino; of the 
school's Board of Directors. Originally 
planned to take effect immediately, it was 
finally decided to postpone the actual 
price raise until October 10th to benefit 
students contemplating enrollment in the 
Afall classes, so that they might take ad- 
_/vantage of the present low tuition sched- 

Six months ago it was foreseen that 
tuition schedules would have to be in- 
creased to maintain the high standard of 
instruction for which the Ryan School 
has always been famous. Rising costs of 
materials and operating expenses will 
eventually be translated into increased 
prices throughout the entire Ryan Cur- 
riculum, but other courses will not be 
increased until absolutely necessary, ac- 
cording to T. Claude Rvan. school presi- 

Exceeds Requirements 

The Ryan Transport Course has long 
been considered a standard of thorough 
trammg by commercial schools. Though 
the Ryan School operates under full De- 
partment of Commerce Transport Ap- 
proval, its courses have always exceeded 
the minimum requirements of the De- 
partment of Commerce. Transport train- 
ing is recommended by the Ryan School 
to students who are anticipating sport 
flying as well as commercial operations. 

It is considered basic instruction for 
the man or woman who seeks the con- 
fidence gained through the ability to pilot 
an aircraft under all conditions." 

Flight training includes 176 hours of 
instruction, with 25 to 40 hours of pri- 
mary and advanced dual, night flying, 
blind or instrument flying with radio 
beam training, extensive cross country 
experience, and training in four types of 
cabin planes ranging from 16.5 h."p. jobs 
|to 330 h.p. equipment. 
") Fly New Ship 

Ryan transport students are also re- 

i\ing a minimum of 10 hours in the 
|ew Ryan S-T 125 h.p. open ship which 

s created such a sensation among com- 
iercial operators and sportsmen pilots 

KIAl^ 1>UVV 

since it was introduced to the industry 
approximately a year ago. 

Act Before Xmas 

The majority of fall enrollments will 
be started at the Ryan School approx- 
imately October 1st. Ryan students who 
cannot arrive in San Diego at that time, 
but who can begin their enrollment prior 
to December 31st, 1935 will be enrolled 
on the present tuition schedule providing 
their enrollment application together 
with a deposit equivalent to 5 percent of 
the cost of the course is received at the 
Ryan School prior to October 10th. After 
that date the tuition charge for Trans- 
port Course No. 1 will be $1975, and for 
Transport Course No. IB, which includes 
Master Mechanics training, will be 

prise the first group who will begin this 
interesting combination course this fall. 
Each day will be divided between class- 
room and shop work at the Ryan School 
at Lindbergh Field, and classroom work 
at State College, which is located in East 
San Diego. 

Ryan School Named 
State College Branch; 
First to Get Honor 

A year ago J. C. Beswick, educational 
authority _ and head of the Vocational 
i raining JJepartment of the public school 
'i.ystem for the State of California, ar- 
rived in San Diego to examine the facil- 
ities of the Ryan School of Aeronautics 
with a view of an ultimate affiliation be- 
tv.-een Ryan and State College in San 

Last week President Walter Hepner, 
of State College, called newspapermen to 
his oflice and announced that the affilia- 
tion had been completed. Now for the 
first time in the hi.story of the State of 
California, State College students have 
the opportunity of receiving actual theo- 
retical and practical instruction at a Gov- 
ernment Approved Aviation School. 
Students Benefit 

This is looked upon as a most sig- 
nificant forward step on the part of the 
state educational system, and it is ex- 
pected that the training which State 
College students receive at the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics will be watched 
with interest by educators throughout 
the entire United Stales. 

A group of 30 selected students from 
the Junior College Department will com- 

School Expansion 
Now Under Way 
£. A. Ross Named 

An expansion program is already un- 
der way at the Ryan Scho-' to accom- 
modate new Ryan students and also State 
College students in which new buildings 
are being provided and the entire ground 
school department reorganized. To head 
the group of training instructors, Mr. 
Ryan has selected E. A. Ross, whose ex- 
perience as an educator and aeronautical 
engineer has established him as one of 
the leading men in the entire country. 
After graduating from the University of 
Southern California, his training was 
supplemented with special aeronautical 
courses in both the California and Massa- 
chusetts Institute of Technology. 

Mr. Ross' flight training was received 
before the war, and during the war he 
was aviation officer of the U. S. Navv 
assigned to engineering duty in connec- 
tion with flying boats. 

His work as an industrial educator has 
taken him to Porto Rico and Mexico and 
has brought him important posts 
throughout the United States. He was 
assistant engineer on engine research 
and the design of the million dollar full 
scale wind tunnel for the N. A. C. A. at 
Langley Field, Va. 

Mr. Ross will be placed in charge of all 
ground school training at the Ryan 
School and will serve as coordinator for 
the State College students who will di- 
vide their day between the airport and 
the University Campus. 



Dick Huffman, Camden, Ohio, who 
completed his Government Approved 
Transport Course at the Ryan School last 
year, has been assisting Tex Rankin, 
famous stunt pilot, at the recently held 
Detroit and Cleveland \\r Shows. 

Sunny Days for Study and Recreation 
all Winter. 

Year Round Flying 
Possible at San Diego 

One of the greatest advantages at the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics for the stu- 
dent pilot is the all-year flying weather 
free from adverse conditions and high 
winds that make it an ideal location for 
one of the outstanding flying schools in 
the United States. 

San Diego weather records show this 
territory to have less ground fogs, heavy 
haze and other weather interference than 
any other area on either coast. Tempera- 
tures approximate 70 degrees the year 
round. A special feature of the Ryan 
School is its similarity to Pensacola, Fla., 
chief Navy training base. 



Arriving in San Diego in the new, fast 
Ryan S-T monoplane which he recently 
demonstrated throughout the country in 
a nation-wide tour, Tex Rankin, out- 
standing aeronautical expert, inspected 
the educational department at the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics and pronounced 
the master mechanics school as the best 
in the United States for resident stu- 

"I've inspectetl many aviation schools 
throughout the United States and am 
fairly acquainted with the courses in Eu- 
rope but to my mind Mr. Ryan has the 
most efficient training courses offered any- 

New Threshhold 

"Aviation today stands on the thresh- 
hold of the biggest three-year expansion 
in the history of the industry. There 
has never been a time that so many 
opportunities in all aviation branches 

have been available for the trained man. 
Aviation employers want trained men 
and they want men who have studied in 
good schools that teach modern methods. 

"Commercial air transport, the biggest 
gainer throughout the depression is al- 
most ready to double service with the 
addition of airline express and freight 
airplanes. New pilots will be trained on 
these runs. Older men will take over the 
stratosphere planes. Some lines are al- 
most ready to add still another pilot to 
the crew with the more experienced men 
doing nothing but commanding flights. 
This will call for more and more men in 
the air and on the ground. To the boy 
thinking of aviation as a profession — I 
say, get ready now for the jobs opening 
up in 1940." 

Outstanding School 

Says Joe Crosson 

Following a recent inspection of the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics which in- 
cluded buildings and the complete ground 
and air courses, Pilot Joe Crosson, fa- 
mous "Mercy Pilot" of Alaska, who is 
known everywhere flying is discussed, 
declared that the .iviation curriculum at 
Ryan School of Aeronautics was one of 
the most complete in the United States 
he had ever visited. 

"San Diego is an ideal location for a 
young man to learn aviation," Pilot Cros- 
son, operations Chief of Pan American 
Airways at Fairbanks, Ala.ska, said on 
his recent inspection trip. 

"The near association with the Navy 
and the opportunity to visit the base is 
something not found at most air schools. 
I believe Claude Ryan's courses are ex- 
ceptionally thorough and complete from 
every standpoint. I wish that I had had 
the opportunity when I was a youngster 
to undergo a course of training like he 
gives which would have showed me many 
short-cuts that I necessarily had to learn 
by experience." 


Immediate construction will be stai-ted 
on another building in the Ryan group 
at Lindbergh Field, which was designed 

specifically to house many of the school's 
expanded ground training activities. 

Seventy-five hundred square feet will 
be devoted exclusively to airplane draft- ^ 
ing, aircraft welding, motor and airplanei^ 
rigging and instruction. The building 
will be a counterpart of the main Ryan 
Hangar which until recent construction •< 
of the Consolidated Aircraft Factory, 
was the largest building of its type in 
San Diego. It is expected that this new 
buihiing will be ready for students who 
enroll in the October classes. Thousands 
of dollars worth of new equipment will 
be installed immediatelv. 



Ryan School of Aeronautics students 
often entertain as visitors the transport 
pilots of United Air Lines and Western 
\\r Express, two of the out.«tanding air- 
lines of the United States. These two 
companies terminate routes in San Diego 
and fly several schedules in anil out ji, 
d.ay. Using Lindbergh Field as a base, 
the two companies maintain passenger 
and hangar facilities close to the Ryan 
School. Often the pilots drop in .several 
hours a day to sit in with the students 
during classes. The pilots always oblige 
by giving their versions of various prob- 
lems that arise in the classroom. 

Speedy Ryan Sport " 

Plane Heads Class 

Developed by the Ryan Aeronautical 
Company, famous as builders of Col. 
Charles A. Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. 
Louis," the new Ryan S-T all-metal, low- 
wing with motor in-line, far outdistances 
anything in its class for cost, operation 
and efficiency. 

This latest development was designed 
and built by T. Claude Ryan, original 
founder of the Ryan aeronautical activ- 
ities and represents months of careful 
engineering and workmanship. 

True Monocoque 

The fuselage is true monocoque con- 
struction of Alclad 17 ST aluminum. A 
special feature of the plane is the wing 

flaps or air-brakes which is now found 
on all modern transport and private 
planes. Tab trimming control is provided 
on the trailing edge of the elevators, dis- 
placing the old movable stabilizer. 

The pilot's view from either cockpit is 
ideal and is far ahead in this respect 
from practically every other plane in its 
class. The inverted inline motor and nar- 
row chord low wing gives maximum vis- 
ibility in all desirable angles. Pilots can 
see straight down behind the wing as 
well as ahead and down giving perfect 
vision in a banked turn. 

Menasco Engines 

Menasco Pirate engines are standard 
equipment on the S-T. These four-cylin- 
der, air-cooled, inline, inverted engines 
are known throughout the world for their 
long life an<l brilliant performance. 

The combined features of the new 
plane, backed by Ryan reputation and 
experience, make it the true quality air- 
plane for the private o\\"iei. It is one of 
the easiest to fly as well as incorporating 
true stability. 



After a conference with Major Rufus 
Fleet, president of Consolidated Aircraft, 
one of the largest aircraft manufacturing 
plants in the world which recently begun 
the erection of a million dollar factory at 
) San Diego, to Claude Ryan, president of 
the Ryan School said that 2000 resident 
technical experts in aviation would be 
employed at the new factory. 

Mr. Fleet has announced that 200 ex- 
perienced employees from the former 
factory at Bi-idgeport, Conn., would be 
transferred to San Diego but that the 
others would be supplied locally. 

Factory Near School 

Mr. Ryan pointed out that the Con- 
solidated factory is situated at Lind- 
bergh field, only a few steps from the 
location of the Ryan School. The pos- 
sibilities of viewing aircraft factory me- 
thods first hand by students are un- 
usual, he added. Also, he said, graduate 
students would have fine opportunities 
for positions in the Consolidated Aircraft 

Factory officials have remarked that it 
was fortunate for students of the Ryan 
School to be so close to a factory so that 
all departments necessary in the con- 
struction of modern aircraft for the 
Army and Navy and commercial markets 
could be inspected at intervals coinciding 
with aviation instruction in all its vari- 
ous branche.'-. 

German Flyer 
J Buys New Ryan 

member of the famous Richtofen Flying 
Squadron, now living in South America, 
who has been in the United States sev- 
eral months attending the advanced fly- 
ing course at the Ryan School of Aero- 
nautics, recently took delivery of one of 
the new speetly, racy metal S-T mono- 
planes produ:ed by the Ryan Aeronautic 
Company, and flew to New York City. 

From there Baron von Eyssenhardt 
expected to fly to the Argentine, South 
America. Completely satisfied with the 
trim 150-mile-an-hour plane, he said he 
would introduce the ship to South Amer- 
icans and made arrangements with T. 
Claude Ryan, president of the factory, to 
represent him in South American coun- 

Americans Lead 

"The Americans are far advanced in 
the science of teaching aviation ground 
and piloting courses," the Baron said re- 
cently in a discussion of world progress 
in flying. "More pains are taken in teach- 
ing them the fundamentals of piloting, 
plane construction and navigation such 
as are given here at the Ryan School. 
The American system calls for the elim- 
mation of all questions from the student's 
mind, then permitting him to think out 
his problems rather than just following 
a prescribed course of action." 

l/ri luinics Studenis Studying Latest 
Type Equipment. 



Malcolm Wallace, Los Angeles, who 
learned to fly at the Ryan School while 
he was attending the San Diego Army 
and Navy Academy, was a recent visitor 
at Lindbergh Field and proudly showed 
a Flight Log of over 400 hours time. 
Wallace is now a member of the Army 
Air Corps Reseiwe. 

Purchase 3 New 

Planes at Ryan 

Several thousand dollars worth of new 
airplane equipment, specially selected for 
particular work by the student body, 
have been purchased by the Ryan School 
of Aeronautics and are now in service. 

Two are cabin jobs while the other is 
the 150-mile-an-hour Ryan S-T, Amer- 
ica's supreme sport plane. One of the 
cabin planes is a new Travelair seven- 
place ship powered with a 330-horse- 
power motor and a four-place late-type 
Stinson ship complete with radio, night 
flying and instrument flying equipment. 

The all-metal S-T combines all the 
grace and speed of former models manu- 
factured by T. Claude Ryan, president of 
the school and designer of Col. Charles 
A. Lindbergh's illustrous "Spirit of St. 
Louis." It is the same type plane that 
19-year-old Peter Dana, Ryan transport 
graduate, recently established a new 
transcontinental flight record from San 
Diego to Boston. 


Baron John H. von Eyssenhardt, for- 
mer German Imperial Army Flier, and 


Lindbergh Field 

San Diego, California. 


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OCTOBER, 1935 


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Factory Executive 
Says School Graduates 
Will Be Sought 

III a recent interview at Lockheed Air- 
craft Corporation, Randall Irwin, per- 
sonnel director, who has had the re- 
sponsibility of interviewing and hiring- 
thousands of employees for this major 
aircraft company in Los Angeles, gave 
out the following statement which is so 
significant that it should be read and 
remembered by every young man who is 
looking forward to "getting into avia- 
tion" whether it be in the production, 
sales, flight, or maintenance departments. 

"The unemployed may find it difficult 
to agree, but let us venture a prediction 
that Southern California aircraft factor- 
ies will face a severe shortage of trained 
men within the next few weeks. 

"To fill this need, the factories will 
turn, as they have in the past, to the 
aviation mechanics' schools that are 
known to graduate well trained men. 

"The first men to be seelcted, it is only 
natural, will be those who have particu- 
larly distinguished themselves at their 
schools — those who have shown a keen 
interest in their work and have displayed 
a natural mechanical ability. These men, 
even now, are the objects of competition 
between aircraft factories. 

"Within a few weeks, with the new 
Consolidated factory in San Diego ac- 
quiring new personnel and two major Los 
Angeles-area factories starting new pro- 
duction schedules, all qualified graduates 
of near-by aviation schools will be ab- 
soi'bed as soon as they complete their 

"There are reasons other than the 
knowledge the students acquire that 
prompt employment managers to seek 
their mechanics' helpers and apprentices 
from the aviation schools. 

"First, it is assumed, that the boy who 
spends the time and money to take a 
complete aviation course is in dead earn- 
est about aircraft mechanical work and 
is apt to make a better and more perma- 
nent employee than is the average boy 
'picked up off the street.' 

Captain Allen Hancock, famed Galapagos 
Island explorer, sea captain, aircraft pilot and 
California Capitalist in front of the neiv 125 
h.p. Ryan S-T plane which he has just pur- 
chased for the use of his Satita Maria Airlines. 

"Second, the school serves as a testing- 
ground to prove what students have the 
necessary qualifications to make good 
mechanics. Perhaps some students would 
take their school work more seriously if 
they realized how completely employment 
managers depentl upon the recommenda- 
tions of the schools in the selection of 
new employees. 

"Hiring hundreds of men, an employ- 
ment manager becomes somewhat pro- 
ficient in selecting promising-looking ma- 
terial, but I doubt if anyone can tell just 
by looking at and talking- with an un- 
trained youngster that he is certain to 
become a good mechanic. Finding- out 
just what is in these untrained boys is 
one of the jobs of the aviation school. 
(Continued on Page 2) 

A Telegram Today 

May Save You $180 

See Special Application on Page 3 

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On November 1st, the tuition for all 
Ryan Transport courses will be increased 
$180! This raise in rate has been post- 
poned as long as possible but constantly 
rising- operating costs now make it im- 
perative that these present tuitions — the 
lowest in the history of the school — be 
revised in order to maintain the high 
standards and exceptionally complete in- 
struction for which Ryan Transport 
courses have long been famous. Mid- 
night of October 31st is the absolute limit 
when notifications of enrollment can be 
reecived in order to take advantage of 
present low rates. Study the schedule 
belov.' sr.d compare present and future 

r.nirse Ground Present Tui. After 

\n. Duration Flying School Tuition Nov. 1st 

1 6 mo. 176 hrs. 135 hrs. .^795. 00 $1975.00 

la 6 mo. 176 hrs. None 1695.00 1S75.00 

lb la mo, 176 hrs. 1700 hrs. 2132.75 2312.75 

Act Now! 

If you have been planning on giving 
yourself the benefit of complete flight 
training such as the Ryan Transport 
course includes, decide NOW to take 
advantage of this saving. There is no 
easier way in which you can earn $180. 
Go to the nearest telegraph office, either 
Western Union or Postal, or merely 
phone the telegraph office from any phone 
and ask them to send us collect the fol- 
lowing suggested telegram: 
Ryan School of Aeronautics 
Lindbergh Field 
San Diego, California. 



Presidential Party 

Seen by Students 

An unannounced presidential review 
was accorded Ryan students during Pres- 
ident Roosevelt's visit to San Dieg'o's 
California Pacific International Exposi- 
tion on October 2nd. As lecture classes 
were being dismissed, long lines of Ma- 
rines guarded both sides of Pacific boule- 
vard adjacent to the Ryan Administra- 
tion Building. In a short time, a squad- 
ron of motorcycle officers roared past in 
the vanguard of cars filled with secret 
.service men and motion picture opera- 
tors cameras were constantly 
trained on the large open touring car in 
which President Roosevelt and his aides 
were seated. The presidential party ob- 
tained an excellent view of America's 
most beautiful airport as they passed to 
inspect the U. S. Marine Base, just one 
mile north of Lindbergh Field a'';d again 
as the party returned to the President's 
ship, the U. S. S. Houston, which awaited 
him at the municipal pier just one mile 
south of the field. All Ryan classes were 
dismissed in the afternoon so that the 
students could hear the President's ad- 
dress in the stadium. 

Later, in salute to the Navy's Com- 
mander-in-Chief, Franklin D. Roosevelt, 
squadron after squadron of crack navy 
planes from San Diego's military base at 
North Island, flew in formation" over the 
President as his ship, the U. S. S. Hous- 
ton, moved slowly by Lindbergh Field 
en route to the Pacific fleet maneuvers 
which were staged in President Roose- 
velt's honor off San Diego. 

Long known as the home of more and 
larger masseil flights than any other city 
in the country, even blase San Diegan's 
are becoming thrilled by the fre(|npncy 
with which their famous blue skic.-^ have 
been filled with the roar of military 
planes passing in review or practice for- 
mation. It is unquestionably true that 
San Diego is the scene of "more aero- 
nautical activity than any other city in 
the United States. 

Factory Executive Says School 

Graduates Will Be Sought 

( Continued from Page 1 ) 
"While the schools are thus helping the 
factories uncover new mechanic material, 
they are helping the students to find 
themselves and the type of specialized 
work to which they are best fitted. 

"Employed by an aircraft factory, a 
young man is put on one specialized job, 
where his future is apt to rest entirely 
on his success or failure in that particu- 
lar line of work. The factory cannot af- 
ford to transfer him from department to 
department to help him find the work to 
which he is best suited. 

"The schools, on the other hand, give 
diversified training and offer a student an 
opportunity to find his particular field of 
work. A good bench mechanic in a fac- 
tory might easily be a failure on the final 
assembly line, and a good assemblyman 
might readily be the type that goes "stale 
as a sheet metal mechanic. 

"The school, not the factory, is the 
place for the embryo mechanic to find 

Recent photograph taken jnun uhs.n.r's station in the lower of the Ryan Administration 
Building shows a portion of the jaetory and shops o) the Ryan Aeronautical Company and Ryan 
School of Aeronautics with buildings of the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation in the background. 



"Leave your heavy winter overcoat at 
home but bring your gym shorts, rub- 
ber soled shoes and swimming trunks" 
. . . are the suggestions given to Ryan 
.students who intend to take advantage 
of the school's standing offer of a free 
Y. M. C. A. membership. Each Monday 
night is gym night for Ryan students at 
the San Diego uptown "Y" where, under 
the direction of genial Dave Bomberger, 
physical director, they are kept in per- 
fect condition with the help of competi- 
tive games of basketball, handball, vol- 
leyball, and badminton. Swimming, box- 
ing, and wrestling matches are also ar- 
rangeti. The Ryan school attaches no 
strings to this free membership offer ex- 
cept that each student who avails him- 
self of it, is expected to make use of 
the Y. M. C. A. facilities at least five 
times each month. 

Demand for Graduates 
Cannot be Filled 

"Consolidated Aircraft calling Mr. 
Ryan" . . . "Hello, is this Claude Ryan ? 
This is the employment department at 
Consolidated. We can use four more of 
your recommended student graduates in 
our sheet metal dejiartment immediately. 
. . . All right, thank you, Mr. Ryan. We 
will be looking for them." But the re- 
grettable aftermath of this actual recent 
conversation was that a sun-cy of the 
graduate files showed only two instead 
of four men who were not already en- 
gaged and who measured up to the 
school's standards for recommendation 
for this work. 



Cliff Durant, pioneer aircraft operator, 
whose claim to fame as one of the coun- 
try's foremost automobile racers, is as 
definitely established as is the fame of 
his father as an automobile manufacturer 
and erstwhile head of General Motors, i.s 
one of the most recent purchasers of 
one of the new Ryan S-T's. Durant's 
plane is a standard 12.t h.p. model with 
the exception that the forward cockpit 
has been covered and the additional pas- 
senger space has been utilized as an extra 
gas and baggage compartment. His order 
to the Ryan Aeronautical Company also 
called for radio and special instrument 
installation. With the single cockpit open- 
ing located midway in the sleek shiny 
metal fuselage, Durant's plane not onlv 
appears to be, but is the fastest aircraft 
of its type on the American market. 

While awaiting delivery ' of his tiew 
ship Durant is spending much of his 
time at the Ryan School where he is tak- 
ing special advanced navigation under the 
direction of Lieutenant - Commander 
Lloyd Gray, who is in charge of aircraft 
radio and Weem's Navigation courses for 
Ryan students. 



Samuel M. Jaivis. formerly of New 
Rochelle. N. Y., who enrolled at the Ryan 
Scliool in October. 1934. and graduated 
from the Transport in July. 1935, 
has received notice of his appointment 
as assistant to George Newman, who is 
assistant superintendent of Consolidated 
Aircraft's new military factory at San 

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Famous People are 
Constant Ryan Visitors 

Each month liunilreds of personages, 
whose names carry national and inter- 
national attention, are visitors at the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics ami Lind- 
bergh Field. A random selection of those 
wlio have visited this world-famous port 
during' the past month includes: 

Amelia Eaihart, who in company with 
Gene Vidal, head of the Aeronautics 
Branch, Department of Commerce, made 
an unannounced flight to San Diego to 
visit the Exposition. 

Mayor Charles L. Smith of Seattle, who 
in company with Mrs. Smith flew from 
Seattle to San Diego to attend the recep- 
tion for President Roosevelt. Mayor 
Smith earned his solo wings recently in 
a Ryan S-T, under the direction of Leon- 
ard Peterson at Seattle, and was an in- 
terested observer as Claude Ryan took 
him tlirough the Ryan Aeronautical Com- 
pany's factory where these planes are 
being produced. 

Skeets Gallagher, box office attraction 
at any movie, who a few days ago .shared 
elbow space with Ryan students in the 
noon rush at the counter of the lunch 
room in the Ryan Administration Build- 

General Hugh Johnson, fiery erstwhile 
leader of the aiiministration's deceased 
.NRA, who still draws sufficient water to 
have two Army Martin Bombers at Lind- 
bergh Field to help speed him east after 
his recent nationwide radio address from 
the San Diego Exposition. 

Gordon Mounce, salesman pilot for 
Consolidated Aircraft, who has just re- 
turnetl from a most successful sales and 
demonstration flight throughout Europe 
during which he was decorated by the 
King- of Roumania. Walking by the Ryan 
school, Mounce took a look at one of "the 
sleek new shining metal Ryan S-T's, 
asked Claude Ryan's permission to fly it, 
and for a half hour took it aloft and 
unloosed a series of perfectly executed 
aerobatics over Lindbergh Field. Taxi- 
ing back to the line, Mounce was loud 
in his praise of the Ryan S-T as one of 
the sweetest jobs of its kind that he had 
ever flown. 

^ladame ^Marvingt, resident of Nancy, 
France, who twenty-five years ago was 
the first woman to fly a plane. Madame 
Marvingt, touring the United States, 
made a special trip to San Diego to study 
commercial aeronautical training meth- 
ods as exemplified by the Ryan School 
of Aeronautics. 



For a two hour moonlight cruise on 
the water of San Diego Bay, the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics recently chartered 
the motor launch. Viking II, for roman- 
tically inclined Ryan students and their 
friends. A capacity crowd of forty proved 
the popularity of tliis type of diversion. 
So successful was the party that Ryan 
officials decided to repeat the outing in 
the near future, but with a larger boat 
accommodating at least one hundred pas- 
sengers. The four-bit ante included more 
refreshments than could be consumed. 



Famous commercial and military pil- 
ots, as well as representatives of every 
major aeronautical firm in the United 
States will be among the thousands who 
are expected at Lindbergh Field Sunday, 
October 20th, to witness the official dedi- 
cation of San Diego's newest aviation 
unit — the Consoliilated Aircraft Corpora- 
tion, wdnose huge new San Diego factory 
is conceded to be the largest and most 
niodern aircraft manufacturing plant of 
its type in the world. Cooperating with 
a special dedication committee of the 
Chamber of Commerce, officials of the 
California Pacific International Exposi- 
tion have designated October 20th as 
Aviation Day with special programs ar- 
langed in the Exposition grounds follow- 
ing completion of the dedication cere- 
monies at the airport, one mile distant. 
A feature of the Consolidated dedication 
program will be the student air show 
under the direction of John Fornasero, 
Ryan chief instructor, which the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics has been invited 
to stage. 

19 New Students 

Enroll at Ryan 

Beginning the fall and winter influx, 
18 new students reported for training at 
the Ryan School on Montlay morning, 
September 30th. The group which was 
composed chiefly of out-of-town students, 
included tlie following: Alexander Hyde, 
Buffalo, N. Y.; Clifford Hornung, O.xf'ord, 
Ohio; Lyman Loomis II, Buffalo, N. Y.; 
George Pattison, Baglev, Minn.; Julius 
Rinckhofl", San Mateo, Calif.; Tom Exley, 
Pittsburg, Kans.; Bayard Brown, Idyl'l- 
wild, Calif.; Francis Sehl, Rochester, 
Minn.; Robert Faulkerson, Angola, Ind.; 
Lawrence Conner, Hood River, Ore.; John 
Davin, San Diego, Calif.; Harmon Ed- 
wards, Christiansburg, Va.; Robert Trim- 
ble, Princeton, 111.; John Milner, Willcox, 
Ariz.; Jack Ethridge, San Diego, Calif.; 
Herbert Finley, Dalhart, Texas; C. Zach- 
aria, India; Sansaku Sugiyama, Guada- 
lupe, Calif., and Henry Parker, Danforth, 

San Francisco Flights 
Part of Student Course 

Cross-country flying, one of the im- 
portant parts of Ryan transport training 
will be continued in October with two 
student trips scheduled from San Diego 
to San Francisco and return. Leaving 
Lindbergh Field on Saturday morning, 
October 12th will be Ryan transport stu- 
dents Leo Adlon, Jer.sey City, New Jer- 
sey, and Ernest FortI, San Diego. Ac- 
companying instructor anil check pilot 
will be Jim Foi-nasero and Sam Jarvis, 
Ryan transport graduate. The following 
week, a similar student trip is planned 
for Walter Mclntyre, Chicago, and 
Charles Taft, Asbury Park, New Jersey. 
These flights, covering some of the most 
picturesque country in the United States, 
represent a 1,100-mile trip with approxi- 
mately twelve hours of flying time. 



Two years ago Peter Dana, seventeen- 
year-old fledgling from Holderness, New 
Hampshire, enrolled in the Ryan Trans- 
port course, and declared his ambition 
to be pilot of a tri-motor plane. One 
year ago, Claude Ryan proudly handed 
eighteen-year-old Dana his Transport 
Certificate. A month ago Ryan wired his 
1,200 hour nineteen-year-old graduate 
that he was recommending him for the 
desired post of pilot on a tri-motored 
Ford. To which Dana replied that he 
was forced to decline because he was too 
busy with his aviation business in the 

To celebrate the approaching nuptials 
of Oi'\'a Johnson, Ryan School secretary, 
and Wells Fulton, Ryan transport grad- 
uate from One Acre, Salisbury, Connecti- 
cut, Ryan School students and staff will 
stage an all day mountain party on Sun- 
day, October 13th. 




Lindbergh Field 

San Diego, California. Date 

*PRIOR TO NOV. 1, 1935 


*( 1) Please enter my application for enrollment in the Ryan Transport 
Course No. (1) (1-B) before tuition advances Nov. 1. I will" arrive in San 
Diego to begin my instruction.,, and enclose 


my check for. which tuition deposit I understand will 


permit my enrollment at the present tuition of ($1795.00) ($2132.75) 


(2) I cannot enroll for Transport training but do expect to arrive 
in San Diego begin my instruction 


in the Ryan... Course No 

(3) Special remarks: 





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industry Working 

At Top Speed 


As Southern California's Aircraft fac- 
tories swing into the New Year they are 
confronted with more business than has 
ever been known in the history of the in- 

On the books of these companies now 
stand orders totaling some $25,000,000 
which includes military and commercial 
aircraft and engines. 

The government has recently inaugu- 
rated a huge aircraft building program 
ard a part of the present rush of business 
to Southern California is involved in this 

Here on Lindbergh Field, home of Ryan 
School, the Con^-olidated Aircraft Cor- 
poration is worki;;j: 'T. a full time produc- 
tion basis to turn out approximately 90 
planes for the Army and Navy. 

Demand for Sport Planes 

The Ryan Aeronautical Company's re- 
cent 15 plane order in addition to numer- 
ous other contracts on its production line 
indicates a sharp upturn in the country's 
demand for modern training and sport 
planes of the open cockpit type. 

Both the Douglas Aircraft Company 
and the Northrop Corporation, which are 
likewise located here in Southern Califor- 
nia, are starting production on three gov- 
ernment military orders, Douglas having 
been awarded two contracts for 90 Army 
and 114 Navy bombers, and Northrop an 
Army contract for two groups of approx- 
imately 215 attack planes. 

In addition Douglas is also working at 
top speed on the production of its famous 
DC-2 Transport, as well as the new DST 
Sleeper which has just been announced. 

Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, another 
of California's first-line manufacturers, is 
now tooling up for production on the 
brand new Lockheed "12" which is to be 
a companion plane to the spectacular 
Lockheed Electra. 

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Three Ryan S-T's from Ryan School in precision formation flight practice over San Diego. 

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Featuring a combined display of manu- 
facturing and training activities, the Ryan 
Aeronautical Company and its affiliated 
Ryan School of Aeronautics will install 
one of the most interesting aeronautical 
exhibits at the National Pacific Aircraft 
and Boat Show to be held in Los Angeles 
from February 1st to 9th. 

Attendants from the school will be on 
hand to give full information regarding 
Government Approved training activities, 
while the aircraft exhibit will featui"e a 
complete Ryan S-T suspended in mid-air 
with an uncovered Ryan S-T of the same 
type on display in the center of the dis- 
play booth. The feature of the exhibit 
will be to show the modern all-metal con- 
struction which is incorporated in this 
latest type of Ryan S-T sport and train- 
ing plane as contrasted with the older, 
commonplace type of .steel tubing and 
fabric covered fuselage. 

An order for 15 Ryan S-T planes, one 
of the largest single contracts for sport 
and training ships that has ever been 
awarded the aeronautical industry, was 
placed with the Ryan Aeronautical Com- 
pany on January 20th by W. H. Irwin, At- 
lanta, Georgia, capitalist. 

Irwin, representing Air Services, Inc., 
at Candler Field, Georgia, is one of the 
Southeast's most successful aircraft and 
automobile distributors with an agency 
which covers practically the entire south- 
eastern section of the United States. 

His order for the planes, which are to be 
distributed throughout Georgia and sur- 
rounding territory, carries with it the op- 
tion of either the 95 h.p. or 125 h.p. Men- 
asco engine installation. The latter is the 
same type as was u.sed by Tex Rankin, 
Ryan factory representative, who recently 
took honors at the Miami air races. 

Shipment of the planes, which will prob- 
ably all be delivered on a fly-away basis, 
was started immediately with a 4 ship 
formation which left San Diego January 
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Ryan Must Expand 

To Meet Condition 



With a large number of Ryan School 
graduates being absorbed constantly by 
the huge Consolidated Aircraft factory 
adjacent to the Ryan Aeronautical Com- 
pany on Lindbergh Field, Ryan officials 
are faced with the possible necessity 
of the second expansion in a six month 
period in order to provide room for the 
training of the hundreds of additional 
young men who are needed in the aero- 
nautical industry immediately. The Con- 
solidated Aircraft Corporation alone has 
on its books today approximately $9,000- 
000 in government orders for military 
planes which it will require approximately 
two years to complete even though it is 
operating day and night shifts. Best ex- 
pressed status of the employment situa- 
tion in aviation today and particularly in 
the highly centralized Southern Califor- 
nia area was voiced by one of the country's 
major aircraft officials recently when he 
stated that the large manufacturers had 
need of more properly trained men than 
the recognized aviation schools of today 
are able to produce. 

Included among charter members of 
Southern California's Aircraft Manufac- 
turer's recently formed Industrial Rela- 
tions Board, are T. Claude Ryan, president 
of Ryan Aeronautical Company and Earl 
D. Prudden, vice president of Ryan School 
of Aeronautics. Important objective of the 
board is a constant coordination of avia- 
tion school curriculums with the needs of 
employment managers of the aircraft in- 
dustry. Important result to the student 
is the knowledge that his training pro- 
gram is being constantly checked to see 
that it keeps pace with the demands of the 



During the recent visit of the huge Mar- 
tin clipper ship, which was previewed by 
Ryan students as it came to rest on San 
Diego bay, T. Claude Ryan, president of 
the Ryan School and Ryan Aeronautical 
Company, was a guest of Captain Musick 
on a special flight of the plane from San 
Diego to Los Angeles and return. Follow- 
ing this flight the clipper plane left for 
Alameda where it was placed in service 
on its regular trans-Pacific run. 





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Menasco Manufacturing Company has 
anounced a new motor, making a total of 
eight models now in active production, 
and Kinner Airplane and Motor Corpora- 
tion is likewise bringing out new engine 
equipment and a new airplane. 

This tremendous activity has created a 
serious employment situation which has 
drained virtually every trained worker 
and expert from the field. 

Under the guidance of Lt. S. C. Ring, 
Ryan students recently enjoyed a specially 
conducted tour of the Uniteti States Gov- 
ernment's huge Naval air base at North 
Island. The trip included an inspection 
of the tremendous airplane and engine 
shops, flying boats and seaplane ramps, 
and aircraft line where hundreds of the 
Navy's fighting planes were undergoing 
inspection and servicing. These trips 
which are conducted at regular intei-vals 
are considered as one of the high lights 
of the training tours which the Ryan 
School arranges for its students. 

Students Come 

From Everywhere 

The Ryan School of Aeronautics reports 
the following students among who 
have arrived recently to join the midwinter 
classes in flight and mechanical instruc- 
tion: Transport and Private; Robert Maf- 
fett. Uplands, Cal.; Henry Parker, Dan- 
forth, Maine; Ted Diederick, Fairbanks, 
Alaska; Leslie Sossaman, Higley, Ariz.; 
Paul Knox, Cashmere, Wash.; Chas. Col- 
quhoun, San Diego; Ray Hesch, Titusville, 
Pa.; James McFarlane, Aberdeen, Miss.; 
and Edward Klatt, Cochecton, N. Y. 
Special: Bertil Wallenberg, Stockholm, 
Sweden; Oscar Klemm, Schramberg, Ger- 
man v; Mechanics: Gene Rubish and Har- 
ley Rubish, Fort Dick, Cal.; Jesse Little, 
Atlanta Ga.; Richard Smith and Dick Mc- 
Culloch, San Diego; Rus.sell Coil, Ida 
Grove, Iowa; Ford Lehman, Orriville, 
Ohio; Howard Engler, Chaska, Minn.; 
Basil Morrow, Kent, Ore. 

Courses Popular 

The popularity of flight courses at the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics is shown by 
the large number of Ryan students who 
have recently completed their Transport 
or Private pilot's instruction. Transport 
graduates include: Leo Adlon, West New 
York, N. J.; Charles Taft, Miami, Fla.; 
Walter Mclntyre, Chicago, Baron John H. 
von Eyssenhardt, New York; Robert Pini, 
Mexico, D. F.; Bernard Ambrose, McAles- 
ter, Okla.; Ernest Biederman, Derindin- 
gen, Switzerland; Ralph Sewell, Pittsburg, 
Pa.; Joseph Duncan, Dixon, Cal; William 
Carrier, Crescent City, Fla; Pierre Nicole. 
Johannesburg, South Africa. Private Pilot 
graduates include: Victor Anderson, Coa- 
chella, Cal.; Robert Devine, Whipple. 
Ariz.; Robert Oxnam, Greencastle. Ind.; 
Richard Waterhouse, Palo Alto, Cal.; John 
Smith, Charlottesville. Va.; and Ralph 
Posenecker, Seattle, Wash. 
Others Report 

As this sheet goes to press, we find in 
the day's mail on our desk additional let- 
ters from recent Ryan graduates: Joseph 
B. Duncan, Dixon, Cal., Rosmond E. Blau- 
velt. New City, N.Y.; Malcolm Wallace, 
Phoenix, Ariz.; Dick Huffman. Camden, 
Ohio; and George Quon, Canton. China. 
All of these men speak enthusiastically 
of their progress and apparently are head- 
ed toward further advancement in the 
aeronautical industry. Duncan reports his 
employment as flight instructor at Sac- 
ramento. Cal.; Blauvelt is operating his 
own commercial airport at New City. N. 
Y.; Wallace is personal pilot for Dr. Ber- 
nays Kennedy of Indianapolis. Ind., hav- 
ing just returned from a flight to Mexico 
City; Hufi'man is busily engaged in de- 
veloping a major airport at Hamilton, 
Ohio; and Quon is now Lt. Quon of the 
Chinese National Air Force. 


A group of Ryan Students being personally conducted through the huge Morth Island Navy Base by 
Lt. S. C. Ring on one of the regular inspection trips which are a feature at the school. 

Walter K. Balch. who was formerly at- 
tached to the Naval air station at North 
Island. San Diego, has been placed in 
charge of aircraft engine instruction at 
the Ryan School. Balcli, who is an expert 
on modern aircraft motors, will be in 
charge of engine lectures as well as engine 
overhaul for advanced Ryan students. 

Baron von Eyssenhardt is greeted by his pet 
dnihshund "Fritzie" who climbs aboard his 
Ryan S-T after his master's return from his 
flight to Mexico. "Fritzie" is a veteran pilot, 
having made many flights ivith the Baron on a 
special seat arranged for him in the plane's 
baggage compartment. 

Thrilling Flight Told 

By Former Student 

Baron John H. von Eyssenhardt, former 
member of the German air force, who has 
been taking advanced training at tlie Ryan 
School of Aeronautics, has just returned 
from what proved to be an adventurous 
flight in his new Ryan S-T 125 h.p. plane 
to Mexico City. He was accompanied by 
Jim Fornasero, Ryan flight instructor. 
Stopping at Guadalupe, Mexico, for gas 
the flyers found themselves surrounded 
by insurrectionists who looked upon the 
fast Ryan S-T as an excellent aid for their 
projected rebellion, until a letter of cre- 
dentials was presented to their leader. A 
hurried departure from Guadalupe under 
cover of darkness brought them into Leon 
where a night landing was made and mili- 
tary guards placed on the ship to prevent 
possible theft. Commercial and military 
operators at Mexico City stated that no 
plane had ever been denionstraLed at the 
7300 foot Valbuena fiehl which gave the 
remarkable performance of the Ryan S-T 
at these high altitudes. The two flyers 
spent ten days on their trip which took 
them into approximately a dozen airports 
throughout the interior of Mexico. After 
the completion of his flight. Baron von 
Eyssenhardt left for his home in New 
York from where, the latter part of Janu- 
ary, he expects to sail with the Baroness 
for Argentine where he will act as sales 
representative for the Ryan Aeronautical 

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24th. The first delivery included two of 
the 125 h.p. models and one with the 95 
h.p. installation. 

Irwin, who had just completed a cross 
country trip for the purpose of making 
a first hand survey of the aeronautical in- 
dustry, flew back to his home in Atlanta 
in one of the planes. The four-ship for- 
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Beautiful San Diego 
Exposition to Reopen 

On February 12th the gates of the San 
Diego Pacific Exposition will swing open 
for the second season of what has been ac- 
claimed as the most beautiful and one of 
the most successful Expositions ever held 
in the United States. Remaining open un- 
til September 1st, a feature of this year's 
<lisplay will be the Ford - Transportation 
Building wherein will be authentically re- 
produced every form of travel from the 
pioneer oxcart of yesterday to the lux- 
urious multi-motored air liner of today. 
Officials are bending every effort to make 
the aerial exhibit the most complete of 
any that has ever been held. Opening guns 
of the Exposition were fired the night of 
January 16th with a five mile searchlight 
parade which wound its way through San 
Diego's downtown streets, jammed with 
thousands of spectators. First prize for 
floats went to a new lustrous Ryan S-T 
plane, which, flanked by two beautiful 
girls in white flying suits and preceded 
by a special escort of motorcycle ofiicers, 
was displayed atop a flower bedecked 
motor truck. 




Flying back while "on the job" to say 
hello to former instructors and friends is 
always a proud moment in the life of any 
flying school graduate. Recent visitors at 
Lindbergh Field who flew in to chin over 
the months when they were students at 
the Ryan School included John Ray, oper- 
ator of the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., airport, 
who was piloting a special chartered flight 
from Washington, D.C. to San Diego and 
return; Louis Taulman of Needles, Cal., 
who is now with the Army Air Corps at 
Riverside, Cal., and slated for advance 
work at Kelly Field, Texas; Wm. Parish of 
St. Joseph, Mo., who is now sales repre- 
sentative for Cessna Aircraft in Southern 
California; and William Hosnier who has 
the unique responsibility of handling the 
aerial "rushing" of pledges for the Sigma 
Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Stanford 

Unique in the fact that 100% of its en- 
tries were student fliers was the student 
air show which was staged by the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics at San Diego's 
municipal airport recently. The purpose 
of the show, according to Ryan officials, 
was not to provide the thrillers of the 
usual air meet so much as it was to demon- 
strate to the public the fact that the hand- 
ling of a plane in normal maneuvers was 
an accomplishment possible with only a 
limited amount of flight training. 'The 
program consisted of four main events in- 
cluding formation flying, spot landing, 
precision spins, and bomb dropping. Win- 
ners of the respective events who were 
awarded prizes by T. Claude Ryan were 
Walter Mclntyre, Chicago; Cliff Hornung^ 
Oxford, Ohio; Alex Hyde of Bufl'alo, N.Y.; 
and John Milner of Willcox, Arizona. Fol- 
lowing the student contests John Forna- 
sero, chief flight instructor, flew one of the 
new 125 h.p. Ryan S-T planes in a series 
of aerobatics. Sixteen Ryan students par- 
ticipated in the contests. 

Miami Acclaims 

Ryan S-T Plane 

First honors at the recently held Miami 
Air Races were captured by Tex Rankin, 
Ryan factory representative, who has been 
demonstrating this new, sleek, all metal 
fuselaged Ryan S-T plane throughout 
eastern territory during the fall and win- 
ter months. 

Flying a standard 125 H.P. model, Ran- 
kin won first place in the 550 cu. in. speed 
event, won the coveted Freddie Lund aero- 
batic trophy and claimed a new world's 
altitude record of 20,000 feet for planes 
of this weight classification. 


Columbia Studios', latest aerial drama 
"Test Pilot" will feature a 125 h.p. Ryan 
S-T plane which movie pilots selected as 
the ship best adapted to perform the ac- 
curate and strenuous aerobatics called for 
in the script and best designed to typify 
the ultra modern type of plane which the 
film, is intended to portray. 


Lindbergh Field, San Diego, California 

I am interested in courses checked : Please send additional information 

n $1975 D Master Mechanics $ 550 

D Limited Commercial .... 585 D Weems Navigation 150 

D Private 585 D Aircraft Welding 100 

n Amateur 395 D Aircraft Radio 35 

n Ryan deluxe Combination Course Transport training plus new 

Ryan S-T high performance plane 4642 

D Please have Ryan Aeronautical Co. send me information on the new 

Ryan S-T plane. I (am) (am not) a pilot. 

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Second of Sweden's flying representa- 
tives to come to Ryan for advanced train- 
ing in recent months is tall, amiable 31- 
year-old Bertil Wallenberg, son of Swed- 
en's former ambassador to United States. 

Wallenberg, who already holds a Swed- 
ish amateur pilot's license, was preceded 
by his countryman, Torsten Scheutz, who 
came direct to San Diego with a log that 
showed 140 hours of flying throughout 
Europe. Scheutz set an enviable record 
by completing with honors his entire 
transport training in 4V2 months. 

Though San Diego is the farthest point 
in the United States from Sweden both 
students were anxious to take advantage 
of the school's 14-year-old reputation and 
San Diego's superior climate. 

John Funk of Tulsa, Oklahoma, grad- 
uate of Ryan School of Aeronautics, has 
returned to San Diego to accept a position 
with the Ryan Aeronautical Company in 
the manufacture of the new Ryan S-T 

Leo Adlon of West New York, New Jer- 
sey, who recently received his transport 
license at the Ryan School, reports that he 
will leave New York for Honduras in Jan- 
uary where he will act as pilot for a Hon- 
iluras mining company. 

Verne Murdock of Waynesburg, Pa.; 
Dale Moyer of Columbus, Ohio, and John 
Miller of Pueblo, Colo., are listed in the 
latest group of Ryan graduates who have 
obtained positions with the Consolidated 
Aircraft Corporation of San Diego. 

Three more 125 h.p. Ryan S-T's ha 
been selected for sport and training u 
according to orders that have been r 
ceived from Franklin Farrel Jr.. Xe 
Haven, Conn., Douglas Ornstein, Bever 
Hills, Calif., and Ted Brown, Los Angele 
Farrel, who is chairman of the Boar.l ■ 
the Farrel-Birmingham Co. of Connect 
cut and New York is well known amoi 
eastern sportsmen pilots. His Ryan S- 
is being specially equipped with ran 
bonding and shielding as well as witli 
complete set of instruments in both coci 

Ornstein is one of the newer membe 
of the exclusive Beverly Hills flyinsr f r; 
ternity having just recently earned h 
pilot's license under the tutelage of Edcl 
Spencer, flight instructor at Clover Fie 
where Ornstein's plane will be based. 

Brown, who maintains a flying scho 
at Mines Field, Inglewood. will place h 
Ryan S-T in iiervice for student instru 
tion. In placing his order. Brown state 
that his decision to purchase a Ryan hf 
immediately brought him advance coi 
tracts for blocks of flying time from oth< 
pilots and students who are anxious to fl 
this high performance sport plane. 

Frank Hawks, left, and T. Claude Ryan beside the Ryan ST which Hawks expressed 
much satisfaction in flying on a recent visit to the School. 

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mation was in charge of James FomaserJ 
Ryan School flight instructor. 

According to T. Claude Ryan, presideij 
of the Ryan Aeronautical Company ar 
designer "of the Ryan S-T. this order 
but a forecast of a tremendous increase 
the demand for up-to-date training ar 
sport planes of the open cockpit type. Ul 
less there is a great increase in the avaS 
able amount of skilled aircraft labor. I 
is possible that this demand may in a sho| 
time greatly exceed the present produ 
tion capacity of the aircraft industr 
Rvan stated. 



MARCH, 1936 




On January 2oth the press of America 
carried one of tlie most stimulating news 
flaslies that had been conveyed to the rank 
and file of the aircraft industry in many 
months. W. H. Irwin of Atlanta, Ga., had 
purchased 15 Ryan S-T's, five of which 
were being sent to Atlanta on an im- 
mediate fiy-away delivery. The 10 re- 
maining Ryans were scheduled for de- 
livery at monthly intervals between May 
and December. 

Old time aircraft salesmen dusted off 
their memories in an etfort to recall who 
this mystery man "Irwin" might be and 
shook their heads apprehensively when 
they discovered that his only claim to 
knowledge of aircraft selling was a highly 

successful record as one of the south's 
foremost automobile distributors. 

Any fears, however, which the industry 
might have had regarding Irwin's ability 
to sell airplanes and particularly Ryans 
were completely dispelled by the accom- 
))anying telegram which the Ryan Aero- 
nautical Company received on February 
27th — one month after the original order 
was placed and just three weeks after the 
Ryans arrived in Atlanta. 

Rankin, to whom the telegram refers, 
is Tex Rankin, Ryan factory representa- 
tive and internationally famous stunt 
pilot who holds the world's record of 131 
outside loops. Olil time pilots sense the 
strategy in Ryan's selection of Rankin as 
a pilot capable of putting the Ryan S-T 
through any advanced aerobatics for 
which this high performance plane is en- 
gineered. At the same time Rankin's 
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National Statistics 
Confirm School Survey 


Staggering figures released by national 
authorities on employment conditions in 
American industry today definitely con- 
firm the surveys made by the Ryan School 
of Aeronautics which have been reported 
here in recent issues of the SKY NEWS. 

The whole story is summed up in this 
pertinent quotation : 

"Millions of untrained young men be- 
tween the ages of 16 and 24 are seeking 
desperately for work, and, on the other 
hand, industry is in crying need for new 
workers who know a trade." 

The Ryan School has consistently 
pointed out as the result of its own sur- 
veys that the aviation industry already 
has a serious employment situation on its 
hands. Upward of 6,000 additional skilled 
workers will be in demand immediately, 
yet the supply will fall far short of meet- 
ing this condition. 

Since the School pointed out this alarm- 
ing situation a number of far-sighted par- 
ents and their sons have acted quickly and 
as a result these young men are already 
here at Ryan, now completing' courses that 
will soon lead to profitable positions in the 

The seriousness of the situation cannot 
be overemphasized. United States De- 
partment of Labor statistics show that 
of the 12,000,000 youths in America who 
have reached the age of 18 since 1929, 
659f of them— or 7,800,000— are still un- 

■This fact is stressed in another way by 
Dr. W. T. Root of the University of Pitts- 
burg who indicates that for each non- 
skilled job today there are 13 unskilled 
youngsters available for the work. Think 
of that. 

On the other hand, however, Dr. Root 
points out that the exact reverse is true 
in the industrial trades. For every 1,000 
skilled workers there are only 143 young 
men stu<lying to take their places! 
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TAe i?ya;i exhibii at the Pacific Aircraft Show held in Los Angeles last month. A partly completed 

S-T on the floor and a finished job suspended from the ceiling created unusual interest which drew 

throngs to this novel display. 



Ryan Plane Exhibit 

Highlight of Show 

Seventy-four thousand aviation enthus- 
iasts crowded through the turnstiles at 
February's Aircraft Show in Los Angeles 
and voiced their approval of the Ryan 
S-T's which shared honors with the huge 
Douglas Sleeper as exhibits of major in- 

Two Ryans were on display. One, a 
completed job, hung suspended from the 
ceiling in a banked flying position where 
its glistening all-metal fuselage reflected 
the beams of a battery of spot lights 
trained on it from each corner of the 

74,000 Visitors 

The other model, complete except for 
the covering on the wings and empennage, 
was on the floor of the booth where each 
of the 74,000 visitors had an opportunity 
to push the control stick, examine the 
operation of the Ryan's wing flaps or air 
brakes, the small tab trimming controls 
on the trailing edge of the elevators, the 
rigid fixed position stabilizer and the clean 
interior of the all-metal monocoque fuse- 
lage. It was estimated that at least 50,000 
of the admiring visitors who crowded 
around the Ryan S-T's asked how the in- 
verted 95 and 125 h.p. Menasco engines 
which are standard installations, worked 
in their upside-down position. 

Claude Ryan and Earl Prudden were 
in alternate attendance at the exhibit to 
give assistance when necessary to Ted 
Kelly who had been shifted during the 10 
days of the Aircraft Show from his usual 
position with Ryan Traffic and Sales at 
Lindbergh Field. 

With only one week of rain throughout 
the entire winter, which, in the opinion 
of the weather bureau, has been one of 
the driest and warmest in the history of 
San Diego, Ryan student two-day cross 
country trips have continued with almost 
week-end regularity. Transport students 
who have enjoyed these recent flights as 
part of their advanced training include 
Alex Hyde, Buffalo, N.Y.; John Milner, 
Willcox, Ariz.; Frank Richards, Philadel- 
phia, Pa.; Tracy Hale, Hartford, Conn.; 
Larry Treadwell, Corsicana, Texas; and 
Robert Brett, Mt. Angel, Ore. Group 
flights under the direction of John Forna- 
sero and Jim Fornasero, flight instructors, 
have been made to San Francisco, Calif.; 
Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz. 



Ryan radio-telephone classes which are 
now in session under the direction of Lt.- 
Comdr. Lloyd Gray, U.S.N. Retired, are 
receiving in addition to their regular 
course, special code work. The class, 
which is composed of approximately 20 
students, is in session each morning from 
11 to 12:30. 

The objective of this class is to prepare 
Ryan Students for the third-class radio- 
telephone commercial license which is 
now a requirement of all co-pilots and 
pilots of established airlines. 

National Statistics Confirm School Survey 

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Facilities at Ryan School have been in- 
creased to meet the increased enrollment 
which this situation already has brought 
to San Diego. The strategic location of 
the school in the very center of the big- 
gest aviation activity in America, and our 
close personal contact with factory execu- 
tives has resulted in immediate placement 
of all qualified Ryan graduates to date, 
yet we have been consistently unable to 
fill the call for trained men issued by the 
various factories. 

As others have already done, you are 
urged to write me personally at once for 
complete information about Ryan School 
and the extraordinary opportunity which 
the industry now offers to you — as a 
trained expert. 

Supply of Graduates 
Far Short of Demand 

No paid advertisement or high pressure 
publicity was behind the sober statement 
made by representatives of leading Cal- i 
ifornia aircraft manufacturers recently 
when they stated that southern California 
aircraft factories alone would need ap- 
proximately 6,000 additional trained 
workers within the next twelve months. 

Expressing a decided preference to se- 
lect new employee material from the 
younger men who are trained graduates 
of accredited aviation schools, the serious- ' 
ness of the situation was realized when 
it was found that this figure represented 
far more than the number of young men 
who are now enrolledfor instruction. 



Seeking a day's rest from the entangled 
worries of the Fresh Air Taxi Co., Charles 
J. Correll, better known as "Andy" of the 
world famous Amos 'n' Andy radio team, 
flew to San Diego recently where he and 
his party were greeted by Claude Ryan { 
when they landed at Lindbergh Feld. " 

Correll, who is a licensed pilot and who 
owns his own plane, was highly enthusi- 
astic over three cf the new Ryan S-T's 
which were on the line in front of the 
company's main administration building. 
Object of the San Diego trip — to \-isit the , 
city's 1936 Pacific Exposition. ' 

Big Order for Ryans Creates Stir 

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pleasing personality and years of piloting 
experience make liim a favorite among 
the sportsmen pilots and training school . 
operators for which dual group the t 
Ryan S-T was specifically designed. 

In the meantime Ryan Aeronautical 
Company's purchasing department is in- 
creasing all standing orders for raw ma- 
terials in anticipation of the now proven 
fact that the success of W. H. Irwin as 
Ryan distributor is another convincing in- 
dication of the popularity of Ryan S-'T's 
which is now felt from coast to coast. ^ 


In line with Clauile Ryan's policy to 
draw on the most capable men of the aero- 
nautical intlustry for the furtherance of 
his affiliated aircraft manufacturing and 
training- school activities, he has appointed 
Fred Rohr to the joint position of factory 
superintendent and supervising instructor 
for the school's metal courses. Rohr, 
whose name in the aircraft industry is 
synonymous with metal fabrication, has 
achieved national fame among aircraft 
manufacturers as the originator and de- 
veloper of drop hammer methods which 
have revolutionized the manufacturing of 
the large modern transport and military 
type of metal planes. His experience, cov- 
ering a 12 year period, began under Mr. 
Ryan with the Ryan Airlines Company in 
San Diego in the manufacturing of the 
original Ryan airplanes. During the con- 
struction of Colonel Lindbergh's Ryan 
"Spirit of St. Louis" Rohr developed the 
metal cowling and gas tank installations 
which withstood so successfully that and 
the numerous other strenuous flights. 

Developed New Methods 

As factory superintendent for the Prud- 
den San Diego Airplane Company, which 
was one of the pioneer developers of all 
metal aircraft in the United States, Rohr 
instituted drop hammer methods which 
brought him immediate recognition in this 
branch of the work. In a similar position 
with Solar Aircraft of San Diego, he con- 
tinued his development of metal produc- 
tion methods with such successful results 
that he was called to the Boeing Aircraft 
factory in Seattle, where he instituted rev- 
olutionary changes in metal airplane man- 
ufacture which made present day pro- 
duction methods possible. 

Rohr is credited with originating the 
Index system which insures the accurate 
duplication through dye stamping meth- 
ods of any metal airplane part. Recogni- 
tion of his work was show-n when he was 
loaned for a six week period to the Chance 
Vought factory for the purpose of install- 
ing the methods developed by him and di- 
recting their application to the metal fab- 
rication in conjunction with their produc- 
tion of military models. 

As factory superintendent for the Ryan 
Aeronautical Company, Rohr will be in 
direct charge of the manufacturing of the 
all metal fuselaged Ryan S-T planes and 
will also act as supervising instructor for 
Ryan students whose courses include the 
extensive metal fabrication work which 
the Ryan School has developed and which 
is considered of major importance by the 
aircraft industry. Rohr, who is also a 
licensed airplane pilot, has been flying 
since 1928. 




Recent student arrivals at the Ryan 
School include: Transport: Roderick More, 
Kingsville, Texas; Thomas C. Kung, Peip- 
ing, China; Private or Limited Commer- 
cial: Richard Owen, Los Angeles; Herbert 
Stump, Columbus, Ohio; Frank Noyes, 
Pine Valley, Calif.; Ejner Gunderson, 
Tofte, Minii.; Edward C. Robinson, San 
Diego; Mechanics: John Burnham, Pasa- 
dena, Calif.; William Thayer, Redlands, 
Calif.; Martin Weidinger, San Diego; 
Lewis Rose, Chula Vi.sta, Calif.; T. Strit- 
ecky, San Diego; George Palmer, San 
Diego; and Ramon Kazmarek, San Diego; 
Marine Navigation: Roderick Reid, Den- 
ver, Colo. Ryan students recently enrolled 
through the State College department 
are: Edwin Brewer, Frank Graham, Lewis 
Grant, Joe Kraemer, Edmund Roberts, 
RajTialdi Vinole, Dale Wilcox, Paul Pelko, 
and Glen Shafer. 

ard Brown, Ford Lehman, Robert Hen- 
schel, Robert Ballard, Robert Blakeney, 
Leonard Anderson, Henry Billerbeck, 
Fred Birch, Roy Christian, Dwight Dean, 
Byi'on Evans, William Cattrell, Jack 
Fisher, William Howe, William Jensen, 
Ben Johnson, Tom Leake, Dick Meysen- 
burg, Carl Nesbitt, Ed Oberbauer, Cecil 
Phillips, Ralph Poesnecker, Joe Rheim, 
John Smith, Frank Traversi, Warren Wor- 
cester, John Milner. Ryan instructors and 
school officials have been gratified also 
upon receiving highly favorable reports 
of the work being done by numerous grad- 
uates and the recent promotion of several 
to positions of greater responsibility and 

All Ryan graduates are requested to 
keep in constant touch with the San Diego 
office so that their current address and 
progress may be recorded as a basis of 
recommendation for further advance- 

Thomas C. Kung 



Recently enrolled Transport student at 
the Ryan School is Thomas C. Kung whose 
trip to San Diego .started in November 
from his home in distant Peiping, China. 
Kung, who speaks fluent idiomatic Eng- 
lish, graduated from High School in Peip- 
ing and then came to the United States 
where he enrolled at Willamette Uni- 
versity, Washington. 

While there he took primary flight 
training under Tex Rankin. He decided 
that his interests were more concerned 
with flying than the Arts and returned to 
his home in China where he upset ances- 
tral traditions by convincing his parents 
that he should study aviation. Kung, who 
has an interesting first-hand story of pres- 
ent day conditions in war torn northern 
China, is enrolled for the Ryan Transport 
course No. 1-B which gives a combination 
of government approved transport flying 
together with a complete 12 months of 
Master Mechanic's instruction. 


Due to the acute shortage of trained men which the industry and particularly the 
major aircraft factories are facing at the present time, the Ryan School of Aeronautics 
is endeavoring to forecast for the benefit of factory employment managers the approx- 
imate number of young men who anticipate enrolling for aeronautical training within 
the next three-month period. Without obligation on your part it will be appreciated if 
you will fill out the following questionnaire and return to this office. 

The following list of recent Ryan grad- 
uates have been placed in positions in the 
industry upon completion of their train- 
ing: Samuel Jarvis, John Funk, Venie 
Murdock, John Miller, Dale Moyer, Bay- 


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for aeronautical training prior to July 10, 1936. 

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The new Ryan S-T — America's finest sport and training plane, u'hich has just been reduced S400 
to a new low price of S3985. 



The widespread popularity of the Ryan 
S-T planes, with the resultant heavy in- 
crease in factory orders, has made it pos- 
sible for the Ryan Aeronautical Company 
to announce price reductions of $400 oil 
the 95 h.p. model and $300 on the 125h.p. 
installation. The former prices of $4385 
and $4685 respectively are now reduced 
to $3985 for the 95 h.p. model and $4385 
for the 125 h.p. installation. These prices 
include full equipment with wheel pants, 
complete streamlining-, compass, air speed, 
air wheels, dual controlled wheel brakes, 
as well as wing flaps and tab trimming- 
controls which are standard features. 

These new prices make the Ryan S-T 
the highest performance ship in this price 
bracket on the market today. In addition 
to these price reductions, the Ryan Aero- 
nautical Company is working- on a time 
payment purchase plan which is expected 
to make possil)le tlie purchase of Ryan 
l)lanes on tlie same accepted installment 

The heavier than usual increase in Ryan 
enrollments has necessitated the installa- 
tion of additional aircraft welding equip- 
ment to accommodate the extensive work 
in this department which is included in the 
Ryan Master Mechanic's course. It is ex- 
pected that additional tables and installa- 
tions will be completed in preparation for 
new enrollments April 1st. 

basis as the present day automobile con- 

As a result of this reduction, it is also 
announced by the Ryan School of Aero- 
nautics that their famous Deluxe Combi- 
nation Course No. 5 which has lieretofore 
included a 95 h.p. new Ryan S-T plane 
together with complete Government Ap- 
proved transport training at a combined 
cost of $4642 will now be available at a 
new low combination cost of $4242. The 
125 h.p. Ryan is now available on this 
same combination plan at tlie $4642 price 
which was formerly charged for the 95 
li.p. job. 

Six Million to See 

Ryan S-T at Fa, 

Selected as one of the outstanding 
amples of modern airplane design aj 
construction, the new Ryan S-T will 
seen this year by approximately 6,000,0| 
visitors who are expected to pass throua 
the Transportation Building where 
Ryan will be exhibited at San Diegd 
Exposition. Bernard Ambrose, Rya 
transport graduate from McAlesta 
Okla., will be in charge of the Ryan di] 

The Transportation Building is one 
the most interesting centers at the Exp| 
sition. On the interior walls of this huge 
circular edifice is a $30,000 mural depic- 
ing the progress of transportation fro . 
the stone sleds of prehistoric times o 
the rocket planes and streamlined sbij s 
and trains of the future. On the floor of 
the building are old time vehicles drawn 
from museums throughout the word 
showing periods of development up to the 
fastest craft of modei-n times. 


Recognition of the artistic merit of t le 
photograph of three R^-an S-T planes ^n 
formation flight over San Diego, which 
was published in the February issue cf 
"Ryan Sky News", is evidenced by the 
fact that two of the industry's leading 
magazines. Aero Digest and Sportsman 
Pilot, reproduced this photograph in full 
page size in their last issues. 

"These three planes flying in a precision 
eschelon figure over a bank of cuniulous 
clouds with Point Loma and the Pacific 
Ocean off in the distance make a phc 
graph of outstanding interest to the av 
tion enthusiast. Those who wish to ! 
cure an 11 x 14 soft-tone enlargement 
this picture suitable for framing can , 
so by ordering tlieni direct from the Ry 
School of Aeronautics at a cost, includi. 
postage, of $1.75 each. 


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MAY, 1936 



The huge Douglas Transport and the smaller counterpart — the Ryan S-T, posed for a photo to show 
ultra-modern construction in commercial and private planes. 




Few people in the United States today 
realize the gigantic strides that the air- 
craft industry will make during the next 
decade. The growth of aviation during 
the nine years since Colonel Lindbergh 
flew from New York to Paris thereby 
making the world "air conscious", is but 
a drop in the bucket in comparison to 
what we have before us during the next 
ten-year period. 

Jin accomplishing this growth, I predict 
hat the millions of dollars of necessary 
financing will be easier to obtain than will 
the equally necessary army of trained 
workers. Many of us who have spent years 
in the industry have not realized the 
(Continued on Page 2) 

In keeping with the objective of the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics to give its 
students constant contact with the prac- 
tical problems of aircraft manufacturing, 
T. Claude Ryan has announced that Mil- 
lard Boyd, chief engineer for the Ryan 
Aeronautical Company, will also assume 
direct charge of airplane drafting and 
blueprint reading classes at the Ryan 
School. Boyd, who was in charge of en- 
gineering on all Ryan airplanes, has had 
an extensive background of engineering 
and design experience in the field of avia- 
tion. He has also served as manufactur- 
ing superintendent and is in a position to 
give Ryan students the essence of experi- 
ence necessary in this highly important 
department of their training. 

Apply at Once and 
Take Advantage of 
Present Low Rates 

An expansion of courses to keep pace 
with the industry together with higher 
costs, have necessitated an upward re- 
vision of tuition rates at Ryan, which will 
go into eff'ect July 1st. Base courses ef- 
fected by this increase are the 12 month 
Master Mechanics Course No. 6; 3 month 
Mechanical Course No. 7; Transport flight 
training plus 12 month Mechanics Course 
No. IB; Private flight training plus 12 
month Mechanics' Course No. 2B, and 
Amateur flight training plus 12 month Me- 
chanics Course No. 3B. 

Revised Schedule 

Revised Ryan Tuition Schedules which 
show the following changed rates for these 
four courses are effective after July 1st: 
Present .July 1st 

Course Cash Budget Cash Budget 

Transport IB $2312 $2330 $2350 $2400 

Private 2B 983 1000 9S3 1025 

Amateur 3B 802 820 820 850 


Mechanic No. fi 550 562.50 625 645 
Meciianical No. 7. 15U ... 175 

Anticipating the fact that many stu- 
dents who are planning on enrolling at 
Ryan for the summer class which begins 
July 6th will not be able to arrive at the 
school until after July 1st, the school di- 
rectors have made it possible for these 
students to protect themselves on pres- 
ent tuition rates providing they forward, 
prior to July 1, 1936, their enrollment ap- 
plication together with a nominal $10.00 
tuition deposit. This deposit will then be 
credited toward the student's tuition at 
the time of his enrollment. For further 
information see tuition schedule and en- 
rollment application in this issue of the 
Ryan Sky News. 

Deluxe Course Reduced 

Sole exception to the increased rates 
is the decrease of $400.00 in the cost of 
the popular Ryan Deluxe Combination 
Course No. 5, which offers Government 
Approved transport instruction plus a 
new Ryan S-T plane at a total price of 
$4242.00. Explanation of this substantial 
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rapidity wth whicli this new era of 
decrease lies in tlie rapid increase in Ryan 
growth has come about. The result is that 
today the Ryan School of Aeronautics has 
a greater demand for its recommended 
graduates than it is able to supply. The 
situation is acute and more serious than 
any that ever existed before. 

Aviation's greatest need is for young 
men of good character who are sober, in- 
dustrious and willing to spend approx- 
imately twelve months in preparation for 
the work ahead of them. Preferably these 
young men should at least have the back- 
ground of a high school education or its 
equivalent. For such young men, the avia- 
tion industry offers literally hundreds of 
jobs with excellent opportunities for ad- 
vancement. The opportunity is here but 
the decision must be yours. 

Will you act! 



S-T Plant To Be 

3 Times Larger 

Preliminary bids are now being received 
for the immediate expansion of the fac- 
tory of the Ryan Aeronautical Company, 
according to the announcement made 
after the last meeting of this company's 
Board of Directors in San Diego. T. Claude 
Ryan, president, states that the plans call 
for additional building space that will 
triple the present factory floor area. 

The new buildings will be built adjacent 
to the company's present factory units on 
Lindbergh Field. Approximately $50,000 
is to be spent by the Ryan Company in 
new equipment which is to be used in the 
announced expansion program for the 
manufacture of the Ryan S-T high per- 
formance sport and training planes. Final 
completion of the new developments will 
place the Ryan Company in an enviable 
manufacturing po.sition with the most 
modern type of drop hammers and metal 
forming equipment, all of which is being- 
designed and installed under the direction 
of Fred Rohr, Ryan factory superinten- 
dent, who was the originator of many of 
the manufacturing processes which have 
made the modern type of huge metal 
transport and military planes possible. 

Ryan states that additional equipment 
will also include large heat treat baths, 
molding and modeling equipment, melting 
pot furnaces, as well as the latest type 
indexing and cut-off dies. Prior to this 
announced expansion, rapid increase in 
Ryan S-T sales made it necessary for the 
company to double its production of last 


Grouji of Ryan students leaving dock 


On May 10th, 1927, Charles A. Lind- 
bergh left San Diego in his Ryan built 
plane on the beginning of his projected 
flight from New York to Paris. To com- 
memorate the all important significance to 
aviation of this flight, the San Diego Ex- 
position proclaimed May 10th of this year 
as Lindbergh Day and held special pro- 
grams during which a collection of histor- 
ical movies were exhibited showing Lind- 
bergh in preparation for his trip. 

Special guest of the Exposition was T. 
Claude Ryan, founder of the Ryan Air- 
lines, together with the following men who 
were employed in 1927 by Ryan Airlines, 
Inc., and who took part in the construction 
of the "Spirit of St. Louis": Donald Hall, 
J. J. Harrigan, Douglas T. Kelley. Fred H. 
Rohr, Fred Magula, Daniel B. Burnett, 
Jr., Edwin Morrow, H. J. Van derLinde, 
Walter Locke, L. E. Wheeler, Doug Cor- 
rigan, Oliver R. McNeel. Of this group 
Burnett, Morrow, Locke, Rohr, Magula, 
Corrigan and McNeel are now employed 
by Ryan Aeronautical Company in the 
production of the new Ryan S-Ts. Follow- 
ing the reception of guests a formation of 
planes flew over the Exposition with a 
Ryan B-1, sister ship of the "Spirit of St. 
Louis", in the lead and a group of Ryan 
S-Ts acting as escorts. 

The Ryan Aeronautical Company has 
just received from the Aluminum Com- 
)iany of America one of its largest ship- 
ments of metal material, which will be 
used in the building of the next regular 
lot of twenty Ryan S-T planes. 


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S-T sales with a corresponding decrease in 
production costs. In line with the policy 
of the Ryan Aeronautical Company, this 
saving was passed on to the public. For- 
mer quotations of $4385.00 and $4(iS5.00 
are now replaced bv present prices of 
$3985.00 for the 95 h.p. Ryan and $4385.00 
for the 125 h.p. model. The Deluxe Com- 
bination Transport Course is also avail- 
able with the 125 h.p. Rvan S-TA at a new 
low price of $4642.00. 

Factory Inspections 
Frequently Arranged 

A close affiliation with every modern 
development in the aircraft industry is 
maintained by Ryan School students 
through the frequent inspection trips 
which the school arranges with leading^ 
west-coast aircraft manufacturers. Re-^ 
cently 3 Ryan groups, accompanied by 
the school faculty, made special trips 
through the factory of the Consolidated 
Aircraft Corporation. Here, under the 
direction of Ed NefF and Don Frye of Con- 
solidated's personnel department, Ryan 
students obtained first-hand information, 
through observ-ation, of the Company's 
progress in the production of its $9,000,- 
000 military order for army and navy 

Many of Ryan's recent graduates are 
already employed at Consolidated and 
others have expressed a preference for 
work at this plant, which connection en- 
ables them to remain in San Diego. The 
Consolidated Aircraft Corpoi-ation. which 
leased all of the available manufacturing 
land on Lindbergh Field north of the Ryan 
property, is now employing over 2.000 
workmen, which number will be greatly 
increased as a result of the recently an- 
nounced extensive factory expansion. 

Headed by instructors Floyd Adams 
and Walter Balch of the Ryan School, an- 
other class of 40 Ryan students recently 
enjoyed a special inspection tour of the 
huge Naval aircraft shops and operation 
departments of North Island. San Diegro. 

These trips, which are arranged for all 
Ryan students are considered to be a most 
valuable adjunct to student training activ- 
ities. Here Ryan students have an oppor- 
tunity of gaining first hand knowledge of 
military equipment through obsen-ation 
and contact with the Government's latest 
and finest types of military flying equip- 
ment. Instructors Adams and Balch were 
both formerly attached to the Xaval Air 
Station in San Diego and serve as excel- 
lent guides for the Ryan students through 
their familiarity with North Island's op- 
erations and activities. 

Three More S-Ts Sold; 
Racer Among Buyers 

Recent Ryan S-T sales include a second 
125 h.p. plane for Franklin Farrel, Jr., at 
New Haven, Conn., and a special single 
seater, long range model for Joe Thorne 
of Tucson, Ariz. 

Twenty-one year old Thorne, who was 
first attracted "to the Ryan S-T by the 
ship's exceptional speed and general high 
performance, has already established an 
enviable record in other type of speed 
events. In 1935 he was high point cham- 
pion in both open and amateur classifica- 
tions of outboard motor boat racing and 
was also national high point amateur 
and open, as well as intercollegiate 
motor boat champion while at Rutger Col- 
lege. For the past four years he has been 
following automobile racing on the coun- 
try's leading dirt tracks and this year will 
enter the Indianapolis Memorial Day 
Speedway Classic as the track's youngest 

Another purchaser of a 125 h.p. Ryan 
S-T is Dr. F. M. Boldridge of Charlotte, 
North Carolina. Boldridge, who holds the 
position of N.A.A. Governor for his state, 
was first attracted to the new Ryan 
through the aerobatic demonstrations 
given in the east by Tex Rankin, Ryan 
factory representative. An old time pilot, 
he is purchasing the ship for sport use 
and will take delivery at the Ryan factory 
in San Diego the middle of May. The sale 
was made by Rankin through Air Service, 
Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, which firm holds 
the position of Ryan distributor for the 
southeast territory. 



The Ryan School of Aeronautics at San 
Diego boasts of the fact that its students 
are in constant contact with the greatest 
possible variety of flying activities. This 
was illustrated recently when all classes 
were dismissed for a one hour period in 
order that Ryan students might have the 
opportunity of proceeding on a special 
chartered launch for an inspection of the 
g-iant Pan American Trans-Pacific Phil- 
ippine Clipper plane, which had just ar- 
rived on the waters of San Diego Bay after 
a non-stop flight from Panama. After the 
inspection the Ryan launch stood by while 
Captain Ed Musick at the controls of the 
Clipper reved up tlie four motors of this 
huge flying boat, taxied down the bay, and 
then roared past as he took off for San 
Francisco, where the plane will be placed 
in regular service on the California 
scheduled sen'ice of Pan American Air- 



Recent student arrivals at the Ryan 
School include George Dickson, Shreve- 
port, La.; Ross McCaffertv, Jr., Montrose, 
Colo.; Earl Cook, San" Diego, Calif.; 
Charles Miller, Alpine, Calif.; Logan Ben- 
nett, Needles, Nev. ; Raymond Hagan, Po- 
mona, Calif.; Jack Weyer, Santa Barbara, 
Calif.; Alan son Winn, Marlborough, 
Mass.; Harvey Spangler, Gettysburg, Pa.; 
Joe Selan, Buffalo, N. Y.; Chester Evans, 
Duluth, Minn, and Kenneth Lee, Hono- 

Sally Rand, internationally famous dancer, is 

an aviation enthusiast, having received her 

pilot's license in 1931. 



Students at the Ryan School of Aero- 
nautics were busy recently greeting new 
planes and interesting personalities when 
in a single day at Lindbergh Field they 
inspected the huge Hawaiian Clipper ship, 
one of the latest giant Pan-American Mar- 
tin trans-Pacific flying boats; and had the 
opportunity of witnessing the arrival by 
plane of such interesting personages as 
Max Baer and Man Mountain Dean of 
fight and wrestling fame; Roscoe Turner, 

Students Enjoy More 
Cross Country Flying 

With unfailing regularity, advanced 
Ryan transport students have continued 
their program of week-end cross country 
training. Those who have been enjoying 
this interesting work during the past 
month include Cliff Hornung, Oxford, 
Ohio; Robert Maffett, Uplands, Calif.; 
Roderick More, Kingsville, Tex.; Law- 
rence Treadwell, Corsicana, Tex.; and 
John Milner, Willcox, Ariz. Points of in- 
terest visited by Ryan students on these 
cross country flights included Tucson, 
Ariz.; Death Valley, Las Vegas, Nev., San 
Francisco, Palm Springs, and Riverside. 
Cross country flights are made under the 
direction of James Fornasero and Paul 
Wilcox, Ryan School flight instructors. 

air speed champion; and Sally Rand, na- 
tionally famous exponent of the dance. 
Miss Rand's visit to San Diego was to 
fulfill a one week's engagement at the 
San Diego Exposition which is now in the 
midst of its second year in beautiful Bal- 
boa Park, just one mile from Lindbergh 

Other recent visitors have included Fred 
Verville, head of the development branch 
of the Department of Commerce at Wash- 
ington, and William B. Stout, builder of 
the Stout planes which pioneered the de- 
velopment of all metal aircraft in the 
United States. 


^' Tuition increase effective July 1, 1936. 

t These gross tuitions are reduced $130.00 
by earning privilege. 

** This is a new low tuition for this combi- 
nation course which, following the recently 
announced reduction of $400.00 in the price of 
the Ryan S-T plane, has been made possible 
by an extensive increase in Ryan S-T sales 
and production schedules. 

For the students whose completion of the 
current school year will delay their arrival at 
Ryan, benefit of the current low^ tuition sched- 
ules will be allowed providing application is 
returned to Ryan together with a deposit of 
$10.00 prior to July 1, 1936. 


Tuition ajtir 


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Lindbergh Field, San Diego, California Date 

Gentlemen : 

Please enter my enrollment in the Ryan School of Aeronautics for the 

Course No which I have checked. 

(a) I wish to enter the school on 

Date prior to July 1. 1936. 

(b) I will not be able to enter the school until approximately 

.but am foi-warding the enclosed sum of $10.00 

Date after July 1. 1936 
as tuition deposit, which acceptance by the Ryan School, it is understood, 
will entitle me to the present tuition now in efl'ect. 

Name .- 






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On Saturday evening, May 9th, a group 
of Ryan students and instructors honored 
Mr. and Mrs. Rod More with a beach 
party. A picnic lunch around a beach fire 
was followed by swimming and moonlight 
"grunnion" hunting in the Pacific .surf. 
For the past three months More has been 
enrolled at Ryan for advanced flight and 
ground school training during which time 
he distinguished himself by earning an 
average grade of 97% in all subjects. Fol- 
lowing receipt of his Transport license, 
More left immediately for Kingsville, 
Texas, where he will take charge of all 
instruction and flying activities for the 
Kingsville Aero Club. 


Harbor dredging operations in San 
Diego bay dui'ine' recent weeks have re- 
sulted in the addition of several acres of 
land on the southerly portion of Lind- 
bergh Field. This area has been allocated 
as the site for the new United States 
Coast Guard base. Permanent hangars 
will be erected and sea-plane ramps con- 
structed, which will, in accordance with 
the original Lindbergh Field plans, make 
it one of the nation's most accessible air- 
ports for both land and sea plane activ- 
ities. The new hangar for the United 
Staes Army Air Corps Reserve is already 
under construction on the south edge of 
the airport. The completion of these Gov- 
ernment projects will further establish 
Lin<lbergh Field's importance as a base 
where many governmental activities for- 
merly located on North Island will be 
moved and expanded. 


Major Eiiicil 1 . ('. Chen of the Chinese Army 

and Diplunialic Service icho recently completed 

a transport course at the Ryan School. 

Chinese Army Official 
Completes Ryan Course 

One of the Ryan School of Aeronautics 
most interesting transport graduates in 
April was Major Ernest Y. C. Chen, of 
the Chinese Ai-my and diplomatic Corps. 

Two years ago. just after his diplomatic 
appointment, this 30-year-old Vice Chan- 
cellor of the Chinese Consulate at Mexicali 
decided to make use of his vacations and 
week-ends by driving to San Diego where 
he enrolled for flight and ground school 
instruction at Ryan. Consistent applica- 
tion and his determination to re-enter the 
air corps of the Chinese army as a flight 
officer instead of ground school instructor 
and interpreter, which post he held for- 
merly, carried him through to the suc- 
cessful completion of his Ryan Transport 
course, including the a^lvanced work of 
blind and instrument living, night flying. 

Robert Pini, recent transport graduate 
of the Ryan School of Aeronautics, has 
left for Carlsbad, New Mexico, where he 
will take over the position of pilot with 
E. L. Fulton of that city. Pini, who made 
an enviable record at the Ryan School, M 
has also the advantage of a fluent knowl- ^ 
edge of Spanish, having attended school 
for many years in Mexico City. Since his 
graduation from the Ryan School he has 
been employed by the Ryan Aeronautical 
Company in the fly-away delivery of Ryan 
S-T planes. Fulton's telegraphed request 
to the Ryan School for a pilot resulted in 
Pini being selected and recommended by 
the school to his new position. 


Over one hundred students and em- 
ployees of the Ryan School of Aeronautics 
attended the school's annual spring dance 
in the lobby of the Ryan Administration 
Building. "The program, under the direc- 
tion of a student committee headed by 
Herbert Finley and Robert Faulkerson. 
included a floor show and specialty num- 

heavv cabin ship ti'aining. and advanced 

Major Chen's background is an interest- 
ing one. After graduation from St. Steph- 
ens College in China, he passed his en- 
trance examinations for Oxford Univer- 
sity, and then came to the United States, 
where he received his Master's Degree in 
Law. In China he has sei-\ed as oflicial 
with one of the country's leading export- 
ing companies and has also served as edi- 
tor and English interpreter on two Chin- 
ese newspapers. 





9^n^r N A U T I C S 

mi NEWS 


JUNE, 1936 



Dana Breaks Canada 
To Mexico Record 

In Vancouver, B. C, Canada, at 4:01 
a. m. — in Agua Callente, Mexico, at 4:35 
p. m. — that is the record of Peter Dana, 
young transport graduate of the Ryan 
School who set a new three-flag mark for 
planes of the Ryan S-TA 125 h.p. class 
on May 22. 

Young Dana established a new elapsed 
time record of 12 hr. 34 min. in setting 
this new mark, which clipped one hour 
and 13 minutes from the previous record 
held by young Frank Kurtz of Holly- 

He made five stops between Vancouver 
and Agua Caliente, setting down at Seat- 
tle, Wash., Eugene, Ore., and Redding, 
Merced and Los Angeles, Calif. 

Dana's air accomplishments stagger 
even veteran pilots. He enrolled at the 
Ryan School when only 16 years of age, 
completed his transpoi't pilot's course and 
made a solo transcontinental flight before 
he was 18, set a new west-east transconti- 
nental record in his Ryan S-TA when he 
was 19. Today at 20 he is one of the most 
colorful figures in aviation. 

He has made a total of eight trans- 
continental flights. "Pete" made one of 
the most outstanding records of any stu- 
dent ever to attend the Ryan School. The 
expert knowledge of navigation gained at 
the Ryan School stood him in good stead 
on his three-flag record flight, since he 
flew through fog, mist and clouds for sev- 
eral hundred miles. 

Meanwhile, he has let it be known that 
he is contemplating further assaults on 
existing air records. He is having a spe- 
cial, large capacity gas tank installed in 
his Ryan preliminary to setting off on 
another spectacular air dash. 

Performance of his Ryan on the Can- 
ada-Mexico hop convinced young Dana 
that with greater gas capacity he can cut 
considerable time from his San Diego- 
Boston record of 26 hours, which he set 
in May, 1935. 

Because of his new three-flag record, 
young Dana was guest of honor recently 
at a pageant at the San Diego Exposi- 
tion, honoring Richard Henry Dana, his 
great grandfather. 

'" (hvlarrd T. (.'Idiiilc I'yaii u.v lie i iingratiilated Peter Dana. Ryan transport 
graduate, for the tatter's sensational Vancowver-Agua Caliente 
hop ichich set a neio three-flag record. 

Pierre Nicole, transport graduate of 
the Ryan School, wrote from England to 
report that he now is employed by the 
Imperial Airways System. He was grad- 
uated from the Ryan School in August, 

Fred Birch, a Ryan graduate who com- 
pleted his course in March of 1935, now 
is affiliated with the Columbia School of 
Aeronautics in Vancouver, B.C., as an 

Inauguration of a new sportsmen's 
aerial service from Duluth, Minn., to the 
remote Minnesota lakes region was an- 
nounced by Cameron Rust, Ryan trans- 
port graduate. Rust, only 21 years of age, 
now is flying hunters and angling en- 
thusiasts into hidden lakes and hunting 
grounds of the northwest in his three- 
place, pontoon-equipped open ship. 


Ryan graduates make good! 

This is evidenced in recent communica- 
tions from three graduate students of the 
Ryan School who are now employed in re- 
sponsible positions with leading aero- 
nautical companies. The comprehensive 
training offered at the Ryan School 
stands the test of the most exacting em- 
ployment requirements of aviation con- 
cerns all over the world. 

In one day recently, T. Claude Ryan re- 
ceived communications from three grad- 
uate students announcing their affiliation 
with aviation industries in this country 
and in Canada and England. 


Too Few Trained Men to 
Fill Positions Offered 
by Aircraft Factories 

The employment demands of the avia- 
tion industry at large are approaching a 
critical stage with employment managers 
of several large American aircraft manu- 
facturers literally combing the field for 
trained aeronautical workers. In South- 
ern California alone, it was estimated re- 
cently, there is work waiting for several 
thousand trained young men. This wide- 
spread search for personnel is reflected in 
the daily inquiries which come to the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics, asking for 
recommended graduates for immediate 
permanent employment. 

On May 28, the press of America car- 
ried one of the most stimulating news 
stories ever to appear in the pages of 
newspapers. On that day, there appeared 
in Sacramento, Calif., representatives of 
several American aircraft manufactur- 
ers, who requested the California State 
Employment Commission to broadcast a 
call immediately for 1700 trained men. 

Flashed to Nation 

The news story, carried over the leased 
wires of the far-flung Associated Press 
system, read as follows: 


Constant expansion within the indus- 
try, establishment of new factories on 
the west coast, and rapid growth of exist- 
mg companies, has made the situation 
in Southern California acute. Within a 
short time, the gigantic Consolidated Air- 
craft plant in San Diego adjacent to the 
Ryan School viill be enlarged to become 
the second largest aircraft manufactur- 
ing concern in the world. In the Los 
Angeles area, employment requirements 
for several great factories are far short 
of the mark, with the scarcity of man- 
power hindering production of standing 
orders for both commercial and military 

Special Classes 
To assist in relieving this serious sit- 
uation, the Ryan School of Aeronautics 
has designed special classes in aeronau- 
tical training which will begin July 6. 
The courses have been planned to impart 
to the student comprehensive training in 
fundamentals of aeronautics in the early 
months and in the latter part of the 
course to help him to specialize in the 
particular mechanical field that appeals 
to him. 

This employment situation is one that 
IS destined to be a problem for some time 
to come. For the young man, interested 
(n aviation but more deeply interested in 
planning a career in a permanent, grow- 
ing industry which will pay him good 
wages and at the same time off"er him an 
opportunity to progress rapidly, his op- 
portunity lies in aviation. 


One of the largest enrollments in the 
history of the Ryan School is expected to 
report for new classes beginning July 6, 
it is announced by school officials after a 
survey of new student reservations. With 
the youth of America turning toward 
aviation and aeronautics as a field where 
individual opportunity for advancement 
is unexcelled, the Ryan School is being 
deluged with reservations for specialized 

In preparation for these enrollments, 
the Ryan School recently has installed 
and put in operation in the school shops 
a series of new factory production ma- 
chines which place the school facilities 
for comprehensive aeronautics training 
in the front rank of modern aviation edu- 
cational institutions. 

Most Modern Equipment 

Constant expansion of the school shop 
facilities and broadening of the scope of 
training in all the courses, both flight and 
mechanical training, is the watchword 
of the Ryan School. With new, tried and 
tested mechanical devices being devel- 
oped and put into use almost overnight 
in airplane production, flight and main- 
tenance, it is only by such a plan that a 
school may keep sufficiently abreast of 
the times to send young men into the field 
prepared to accept positions of responsi- 
bility in whatever specialized aeronautics 
branch they may choose. 

The fact that there is a constantly- 
growing demand for trained young men 
in the aeronautics industries and that the 
present supply, even if every student in 
every school of aeronautics were grad- 
uated tomorrow, still is far too small to 
meet the demand, is evidenced by fact 
articles elsewhere in this issue of SKY 

That Ryan-trained men succeed is at- 
tested to daily by aircraft manufacturing 
firms, employers and the Ryan graduates 
themselves. There is opportunity, there 
is security, and there are unlimited pos- 
sibilities for future advancement, in aero- 

The young men of America are cor- 
dially invited to prepare and plan for an 
aeronautics career, simply by imme- 
diately contacting the Ryan School for 
all details of the several courses offered. 


Among new students who are expected 
to arrive at the Ryan School shortly to 
begin training are William Hayes, Oma- 
ha, Neb.; Hollis Wilcox, Santa Ana, 
Calif.; Donald S. Evans and William H. 
Giddings, Great Barrington, Mass.; 
George B. Cusack, Santa Barbara, Calif.; 
Edward Imperato, Saugerties, N. Y.; Gil 
Montilla, Jr., Isabela, P. I.; Paul B. Pow- 
ers, Omaha, Neb. 

J. F. Schoellkopf, IV. former Kelly Field 

flier whose log book shows 800 air hours. 

with Mrs. Schoellkopf and T. Claude Ryan 

as he took delivery on a Ryan S-TA. 

Mr. Schoellkopf is on the right. 

Popularity of S-T 

Indicated by Sales 

Three more new Ryan S-TA's were de- 
livered recently, marking another step 
in the early summer production schedule 
for this fast, trim sport and training 
plane. One special single-seater job was 
flown to Joe Thome, young Tucson, Ariz., 
sportsman pilot, at Indianapolis, where 
he was participating in the Memorial 
Day race events at the Speedway. 

John B. Fornasero, Ryan School flight 
instructor, delivered the plane to Thome 
immediately after the races. Dr. F. M. 
Boldridge, NAA governor for North Car- 
olina, also took delivery on a special one- 
place job. He flew to San Diego with Tex 
Rankin, famous speed and stunt flier 
and factory representative for Ryan. Dr. 
Boldridge flew his plane back to his home 
at Charlotte, North Carolina. 

J. F. Schoellkopf, IV, young sportsman 
flier of Buffalo, N. Y., accompanied by 
Mrs. Schoellkopf who also flies, took de- 
livery on the third plane of this group. 
Both Dr. Boldridge and Schoellkopf pur- 
chased standard Ryan 125 h.p. S-TA's, 
while Joe Thome's single-seater was 
equipped with a special 150 h.p. super- 
charged Menasco C4S. Schoellkopf is a 
former flier at Kelly Field and has more 
than 800 air hours to his credit. 



Pi-edicting widespread sales of Ryan 
S-T high performance sport and training 
planes in the Los Angeles area. Ted 
Brown and Hugh Ernst of the Brown- 
Ernst Aeronautics Company at Mines 
Field, Inglewood, recently took over the 
Ryan dealership for that territory. At 
the same time. Brown took deliverv on a 
Ryan S-TA. equipped with a 125 "horse- 
power Menasco engine for student in- 
struction and demonstration work. He re- 
ports interest at top pitch in the sensa- 
tional performance of the Ryan S-T. 
Among film celebrities who have taken 
flight instruction from Brown are Errol 
Flynn, Nancy Carroll and Pat Di Cicco. 

Students Get Raie 
Chance to See Huge 
Naval Air Review 

Nearly 100 students of the Ryan school 
were privileged to witness the gigantic 
naval air review staged over San Diego 
on June 6th when the Pacific fleet re- 
tui-ned fx-om spring maneuvers in the 
South Pacific. More than 440 planes, 
representing the strength of the United 
States Navy at its greatest Pacific Coast 
base, participated in the review, personal- 
ly led by Vice Admiral Henry V. Butler 
in his blue flagplane. 

The expert precision and skill with 
which Navy fliers handle their planes, 
was demonstrated as formation after for- 
mation of twin-engined coast patrol 
planes, two-seater observation planes and 
single-seater scout, attack and pursuit 
ships roared over Lindbergh Field, home 
of the Ryan School, into San Diego from 
25 miles out at sea. 

The mammoth, sky-darkening flight of 
the hundreds of planes was a sight never 
to be forgotten by the Ryan students. 
All classes were dismissed and work was 
delayed to allow every student to witness 
the flight. Nearby, hundreds upon hun- 
dreds of skilled employes of the huge 
Consolidated Aircraft Corporation stood 
on the roofs and crowded the north end of 
Lindbergh field while the formations 
thundered overhead. 

Perfect Record Set 

The review was marked down in naval 
records as perfect. Behind the flying skill 
of the men who handled the controls is 
a seldom-written story that enabled the 
navy high command to rate this review 
as faultless. 

This story concerns the trained, highly 
skilled men who manufactured the planes, 
and the skilled mechanics who maintain 
them in perfect condition to allow for the 
precision and handling demands which 
such a flight show calls for. 

It has been estimated that at least 12 
to 15 men on the ground are necessary 
to maintain a plane with pilot and crew 
in the air. 

The future of many a young Amer- 
ican lies in being one of those 12 to 15, 
after undergoing a thorough course of 
training at some government-approved 
aeronautical training institution such as 
the Ryan School of Aeronautics. 

The men in far-off factories whose care 
and skill put those planes together, and 
the mechanics and ground crew of the 
planes, whether based at North Island 
Naval Air Station, San Diego, or on one 
of the giant aircraft carriers, were en- 
titled to a feeling of quiet pride when 
their commanding officers gave out praise 
for this spectacular air show. 



Increased production of Ryan S-T's has 
made it possible recently to assign defi- 
nite training schedules in these trim pop- 
ular planes for all transport flight stu- 
dents of the Ryan School of Aeronautics. 
John B. Pornasero, Ryan chief instructor, 
reports that new students have shown 
rapid progress in flying this fast, highly 
maneuverable type of plane. 

Ryan students learn by doing. Thorough instruction in the expert use of machines such 

as the above, develops the type of trained men now in great demand. 

Photo shoios a portion of the Ryan School shop. 



Tex Rankin, internationally famous 
speed and stunt flier and holder of the 
world's record for 131 outside loops, vis- 
ited the Ryan School recently, renewing 
his acquaintance with several Ryan stu- 

dents whose aviation progress he is 
watching with interest. 

Rankin, as factory representative for 
the Ryan Aeronautical Company in a 
standard 125 h.p. Ryan S-TA won the 
Miami aerobatics trophy, the 560 cu. in. 
speed event and set a new altitude mark 
of approximately 20,000 feet for planes 
in the Ryan S-TA classification. 





















Tuition alur 

July 1st 
2,350. 00*t 

Tuition increase effective July 1, 1936. 

t These gross tuiti( 
earning privilege. 

are reduced $130.00 by 


ew low tuition for this combination 
course which, following the recently announced re- 
duction of $400.00 in the price of the Ryan S-T 
plane, has been made possible by an extensive in- 
crease in Ryan S-T sales and production schedules. 

For the students whose completion of the current 
school year will delay their arrival at Ryan, benefit 
of the current low tuition schedules will be allowed 
providing application is returned to Ryan together 
with a deposit of $10.00 prior to July 1, 1936. 



Lindbergh Field, San Diego, California Date 


Please enter my enrollment in the Ryan School of Aeronautics for the 
Course No which I have checked. 

(a) I wish to enter the school on 

Date prior to July 1, 1936. 

(b) I will not be able to enter the school until approximately 

but am forwarding the enclosed sum of $10.00 

Date after July 1, 1936 

as tuition deposit, which acceptance by the Ryan School, it is understood, 
will entitle me to the present tuition now in effect. 






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Licenses Won By 

Nineteen Graduates 

Having completed their prescribed 
courses of training in the Ryan School, 
several students recently were granted 
licenses by the United States Department 
of Commerce. Tests were made under M. 
P. Hanscom, inspector in charge of the 
San Diego office. 

Those who were granted licenses in- 
clude: John D. Milner, Willcox, Ariz., 
transport pilot; Richard Owen, Los An- 
geles, Calif., private pilot; Larry Bald- 
win, Piedmont, Calif., private pilot; 
Tracy Hale, Hartford, Conn., transport 
pilot; Al Luthi, Los Angeles, Calif., pri- 
vate pilot; Robert Paulkerson, Angola, 
Ind., private pilot; Ejner Gunderson, 
Tofte, Minn., private pilot; Jimmy Mac- 
Farlane, Jr., Aberdeen, Miss., airplane 
and engine license; Martin Weidinger, 
San Diego, Calif., airplane and engine 
license; Albert A. Hyde, Buffalo, N. Y., 
transport pilot; Lyman Loomis IL Buf- 
falo, N. Y., private pilot; Frank M. Rich- 
ards, Philadelphia, Pa., transport pilot, 
and Leslie Sossaman, Higley, Ariz., pri- 
vate pilot. 


Furthering the cross country flight 
training given to Ryan students, Claude 
Ryan sent two Ryan S-TA's on the lecent 
spring tour of the Aviation Country Club 
of Southern California from Los Angeles 
to Sonora, Calif. Peter Dana, Ryan trans- 
port graduate and holder of the new Can- 
ada-Mexico record which he set in a Ryan 
S-T, flew one plane with E. A. Smith, sec- 
retary-treasurer, as a passenger. Robert 
Mafl'ett, Uplands, Calif., transport stu- 
dent, and John B. Fornasero, chief flight 
instructor, flew in the other ship. More 
than 60 planes from the Los Angeles and 
Southern California area participated in 
the tour. 

John Foniascro has completed six years 
at the helm of the flight instruction unit 
of the Ryan School of Aeronautics. The 
Ryan chief instructor has more than 4000 
hours in his log book. 



John B. Fornasero, Ryan chief instruc- 
tor, recently completed his sixth year in 
that position with the Ryan School. He 
is in the 4000-hour class of pilots and is 
one of the most widely known flight in- 
structors in the industry. 

Fornasero is a native of Tulare, Calif., 
and learned his early flying under Lieut. 
S. E. Robbins and Jerry Jones, both of 
whom have long since been connected 
with Pacific Alaska Airways, where 
Lieut. Robbins is chief pilot. "Johnnie" 
is married, has two children, and his hob- 
by is — flying. 

Ryan School Has 

World Reputatio 

The international appeal of the Ry^ 
School of Aeronautics is revealed 
scores of letters from the world over 
questing information as to the Ryj 
School's facilities and length of term 
various courses. Earl D. Prudden, 
president of the Ryan companies, dl 
closed that the daily mail brings coij 
munications from India, Japan, German 
Switzerland, many South American con 
tries, and from China, where aviation | 
forging ahead rapidly to become an 
ceedingly important industry. 

The great demand foi trained youJ 
Chinese to work in aircraft companies [ 
the Orient was evidenced in a recent coij 
munication from ihe Shiuchow Aircra 
Works at Shiuchow Kwangtung, Chiii 
to the Ryan School. P. H. Chow, direct 
of the factory, requested information 
to the number of Chinese graduates Ry| 
could recommend for immediate emplo 
ment. Mr. Prudden sent Mr. Chow nan 
and addresses of several Chinese who hj 
made enviable records while at the Ry4 
School. Chow paid a high compliment 
Ryan for the comprehensive aeronuati| 
training off'ered to students. 

Alert young citizens of foreign couii 
tries who go to the Ryan School are seiJ 
back trained and prepared to accept re-1 
sponsible positions with leading manu-l 
facturers of aii-planes and airline op-|^ 
erators. Many foreign Ryan student 
now are employed in aviation activities^ 
in their own countries. 

Fair Sex Learn Flying 

Of the approximately 100 students now 
receiving aeronautical training at the 
Ryan School, five of them are women, 
who ai'e taking regular flight instruction 
and training. They are Mrs. Gene\-ieve 
Moore Savage, Miss Adelaide Smith, 
Doris Pritchard, Margaret Roxburgh and 
Maxine Root. 








Coupon Sent Now Holds 

Reservation For You 

With opportunity literally pounding at the door of young men who want to make 
a career in aviation, and with the demand for trained men far outnumbering available 
Ryan graduates, winter enrollment at the Ryan School of Aeronautics January 4 is 
destined to set an all-time mid-year record by students who will take advantage of this 
ready-made opportunity 

Early enrollments already show that this will be one of the largest January classes 
in the history of the school and faculty, equipment and facilities at Ryan have been 
fully reviewed and put in readiness for the new term. 

There is still time for you, too, to eni'oll for the term beginning January 4th, but 
you are urged to immediately mail the tions with practically every major air- 

reservation coupon to be found elsewhere 
in this issue. 

The unusual scope of Ryan training 
which permits a studen": to follow any 
chosen branch in aviation, plus Ryan's 
unique location on famous Lindbergh 
Field in sunny semi-tropical San Diego, 
plus the school's proximity to, and close 
cooperation with, more than 60^; of the 
total volume of airplanes manufactured 
in the United States, give Ryan students 
opportunities that cannot be duplicated 

To maintain its position as America's 
most modern school of aviation, Ryan is 
constantly adding to its facilities and per- 
sonnel, and broadening the scope of train- 
ing in all flight and mechanical courses. 
By this means Ryan always keeps abreast 
of the strides being made in the industry 
and Ryan graduates go into the field fully 
prepared to accept positions of responsi- 
bility in whatever specialized aeronautical 
branch they may choose. 

Fleet Makes Statement 

The resulting demand for Ryan grad- 
uates is best summed up by the statement 
of Ruben H. Fleet, president of Consoli- 
dated Aircraft Corporation, to T. Claude 
Ryan, president of Ryan School of Aero- 
nautics, both of which firms adjoin each 
other at Lindbergh Field. Fleet declares 
that never before in the history of avia- 
tion has there been such a demand for 
skilled labor as there is today. 

This view is shared by aircraft execu- 
tives throughout the county and in com- 
menting on it T. Claude Ryan said: 
"Graduates of our school are filling posi- 

craft company in the United States to- 
day. Since Consolidated moved to San 
Diego last year, we have of course placed 
a large number of our graduates with 
this firm, but we are now unable to sup- 
ply their demands let alone those of out- 
side manufacturers. 

Young men who cherish a desire to en- 
ter aviation on a pay basis should realize 
that the greatest demand is for trained 
men and that today this demand exceeds 
the available supply from accredited 
aeronautical schools." 


The appointment of Howard H. Batt as 
Ryan distributor for Southern California 
and 0. J. Whitney, Inc., as distributor in 
the New York-New England teri-itory has 
been announced by the Ryan Aeronautical 
Co. at San Diego. 

Batt's headquarters will be maintained 
at Clover Field, Santa Monica, where he 
operates one of the most successful dis- 
tributorships in the United States. His 
territory will cover all counties south of 
the Tehachapi mountains with the excep- 
tion of San Diego. Batt has placed an 
order for ten of the 1937 series of Ryan 
planes, delivery of which will be started 

This appointment follows closely the 
naming of O. J. Whitney, Inc., as Ryan 
distributor for the New York - New Eng- 

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Ryan students enjoy a brief vacation from their studies when a special launch is engaged to take 
them out in San Diego bay to see the new China Clipper. 

Ryan Activities Attract 
International Attention 

International interest in the planes of 
the Ryan Aeronautical Company and the 
training facilities of its affiliated Ryan 
School of Aeronautics is shown by the in- 
creasing number of foreign representa- 
tives who plan their United States itine- 
rai-y to include the headquarters of these 
two companies in San Diego. 

Recent groups who made this special 
trek to California's southernmost city in- 
cluded the summer tour of French Aero- 
nautical Engineers, many of whom had 
also visited the Ryan factory on a similar 
tour last year. Following shortly after 
the French visitors, was a special group 
of Central and South American delegates 
who in most cases were the heads of the 
aeronautical divisions of their respective 

Last month's foreign visitors included 
F. H. Hwa of the Central Aircraft Manu- 
facturing Company at Hangchow, China; 
Bruce Douglas, of the De Haviland Air- 
craft Company, who is being transfered 
to the company's British factory from his 
former post at the Toronto plant; F. G. 
Miles, builder of the famous British Miles 
planes, who is connected with the Phillip 
Powis Aircraft Company of England; Lt. 
Claudio Robles of the Mexican Depart- 
ment of Communication; and J. N. Laurie, 
Director of Airflite, Ltd., Sydney, Aus- 

Americans Also Represented 

Each day also brings an interesting 
gi'oup of people, prominent in American 
life and the aircraft industry, to the Ryan 
plant. Many are personal friends of 
Claude Ryan who drop in to say "hello" 
while their plane is being gassed up on 
the line. Others stop at Lindbergh Field 
to clear through the Customs on their 
way to old Mexico and at the same time, 
stop over to see the unusual metal con- 
struction in the Ryan S-T planes. 

Colorful names on the current roster 
include Wallace Beery; J. Story Smith, 
president of Jacobs Engine Company; 
Guy Miller, head of Wings Field, Inc., 
Philadelphia, Pa.; Jack Frye, president 
of T.W.A., Kathryn Hepburn; Eugene 
Sibley, Chief of Communication Section 
of the Bureau of Air Commerce; and Del- 
ber M. Little, Chief of the Aerological 
Section of the Weather Bureau. 


Late fall enrollments for flight and 
ground school instruction at the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics include Howard 
Speight, Salt Lake City, Utah; Aaron 
Gai-duno, Mexico City, Mexico; R. D. Belt, 
Liberal, Kan.; Douglas S. Swalm, San 
Diego; Harold Raymond, New York City; 
and W. U. Roberts, Arena, Wis. 

Corner of Sheet Metal Department at Ryan School of Aeronautics. Students receive daily 
instruction in sheet metal. 


The Ryan Aeronautical Company will 
exhibit their 1937 series of Ryan S-T 
planes at the New York aeronautical 
show in January. Sam C. Breder, Ryan 
factory representative, will arrive in New 
York the fore part of January in time to 
assist O. J. Whitney, Inc., New York- 
Ryan distributors who will be in charge 
of the display. 

Following the aircraft show, Breder 
will make a tour of eastern states for the 
purpose of surveying 1937 business which, 
increasing orders at the Ryan factory in- 
dicate, will exceed previous expectations. 


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land territory. An order for five planes, 
for immediate delivery, was placed by 
Whitney while in San Diego where he had 
flown to personally inspect the Ryan 
series and the expanded facilities which 
the company has recently installed in an 
efl'ort to keep delivery schedules in pace 
with orders. 

New England states which will be cov- 
ered by Whitney, Inc., and its established 
dealer organization include Maine, Ver- 
mont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, 
Rhode Island, Massachusetts. New York, 
and 13 counties in northern New Jersey. 

Other purchasers during the past 
month of Ryan S-T-A 125 h.p. models, 
which are proving to be the most popular 
in the company's new 1937 series, include 
John W. Lyon. Palo Alto, California; En- 
sign David A. Lindsay, whose residence 
is Winnetka, 111., but who is now assigned 
to duty on the U. S. S. Mississippi at San 
Pedro, Calif.; Joe Lewis, Union Air Ter- 
minal, Burbank, California; the Ameri- 
can Far Eastern School of Aviation. Ma- 
nila, P.I.; Richard Archbold, New York 
City, and Seth M. Terry, Reno, Nevada. 

Ryan School of Aeronautics students 
who recently have been awarded their 
government pilot's licenses include Jack 
Rinckhoff, Pasa Robles, California, 
Amateur, George Pattison. Bagley, 
Minn.; Maurice Berger, Manila. P. I.; 
Ted Bair, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; James 
D. Storie, Oshawa, Ontario. Canada; Rob- 
ert Trimble, Princeton, 111.; Edward Im- 
perato, Saugerties, N.Y.; Curtis Bruer- 
ton, Needham, Mass.; Edmond Kelly. La 
Jolla, California, Private: and Robert 
Matfett, Uplands, Calif., Transport. Of 
this group Berger, Bair, Storie and Bru- 
erton are continuing their advanced flight 
instruction at the Ryan School in prep- 
aration for their transport ratings. 

Following completion of their class in 
Aircraft Radio, the following students 
were successful in passing their Federal 
examination for third-class telephone li- 
censes: Chester Evans, Duluth. Minn.; 
Fred Hagen. El Cajon, Calif.; Kenneth 
Lee, Honolulu, Hawaii; Harvey Spangler. 
Gettysburgh. Pennsylvania. 

Radio instruction which is offered as a 
regular part of ground school instruction 
in Ryan Courses is given under the di- 
rection of Lt. Comdr. Lloyd R. Gray. 
USN, ret., who was formerly in charge 
of communications for the 11th and 14th 
naval districts in the Pacific. 

Pensacola Bound 

Lawrence Treadwell, Jr., who recently 
completed his government approved 
transport course at the Ryan School of 
Aeronautics has now finished his prelimi- 
nary military instruction at the United 
States Naval aircraft reserve base at 
Long Beach. California, and expects to 
leave for advanced military instruction 
at Pensacola early in 1937. 

Important Positions 
Filled By Graduates 

Lt. Claudio Robles, Mexico City, D. F., 
who gi-aduated from the Ryan School of 
Aeronautics in January, 1936, now holds 
the post of aeronautics inspector for the 
Mexican department of Airports and 
Communications. Formerly adjutant to 
the Mexican Minister of War, Robles was 
transfered to the Communications Di- 
vision after his return from the Ryan 
School, so that he could give valuable aid 
in the development of Mexico's Commer- 
cial Aircraft transportation. Lt. Robles' 
supervision covers the northern Mexican 
states where he has charge of the licens- 
ing of commercial planes and pilots and 
the inspection of airports. 

Other recent graduates of Ryan who, 
during the past month have reported 
their success in obtaining positions in the 
aircraft industry or who have been ad- 
vanced in their work, include John Mil- 
ner, Wilcox, Ariz., Robert Trimble, Prince- 
ton, 111., Claudio Robles, Mexico City, D.- 
F.; Laurence Conner, Hood' River, Oregon; 
Harmon Edwards, Christiansburg, Vir- 
ginia; Herbert Finley, Dalhart, Texas; 
Verne Mui'dock, Waynesboro, Penn.; 
Thomas Exley, Pittsburgh, Kan.; Nicholas 
Livingston, El Cajon, California; Thomas 
Maulsby, and Clayton Gibson, San Diego. 


Winning two first places and one sec- 
ond place in two Brazilian air races with- 
in two weeks after their arrival in that 
country was the auspicious introduction 
of Ryan S-T-A planes in South America 

Anesio Amaral, Jr., flight instructor 
for the Aero Club of Sao Paulo had cabled 
his order to the Ryan Aeronautical Com- 
pany at San Diego for a 125 h.p. Ryan to 
enter Brazil's 1200 Kil. cross country 
classic scheduled for October 15th. En- 
route to Brazil the steamship carrying 
the plane was delayed, but the sportsman- 
ship of the Brazilian pilots was shown by 
their postponing the race until October 
18th so that the Ryan could be entered. 
With no time to familiarize himself with 
the plane, Amaral took off in the 150 h.p. 
classification, flew the hazardous 750- 
mile triangular course from Sao Paulo to 
Rio de Janeiro, westward over the mount- 
ainous interior to Bello Horizonte, and 
then southeast to the starting point at 
Sao Paulo where he and his Ryan were 
adjudged winner by a wide margin. 

The following week Amaral flew his 
shining metal fuselaged Ryan north to 
Rio de Janeiro to compete with ten other 
planes in the popular .350 Kil. circuit of 
the city of Rio. Five times around Rio 
de Janeiro was the prescribed course. 
When the race was over, Antonio Seabra 
in his 125 h.p. Ryan was adjudged win- 
ner with Amaral in a sister ship, a close 

It is understood that the winning of 
these two races has aroused widespread 
enthusiasm for the Ryan planes through- 
out Brazil. 

"It's a great i/ii//" mid Billu Lund In ( laudi 

R\an as ihe look deliiery on her neii 

R',r.-i S TA at Lindbergh. Field. 

Ryan Christmas Party 

To Be Huge Affair 

Preparations are already under way by 
the Ryan School of Aeronautics, San 
Diego, for its seventh annual outdoor 
Christmas party which it will hold at 
Lindbergh Field, Sunday, December 20th. 
This event, held for the benefit of San 
Diego youngsters, has grown each year 
until it now assumes major recognition 
by the entire city. 

Last year's party, staged by the school 
with the assistance of its entire student 
body, attracted more than 20,000 young- 
sters who were on hand to see Santa 
Claus arrive from the North Pole in a 
plane piloted by John Fornasero, Ryan 
chief flight instructor, and flanked by a 
formation of five Ryan student ships. 

Highlights of the party are a volun- 
tary guard detail of 200 Marines in dress 
uniform, a 250-piece band, a 50-foot 
Christmas tree and a treat for every one 
of the thousands of children. The entire 
day's receipts from passenger flights are 
contributed by the Ryan School to a civic 
Children's Shoe Fund. 

Lindbergh Field 

Activity Growing 

Long recognized as one of the country's 
most beautiful and best located airports, 
a series of developments and expansion 
programs totaling over $1,000,000 at 
Lindbergh Field, San Diego, California, 
is making it one of the busiest in the 
United States. 

Consolidated Aircraft Corporation's 
huge new experimental buildings are 
practically completed. Adjacent to them 
is the new factory of the Ryan Aero- 
nautical Company which by doubling its 
size has enabled the Ryan Company to 
triple its production of planes. 

On the south edge of the field the two 
new hangars of the United States Army 
Air Corps Reserve are rapidly nearing 
completion and on the western bay side 
of the airport, four new hangars and 
maintenance shops of the U. S. Coast 
Guard are being rushed to be ready for 
occupancy March 1st. It is expected that 
the airport's new seaplane ramp will also 
be completed at the same time. 



A recent decision of the Ryan Aero- 
nautical Company to finance the sale of 
its planes on terms comparable to ac- 
cepted plans in the automobile business 
has resulted in a marked increase in or- 
ders and inquiries for the new 1937 Ryan 
S-T series. Payments of one-third the 
purchase price can now be made with bal- 
ance including cost of insurance and fi- 
nance charges payable in twelve monthly 
installments. A feature of this financing 
and insurance plan is that it can permit 
the purchaser to use his plane for com- 
mercial student instruction if he so de- 



Lindbergh Field, San Diego, California Date 


Please enter my enrollment in the Ryan School of Aeronautics for the 

Course No. - 

(a) I expect to arrive in San Diego approximately 

for enrollment in the next term beginning Jan. 4, 1937. 

(b) I expect to enroll in the 

D Spring term beginning April 5, 1937. 
D Summer term beginning July, 1937. 

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Former Instructor 

Visits at School 

Lt. S. E. Robbins, former chief flight 
instructor at the Ryan School of Aero- 
nautics and now chief pilot for Pan 
American Airways at Fairbanks, Alaska, 
visited old friends at Ryan recently when 
he stopped at Lindbergh Field with an- 
other passenger plane that he was ferry- 
ing north. 

San Diego, which was Robbins' boy- 
hood home, is well represented at Pan 
American's Alaskan base with Joe Cros- 
son, veteran Alaskan pilot who learned to 
fly at the old Ryan Airport in San Diego, 
as chief of Operations, Robbins as chief 
Pilot, and Jerry Jones, a Ryan trained 
pilot who later returned to his Alma 
Mater as chief instructor, acting as sec- 
ond in command. 



Navy Day brought a half holiday to 
students at the Ryan School of Aero- 

All classes were suspended and stu- 
dents under the guidance of instructoi-s 
went by water taxi to the Government 
Aircraft base at North Island, where a 
tour of inspection was made of the gov- 
ernment's huge airplane and engine over- 
haul shops as well as the hundreds of 
military planes ranging from fast attack 
ships to huge flying boats that are based 
at San Diego throughout the year. 

Big Backlog Reported 

In spite of every efl'ort to keep produc- 
tion in pace with sales the Ryan Aero- 
nautical Co. reports a current back log of 
1937 orders representing a total valua- 
tion of approximately $120,000. Certain 
departments are now working on a three 
shift 24 hour basis and it is evident that 
increased shifts will have to be employed 
in order to keep up with the heavy de- 
mand for these planes that is expected 
during the winter and spring months. 

Doug Fairbanks on one of his jrequent aerial 

trips to San Diego admires the 

new Ryan S-T series. 

New Catalogs Produced 

Announcement of the new 1937 series 
of Ryan S-T planes together with recent 
expansion of technical and flight training 
facilities has necessitated the printing of 
new catalogs by the Ryan Aeronautical 
Company and its aflSliated Ryan School 
of Aeronautics, which these companies 
are preparing to distribute to their mail- 
ing lists comprising the names of thou- 
ands of prospective airplane owners and 
students. These master lists in the Ryan 
offices are compiled from inquiries that 
have been received by these companies in 
San Diego from every civilized country 
on the globe. 

Australians to Fly 

Ryan Airplanes 

Sale of a Ryan S-T-A 125 h.p. mode 
to Airflite Limited at Sydney, Australia 
is announced by the Ryan Aeronautical 
Co. at San Diego. The sale of this plane, 
which is the first of the new Ryan series 
to be exported to Australia, followed 
shortly after a personal \'isit at the Ryan 
factory, by J. N. Laurie, Airflite director. 

Laurie, who is one of Australia's 
pioneer pilots and operators was delighted 
with the plane's high performance and 
flying characteristics and felt that 
would meet with instant approval among , 
Australian spoilsmen pilots and fl\-ing 
school instructors. Shipment from San 
Diego will be made the last of DecemberJ 


Following established custom, the Ry- 
an School of Aeronautics was host on tha 
night of October 30th. to more than 100 
couples at its annual student Halloween 
party and dance. Held in the main lobbjj 
of the school's administration building 
the party proved to be a colorful aff'aii 
with the majority of couples attending 
in costumes appropriate to the occasior 
Following the dance, refreshments wer 
sei'ved in the Lindbergh Field Cafe. 

Operator Buys Ryan 

Alfred C. Goddard, operator of th<> 
Clover Flying Ser%nce at Clover Fielc, 
Santa Monica, has purchased a new Ryai 
S-T from Howard Batt. Southern CaU 
foi-nia Ryan distributor. Goddard will us: 
his Ryan for primary and advanced stu- 
dent instruction. 


S C H O O 

O N A U T I C S 


MARCH, 1937 


Ry&n ni"" Jinks Hu^^c Success 

% Opening Social 

Activity of Series 

Bouling. horseback riding, roller skating and other sports may not be universal accomplishments 

but eating is still 100% popular if judged by this Ryan student jamboree dinner, the first of a 

series of strictly social events. 


While the world of aviation admired the 
recent massed flight of twel%^e huge Con- 
solidated navy flying boats from San 
Diego to Honolulu, the trip was of 
special interest to students at the 
Ryan School of Aei'onautics who had 
the opportunity of seeing these large 
ships trundled by their flying line and 
launched at the Lindbergh Field seaplane 
ramp several times each week. Ideally 
situated from the standpoint of climate, 
the Ryan School of Aeronautics is also 
in an equally favorable location from the 
standpoint of student contact with com- 
mercial and military aeronautical activ- 
ities. Consolidated Airci'aft which is con- 
sidered as one of America's most modern 
and largest aircraft manufacturing units 
is directly adjacent to the Ryan School 
buildings, while directly across the chan- 
nel from Lindbergh Field is North Island, 
the Government's largest aeronautical op- 
erating base. 

Ryan S-T at National 

Air-Craft Show 

Howard Batt, southern California dis- 
tributor for Ryan S-T planes, will be in 
charge of the Ryan exhibit at the Los 
Angeles Aii'craft Show which will open 
in the Pan Pacific Auditorium on March 
13th. Assisting liim will be dealer mem- 
bers of his organization including Ted 
Brown, Los Angeles Municipal Airport; 
Joe Lewis and Tex Rankin, Union Air 
Terminal, Burbank, Calif., and Al God- 
dard of Clover Field, Santa Monica, Calif. 

The company will have on display one 
of the new 1937 Ryan S-T 125 h.p. models 
which will feature many improvements 
and refinements which the company has 
engineered in this popular all metal 
fuselage ship. 

First of a series of all-Ryan student 
jamboree dinners was held Friday 
night, February 26th, in the Pompeian 
Room of the San Diego Hotel. Casting 
aside momentarily the worries of aero- 
dynamics, airplane engines, navigation 
and radio together with other kindred 
subjects and adhering to the announced 
promise that heavy discussions would be 
Ijanned, students, dates, and instructors 
arrived in a holiday mood and the entire 
evening moved with a tempo that brought 
a unanimous burst of enthusiastic ap- 
proval from the student body that the 
affair be made a regular monthly occur- 

Each guest was called upon to introduce 
the guest at his or her right and to an- 
nounce the state from which they came. 
Mary Dalton, versatile Ryan secretary, 
telephone operator, mail clerk and gen- 
eral student lost and found department, 
tabulated the introductions and found 
that the eighty guests represented 27 
states and 6 foreign countries. 

Virgil McKinley, head of Aerodynamics 
and Airplane Shop instruction, alternated 
with Logan Bennett, student graduate 
and now a Ryan employee, at the piano 
while Earl Prudden, vice-president; Dan 
Burnett, superintendent of wing construc- 
tion; Johnny Fomasero, chief flight in- 
structor; Maurey Berger, transport stu- 
dent, and Jean Ross, secretary, vied for 
honors in directing the spontaneous sing- 
ing of "She'll Be Comin' Round the Moun- 

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Large Classes Expected 

Spring and summer terms at the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics will open 
on April 5th and July 5th respectively. 
Advance applications from prospective 
students indicate that the summer 
class at Ryan will be one of the largest 
in the school's 15 years' history. 




Ted Blair, Ryan transport graduate, 
reluctantly making his seventh attempt 
to leave San Diego for his home in 

Twenty-seven states and six foreign 
countries represented at the last student 

Kirk Hills from Davenport, Iowa, set- 
ting up "cokes" for the crowd after Pop 
Hanscom, D. of C. inspector gave him his 
transport ticket. 

* * * 

Mary Dalton issuing solo pins with 

Jim Storie's greeting to Walt Balch — 
"G'morning, 'teach'." 

* * * 

Johnny Funk's infectious laugh as he 
and the gang discuss the last cross coun- 

* * * 

Tourists who do not fly but, "certainly 
enjoyed the lecture on the airport." 

* * * 

"No, lady, you won't have any of those 
sensations. San Diego has the smoothest 
air in the world." 

Harry Helmes, teletype operator for 
Dept. of Commerce, dieting on chocolate 

"Yes, it was an unusual winter for Cali- 
fornia but think of the storms back East." 

Tommy Kung scoring the Hooligan 

Johnny Fornasero reluctantly alloting 
Paul Wilcox another girl flight student. 
* * * 

Limping indications of last night's 
roller skating party. 

Sunburned indications of early season 
swimming parties. 

* * * 

"Nice work — now go in and get your 
solo pin." 

Squatters' gallery in front of the shop 
between classes. 

Trying to find parking space after 8:00 
A. M. 

"Fill out this application. Get two pic- 
tures and report to the inspector in the 

"Do yuh s-pose he'll use the same ques- 
tions that he did last time?" 

Last minute directions before a stu- 
dent cross country to San Francisco. Bill 
Stewart leads the first leg to Santa Bar- 

Distributorship for Ryan S-T planes 
for northern California has been awarded 
Franklin Rose Aircraft, Inc., according 
to an announcement by Ryan Aeronau- 
tical Company at San Diego. Main offices 
for the northern territory will be main- 
tained at Mills Field, San Francisco, and 
at San Francisco Bay Airdrome. Plans 
are being completed for an extensive 
dealer organization that will adequately 
serve the entire Franklin Rose territory 
which extends as far south as the Te- 
hachapi Mountains. 

Delivery of the company's first demon- 
strator, a Ryan S-T-A 125 h.p. model was 
made by Jennison Heaton and Nat Messer 
who are associated with Franklin Rose. 
The company has placed an order for ten 
Ryans which will be delivered as rapidly 
as production schedules permit. 

Appointment of Demorr Aeronautical 
Corporation as Ryan S-T distributors for 
eastern Pennsylvania and northern New 
Jersey has been announced by the Ryan 
Aeronautical Company. Nicholas Morris, 
vice-president of the Demorr Aeronau- 
tical Corporation, completed the arrange- 
ments with Sam Breder, Ryan aircraft 
sales manager, during the New York 
Show. An immediate order was placed 
by the Demorr Aeronautical Corporation 
for ten Ryan planes, the first of which 
will be delivered to Morris in San Diego 
the forepart of March. Distributorship 
headquarters will be maintained at the 
Main Line Airport, Paoli, Pennsylvania, 
which is a suburb of Philadelphia. The 
company serves one of the most impor- 
tant sport flying centers in the United 
States and the numerous inquiries which 
it has already received for Ryan S-T 
planes are indicative of the demand which 
is expected for these ships in this Penn- 
sylvania territory. 


Orders for two more Ryan S-T-A 125 
h.p. planes for immediate delivery to 
South Africa have been received by the 
Ryan Aeronautical Company from Haller 
Aviation, Ltd., Ryan distributors for the 
Union of South Africa, northern Rho- 
desia, southern Rhodesia, Kenya Colony, 
and Mozambique. 

Foreign shipments which have been 
held up pending settlement of the recent 
shipping strike will be resumed by the 
Ryan Company immediately. Additional 
orders which have also been delayed for 
foreign shipment include Ryan 125 h.p. 
models that are destined for Australia 
and the Philippine Islands. 

Ground Loop Party Success 

Reserving the entire rink at Ocean 
Beach on the evening of March 3rd. more 
than 100 students and employees of the 
Ryan School threw caution to the winds, 
donned roller skates, and attempted with 
varying degrees of success to overcome 
the law of gravitation. The uneasy shift- 
ing of students in the engine lecture class 
the following morning indicated that 
many had found the law to be irrevocable 
and all wondered if Walt Balch had con- 
ducted the entire two hour lecture stand- 
ing up through choice or through neces- 

Anniversary Brings 

Larger Quarters 

Fifteen years of diversified aeronau- 
tical activities will be celebrated this 
summer by the Ryan Aeronautical Com- 
pany in San Diego. In September, 1922, 
T. Claude Ryan established his first flying 
service at the foot of Broadway. Under 
his progressive leadership the original 
unit was expanded into Ryan Airlines, 
Inc., which built Col. Lindbergh's "Spirit 
of St. Louis" plane and was later ex- 
panded into the present Ryan School of 
Aeronautics and the Ryan Aeronautical 
Company, both of which organizations 
hold positions of acknowledged leader- 
ship in the aircraft industry. Claude 
Ryan, president of both companies, is 
actively engaged in formulating new 
plans for the companies' growth to a point 
of dominating leadership in both manu- 
facturing and training departments. 

The enthusiastic demand for the mod- 
ern metal fuselaged Ryan S-T planes by 
sportsmen pilots as well as commercial 
operators, makes it necessary for the 
Ryan Co. to rush plans to again expand 
its manufacturing facilities from its pres- 
ent 10 plane per month capacity to a 30 
plane per month basis. Additional drop 
hammers are being installed immediately 
to fabricate Ryan formed parts all of 
which are now manufactured by this 


Recent deliveries of Ryan planes in- 
clude a 150 h.p. supercharged model to 
Ted Brown who is the Ryan dealer at the 
Los Angeles Municipal airport. Brown 
also owns a 125 h.p. model which has 
proven to be one of the most popular 
planes at Mines Field for student instruc- 
tion and sport flying. 

J. W. Johnson of the Braman-Johnson 
Aviation Company at Roosevelt Field. 
New York, accompanied by Mrs. Johnson, 
took delivery at San Diego recently on a 
new 125 h.p. Ryan S-T plane which they 
flew to New York. The Braman-Johnson 
Company has been appointed Roosevelt 
Field dealers for Ryan planes by O. J. 
Whitney, Inc., Ryan distributors for the 
New York-New England territory. 

Social Activities Planned 

Tentative plans for a student moonlight 
horseback ride are being made for Friday. 
April 23rd. The charge of $1.00 will in- 
clude coffee and sandwiches at the Em- 
erald Hills Club. See Walter Balch if 

The one hour lunch period between shop 
classes is now being used by many stu- 
dents for a noonday plunge in the ocean 
surf at Mission Beach. 





With Jim Storie averaging 170 and 
( leading a score of top flight student 
bowlers, many of whom had never rolled 
a game before coming to Ryan, plans are 
under way for the formation of a student 
team which will play a series of games 
with a team to be formed under the direc- 
tion of Fred Rohr, Ryan Aeronautical 
Co. superintendent. Student bowling con- 
tests are now held on approximately two 
Friday nights each month. 

All Ryan students are entitled to free 
membership in the Y. M. C. A. A large 
number are taking advantage of this priv- 
ilege which includes use of the swimming 
pool and full athletic facilities. The only 
requirement for continued membership is 
that the student make use of the "Y" at 
least five times each month. 


Inasmuch as all transport courses at 
the Ryan School of Aeronautics include 
ten hours of blind or instrument flying, it 
is necessary for Ryan students to acquire 
only ten hours of this additional type of 
instruction in order to qualify for the new 
blind flight requirements that have re- 
cently been put into effect by the Depart- 
ment of Commerce. Regulations state 
that this classification will be given only 
to transport pilots with 200 hours of solo 
flying who can also show a minimum of 
20 hours of blind or instrument flying on 
their log. A recent Department of Com- 
merce ruling makes it possible for a 
Government Approved school transport 
graduate with only 175 hours of logged 
time to be eligible for this rating provid- 
ing he also can show the 20 hours of 
blind flying experience. 


Enrollments at the Ryan School of 
Aeronautics in San Diego include: Trans- 
port — Ben Ashford, Arlington, Calif.; 
John Miller, Delaware, O.; William Gregg, 
Columbus, 0.; Malcolm Farr, Billings, 
Mont.; George Turner, Hollywood, Calif.; 
Robert Backus, Willimantic, Conn., 
Walker Boone, Wyandotte, Okla., and 
John Roulstone, Long Beach, Calif. New 
private students include: Osmo Becko, 
Butte, Mont.; Don Brady, Fairbanks, 
Alaska; Jack French, Ambridge, Pa., Bar- 
bara Towne, Ross, Calif., and Barbara 
Kibbee, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 

Recently enrolled Ryan mechanics stu- 
dents include: Albert Jueschke, Hayden, 
New Mex.; Winston Carlin, Grand Saline, 
Texas; Robert Hall, Charleston, W. Va., 
Ernest Rothert, Santa Barbara, Calif., 
and Don Lynch; Paul Craft and Eugene 
Smith of San Diego, Calif. 

Even though the Ryan School's present 
enrollment of 135 students is greater than 
it has been for several months, the school 
is still experiencing difficulty in graduat- 
ing students rapidly enough to fill the 
positions that are available. Never before 
in the history of the school training has 
there been the constant demand for Ryan 
graduates that there is today according 
to Earl D. Prudden, vice-president. It is 
expected that spring and summer enroll- 
ments will bring additional large num- 
bers of new students who will swell the 
enrollment figures to new high levels. 

Use of radio transmitters in excess of 
50 watt power on airliners requires oper- 
ation by pilots holding at least a second 
class commercial radio license instead of 
the third class according to ruling by the 
Department of Commerce. To meet this 
higher requirement, the Ryan School of 
Aeronautics is now offering under the di- 
rection of its radio instructor, Lieut. 
Comdr. Lloyd Gray, advanced radio the- 
ory in conjunction with 15 word per min- 
ute code instruction. The Ryan course is 
so arranged that the student can special- 
ize in either aerial or marine departments 
and it is expected that the training will 
prove equally popular with airplane pilots 
as well as yachtsmen of whom there are a 
large number in San Diego. 



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tain", "Sidewalks of New York", and 
other well known classics. 

Mrs. James D. Storie, wife of Jim 
Storie, transport student from Oshawa, 
Canada, drew the tickets which gave door 
prizes to six of the guests. 

Feature of the evening's entertainment 
was the showing by James Keefe, West- 
ern Air Express traffic manager, of two 
reels of colored motion pictures taken by 
W A E to show the gorgeous colorings 
and scenic wonders of the Boulder 
Dam-Grand Canyon flight which 
Western Air Express now offers in reg- 
ular schedule from San Diego. The films 
though just released have already been 
shown to thousands of people and have 
been declared to be one of the finest ex- 
amples of colored photography ever pro- 

The next Ryan student dinner will be 
held Friday evening, April 9th, with fu- 
ture dinners on the second Friday night 
of each month. 

The following extra curricula student 
activities are announced. Dates as nearly 
as possible are definite, although subject 
to revision if necessary. 

Los Angeles Aircraft Show — March 

Inspection Trip Solar Aircraft Co. — 
April 14. 

Inspection Trip North Island (Govern- 
ment Aviation Base) — April 29**. 

* Students can make this trip on either 
week-end. Transportation subject to in- 
dividual arrangement or student groups. 
Admission $.40. 

**Motor Boat fare across San Diego 
Bay $.20 round trip. 



In the middle of aerial rescue, supply, 
and photographic work in connection with 
the disastrous Ohio valley flood were 
three Ryan graduates — Dick Huflfman of 
Camden, Ohio; Herbert Stump, Colum- 
bus, Ohio, and Ben Hazelton, Toledo, 
Ohio. Hazelton was flying back to the 
Ryan School in his own plane after his 
Christmas vacation and was ordered to 
carry blankets and serum from Toledo 
to Dayton. Upon his arrival at Dayton, 
army officers commandeered Hazelton and 
his plane for additional service with the 
result that he made several emergency 
flights over the stricken territory before 
he was permitted to continue on his way 
to California. 

Spanish Catalogue Ready 

To better serve the increasing number 
of inquiries from Central and South 
American countries, the Ryan Aeronau- 
tical Company has recently issued a spe- 
cial Spanish adaptation of its Ryan S-T 
catalogue. This is one of the first cata- 
logues of its type to carry a complete 
Spanish translation and it is expected 
that this service will be of considerable 
value in promoting the sale of aircraft to 
Spanish speaking countries. 




Lmdbergh Field, San Diego, California Date 


Please enter my enrollment in the Ryan School of Aeronautics for the 
Course No. 

(a) I expect to arrive in San Diego approximately 

for enrollment in the next term beginning April 5, 1937. 

(b) I expect to enroll in the 

D Summer term beginning July 5, 1937. 
D Fall term beginning October 4, 1937. 

(Check which) 

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James W. Fisher who for the past six 
years has been actively engaged in the 
sale of American aircraft in China has 
been appointed China representative of 
the Ryan Aeronautical Company for the 
Ryan S-T series of sport and training 
planes. Fisher has just returned to China 
after an extensive survey of the United 
States aviation market. In his opinion 
the new all metal fuselage Ryan planes 
represent the most modem type of sport 
and training ship that is available on to- 
day's aircraft market. 

Faculty Increase 

The appointment of Vincent Hamilton 
as aircraft welding and assistant sheet 
metal instructor has been announced by 
Walter Balch, chief of ground school in- 
struction at the Ryan School of Aeronau- 
tics. Hamilton, who for several years has 
held his Government Approved school in- 
structo»'*s Tating, h^'S recently been on 
leave for the study of production methods 
as conducted in some of the country's 
largest aircraft factories. His appoint- 
ment follows the Ryan School's constant 
purpose to give its students the closest 
possible tie-in between theoretical and 
practical instruction. 

Transport Students Get 

Cross Country Training 

Extensive cross country trips for which 
the Ryan School of Aeronautics Trans- 
port Course is famous have been con- 
tinued steadily under the direction of 
Robert Kerlinger, one of the school's staff 
of government approved flight instruc- 
tors. Transport students who have re- 
cently made two-day flights from San 
Diego to Las Vegas, Nev., and San Fran- 
cisco, Calif., include James D. Storie, Wil- 
liam Stewart, Kirk Hills, Ben Hazelton, 
Thomas Kung and James McKean, with 
Johnny Funk, Robert Moffett and Clayton 
Gibson acting as check pilots. 

Flying Today in China 

Having just returned from a trip to 
China, Ted Kelly, graduate of the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics and former Ryan 
employee, reports that aviation is one of 
the leading factors in the amazing devel- 
opment (and the bringing under control) 
of that vast country. China, in adapting 
Western methods of business and trans- 
portation is omitting an era of economic 
development which in America existed 
between 1860 and 1910. During this period 
the people of the Western World were be- 
coming gradually used to things mechan- 
ical and to the speeding up of transporta- 
tion. The Chinese have omitted this en- 
tire period and, instead of coming upon 
airplanes by a gradual progression, they 
suddenly find themselves whisked, as if 
upon a Magic Carpet, from ox cart speeds 
of two and three miles per hour to the 
two hundred miles per hour of modern 
transport flying. Trips that took months 
on camel-back now are accomplished in 
hours by the most modern planes in the 

There are many openings in China to- 
day for young men with either thorough 
flight or mechanical training. It is not 
to be supposed that the Chinese are in- 
capable of doing these things for them- 
selves, but the very fact that the transi- 
tion from a pastoral period to the me- 
chanical age has been so rapid, makes 
necessary the continual guidance and 
coaching of the Western World. The 
Chinese National Government is today 
building training planes and owns the 
majority of the stock of all the airlines 
operated in China, but most of the key 
positions in the aviation industry in China 
are held by Americans. 




More than $45,000 worth of Ryan S-T 
planes were sold at the recent New York 
Aviation Show by Sam Breder. Ryan air- 
craft sales manager. Bi-eder left San 
Diego early in January and made an 

Torsten Scheutz who enrolled for trans- 
port training at the Ryan School of Aero- 
nautics in 1934, having come to San 
Diego, direct from his home in Stockholm, 
Sweden, is now employed as transport 
pilot by Transportos Aereos Centro 
Americanos at Managua, Nicaragua. ' 
Scheutz was the first student to enroll at 
the Ryan school from Sweden and his 
record throughout his entire training 
course was an enviable one according to 
Ryan officials. After graduation and re- 
ceipt of his United States transport li- 
cense, Scheutz flew extensively in Europe 
before returning to Central America to 
fill his present position. 

Model Wins Praise 

Twelve hundred hours of painstaking 
labor went into tiie building of a model 
Ryan S-T plane by Kenneth Lee of Hono- 
lulu, Hawaii, and Jack Weyer of Santa 
Barbara, Calif., both of whom are stu- 
dents at the Ryan School of Aeronautics. 
The model now on display in a prominent 
San Diego down towTi window is consid- 
ered to be one of the finest metal models 
that has ever been constructed. With a 
wing span of 5^2 feet, it is almost an 
exact replica of the famous Ryan S-T 
training planes. Built primarily as a scale 
model, the ship is also equipped with a 
1 5 horsepower engine. 

extensive survey of the eastern territory 
before returning to the factory. 

As former sales manager for Ryan 
Brougham planes as well as Lockheed and 
Northrop ships. Breder is one of the best V 
known a\'iation sales representatives in 
the industry. His wired reports indicate 
that the New York Show represented 
more definite interest and actual purchas- 
ing of planes than has been e%idenced at 
any aircraft display in i-ecent years. 



JUNE, 1937 


Aviation Industry Calling High School and College Grads 

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sunset over the Pacific. Ryai 
admittedly superior to those 
airport, Intensive concentration of aen 
all contributing factors In making San 
tion. It costs no more to train at Rya 

autlcal actlvItU 

:lty for avia 
lid the luxury of these special 



Present day opportunities in the field 
of airport operation are being demon- 
strated by John Milner, 21 year old resi- 
dent of Willcox, Ariz., who has recently 
organized the Milner Air Service at 

In September, 1935, young Milner en- 
rolled for transport training at the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics where he grad- 
uated with honors in February, 1936. He 
immediately purchased a cabin plane suit- 
able for charter work, secured a lease at 
Tucson airport and now has a group of 
25 students flying under his direction. 
His facilities include a well equipped re- 
pair base and open cockpit training 

The beneficial relaxation which ac- 
companies flight training was proven re- 
cently when Nelson Dezendorf, vice- 
president of General Motors Acceptance 
Corp., New York City, came to San Diego, 
Calif, for his annual vacation and devoted 
practically his entire time to flying in- 
struction at the Ryan School of Aero- 
nautics in preparation for his Private 
Pilot's license. 

O. J. Whitney, Ryan distributor for the 
New York-New England tei-ritories has 
just returned from an exhaustive survey 
flight of South Amei'ican territory and 
reports a tremendous opportunity for the 
sale of American aircraft in many of 
these countries. 

Ryan Training is 
Stepping Stone to 
Profitable Employment 

Literally hundreds of the thousands of 
young men who will receive their sheep- 
skins from high schools and colleges 
throughout the country this June will be 
successful in finding opportunities await- 
ing them in aviation. These facts are 
borne out by questions directed to per- 
sonnel managers of the industry's largest 
employing groups — the aircraft factories 
and airline operating companies. Never 
before in the history of aviation has there 
been the consistent demand for trained 
men that exists today, and yet, so rapid 
is the development of this newest indus- 
try, that the activities of today are but 
a foi'ecast of the tremendous expansion 
which is inevitable in the near future. 

With many of the usual professional 
fields presenting overcrowded employ- 
ment conditions, 1937's academic grad- 
uates will do well to secure a foothold in 
aviation and prepare for the advancement 
opportunities which are developing be- 
fore them with overnight sw-iftness. No 
longer is the field of aviation limited to 
flying a plane or overhauling an engine. 
Today the aircraft industry offers scores 
of diff'erent types of positions grouped 
under four broad classifications of manu- 
facture, sales, transportation, and main- 
tenance. None will deny that worthwhile 
positions with rapid advancement are 
available for applicants who come equip- 
ped with the sound academic training of 
a high school or college, the practical 
training of an accredited aeronautical 
school and the capacity for hard work. 


Walter Balch, chief of ground school 
instruction at the Ryan School of Aero- 
nautics, announces the appointment of 
Howard Engler as assistant instructor in 
sheet metal. Engler and Vincent Hamil- 
ton, Ryan welding instructor, will assist 
Virgil McKinley, chief of airplane school, 
and Fred Magula, superintendent of sheet 
metal in this department which the Ryan 
School has expanded in its eff'ort to keep 
pace with the increased use of sheet metal 
construction in the aircraft industry. 


Recent Department of Commerce 
awards of flight and mechanics li- 
censes to Ryan School of Aero- 
nautics students include the follow- 

Ted Baer, Bloomfteld Hills, Mich. 
Kirk Hills, Davenport, Iowa. 
Ben Hazeleton, Toledo, Ohio. 


Don Brady, Fairbanks, Alaska. 
James Storie, Oshawa, Canada. 


Thomas Kung, Peiping, China. 
Maurice Berger, Manila, P.I. 
William Stewart, Milwaukee, Wis. 
Harold Parker, Glendale, Calif. 
Jack Schoble, Philadelphia, Pa. 
James McKean, Los Angeles, Cal. 
Ben Ashford, Arlington, Calif. 
Richard Lynde, Del Mar, Calif. 
Curt Bruerton, Needham, Mass. 
Harold Raymond, New York City. 
Hollis Wilcox, Santa Ana, Calif. 
William E. Hayes, Omaha, Neb. 
Edward Imparato, Saugerties, N.Y. 
William Comstock.Long Beach, Cal. 
Harvey Spangler, Gettysburg, Pa. 
Barbara Towne, Ross, Calif. 


Earl Cook, U.S.S. Detroit, 

San Diego, Calif. 
Edward Robinson, Los Angeles, Cal. 
William Roberts, Arena, Wis. 
Jerry Dientsbier, Chicago, 111. 
Bert" Averett, Mt. Pleasant, Utah. 


Don Brady, Fairbanks, Alaska. 
Carl Nesbitt. San Diego, Calif. 
Basil Morrow, San Diego, Calif. 
Harvey Spangler, Gettysburg, Pa. 
Harley Rubish, San Diego, Calif. 
Eugene Rubish, San Diego, Calif. 

In the above group of pilots, the 
following are continuing at the 
Ryan School for the balance of 
transport instruction: James Storie, 
William Stewart, Harold Parker, 
Jack Schoble, James McKean, Ben 
Ashford, Richard Lynde, Harold 
Raymond, Thomas Kung, Maurice 
Berger, and Curt Bruerton. 

Epochal Lindbergh Flight Commemorated 


One of the highlights of the Ryan 
transport course is the unusually exten- 
sive cross-country training which it in- 
cludes to such interesting points as San 
Francisco, Calif.; Las Vegas, Nev., and 
Tucson, Ariz. These trips which are made 
by Ryan students on two day week end 
flights have been selected by the staff 
of Ryan instructors to include the diver- 
sity of terrain which is available in the 
southwest territory. The return trip of 
all flights is laid out over a different 
route in order to insure the greatest 
amount of navigational experience. Ro- 
bert Kerlinger, Ryan flight instructor, 
has been in chaige of recent trips with 
the following transport students partici- 
pating: Harold Raymond, New York City; 
Jack Schoble. Philadelphia, Pa.; Maurice 
Berger. Manila. P. I.: Harold Parker. 
Glendale. Calif.; William Gregg, Colum- 
bus, O.; and Walker Boone, Wvandotte, 

Record Enrollment lor 
Summer Term Likely 

Scheduled to accommodate the students 
who are completing their training at the 
close of the current high school and col- 
lege semester, the summer term at the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics will open 
Monday, July 5th. Concurrent with the 
tremendous advancement of aviation dur- 
ing the past year, it is expected that this 
summer class will bring the Ryan School 
to a new high peak of enrollments. It is 
requested that students who contemplate 
enrolling in this group mail their applica- 
tions as early as possible. No advance 
deposit is necessary. State the time of 
your arrival in San Diego and mention 
whether you are motoring or coming by 
plane, train, or bus. Arrangements will 
be made for a school representative to 
meet you and assist you in every way 

Students who are planning on summer 
vacation training only with the thought 
of returning to high school or college at 
the opening of the fall semester should 
report at the Ryan School as early as 
possible after the close of their current 
academic school year. Do not wait for the 
beginning of the regular summer term. 
Your earlier enrollment will make it pos- 
sible for you to complete the three months 
Private or Limited Commercial Courses 
No. 2 or No. 2a in their entirety in ample 
time. Students enrolling on this basis are 
urged to wire collect their date of arrival 
so that arrangements can be made for 
the beginning of their instruction im- 
mediately after reporting to the Rvan 

Appointment of Brayton Flying Service 
as Ryan S-T distributor at St. Louis, Mo., 
is announced by the Ryan Aeronautical 
Company. Clyde E. Braj^ton is one of the 
mid-west's aviation pioneers who has es- 
tablished an enviable reputation in the 
merchandising of aircraft. He arrived at 
the Ryan factory in San Diego May 11th 
to thoroughly familiarize himself with 
the company's metal production processes 
and take fly-away delivery on his first 
ship, a 125 h.p. model which he will use 
for demonstration purposes. 

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of 
Lindbergh's departure from San Diego 
for the start of his epochal Atlantic 
flight, the San Diego Chamber of Com- 
merce sponsored a two day open house 
celebration at Lindbergh Field on May 
9th and 10th. The opening event was the 
dedication of the Governments's new 
$300,000 permanent Coast Guard Avia- 
tion Base which has just been completed 
on the west shore of the airport. Dedica- 
tion ceremonies were held Saturday, May 
8th, with visiting Army, Navy and Coast 
Guard officials as honored guests. 

San Diego aircraft industry was rep- 
resented by T. Claude Ryan, founder of 
the original Ryan Airline Company which 
built Colonel Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. 
Louis", and now president of Ryan Aero- 
nautical Company and the Ryan School 
of Aeronautics, also Major Reuben Fleet, 
president of Consolidated Aircraft Cor- 

On display at the Ryan factory were 
a group of sleek, new Ryan S-T trainers 
whose metal fuselages and modern con- 
struction presented an interesting con- 
trast with their maternal Ryan B-1 cabin 
plane known as the "Sister Ship of the 
Spirit of St. Louis" which stood along- 

The dedication of the Coast Guard base 
served as a fitting close to the important 
ten year period in San Diego's a\iation 
history which began with the building by 
Ryan Airlines of Lindbergh's plane. Dur- 
ing this past decade San Diego has de- 
veloped and put into 100 ^V use one of the 
finest land and seaplane airports in the 
United States. Major new industry which 
this field has attracted is Consolidated / 
Aircraft Corporation which since its 
opening in San Diego in October, 1935. 
has received more than $20,000,000 worth 
of Government orders for the construction 
of Army and Navy type planes. Approxi- 
mately 3500 employees are now on Con- 
solidated's payroll. 

Recommendation of high school grad- 
uation as an academic prerequisite for 
aeronautical instruction is reflected in the 
high scholastic standards of the student 
body at the Ryan School of Aeronautics. 
San Diego. Calif. A recent survey showed 
that over 50 percent of the students who 
are now enrolled at Ryan for transport 
instruction have had from one to four 
years of college wo^'. 


Ryan students enjoy a preview of one of Consolidated's huge new flying boats. Approximately 
three times each week, one of the 176 planes of this type which Consolidated is building for the 
Navy emerges from its factory in the backgr 
to its launching at the seaplane rar 

L^uMu airu is trundled past the Ryan buildings i 
np at the western edge of Lindbergh Field. 

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"Let's go", say six intrepid ma 
eights and spot landings at the 
N.Y.; Mariorie Towers, Corona 
Towne, Ross, Calif.; Adelaide 
daughter of Capt. J. H. Tower 
commanding officer of the aircr 
at Hawaii. Capt. Towers, torn 


who are learning the intricacies of verticals, spins, figure 
School. Reading from left to right are Ruth Clark, Deposit 
;alif.; Barbara Kibbee, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Barbara 
and Mary Dalton, San Diego, Calif. Miss Towers is the 
told her not to fly low and slow as he left San Diego as 
irrier.U. S.S.Saratoga, bound for the fleet's recent maneuvers 
of U. S. Naval Air Station at North 

Diego — the navy's largest 


Careers Ahead! 

Recently enrolled students at the Ryan 
School include the following: 

Charles Wright, Greenwood, Mississippi. 
Diar Clark, Deposit, New York. 
Fred Doremus, High Falls, New York. 
Joseph Robinson, Nashville, Tennessee. 
Ned B. Chase, Gary, Indiana. 
Fred Griffith. New York, New York. 
Robert Shelton, Hamden, Connecticut. 

Private and Limited Commercial 
Ruth Clark, Deposit, New York. 
John Stubbins, Caracas, Venezuela. 
William Sloan, La Jolla, California. 

Kenneth Johnson, Woodland, Idaho. 
Boyd Waldemar, Mt. Pleasant, Utah. 
Tom Hubbard, Ft. Worth, Texas. 

Brown, operator at Los Angeles Munic- 
ipal Airport, Inglewood, Calif., has also 
added a 150 h.p. Ryan to his highly pop- 
ular 125 h.p. model. 

Six bowling teams representing stu- 
dents, instructors, and employees of the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics and the Ryan 
Aeronautical Company are engaged in an 
eight weeks tournament. James D. Storie, 
Ryan transport student from Oshawa, 
Canada, is chairman of bowling activities 
and reports that interest in this sport 
has grown to such an extent that many 
additional teams are being formed for 
weekly competition. Matches are held at 
the Elk's Club each Monday evening. 

100 Ryan Students 
fieat William B. Stout 

One hundred students of the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics were on hand at 
the school's April monthly jamboree din- 
ner to hear William B. Stout, aeronautical 
engineer and former president of the So- 
ciety of Automotive Engineers give an 
address on the "Community Value of the 
Engineering Pioneer". Famous as the de- 
signer and builder of America's first all 
metal plane. Stout is also known as the 
man who sold Henry Ford on aviation. 
As a research engineer. Stout has long 
led the field of development and his mes- 
sage brought to Ryan Students some of 
the highlights of the future developments 
in aeronautics that could well serve as a 
challenge to the imagination of anyone 
who is considering the opportunities 
which await the newcomer in the aircraft 


Guest of honor at the May student 
dinner, held at the San Diego Club, was 
William Wheatley, chief test pilot for 
Consolidated Aircraft who gave an in- 
teresting description of his recent round 
trip flight from San Diego to Hawaii. 

These dinners which are held each 
month are proving to be a highlight in 
the school's social calendar and serve as 
a get-together occasion for the scores of 
students who are now enrolled at the 
Ryan School. 

June and July dinners promise to be es- 
pecially interesting with the following 

June 11th — Sound motion pictures, 
"Flying the Lindbergh Trail". This movie 
of more than an hour's duration gives an 
intimate view of the Pan American aerial 
operations in South America. 

July 9th — Guest of honor, Lt. Comdr. 
George O. Neville, who was second in 
command to Comdr. Byrd on the last 
South Pole expedition. Comdr. Neville 
■wiU bring with him his sound movies 
which with his famous running comments 
of first hand information promise Ryan 
students a new high in entertainment. 


With the production on the new 1937 
Ryan S-Ts averaging approximately 10 
planes per month, the Ryan Aeronautical 
Company is now making carload ship- 
ments to its distributors. The latest rail- 
way delivery went to O. J. Whitney, Inc., 
at North Beach airport. New York, and 
Demorr Aeronautical Corp., at Paoli air- 
port, Philadelphia, Pa. Both of these dis- 
tributors have maintained advance orders 
at the Ryan factory in an effort to keep 
pace with the demand for these popular 
planes among eastern spoi'tsman pilots 
and operators. 

Additional recent factory deliveries 
have been made to Miss Bobby Lupton, 
Detroit, Mich.; Howard Batt, Clover 
Field, Santa Monica, Calif.; Robert Klein, 
Central Aircraft Sales, Inc., Sky Harbor, 
Chicago, 111.; Ben Ashford, Arlington, 
Calif.; John Roulstone, San Diego. Calif.; 
and Clyde Brayton, St. Louis, Mo. Ted 



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Many a delightful hour of healthy sun-tanned relaxatic 
and Sundays at nearby Mission Beach. Here, just fivi 
breakers of the Pacific present one of Southern Califon 

spent by Ryan students on Saturdays 
iles from Lindbergh Field, the rolling 
most famous ocean swimming resorts. 

Ryan Students Tiain 
at Most Ideal Aiipoit 

Ryan students train at the most con- 
veniently located airport in the United 
States according to the frequently ex- 
pressed opinion of thousands of aircraft 
leaders and others who visit Lindbergh 
Field annually. Not only is the business 
and residential section within a mile and 
a half radius of the palm fringed Spanish 
type Ryan Administration Building but 
on every hand are interesting and inex- 
pensive diversions ranging from golf, 
tennis, and horseback riding to sailing 
and deep sea fishing. 

The Ryan training program is a full 
time schedule from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
five days each week, Saturdays and Sun- 
days, except for special training schedules 

and cross countrys, are open days for 
student diversion and excursions to 
Southern California's many nearby points 
of interest. For further information re- 
fer to the whimsical map on the inside 
back cover of your Ryan School Cata- 

Four Ryan S-T planes which will be 
used for Government subsidized flight in- 
struction in the Union of South Africa 
have been shipped during the past two 
months to Haller Aviation, Ltd., at East 
London, South African distributors for 
the Ryan Aeronautical Company. A fifth 
Ryan S-T-A has been shipped to Haller 
for delivery to African Flying Service at 
Germiston," South Africa. "The Ryan S-T 
series with its all metal fuselage and high 
performance has met with approval in 
South African territory where commer- 
cial operations are conducted under 
strenuous conditions and high altitudes. 

Aerial Honeymooners 
Enrolled at Ryan 

Aerial weddings have become the vogue 
among airniinded couples but it remained 
for Mr. and Mrs. Diar Clark of Deposit, 
N.Y. to prove the feasibility of an aerial 
honeymoon. Both aviation enthusiasts, the 
wedding of the Clarks in New York a few ( 
months ago was immediately followed 
by a motor trip to San Diego where they 
are both now enrolled at the Ryan School 
of Aeronautics for flight and ground 
school instruction. Mr. Clark, who is an 
engineering graduate of Lehigh Univer- 
sity, Pittsburgh, Pa., is taking the com- 
plete transport course while his wife is 
keeping pace with him through her en- 
rollment in the Ryan Private course. 
Both husband and wife attend the same 
classroom lectures and shop periods and 
both are showing equal proficiency in the 

John Stubbins, who has spent the past 
15 years in Venezuela as engineer and 
American industrial agent, is taking ad- 
vantage of a vacation period in the United 
States by training for his Private license 
at Ryan. Stubbins is one of a group of 
four graduate engineers who are at pres- 
ent eni-olled at the Ryan School for flight 
and ground instruction. 


Shipment of the first Ryan S-T-A to 
Australia was made recently by the Ryan 
Aeronautical Company to Airflite Limited 
at Sydney. Appointment of this well es- 
tablished Australian firm as Australian 
dealers for Ryan S-Ts followed a personal 
inspection of the company's factory by 
J. M. Laurie, an Airflite director who 
came to the United States for the purpose 
of inspecting the new low wing Ryan 

Seth Terry of Reno. Nevada who has 
until recently been opei'ating his Ryan 
S-T in the northwest territorv has also 
shipped his own 125 h.p. model to Mel- 
bourne where he will use it in conjunction 
with a suvey which he is making of .Aus- 
tralian aeronautical conditions. 


S C H O O 






A two-year aeronautical 
engineering course, exten- 
sive in its scope and inten- 
sive in its practical appli- 
cation to the aviation in- 
dustry, has been added to 
the curriculum of the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics as 
announced in current air- 
craft trade publications by 
T. Claude Ryan, president. 

Selected to head this im- 
portant department is 
Stanley H. Evans, who is 
recognized as one of the 
foremost engineering edu- 
cators in the aviation in- 
dustry. A war time pilot 
with the Royal Flying 
Corps and Royal Air Force, 
Evans graduated from the School of Mil- 
itary Aeronautics at Oxford University 
in 1917, served with the famous "RE-8" 
Squadron and the Army of Occupation, 

where he received his degi-ee in Aeronau- 
tical Engineering. 

For the next six years he was engaged 
as Assistant Technician, Chief Technician 
and then Designer with the Dutch Na- 
tional Ail-craft Works in Holland, and 
Handley Page, Ltd., and Gloster Aircraft 
Co., Ltd., in England. In 1929 he came 
to the United States as designer and tech- 
nician for Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc., 
where he was assigned to special research 
development in connection with high alti- 
tude intercepter fighters. 

In 1931 he organized, and for three 
years directed, one of the first aviation 
technical engineering schools in the 
United States. Recalled to England in 
1934 to accept the position as Chief De- 
signer for Heston Aircraft Co., Ltd.. he 
was responsible for the design of the well- 
known British "Phoenix" 5-place cabin 
monoplane. Now with the Northrop Divi- 
sion of Douglas Aircraft, Evans will 
arrive in San Diego to assume his post 
at the Ryan School on March 1st. 

Stanley H 

conies to Ryan School to take 
charge of Aeronautical En- 
gineering instruction. 

Outlines of this course, 
which are now available for 
distribution, show that the 
two years of training in- 
clude 3500 hours of solid 
instruction in which every- 
thing has been eliminated 
that does not pertain di- 
rectly to engineering the- 
ory, design, mathematics, 
or shop practices. Educa- 
tors and aeronautical en- 
gineers who have had an 
opportunity of previewing 
the new Ryan engineering 
course state tha it is one 
of the most concentrated 
and complete outlines of 
practical instruction that 
has yet been offered the 
thousands of young men who seek, in a 
two-year period, the training necessary 
to fit them for the increasing numbers of 
positions of this type which the aircraft 

iiidustiy iio'w lias aVitiiable. 

In referring to his appointment, Evans 
stated: "I am indeed happy to accept this 
position for I feel that the close affiliation 
between the Ryan School of Aex'onautics 
and its manufacturing affiliate, the Ryan 
Aeronautical Company, as well as its 
huge manufacturing neighbor, Consoli- 
dated Aircraft Corp., gives the engi- 
neering student an unusual opportunity 
for constant contact with the practical 

solution of everyday aircraft manufac- 
turing problems. Practical daily student 
contact of this type with industrial pro- 
duction is the desire of every technical 
school in the country. At no other school 
that I know of is the student in such a 
favorable position for the ideal balance 
between theory and practical contact and 
observation as he is at Ryan." 

The new 1938 Ryan Course Outline, 
just off the press and now available for 
distribution, contains full information re- 
garding this complete engineering train- 
ino-. Enrollments are now being made for 
instruction to begin April 4th, the open- 
ing date for the Spring term. 


Hollywood moved to the Ryan School 
for four days recently when Clark Gable, 
Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Bar- 
rymore and scores of others arrived to 
use Lindbergh Field as the setting for 
several of the main shots in M-G-M's next 
aerial picture, "Test Pilot." 

Even the most ardent students found 
it hard to concentrate on class schedules 
with the movie stars rehearsing shots just 
outside. Thousands of San Diegans spent 
the d?y st tho field, but only the Ryan 
students and field personnel were allowed 
full access to the airport and sets. 

Work in the shops was temporarily 
disrupted when students brought Clark 
Gable through on a personally conducted 
tour of inspection. The result is that 
practically every Ryan student has 
intimate snapshots of himself and the 
stars, as well as autographs as a reminder 
of personal contact with the idols of mil- 
lions of movie fans. 


n S-T-A Specials in front of the administration building at Lindbergh Field lined up for final 
in before being sent to Mexico City where they are being used as military training planes by the 
Army Air Force. See story on Page 2. 


As this issue of Sky News goes to press, the printers advise us that the new 
tuition schedules and course outlines which the Ryan School of Aeronautics has 
prepared to conform to recently-announced changes in the Civil Air Regulations will 
be available for distribution this week. 

Prospective students who are planning on beginning their training this year are 
advised to write for their copy, giving full details of the revised schedules, together 
with tuition charges and details of the school's new courses which include Aeronau- 
tical Engineering, Airplane Drafting and Design, Master Pilot, Graduate Master Pilot, 
and Master Radio. A preview from the press room gives 1938 Ryan curriculum and 
applicable tuition rates as follows: 

No. 1 — Commercial (formerly Transport) Pilot's Course (Standard) $2285 

No. la — Commercial Pilot's, plus 3 months Mechanical 2375 

No. lb — Commercial Pilot's, plus 12 months Master Mechanic 2775 

No. 2 — Graduate Master Pilot's Course 1160 

No. 3 — Master Pilot's Course 3275 

No. 4 — Limited Commercial Pilot's Course (Standard) 795 

No. 4a — Limited Commercial, plus 3 months Mechanical 895 

No. 4b — Limited Commercial, plus 12 months Master Mechanic 1370 

No. 5 — Private Pilot's Course (Standard) 545 

No. 5a — Private Pilot's, plus 3 months Mechanical 625 

No. 5b — Private Pilot's, plus 12 months Master Mechanic 1050 

No. 6 —Solo Pilot's Course (Standard) 295 

No. 6a — Solo Pilot's, plus 3 months Mechanical 3B5 

No. 6b — Solo Pilot's, plus 12 months Master Mechanic 795 

No. 7 — Special Advanced Training Tuition Rates on Application 

No. 8 — Advanced Navigation Course 100 

No. 9 — Ryan De Luxe Combination Commercial Course, plus S-T-A- Plane 5442 

No. 10 — Aeronautical Engineering 1275 

No. 10a — Airplane Drafting and Design 675 

No. 11 — Master Mechanic's Course (12 months) 625 

No. 12 — Mechanical Course (3 months) 175 

No. 13 — Aircraft Welding 100 

No. 14 — Master Radio 250 


Increasing proof of the fact that the 
Ryan low-wing metal monoplane is Amer- 
ica's most modern training plane is shown 
by the Mexican Government's recent pur- 
chase of six Ryan S-T-A specials which 
are being used by the Mexican Air Force 
for primary and advanced instruction. De- 
livery of these planes was made from the 
San Diego factory of the Ryan Aeronau- 
tical Company in December. 

These ships are the same as the Ryan 
S-T-A's used for training at the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics, with the exception 
that they are equipped with the 150 horse- 
power supercharged Menasco engine in 
order to give ample allowance for the 
extremely high altitude at which the Mex- 
ican military fields are located. 


Ryan students who have been watching 
the development and production of the 
new Ryan S-C metal cabin planes, now 
have an opportunity to get in advanced 
flight instruction on the plane since the 
addition of a Warner-powered Ryan S-C 
to the school line. 

The new three-place cabin plane has 
created a world of interest in the aviation 
industry, as indicated by the satisfactory 
number of orders now on hand. 

First public showing of the Ryan S-C 
will be at the International Air Show, 
Chicago, where many readers of SKY 
NEWS will have an opportunity to view 
the new ship. 

Factory production plans call for deliv- 
ery of three planes per week, and it is 
anticipated that by spring many will be 
making their appearance at airports 
throughout the country. 




Lindbergh Field, San Diego, California Date 


Please enter my enrollment in the Ryan School of Aeronautics 

for the 

Course No.. 

I expect to arrive in San Diego approximately 

for enrollment in the (check which) 

[ I Next (Spring) term beginning April 4, 1938. 

I I Summer term beginning July 5, 1938. 

Q Fall term beginning October 3, 1938. 

,^^ Please send me the new Ryan outline of courses and 
^^■^ tuition schedule revised in accordance with new Civil | — , 
Air Regulations as listed at top of this page 1 — I 

Name Age 


City State 


Installation of more powerful radio 
sets with resulting higher qualifications 
for radio operators has caused an influx 
of enrollments in the Master Radio 
Course, given under Lt. Comdr. Lloyd ^ 
Gray, U.S.N., Ret. ( 

While the majority of students taking 
this advanced training at the Ryan School 
are also enrolled for other courses, it is 
interesting to note that the Radio Course 
also has definite appeal to experienced 
pilots seeking this specialized instruction. 
Assisting Comdr. Gray is M. C. Leslie, 
who for twenty years served as Radio 
Technician with the United States Navy. 


The Ryan School of Aeronautics is 
proud of the exceptionally fine type of 
students who have chosen Ryan for their 
aeronautical instruction. The following 
list includes only those currently enrolled 
for full time courses. Fifty-five percent 
of this group are enrolled for flight and 
ground school, with the remaining 45 
percent for mechanics courses. Check 
this list. The chances are good that there 
are students here from your part of the 

Malcolm Fan- 
Robert Backus 
Nelson Norquist 
Barbara Kibbee 
Ted Ning 
Dwight Moore 
Richard Lynde 
Charles Wright 
Diar Clark 
Ruth Clark 
William Sloan 
Fred Doremus 
Hugh Pah low 
Chester Rians 
Howard Wirth 
David Van Every 
Linn Stitle 
Thomas Joy 
Herbert Riggs 
Lyle Swenson 
Warner Lincoln 
Russell Stevenson 
Luis Franco 
Jack Loney 
Marvin Bradley 
Harry Marshall 
Doyle Morrow 
James Young 
James Hoyt 

Lt. Comdr. C. B. Morse 
Elmer Bryan 
Don Gibbons 
Gene Beveridge 
Douglas Bothwell 
Aaron Garduno 
Willis Yeagy 
Norman Squires 
Walter Parkhurst 
Winston Carlin 



Charles Goff 
Joe Hausladen 
Philip Prophett 
Stanley Newton 
Francis Gemmill 
Alan Austen 
Tom W. Anderson 
Kai Chow Lu 
Ernest Rothert 
Donald Lynch 
Paul Craft 
Eugene Smith 

(Continued ' 

Billings. Mont. 

Willimantic, Conn. 

Vancouver. B. C. 

Rancho Santa Fe, Cal. 

Kiangsu. China 

Guthrie, Okla. 

Del Mar, Cal. 

Greenwood, Miss. 

Deposit. N. Y. 

Deposit. N. Y. ' 

San Diego. Cal. 

High Falls. N. Y. 

C-olumbus. Ohio 

Peoria, 111. 

Santa Barbara. Cal. 

Charlotte. N. C. 

Indianapolis, Ind. 

Detroit. Mich. 

Dos Cabezos. Ariz. 

Rockford. 111. 

Medford. Ore. 

Chicago. lU. 

Caracas, Venezuela 

Walla Walla. Wash. 

Paul's Valley. Okla. 

Ashland, Ky. 

Greenville. Miss. 

Williamson. N. Y. 

San Diego, Cal. 

San Diego, Cal. 

Greeley, Colo. 

W'illetts, Cal. 

Silvis. 111. 

Los Angeles, Cal. 

Mexico City. Mexico 

New Oxford, Pa. 

Manchester, Vt. 

Springfield. Mass. 

Grand Saline, Texas 

Upper Marlboro, Md. 

San Diego, Cal. 

Vista, Cal. 

Rutland, Vt. 

Stratford, Cal. 

Abeline, Kan. 

Ithaca, N. Y. 

Nashville. Tenn. I, 

Tientsin, China 

Santa Barbara. Cal. 

San Diego, Cal. 

Ocean Beach, Cal. 

San Diego. Cal. 

p 4 . . . Col. 2) 


Students Pahlow, Rians, Backus and Turner, with Chief In- 
structor Wilcox, chart courses for week-end cross-country 
flights, a distinctive feature of Ryan School's highly efficient 
transport training. 

the Ryan S-T-A. which "Test Pilot's" script has him fly, is shared wi 
Barbara Kibbee answers his questions, while Hugh Pahlow, Bob Backu 
Lyle Swenson act as supporting cast. See Page 1 story. 

Varied Activities at Ryan School 

No aviation school in the United States offers such valuable aeronautical contacts 
and interesting diversions as those which punctuate the daily life of Ryan students. 
Lindbergh Field's flying and manufacturing activities and adjacent North Island's 
naval aeronautical operations bring to San Diego the distinction of having more flying 
throughout the entire year than any other city in the United States irrespective of 
size or location. 

) Under semi-tropical year 'round blue skies Ryan students are virtually sitting in 
a grand stand seat to view the most active aerial show in the world. 

Though the homes of most Ryan students are hundreds of miles distant, home- 
sickness is an unknown malady, for here they train under ideal conditions with 
""'fficient weekend leisure to enjoy a diversity of recreational activities so accessible 
^ inexpensive that price is no barrier. Here are a few random candid shots of Ryan 
student contacts. Look for more pictures in later issues of SKY NEWS. 

n inetropulitan areas and rural communitii 
students, but — 'horae conscious* or otherwi 
light canter assures a fine turnout." 

I .Students Squires and White get some individual 

1 'assistance from Comdr. Lloyd Gray, navigation 

instructor, after the lecture. 

No second invitation was needed to send Ryan 

students scurrying across Lindbergh Field to witness 

the recent test i^ight of Consolidated's huge 4- 

engined Navy bomber. 

In the heat of a January Sunday afternoon off San Diego Bay. 

Flight Instructors Wilcox and Murdock show Ryan students 

the thrills of deep sea fishing. 


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With a skyward eye for some roving fledgling. Chief of Ground School instruction. Walter Balch 
Chief Flight Instructor Paul Wilcox prepares to explains magneto details to engine shop students 
) give a "student check". Gemmill, Lincoln and Newton 

Veteran Airman Claude Ryan, school founder and president, 
with his most recent development — the Ryan S-C — now avail- 
able for students' flight training. 



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Over cloud banks above the blue Pacific, five Ryan students practice formation flyinp in the school's 
fleet of sleek Ryan S-T-A sport training planes. This is one of the distinctive features of advanced flipht 
traininir at Ryan. Note particularly that only in the leading plane is there an accompanying instructor 
during this precision flight. Complete mastery of technique is a characteristic of Ryan graduates. 




The morning mail brings reports re- 
garding the following recent Ryan grad- 

William H. Stewai-t, who completed his 
Transport course at the Ryan School in 
August, 1937, has been appointed distribu- 
tor of Ryan S-T and S-C planes for Wis- 
consin. Stewart has established his head- 
quarters at Curtiss-Wright Airport, Mil- 

Arthur Martin is flight mechanic with 
Pacific Alaska Airways, Pan-American 
affiliate, at Fairbanks. Lt. Claudio Robles 
is in charge of all civil inspection for the 
Mexican Department of Aviation. Bob De- 
vine, who is completing his final year at 
the University of Southern California, has 
been elected president of Alpha Eta Rho, 
International Aviation Fraternity. 

Edmond Kelly is now in the Airways 
Traflic Control office of the Bureau of Air 
Commerce at Union Air Terminal, Bur- 
bank, Calif. Johnny Milner is operating 
his own commercial air service at Tucson, 
Arizona. Jacqueline Cochran continues to 
be front page news with her record-break- 
ing flights. 

(Continued From Fade 21 

Robert Hall 

Charleston. W. Va. 

Tom Hubbard 

Fort Worth, Texas 

Charts Haeor 

Nr.ticial C^ty. Cal. 

James Lindell 

Annapolis, Md. 

Richard Leavers 

Brooklyn. N. Y. 

Ro^er Anderson 

El Centre. Cal. 

.\lbert McLeod 

Butte. Mont. 

Fred Gardham 

Bridge River. B. C. Canada 

Burt Raynes 

San Diego. Cal. 

Charles Shultz 

Columbus. Ohio 

Clarence Choi 

Oahu. Hawaii 

Bjoi-n Osborne 

Cordova. Alaska 

Sam Halley 

Fort Collins. Colo. 

Neai Altizer 

Accoville. W. Va. 

Norman Taylor 

Modesto. Cal. 

David RollinKs 

Chicago. III. 

James Riley 

Minneapolis. Minn. 

Russell Brownell 

Susanville. Cal. 

William Everly 

Pacific Beach. Cal. 

Frank O'Farrell 

Fairbanks. Alaska 

CeorKe Eastwood 

Grayville. III. 

Arthur White 

Glendale. Ariz. 

John Ferneding 

Milwaukee, Wis. 

Charles Zierman 

San Diego, Cal. 

Goodwin Groff 

San Diego. Cal. 

William Duke 

Iowa City, Iowa 

Ralph White 

Owasso. Mich. 

Robert Mix 

Garfield. Utah 

Jack Gierster 

Joplin. Mo. 

Frank Simonetti 

Suffolk. Va. 

Stanley Reama 

Hamden, Conn. 

Norman Park 

Great Falls. Mont. 

Charles Ault 

Valparaiso. Ind. 

Kiefer Pattan 

Susanville. Cal. 

Gus Moore 

Willcox. Ariz, 

Walter McQuarrie 

Salt Lake City, Utah 

William Evans 

Colorado Springs. Colo, 

Howard Mann 

Pampa, Texas 

How do aviation students, particularly 
the large majority of unacquainted out- 
of-town men at Ryan, fill up their spare 
time ? 

A new Ryan student gets acquainted 
quickly. Instructors, office personnel and 
fellow students are quick to "do the 
honors" and make the new man feel at ( 
home. Chances are that by the second day 
he will start receiving invitations to par- 
ticipate in that week's bowling tourna- 
ment, roller-skating party, basketball 
game or one of the frequent student 

All Ryan students may have free mem- 
bership in the Y. M. C. A., where they 
enjoy all privileges, such as sports, swim- 
ming and social activities. On Monday 
comes bowling night and one is always 
sure to find four to six teams of Ryan 
students at the Elks Club, where alleys 
are reserved for Ryan tournaments. 

If interest in these activities lags there 
is always the alternative of a roller-skat- 
ing paity at neai-by Ocean Beach or the 
thrill of a moonlight horseback ride, fol- 
lowed by a camp fire wiener roast. Those 
who enjoy water sports find a thrill in 
deep sea fishing off Point Loma or sailing 
on the bi'oad expanse of San Diego Bay. 

These acti\nties, of course, are merely 
a sparetime backdrop for the student's 
training activities, which continue on a 
day to day schedule with unfailing reg- 
ularity and a sufficient succession of ex- 
aminations to require first and foremost 
attention to assigned studies. The nec- 
essary amount of home study varies with 
the individual student, but the recom- 
mended suggestion is one hour of study 
for each hour of classroom lectui-e. 

Ryan students served as a welcoming 
committee for Frank Fuller when he 
landed his low-wing all-metal Seversky v 
monoplane at Lindbergh Field recently 
after establishing a new tri-flag record 
from Vancouver, B. C, to Agua Caliente, 
Mexico, of 4 hours and 54 minutes. The 
plane was the same ship in which Fuller 
won the 1937 Bendix i-ace. 



MAY, 1938 


Rvnn COURSES nnRncT unmTion studghts 

l^ou ^kould Know 

Introducing you to two genial men with whom 
you will bG in daily association at Ryan — Paul 
Wilcox lleft), Chiet Flight Instructor, and Walter 
K. Balch (right). Chief ot Ground School training. 



So widespread within the aviation industry 
is interest in the Ryan School of Aeronautics 
and its affiliate manufacturing unit, the 
Ryan Aeronautical Co., that Lindbergh Field 
has become a meeting place for noted pilots, 
engineers, writers and educators who desire 
to keep abreast of latest developments. 

Only recently, a delegation of French air- 
men headed by the noted speed pilot, Capt. 
Michel Detroyat, and Henri Guilioumet, chief 
pilot of Air France, the national and empire 
airway system of France, visited the Ryan 
school and factory. In his usual gracious 
manner, Capt. Detroyat responded to the re- 
quest of Ryan students by taking up a stock 
model Ryan S-T-A plane for one of his sen- 
sational aerobatic demonstrations. (See pic- 
ture, page 3.) 

Another recent visitor was Major "Jimmy" 
Doolittle, famous Army pilot, who took one 
of the school's Ryan S-C aloft for a test 
demonstration flight. 

Still others who have visited the Ryan 
school and factory of late are Laura Ingolls, 
well-known oviotrix; George T. Cussen, west- 
ern traffic manager of TWA; S. Paul Johnston, 
editor of "Aviation"; C. B. Colby, editor of 
"Air Trails"; Ronald Gall, head of the public 
relations department of the Curtiss Aero- 
plane and Wright Aeronautical Companies; 
and Lt. Comdr. George 0. Noville, who was 
second in command on Admiral Byrd's two 
Antarctic expeditions. 


scHooi nno coiiege schedules 

A three-month summer vacation spent in 
the exciting activity of aeronautical training 
of Lindbergh Field, one of the nation's busiest 
airports, is the interesting program which the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics has made avail- 
able for high school graduates and college 

Seeking to avoid interference with pre- 
arranged academic programs but at the same 
time, realizing the desire of hundreds of 
young men to combine thorough flight and 
ground school instruction with their scholastic 
training, has resulted in widespread popular- 
ity for summer aviation courses at this gov- 
ernment-approved school. 

The groups of students for which this plan 
has special appeal ore (1) those who will 
graduate from the nation's high schools at 
the close of the current semester and who 
plan to enter college in the fall, and (2) cur- 
rently enrolled college students who wish to 
round out their professional or academic 
courses with such practical aeronautical 
training as can be completed between the 
close of the spring term and the reopening 
of the fall semester. 

The majority of students who are not re- 
turning to academic schoois in the Fall will 
enroll at the beginning of the Summer Term 
on July 5th. 

Three months is the average length of 
training period which Ryan recommends for 
summer instruction. This coincides with the 
overage summer vocation period but in order 
to meet the varying dotes for the summer 
closing of schools, Ryan summer programs 
hove been arranged so that the student con 

begin his training immediately after arrival 
in Son Diego. 

With ground school lectures operating on 
a continual cycle basis, the newly enrolled 
student is easily inducted into the classroom 
program wherein new subjects ore started 
approximately each week or ten days. (See 
lecture schedule on page 4 of Sky News.) 
Flight training is individual instruction os is 
much of the practical shop work. Every mo- 
ment is conserved on these special summer 
courses and the student usually finds that 
he is actually taking his first flight lesson 
within a few hours after he has been met 
by a Ryan School representative. 

Most popular course for summer training 
is the Private Pilot's Course No. 5 which, in 
conformity with revised Civil Air Regulations, 
now includes 36 hours of flight training to- 
gether with 130 hours of lectures and 130 
hours of shop instruction. Lectures cover oil 
subjects necessary for the Commercial 
(Transport) rating. Flight students who seek 
additional shop training take Private Course 
No. 5a which includes on additional 195 
hours of advanced engine, airplane and sheet 
metal experience in the afternoons. 

Summer students seeking Mechanical 
troinln'-' on!" zir. enrol! for the 3 months 
Mechanical Course No. 12 and complete, 
during the summer period, exactly the some 
instruction as is given in the first term of the 
Master Mechanic's Course No. 1 I . Summer 
training at Ryan is also offered in special 
courses such as Advanced Navigation, Air- 
craft Welding, and Refresher flight courses 
in preparation for advanced pilot ratings. 

Write for information on training to meet 
your individual requirements. 

These new Ryan S-T-A and Ryan S-C planes are part of the mode 
arc trained at the Ryan School of Aeronautics. International observi 
offers the combination of ideal weather, beautiful airport facilities 
equipped buildings and shops, an abundance of surrounding aei 



1 flying equipment in which students 
rs state that no other aviation school 
ifhin a mile of the heart of the city, 
^nautical activities and well arranged 

■Mnu-ciui,-"- :, 


Because of the enviable record he has made 
OS pilot for the Aloskon Division of Pan 
American Airways 
Because of his genial disposition that has 
made him a favorite with company of- 
ficials, miners, 
trappers, Eski- 
mos and mis- 
sionaries from 
Juneau on the 
^x^^^jlH^^^^^^ south to Point 

Barrow — civili- 
zation's lost out- 
post — on the 
Because of his re- 
sourcefulness and 
ingenuity that 
enabled him to 
cope successfully 
with his original 
tough PAA as- 
sign men t — a 
base at desolate Nome where he was a 
combination pilot, mechanic, passenger 
agent and airport monoger. 
Because of his early determination to get 
ahead — a determination which overcame 
his student training difficulties of limited 
finances and kindred obstacles. 
Because of the splendid record which he 
established during his training as a trans- 
port student at the Ryan School of Aero- 


Consistent demand for qualified flight 
personnel for airline positions is shown by 
renewed requests for recommendations of 
qualified Ryan transport graduates that two 
major companies hove sent to the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics during the past three 
weeks. Minimum requirements of flying ex- 
perience ore 500 to 800 hours with Instru- 
ment Rating a necessary addition to o volid 
Commercial license. 

Special questionnaires have been mailed 
to a selected group of Ryan graduates in the 
hope that a sufficient number of suitable 
men may be found available to fill these de- 
sirable positions. 


Note: The 1938 Outline of Ryan Courses, 
revised to conform to the new Civil Air Regu- 
lations together with the addition of new sub- 
jects necessitated rearrangement of course 
numbers. Students whose original correspond- 
ence with Ryan began prior to January, I 938, 
are advised to carefully check the following 
course schedule so that correct classifica- 
tions by course number will be used when 
filling out the enrollment coupon below. 

1 — Commercial (Transport) Pilot Course. $2285 
la — Commercial Pilot and 3 Mos. Mech... 2375 
lb — Commercial Pilot and 12 Mos. 

Master Mechanic 2775 

2 — Graduate Master Pilot Course 1 1 60 

3 — Master Pilot's Course 3275 

4 — Limited Commercial Pilot Course 795 

4a — Limited Commercial and 3 Mos. Mech. 895 
4b — Limited Commercial and 12 Mos. 

Master Mechanic 1 370 

5 — Private Pilot Course 545 

5a — Private Pilot and 3 Mos. Mech 625 

5b — Private Pilot and 12 Mos. 

Master Mechanic 1 050 

6 —Solo Pilot Course 295 

6a — Solo Pilot and 3 Mos. Mechanical. ... 365 

6b — Solo Pilot and 12 Mos. Master Mech.. . 795 

7 — Special Advanced Training . Rates on Request 

8 — Advanced Navigation Course 100 

9 — Ryan DeLuxe Combination Commercial 

Course, plus Ryan S-T-A airplane.. 5442 

10 — Aeronautical Engineering (2 years).. 1275 

I Oo — Airplane Drafting and Design (1 year) 675 

1 1 — Master Mechanic's Course (12 mos.) . . 625 

12 — Mechanical Course (3 months) 175 

1 3 —Aircraft Welding 100 

1 4 — Master Radio 250 


Recent announcements regarding the Ryan 
School's appointment of Stanley H. Evans 
OS head of its new deportment of Aeronauti- 
cal Engineering hos brought widespread con- 
gratulations from aircraft publishers and the 
industry's leaders. 

Included is a letter from C. G. Grey, Editor 
of "The Aeroplane," England's foremost 
aeronautical publication, and a close friend 
of Evans' during the years that he was asso- 
ciated with the British aircraft industry as 
one of its leading aircraft designers before 
he returned to the United States to accept 
appointment as design engineer with the 
Douglas and Northrop companies. 

Ryan Aeronautical Engineering offers both 
a one and two year plan of training. All non- 
engineering subjects have been eliminated 
with the result that Ryan students, in a 
concentrated 3500 hour program receive 
more actual aeronautical engineering than is 
available in the typicol five year university 
course. Restricted classes with personalized 
instruction permit immediate mid-term en- 



Lindbergh Field, Son Diego, Californio 

Please enter my enrollment in the Ryan School of Aero- 

nautics for the. 
Course No 

I expect to arrive in San Diego approximately 

for enrollment D Immediately (See story Page I ) 

D Next (Summer) term beginning July 5, 1938. 

n Fall term beginning October 3, 1938. 

D Winter term beginning January 2, 1939. 
.^^ ,^^ Please send me the 1938 Ryan outline of courses 

J^^^^^^^ and tuition schedule revised in accordance with 

new Civil Air Regulations as listed at top of this page.. 

Name — Age 



^onatatuiationi to . , , 

the following Ryan students who, in success- 
fully passing flight or ground school exami- 
nations, hove completed the first step in 
their aeronautical careers: , 


William Sloan La Jollo, Calif. 

Barbara Kibbee Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 

Edward Imperato Saugerties, N.Y. 

James G. Young Williamson, N.Y. 

George Turner Hollywood, Calif. 

Ted Ning Kiangsu, Chino. 

Robert Backus Willimantic, Conn. 

David Von Every Charlotte, N.C. 

Nelson Norquist- . .Vancouver, B.C.. Canada. 

Marvin Bradley Paul's Valley, Okla. 


Fred Doremus High Falls, N.Y. 


Malcolm Farr Billings, Mont. 

Ruth Clark Deposit, N.Y. 

Dior Clark Deposit, N.Y. 

Hugh Pahlow Columbus, Ohio. 

Chester Rions Peoria, III. 

Linn Stitle Indianapolis, Ind. 

Herbert Riggs Dos Cabezos, Ariz. 

Lyie Swenson Rockford, III. 

Warner Lincoln Medford, Ore. 

Russell Stevenson Chicago, III. 

Jack Loney Walla Walla, Wash. 

James Hoyt San Diego, Calif. 

Howard Wirth Son Mateo, Colif. 

Lt. Comdr. C. 8. Morse San Diego, Calif. 

D. F. Richards Idaho Falls, Idaho. 

Chorles Wright Greenwood, Miss. 

Willis Yeagy New Oxford, Penna. 

Norman Squires Manchester, Vt. 

Perry Boswell, Jr Upper Marlboro, Md. 

Joe Housloden Vista, Calif. 

Philip Prophett Rutland. Vt. 

Stanley Newton Stratford, Calif. 

Aaron Gorduno Mexico City, Mexico. 

Francis Gemmill Abilene, Kansas. 

Thomas Hubbard Ft. Worth. Texas. 

Thomas Boucher Conrad, Mont. 


Thomas Anderson Nashville, Tenn. 

Don Gibbons Willetts, Colif. 

Gene Beveridge Silvis, III. 


Ernest Rothert Santa Barbara, Calif. / 

Donald Lynch San Diego, Calif. ( 

Paul Craft Ocean Beach, Calif. ^ 

Robert Hall Charleston, W. Vo. 

Thomas Hubbard Ft. Worth, Texos. 

Bert Averett Mt. Pleasant, Utah. 


Popularity of Ryan airplanes is shown by 
the continuing delivery of Ryan S-T sport 
training plones and Ryan S-C metal cabin 
planes from the San Diego factory, and by 
the large number of orders placed for addi- 
tional ships which ore now nearing comple- 
tion on the production line. 

Both S-T and S-C planes, manufactured 
by the Ryan Aeronautical Co. at Lindbergh 
Field, ore included in the equipment of the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics. . 

A group of supercharged Ryan S-Ts ore 
now on the production line for delivery to 
the Honduras Air Force, while another spe- 
cially equipped 150 h.p. model will soon 
be delivered to R. M. Genius, Chicago banker. 
Laura Ingolls, noted oviatrix, has placed her 
order for a standard Ryan S-T-A in which 
she soon will moke on aerobotic tour of 
the country. 

Ryan S-C metal cabin planes which have 
recently left the factory include deliveries to 
George Turner, former Ryan student from 
Florida; Hal P. Henning of Booth-Henning, 
Dollas, Texas; and the Warner Aircraft Corp., 
Detroit. First of the Ryon S-Cs to leave the 
United States will be shipped this month to 
Rio de Janeiro, Brozil. 

Eorly lost month Ryan advanced flight ( ^| 
students made a cross-country training flight ^ ' 
to Browley, Imperial Valley city near the 
Mexican border, where they were privileged 
to watch o thrilling stunt exhibition by Tex 
Rankin, International Aerobotic Champion, 
who flew his stock model Ryon S-T-A plane 
through all the intricate moneuvers which ( 
hove won him internotionol occloim. 


Features a Well-Balanced Program of 
^ Aviation Training and Personal Contacts 

TRADITIONALLY famous for its training courses, the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics is equally well known for its friend- 
liness and cordial relations with its student group. 

By for, the great majority of Ryan students are from out 
of town — most of them ore from "back East," with many 
a foreign representative in the classes. At the time of arrival, 
each is a stranger to the other, but the sincere welcome 
which Ryan extends through its personnel, student group, 
) and entire airport organization is one that is bound to 
make the most reticent stranger "feel at home." 

A recent student arrival from New York state said, "I 
was told that you had to be a native son in order to be wel- 
come in Colifornia. Frankly, I never met a 
friendlier crowd of people in all my life." 

The chances ore that you will hate to leave 
I the school when your course is completed. 

Above — Restricted classes in Aeronautical Engineering 
permit personalized instruction by Stanley H. Evans, 
director of this specialized training department at Ryan, 
Here, engineering students have the added advantage 
of daily association with Ryan aircraft manufacturing 

Left — A charming personality coupled with a "naturol" 
ability as a pilot has made Barbara Kibbee one of the 
most popular of Ryan students, with iieovy odds that 
she will soon become one of the best known of An 
women pilots. 

Three of the new Ryan S-C 
spring days when cooling ocei 

obin planes enjoy cloud hopping 

1 breezes meet desert heat from 

most beautiful cumulus cloud 

over Son Diego on one of those 
the east to produce some of the 

Pictured with T. Claude Ryan, left, school found 
president, are Capt. Michel Detroyot, noted Frei 
airman; ond Henri Guilloumet, chief pilot of 
France, international airways system. Occasion was 
visit of these foreign aces on on inspection tour 
Ryan training and manufacturing activities. 

In well-equipped shops, Ryan flight, mechanical 
and engineering students leorn the intricacies of 
modern aircraft engine maintenance and overhaul 
from Walter K. Balch, Chief of Ground School 

Janice Demorest, one of the Ryan School sec- 
retaries, awards the gold solo wings to Russell 
Stevenson, transport student from Chicago, in 
recognition of his first solo flight. 

Thousand-mile week-end cross-country training flights 
are an outstanding feature of Ryan advanced flying 
courses. Snapped by flight instructor Verne Murdock 
at Tucson, Arizona, ore transport students Kibbee, 
Young, Stevenson, Hurd and Van Every. 

Shop students under the direction of Virgil McKinley, 
chief aerodynamics instructor, place the finishing 
touches on a plane which they are completely re- 
building, before okeying it for recovering and doping. 

Frequent launchings of huge Consolidated 
flying boats at Lindbergh Field's seaplane ramp 
provide some of the interesting features which 
bring Ryan students in constant association with 
the greatest diversity of aeronautical activities 


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With a 15-inch gold-bronze cup award 
from the Ryan Aeronoiitical Co os o per- 
petual first prize annual trophy, the Pacific 
Coast Intercollegiate Air Meet held its first 
contest at Palo Alto Airport, Saturday, 
April 16th. 

A total of 21 out of a possible 27 points 
gave first place to the Stanford team. Other 
entrants included the University of Southern 
California, University of California at Los 
Angeles, University of California and San 
Jose State. 

The universities of Oregon, Washington, 
Utah and Arizona are expected to join this 
group of academic pilots and participate in 
future events. 

Prominent among point winners in this 
first contest were Ryan School of Aeronautics 
graduates. Included in this group were John 
Pork and Walter Fitch of Stanford, and Rob- 
ert Devine and Dick Owen of U. S. C. Devine, 
president of U. S. C.'s chapter of Alpha Eta 
Rho, international flying fraternity, com- 
pleted his transport training at Ryan, while 
Park, Fitch and Owen earned their Private 
Licenses under the tutelage of Ryan in- 

Summer students who are planning on en- 
rolling at Ryan immediately after the close 
of current high school or college semesters 
for the purpose of taking flight and ground 
school courses that con be completed prior 
to the reopening of academic schools in the 
fall may determine from the following be- 
ginning dotes of lectures, Ryan's program of 
mid-term activities: 

Monday May 2nd Instruments 

Monday May 9th Engines I 

Monday May 23rd Engines II 

Thursday June 2nd Parachutes 

Monday June 6th Radio 

Monday June 13th Navigation 

Thursday June 23rd Meteorology 

Regular Summer Quarter 

Tuesday July 5th Aerodynamics 

Monday July 1 8th Structures 

Monday July 25th Air Law 

These dates are listed as convenient rather 
than obligatory enrollment dates for incom- 
ing students. Those who find it more con- 
venient to arrive in San Diego on other than 
these mid-term dates, will be started imme- 
diately on flight and shop training schedules 
so that no time will be lost. 

A letter from Dr. Y. C. Chen of the 
Chinese Diplomatic Service advises that his 

brother Major Ernest Chen, who completed 
the Ryan transport course in 1936, is now 
in the thick of it in the present Chinese 
fracas. Harry Woo, another Chinese graduate 
of the Ryan mechanics course, writes that he 
is now chief of the Wing Repair Department 
with the Sixth Aircraft Depot of the Chinese 
Air Corps. 

Jim Storie, Ryan Transport — June '37 — 
is now piloting Lockheed Electros around 
Canadian skies for Trans-Conodo Airlines. 
Dick Huffman has been busily sandwiching 
in charter flights to Florida with his student 
business at Cincinnati, Ohio. Torsten Scheutz 
sends us from Stockholm, Sweden, a photo 
of the cabin plane on floats which he piloted 
recently on a flight into the Polar Sea regions, 

Lawrence Treodwell, Ryan Transport '35, 
who was one of two to graduate recently 
from on original Naval Aviotion closs of 34 
at Pensocolo, has been honored by being 
retained as a special gunnery check pilot. 

Sam Jarvis has been advanced to the post 
of Inspector at Consolidated Aircraft Corp. 
Fred Hogar has left Douglas Aircraft to ac- 
cept position with TWA maintenance at 
Kansas City, as has also Elston Dyson. Robert 
Pini is piloting Douglases and Electros for 
Pan American Airways between Mexico City 
and Los Angeles. 

Brothers John and Jim Fornasero ore shar- 
ing honors of advancement as Department of 
Commerce inspector at Roosevelt Field, New 
York, ond Superintendent of the Aircraft 
Division of the Continental Motors Co., De- 
troit, respectively. 

Jim McKean and Ben Ashford have joined 
the Fairfax Flying Service which will tour 
the entire United States during the next 12 
months. Jackie Cochran receives additional 
recognition from France for her outstanding 
record among women pilots in the United 

Zeno Klinker's highly omusing and edu- 
cational sound film "The Progress of Avio- 
tion" was the program feature ot the bi- 
monthly Ryan student dinner held in the 
main dining room of the Son Diego Club 
on Saturday night, April 23rd. 





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"Doug" Corrigan 

Never since Lindbergh's epochal flight 
from New York to Paris in the Ryan-built 
"Spirit of St. Louis" in 1927, has any pilot 
so captured the public imagination as did 
Douglas Corrigan 
when on July 1 8th 
he landed his sec- 
ond-hand plane at 
Boldonnell Airport, 
Dublin after his un- 
announced trans- 
atlantic flight "by 
mistake" from New 

And, in the esti- 
mation of those 
who know him best, 
no pilot is more de- 
serving of praise 
than is Doug. In 
1925, when the 

present Ryan School of Aeronautics was op- 
erated by T, Claude Ryan as a subsidiary of 
his original company, Ryan Airlines, Inc., a 
Los Angeles branch was then operated by 
the school and it was there that Doug, a 
bashful, eighteen-year-old youngster received 
his first flight instruction. For the comple- 
tion of his training, he was later transferred 
to Son Diego where the main base of the 
school was and still is located. J. J. "Red" 
Horrigon, then chief instructor for the Ryan 
School, who is now airport manager at Lind- 
bergh Field, Son Diego, was Doug's first 
flight instructor. 

Doug's mechanical ability was soon rec- 
ognized and he was employed in the Ryan 
factory at Son Diego and at the same time 
continued his flight training. The School's 
equipment at that time consisted mainly of 
the well known Jenny Army war-time type 
of planes. It is interesting to recall that the 
school's No. 1 ship, in which Corrigan re- 
ceived much of his instruction, was also 
flown by two other famous trans-oceanic 
pilots. James "Jimmy" Mottern, also a Ryan 
trained pilot, received his first instruction in 
the No. 1 Jenny, and Charles A. Lindbergh 
frequently flew it while waiting for delivery 
of the "Spirit of St. Louis." 

During the hectic days of 1927 when 
Lindbergh was in San Diego, Corrigan was 
one of the Ryan mechanics who put in many 
hours of overtime and was in daily associa- 
tion with Lindbergh. 

Corrigon's progress since then hos been 
via the hard route of steady and consistent 
application year after year. Doug hod little 
money but lots of determination which en- 
abled him to find a way over the obstacles 
that hove stumped hundreds of other young 
men before and since who, with the same 
determination, might hove been able to pre- 
pare for and establish themselves in the line 
of endeavor of their choice. 

During 1936 and 1937 Doug and his 
plane were well known figures around the 
shop of the Ryan School and the Ryan Aero- 
nautical Co. where he was employed. His 
spore time, nights and week-ends, were spent 
in the construction and installation of a 
Targe auxiliary tank in the forward port of 
his ship. Everyone hazarded o guess as to his 
purpose, but his only reply was his well 
known genial smile and an evasive answer. 
He was, undoubtedly, the most reticent, non- 
communicative person at Lindbergh Field 
and yet everybody was his friend. 

When Claude Ryan picked up the tele- 
phone in his Lindbergh Field office shortly 
after Corrigon's flight and talked to Doug 
via tronsatlontic telephone at the American 
Legation in Dublin, he extended the sincere 
congratulations of Doug's many friends in 
the Ryan organization who appreciate, prob- 
ably better than any other group, the real 
character of this remarkable young man who, 
with a twinkle in his eye, told the Irish 
authorities that he "must hove mode a mis- 

"Doug" Corrigan pho- 
tographed ot Ryan 
factory beside the 
plane he rebuilt here 
for the Atlantic flight. 

Revised Master Meciianics' 
Course Reduces Tuitions 

Following immediately the proposal of the 
Bureau of Air Commerce to shorten the gen- 
eral time qualifications of Airplane and 
Engine Mechanics from the former twelve 
months to a new nine months period, the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics announces a 
corresponding change in its Master Me- 
chanic's Course No. 1 1 with the resultant 
saving in time and tuition for all students 
who enroll for this type of instruction. 

With this change, which is effective im- 
mediately at the Ryan School, the tenth, 
eleventh and twelfth months of the course 
OS listed in the 1938 Outline ore saved. 
Ryan Mechanic's students who now satis- 
factorily complete the course on the revised 
nine months basis will be awarded their 
diploma, together with a detailed tran- 
script of their record and recommended for 

This change will result in a tuition reduc- 
tion of $130 which will mean that the 
Master Mechanic's Course No. 1 1 will now 
be available at o net cash tuition of only 
$495 instead of the former cash tuition of 
$625. Inasmuch as the majority of those 
at Ryan ore out-of-town students, this will 
also mean a definite saving in living cost, 
OS the training will be reduced from the 
former twelve-month basis to a new nine- 
months total. 

A similar reduction of $130 will also be- 
come effective immediately on the com- 
bination Flight and Master Mechanic's 
Courses, such as Commercial No. lb. Lim- 
ited Commercial No. 4b, Private No. 5b, and 
Solo No. 6b. 

Mail Brings News of Ryan 
Graduate Student's Activities 

The flow of correspondence which doily 
pours over the desk of Earl Prudden, Ryan 
School vice-president, seldom foils to bring 
some word from graduates of the school con- 
cerning their aviation interests. Here's a 
sampling from Prudden's recent moil: 

Barbara Kibbee, first Ryan girl student to 
receive her Commercial rating under new 
Civil Air Regulations, is still in New York 
where she is sharing the limelight with 
transatlantic pilots and other aviation ce- 

Herbert Stump Is Secretory-Treasurer of 
and pilot for the Northwoy Flying Service at 
Norton Field, Columbus, Ohio. 

Tom Hubbard received his appointment 
to the Army Air Corps and is now wearing 
Uncle Sam's uniform and piloting his air- 
planes as a flying cadet at Randolph Field. 

Torsten Scheutz, who come to Ryan for 
Transport pilot training direct from his home 
in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1934, has returned 
to San Diego for a honeymoon with his 
charming Swedish bride. Torsten is on vaca- 
tion from his job as pilot for a Swedish Air 

Jim Young is heading his own aviation 
business at Williamson, New York. 

Ditto for John Roulston, who is now owner- 
manager of the Seal Beach Airport, Calif. 

Jock Loney is now instructor-pilot for 
Zimmerly Brothers Air Transport at Lewis- 
ton, Idoho. 

John Milner has one of aviation's prize 
berths as pilot for Grand Canyon Airlines over 
scenic Boulder Dam and the Colorado River 

D. F. Richards, Idaho's banker-sports- 
man-pilot, still the most active aviation 
enthusiast in the Northwest. "Rich" ordering 
additional aviation supplies in every moil. 


George Turner, recent Ryan Commercial 
graduate, who purchased one of the new 
Ryon S-C metol cabin planes, has already 
found the purchase a profitable one. A 
movie scout from one of the Hollywood 
studios spotted Turner's neat looking ship 
at one of the Los Angeles airports and imme- 
diately gave Turner a contract whereby the 
Ryan S-C would be used in one of Holly- 
wood's forthcoming aerial movies. 


One of the best tributes that can be paid 
to Ryan S-C and S-T planes is the frequent 
purchase of these popular ships by Ryan 
students or graduates after having received 
prior instruction in them. The best boosters 
for Ryon planes are those who hove flown 
them, for there is no other way that o pilot 
con fully appreciate the remarkable and 
superb performance of a Ryan except by 
actually flying a Ryon and comparing it with 
any other plane in this general power and 
weight classification. 

Among Ryon students or graduates who 
hove recently purchased these ships ore 
Chester B. Rions, Peoria, Illinois; George 
Turner, Hollywood, California; Horry Mar- 
shall, Ashland, Kentucky; and Charles 
Wright, Greenwood, Mississippi. A fleet of 
Ryan S-T-As, powered with 125 horsepower 
Menasco inverted engines, ore used for all 
primary instruction and aerobotic practice 
at the Ryon School and the Ryan S-C cabin 
ship, with a 1 45 horsepower Warner engine, 
is used as on alternate type of cabin ship 
OS well OS for all night flying instruction. 

The wide landing gear, landing flops, and 
unequoled visibility from the cabin moke 
the Ryon S-C an ideal ship for night flying 
instruction. For this type of training constant 
vision for the pilot is very important, and 
landings on a darkened field for a student 
pilot are opt to result in harder service on 
landing gear than is usually true of day 
time instruction. (See photo opposite page.) 


Following on the heels of the recent an- 
nouncement by Claude Ryan that the Doug- 
las Aircraft Co. had awarded the Ryon Aero- 
nautical Co. the largest order that had ever 
been placed for the construction of exhaust 
collector rings and manifolds (for Army Air 
Corps military bombers), comes o second 
announcement that on order of similar pro- 
portion has just been received by the Ryon 
company from Lockheed Aircraft Corp. for 
the construction of 500 collector and ex- 
haust units for the 200-plane order that 
Lockheed just received from the British 

Ryon drop-hammer methods, which are the 
nucleus for the standardized construction 
of Ryon metal planes, ore applied to the 
manufocture of the intricate metal ports of 
every description that ore used on the larg- 
est modern aircraft today. 



Lindbergh Field, Son Diego, California 

Please enter my enrollment in the Ryon School of Aero- 

nautics for the.. 
Course No. ._ 

I expect to arrive in Son Diego approximately 

for enrollment n Immediately. 

n Next (Fall) term beginning October 3, 1938. 

n Winter term beginning January 3, 1939. 

D Spring term beginning April 3, 1939. 
.^^ ^^ Pleose send me the 1938 Ryon outline of courses 

^^^"^^►- and tuition schedule revised in accordance with 

new Civil Air Regulations D 

Nome -- 


Ryan Graduate Pilot On 

Long Flight to Honduras 

Fly-awoy-delivery of military type planes 
is an assignment that is usually reserved for J 
pilots with extensive experience, but Williom v 
Sloan who enrolled at the Ryon School of 
Aeronautics in April, 1937 and graduated 
from its Commercial Course in April of this 
year, broke this precedence when he was se- 
lected by Copt. Malcolm Stewart, head of the 
Honduras Air Force, as one of three men to 
pilot the fly-away-delivery of Ryan S-T-M 
military planes from Son Diego to Tegu- 
cigalpa, Honduras, Central America. 

From Son Diego the group of three Ryon 
troiners flew to Brownsville, Texas, where 
they cleared Mexican customs; then cruised 
leisurely down the picturesque east coast of 
Mexico stopping at Tompico, Tuxpon and 
Vera Cruz before crossing over the high 
mountains to the west coast, Guatemala and 

The foct that the entire trip over the deso- 
late stretches of Mexico and Central Amer- 
ican countries was mode without the slight- 
est mishap or trouble of any kind is o tribute 
to Sloan, to the sturdy Ryon planes, and to 
the other pilots who made the flight. (See 
photos opposite page.) 


Recently enrolled students at the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics include the following: 

Homer Allen ToylorvlJle, Illinois 

Edgar Baumgorten . . .S. Pasadena, Colifornio 

Earl Bimson Phoenix, Arizona 

William Brown La Jollo, California 

Dick Collins Long Beach, California 

Edgar Dupont Dawson, New Mexico 

Walter Gafner La JoMo, California 

Charles Gilbert Pontiac, Michigan 

Charles Goff Son Diego, California 

James Holmes St. Petersburg, Florida ( 

William T. Immenschuh. .Son Diego, California > 

Jasper Mason Mitchell, Iowa 

Austin Miller Farmersville, Illinois 

Merrill Ohison San Diego, Californio 

Ralph Swift San Marcos, Texas 

Fugo Tokagi Son Diego, California 

George Westerlind Muskegon, Michigan 

Richard J. Kensley Sydney, N. S., Canado 

Roy I. Cose Rocme, Wisconsin 

Frederick A. Thudium Boldwin, Kansas 

Harry Tashima Son Jacinto, Californio 

John B. Graham Linesville, Pennsylvania 

Hillard Sneed Son Diego, California 

John M. Hogshead, Jr. .. .Chattanooga, Tenn. 


One of the recent advertisements for the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics which appeared 
in leading aviation mogozines was entitled 
"Modern Planes for Modern Troining." 

This advertisement was inspired by com- 
ments from those outside the Ryon organiza- 
tion who pointed out that the Ryon School 
of Aeronautics is the only one of the leoding 
Commercial Air Schools in the United States 
where more than 85% of its flight training 
equipment is composed of planes upwards 
of 125 horsepower not a one of which Is 
less than two years old. No school is better 
than the planes in which its students leom 
to fly. The use of Ryon S-T and S-C planes 
for the majority of its flight training is just 
one of the reasons why the Ryon School is 
so popular with students who seek the best 
ond who take time to make careful com- 


The Ryan School of Aeronoutics' student / t 
formation flight in Ryan S-T-A planes was \^ 
one of the featured attractions at the re- 
cently held air show at Santo Ana, California. 
Students and pilots who put on this show 
for the benefit of some 40,000 spectators in- 
cluded Adeloide Smith, William Evans, Basil 
Morrow, Verne Murdock, Paul Wilcox and ( 

Robert Kerlinger. (See photo opposite page.' 


Varied training program offers vaiuaiiie associations 

'^ T*^^ possibilities which the future holds for on interesting aviation career are 

^^ ' ^'^^^ seldom fully appreciated by the newly enrolled Ryan student even after he has 

^^ 1^^^^^^ ■ given full consideration to the unusual training advantages which this oldest 

^^ ^fe^H M-'%^ government-approved aviation school offers. 

j^J^^m ■•' ^ Little did Douglas Corrigan imagine, nor did his instructors suspect, that the 

^^ ~ '^^^^"^P^^W reticent but hard-working Irish lad who learned to fly with Ryan years ago would 

^rf ^K'^^OF '-'■' fhis summer become the most famous pilot since Lindbergh. Nor did Bill Sloan as 

' 'KJ^^ '''-• he strapped on his helmet for his first solo flight (left) foresee that a year later 

he would be flying a military plone on a thrilling flight to Central America. 

Among the group of Ryan students, at the right, leoving a technical lecture are several who may well 

ook forward to similar interesting careers. The photos on this page will give the prospective student a 

picture of the interesting training background with which he will be associated at the Ryan School. 

^nauticol Engineering is becoming an increosingly important profession with a further concen- 

Kon of oircroft manufacturing in Southern California as a result of new contracts recently let by 

commercial airlines, the United States Government and foreign nations. Here is a corner of the new 

iRyan engineering department in the Administration Building, where Stanley H. Evans, himself a 

practical aeronautical engineer, is in charge of this specialized training. 

Three Ryan S-T-M training planes, one of them flown by William 
Sloan, a recent Commercial Pilot graduate, caught by Sloan's camera 
on the park-like airport ramp at Guatemala City where they refueled 
for the final hop to Tegucigalpo, Ifonduras, where the planes will 
be used for military training by Army pilots. 

Night flying in the new Ryan S-C metal cabin plane is an 
interesting and unusual feature of advanced flight in- 
struction at the Ryan School. Here Chief Instructor Pau 
Wilcox is seen checking out a student pilot. 

This unusual photograph of Ryan students flying in close formation was made by Instructor Verne Murdock 
durmg a cross-country flight to Santa Ana, California, where an exhibition of precision air work wos 
given by students and instructors. Adelaide Smith, one of Ryan's girl students, is pilot of the Ryan S-T-A 
training plane nearest the camera. The School recently graduated its first girl Commercial pilot. 

Practical experience in repair and mointenance of air- 
planes and engines is the keynote of Moster Mechanics 
training at the Ryan School. This late model biplane, helps 
students solve actual service problems. 

Deep-sea fishing is but one of the many thrilling sports 
awaiting students who come to this sportsman's para- 
dise. The Sea Angler here cruises to Coronado Islands 
for tuna, swordfish and barracuda fishing. 

Personalized instruction has always been a 
feature of Ryan training. Chief Ground 
School Instructor Walter Bolch here assists 
the student in learning welding technique. 


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Approximately $100,000,000 worth of 
unfilled orders for California aircraft fac- 
tories and a general expansion in every 
phase of the aviation industry will result in 
the Fall Term, opening October 3rd, bring- 
ing to the Ryan School of Aeronautics one 
of the largest groups of new students in the 
■history of the school, according to present 
indications. Special interest is being shown 
in flying, mechanics and engineering courses. 

In July the Engineering Department was 
installed in new quarters in the Administra- 
tion Building, (see page 3 photo) but these 
accommodations hove already been out- 
grown and plans ore now being completed 
by the architect for the immediate enlarge- 
ment of the Ryan Administration Building 
which will give commodious accommodations 
for the Engineering Department on the sec- 
ond floor and, at the some time, provide 
needed space for Comdr. Lloyd R. Gray's 
Advanced Navigation and Radio classes, as 
well OS Department of Commerce offices for 
teletype and Weather Bureau divisions. 

Those who are planning on enrolling in 
the Fall Term ore urged to forward their 
applications as early as possible so that res- 
ervations con be mode. These applications do 
not require a tuition deposit, but their re- 
ceipt will assist school officials in a survey 
of added accommodations that may be neces- 
sary if the October class is of greater than 
usual proportion. Applications can be made 
on the coupon in the current issue of Sky 
News, or on the regular application form 
which will be found on the back cover of 
the 1938 Course Outline. 


Ryan students hod an unusual oppor- 
tunity to see the Nation's Chief Executive 
when President Roosevelt drove post Lind- 
bergh Field and the Ryan School of Aero- 
nautics administration building while visit- 
ing Son Diego prior to boarding the cruiser 
"Houston" for his summer vacation cruise. 

San Diego from the airl This photo mode from a Ryon School plane gives on excellent picture of the 
many interesting feotures of this Pacific Coast seaport. Bordering the downtown section in the fore- 
ground can be seen huge battleships of the Fleet at onchor in Son Diego bay, and beyond them is North 
Island, the Navy's biggest aerial base. Point Lomo, on the horizon, extends out into the Pacific Ocean. 
Lindbergh Field and the Ryan School ore to the right, just out of the picture. 


Taking advantage of a romantic Cali- 
fornia moon, Ryan students and organiza- 
tion members and their friends of the foir 
sex recently enjoyed two weekend parties 
that ore indicative of the good times that 
can be hod in Southern California. The first 
was a beoch party in honor of Chief In- 
structor Paul Wilcox who was leaving the 
next day for Guotemola. Bill Evans, Ryan 
cowboy student pilot, entertained with his 
fireside guitar lyrics. The following week- 
end a three-hour evening boat ride gave 
many Ryan students their first introduction 
to the soothing effects of the Pacific Ocean. 

Inexpensive diversions of every nature are 
available for Ryan students in San Diego. 
Boat rides, beach parties, soil boating, surf 
bathing, deep sea fishing, mountain trips, 
free gymnasium facilities, horseback riding, 
ore all readily accessible in this delightful 
city, and now the atmosphere of romantic 
old Mexico enters into the picture with the 
announcement that Tijuana, just 17 miles 
south of Son Diego, will stage bull fights 
twice each month in its recently completed 
sports arena. (See page 3 photo.) 


The recent purchase by the Guatemalan 
government of six Ryan S-T-M military 
training planes provided an unexpected and 
interesting trip for Paul Wilcox, Ryan School 
chief instructor and test pilot for the Ryan 
compony. Wilcox supervised the loading of 
the plones on a coast-wise freighter end 
accompanied them to the Latin-American 
republic where he will remain, in Guate- 
mala City, for approximately a month super- 
vising their assembly and test flight. 

Wilcox will also serve in on advisory 
capacity to the Guatemalan militory pilots, 
who. In turn, will instruct their cadet pilots 
in the handling of these high performance 

The Ryan S-T-Ms are the same as the 
Ryan S-T-As that are used for primary in- 
struction at the Ryan School, with the ex- 
ception that the former are equipped with 
the super-charged 1 50 horsepower Menosco 
engine instead of the 125 horsepower model. 

During Wilcox's absence, Ryan flight in- 
struction will be under the direction of 
Robert Kerlinger, who has been a flight in- 
structor at the Ryan School since 1933. 


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WINTER ISSUE, 1938-39 



I You Should Know. . . 

Doiiv Factorv Contacts Help Students 

Robert Kerlinger (left) Ryan assistant chief 
flight instructor and Virgil McKinley (right) 
Aerodynamics lecturer and head of aircraft 
shop division. 



With the opening of the 195 8 Fall Term, facil- 
ities of the Ryan School of Aeronautics were 
greatly increased to provide more complete and 
newer equipment in all branches of the school's 
training department, according to Earl D. Prud- 
den, vice-president. 

Principal addition to the equipment of the Ryan 
Mechanics' department is the arrival of five more 
425 h.p. Pratt and Whitney Wasp engines, pur- 
chased from the Pan American Airways base at 
Miami. The five engines will be used for main- 
tenance, repair, assembly and test stand instruc- 
tion under the direction of Walter K. Balch, chief 
of ground school, and Martin Weidinger> Ryan 
engine instructor. In addition to this new engine 
equipment, another 600 h.p. current production 
geared Wasp SlHlG, purchased from United Air 
Lines, has just been received at the Ryan School. 

To provide additional space for the rapidly ex- 
panding Ryan Engineering School, plans are now 
in the architects' hands which call for the imme- 
diate construction of a second floor addition to the 
Ryan administration building. In the meantime, 
the engineers' present quarters on the ground floor 
of the administration building have been doubled. 

Replacing facilities previously provided, the Ryan 
School opened the Fall Term with new airplane 
and engine shop equipment which included new 
drill presses, combined circular saw and joiner, five- 
speed wood and metal cutting band saw, Sioux 
wet-grinder for valve reconditioning, nine-inch 
work shop lathe, sheet metal brake, combined disc 
and drum sander, sewing machine, Scintilla mag- 
neto service and test equipment, and square shear. 

The widespread aeronautical activities that are 
conducted under the name of Ryan sometimes 
confuse those who are not familiar with the fact 
that the Ryan organization is in reality two sep- 
arate and distinct companies although the rela- 
tionship of the two is a close knit affiliation. 

All training activities, which include flight, 
mechanics and engineering divisions, are conducted 
by the Ryan School of Aeronautics. 

Parent or holding organization is the Ryan Aero- 
nautical Company, whose operating activities are 
strictly in the manufacturing field, being engaged 
in the design and construction of Ryan S-T and 
S-C commercial and military planes and in the 
production of specialized metal parts in the com- 
pany's Contract Manufacturing Division. 

The Contract Division produces for other air- 
craft manufacturers all types of metal parts in- 
cluding exhaust collector rings, cabin and cockpit 
seats, fuel tanks, exhaust silencers, carburetor pre- 
heaters and other complex specialty items for 
which there is an increasing demand in the con- 
struction of today's huge miUtary and commercial 

The Ryan School — the oldest commercial avia- 
tion training institution in the United States — was 
one of the first to receive the highest transport ap- 
proval from the Department of Commerce and is 
the only one of the original four to retain this 
highest rating. 

Every aviation student today, student pilots as 
well as those who are training as mechanics and 
engineers, should be familiar with metal aircraft 
manufacturing methods. Ryan is the only fully 

certificated school that is able to give its students 
this close daily contact. 

With its current backlog of unfilled orders at an 
all-time high of $375,000.00, the Ryan Aeronauti- 
cal Company is at the highest peak of activity in 
its history and is well ahead of scheduled deliveries 
under current contracts. These contracts include 
the two largest orders ever let for exhaust mani- 
fold equipment, totaling nearly 1,000 units and 
representing approximately $200,000.00 in value. 

Work under progress in the company's Contract 
Manufacturing Division is being speeded in antici- 
pation of additional pending orders. It is expected 
that the present increased volume, plus the large 
amount of additional business in prospect for both 
its specialty aircraft products and Ryan S-T-M 
military training airplanes for foreign governments, 
will result in still greater production expansion at 
the Ryan factory. 

Deliveries of Ryan exhaust collector ring assem- 
blies for Army bombers are being made at a rate 
double that specified in the contract. In addition, 
numerous other products in which the company 
specializes are being shipped on fast schedules. 

Weekly deliveries are now being made on the 
large order for Ryan exhaust manifold equipment 
for installation on the 200 bombers ordered from 
the Lockheed Aircraft Corp, by the British Air 

Latest order received by the Ryan Contract Di- 
vision is for the manufacture of 432 cabin seats 
for installation in Army Air Corps military trans- 
port planes. Contracts have recently been completed 
for 641 seats for Navy bombing planes. 

T'wo shifts of skilled 
technicians are eni' 
ployed in the Ryan 
factory to keep pace 
with the increasing or- 
ders that are being re- 
ceived for Ryan com- 
mercial and military 
aircraft products. 

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Because of his successful record as a Commercial 
operator at Tucson, Arizona, where, with no special 
help other than his own initiative, he developed a 
successful business which included a unique system 
for the rural distribution of Tucson newspapers 
by plane and para- 

Because of his 
most recent appoint- 
ment to the cockpit 
as pilot of one of the 
Douglas Dolphin am- 
phibians which Wil- 
mington-Catalina Air- 
line flies between 
Wilmington, Cah, and 
the romantic island of 
Catalina — a route that 
is looked upon with 
envy by old time pilots as one of aviation's finest 

Because of his excellent record as pilot for 
Grand Canyon Airlines which assignment included 
regular trips to the north rim of the canyon with 
landing conditions which veteran pilots say require 

Because of his satisfactory representation of the 
Ryan Aeronautical Company in factory demon- 
stration and contact work. 

Because all of this has been accomplished 
■within a two-year period since Johnny gradu- 
ated from the Commercial Pilots Course at the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics w^here he made an 
enviable record in both flight and ground 
school departments. 


The latest low-down on some of the instructors — 
Flight Instructor Ned Chase and Margie Fuller 
pulled a fast one by saying "I Do" down in Texas 
recently while Ned was having his Ryan STA 
gassed up on a return cross-country flight from 
Illinois. Paul Wilcox, Chief Flight Instructor and 
Company Test Pilot, is receiving congratulations 
on the fine work he did recently in the delivery of 
six Ryan S-T-M military planes to Guatemala. 
The planes were shipped to San Jose, Guatemala, by 
steamer and were then transported by lighter, rail- 
road and trucks to the military airport at Guate- 
mala City where they were assembled and test- 
flown for the Guatemalan officials. Bob Kerlinger, 
Flight Instructor, is still passing out cigars in cele- 
bration of Bob Junior's arrival, whom he has al- 
ready enrolled as a Ryan flight student in the 
clasi of 19S8. 

The closing of a second contract with the gov- 
ernment of Guatemala for military aircraft has 
just been announced by T. Claude Ryan, president 
of the Ryan Aeronautical Company. 

The contract involves a quantity of six Ryan 
model S-T-M military training planes and follows 
an initial order for a similar number delivered to 
the Guatemalan Air Force three months ago. 

The value of this most recent order including 
extra equipment is approximately $50,000.00, and 
raises the company's backlog of business to approxi- 
mately $37S,000.00, a new high. 

This brings the number of Ryan military train- 
ing planes sold this year to 2 1 . Deliveries of this 
type have been made to air forces of Mexico, Hon- 
duras, and Nicaragua, in addition to Guatemala. 

With a cruising speed of 13S miles an hour, and 
such advanced features as all-metal fuselage con- 
struction, landing flaps, trimming tabs and dual 
brakes, the S-T-M is one of the finest planes of its 
type for both primary and advanced flight instruc- 
tion whether for commercial or military purposes. 


With San Diego as the concentration point for 
the government's greatest Naval aviation activities, 
Ryan students have the distinct advantage of daily 
observation of flight manuevers and operation of 
approximately 500 of the world's finest aircraft. 

On Navy Day, October 27th, the school's regular 
inspection trips were augmented by special arrange- 
ments whereby the Ryan student body spent the 
entire day in company with school instructors and 
official Navy guides in making a complete tour of 
the huge hangars, repair shops, and flight opera- 
tion quarters which are necessary for the extensive 
flying that is conducted at North Island directly 
across the harbor channel from Lindbergh Field. 
An inspection of the Aircraft Carrier Ranger by 
Ryan students was included in the day's activities. 

On the week-end of September 10th San Diego 
skies were filled with 42 5 Navy planes which 
passed in majestic review over Lindbergh Field. 
These massed formation flights have never been 
seen by the majority of people in this country. 
They occur more frequently in San Diego than in 
any other city in the world. (See photo page 4.) 


The Ryan Student-Instructor Bowling League 
is well under way with 30 pin-smashing enthusiasts 
in competition every Monday night. Leading 
contenders for the Victory Steak Dinner at the 
Lindbergh Field Cafe are the Ground Loopers 
headed by Walter K. Balch, chief ground school 
instructor, who is ably supported by students 
Bill Pickens from Doniphan, Neb.; Harry Ford, 
Houston, Texas; John Benton, Pittsfield, Mass.; 
and Leonard Black, San Diego. 



Lindbergh Field, San Diego, California Date 


Please enter my enrollment in the Ryan School of Aero- 

^^p"^^^- nautics for the 

Course No 

I expect to arrive in San Diego approximately 

for enrollment D Immediately. 

D Next (Winter) term beginning January 3, 1939. 

D Spring term beginning April 3, 1 939. 

D Summer term beginning July 5, I 939. 
,^^ ,^^ Please send me the new Ryan outline of courses 

^^^^^►- and tuition schedule revised in accordance with 

new Civil Air Regulations D 

Name .. 



Ryan School Student Flying 
Big Feature ot LIFE Party 

(See photos opposite) 

Their usual enthusiasm for cross-country flights ^ 
stimulated by word that LIFE'S photographers | 
would cover the tour for a "LIFE Goes to a Party" 
feature, 60 pilots of privately-owned planes and 
their guests recently made a week-end trip to Del 
Monte, one of California's most famous resorts, 
located 100 miles south of San Francisco. 

An unusual opportunity to participate in the 
tour was given five Ryan School of Aeronautics 
students, and, much to their credit, it was they 
who contributed what was undoubtedly the out- 
standing exhibition of the entire week-end — a 
demonstration of precision military formation fly- 
ing in five of the school's silver Ryan S-T-A low- 
wing sport training planes. To make things com- 
plete, school president T. Claude Ryan and gradu- 
ate student Neal Wagar accompanied the tour in 
the first 193 9 Ryan S-C metal cabin plane to come 
off the production line. 

Student pilots who flew the five-plane S-T 
formation included: John M. Hogshead, Chatta- 
nooga. Tennessee; Harry Marshall, Ashland, Ken- 
tucky; Charles Gilbert, Detroit, Michigan; Adelaide 
Smith, San Diego; and James Hoyt, San Diego. 


Although military aircraft production and the 
manufacture of specialized metal parts accounts 
for the majority of current activity at the Ryan 
Aeronautical Company factory, a large number of 
aircraft are continually being delivered to private 
owners throughout the United States and to foreign 
pilots who have long recognized the superiority 
of Ryan metal aircraft. 

Ryan S-C metal cabin planes have recently been 
delivered to the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.. 
Akron, Ohio; Dr. E. C. Foote, Hastings, Nebraska; 
Senor Fernando Gonzalez, Torreon, Mexico; and fV 
Dr. Sergio Miranda. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. V.." 

Recent purchasers of Ryan S-T sport training 
planes have included Aircraft Export Corp. who 
have shipped an S-T to Ecuador; the National Ad- 
visory Committee for Aeronautics. Langley Field, 
Virginia; Laura Ingalls, noted aviatrix; Arnelt 
Speer, San Diego; Gordon Barbour, Bar^ia Com- 
pany, La Paz, Bolivia; Nicholas Morris, Philadel- 
phia; and Lt. George R. Henry, Pensacola, Florida. 


Ryan graduates — Keep in touch with us so we 
can use the columns of the Sky News as a clearing 
house wherein your friends can learn what you 
are doing. From mail and personal visits from 
Ryan "grads" wc learn that: 

Fred Gardham of Bridge River. Canada; Nelson 
Norquist of Vancouver, Canada; and Fred Birch 
of Sidney, Canada, are with the Vancouver division 
of Boeing Aircraft Corp. 

David Bacon of >Xashington, D. C; Tom Ander- 
son of Nashville, Tenn.; Ernest Ford of San Diego. 
Cal., and Tom Hubbard have received appointments 
in the Army Air Corps for advanced military flight 
training at Randolph Field, Texas. 

Lawrence Treadwell of Corsicana, Tex., is as- 
signed to active duty as flight officer with the U. S. 
Navy at North Island. San Diego. 

Newton Bell of Ft. ^Torth, Tex., is in the en- 
gineering department of Douglas Aircraft Corp. 

Sam Jarvis of New Rochelle, N. Y., is inspector 
at Lockheed Aircraft Corp. Robert Divine of Los 
Angeles is with the same firm. 

Ben Johnson of San Diego is flight instructor 
with California Flyers at Inglewood, Cal. 

Villiam Hosmer is Vice-President of Aircraft / 
Accessories Corp. at Glendale, Cal. V 

Ralph Sewell is piloting Boeings for Pennsylvania 
Central Airlines. 

Our apologies to many whose names we cannot 
include on account of space Hmitations. ^rite to 
us anyway. There are always Ryan grads writing 
to us or visiting at the School who are anxious to 
receive word regarding their friends at Ryan. 

A thousand-mile cross country flight along the scenic Cali- 
fornia coast; a week-end at Del Monte, famous California resort; 
and paiticipotion in the Aviation Country Club tour to which 
LIFE magazine sent its photographers for a pictorial "LIFE 
Goes to Q Party" feature. 

These were the unusual thrills enjoyed on a recent week-end 
by Ryan School of Aeronautics advanced flight students who 
put on the outstanding exhibition of the tour — flying five silver 
Ryan S-T sport trainers in beautiful precision formations. 

2 While sportsman pilots gothcred at Los Angeles to owoit 
the start of the tour, the five student-piloted S-Ts appeared 
over the city in military formation, arousing the admiration 
of veteran fliers. Here the five Ryan sport training planes are 
pictured in line at Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendole. 

9 LIFE'S photographer, Peter Stack- 
pole, right, made many of his 
pictures from the new Ryan S-C 
flown by President Claude Ryon, left. 


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New Term Opens January Srd; 
Roosevelt Sees Labor Shortage 

President Roosevelt's recent forecast of a prob- 
able near future shortage of 20,000 aircraft and 
engine mechanics is at least an indication of the 
situation regarding the need for trained personnel 
that confronts aviation in the United States today. 

Never before in the history of this country 
have such huge appropriations been made and 
contemplated for future expenditure as the vast 
sums of money that are now being spent to bring 
government air forces in line with those of other 
leading nations. At the same time commercial 
aviation is proceeding at a pace never contemplated 
in the most enthusiastic dreams of ardent sup- 
porters a few years ago. 

Trained men are in demand and one of 
aviation's greatest problems today is to find 
the men who have the experience and personal 
qualifications for the jobs that are being 
created literally overnight. To meet these de- 
mands the Ryan School of Aeronautics is training 
scores of young men for flight, mechanical and en- 
gineering positions. Discouraging the short course 
or part time student who underestimates the com- 
plexities of the aircraft industry, Ryan has for 16 
years specialized on thorough training for those 
seeking fundamental instruction and the back- 
ground that will enable them to take advantage of 
opportunities for advancement. Enrollments are 
now being accepted for the next term opening 
January 3rd. It is expected that this enrollment 
period will attract as usual, many students who ap- 
preciate the training advantages at Ryan, not the 
least of which is San Diego's semi-tropical weather 
and the uninterrupted year 'round flying. 

The many advantages of the Ryan School are 
yours at no extra cost. Fill out the enrollment 
coupon today. 


With Max Karant, associate editor of Popular 
Aviation magazine, as guest of honor, Ryan stu- 
dents held their fall dinner dance in the main din- 
ing room of the San Diego Athletic Club, Friday 
evening, October 2 8th. Recently enrolled students 
and guests were introduced and door prizes awarded 
to lucky coupon holders. The balance of the even- 
ing was spent in dancing to the orchestra music of 
Ryan's own Buck Kelly with specialty numbers by 
students Chess Hogshead and Phil Prophett. 

Ryan training in San Diego offers many unique advantages, including frequent sup^rvisad inspec- 
tion trips, like the one pictured above, that Ryan students enjoy at North Island — the govern- 
ment's largest military aeronautical operating base, located directly opposite Lindbergh Field. 
No other commercial aviation school can offer its students these contacts. Inspection tr.'ps 
through th2 San Diego based Aircraft Carriers and North Island shops familiarize Ryan students 
with the most extensive operations ever undertaken in American aviation history. 


Recently enrolled students at the Ryan School 
of Aeronautics include the following: 

Malcolm Canaday 

. Colorado Springs, Colo 

Joseph H. Staley 

Marysviile, Tcnn. 

Harry H. Ford, Jr. 

Houston, Texas 

Robert Beach 

Battle Creek, Mich 

James Pettus 

St. Louis. Mo 

Frank Campsall, Jr. 

Dearborn, Mich 

Melvm Woodhead 

Amsterdam. N. Y 

John S. Benton 

Pittsfield. Mass 

Douglas VCilmot 

Kelowna. B. C. Canada 

John M. Hogshead 

Chattanooga. Tcnn 

Jerome Stevens 

New Haven, Conn 

Armando Zavarelli 

Missoula. Mont 

Gordon Thompson 

Bradford. Pa 



Tulsa. Okia 

Whitefsh, Mont. 

James M. Smith San Diego. Calif. 

Leonard Gore Wilmington. N. C. 

Will Pickens Doniphan, Neb. 

Judson Marsden Pacific Beach, Calif. 

Luis Ameglio Panama City, Panama 

Clifford Brandrup Webster City, Iowa 

Leon.ird Wolslager Brecksville, Ohio 

Dudley Rasmussen Coral Gables, Florida 

San Diego, Calif. 


Because of the pioneering work done by Ryan 
in metal aircraft production and in flight, me- 
chanics and engineering training fields, the organi- 
zation has always attracted a large number of 
distinguished visitors. 

Just before Sky News went to press we had the 
pleasure of a visit from one of our most prominent 
former students — Douglas Corrigan. Doug came 
down from Hollywood where he is making a mo- 
tion picture to spend a day with his former asso- 
ciates. Other recent visitors have been Max Karant, 
associate editor of Popular Aviation magazine; 
Irving Taylor, head of the Aeronautics Division of 
the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce: 
Wallace Beery, motion picture star and prominent 
sportsman pilot, and Bobbie Trout, noted aviatrix. 

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John May Jersey Sho 

Elvern Mast Millersburg. Ohio 

Kenneth lohnson Laurel, Mont. 

Leonard Miraldi Lorain, Ohio 

Henry Bush New York. N. Y. 

Sam Ritchie 
Fred Dutton 
Lt. Adolph Gon7aIe; 


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EKPnnsion pinns assure numTion jobs 

Now fully completed, the enlarged Ryan School of Aeronautics administration 
building is pictured here in the final stages of construction. The Aeronautical 
Engineering Division of the school is now located in new, modern, well-lighted 
q uorters on the second floor, overlooking activities on Lindbergh Field. 

U. 5.10 Spend $500,000,000 

With the entire aviation industry on the threshold of the great- 
est expansion program in its history there are today greater op- 
portunities than ever before for the ambitious young man to em- 
bark on a successful career in this most interesting business. 

Such is the result of a survey recently made by officials of the 
Ryon School of Aeronoutics on the basis of expansion plans re- 
cently announced by the government and private aviation com- 

Included in the factors certain to carry the aviation industry 
along to new peaks of production and usefulness are the $500,- 
000,000 military expansion program with a probable increase in 
the air force to 6,000 planes; the training of 20,000 additional 
pilots and the establishment of new aviation bases for the Novy. 

Other important developments are the placing in the United 
States of orders by the French government for 615 military planes 
and by the British government for 450 planes; the projected 
inauguration by Pan American Airways of .Trans-Atlantic service 
and development of huge aircraft including the Boeing 74-pas- 
senger Clipper, the Boeing "Strotoliner", the Douglas DC-4 and 
other new airliners. 

Every branch of the industry — flying, mechanics and engineer- 
ing — will be called upon in the next few years to expand facilities 
in line with the government's aviation development programs. 

While a great deal of the activity will be centered around mil- 

itary aviation, ol 



Thirty-five students of the Ryan School 
of Aeronautics recently had an unusual op- 
portunity to view the famed 74-passenger 
Boeing Atlantic Clipper when the huge Pan 
American Airways flying boat visited San 
Diego while en route to the east to begin 
Trans-Atlantic survey flights. 

Shortly after the Clipper landed on San 
Diego Bay, within view of Lindbergh Field, 
the student group and instructors chartered 
a motor launch and for on hour cruised about 
the trans-oceanic airliner to inspect it at 
first hand as it lay at anchor. 

Only a week previously, Ryan students 
were privileged to witness a night anti-air- 
craft defense demonstration staged by units 
of the Notional Guard at Lindbergh Field. 
As a giant detector picked up and amplified 
the sound of "attacking" planes, searchlight 
batteries swept the skies with powerful beams 
to locate the "invaders"; after which the 
anti-aircraft guns were brought into ploy in 
defense of the city. (See photos page 3.) 


The first plane of its class to make the 
hazardous flight over the lofty Andes 
Mountains of South America, a Ryan S-T-M 
military trainer recently flew from Santiago, 
Chile, to Mendozo, Argentina, crossing the 
continental peaks at more than 17,000 feet, 
according to advices just received from 
Buenos Aires. 

Huge multi-motored Pan American Air- 
ways cabin airliners have for several years 
been flying the Andes, but the sturdy Ryan 
S-T-M open-cockpit trainer, which is pow- 
ered with a 1 50 horsepower engine, is the 
first aircraft in its classification to have 
mode the flight. 

Other Ryan S-T trainers ore also making 
memorable records in South America. Gordon 
Barbour, American importer of Bolivia, is op- 
erating a Ryan from the world's highest air- 
line terminal at La Poz, where regular 
flights are made from the I 3,640-ft. airport. 

Anesio Amoral, Jr., of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 
in 1935, 1937 and again last year won the 
annual civilian pilot race of the Aero Club of 
Brazil in his 125 horsepower Ryan trainer. 

other phases of aviation — private flying, air- 
line transportation, airport development, 
etc. — will benefit both directly and indi- 
rectly. Private flying and subsequently the 
manufacture of private-owner type planes, 
for example, will be stimulated by the pro- 
grams sponsored by the government. 

Anyone closely analyzing the future pros- 
pects of the industry cannot fail to be im- 
pressed with the fact that, of all businesses, 
aviation today holds the greatest possibilities 
for those who now train themselves for 

Southern California factories, which make 
approximately half of all the aircraft pro- 
duced annually in America, now have a 
backlog of orders on hand totaling approxi- 
mately $100,000,000, while Army Air Corps 
and further foreign orders expected to be 
placed this year will increase this figure to 
more than $150,000,000. 

This section of the country is in a par- 
ticularly advantageous position to benefit 
from the enlargement of aircraft produc- 
tion facilities and consequently one of the 
broadest fields of employment in the next 
few years will be available to those who now 
prepare for these factory positions. 

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tAjs mont/i ta... 


Because of his versatility and capability as 
flight engineer, flight instructor, test pilot, 
ground school instructor and mechanic. 

Because of the universal respect and ad- 
miration in which he was held by all Ryan 
students who were 
privileged to train 
under his direction 
during the six years 
that he held the 
position of chief 
flight instructor at 
the Ryan School of 

Because of the 
excellent record 
which he has es- 
tablished since his 
appointment as En- 
gineering Inspector for the Civil Aeronau- 
tics Authority at Roosevelt Field, New Yotk. 

Because of the (act that his success was 
foreseen during his early training days at 
the Ryan School of Aeronautics where he 
established an outstanding record in every 


Returning from Guatemala where he sup- 
ervised the delivery of twelve Ryan S-T-M 
military training planes to the Guatemalan 
Air Force, Paul Wilcox, Ryan School of 
Aeronautics chief instructor, has just ar- 
rived in San Diego, accompanied by Mrs. 
Wilcox. (See photo Page 3.) 

Immediately following Wilcox' arrival 
Robert Kerlinger, who had been acting chief 
instructor, departed in a new Ryan S-C 
metal cabin plane for Dayton where the ship 
was demonstrated before Army Air Corps 
officials. Kerlinger was accompanied by 
Pete Lorsen, Ryan pilot, who flew a Ryan 
S-T-A sport trainer which was also demon- 
strated to the Army. 

Instructor Ned Chose has recently quali- 
fied for his commission as a Lieutenant in 
the Army Air Corps reserve unit at Lind- 
bergh Field. 


Closing of the largest single accessory 
contract in the history of the Ryan Aero- 
nautical Company, for the production of 
approximately $300,000 worth of aircraft 
parts for the Lockheed Aircraft Corp., was 
announced recently by T. Claude Ryan, 

This latest contract brings the Ryan 
backlog of business to $600,000. Current 
backlog, which does not take into considera- 
tion a number of other volume orders for 
airplanes and parts under negotiation, ex- 
ceeds the total gross business for the entire 
year 1938 by more than $50,000. 

During the first forty-five days of this 
year, Ryan Aeronautical Company closed 
contracts for new business in its Contract 
Manufacturing Division which exceeded lost 
year's total sales of this department. 

Other contracts recently closed by the 
Ryan company ore with the U. S. Army Air 
Corps, Brewster Aeronautical Co., Consoli- 
dated Aircraft Corp., and the Douglas Air- 
craft Co. for aircraft ports to be installed 
on Army bombers. Navy fighters and bomb- 
ers and bombing planes being exported to 
England. o 


George Turner in his Ryan S-C won sec- 
ond place in the Miami-Havana Air Cruise, 
which terminated at Cuba lost month. Fred 
Birch, formerly with Boeing plant at Van- 
couver, is now with the Canadian Fairchild 
organization. Chester Martin, who after 
graduating from Ryan became chief mechanic 
for Cordova Air Service, then pilot through- 
out the Alaskan territory, returned to Son 
Diego recently to purchase planes which he 
will use in his own Alaskan flying service. 
Harry Marshall and his Ryan S-T-A plane 
ore becoming well known figures at Union 
Air Terminal, Los Angeles, where he is now 
operating. Robert Hall, fiery-headed Ryan 
graduate par excellent, is now chief me- 
chanic and instructor at Southern Air Ser- 
vice, Shushon Airport, New Orleans. 

Ifou Should Know 


"Life at Ryan," a new pictorial booklet 
descriptive of training and activities at the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics, will soon be off 
the press. Those interested in receiving the 
new catalog are urged to send in the coupon 

The catalog tells in pictures the complete 
story of flight, mechanics and engineering 
training at Ryan as well as describing in de- 
tail the many advantages Son Diego offers 
to the aviation student. 



Lindbergh Field, Son Diego, California. Date 

Gentlemen : 

□ I'd be interested to receive a copy of "LIFE AT 

RYAN" describing training and activities at the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics. 

Name . Age 





Please enter my enrollment for the Course 

No I expect to arrive in San Diego approximately 

for enrollment (check which! : D Immediately; 

D Summer Term, beginning July 5, 1939; D Foil term beginning October 
2, 1939. 

Verne Murdock, left, Rya 
Martin Weidinger, engine 

flight instructor, 
and meteorology 


As an illustration of the current favorable 
employment condition in the aviation in- 
dustry. It con safely be said that any recom- 
mended graduate of the Ryan Master Me- 
chanics Course will have no difficulty in ob- 
taining a position. 

For example, the demand for Ryan-trained 
mechanics far exceeds the number of avail- 
able recommended students, according to 
Earl D. Prudden, school vice-president, who 
reports thot requirements of the industry for 
trained personnel ore expanding at o rapid 

It is interesting to note that this demand 
is based entirely on current needs of the in- 
dustry and does not take into consideration 
the huge government expansion program, 
which when put into effect will again great- 
ly increase opportunities for employment. 

One of the reasons for the constant de- 
mand for Ryan-trained students is the high 
standard which is required by the school 
in recommending graduates for positions in 
the industry. Only recently, the Ryan School 
raised the requirement for passing grades 
from 70 percent scholastic overage to an 
80 percent overage, thereby assuring the in- 
dustry that Ryan students will continue to 
meet a consistently higher than overoge 


Each year the three-month summer vaca- 
tion period presents to increasing thousands 
of high school and college students on op- 
portunity for aeronautical training at the 
country's commercial aviation schools. Each 
year Ryan's summer classes include increas- 
ing numbers of college representatives and 
high school graduates who enroll either for 
advanced instruction or the fundamental 
flight and ground school training that is 
given in the Ryan Private Pilot Course No. 5. 

Students who contemplate such enroll- 
ment should plan to leave for San Diego and 
begin their instruction immediately after the 
close of their school semester in May or 
June. Flight and ground training will be 
started immediately after their arrival at 
Ryan. In this way, the entire training pro- 
gram which occupies a three-month period 
will be completed in time to resume aca- 
demic training in the fall if the student so 
desires. Those who plan to take advantage 
of this special summer training progrom 
should advise the Ryon school in advance QS 
to the expected time of their arrival in Son 


Above — Part of the 
PBY patrol bombers 
Diego Bay for Pana 
games. Below — Ryan 
launch on inspectioi 
senger Clipper for Tn 

jroup of 48 Consolidated 
IS they took off from Son 
na to participate in war 
students aboard a motor 
trip to Boeing 74-pas- 
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Yes, where but at Ryan can you find an aviation 
school, giving a full curriculum of flight, mechanics 
end engineering training, which places its students 
in such close contact with interesting events in 
aviation as are found at San Diego. 

Since the last issue of SKY NEWS came off the 
press, most of the events pictured here have been 
witnessed by Ryan students — the formation flight 
of 48 huge Navy bombers, test flights of new 
Ryan S-T-M trainers, anti-aircraft demonstrations, 
the arrival of the 74-passenger Boeing Clipper and ; 
aerial "war games" between squadrons of Marine |- 
Corps planes. ft. 

Nowhere else in the country, regardless of size E 
or location, is there a city having more flying m 
activity throughout the entire year than does 
San Diego. 

Why don't you, too, plan to come to Ryan? Here you con take ad- 
vantage of superior training facilities backed by twenty-two years of 
aviation experience — and here, more than anywhere else, can you 
participate in and observe the activities of this expanding industry. 

Below — The increasing acceptance and wide popularity of Ryan training 
planes as used at the Ryan School is attested to by this excellent photo- 
graph, made by Chief Pilot Poul Wilcox, of twelve S-T-M military trainers 
of the Guatemalan Air Force on the line at the Republic's capital city. 

Above the clouds at 10,000 feet, Pou 
Wilcox, chief instructor of the Ryan Schoo 
of Aeronautics, puts one of the Ryan S-T-K 
military training planes of the Guatemalai 
Air Force through its test flight paces. 

Above — Frequent opportunities to ir 
the latest developments in aircraft c 
are afforded Ryon students who are 
seen studying the Lockheed Vega e: 
mental "Unitwin" engine installation. 


The three pictures below show "war gomes" scenes on the Ryan "campus 
defense maneuvers staged by the National Guard and Marine Corps. Below, left 
powerful searchlights sweep the night skies, while at right anti-aircraft guns are 
seen in action. Immediately below are pictured planes of the United States Marine 
Corps while based at Lindbergh Field during the recent mock oer 

Above — John S. Benton, Ryan 


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New Engineering Rooms Provided 
In Enlarged Administration Bidg. 

Greatly increased facilities for all deport- 
ments of the Ryan School of Aeronautics 
have been provided for in on extensive ex- 
pansion program which will be continued 
throughout the year, according to T. Claude 
Ryan, president. 

As this issue of SKY NEWS goes to press, 
construction work on the main administration 
building is being rushed to completion to 
provide new and enlarged quarters for the 
Aeronautical Engineering Division of the 
Ryan School. 

The administration building has been 
greatly enlarged by the addition of the 
second-floor engineering department which 
overlooks activities on Lindbergh Field and 
by increasing the tower section of the build- 
ing to five-story height. New quarters are 
also provided for the Civil Aeronautics Auth- 
oiity Inspector, Communications, and 
Weather departments. 

Immediate work is to be started on an 
additional building to house certain of the 
Ryan Aeronautical Company's business of- 
fices, while further enlargement of the Ryan 
factory is also contemplated. A large amount 
of new manufacturing equipment, including 
additional Ryan drop-hammers, is to be 
installed for the production of Ryan S-T 
and S-C airplanes and for the building of all 
types of aircraft parts for other manufact- 
urers. (See photo Page 1.) 


In the post few months, Ryan students 
have had on extraordinary opportunity to 
witness several important demonstrations of 
military aviation operations in Son Diego. 

Early in January, students at Lindbergh 
Field, "campus" of the Ryan School, were 
able to watch the take-off of 48 Consoli- 
dated PBY patrol bombers on the largest 
moss flight in Naval aviation history. After 
lifting from the waters of San Diego Bay, 
opposite the Ryan School, the huge bombers 

Mony a delightful hour of healthy, sun-tanned relaxation will be spent by Ryan students on Saturdays 

and Sundays at nearby Ocean and Mission Beaches and the La Jolla Cove. Here, just o few miles from 
Lindbergh Field, the breakers of the Pacific roll onto the cleon sonds of one of Southern California's 

most famous ocean swimming resorts. 


Recently enrolled students at the Ryan Snow in California? Surely the Chamber of 

School of Aeronautics include the following; Commerce wouldn't make that admission. 

Edward Miller Bremerton, Wash. As a matter of fact, however, California 

Donald Clark Denver, Colo. actually welcomes snow for it makes possible 

Paul Pierce Des Moines, Iowa winter sports in the mountains which sur- 

^h[lr b" a'^Ts'''.^^': : ; :ok,ahom^"a°: Ok°lo; -und the worm coastal area. 

Bernhardt Litke Bristol, Conn. Taking advantage of the unusual 

Lowell McCartney Albion, Mich. weather, a group of thirty Ryan students re- 

Buford Bailey Guntersville, Alobomo cently drove a hundred and twenty-five 

5'9"^d L. Quorve Phoenix Arizono ^,| Idyllwild, a mountain resort near 

Richard D. Wood Dayton, Ohio r^. e- ■ i j z.i_ 

Dr Charles Lieber Gurley, Nebrasko Palm Springs, for a day of tobogganing, 

Robert D. McArthur Guelph, Ontario, Canada skiing, sledding and other winter sports, not 

Paul M. Buckles Orange, Calif. to mention the sizzling steak dinner which 

Gerald A^ Bodding J""^°"' ^If"" was served at Idyllwild Inn. 

Robert M. Dyer Worcester, Mass. . , ■ u» u j .u • 

Stevens Ellington Boltimore, Md. A larger group might hove mode the trip, 

William F. Cass Syracuse, N. Y. but too many students reported they wanted 

Norman W Willey Pike, N. Y. to forget the rigors of winter which they hod 

c°"";'^Lf ■ 1"^^ I,' .: ■ °°''f."' S?u1"- iust left. ( See photos Page 3. ) 

Frank W. Boswell Henryetta, Okla. ' '^ " 

John F. Urban Longmeadow, Mass. ~ *-*""" 

James Southwick San Diego, Calif. The Ryan School of Aeronautics was sig- 

Steve V. Edwards Roncho Santa Fe, Calif. nolly honored recently, when the Son Diego 

Fred L. Beeman Los Vegas, Nevada Chapter of the Notional Aeronautic Associa- 

Holleck Mason Dakota City, Neb. tion selected Earl D. Prudden, school vice- 

Ste.n Lorentzen Oslo, Norway president, as its chief executive for the com- 
ing year, 
formed over the city for the flight south- Newest addition to the executive staff of 
word to the Panama Canal. the Ryan organization is Frank W. Selfert, 
Only a few weeks later, several squadrons former Army Air Corps officer and Son Diego 
of Marine Corps planes were based at Lind- civic leader, who has been appointed mid- 
bergh Field while taking part in mock aerial western representative of the Ryan Aero- 
warfare maneuvers. (See photo Page 3.1 nautical Company. 


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Pictured above under construction is the new Ryon Aeronautical Company factory and office building 
being erected on Lindbergh Field, San Oiego, across the landing area of the airport from the Ryan 
School buildings and shops. To cost in excess of $150,000.00, the factory when completed will appear 
as shown in the architect's drawing at top. The new facilities are necessary because of Ryan's rapid 
expansion of manufacturing activities. (See story column one below. I 



Ryan Aeronautical Company early in May 
began construction of a new $150,000.00 
aircraft factory and office building on Lind- 
bergh Field, San Diego, with plans calling 
for completion of the new quarters by 
June 15th. 

Under contemplation for some time, the 
new buildings were begun following re- 
ceipt of recent substantial orders which hove 
necessitated on expansion of Ryan manu- 
facturing facilities for its military and com- 
mercial planes and for aircraft parts for 
other companies. 

The new Ryan factory will be 200 by 
275 feet and of steel construction, with 
sawtooth type roof. A two-story office 
building, 42 by 120 feet, for the company's 
executive and engineering departments will 
adjoin the factory. 

Production facilities for the new factory 
will include the installation of eight giant 
Ryan drop-hammers, double the number now 
in use in the present factory, for the fabri- 
cation of sheet metal ports. In addition to 
the two main buildings, there will be sep- 
arate structures provided for a dope and 
paint shop, 35 by 75 feet, and for the 
modeling shop and pattern storage, 50 by 
1 00 feet. 


A three-month summer vacation spent 
in the exciting activity of aeronautical train- 
ing at Lindbergh Field, is the interesting 
program which the Ryar, School of Aero- 
nautics has made available for high school 
graduates and college students. 

Seeking to avoid interference with pre- 
arranged academic programs but at the 
some time, realizing the desire of hun- 
dreds of young men to combine thorough 
flight and ground school instruction with 
their scholastic training, has resulted in 
widespread popularity for summer aviation 
courses at this government-approved school. 

The groups of students for which this 
plan has special appeal are ( 1 ) those who 
will graduate from the nation's high schools 
at the close of the current semester and 
who plan to enter college in the fall, and 
(2) currently enrolled college students who 
wish to round out their professional or aca- 
demic courses with such practical aero- 
nautical training as con be completed be- 
tween the close of the spring term and tlie 
reopening of the fall semester. 

The Ryan summer term begins July 5th, 
but enrollments before that date — imme- 
diately after the close of academic school 
terms — are suggested for vacation period 

Hundreds of Jobs in Airpiane 
Plants to be Available Soon 

Profitable employment in the aviation in- 
dustry for those who now equip themselves 
for the hundreds of positions being mode 
available seems definitely assured as a direct 
result of the government sponsored expan- 
sion programs, according to T. Claude Ryan, 
president of the Ryan School of Aeronautics 
and its parent organization, the Ryan Aero- 
nautical Company. 

Unfortunately, only those closely con- 
nected with aviation seem completely aware 
of the full significance of the present rapid 
growth of the industry. In the past few 
months there have been more favorable 
developments in oviotion, which assure new 
opportunities for those seeking careers in 
this most fascinating business, than at any 
other time in history. 

To be fully awake to the possibilities 
which aviation is today offering one must 
first consider the present and continumg 
increase in the demand for skilled, well- 
trained aviation technicians. In fact em- 
ployment in all factories has recently in- 
creased so rapidly that the industry faces a 
possible scarcity of workers unless sufficient 
new students are trained to meet the greater 

As an example, Lockheed Aircraft Corp. 
increased its number of workers from 3000 
on January first to the 6000 now em- 
ployed. Because of this situation, personnel 
and production managers of Southern Cali- 
fornia's factories held a meeting during May 
in on effort to find sotisfactory sources 
from which to draw the hundreds and even 
thousands of workers which will be needed 
during the next few years to complete the 
government's program. 

A governmental committee has just sub- 
mitted report that "60,000 additional 
workers to supplement the 40,000 now em- 
ployed in the aviation industry will be 
needed to execute the current army and 
navy air corps expansions." 

Typical of the requests recently received 
by the Ryan School from major aircraft 
factories is the following: 

"As we are taking on additional 
men in our factory at the present 
time, we would appreciate your send- 
ing us the names and addresses of 
available graduates or students of the 
Ryon School who would be recommend- 
ed for employment in our plant." 

Southern California Factories 
At Higli Production Leveis 

With approximately 20,000 employees 
now on their payrolls, and thousands more 
expected to be added to carry out govern- 
ment exponsion programs. Southern Cali- 
fornia aircraft factories present and will 
continue to offer the largest potential 
source of employment for aviation students 
who begin their training now. The resume 
below indicates present activities of some 
of the major companies: 

Douglas Aircraft Co. has more than 6000 
workers now employed and has a backlog 
of unfilled orders on hand totaling in ex- 
cess of $47,000,000. In addition to present 
production of commercial and military 
planes, Douglas has a number of important 
experimental projects in its plant which will 
undoubtedly result in further production 

North American Aviation, with 3400 em- 
ployees, during the first four months of the 
year deliveied 209 airplanes — a record of 
approximately four airplanes each working 
day. Present production is on plones for 
England, France, Brazil, Peru, and, of course, 
the U. S. Army Air Corps and the Navy. 

Lockheed Aircraft Corp., with a backlog 
of nearly $40,000,000, is constructing 200 
bombers for England, 50 bombers for Aus- 
tralia and a quantity for the Dutch Eost 
Indies and other countries, in addition to 
its commercial production. A recent order 
was received by Lockheed from the Air Corps 
for its radical two-engined pursuit inter- 
ceptors; and in the develooment stage is 
the "Excolibur" four-engined passenger air- 

Consoh'dated Aircraft Corp., the Ryan 
School's next-door neighbor, has recent con- 
tracts to build huge four-engined bombers 
for both the U. S. Navy and Air Corps. Early 
in May, Consolidated test-flew a new two- 
motored flying boat on which a considerable 
volume of business will probably be de- 

Douglas' El Segundo Division is producing 
100 bombers for France and is getting ready 
to begin construction of Douglas DC-5 
transports for the airlines. 

Vultee Aircraft is employing nearly 1000 
men to build attack bombers for the Bra- 
zilian Air Force and for the U. S. Army 
Corps, with much new business in prospect. 

The above review takes into considera- 
tion only the major manufacturers. It 
should be remembered \nut many smaller 
companies have likewise hod to increase 
their facilities and personnel and must con- 
tinue to expend in the immediate future. 


Backlog of orders on hand at the Ryan 
Aeronautical Company, San Diego, was re- 
cently announced by T. Claude Ryan, presi- 
dent, to have reached a new all-time high 
of approximately $750,000.00, following 
receipt of additional new contracts for the 
manufacture of aircraft parts. 

Among the latest contracts obtained by 
Ryan is one for the production of exhaust 
collector rings for 100 twin-engined light 
bombers being built for the French Army. 

Another recent order is from Lockheed 
Aircraft Corp. for the manufacture of prac- 
tically all structural parts and sheet metol 
assemblies for the engine nacelles of 250 
twin-engined bombing planes, and spares, 
under construction for the British and Aus- 
tralian governments. 

Negotiations are being actively carried on 
for the export of additional Ryan military 
planes, with excellent prospects for business 
on an expanding scale in the next few 


Walter K. Bolch, chief ground school in- 
structor, has just returned to the Ryan 
School following a short visit to the Army's 
primary pilot training center at Randolph 
Field, Texas, where he was privileged to 
inspect technical training focilities. 

It's now "Lieutenant" Chase, since flight 
instructor Ned Chose obtained his formal 
rating in the Army Air Corps Reserve. Chase 
is attached to the reserve unit at Lindbergh 
Field and returned to his training duties at 
the Ryan School after two weeks of active 

Virgil "Mac" McKinley, airplane shop in- 
structor, has obtained his parachute rig- 
ger's license and will soon hold a parachute 
instructor's rating as well. 

Recent additions to the Ryan instruc- 
tional staff are William P. Sloan, flight in- 
structor, and Philip Prophett, ground school 

Ijou Should Know . . . 


Designation of the Ryan School of Aero- 
nautics for primary flight training of Army 
pilots was confirmed when Earl D. Prudden, 
Ryan vice-president, was colled to Wash- 
ington on May 1 5th to attend conferences 
between Army officials and representatives 
of the nine commercial schools selected for 
this program. 

Army schedules which begin July 1st will 
in no way interfere with the regular com- 
merciol flight, mechanics and engineering 
training programs which hove for many years 
kept the Ryan School among the leading 
training centers in the United States. 



Lindbergh Field, Son Diego, California Dote... 


Please enter my enrollment in the Ryan School of Aeronautics for the 

Course No 

I expect to arrive in Son Diego for enrollment (check which) 

D Immediately 

D 3 months vacation training beginning 

D Summer term beginning July 5, 1939. 

n Fall term beginning October 2, 1939. 

Name Age 


City . State 

The country's military and naval services ore rep- 
resented on the Ryan stoff by flight instructor 
Lieut. Ned B. Chase, Air Corps Reserve, left; and 
by Lt. Comdr. L. R. Gray, U.S.N., ret., right, novi- 
gation end radio instructor. 


There is no "season" for outdoor sports 
in Son Diego, but especially during summer 
months Ryan students will be found enjoy- 
ing the many week-end diversions which 
ore to be found close at hand. 

Swimming at nearby Ocean ond Mission 
beaches (4 and 5 miles i and at La Jolla 
Cove (8 miles) . Also at several pools. 

Sailing with the Rainbow Fleet at Coro- 
nodo (2 miles I or at Mission Boy 14 
miles). Commercial Pilot student Harry Ford 
of Houston, is ranking "Commodore." 

Klorsebock Rides at very nominal charges 
ore frequently held ot Mission Valley 1 5 
miles). ( ^; 

Tennis is available at many city-owned 
courts throughout Son Diego. Stanley Evens, 
engineering instructor, is top "racketeer." 

Roller Skating ot many nearby rinks. 

Ice Skating will be available early in 
June when the city's first ice skating rink 
will be completed. Here's a chance for the 
easterners to show their form. 

Cycling is becoming increasingly popular, 
especially with the engineering students 
led by Paul Pierce i Lo Grange, III.), Bill 
Geoforth (Pueblo, Colorado! and John 
Urban (Princeton, N. J.I. 

Badminton is available at a court on the 
school grounds adjoining the student me- 
chanics shop. City of Son Diego also moin- 
toins free indoor courts. 

Bowling, with mechanic student Leonard 
Block OS "kingpin", is a weekly feature ot 
the Elks Club alleys ( 1 mile). 

Aquaplaning is provided for at Coronodo 
l2 milesi and Lo Jolla Cove. We haven't 
found yet who is the champion "planer." 

Bench-warmers who like their sports sit- 
ting down con choose from baseball, speed- 
boat races, soiling contests, horse racing, 
bull fights, football, boxing, rodeos, horse 
shows, auto racing, wrestling, and San 
Diego's world-famous zoo. 


Ryon students were interested observers 
early in May when Consolidoted Aircroft 
Corp. launched and test flew its huge new 
two deck flying boot which is powered with ..^ 
two 2000-horsepower engines and able to yA-i 
carry 52 passengers. It has on all-up 
weight of 25 tons but looked extremely fast 
in its test flights. This is the plane which 
Ryan students were privileged to inspect two 
months ago when it wos still under con- 
struction. I 




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Offering a complete 
gineering courses the 
cordial relations with i 

The valuable aviation contacts and 
interesting diversions which punctuate 
the daily life of Ryan students ore per- 
haps superior to those found at any 
other aviation training center. 

Flying and manufacturing activities 
on the Ryan School's Lindbergh Field 
"campus" and nearby naval aviation 
operations bring to San Diego the dis- 
tinction of having more flying through- 
out the entire year than any other city 
in the United States regardless of size, 
curriculum of flying, mechanics and en- 
Ryon School is as well known for its 
ts student group as for superior training. 

White cruising above San Diego Bay in one at the Ryan School's advanced training 
cabin planes, this interesting picture of the United States Naval Fleet returning to its 
San Diego Base was snapped. North Island, naval aviation operating base, is pictured 
at center, with Point Loma in the background. Lindbergh Field and the Ryan School 
are to the right, just out of range of the camera's eye. Uncle Sam's two newest Aircraft 
Carriers the "Yorktown" and "Enterprise" are to be permanently based at Son Diego. 

Returning to the Consolidated factory 


its initial 


flight, this 




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the largest airci 

raft power plants ever build. 

Engineering training at Ryan features per- 
sonalized supervision in practicol design 
problems under the oble direction of Stan- 
ley H. Evans, right, director of the engin- 
eering school. 

T. Claude Ryan, right, bids goodbye to 
Col. Charles A. Lindbergh as the latter 
completes his tour of inspection of the 
Ryan and Consolidated aircraft facton 
at San Diego before returning to > 
Corps headquarters at Washington, D. C. 

Pictured in flight above the clouds is a radio- 


equipped Ryan S-T school training plane 


used in advanced instrument flight instruc- 

tion. The student pilot in rear cockpit must 

maneuver the plane entirely by instrument. 




Extensive cross-country flying, for which the student pilot 
group pictured here is preparing, is on important phase of 
odvanced troining at Ryan, with frequent thousand mile 
week-end flights being made to distant points of compass. 

Ryan engineering and mechar 

lie shop courses 

Horseback riding, through picturesque Colifornio 

include instruction in the in 

iportant art of 

canyons, within a tew miles of Lindbergh Field, is 

but one of the many year-round diversions en- 

riveting under an instructor's 

guiding eye. 

joyed by students at Ryon School of Aeronautics. 

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Commercial Pilots in Demand 
By Many Leading Airlines 

New openings with air transport com- 
panies for trained Commercial Pilots with 
Instrument Ratings are being created as an 
indirect result of the government military 
aviation expansion program. 

This was disclosed in the following in- 
formation which appeared recently in 
American Aviation Daily, and is reprinted 
in SKY NEWS by special permission: 

"The aviation expansion program . . . 
will probably cause the airlines to be faced 
with a serious shortage of co-pilots, espe- 
cially during the next two or three years, 
according to W. A. Patterson, president of 
United Air Lines ... In the meantime. 
United plans to hire co-pilots who have 
been trained in private schools, the UAL 
president explained." 

Many airline co-pilots are resigning to 
resume active duty with the Army Air Corps 
and U. S. Navy, thereby making available 
a large number of positions for recently 
trained pilots. 

Among recent placements of graduates 
of the Ryan School of Aeronautics with air- 
lines are: 

Dior E. Clark, of Deoosit, New York, 
graduate of the Ryan Commercial Pilot's 
Course lost year, who has been employed 
by United Air Lines as First Officer (co- 
pilot). Clark is now taking advanced in- 
struction at United's airline pilot training 
center before assuming regular flight 

Walter J. Mclntyre, of Chicago, who has 
accepted a position with Trancontinental 
and Western Air, Inc. (TWA) as First Of- 
ficer. Mclntyre, formerly with Chicago and 
Southern Airlines, graduated from Ryan in 

John D. Milner, of Willcox, Arizona, 
formerly with Wilmington-Cotalino Airlines 
who has accepted o position as First Officer 
with TWA. 

In addition to these airline positions, Wil- 
liam Carrier, Ryan commercial pilot grad- 
uate, of Crescent City, Florida, has been 
placed with El Paso Flying Service, El Paso, 
Texas, as flight instructor. 

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"^'° R,kN SCHOOL Of ►^'<°'' 

Through the office of Eorl D. Prudden, Ryan school vice-president, flows a steady stream of telegroms, 

letters and phone calls, concerning the placement of Ryan recommended graduates in important positions 

in the aviation industry. 


Acting on the precept of practicing the 
principles it preaches, the senior students 
of the Ryan Engineering School are now 
well advanced on the stress analysis, pre- 
liminary detail design and mock-up con- 
struction of a new type experimental 
slotted wing later to be tried out in actual 
test flights. 

After two full decades of research ond 
full-scale experiment by the Hondley-Poge 
company in England, the slotted wing is 
definitely coming into vogue on many new 
designs, principally to cure the troublesome 
tip stall of tapered wings. 

Thus, the experimental program of the 
Ryan Engineering School is intended to 
provide a proctical reseorch laboratory 
which should be of mutual benefit to the 
Ryan company's own engineering develop- 
ment and also to the keen student wishing 
to keep abreast of the latest trends in 

Final approval and construction of the 
actual wing will follow the results of model 
experiments now in hand in the visual 
smoke-flow wind tunnel recently constructed 
by the Mechanics School Division. The pur- 
pose of this tunnel is to obtain a visuol dem- 
onstration of the air flow around wings and 
bodies, rather than to meosure their quan- 
titative values. 


Led by Uncle Sam's two huge new Aircraft 
Carriers, "Yorktown" and "Enterprise," 
more than 50 battleships, cruisers, destroy- 
ers, submarines and auxiliary Navy craft 
returned to their home port — San Diego — 
on May 1 2th. 

With the return of the fleet there are 
now more than 70 Naval vessels in San 
Diego Harbor. 

Coincident with return of the surface 
warcraft, the aerial fighting squadrons led 
by the Consolidated PBY patrol bombers, 
also came back from the war games in the 
Atlantic to their Son Diego base — North 
Island one mile directly across San Diego 
Boy from the Ryan School. 


Four student-piloted planes from the 
Ryan School, recently made o week-end 
thousand-mile training flight to San Fran- 
cisco in conjunction with the Air Armada to 
the Golden Gate International Exposition. 

Three Ryan S-T militory-type training 
planes and a Ryan S-C metal cabin plane 
formed the contingent from the Ryan School. 
Students on the training flight were Frank 
Compsoll, Jr., of Dearborn, Mich.; James T. 
Pettus, of St. Louis; Harry H. Ford, Jr., of 
Houston; and John Benton, of Pittsfield, 






Seventy-five Pilots Now Being 
Trained by Ryan Instructors 

Caught by the camera while discussing the coordination ot The Ryan School's commercial and Army 
aviation training programs, ore left to right: Paul Wilcox, Director of Flying; T. Claude Ryan, President; 
Copt. J. C. Horton, Air Corps Commanding Officer; Lieut. Lloyd P. Hopwood, Air Corps Training 
Detachment; Eorl D. Prudden, Vice-President, and Waiter K. Balch, Director of Technical Training. 



Recognition of the Ryan School of Aero- 
nautics as one of the country's foremost 
pilot-training centers came on July first 
when the first of several hundred flying 
cadets to be trained at the Son Diego 
school reoorted to begin orimory flight train- 
ing under joint Army and Ryan supervision. 

Under a plan recently put into effect by 
the Air Corps, the primary training of fly- 
ing cadets will be given at a number of 
selected commercial flying schools instead 
of at Randolph Field os heretofore. Ryan 
is proud to be one of the schools selected. 

Training is given in Army planes, with 
flight instruction, technical training, and 
servicing of aircraft under the direction of 
Ryan pilots, technical instructors, and 
mechanical personnel. 

The Army has a staff of supervisory offi- 
cers stationed at the Ryan School, with 
Captain John C. Horton in charge, assisted 
by Lieut. Lloyd P. Hopwood. A special med- 
ical detachment headed by Major Hervey B. 
Porter has been assigned to the Ryan School 
to guard the health of the cadets. 

SKY NEWS takes this means to welcome 
the Air Corps officers, their staff, and the 
flying cadets to San Diego. We also wish 
to extend our welcome to Major E. R. 
McReynolds, new Air Corps inspector, at 
the Ryan factory. 


With aviation's backlog of unfilled orders 
at a new all-time high and the potential 
demand for trained men in all departments 
greater than ever before, Ryan is antici- 
pating that the Fall Term opening October 
2nd will constitute one of the finest classes 
in the school's 1 7-year history. 

No reputable school will gucrcntcc jobs 
to prospective students, but even the most 
skeptical person cannot fail to realize that 
the sky-rocketing pace which aviation has 
set during recent months mokes this the 
outstanding field in the country's harassed 
industrial picture. 

Every branch of ovioton is feeling this 
forward surge until employment offices for 
airlines and factories ore no longer worried 
about getting the job for the man, but 
rather, about finding trained dependable 
men for the jobs that ore available. 

Long recognized for its superior flight 
training and equipment, Ryan, during recent 
years, has rounded out its curriculum to 
include complete engineering and mechanics 
courses. For those students who ore finan- 
cially unable to take the more expensive 
flying courses, the mechanical and engineer- 
ing branches offer excellent opportunities for 
employment and advancement. 

Prospective students who ore considering 
enrolling at Ryan for the fall term and who 
have not yet forwarded their enrollment 
applications are urged to use the coupon 
in this issue of SKY NEWS. 

An atmosphere of intense activity — the 
greatest in history — now prevails at Lind- 
bergh Field, San Diego, home of the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics. A close analysis of 
the situation indicates that the present 
rapid expansion of all branches of aviation 
means o constant enlargement of this highly 
regarded pilots', mechanics', and engineers' 
training center, which is now in its seven- 
teenth year under the progressive manage- 
ment of T. Claude Ryan. 

Under the direction of Ryan flight in- 
structors, more than seventy-five student 
pilots are daily receiving training in Ryan 
commercial and military planes hongared 
and serviced at the school. In addition, a 
large number of mechanics and aeronautical 
engineers ore preparing at Ryan for careers 
in the growing oviotion industry. 

The daily flying which centers at the 
Ryan School is by no means all the activity 
which students ore privileged to witness or 
in which they participate. U. S. Coost Guard 
Service planes. Consolidated Aircraft Corp. 
experimental flying boots, and military croft 
of ^hc Arrr.y ,A:r Corps Reserve ere in doM" 
operation at Lindbergh Field, while hun- 
dreds of Novol fighting planes are based at 
North Island, the huge Navy air base direct- 
ly across Son Diego Bay from Ryan. 

So great is the current demand for trained 
men in aviation that the Ryon School has 
mode it particular point to impress upon 
the newly-arrived student the importance 
of setting a high standard from the moment 
he begins his training. Ryon officials hove 
an excellent opportunity to observe students' 
adaptability for employment in the industry 
and hove been able to place the majority 
of recommendoble graduating students upon 
the completion of their courses. 

In fact, a great many of the highest 
ranking student graduates ore continually 
being absorbed into the Ryon organization, 
a point of mutual advantage both to the 
school and to the student, since o close 
relationship which leads to employment is 
frequently built up from the day of the 
student's entrance. Other items in this 
issue of SKY NEWS give details of the 
recent additions of Ryon graduate students 
to the Ryan staff. 

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Follow Harry's letter in pictures by watching (or the numbered references to the photos on opposite page. 

Sorry I haven't written sooner, but I've been 
awlully busy here at Ryan, and I thought my 
vriie would let you know that I had arrived okey. 
Guess I'd better begin at the beginning and give 
you all the news. 

The train got in at 10:45 Sunday night, and, as 
the school promised, they had someone on hand to 
meet me. Went to a hotel lor the night, slept late 
the next morning, catching up from the long train 
trip, and then Bill Wagner, of the school staii, 
came down to the hotel to pick me up. 

We drove out to the airport, which is only 
about a mile from the dovrntown section, and right 
on San Diego Bay (ought to be some good sailing 
there) across from North Island, the Navy airplane 
base. Had lunch with Earl Prudden {he's the man 
you and Dad have been writing to) and before 
we w^ere through, Mr. Ryan sat down w^ith us for 
a few minutes. 

Spent about an hour with Mr. Prudden discus- 
sing the various courses (l)and, as w^e had decided 
at home, I enrolled for the complete Commercial 
Pilot's Course with the 176 hours of flying. I am 
also going to take the Master Mechanics training 
wrhich will require nine months. 

After I got straightened out with my enrollment. 
Bill Wagner took mo out to look at the boarding 
and rooming places, and after seeing a few^, de- 
cided to stay at Mrs. Johnson's, w^hich is about 
three-quarters of a mile from the school, over- 
looking the airport. Five other fellows from school 
room there, too, so we have a pretty nice gang at 
the house. They all walk to school, so there is 
really no necessity of my having a car w^hile I'm 
out here. 

Tuesday morning I got started wth my train- 
ing. There are technical lectures daily — on such 
subjects as aerodynamics, air commerce regula- 
tions, engines, meteorology, navigation, etc. — 
from eight o'clock until ton; then, v/e report to the 
ground school building for practical shop w^ork (2) 
for another tw^o hours before lunch. 

My flight lessons began the very first day, much 
to my surprise. Bob Kerlinger, chief instructor for 
the Ryan commercial school, has been my teacher. 
Tuesday we went up for a half-hour, and he let 

me handle the controls right away, although we 
just did straight and level flying. But now I'm 
learning gentle turns and in another day or tw^o 
will start on landing and take-off practice. Then, 
after about ten hours of dual instruction, I'll be 
ready to solo. Boy, that'll be some thrill for me — 
and probably for the instructor, too. 

Incidentally, Tom Baxter, my roommate, soloed 
yesterday (3). When Tom least expected it, his 
instructor climbed out of the front cockpit and told 
him to take it around alone. I guess he was pretly 
excited, but Verne Murdock (his instructor), said 
he did a good job of flying. In about tvro v^eeks 
you can look for a Western Union messenger to 
come up to the house with a telegram saying that 
I've soloed. 

In addition to the other commercial students, 
there are about sixty Air Corps flying cadets (4) 
who are receiving flight training here under Ryan 
instructors (they have sixteen of them). You see, 
just like I told you, Ryan is pretty w^ell known and 
highly regarded for their training experience and 
methods, and have been selected by the Army to 
train new pilots. If it's good enough for the Army, 
it's good enough for me, eh what? 

But to get back to the daily training routine. 
My flight lesson starts after lunch and is generally 
over by one-forty. Then I go back to the ground 
school shop for more practical mechanical w^ork, 
until four o'clock. Right now, we're building w^ing 
ribs. I'm not any too good yet, but the instructors 
say that it'll take me a week or so to get the 
swing of it. 

Saturday and Sunday there is no school, but 
there's always something to do. During the sum- 
mer there are yacht races, horse racing, basoball 
games, the zoo, automobile races, speedboat 
races, a chance to visit batUeships and a lot of 
other things to do. But, kno'wing me as you do, 
you can be sure that I'm still playing a lot of 
tennis, sailing now and then, and most of all, 
swimming. Generally, a bunch of us from the 
house go over to Mission Beach or La JoUa Cove 
for a swm on Saturday or Sunday. 

Most of our flight training is given in Ryan S-T 
125 H.P. trainers, and since I left home, I find that 
the Army has purchased a bunch of them to use 
here for training tho Army pilots. This is a radical 
departure from the Army to train students in low- 
wring monoplanes, because before that they al- 
ways used biplanes — so you can see we have the 


Dick Huffman, Ben Hozelton, William 
Evans, Joe Duncan, Ben Johnson, Rosmond 
Blauvelt, William Sloan, Verne Murdock, 
Robert Kerlinger, Ned Chose, William Howe, 
Paul Wilcox, and Pete Larson comprised the 
group from the Ryan School of Aeronautics 
who successfully passed the special instruc- 
tors course at Randolph Field, thereby qual- 
fying them for employment as flight in- 
structors of Army cadets at civilian schools. 

All except Wilcox and Larson are former 
Ryan graduates, and all were immediately 
given contracts as instructors of Army cadets 
at Ryan. It is believed that this is the largest 
group of graduates from any commercial 
school who successfully passed this intensive 
Army training program. 

Eddie Imperato, John May, Harold Vro- 
man, Charles Goff, Charles Ault, Charles 

Query, Neol Altizer, Leonard Miraldi, Ken- 
neth Johnson, Robert Hall, Leonard Block 
and Jim Holmes have been called back from 
various aeronautical positions and parts of 
the country to augment the maintenance 
department at the Ryan School. 

Alan Austen has been appointed sales- 
manager for Southwest Aircraft Sales, Stin- 
son distributors at Grand Central Air Ter- 
minal, Glendole, Calif. 

Walter I Jerry) Jones of Alaskan fame 
is now captaining one of PAA's flying boats 
from Miami to other tropical points in the 
Corribean and South Atlantic. 

And, as Sky News went to press, Malcolm 
Canoday, who just completed the Ryan Com- 
mercial Pilot's Course, was nomed Chief 
Pilot of the San Luis Obispo Flying Service 
in Northern California. 



Lindbergh Field, San Diego, California Date.. 


Please enter my enrollment in the Ryan School of Aeronautics for the 

Course No 

I expect to arrive in Son Diego for enrollment (check which) 
D Immediately 

D Fall term beginning October 2, 1939. 
D Winter term beginning January 2, 1940. 

Name Age 




best training planes available. When I first ar- 
rived, they were still test flying the YPT-16s (5) 
(that's what the Army calls the Ryan S-Ts), but 
now they are being used every day by the Army, 
w^hiie wo use the commercial S-Ts which are al- 
most exactly identical. 

Have gone to the movies a few^ times, but am 
saving a little dough ahead, as the school is 
having a dinner-dance in a w^eek or two. As a 
matter of fact they had a party last night, and I'll 
bet you can't guess w^hat we did. Went ice skat- 
ing! — in California (6). They've got a new rink 
iust opened here, and I wish you'd send out my 

There sure is lots ol activity on the flying line 
here (7) betvroen the school training planes. Army 
training planes. Coast Guard, Army Air Corps 
Reserve ships, and the Navy. Yesterday I counted 
more than thirty-five in front of the Ryan buildings. 

One of the fellows in ground school yesterday 
^vas telling me how lucky we are that Ryan was 
selected ior training Army pilots. It seems that just 
belore I arrived here, they enlarged the wrhole 
training space for mechanics, and now^ have a lot 
more equipment for instruction. The school has 
taken over the entire Ryan factory building since 
all of Ryan's manufacturing is now done at a new- 
factory on the far side ol the airport. 

Last Saturday morning the Army sent a big 
bombing plane here to test parachutes (8). They 
put dummies on the parachutes, take them up in 
the bomber, and toss them out just a few hundred 
feet over the field to bo sure they are in good con- 
dition. No, Mother, there's no need to ^vorry, the 
school makes us w^ear chutes for all but the most 
simple training work. 

One other thing boiore I close. Yesterday, I 
met Stanley Evans, the director of Ryan engineer- 
ing school, and discussed with him the possi- 
bility of Jack's coming out next year after be 
finishes high school. Mr. Evans told me to tell 
Tack that, when he goes back to school this fall, 
he should be sure to major in mathematics and 
science, as these subjects are essential for the 
Ryan engineering courses. 

That's all for now. Will write later, but in the 
meantime, don't forget my check. 

tAis mant/i ta... 





Because of his splendid personality, his ex- 
cellent background as a student and an 
engineer, and his intense interest in aviation 
which interest is shared by his wife, Ruth, 
herself a licensed pilot. 

Because of the ex- 
cellent flight and 
ground school rec- 
^ ord which he estab- 

fiy ,1' lished while a stu- 

y\ -.^ dent obtaining his 

"•^ Commercial license 

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^j0fi^ '^ of Aeronautics. 

Because his ability 
has earned for him 
a position as First 
Officer on United 
Air Lines' Douglas 
DC-3 planes flying 
between Nework 
and Chicago. 
Because his de- 
pendabilit\ ond consistently good work 
while o student at Ryan made him a recom- 
mended graduate and the type of man who 
will be not only a credit to the Ryon School 
but a definite asset to the aircraft industry. 

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Above is the first air view to be released of the Ryan Aeronautical 
new $150,000.00 factory recently completed at Lindbergh Field, 
Diego's municipal oirport from buildings of the Ryan School. 


Training facilities in the Ryan ground 
school and student shops hove been greatly 
expanded in the past six weeks as a result 
of the transfer of all Ryan manufacturing 
facilities to a new factory on Lindbergh 

Maintenance facilities for servicing the 
forty training planes operating daily at the 
Ryan School have also been expanded. 

To take care of the increased technical 
training, the Ryan instruction stoff has been 
considerably augmented. Walter K. Balch 
has been advanced to the position of Direc- 
tor of Technical Training and Maintenance, 
with Virgil McKinley assuming Balch's for- 
mer duties as Director of Commercial Ground 
School. Basil Morrow, formerly Ryan Chief 
Mechanic, is now Supervisor of Maintenance 
for both commercial and Army flight equip- 
ment. Morrow received his training at Ryan 
several years ago. 

Other members of the ground school staff 
and their assignments ore Martin Weidinger, 
engines; Captain Claude Whitcomb, navi- 
gation and aerodynamics; Gordon Thomp- 
son, mathematics and maps; Bernard Litke, 
power plants and ignition; Philip Prophett, 
carburetors, engines and propellors; Buford 
Bailey and Donald Clark, airplane shop and 
sheet metal. There are now twenty-six me- 
chanics on the maintenance crews. 


Due to the present peak demand in all 
divisions of the aviation industry for trained 
personnel, any qualified Ryan graduates 
available for positions are requested to keep 
in close touch with officials of the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics, giving name of pres- 
ent aircraft employer, experience since grad- 
uation, and change of address, if any. 

Inquiries from reliable aircraft manufac- 
turers, airlines, and operators for recom- 
mended Ryan pilots, mechanics, and engin- 
eering graduates are constantly being re- 
ceived, and all those having the necessary 
training and experience to fill these posi- 
tions should so advise the school in order 
that immediate placements may be made. 

As an indication of the employment trend, 
the Ryan Aeronautical Company, between 
April first and July first, more than doubled 
the number of its employees, many of whom 
ore constantly being selected from the group 
of recommendable graduating students. 

Receipt by the Ryan Aeronautical Com- 
pany of more than $70,000.00 in additional 
manufacturing contracts was announced re- 
cently by T. Claude Ryan, president. 

Work in progress represents a value of 
nearly $300,000.00 and the back-log of 
uncompleted contracts as of the first of 
the month approximates $750,000.00, the 
highest in the company's history. 

Marking a radical departure in Air Corps pilot-training policies, 
low-wing monoplanes are for the first time being used for 
primary training of flying cadets. For the post thirty years, all 
primary training of Air Corps pilots has been done in standard 
biplane types, but with the recent purchase by the War Depart- 
ment of a fleet of Ryan S-T trainers, cadets will for the first 
time receive their initial instruction in monoplanes. 

As the result of flight competitions recently held at Wright 
Field, Dayton, Ohio, the Ryan Aeronautical Company was awarded 
a contract to build Ryan S-T type trainers for the Air Corps. 
The new Army trainer, designated YPT- 1 6, is almost identical 
to the Ryan S-T sport trainers which for the past four years 
hove been standard primary instruction ships at the progressive 
Ryan School of Aeronautics. 

This recognition of the superiority of the 
Ryan S-T as a primary training airplane is 
added assurance to students who are plan- 
ning on pilot training at the Ryan School 
of Aeronautics that their equipment is un- 
surpassed for performance, moneuverability, 
and safety. 

The first group of Army YPT- 16 train- 
ers to leave the Ryan production line has 
been assigned to the Air Corps Training 
Detachment here, giving Lindbergh Field 
the largest fleet of S-T trainers operated 
anywhere in the world. 

A second competition of commercially- 
built training planes has now been com- 
pleted at Wright Field. Robert Kerlinger, 
who hos been advanced to the position of 
commercial flight supervisor for the Ryan 
School and test pilot for the Ryon Com- 
pany, made the cross-country flight from 
Son Diego and represented the Ryan Com- 
pany at Dayton. 

An interesting article — "The Case for 
the Low-Wing Trainer" — written by Paul 
Wilcox, who has recently been advanced to 
the position of Director of Commercial end 
Army flight training at the Ryan School, ap- 
peared in the August issue of U. S. AIR 

On the moonlight night of August 26th, 
sixty Ryan students ond their friends char- 
tered the motor launch "Crescent" for a 
two-hour cruise around San Diego Bay, and 
to sea along the coast. 


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WINTER ISSUE, 1939-40 


Emplovment Opportunities Huiait 

Quaiifssd Rvan 




Never before in the seventeen year history of the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics has there been the demand for 
-trained men in the aircraft industry that exists today. 

Pilots, engineers, mechanics, as well as men in other 
classifications, ore being sought by aircraft factories, 
air lines and private operators. 

While the industrial and political heads of the country struggle with a 
huge unemployment problem in general lines of activity, the aircraft in- 
dustry has surged ahead to new highs of expansion that have created a man- 
power shortage. 

As the current issue of Ryan Sky News goes to press, we have exhausted 
our list of recommended graduates of the 
Ryon School who might be available for 
work in the aviotion industry. Military and 
air line expansion as well as the new CAA 
training program all hove combined to ab- 
sorb every man who holds the necessary 
technical and personal qualifications. 

The key that will open this door to you 
is proper training. 

The Ryan School of Aeronautics is equip- 
ped to give you this instruction. Mid-winter 
classes are now being formed for students 
who will enroll at the opening of our next 
term on January 2nd. 

will decide now to obtain this necessary 

T. Claude Ryan, President of the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics, in a message to the 
youth of America which recently appeared 
in one of the national magazines, has 
pointed out: 

"Only those closely connected with avia- 
tion seem completely aware of the full sig- 
nificance of the present rapid growth of 
the industry. However, I can assure you that 
in the past few months there hove been 
more favorable developments in aviation, 
which guarantee new opportunities for those 
seeking careers in this most fascinating 
business, than at any other time in history. 

"To take advantage of these opportunities, 
however, it should be strongly borne in mind 
that proper technical training is the one 
primary essential which all who would enter 
the industry must have. Let me, therefore, 
in all sincerity, urge those of you who would 
base your personal future on the future of 
aviation to immediately give thought as to 
how you can best prepare to take advantage 
of your potentialities. 

Are you going to let this opportunity pass? 

Sailing on the broad waters of San Diego Boy is 
but one of the many low-cost midwinter diver- 
sions available to students of the Ryan School of 


Earl D. Prudden, vice-president of the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics and the Ryan Aero- 
nautical Company, has just been named 
chairman of the Aviation Committee of the 
San Diego Chamber of Commerce. This ap- 
pointment is in addition to his duties as 
president of the San Diego Aero Club, local 
chapter of the Notional Aeronautic Asso- 

The worm Southern California climate is an in- 
ducement not only to year-round flying activity 
but also assures a pleasant outdoor life for 
leisure hours of students at the Ryan School. 

Army Orders Now Total $800,000 

During the post two months the Ryan 
Aeronautical Company has received from 
the U. S. Army Air Corps two additional 
military aircraft orders, totaling approxi- 
mately a quarter of a million dollars, ac- 
cording to T. Claude Ryan, president. 

With receipt of these latest government 
orders the Ryan company's total U. S. Air 
Corps business for the year to date is nearly 
$800,000.00, and is represented by seven 
separate contracts, including those for mil- 
itary aircraft, airplane ports, production 
machinery, and for the training of Army Air 
Corps flying cadets. 

The two most recent awards to Ryan are 
$197,000.00 for Ryan PT-20 primary train- 
ing planes, and $132,000.00 for short range 
observation planes. The latter order is for a 
new type developed by Ryan and was ob- 
tained as the result of being selected a winner 
in an Army design competition. 

In August, Ryan delivered $100,000.00 
worth of Ryon primary training planes to 
the Army, which ships ore now being operated 
at the Air Corps Training Detachment at 
the Ryon School of Aeronautics. The amount 
involved in this training contract is approxi- 
mately $350,000.00. 

Since the U. S. Army's selection of Ryan 
planes as the first low-wing primary trainers 
ever used by the Air Corps, and subsequent 
placing of additional orders of increased 
volume, there is every indication of a greatly 
expanded demand on the part of foreign 
governments for this model. 

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Because of his clean-cut, splendid personal- 
ity, his application to the job In hand, and 
the cheerful, tenacious manner in which he 
undertakes any assignment. 
Because of his excellent record as a Trans- 
port flight and 
ground student at 
the Ryan School of 
Because he ond his 
charming wife, 
Charmaine, as fine 
representatives of 
the Canadian Gov- 
ernment, did much 
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friendship that ex- 
ist between the citizens of our two countries. 
Because of his rapid progress in the aircraft 
industry, since his graduation from the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics as a Transport pilot 
on June 30, 1937. 

Because of his recent advancement from the 
post of First Officer to his present position 
as Captain, of Lockheed transport planes 
with Trans-Canada Airlines. 



To encourage athletic competition between 
the Ryan School's flight, engineering and 
mechanics students, the San Diego aeronau- 
tical training center has just completed the 
installation of new volley ball and badminton 
courts adjoining the student shops. 

To further encourage athletic participation 
by students and provide adequate athletic 
facilities, the Ryan School gives each newly 
enrolled student a free membership in the 
San Diego Y. M. C. A. so that he may have 
use of its swimming pool, gymnasium and 
other equipment. 

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Ground School 
Lecture Hall, 
Portion of new 
Airplane Shop. 


As has been stated in so many recent 
issues of SKY NEWS, there is o consistent de- 
mand for Ryan recommended graduates in 
all phases of training — flying, mechanics and 

Recent placements include Commercial 
Pilot graduates John S. Benton of Pittsfield, 
Mass., who has token a flight instructor's 
position with the Hawthorne Flying Service, 
Charleston, South Carolina; Warner Lincoln 
of Medford, Oregon, now flying for Manhat- 
tan Flying Service, Lawrence, Kansas; and 
Malcolm Canaday of Colorado Springs, Colo- 
rado, now with the Ong Aircraft Corp. of 
Kansas City, Missouri. 

Charles Gilbert, Ryan graduate and en- 
trant in the recent Bendix race, has been 
added to the Ryan School flight instructional 

Judson Marsden, recent graduate of the 
Ryan Engineering School, is now with Con- 
solidated Aircraft Corp., while Ralph Swift 
is in the engineering department at Lock- 
heed Aircraft Co. 

Herbert W. Temple and William E. Coy- 
ley ore now actively engaged in training 
mechanics for the Canadian Government's 
necessarily expanded air service. 

Recent Mechanics graduates who may be 
found in a number of the southern California 
aircraft factories include Holleck Mason, 
John Hollowoy, John Schrieber, Leonard 
Block, James Southwick, Frank Boswell, Rich- 
ard Woods, Harold Vromon, Charles Query, 
Dudley Rasmussen and Robert Lang. 



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Aircraft industry approval of Ryan training is best evidenced by the fact that we have more 
positions awaiting our recommended graduates than we can fill. 

Directors of personnel in every branch of the industry recognize the plus volue of Ryon 
training. They know Ryan courses are geared to the industry's needs, therefore Ryan graduates 
earn their pay from the start. They appreciate that, as a subsidiary of the Ryan Aeronautical 
Co., this is the one school that is actually a part of the industry it serves. 

Ryan offers flight, mechonics and engineering training OKed by the industry. The industry 
offers thousands of jobs that lead to profitable careers. Now the only question is YOU. Whot 
will YOU do obout it? The coupon on the back page will help you arrive at the answer. 

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No other military organization has 
Air Corps. Ryan is proud of its selecti 
now receive their primary flight and technii 
under the same aerial patterns and maneuvi 
odvantoge of flying in Ryon STA's — the coi 
which the Army has purchased for military 

standard for pilot training than the U. S. Army 
; of the commerciol schools where Army Cadets 
il instruction. Ryan commercial students train 
rs as Ryon Army Cadets and have the special 
mercial version of the Ryon low-wing trainers 

Winter Term Sforts Jan. 2, 1940. 

Ryan Employment at Peak as Plane 
Production Speeds on Two Models 

Employment of factory personnel at the 
Ryan Aeronautical Company plant has more 
than trebled since the first of the year, oc- 
cording to a report just released by T. 
Claude Ryan, president. 

Factory workers employed on November 
first, exclusive of all supervisory personnel, 
totaled 475, up more than 40 percent dur- 
ing the past four months, and compared 
with the 138 workers in the production de- 
partment as of January first. 

In all branches of its activities, includ- 
ing those of the subsidiary Ryon School of 
Aeronautics, the Ryan company now em- 
ploys over 600 persons. 

Sharpest goin in employment was mode 
during June and July os a result of the en- 
larged production facilities provided by the f 
company's new $150,000 factory which had ^ 
just been put into operation at Lindbergh 

Production activity now centers around 
the PT-20 primary trainers, advanced ver- 
sions of the popular Ryan S-Ts, and the 
YO-51 short range observation plane. Both 
models ore being produced for the U. S 
Army Air Corps. 

The Civil Aeronautics Authority has also 
just placed on order for a 1 25 -horsepower 
Ryon S-T for the use of its engineering 


The Fall student dinner dance of the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics was held on 
Armistice night at the San Diego Club with 
more than 100 students, instructors and 
their friends in attendance. 

Aside from the highly enjoyable even- 
ing hod by all it was discovered that the 
student group contains considerable hidden 
tolent. Deone Roine, of South Charleston, 
Ohio, acted as Master of Ceremonies for 
the after-dinner entertainment, doing an 
excellent job of leading the group singing. 

Later in the evening, while the orchestra 
took an intermission. Bob Cerno, of Mon- 
terrey, Mexico, did some impromptu enter- 
tainment on the piano and drums, while 
Henry Mossier, of Holliday Cove, West Vir- 
ginia, acquired the right to lead a barber- 
shop quartet over the microphone. t^ 

Other interesting social events since the 
start of the Fall term hove included a stu- 
dent scenic boot trip around San Diego Boy, 
OS well as severol ice skating ond roller 
skating parties. 

Plans ore now going forword for the stu- 
dents' regular Winter bowling tournament. 

Aviation Writers Head List 
Of Recent Scliool Visitors 

One of the most enjoyable extra curricular 
features of training at Ryan has been the 
large number of important aviation and 
national figures who have been attracted 
by the activities here. 

Two of the country's leading aviation 
writers, Fred Graham of the New York Times 
and J. B. Bowersock of the Konsos City Star, 
visited the Ryan School and factory early 
this month while on a national tour of west 
coast aviation facilities for their newspapers. 

Bowersock was accompanied by Thomas 
F. Ryan, III, a Ryan graduate, who is now 
executive vice-president of Mid-Continent 

Former Ryan students who have made 
their mark in the aviation world ore always 
welcome guests at the Lindbergh Field 
campus. Walter "Jerry" Jones, one of Ryan's 
earlier graduates and S. E. "Bob" Robbins, 
both of whom are now flying four-engined 
Clippers for Pan-American Airways, were 
visitors during October. 

Lost night, just as the SKY NEWS was 
ready to go to press, two former students 
now flying for Uncle Sam stopped in to 
regale students and former associates with 
interesting stories of Naval flying and pilot- 
ing the Army's Curtiss P-36 "pea-shooters." 

Lt. Thomas Hubbard was the Army visitor 
enroute from Barksdale Field, Louisiana, to 
Moffett Field, California. Lt. Larry Tread- 
well, the other visitor, now flying off the 
Aircraft Carrier "Lexington", stopped in 
upon the Carrier's arrival in San Diego. 

Below — Robert Kerlinger, right, chief of commercial 
flight training at Ryan, checks each student's 
progress before and after each training flight. 
The board is a complete record of all student 
flight instruction. 


The fame of the Ryan School is world- 
wide, at least so it would seem when one 
examines the list of foreign students now 
training here. 

Recent enrollments include Lucien Gognon 
of Marocaibo, "Venezuela; Chong Hu Go 
from Manila, Philippine Islands; Robert 
Cerna from Monterrey, Mexico; and Harold 
D. Chester, also from the Philippine Islands. 

Andre Fobre, French resident of Mexico 
City, who has just completed his Private 
Pilots' course has returned to the Mexican 
capital; while the school interestedly awaits 
the arrival of Lennort Thorell, who is now 
enroute from Gothenburg, Sweden, for a 
Commercial Pilots' course. 

Gognon is an executive of the Gulf Oil 
Company in Venezuela and comes to the 
Ryan School as the result of acquaintance 
with Jerry Jones, former Ryan student, who 
is now piloting Pan American Clippers out 
of Gagnon's resident city. 

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Sheet metal instruction, including the teaching of 
proper riveting technique, has become an increas- 
ingly important part of Ryan training because of 
the demand for trained graduates who are familiar 
with metal construction. 


Five members of the Ryan School flight 
instruction staff who have recently tried 
flying circles around Cupid have finally been 
forced down with the result that in the post 
few months Joe Duncan, Ben Hozelton, Dick 
Huffman, Ben Johnson and Bill Evans have 
stepped aboard the ship of matrimony. All 
are former Ryan students who, because of 
their outstanding ability, were selected as 
flight instructors of U. S. Army Air Corps 
cadets now in training at the Ryan School. 

The most recent groom is Bill Evans, who 
has made off with Billie Risinger, SKY NEWS 
Editor's secretary. Bill and Billie flew to 
Yuma, Arizona, in Instructor Chuck Gil- 
bert's Beechcraft, and were accompanied by 
Mabel White, secretary to Earl Prudden, 
Vice-President of the school. 

And to odd one final newsy item, flight 
instructor William Sloan passed out cigars 
on the occasion of the birth of his son three 
weeks ago. 

W. M. McCloin, left, formerly chief instructor of 
the San Diego Flying Club has joined the Ryan 
pilot staff. H. Raymond Foottit, right, formerly of 
Vulfee Aircraft is assistant instructor of the en- 

Instructors Added To Ryan Staff 

Expansion of the instructional staff of 
the commercial training division of the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics, with the ad- 
dition of four new technical instructors and 
three more pilots, was mode coincident 
with the opening of the Fall Term, which 
brought to the San Diego school one of the 
largest enrollments in its seventeen-year 

Personnel of the Ryan school's Engineer- 
ing Division, which moved into enlarged 
quarters at the beginning of the Fall Term, 
was supplemented with the addition of H. 
Raymond Foottit to the teaching staff. 

Foottit has had on extensive background 
of academic training and actual engineering 
work in the aircraft industry, and comes to 
the Ryan school from the engineering de- 
partment of the Vultee Aircraft Division. 
His training was received at the University 
of British Columbia and at the Engineering 
College of Great Britain, following which he 
was on the design staffs of Heston Aircraft 
Co. and Foirey Aviation Co. in England. He 
is a technical member of the Institute of 
Aeronautical Sciences. 

The recent ground school appointments 
as announced by Earl D. Prudden, vice- 
president, are; Howard B. Riggs as sheet 
metal instructor; Sigurd L. Quorve as air- 
plane repair instructor; and Buford Bailey, 
airplane shop instructor. All three ore former 
graduates of Ryan and hove been recalled 
to the school to take over their new duties. 

The additions to the commercial flight 
instruction staff are William D. Carrier, 
Charles Gilbert and W. M. McClain. Gilbert, 
who flew his 450 h.p. Beechcraft in the 
1939 Bendix race, is, like Carrier, a 
former graduate of the Ryan Commercial 
Flight course. 

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Good Weather Aids Pilot Training 

With wintry gales blanketing most of 
the United States, one of the outstanding 
advantages of enrolling at this time of year 
for aviation training in California assumes 
real importance. 

This is particularly true in the cose of 
flight training for here in San Diego the un- 
excelled winter weather contributes greatly 
to a consistent training program, unhampered 
by unfavorable conditions. And, a matter 
of vast importance which is too frequently 
lost sight of, is the comfort of the pilot dur- 
ing his early training period. 

The famous long distance cross-country 
training flights of the Ryan School will be 
continued unhampered throughout the com- 
ing months with frequent trips being mode 
to San Francisco, Del Monte, Boulder Dam, 
Palm Springs, Tucson, Arizona, and other 
interesting cities throughout the sunny 
southland. During the post three weeks, 
week-end cross-country trips have been 
made to Tucson and Boulder Dam by Com- 
mercial flight students. 

To Spend A Profitable 
Winter In Sunny San Diego 
Mail This Coupon Today 

Flying Cadets of the Army Air Corps Training Detachment at the Ryan School of Aeronautics are 
pictured above as they begin the day's training flights in the low-wing Ryan YPT-16 trainers, military 
versions of the Ryan S-Ts which are used for instruction work in the school's commercial training 
division. The Ryan YPT-16s are the first low-wing primary trainers to be used by the Air Corps. 



An extra special feature of the last regular 
Friday meeting of the entire Ryan student 
body was an interesting lecture on instru- 
ment flying, which was presented through 
the courtesy of United Air Lines and Western 
Air Express, with their District Managers 
Charles Urboch and James Keefe presiding. 


Lindbergh Field, San Diego, California Date 

Gentlemen : 

Please enter my enrollment in the Ryan School of Aeronautics for the 

Course No 

I expect to arrive in San Diego for enrollment (check which) 
n Immediately 

D Winter term beginning January 2, 1940. 
D Spring term beginning April I, 1940. 

Name ... 




Facilities for the training of Flying 
Cadets of the Army Air Corps at the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics hove been rapidly ex- 
panded since the inauguration of the troin- 
ing program on July 1st and larger classes 
are now entering the school. 

Since the start of the new Air Corps train- 
ing progrom, 35 flying cadets have been re- 
porting each six weeks for a three months 
instruction course. The fourth group to 
take the training arrived here the middle of 

To accommodate the Air Corps Training 
Detachment and to ovoid any conflict with 
the well established commercial flight train- 
ing program of the Ryon School, new bar- 
racks have been constructed for the Army 
cadets and an auxiliary training oirport has 
been developed. 

The establishment of on Army training 
base at the Ryan School hos olso benefited 
commercial flight students who ore in the 
midst of the increased activity resulting from 
a larger instruction staff, maintenance shops, 
service department personnel, class room 
facilities, ground school training shops, etc. 

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Recent visitors ot the Ryan School were two 
members of the Chinese Aviation mission. Pictured 
above left to right are T. Claude Ryan, school 
president; Col. Shiao Chiang, head of the Central 
Aviation School of China; Copt. John C. Norton, 
Commanding Officer, Air Corps Training Detach- 
ment, Ryan School; and Lieut. Wego Chiang. 


While most of the country has been 
shivering this winter from an unusual cold 
spell, California hos enjoyed one of the 
mildest winters in history, and with Spring 
olready at hand outdoor life is being thor- 
oughly enjoyed by Ryan students at San 

Because there is so much to enjoy in 
Southern California, students coming west 
and south for the Spring Term, opening 
April 1st, are urged to drive out if possible 
so that they may make full use of their 
week-ends to drive to the many interesting 
and colorful resorts nearby. 

Palm Springs, Hollywood, Arrowhead Lake 
and Warner Hot Springs are but a few hours' 
drive, as is Palomar Mountain, where the 
world's largest telescope is now being com- 

For those without cars there is a wide 
variety of activity in Son Diego including 
swimming, sailing, horseback riding, tennis, 
artificial ice and roller skating, badminton, 
bowling, aquaplaning, fishing, and of course 
numerous sporting events to watch, concerts, 
lectures and theaters to attend. 

In addition, all Ryan students ore given 
memberships in the Y.M.C.A., and badmin- 
ton and volley courts as well as ping pong 
tables are available on the school campus. 

With aircraft factories throughout Southern California working at near capacity to fill the 
hundreds of millions of dollars of orders on their books, demand for trained personnel in all 
branches of the industry is at the highest point in history, according to T. Claude Ryan, 
president of the Ryan School of Aeronautics. 

Not only are aircraft factory production departments looking for trained sheet metal 
workers, riveters and welders, but their engineering departments are seeking competent 
draftsmen and aeronautical engineers. 

In addition, air lines, enjoying their period of most rapid growth, need many more pilots 
and maintenance men, while the Civil Aeronautics Authority's college training program has 
created a real shortage of pilots holding Instructor's Ratings. 

As pointed out by the Ryan School president, "In most industries today men ore wishing, 
hoping and begging for jobs. In aviation, with current backlogs of unfilled orders nearing 
$700,000,000, the reverse is true — jobs ore begging for men. Today the demand for Ryan 
recommended graduates is far greater than the supply, and there is no end in sight. 

"For eighteen years we hove been training men for positions in the aviation industry, but 
now, for perhaps the first time, it may be stated that we ore unable to train pilots, mechanics 
and engineers fast enough to meet the ever increasing demand." 

This statement from an aviation school long known for its conservatism and constant 
refusal to enroll students by the promise of a job indicates on employment condition awaiting 
young men which is far better than anything ever dreamed of before. 

With government figures still showing from 9,000,000 to 12,000,000 unemployed, aviation 
suddenly finds itself in o position to absorb more men than there ore ready to heed its call. 

Fortunate ore the young men who ore daily deciding to prepare for these opportunities for 
they are entering America's fastest growing industry where jobs are plentiful and advance- 
ment so rapid that department heads are hard pressed to find sufficient new men for positions 
of responsibility. ■ 

Favored by nature with an unsurpassed climate, California completes the picture for the 
oeronautically minded person by offering him ideal training conditions in a comparatively 
limited geographical area that has become recognized as the aviation center of the world. 

Here the aviation student fmds a paradise of training condihons surroundea not only by 
the bulk of manufacturing, engineering and flying activities but also by the greatest number 
of ready-made jobs of a desirable nature that were ever offered to young men at any one time 
in the country's industrial history. 

For many men the Spring term opening April 1st at the Ryan School of Aeronautics will 
mark the beginning of one of the most profitable and pleasant periods that they have ever 
spent, for it will open the door for them to positions of interest and responsibility in aviation 
that would not otherwise have been possible. 





radio and 



together with 


Claude Ryan 

tAis mantn to... 


Because she is to her hundreds of friends 
the epitome of all that would be desirable 
in the ideal Miss America 1940. 
Because she asked no special favors while 
taking her Commercial Pilot training at the 
Ryan School of 
Aeronautics, and 
was equally at 
home in a pair of 
dope covered dun- 
garees in the morn- 
ing or the daintiest 
of dance frocks by 

Because of her well 
earned appoint- 
ment as the first 
girl to be awarded 
the new rerated 
Commercial In- 
structor's Rating 

and her subsequent appointment to her pres- 
ent post as flight instructor for the men at 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute training un- 
der the CAA college program. 
Because she is as gracious and unspoiled 
today by publicity as the day she was first 
interviewed and because she is destined to 
hold an outstanding position among women 



The Ryan School's four-place Stinson cab- 
in plane has emerged from the repair shops 
after a complete overhaul by Ryan advanced 
mechanic students working under the direc- 
tion of instructors McKinley and Duell. Over- 
haul included complete rebuilding of wings 
and fuselage and the installation of latest 
type two-way radio equipment. 

The Stinson is now available in conjunc- 
tion with a 125 horsepower Ryan STA for 
a thirty-hour instrument course which Ryan 
is offering to advanced students or Com- 
mercial pilots who desire this special rating 
for airline work. 

Appointment of Archie Atherton as in- 
structor for special parachute courses at 
the Ryan School as well as chief of para- 
chute inspection and maintenance has been 
announced by Earl D. Prudden, vice-presi- 
dent. Atherton is one of the foremost para- 
chute experts in the aircraft industry. 

The classes will be for the purpose of 
training men who wish to obtain Parachute 
Rigger's licenses or who wish to use this 
specialized training as a means of advance- 
ment in the Army, Navy or Marine Corps. 

A special course in Airline Meteorology 
with Lt. Comdr. V. O. Clopp (U.S.N. Ret. I 
as instructor in charge has been announced. 

Ryan Awarded $300,000.00 
In New Manufacturing Orders 

Closing by the Ryan Aeronauticol Com- ^ 
pany of five new manufacturing contracts ^ 
totaling over $300,000 has just been an- 
nounced by T. Claude Ryan, president of 
the San Diego aircraft firm. 

A large portion of the new business, 
which brings the company's backlog to o 
new high of $1,680,000 is represented by 
orders closed during the second week of 
February, according to Ryan. 

Each of the new contracts calls for the 
rronufacture of Ryan exhaust systems in- 
corporating the boll and socket joints which 
are the exclusive development of the Ryan 
Company. These new contracts were placed 
by Douglas Aircraft Company and Lockheed 
Aircraft Corp. 

In addition to the large volume of air- 
craft parts now being manufactured, Ryan 
has in production $850,000 of its own air- 
craft. These orders are for Ryan training 
planes for the U. S. Army Air Corps and 
foreign governments, and for Army observa- 
tion airplanes. 



"One of the most active commerciol 
schools in the United States," is the com- 
ment frequently mode by visitors in front of 
the Ryan Ad ninistrotion Building as they 
watch the fleet of 31 Ryan STA commer- 
cial and military trainers arriving and de- 
parting from the student flying line at Lind- 
bergh Field. 

These sleek, low-wing metal trainers, ab- 
solutely identical in size and horsepower, 
give a uniform appearance that hos never ^ 
before been seen at other than military units. ^ 
Thirty-four flight and ground school in- 
structors supervise the flight, engineering, 
navigation, mechanics and radio training 
that is given to the 210 commercial and 
Army Air Corps students who are taking 
instruction at the Ryan School. 

Students ore enrolled for full-time courses 
and have daily assignments from 8 A.M. 
to 4 P.M., five days each week. All classes 
and flight programs are on punctual sched- 
ules with a flight dispatcher in charge of 
plane assignments to insure each student 
flying at his specified hour. 

A long anticipated change in flight 
licenses as given by the Civil Aeronautics 
Authority has become effective recently 
through announcements by CAA inspectors 
that Solo and Limited-Commercial ratings 
are no longer being issued. These changes 
do not, however, affect training procedures 
but merely mean that henceforth pilots will 
receive only the Private or full Commercial 

The Ryan School will continue to offer 
the Solo and Limited-Commercial flying 
courses of 36 and 61 hours of flying, re- 

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This is the pictorial record of the 
aviation career of Thomas Mwmw, of 
Amcriciis, Georgia, ubo began training 
at the Ryan School last spring in 
the Private Pilots' — MaSter Michanics' 
Course. Follow the numbered pictures. £~ 

Tommy (1) meets his Ryan flight U 

instructor; (2) attends technical 
ground school tenures; (^) begins his 
firlt flight initru^ion in one of the 
Ryan ST lou-uing trainers; (4) liies 
uith other students in a k ell-appointed 
private home; (S) receives practical 
shop in^ruction; (b) enjoys an evening 
movie with one of San Diego^s fairest; 

Ifou Skouldt Kn 

William Carrier, left, is a recent addition to 
the pilot instructionol staff of the Ryan School, 
while Page Deuet, right, has just been added to 
the ground school staff supervising the advanced 
airplane shop. 


Adelaide Smith, secretary of the Ryan 
Company and school, recently had the un- 
usual experience of flying with three gradu- 
ate flight students of the school who piloted 
the airliners on which she made a flying 
visit to Miami, Florida, and Havana, Cuba. 

Going east on TWA, one of the flight crew 
was John Milner, who has been flying for 
the airline for the past year. From Miami 
she flew to Havana in one of the Pan 
American Airways Clippers piloted by Jerry 

Jones, who was a former student and later 
Chief Flight Instructor at Ryan, flies PAA 
Clipper runs with S. E. Robbins, who held 
a similar position with the Ryan organiza- 

Westbound, again on TWA, Miss Smith 
had as a member of the flight crew, Walter 
Mclntyre, also o graduate of the Commer- 
cial Pilot's Course at the Ryan School. 


The next three terms at Ryan will open 
on April I St, July 1st, and September 30th. 
Students who can do so are urged to enroll 
OS rapidly as possible so that proper allo- 
cation of space can be made and classes 
held at comparatively even size throughout 
the year. 

Approaching summer vocations will again 
provide an opportunity for many college 
students to come to Ryan for a three-month 
training period as has been customary in 
past years. Students who enroll for this 
instruction can conveniently complete the 
school's Private Pilot's course with 36 hours 
of flying instruction and 260 hours of 
ground school training. 

Many students who are taking adminis- 
trative or engineering courses at univer- 
sities in preparation for positions in the 
aircraft industry will find a Summer flight 
and ground course of this type to be a most 
profitable period of study in conjunction 
with their academic courses. Such students 
should begin training immediately after the 
close of their present academic semester. 



To provide adequate facilities and per- 
sonnel for the constantly growing Ryan 
School of Aeronautics, new equipment and 
instructors have been added during the past 

The sheet metal department has been 
expanded and much new equipment has been 
made available for the specialized instruc- 
tion of this training division. New instruc- 
tors in the sheet metal group are Ed Sander 
and Deane Raine. 

The engine shop has recently received 
its first Twin-Row Wasp engine, which is 
now being made up into a cut-away demon- 
stration unit for technical lectures in the 

The main U. S. Weather Bureau office 
at Son Diego has been moved to the Ryan 
Administration Building at Lindbergh Field. 


JANUARY 1, 1939 

FEBRUARY 15, 1940 

^f%\^\ *^5, 000,000 ORDERS ON HAND *265; /^\/$\ /$ 




*2,50O,ooo MONTHLY PAYROLL *4,565,ooo 



*IIO, 000,000 

3,150,000 FACTORY 4,692,550 



(7) has a good night's sleep after a 
busy day at school; (S) Studies navi- 
gation with Comdr. L. R. Gray; (9) 
makes the mofi of his time in Califor- 
nia getting the full pleasure out of surf 
suimming and the companionship of 
an attra^ive sun-tanned girl friend; 
(10) learns aircraft engine mainten- 
ance and overhaul; (11) receives his 
diploma, and the congratulations of 
school president T. Claude Ryan; (12) 
has the satisfadfioti of obtaining imme- 
diate employment at the Consolidated 
Aircraft Corp. faltory, San Diego. 

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Jobs Await Students Before 
Completion of Ryan Training 

At the present time the Ryan School of 
Aeronautics has more requests in its files for 
qualified Commercial Pilot graduates than 
it can supply. 

Our entire list of qualified graduates has 
been exhausted arfd the school is urgently 
desirous of contacting any additional men 
who ore able to take the preparatory in- 
struction for these positions. 

The same shortage exists in our engin- 
eering and mechanics departments. Never 
before in the 1 8-year history of the Ryan 
School has there been such an increasing 
and unfilled demand for qualified graduates 
from all training divisions. 

A few weeks ago the president of one 
of the Southern California aircraft factories 
mode a personal visit to the Ryan School 
of Aeronautics with the request that the 
school release to him, prior to graduation, 
any of its senior engineering students whose 
work to date merited the approval of school 


To Spend a ProFitable 
Year in Sunny San Diego 
Mail This Coupon Today 

This dramotic flight view of one of the Army's latest Ryan PT-20 low-wing trainers gives pictoric 

emphasis to the often repeated opinion that the Ryan S-T type training planes are the most man 

euveroble and easily handled ships in their class. A fleet of these low-wing trainers, practically identica 

to those used in commercial flight training at Ryan, are now being delivered by the Ryan factory to th 

Air Corps Training Detachment of the Ryan School of Aeronautics. 


During recent weeks the entire Ryan stu- 
dent body has been oble to observe test 
flights of our next door neighbor Consoli- 
dated's huge new four-engined B-24 Army 
bomber and Ryan's unique YO-51 short 
range Army observation plane. 


Lindbergh Field, Son Diego, California Date. 


Pleose enter my enrollment in the Ryan School of Aeronautics for the 

Course No ' 

I expect to arrive in San Diego for enrollment (check which) 
n Immediately 

n Spring term beginning April 1, 1940. 
D Summer term beginning July 1, 1940. 

Name Age 





Reminiscent of the time when the Ryan 
School of Aeronoutics and Lindbergh Field 
were turned into a movie set for scenes 
in 'Test Pilot," recent visitors at Ryan 
included such film celebrities as Clark Gable, 
Carole Lombard and James Stewart. 

Gable, who spent five days at the airport 
during "Test Pilot's" production inquired 
for Barbara Kibbee and Robert Backus, both 
of whom were Ryan students and who served 
OS personal escorts for Gable in his trips 
through the Ryan School. 

Other recent visitors at Ryan included 
Ronald Keith, editor of Canadian Aviation 
Magazine, Col. Shiao Dawn Chiang, direc- 
tor of China's primary military flying school, 
his aide, Lt. Wego Chiang of the Chinese 
Embassy in Washington, DC; Colonel Geo. 
H. Brett and inspection party; Colonel A. W. 
Robins from Randolph Field, and Colonel 
C. L. Chennoult who is attached to the 
Chinese Air Force in an advisory capacity. 







New Classes Begin July 1st 

Cross-country flying, 
long a feature of 
Ryan advanced pilot 
courses, is pictorially 
recorded by the cam- 
era of a student fly- 
ing alongside an- 
other Ryan S-T train- 
er en route to San 
Francisco. These 
planes are playing an 
important part in the 
C. A. A. and Army 
training programs. 

LIFE Magazine & Newsreels 
Feature Rgan Activities 

National attention has been given the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics and the various 
activities taking place at its Lindbergh 
Field campus as the result of recent maga- 
zine and newsreel features. 

Ryan training of, Air Corps flying cadets 
in Ryan S-T type training planes, the some 
OS are used for commercial flight training at 
the school, was given an excellent pictorial 
display in LIFE magazine last month, and 
another feature article appeared In AERO 

A recent visitor to the school has been 
W. B. Courtney, aviation editor of COL- 
LIER'S magazine, who found activities at 
Ryan to be among the most interesting 
he hod seen. 

The new Ryan "Dragonfly" observation 
plane was also in the public eye as the 
result of newsreel pictures taken recently 
at Lindbergh Field. 


New Civil Air Regulations effective 
May 1st pertaining to mechanics 
schools have made necessary a revision 
of mechanics and other courses as out- 
lined in previous tuition schedules. 
Accompanying the current issue of 
Sky News is a digest of Ryan courses 
and prices as revised and now effective. 

Do you "want to continue to receive 
Sky News? If so, you must fill out the 
accompanying self-addressed postal 
card. No postage is necessary. Just drop 
it in any mail box. 

On the same card is an Employment 
questionnaire -which can be of great as- 
sistance to us and to you if completely 
filled out. There is no obligation. 

Sailing on the broad, smooth waters of San Diego 
Bay is but one of many inexpensive recreations 
avoilable to Ryan students throughout the year. 

Successive developments at Ryan and in 
the aircraft industry indicate a continuing 
demand for properly trained technicians in 
the fields of flying, mechanics and engineer- 

For the past two yeaVs Sky News has 
repeated over and over that new oppor- 
tunities await those who take advantage of 
the ever growing expansion of aviation in 
all its branches. 

Now, with the huge backlog of over a 
quarter of a billion dollars in aircraft orders 
on hand to assure employment in California 
factories for many months to come, the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics once more, in 
all sincerity, urges young men interested in 
a profitable lifetime career to give full con- 
sideration to immediately obtaining the 
necessary basic training required as a foun- 
dation upon which to build for the future. 

It is well to remember that the demand 
is not only for factory production and main- 
tenance men. As will be found elsewhere in 
this issue, many Ryan-trained pilots hove 
been employed by airlines in recent months, 
and, every graduate of the Ryan engineering 
school is today employed in aviation. 

During recent months the prestige of the 
school has been raised to an even higher 
level. Prospective students know that the 
Ryan School offers them every possible as- 
sistance in finding positions; and the avia- 
tion industry has learned that Ryan-trained 
graduates have what it takes to succeed. 

If you are now completing high school 
or college you may enroll for the Summer 
Term beginning July 1st or for the Fall 
Term starting September 30th. Or, if you 
wish to supplement your academic training 
with special aviation training during the 
summer holiday, we suggest you write the 
school immediately and arrange for an en- 
rollment upon the completion of your pres- 
ent school term. 

Among the Ryan-trained pilots recently < 
Transcontinental & Western Air Inc.; Diar ( 
occupying the right seat up front for TWA; 
Porker, now with Western Air Express. 

nployed by airlines are, left to right: John Milner, with 
lark, flying for United Air Lines; Walter Mclntyre, also 
Vtolcolm Wallace, Broniff Airways first pilot; and Harold 

Having recently completed an entire year 
of accident-free operation, airlines are to- 
day enjoying the greatest public patronage 
in their history. This increase in airline 
travel has necessitated increased frequency 
of schedules, purchase of new planes and 
the employment of more pilots, mechanics, 
radiomen and other technicians. 

Ryan-trained pilots are flying with the 
majority of major airlines, and the demand 
for additional qualified pilots continues. 
In addition to the five men pictured above 

beside the airliners they fly, other Ryan 
men now flying for the transport companies 
include John Roulstone, United Air Lines; 
Jerry Jones, Pan American Airways; Rolph 
Sewell, Pennsylvania-Central Airlines; Kirk 
Hills, TWA; Alan Austen, Mid-Continent 
Airlines; James Storie, Trans-Canada Air- 
lines; and James McKeon, United Air Lines. 
Upon completion of their specialized radio 
courses at Ryan last month, Wayne Thomas 
and Sylvan Buss were immediately employed 
by Mid-Continent Airlines as radio oper- 


You will find yourself in the center of avia- 
tion activity — 

Factories — Consolidated with $50,000,000 
in orders, and Ryan and Solar with more 
than a million each. Building expansion 
at all factories, and more than 6000 
workers employed, with a monthly pay- 
roll of $650,000. 

Schools — Ryan is the only school on Lind- 
bergh Field. 

Airlines — United Air Lines and Western Air 
Express with 10 schedules daily. 

Army — Air Corps Reserve base and Air 
Corps Training Detachment at Ryan 
School of Aeronautics. 

Coast Guard — Operates aerial rescue serv- 
ice from new modern base. 

Test Flights — By Consolidated with huge 
bombers and flying boats, and by Ryan 
with its training and observation planes. 

C. A. A. — Has inspector for pilot and 
mechanic examination; airways radio 
communication, teletype service and 
weather bureau. The airport has poved 
runways and two seaplane romps. 

Personalities — World famous figures — in 
aviation, motion pictures and other inter- 
esting activities — ore continually being 
seen at Lindbergh Field. And, movies are 
frequently mode here, too. 

Aircraft Service — Approved repair stations 
ore maintained by the Ryan School and 
by Airtech Flying Service. 

Location — Lindbergh Field is located on the 
shore of San Diego boy and within walk- 
ing distance of downtown San Diego. 


Ryan flight instructors are now training 
instructors from other flying schools as the 
result of the selection of Ryan as one of 
three schools throughout the country to give 
the "Advanced Commercial Instructors' Re- 
fresher Course" in connection with the 
C.A.A. advanced college training program. 

Ryan flight courses have long been recog- 
nized for their systematic routine and thor- 
ough training on precision aerobatics. A re- 
sultant high degree of accuracy has been at- 
tained by Ryan Commercial graduates, many 
of whom hove been immediately employed 
as C. A. A. instructors. 

To standardize this advanced training, 
the C.A.A. is sending instructors from other 
schools to Ryan to learn the latest methods 
of efficient training as well as to give these 
men the benefit of aerobotic instruction 
which is a standard port of all Ryan com- 
mercial courses. 



During their training period Ryan students 
hove many opportunities for valuable con- 
tacts with industry leaders since activities 
at Lindbergh Field attract world-famous 
aviation figures to the Ryan School of 
Aeronautics, Ryan factory, and to the Army, 
Navy and Coast Guard bases here, as weli 
OS to Consolidated Aircraft Corp., the 
school's next door neighbor. 

New Orders Total $350,000 

More than $350,000 in additional con- 
tracts has been closed by the Ryan Aero- 
nautical Company during the past month, 
according to a report from T. Claude Ryan, 
president, who also heads the company's 
subsidiary Ryan School of Aeronautics. 

Delivery of a fleet of Ryan PT-20 pri- 
mary training planes to the Army Air Corps 
was completed during April, with current 
production of the popular low-wing mono- 
planes being scheduled for export shipment 
to a foreign government which will use them 
for the training of military pilots. 

Just as Sky News goes to press the Ryan 
Company is making final test flights of one 
of its sensationally-performing Ryan YO-51 
"Dragonfly" observation planes before de- 
livery to the Army. Others of the same model 
ore in production. 

High Placement Record 
For Engineering Students 

Most students go to on aeronautical f, 
school such as Ryan with just one purpose V I 
in mind — to get a job in the aircraft in- 
dustry. Naturolly, the ambitious man does 
not consider his first job as his final goal, 
but only the first toe-hold on the ladder. 

Obviously the ultimate goal cannot be 
achieved unless he is able to get into an 
aircraft company to show his ability. 

We are proud that every single graduate 
of the Ryan Aeronautical Engineering 
Courses I and II is placed in the engineer- 
ing department of California aircraft firms, 
including such names as Douglas, Wega, 
Consolidated and Ryan. Moreover, demands 
ore still coming in for our next group of 
engineering graduates. It is pertinent to 
know that such prospective offers have been 
mode on the evidence of students actual 
drafting, design and engineering work. 

Stanley H. Evans, Ryan School Di- 
rector of Engineering, has been ad- 
vised of his election to Fellow of the 
Royal Aeronautical Society of Eng- 
land. This is the highest professional 
standing in international aeronautics, 
since the R.Ae.S is the senior scientific 
body devoted to aeronautics, having 
been founded in I 866. Evans was the 
first winner of the Society's "Pilcher 
Memorial Prize," and has been an 
Associote Fellow during his post 1 8 
years' active career in the American 
and British aircraft industries. 


More planes ore in doily operation at the 
Ryon School than ore in the services of many 
foreign air forces, or than are flown by 
most of the airlines! 

This is a little known fact, yet it is of 
great importance to the flying student for 
it is assurance that he has placed the 
responsibility for his training with one of 
the best qualified schools in the world. 

At the present time the Ryan School of 
Aeronautics maintains a total of 51 train- 
ing planes, 49 of which are of the well- 
known and highly regarded Ryan S-T low- 
wing type. Fifty-eight parachutes are regu- 
larly serviced and used exclusively for Ryan 
student training. 

To assure the proper functioning of the 
planes and their engines, the Ryan main- 
tenance department employs a staff of 47 
skilled mechanics working under the direc- 
tion of Walter K. Balch, Chief of Technical 
Training and Maintenance, and Basil Mor- 
row, superintendent of the maintenance de- 

The free memberships in the Y.M.C.A. which the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics gives its students 
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That rare combination of a well planned training program and 
recreational activities which can contribute so much to the enjoy- 
ment and success of one's lifetime work is the outstanding im- 
pression most frequently gained by visitors to the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics. 

While training for an aviation career at Ryan 
the student is able to combine serious study with 
a vacation in California, where he is the envy of 
less fortunate young men who of necessity must 
continue to move in less desirable surroundings 
and whose future prospects are dull by comparison. 

Whether studying mechanics, like the student 
practicing sheet metal-riveting at left, or training 
as a pilot or engineer, all Ryan students are placed 
in the same surroundings of stimulating aviation activity and un- 
numbered opportunities to enjoy the advantages of outdoor life 
in the country's favorite vacation-land. 


Ryan students were recently privileged to witness test flights of the 

Complete overhaul and maintenance of modern radial air cooled aircraft engines 
is an important phase of technical instruction in the Master Mechanics Course. 
Students completing this phase of training as shown above ore especially prepared 
for maintenance work at oirline, school and charter operators overhaul bases. 

The constant attention and interest of Ryan flight instructors and mechanics 
assures the flight student that operation of the 51 training planes at the school 
is maintained at a high standard of efficiency. Here a student prepares to go 
up for advanced instruction in the School's low-wing Ryan S-C metal cabin plane. 

Training planes of the Air Corps Training Detachmen' 
at the Ryan School of Aeronautics were a prominenl 
feature of the annual Army Day aircraft display oi 
Lmdbcrgh Field. In the background is Consolidatec 
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Cruisers and destroyers of the U. S. Fleet are pic- 
tured at anchor in San Diego Bay against the 
background of downtown business buildings. This 
photo was taken from North Island aviation base. 

New 12 -Months Master Mechanics Course 

To Qualify Students for A. and E. License 

Effective May 1st, 1940, the Master 
Mechanics Course at the Ryan School of 
Aeronautics will be changed from its former 
nine months (1365-hour) basis to the re- 
vised 12 months (1650 hour) basis. This 
is in conformity with recently announced 
changes in the Civil Air Regulations as per- 
taining to certificated mechanic schools, 
which regulations have just been announced 
by the Civil Aeronautics Authority. 

The Ryan School of Aeronautics was one 
of the first four schools in the United States 
to receive the original full transport ap- 
proval when such certificates were granted 
by the Department of Commerce more than 
ten years ago. Ryan is the only one of 
the first four schools that has continuously 
retained the highest rating as given by the 
Department of Commerce and the present 
Civil Aeronautics Authority. 

Since the revision of the Civil Air Regu- 
lations the full certification of mechonics 
schools has been held in abeyance until 
new regulatory measures were adopted. It 

is this ruling that is now effective for those 
schools such as Ryan that wish to maintain 
this highest certification. 

The four main subjects — engines, air- 
planes, sheet metal and aircraft welding — 
which hove been stressed for mechanics at 
the Ryon School in the past will be retained, 
but the course will be revised and extended 
in certain particulars to meet the new regu- 
lations. The tuition for this course will be 

Students who hove planned on enrolling 
at Ryan in the 1940 Summer or Fall Term 
will please check the new designation of 
courses as listed in the accompanying re- 
vised outline and communicate immediately 
with the school Registrar if further informa- 
tion is required. Commercial flight students 
will be interested in the new Ryan Master 
Pilots' course whereas students who were 
considering the former 3 month Mechanical 
course will be interested in the newly an- 
nounced five week Sheet Metal-Riveting 

While the middle west 
and east were still 
freezing, San Diegans 
could be found swim- 
ming and basking on 
the beach at La Jollo 
Cove. This photo was 
taken April 14, 1940. 

Spare Hours Enjoyahlij 

Spent hy Ryan Students 

For those students who care for outdoor 
sports, enjoy driving along scenic highways 
and the stimulus of cultural affairs, there 
need never be a dull moment during their 
stay in San Diego. And here's why — 
Water Sports are foremost in people's minds 
these days as spring weather throughout 
the country gives way to summer. In San 

ming at La Jolla, Mission and Ocean 
Beaches and other nearby resorts. And 
then there is inexpensive sailing on San 
Diego Boy, aquaplaning and motor boat- 

Spectator Events — If you enjoy seeing some- 
one else get o good healthy work-out 
while you relax there is baseball; ice 
hockey; college football, basketball and 
track contests; auto racing; rodeos and 
horse shows; as well as horse racing at 
nearby Agua Coliente in Mexico and at 
Bing Crosby's Del Mar track. 

Resorts neorby include those in the moun- 
tains, on the desert and beside the placid 
Pacific. The choice is yours. 

Sightseeing at San Diego should include a 
boot trip of the Harbor, a visit to Navy, 
Marine and Army bases and scenic auto 
trips. And don't forget beautiful Balboa 
Park and its zoo, one of the finest in the 
world, and less than a mile from Lind- 
bergh Field. 

Parks ore equipped with free courts for ten- 
nis and badminton. Many golf courses ore 
available. Then, too, the school gives 
students free memberships in the Y.M. 
C.A. Bowling, horseback riding, ice skat- 

So you Want to 

(fQt SJnto Tt^i^tion — 

I offer you both a word of encouragement 
and a warning. Aviation holds many oppor- ^ 
tunittes for young men with proper training. ■ 
But it offers nothing to the untrained man 
and little to the man w^ith inadequate train- 
ing. Therefore, se- 
lection of the right 
school is the most 
important decision 
you'll make in your 
aviation career. 

Is the school gov- 
ernment licensed? 
Is it industry ap- 
proved? Does it 
teach modem meth- 
ods? What connec- 
tion has it with the 
industry? What is 
its record for place- 
ment of graduates? 
Get the right answers to these and other 
questions before you lay out a dime on any- 
body^s course. 

For 18 years our graduates have been 
demonstrating the value of Ryan training by 
distinguishing themselves in all branches of 
the industry. And, because Ryan men are 
trained to make good, airlines, factories, 
schools and operators are constantly demand- 
ing more graduates than w^e can supply, 

Ryan is America's oldest Government ap- 
proved school, certificated by the C.A. A. for 
advanced flying and advanced instructor 
courses. Also selected by the U. S. Army for 
the primary training of Air Corps flying 
cadets. If you seek a career in flying, mechan- 
ics or engineering, Ryan training can be the 
key to your future success. 


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Ryan's new execufive 
and engineering office 
building, latest unit 
in the company's ex- 
ponsion program, 
neors completion in 
its new location ad- 
jacent to the S150,- 
000.00 foctory. 

New Classroom Completed 'DRAGONFLY' TEST FLOWN 

Facilities of the Ryan School hove once 
agoin been enlarged to accommodate the 
ever increasing enrollment of students. Lat- 
est addition to physical properties of the 
school is new classroom complete with 
instructor's rostrum, display stands and lab- 
oratory equipment. 

By the time Sky News reaches you, Ryan 
personnel whose duties concern only the 
company's manufacturing business will be 
located in a new office building, making ad- 
ditional space available for school offices, 
class-rooms, etc., in the school administra- 
ti on building. 

ing and roller skating provide other inex- 
pensive and enjoyoble diversions. 

Cultural enjoyment can be found at open 
air concerts, lectures, schools, theaters, 
and libraries. 

Ocean Fishing is at its best in the vicinity 
of San Diego. This sport can cost as little 
or as much as you may wish to pay. 

Students who hove been at Ryan for the 
past few months have hod occasion to watch 
development of one of the most interesting 
types of aircraft built in recent years — the 
Ryan "Dragonfly" observation plane. 

This plane is the U. S. Army Air Corps' 
newest type observation airplane, designed 
for operations of a nature requiring an air- 
plane capable of performance charocteristics 
never before accomplished. 

Test flights of the "Dragonfly" show an 
ability to take-off and land within ex- 
tremely limited areas, and the capability . 
of on unprecedented range in speed from fl 
almost a complete "hover" in mid-air to 
"stepping out" at a fast clip. 

The Ryan "Dragonfly" is able to moke 
almost unbelieveobly quick take-offs, steep 
climbs over obstacles, land at an approach 
angle that appears to be nearly vertical and 
with the roll after lending extremely short. 


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the A/eur5 , 

Typical of recent recognition accorded the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics was the visit of Movietone 
News cameramen to Lindbergh Field to make news 
reels of flight training activities conducted here. 

Magazines Tell Training Story 

One of the most newsworthy stories in the 
papers and magozines these days is the 
availability of training facilities for national 
defense. Since last year the Ryan School of 
Aeronautics has assisted the Air Corps in 
the training of flying cadets and much 
favorable publicity has been given the San 
Diego school as the result of its training 

In recent months feature pictorial stories 
of the Ryan School have appeared in LIFE 
and LOOK Magazines and as the result of a 
visit last week from CLICK'S photographers, 
a feature story will also soon appear in that 

Early in June, W. B. Courtney had a fea- 
ture story on flight training, illustrated by 
colored photographs token at the Ryan 
School, in COLLIER'S Magazine, one of the 
most widely circularized media in the country. 

Numerous feature stories are continually 
appearing in all of the aviation trade maga- 
zines including Aero Digest, Aviation, Popu- 
lar Aviation and National Aeronautics. 

Ryan students last month hod two un- 
uSLial opportunities to witness educational 
motion pictures being taken on the Lind- 
bergh Field campus. A recent feature of 
Movietone News has been a news reel token 
here showing Ryan S-T student training 
planes in regular instruction work at the 

The Air Corps under the direction of Cap- 
tain J. H. Fife was also at the Ryan School 
during August making on educational pic- 
ture to be used by the Federal Government 
in showing their training activities. 

An atmosphere of intense activity — the 
greatest in history — now prevails at Lind- 
bergh Field, San Diego, home of the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics. A close analysis of 
the situation clearly indicates that the pres- 
ent rapid expansion of all branches of avia- 
tion assures a further enlargement of facili- 
ties and activities at this highly regarded 
pilots', mechanics', and engineers' training 
center, which is now in its nineteenth year 
under the progressive management of T. 
Claude Ryan. 

Under the direction of Ryan flight in- 
structors, approximately 150 student pilots 
ore daily receiving training in Ryan commer- 
cial and military planes hongared and serv- 
iced at the school. In addition, on ever in- 
creasing number of mechanics and aeronau- 
tical engineers are preparing at Ryan for 
careers in the growing aviation industry. 

The daily flying which centers at the Ryan 
School is by no means all the activity which 
students are privileged to witness or in which 
they participate. U.S. Coast Guard Service 
plones. Consolidated Aircraft Corp. bombers 
and flying boats, air transport planes and 

military croft of the Army Air Corps Reserve 
are in daily operation at Lindbergh Field, 
while hundreds of Naval fighting planes are 
based at North Island, the huge Navy air 
base directly across Son Diego Bay from the 
Ryan School. 

So great is the current demand for trained 
men in aviation that the Ryan School has 
made it a particular point to impress upon 
the newly-arrived student the importance of 
setting a high standard from the moment 
he begins his training. Ryan officials have 
an excellent opportunity during training 
periods to observe students' adaptability for 
employment in the industry and hove been 
able to place all recommended graduating 
students upon completion of their courses. 

In fact, a great many of the highest rank- 
ing student graduates ore continually being 
absorbed into the Ryan organization, a point 
of mutual advantage both to the school and 
to the student, since o close relationship 
which leads to employment is frequently 
built up from the day of the student's en- 

Below is the latest picture of Son Diego's Lindbergh Field, base of the Ryan School of Aeronautics, 
showing in detail the many aeronautical activities which are concentrated at the city's municipal 
airport. The inset at right, obove, shows the new Ryan Aeronautical Company factory which is 
iust beina completed to provide more than 160.000 sauare feet of aircraft production area. 

$3,000,000 ORDER PLACED Pilot Praises Ryan Trainers 

Closing of two of the largest individual 
contracts yet awarded the Ryan Aeronau- 
tical Company for its military training planes, 
bringing the company backlog of business to 
a new high of $5,200,000, has just been an- 
nounced by T. Claude Ryan, president. 

The new orders involve in excess of 
$3,000,000 and call for the production of 
Ryan military trainers, similar to those re- 
cently delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corps. 
Included ore a $2,000,000 order for the Air 
Corps and a $1,000,000 export order from 
the air force of a foreign country. The 
export contract covers the manufacture of 
standard military land-plane trainers as well 
as a quantity of the same model equipped 
with twin floats as seaplane trainers. 

With South America so much in the news 
these days, the following letter from James 
H. Gray, who has been demonstrating Ryan 
trainers to our Latin cousins, is of particular 

"I hove here in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an 
STA demonstrator with the I 50 HP Menasco 
engine, and have received a great deal of 
enjoyment out of flying it and making the 
demonstrations to the various air forces in 
these countries. Most of the military pilots 
down here have been surprised by the per- 
formance of the ship, and in a few places 
such as La Poz, Bolivio, where the field is 
13,640 feet above sea level, the STA not 
only surprised the military pilots with its per- 
formance but surprised me as well with its 
ease of aerobatic performance at about 
15,000 feet altitude." 

One of the most interesting of the many sights ir 
of Uncle Sam's naval operations are centered. In 
the bose for the tuna fishing fleet which operotes 
recently the guests of school officials on on hour 

Son Diego is the extremely busy harbor where mony 
oddition to its naval activity, San Diego is noted as 
off the coost of Lower California. Ryan students were 
and o half motor launch ride through the harbor. 

CLASSES ON DOUBLE SHIFT Double Size of Ryan Factory 

Construction work on additions to the 
Ryan Aeronautical Company aircraft factory 
which will nearly double production area was 
nearing completion late in August as this 
edition of Sky News went to press. 

The present new factory, which was com- 
pleted only a year ago, has been expended 
in two directions. The principol addition, 
200 by 275 feet, is the same size as the 
former main factory building, and adioins 
the plant on the west side. On the south side 
of the factory an addition 50 by 200 feet 
has been erected. 

Taking a lesson from the aircraft fac- 
tories to which it furnishes trained person- 
nel, the Ryan School of Aeronautics has put 
o portion of its mechanics' school on a two- 
shift basis. 

With daytime classes in the Sheet Metal- 
Riveting Department being maintained at 
capacity, turning out over 50 factory pro- 
duction mechanics each five weeks, Earl D. 
Prudden, school vice-president, has placed 
this training division on an extra daily 

Day classes are new held from 8 a.m. to 
5 p.m., and night classes from 6:30 p.m. to 
10:30 p.m. 

"Then and Now" Tells The 
Story of Student Successes 

Glancing through several back issues of SKY 
NEWS the editor came across the "Solo Musings" 
column containing items concerning Ryan students 
and Lindbergh Field happenings. Below in itahcs 
are reprinted some of these items, foUowed by com- 
ments on present activities : 

Jim Storie^s greeting to Walt Batch — "G'tworn- 
ing, teach'." Today Jim is flying Lockheed trans- 
ports for Trans-Canada Airlines, and Balch, then 
an instructor, is now Chief of Maintenance and 
Technical Training for the Ryan school. 

Johnny Fornasero reluctantly allotting Paul Wil- 
cox another girl flight student. Johnny really went 
to town, first as a student, then as an instructor 
at Ryan, still later as chief pilot and now he's one 
of the Civil Aeronautics Board's chief engineering 
inspectors. Today Wilcox hasn't time to worry' 
about girl flight students, but gets his gray hairs 
as Director of Flying at Ryan, supervising more 
than 40 flight instructors and 250 student pilots. 

Last minute instructions before a student cross- 
country to San Francisco. "Alan Austen will lead 
the first leg to Santa Barbara." The cross-countries 
at the Ryan school go on as usual, but "Grampy" 
Austen can now be found piloting Mid-Continent 
Airlines' Lockheeds. 

Mary Dalton issuing solo pins with ceremonies. 
Mary was one of the "Tillie the Toilers" around 
the office. She up and married Lee Garner, Con- 
solidated Aircraft employee, who later made his 
connection with Ryan complete by signing up as 
flight instructor. 

Kirk Hills, of Daienport, loua, setting up 
"cokes" for the crowd after the inspector gaie 
hiju his transport ticket. You'll now find Kirk 
sitting up front in one of TWA's Douglas Sky- 

Johnny Funk's infectious laugh as he and the 
gang difcuss the last cross-country. Johnny's one 
of the former Ryan students who has been called 
back to the old alma mater as flight instructor on 
the Army flying cadet training program. 



Accompanied by Moj. Gen. H. H. Arnold, 
~ Chief of Air Corps, W. S. Knudsen, noted 
automobile executive and now chairman of 
.President Roosevelt's National Defense Ad- 
_visory Committee, visited the plant of the 
Ryan Aeronoutical Company on August 23rd. 
Knudsen, who was on a nation-wide tour 
of oircroft production plants, took speciol 
interest in facilities at the Ryan factory be- 
cause of the recent adoption by the U. S. 
Army Air Corps of Ryan low-wing training 
planes os standard military trainers. 


Things move so rapidly around the school these days that we 
feel obligated to bring readers up to date on the instructional staffs 
of the three commercial divisions of the Ryan school. 

FLYING activities ore headed by Robert Kerlinger — "Bob" to 
the students — who has long been on the Ryan instructionol staff 
Newest members on the pilot staff ore Charles Fator of San Antonio, 
Texas, Johnny Fales, of Miami Beach, Florida, ond Phil Prophett 
of Rutland, Vermont. Walter McClain and Bill Carrier round out the 
staff of six flight instructors in the commercial school. 

MECHANICS' division is under the supervision of Virgil McKin- 
ley, whose 1 5 year background in aviation includes experience with 
many of the leading aircraft manufacturers. Assignments of Mac's 
assistants ore: Buford Bailey, Airplane Shop and Welding; Bernhardt 
Litke, Engines and Instruments; Edward Sander, Sheet Metal; Howard 
Riggs, Airplane Shop and Sheet Metal; Harry Edmonds, Repair 

ENGINEERING training is the special concern of Stanley H 
Evans, who is ably assisted by Raymond Foottit. Both men have hcd 
extensive aeronautical experience in the engineering departments ot 
various factories, Evans coming to Ryan from the Douglas Aircraft 
Company, and Foottit from Vultee Aircraft. 


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intense activity is a daily occurrence 
t Lindbergh Field where approximately 
Ryan S-T training planes of the Ryan School are 
regular civil and militory training operation. 


classroom where students 
le between illustrated lectures at the black- 
the background and actual aircroft engine 
shooting" on the well-protected test stand. 

Principal advantage of engineering training at Ryan 
is the close personal attention given each student. 
Since this picture was taken the two men in the center 
have been employed in aircraft engineering work. 


Do the scenes pictured on this page 
interest you? Yes? Then you, too, would 
enjoy planning for a career in aviation 
under the ideal training conditions al- 
ready being experienced by those stu- 
dents now enrolled at the Ryan School 
of Aeronautics, America's oldest and 
unquestionably one of its finest aviation 
training centers. 

Here students are not only placed in 
surroundings of intense aviation activ- 
ity, but their spare time can be so ar- 
ranged as to make a visit in San Diego 
a "vacation" as well as a period of 
career development. 

The stimulation resulting from a well- 
rounded, interesting training and "spare 
time" program is one of the first qual- 
ities to be considered in making your 
choice of an aviation school. 

A recent "visitor" to San Diego wos TWA's new four- 
engined Boeing Stratoliner which students had at 
excellent opportunity to study. Ryan School odminis 
tration and shop buildings are seen in the background 





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What does a tiger have to do with an aviation school? 
Nothing — except when that school is Ryan, for at 
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200 Navy and Marine planes — from tiny single-seat 
fighters to heavy multi-engined flying boats — were 
seen over Lindbergh Field last month on a special dem- 
onstration flight for the American Legion Convention. 

Dlley Ball games on a specially built court adjoining 
e Ryan student shops ore daily enjoyed by Ryon 
iudents during their lunch hour and after the day's 
ght and technical training have been completed. 

^ long line of Ryan S-T training planes, plus 
ine of Air Corps flying cadets at the Ryan : 
node possible this unusual photograph of ti 
ictivities as daily observed at Lindbergh 


One of the few lighter-than-air craft to be found in 
the United States today is the Goodyear "blimp" 
pictured above which recently visited San Diego, 
making flights in the vicinity of the Ryan School. 

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A pylon for Ryan flight students is San Diego's new 
City and County Administration Building located just 
a half mile from Lindbergh Field. Here's a pilot's 
eye view of this beautiful new civic structure. 

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Fall Term To Open Sept. 30th 
Industry Needs Trained Men 

With aviation's backlog of unfilled orders 
at a new all-time high and the potential 
demand for trained men in all departments 
greater than ever before, Ryan is anticipat- 
ing that the Fall term opening September 
30th will constitute one of the finest classes 
in the school's 19-year history. 

No reputable school will guarantee jobs 
to prospective students, but even the most 
skeptical person cannot foil to realize that 
the sky-rocketing pace which aviation has 
set during recent months makes this the 
outstanding field in the country's harassed 
industrial picture. 

Every branch of aviation is feeling this 
forward surge until employment offices for 
factories and airlines are no longer worried 
about getting the job for the man, but 
rather, about finding trained dependable 
men for the jobs that are available. 

Long recognized for its superior flight 
training and equipment, Ryan, during recent 
years, has rounded out its curriculum to in- 
clude complete engineering and mechanics' 
courses. For those students who ore finan- 
cially unable to take the more expensive fly- 
ing courses, the mechanical and engineering 
branches offer excellent opportunities for 
employment and advancement. 

Prospective students who ore considering 
entering Ryan for the fall term and who 
have not yet forwarded their applications for 
enrollment ore urged to communicate with 
the school immediately as advanced reserva- 
tions are suggested because of the recent 
increase in newly enrolled students. 

Open Branch Army School 

A branch training base of the Ryan School 
of Aeronautics, for the training of Air Corps 
flying cadets, is near completion at Hemet, 
California, and will be in operation by the 
middle of September, it was announced re- 
cently by Earl D. Prudden, school vice presi- 
dent and general manager. This unit will 
practically duplicate the school at San Diego, 
which will of course continue operation. 

The training schedule at Hemet calls for 
the arrival of new classes of 70 cadets every 
five weeks, with each group assigned to the 
school for ten weeks of flight training. 

No greoter enjoyment 
is of forded odvonced, 
flying students of the' 
Ryan School of Aero- 
nautics than the cross- 
country training flights 
which ore a port of the 
curriculum of the Com- 
mercial and Master 
Pilots' Courses. 

The Mail Bag Brings News of Students from Far and Near 

airport manager at Lawrence, Kansas, where 
the University of Konsas is conducting its 
Civil Aeronoutics Board pilot training pro- 

TWA pilot Johnny Milner, now up for 

rating as a Captain of Douglos DC-3s, re- 
called former doys at Lindbergh Field with 
this comment — "reflecting back to the time 
that I first talked to you in your office I 
often think that if it had not been for that 
first momentous occasion I might not have 
ever started on what has been a very inter- 
esting and varied vocation." 

The Boy from Boston (pronounced Baa- 
ston) — Johnny Benton — writes in to tell us 
he's Instructing for Ong Aircroft at Konscs 

From Alaska comes word that Arnold Enge 
is going "outside" this winter — to Son Diego, 
in fact — to complete his Commercial Pilot's! 
Course. ' 

And then there are countless groduates 
who, because they ore now working in the 
production departments of mony of Southern 
California's aircraft factories, feel they are 
too close to "home" to write us with the lat- 
est news of their careers in aviation. 

The flow of correspondence which doily 
pours over the desk of Earl D. Prudden, Ryan 
school vice-president and general manager, 
seldom fails to bring some word from grad- 
uates of the school concerning their aviation 
interests. Here's a sampling of Prudden's re- 
cent mail: 

Steve Ellington writes in to tell us he's 
now working with Swanee Taylor, one of 
aviation's real oldtimers,. in the publication 
of the new trodepaper, Flying Time. Elling- 
ton also informs us that Jim Pettus has gone 
to Canada to instruct military pilots for the 
Royal Conadion Air Force. 

We hove it from one of the fair sex who 
recently heard from Lowell Springer that he 
is now a test engineer with Allison, manu- 
facturers of the Air Corps' new in-line air- 
craft engines. 

From the Cheyenne overhaul base of 
United Air Lines we hear that James Holmes, 
Harold Vroman, Robert Klinkhommer and 
Dick Woods, all recent Ryan graduates, are 
now employed in the company's mointenance 

Joe Stoley, who left Ryan with both a 
commercial license and Janice Demorest 
(Earl Prudden's secretary) as a wife, is now 



WINTER ISSUE, 1940-1941 



THIS IS CALIFORNIA IN THE WINTER. Beneath pclm trees on the campus of the Ryan School of 
Aeronautics at San Diego's Lindbergh Field, students gather for a bit of "hangar flying" between 
classes. If you want to enjoy outdoor recreation in winter, while training for a career in aviation, just 
study picture at the right ond pack your bags. You'll find a warm, friendly welcome at the Ryan School. 


Out in the warm winter sunshine, 
on the smooth white beaches, the 
bright green valleys, the mystic des- 
ert, and the rugged mountains. 
Southern California is holding its 
first annual All-Winter Sun Fes- 

The Festival season opened early 
in November and on nearly every 
day until it ends in April, some 
colorful and exciting event is under 
way to entertain the visitors, among 
whom will be many newly enrolled 
Ryan students. 

There are 300 official events, ranging 
from the gorgeous Tournament of Roses in 
Pasadena to the Desert Date Fiesta. 

There are colorful community fiestas, for- 
eign celebrations, musical, cultural and sci- 
entific programs, flower festivals, football, 
golfing, yachting, and other athletic con- 



Sun Festivai 

tests, and events in the movie col- 

They are scattered all over South- 
ern California, from the Pacific 
Ocean to the desert bonks of the 
Colorado River, and from San Diego 
and Old Mexico to the High Sierras. 
Thus they furnish a very happy ac- 
companiment to the winter training 
program at the Ryan School of Aero- 

Almost all of the Sun Festival 
events are out-of-doors, because the 
worm semi-tropic climate of South- 
ern California lures people out into the 

San Diego Mid-Winter events include the 
famous New Year's Day swimming meets, 
the Bing Crosby 5th Annual Golf Tourna- 
ment, and the February Sailing Regatta. 

Ryan Now Building S-T Seaplanes for Naval Pilot Training 

Pictured on the next page, and similar 
to planes used in the Ryan School, is the 
first of the famous Ryan S-T training planes 
to be equipped as a seaplane for flight in- 
struction of naval pilots. This Ryan STM-2 
seaplane trainer and others like it ore now 
in volume production at the Ryan Aeronau- 
tical Company factory, for the naval avia- 
tion service of on undisclosed government. 

In 1934 Ryan produced the first of its 
S-T series of planes, being confident that 
the most efficient primary trainer should 
be of low-wing design. For the past six 
years Ryan has pioneered the low-wing 
trainer field, until today, because of wide 
acceptance of the S-T by the United States 
and foreign governments, Ryan trainers ore 
recognized the leaders in this field. 

New Classes Start January 6 

With the entire aviation industry en- 
gaged in the greatest expansion program 
in its history there are today greater oppor- 
tunities than ever before for ambitious young 
men to embark on successful careers in all 
phases of this most interesting business. 
It is no longer a question of finding jobs 
for graduates but rather one of finding 
enough trained men to fill the available 

Such is the result of a survey recently 
mode by officials of the Ryan School of 
Aeronautics on the basis of expansion plans 
recently announced by the government and 
private aviation companies. 

Included in the factors which ore carry- 
ing the aviation industry upward to new 
peaks of production and usefulness ore un- 
precedented volume orders for aircraft, huge 
pilot and technical training programs, de- 
velopment of new airports, technical research 
and the continued expansion of scheduled 
airline transportation and general commer- 
cial flying activity. 

Every branch of the industry — flying, 
mechanics and engineering — will be called 
upon in the next few years to further ex- 
pand facilities in line with the government's 
aviation development program. And this pro- 
gram ossures JOBS, JOBS and MORF .lOBS 
for thousands of trained men for years to 

Anyone closely analyzing the future pros- 
pects of the industry cannot fail to be im- 
pressed with the fact that, of all busi- 
nesses, aviation today holds and will con- 
tinue to hold the greatest possibilities for 
those who now train for leadership. 

Southern California factories which make 
approximately half of all the aircraft pro- 
duced in the United States now have a tre- 
mendous backlog of orders on hand total- 
ing approximately $1,275,000,000 while 
government and foreign orders yet to be 
placed will further swell the total. 

The winter term at the Ryan School of 
Aeronautics will open January 6th, and 
prospective students ore urged to communi- 
cate with the school im- 
mediately to arrange en- 
rollments OS training ca- 
pacity will be taxed in 
spite of additional facili- 
ties now being prepared 
to accommodate an ever- 
increasing number of 

1. Here is the first Ryan S-T trainer to be equipped 
with floats for operation as a seaplane, pic- 
tured during test flights. Many of these sea- 
piones and similar landplanes ore being built 
for a foreign government for pilot training. 

. Instructor explaining training maneuvers to 
flight students. Ryan School administration 
building in background. 3. Ryan students 

and their friends celebrated Halloween in tra- 
ditional style with a hard times costume dance. 

4. Engineering students running stotic load test 
on ribs under the direction of o Ryon factory 
engineer. 5. One of the huge new four- 

engined Consolidoted bombers which Ryan stu- 
dents ore able to observe in flight tests. 

San Diego Factories Working 
On Largest Orders in History 

San Diego's three major aircraft plants, 
Consolidated, Ryan and Solar, now have 
combined backlogs totaling $330,000,000 
— practically a third of a billion dollars. 
This huge sum is equal to the total business 
on hand at this time only a year ago of 
every aircraft manufacturer in the entire 
United States. No more graphic illustration 
con be given of San Diego's dominant posi- 
tion in aviation today and the assurance 
which this huge volume of business gives 
for a continued demand for trained men. 

The largest manufacturer in San Diego, 
now employing more than 1 5,000 men, is 
Consolidated Aircraft Corp. which special- 
izes on huge Army and Navy bombers. Both 
the Consolidated and Ryan plants have re- 
cently been doubled in size with further ex- 
pansion already being planned. 

Within the next few months Consolidated 
is expected to employ at least an additional 
10,000 men, while Ryan and Solar will 
also increase their personnel by sixty per 



With a continued expansion of flight 
training activities at the Ryan School, in- 
cluding a recent contract to train advanced 
students from San Diego Junior College un- 
der the Civilian Pilot Training Program, 
the school has further augmented its in- 
structional staff with the addition of 20 
instructors, bringing the total number of 
pilots on the staff to 68. 

In order to provide many additional in- 
structors for still further expansion of its 
training activities the school is giving 20 
experienced commercial pilots an advanced 
25-hour instructors' training course to bring 
them up to the Ryan standard, and is mak- 
ing an extensive survey of all available com- 
mercial pilots in the aircraft industry in 
order to bring its expected quota up to 
120 pilot-instructors. 

Contacts Help Students 

The widespread aeronautical activities 
that are conducted under the name of Ryan 
sometimes confuse those who ore not famil- 
iar with the fact that the Ryan organiza- 
tion is in reality two separate and distinct 
companies although the relationship of the 
two is a close knit affiliation. 

All training activities, which include 
flight, mechanics and engineering divisions, 
are conducted by the Ryan School of Aero- 

Parent or holding organization is the Ryan 
Aeronautical Company, whose operating 
activities are strictly in the manufacturing 
field, being engaged in the design and con- 
struction of military and commercial planes 
and production of specialized aircraft parts. 

The Ryan School, because it is directly 
affiliated with a manufacturing company, 
is the only fully certificated school that is 
able to give its students the benefit of a 
close contact which frequently leads to em- 
ployment with the parent organization. 

New Buildings Being Provided 

By the time this issue of SKY NEWS 
reaches you, construction work will be near- 
ing completion on a new lOO-by-200 foot 
steel hangar adjoining other Ryan school 
buildings at its operations base at Lind- 
bergh Field, Son Diego. The new hangar has 
been necessitated by the continued expan- 
sion of Ryan training activities, and will 
provide storage room and maintenance shops 
for 25 additional training planes. 

The new building will also house com- 
plete new training shops for the Sheet Metal- 
Riveting department which has been rap- 
idly expanded in recent months to provide 
training facilities for the thousands of men 
needed in aircraft production work. 

Plans for two more buildings are already 
being prepared by architects. One of the 
new units will be exclusively for the Engin- 
eering division. When completed, this new 
Linit will more than double the present 
capacity of this department of the school. 

Ryan Backlog $11,400,000 

With the closing by the Ryan Aeronau- ^ 
ticol Company of new orders totaling 4 
$1,200,000 for military training planes and ^ 
other of its products, the firm's backlog 
now stands at a new all time high of 
$1 1,400,000. 

Production activity at the company's fac- 
tory is going forward at a rapid rate, with 
current deliveries of Ryan trainers being 
made at the rate of approximately two a 
day. This rate will be rapidly increased in 
the next few months as the factory is now 
tooling up for type-standardization mass 
production under the U. S. Defense Program. 

Production of Ryan S-T military training 
planes on volume orders for delivery to the 
U. S. Army Air Corps, the U. S. Navy and 
to foreign governments was recently started' ~^ 
in the newest plant addition to the factory. 1 


On the night before Halloween severol 
carloads of Ryan students treked into the 
San Diego back country for an old fash- 
ioned Wiener Roost. While part of the 
group roasted hot-dogs over the bonfire the 
rest spread out into the darkness and re- 
turned with cornstalks for decorating our 
Halloween dance. 

In addition to Goblins, Witches and 
Policemen sixty Ryan students turned out 
on Halloween Night for a party of Cider, 
Do-nuts and Dancing. Everyone enjoyed 
themselves and only the exams suffered the 
next morning. 

Over the Armistice week-end a party of 
students headed for the Son Jocinto Moun- 
tains. The more energetic climbed Tohquitz 
Peak while the others drove over the 
famous Palms-to-Pines Highway to Palm 
Springs. Armistice Day was enjoyed by the 
entire party attending the dedication of 
Ryan's new branch school at Hemet. 


A new Ryan student gets acquainted 
quickly. Instructors, office personnel and 
fellow students are quick to "do the honors" 
and make the new man feel at home. 
Chances are that in a few days he will 
start receiving invitations to participate in 
that week's bowling tournament, roller- 
skating party, basketball game, boot ride or 
one of the frequent student dinners. 

All Ryan students may have free mem- 
bership in the Y.M.C.A., where they enjoy 
all privileges, such as sports, swimming and 
social activities. 

If interest in these activities logs there 
is always the alternative of visiting the 
nearby mountains or desert or the thrill of 
a moonlight horseback ride, followed by a 
camp-fire wiener roast. Those who enjoy 
water sports find a thrill in deep sea fishing 
off Point Lomo (witness the hammer-head 
shark our School Vice-President, Earl Prud- 
den, almost caught) or sailing on the broad 
expanse of San Diego Bay. 

These activities, of course, ore merely a 
sporetime backdrop for the student's train- 
ing activities, which continue on a Monday 
to Friday schedule with unfailing regularity. 


Marriages are the big Item of the month. 
Charles Gilbert of Detroit, former student 
and instructor, is honeymooning in Hawaii 
with the former Jean Mclntyre of Tulsa. 
Frank Campsall, onother Ryan student, at- 
tended the groom. James T. Pettus, Jr., of 
St. Louis, now flying for the Royal Cana- 
dian Air Force, took Jane Winter to the 
altar. Barbara KIbbee writes that Nelson 
Norqulst, now pilot for Trans-Canada Air- 
lines, is married. We don't know the bride. 
Verne Murdock, Director of Flying at Ryan's 
new Hemet School, was married last month 
to Helen Halstead. 

Walker Boone and Marvin Brodley both 
working as flight instructors in Tulsa. Perry 
Boswell, like Pettus, is training students for 
the Royal Canadian Air Force. 

6. The great new observatory at Palomar, which 
has the 200-inch telescope, is one of San 
Diego's nearby points of interest. 7. The 

new Ryan Branch School for training Air Corps 
Flying Cadets at Hemet, north of San Diego. 

Ryan Engineering Students 
Obtain Practical Training 

While the cynic would have us "believe 
nothing that we hear and half what we 
see," the old tag that seeing is believing 
might well be the engineer's credo when 
designing structures upon which human lives 
depend. The picture opposite shows a group 
of student engineers absorbing this doctrine 
of believing by seeing while conducting 
structural tests on metal wing ribs for the 
latest model Ryan trainer. 

The engineer at the left in charge of the 
group is our old friend Robert (Bob) Close 
who graduated from the Engineering School 
this summer and is now in the Engineering 
Division of the Ryan Co. All tests followed 
the precise official procedure laid down by 
the Civil Aeronautics Board, enobling the 
students to gain valuable practical exper- 
ience of this phase of engineering design. 

These rib tests, however, are just a part 
of an engineering program in which Ryan 
students have been privileged to cooperate 
with company engineers. In the post they 
have been called upon to participate in a 
wide variety of structural research and air- 
plane design studies for the parent com- 


Students who are planning on enrolling 
in the Mid-Winter Term, opening January 
6th, will please check the following courses 
and tuition rotes, and notify the School 
as to the training they have selected so 
that advance reservations may be made. 

No. 1. Moster Pilots' Course $3935 

No. 2. Commercial Pilots' Course 2930 

No. 3. Private Pilots' Course 620 

No. 4. Primary Flight Course 300 

No. 5. Instrument Flight Course 525 

No. 6. Instructors' Flight Course 375 

No. 7. Advanced Navigation 120 

No. 8. Master Radio Course 300 

No. 9. Aeronautical Engineering 1275 

No. 10. Airplane Drafting and Design 675 

No. 11. Moster Mechanics 675 

No. 12. Sheet Metal-Riveting 100 

These seven men now employed as mechanics 
ot the main overhaul base of United Air Lines 
at Cheyenne are all Ryan graduates. 9. Ten 

letal Ryan S-T trainers are now in 
daily use on the Ryan commercial flying line. 



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Operators, Airlines Need Men 

So great is the demand for skilled pilots 
today that the Ryan School of Aeronautics 
is able to stote with authority that men 
with no previous flying experience can en- 
roll for the Winter Term, January 6th, com- 
plete their training and be eligible for com- 
mercial piloting positions before the end of 
the summer. 

News that jobs are available travels fast, 
so that prospective students and their par- 
ents now realize that an investment in 
proper training can be made with on excel- 
lent possibility of an immediate financial 
return upon graduation. 

In order to train the thousands of civilian 
and military pilots called for in government 
sponsored programs, commercial operators 
must have more flight instructors; and men 
with the necessary qualifications are being 
placed immediately. 

The shortage of available airline pilots 
is evidenced by the increasing number of 
requests which the Ryan School is receiving 
for recommended graduates of the 230-hour 
Master Pilots' Course. 

To provide every facility for its constonfly incr 
construction this new 100 by 200-foof steel 
mainfenonce spoce for 25 training planes and r 

iing student enrollment, the Ryan School has under 
id concrete hangar, which will have storage and 
' quarters for the Sheet-Metol-Riveting department. 


Ryan Aeronautical Company, pioneer 
manufacturers of low-wing metal military 
training planes, established an unusual rec- 
ord of test flying two new-type trainers in 
a single day at Lindbergh Field recently. 

First of the planes to be taken aloft for 
its initial flight by test pilot Joe Rust was 
Ryan's new ST-3 landplane trainer, an ad- 
vanced type of primary training plane de- 
veloped from previous S-T models which 
have established excellent records as mili- 
tary trainers. 

Three hours after testing the ST-3, Rust 
taxied out from the seaplane romp at Lind- 
bergh Field in the first Ryan STM-2 mili- 
tary trainer to be equipped for water flying. 
After three take-offs and landings from San 
Diego Bay, Rust brought the seaplane back 
to shore, pronouncing its performance as 


Armistice Day, the new $200,000 Air 
Corps Training Branch of the Ryon School 
of Aeronautics recently established at 
Hemet, California 1100 miles north of San 
Diego) was dedicated before a record crowd 
by Brig. Gen. H. W. Harms, commander 
of the West Coast training center of the 
Army Air Corps. 

Actual training operations have been un- 
der way since September, with new classes 
of 70 cadets arriving every five weeks for 
the ten weeks training program. 

A huge building program has been com- 
pleted, but the actual lay-out of the school 
is such OS to provide for immediate expan- 
sion of facilities should such a request come 
from the Air Corps. Present buildings include 
two hangars, maintenance shops, ten ad- 
ministration and classroom buildings, nine- 
teen barracks units and a large dining hall, 
canteen and kitchen. 

Thirty-seven days after construction be- 
gan the new school was in operation with 
the first students in training. 



Five more Ryan S-T low-wing training 
planes hove been odded to the flight line 
of the Ryan School of Aeronoutics, bringing 
the commercial division's total of these world 
famous trainers to ten, the largest fleet of 
modern low-wing training planes operated 
by any commercial flying school in the 
United States. 

These ten S-Ts are in addition to 40 
similar Ryan trainers used by the Air Corps 
Training Detachment at the Ryan School. 
All told, the school has in regular operation 
more than 71 training planes. 

There are now 64 full-time flight students 
in the commercial troining division, with 
an additional 1 SO students enrolled in the 
Engineering and Mechanics departments. 

More students are now enrolled in the 
Master Pilot's Course than at any previous 
time due to the fact thot this training in- 
cludes advanced instruction necessary as 
preparation for positions OS flight instructors 
or OS first officers on airlines. 






Spurred by an unprecedented expansion of the aircraft industry 
and the armed forces, San Diego is riding the peck of its greatest 
prosperity wove in history. 

Indicative of the city's leap to prominence as the west coast's 
fastest growing community is the fact that in January building per- 
mits were some $2,000,000 more than recorded by Los Angeles. 

The combined backlogs of Consolidated, Ryan, Solar and other 
aircraft companies is about $350,000,000, far more than the total 
assessed property valuation of San Diego County. 

Military camps are rising overnight on the vast mesas within 
the city limits. At Camp Collan, Torrey Pines Mesa, $4,000,000 
is being spent on some 300 structures to accommodate 20,000 
Coast Artillery draftees annually. At Camp Elliott, on Kearny 
Mesa, I 5 barracks are under construction for the rapidly enlarging 
number of Marines stationed here. Ft. Rosecrans, the Army harbor 
defense garrison, will have 2500 men by summer, and $10,000,000 
will be spent during the next three years on its new armament. 

Navy shore establishments have virtually doubled their personnel 
within the lost year, and the service has a $65,000,000 investment 
here, which is shortly due to increase still more. 

Son Diego's annual payroll is $155,000,000. Bonks are bulging 
with deposits totalling $116,000,000. It isn't all industry in Son 
Diego, either, as witness the annual $17,500,000 agricultural yield. 

The population, which was 202,048 in the 1940 census, has 
increased to 250,000, only within the lost few months, and 4,200 
low-cost housing units are being built by the government to accom- 
modote aircraft workers and enlisted Navy men's families. 

Only a year ago there were 4650 aircraft workers in San Diego, 
drawing an annual payroll of $10,000,000. On the first of this 
year the total number of aircraft employees had risen to 16,250, 
ond their annual income had increased to $34,000,000. Still iorger 
gains are yet in prospect. 

Ryan's New Building Program Under Way 

Continued good business in the aircraft industry, with orders 
running into the billions of dollars, and unequalled employment 
opportunities for qualified men are assured as the result of the 
unprecedented peace-time preparations being undertaken by the 
government for Notional Defense and Aid-to-Britain. 

With factories, airlines and governmental agencies practically 
competing between themselves for the available trained pilots, 
mechanics and engineers, young men interested in aviation as o 
career can take advantage of the next enrollment period at the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics by entering for the Spring Term, begin- 
ning April 7th. 

It is interesting to note that many men who only a year ago 
began career training at the Ryan School are today profitably 
employed in executing important ossignments in this vital industry. 
As there is every indication that the present rapid pace in aviation 
will be maintained for a long period in the future, there is every 
justification for making whatever personal sacrifices may be neces- 
sary to attain the desired goal of an aviation career. 

Keeping pace with the ever-increasing activities of the industry, 
the Ryan School of Aeronautics recently began another expansion 
of its buildings and training facilities. 

Construction is now neoring completion of two additional two- 
story school buildings, each approximately 44 by 85 feet, adjoining 
the school's main offices. Complete new quarters for the Ryan 
Engineering School will be contained in one of the buildings. 

A new school hangar was also recently completed to provide 
storage space for 25 training planes, a new airplane overhaul shop 
and a greatly enlarged Sheet Metal training school which provides 
short-term instruction designed to rapidly supply competently- 
trained men for aircraft factory production jobs. 

For 19 vears Ryan has offered superior training, and will con- 
tinue its long established policy of technical advancement so that 
its students may enjoy every possible odvontage of its high reputa- 
tion among aviation leaders. 

The Ryan School's expansion program takes shape 
with work being rushed to completion on two new 
buildings. The photo below shows principal Ryon 
buildings, identified by number: ( 1 ) Sheet Metal 
Department; Airplane Overhaul; Storage Hongar) 

(2) Airplane Shop; Demonstration Lectures; Class- 
room Building; (3) Huge Consolidated Aircraft 
factory next door; (4) Engine Overhaul; Army 
Classrooms; Airplane Maintenance Hangar; Para- 
chute Loft; (5) New Air Corps executive build- 

ing; (6) Main School Administration Building; 
Civil Aeronautics Administration Offices; Weather 
Bureau; Radio and Navigation Classes; Cafe; 
(71 New Building for Ryan Engineering School 
which will greotly increase training facilities. 

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Air Corps flying cadets receiving their primary military pilot instruction at 
the Ryan School of Aeronautics are pictured above in a formal review before 
high Army and Marine Corps officers as they march in precision drill forma- 
tions beside Ryan low-wing training planes, similar to those used for com- 
mercial flight training at the school. 

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The aviation industry's demands for Ryan trained graduates make 'M 
increasingly important that students who can do so enroll at the beginning 
of the Spring Term which opens on April 7, in order to take immediate 
advantage of employment possibilities. 

There is now a greater demand for graduates of the Ryan flight, en- 
gineering and mechanics' courses than can be supplied. All of these courses, ( 
with the exception of the Special Sheet Metal-Riveting training, require 
a nine to 24 month period for completion. 

It is requested that students who have not yet made advance reservation 
for the Spring Term wire the school immediately via collect Western 
Union stating the course in which they desire to enroll and the expected 
time of arrival so that the necessary reservation can be made. Students 
should arrange to be here by April 4th or 5th so that the school can 
assist in the selection of satisfactory living accommodations. I 

Students enrolling for the five-week Sheet Metal-Riveting Course No. 12 
can begin their training any Monday morning. 

No advance deposit is necessary for enrollment in any Ryan course. 


As told by Ryan School of Aeronautics Deportment Heads 


By Robert Kerllnger 

The Flight Division now has in training 
more students than during any previous per- 
iod of operation. This has necessitated a 
great increase in both flight and ground 
personnel, as well as the addition of more 
training ships to 
the flying line. Ex- 
pansion has been 
well over 100 per 
cent during the last 
six-month period. 

We are extreme- 
ly proud of our 
flight instructor 
staff since it is for 
the most part com- 
posed of men 
hand-picked from 
among the very 
best graduates of 
our own school. 
Many of these men 

have been associated with commercial train- 
ing operations in various sections of the 
country for many years, and all of them 
have established excellent records. 

These instructors comprise a group who 
are fully in accord with the proven and 
accepted methods of flight instruction. Their 
sole objective is to transmit to the student 
the art of smooth, accurate and sofe flying, 
and in doing this, produce a product that 
will be o definite asset to the pilot per- 
sonnel of this country. 

Proper attention to the individual student 
is stressed and we feel that this fact defi- 
nitely odds to the rote of progress obtain- 
able during training, and the resultant prod- 
uct obtained at completion. 

The Flight Division is divided into two 
sections; one section comprising oil com- 
mercial students; the other composed of 
students and instructors receiving advonced 
(secondary) training under the Civil Pilot 
Training Program. 

The Commercial student section is sub- 
divided as to type; that is, training for 
Private and Commercial Pilots' Licenses, 
training for Instructor Rating and training 
for Instrument Rating. Together these units 
comprise the Master Pilots' Course which 
is one of the most comprehensive courses 
offered by any commercial aviation school. 



By Virgil McKinley 

Considerable expansion is evidenced in 
the Technical School. The Sheet Metal Divi- 
sion recently acquired 5000 sq. ft. of space 
in the new hangar and the Airplane Shop 
Division has been expanded nearly 100 per 

A new Rockwell hardness testing machine 
has been added to the school equipment. 
Other new equipment includes a Pongborn 
Sand Blast Unit, 
with ventilated op- 
erator's helmet and 
special lighting 
equipment; o 
Steelscope mag- 
netic inspection 
unit; and o Twin 
Row Wasp engine 
which has been 
cross-sectioned t o 
show all major 
working parts. 

This unit is 
equipped with Qr\ 
electric motor drive 
which operates the 

engine ot a "slow motion" speed so that 
every port con be studied at great length 
— OS it could be studied in no other way. 

A new Structural Test Department is 
being organized in the Airplane Shop Divi- 
sion. Here such work as Glue Joints, Ribs, 
Spars (wood and metal). Vibration and 
Fatigue of Moteriols, Riveted Joints, Welded 
Joints ond all such work of value to mechan- 
ics will be tested. 

Instruction in modeling and Foundry Work 
is to be added to the already extensive 
curriculum of the Sheet Metal Division of 
the Master Mechanics Course. 

The Repair Station has built a "vest 
pocket" plane for rigging instruction in such 
o manner that it con be assembled into a 
monoplane or biplane and con be wire braced 
or strut braced. The fuselage is equipped 
with large adjustments in each bay to facili- 
tate instruction in rigging the structure. 
Rigging of any type can be easily demon- 
strated with this project. 

Two new Volley Boll courts and two Ping 
Pong tables contribute considerably to the 
noon hour and recess activities of students at 
the Ryan School. 



By Sfonley H. Evans 

The following students were recently in- 
ducted into the fraternity of the engineer 
and we hope they will enjoy their work 
in the new Engineering School building, now 
neoring completion: J. H. Moss, P. F. Bal- 
sley, W. J. Ames, and R. G. Swank. It is 
our confident belief that the new building 
has just about the finest oeronauticol loca- 
tion in the whole United States. 

A Student Section of the Institute of the 
Aeronautical Sciences has now been In- 
augurated of the Ryon School. Organized 
to promote the discussion of aero-technical 
subjects of interest 
to the budding 
young aircraft de- 
signer, the monthly 
meetings will also 
afford student 
m e m b e rs an op- 
portunity to meet 
professional engin- 
eers now engaged 
in the aircraft in- 
dustry, since a 
number of honor 
guests will be in- 
vited. At the same 
time, however, it 
should be clearly 

understood that the success of the Section 
will depend entirely on the degree of active 
interest and enthusiasm put forward by the 
students themselves. 

A number of students hove promised to 
read papers, commencing with one on "Pre- 
liminary Airplane Design" by Robert Cerna 
and Gwynn Crowther on Friday, March 7. 
Further papers hove been promised for 
April, May, and June by student Walter 
Sayner and groduotes William Immenschuh 
and Robert Close, who ore now employed 
in the industry. At the inaugural meeting 
the following students were elected officers 
of the Section for the period February-Sep- 
tember: Chairman, Edwin Hawley; Vice- 
Choirman, Walter Sayner; Secretory-Treas- 
urer, Robert Cerna. 

Distinguished visitors to the Engineering 
School during the post month included 
Messrs. Edward F. Burton, Chief Designer, 
and John Weaver of the Douglos Aircroft Co. 

Daily technical lectures and supervised demonstra- 
tions in well-lighted and properly equipped class- 
rooms are an important phase of work tor all students 
whether studying as pilots, mechanics or engineers. 


Happiness for the individual, granted good 
health, is largely a matter of taking an active 
interest in the world about us. And, at the 
Ryan School, life is overflowing with interest 
— day in and day out — for students and in- 
structors and for those employed at Lindbergh 
Field by the factories, airlines, schools and 
military services in carrying out their daily 
duties, be they working as mechanics, office 
assistants, pilots, executives or engineers. 

Prospective students planning to train at 
Ryan for aviation careers will find that every 
effort is made here to assure a productive, 
enjoyable and interesting stay in Son Diego. 

rder that it may carry out 
the National Defense Progran 
utical Com pony is undertaking 

Instructor Ben Litke gives a demonstration of the school's new 
"cut-away" 1 050 horsepower Twin-Row Wasp radial aircraft 
engine. For lecture work, the cross-sectioned engine is slowly 
driven by an electric motor to demonstrate every movement. 

Cruising along the Pacific shore just before dusk a Ryan S-T 
training plane wings homeward to its Lindbergh Field nest after 
completing a cross-country solo training flight under the steady 
hand of a student pilot enrolled for the Ryan Master Pilot Course. 

Lowell Springer, shown above at his desk ot the 
important Allison oircroft engine plant, is another ex- 
ample of the success which awaits qualified Ryan grad- 
uates. Mr. Springer is now Test Stand Engineer at Allison. 

More than 1600 employees at the Ryon Aeronau- 
tical factory work on three shifts to complete the 
ever increosing number of Ryan S-T military-type 
planes needed to train U. S. Army Air Corps pilots. 

To satisfy the pressing need of aircraft foctories 

for trained workers, the Ryan School of Aeronautics 
ecently enlarged its Sheet Metal-Riveting Division to 
accommodate on even greater number of students. 


Among recent distinguished visitors to the Ryan School 
and factory was Brig. Gen. Ceroid C. Brandt, Command- 
ing General, Randolph Field, who is pictured above with 
T. Claude Ryan inspecting the new Ryan ST-3 trainer. 

One of the most popular training planes at the 
Ryan school is the sleek Ryan S-C metal cabin plane, 
used for advanced training and night flying, pictured 
above with flaps lowered as it approaches to land. 


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ning in the Ryon SchooPs Engineering Division stresses 
close personal attention which instructors give to all 
ents. Above, instructor Raymond Foottit, at board, and 
ent John Burgeson work together on on aerodynamic 
;s analysis problem. 

Latest model in the long line of successful 
Ryan low-wing training planes is the new 
ST-3, many of which are beginning to 
appear on production lines at the Ryan 
factory for delivery to the Army and Navy. 

This mid-winter scene ot Palm Springs, desert resort three 
hours drive from the Ryan School, dramatically illustrates 
why Colifornians can justifiably boost. In a crystal clear 
pool, swimming is an enjoyoble winter pastime, as is sun- 
bathing; yet a few miles away ore snow-clad mountains. 


A $350,000 aircraft plant expansion at 
the Ryan Aeronautical Company, involving 
a 100,000 square-foot increase in floor 
space from the present 1 40,000 square feet 
to 240,000 square feet, was announced re- 
cently by T. Claude Ryan, president. 

The principal factory addition is 200 by 
325 feet, of steel frame construction with 
sow-tooth roof, and will be used for sub 
and final assembly of Ryan S-T type mili- 
tary training planes for the U. S. Army 
Air Corps and U. S. Navy, and for storage 
of airplane parts. 

An additional two-story section, 50 by 
I 50 feet, is also under construction to pro- 
vide needed space for the rapidly expanding 
Ryan executive and technical organization. 

Included in Ryan's latest expansion 
budget is a $150,000 item for new pro- 
duction machinery, tools and manufactur- 
ing equipment of all kinds. 

The current expansion plan also calls for 
94,000 square feet of yard paving to pro- 
vide facilities for certain types of produc- 
tion work which may be conducted outdoors 
practically the year round in Southern Cali- 

The new Ryan low-wing open cockpit 
trainer for 1941, now getting into produc- 
tion, bears the well-known "S-T" desig- 
nation and in general has the familiar Ryan 
appearance, but otherwise it is an entirely 
new airplane. It has, however, been de- 
signed to take advantage of the lessons 
learned by years of production experience 
with this basic type. 

The new Ryan ST-3 is the commercial 
trainer version of a large number of new 
training planes being produced for the U. S. 
Army Air Corps. The first of the new Ryan 
ST-3 models is powered with a radial en- 
gine — a Kinner five-cylinder air-cooled 
model. However, it is also available with 
the in-line Menasco engine. 

Many other important changes have been 
incorporated in the new ST-3 model. The 
fuselage is wider and longer, assuring room- 
ier cockpits for student and instructor. Land- 
ing gear tread has been increased by more 
than a foot and the wheels ore now set 
further forward. The familiar Ryan stream- 
lined wire-braced wings are used, but they 
now hove o 4° 10' sweepbock. 


Many people write us for dramatic pic- 
tures of Ryan training planes in flight, but 
unfortunately we cannot comply with all 
of the requests received. However, you can 
obtain some excellent pictures from the 
March issue of Popular Photogrophy which 
features a beautiful two-page layout of Ryan 
S-T flight pictures suitable for framing. 

Among the many distinguished visitors 
this past month wos the Hon. Robert P. 
Patterson, Assistant Secretary of War, ac- 
companied by Major Fronk Seifert, one of 
his administrative assistants, who before re- 
turning to active duty with the Air Corps 
was a Ryan executive. 

Students are enjoying the rare privilege 
of watching Lindbergh Field test and de- 
livery flights of Consolidated four-engined > 
londplane bombers, and twin-engined flying B. 
boats, destined for use by the British Gov- 

Comdr. P. V. H. Weems, noted authority 
on aerial navigation, gave a special lec- 
ture on latest navigation methods to oil 
Ryan technical instructors while on o recent 
inspection visit to the Ryan School. 







New Classes Start July 7 

CHIEF FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS in charge of Ryan pilot training are, left to right, Philip Prophett 
(commercial school), William Howe (Army instruction, San Diego), Paul Wilcox (Director of Flying), 
and Robert Kerlinger (Supervisor of Training, San Diego). 

RYAN SCHOOL EXECUTIVE BUILDINGS ore pictured above upon completion of newest units. 
New building at left is occupied by Engineering School, and that at right by Air Corps Training Detach- 
ment. Center unit with tower is the Ryan Administration Building. 

An Urgent Appeal to 

Youn^ Men of America 

By telephone, telegraph and mail from all over this nation come 
daily urgent requests for Ryan graduates. It*s no secret that 
the shortage' of engineers^ flyers and viechanics is critical and 
bound to become more acute as Americans stupendous air expan- 
sion goes forward. And there is no end in sight. 

The Industry's demand for Ryan-recommended men ranges from graduates of the 
five-week Sheet Metal-Riveting Course, w^ith tuition only $100, on through the nine 
months Master Pilot's Course and the tw^o-year Aeronautical Engineering Course. 
This demand for Ryan-trained men far exceeds the supply and if the Ryan School 
is to continue providing the necessary man-power to the industry, many additional 
young men must be enrolled now for specialized training. 

And so I publish this sincere, urgent call for men . men anxious to ready them- 

selves for aviation's ever-expanding opportunities men prepared to do their 

part toward assuring the strength of our country's defense while building a life-time 
career in Aviation! Can you help meet the challenge of providing more trained 
aviation man power by planning to begin your training soon? 


WRITE FOR FULL President, 


The Aviation Industry of today is in 
search of its key men of tomorrow. 

At the beginning of the last World War 
the automobile industry was just inaugu- 
rating its moss production methods and 
was calling for young men and more young 
men to train for service in that industry. 
Their call was answered and today the 
young men of that day are holding the 
key positions of the automotive industry. 

The Aviation Industry, only recently hav- 
ing adopted moss production methods, is 
likewise today calling for young men — 
trained young men. It calls them to accept 
the responsibilities of successfully supply- 
ing their government with the huge volume 
of planes already on ot'der — over $3,350,- 
000,000 now ond constantly mounting — 
to be used for the defense of this country 
and for aid to Britain. Ir needs them as 
instructors in the huge Army and Navy 
pilot training progroms which ore being 
expanded to cover the training of 30,000 
pilots annually for the Air Corps alone, 
and as mechanics to keep military and 
commercial planes in the air. Its airlines 
need them to pilot the continually ex- 
panding airline services ond the entire in- 
dustry calls them to aid in technical re- 
search and development, and in day-to-day 
operation and maintenance. 

Every branch — flying, merhnnics ond 
engineering — is seeking trained young 
men to accept opportunities and responsi- 
bilities now and grow with this industry 
that has so far seen only the start of the 
greater expansion for which it is yet des- 

The key men of tomorrow will be those 
who hove properly equipped themselves to- 
day with the knowledge and skill required 
by the industry. But despite its need for man- 
power, the industry must be scrupulous in 
its selection of only trained employees. 

The Ryan School of Aeronautics, oldest 
commercial aviation school in the United 
States, has had 19 years of successful ex- 
perience in training and placing its gradu- 
ates in every phase of the aviation field. 
That is why you will find its graduates 
occupying key positions in the aviation in- 
dustry today — and tomorrow. 

If you ore sincerely interested in aviation 
as a career plan now to take advantage 
of the next enrollment period ot the Ryan 
School by entering for the Summer Term, 
beginning July 7th. The school should hove 
your reservation for enrollment as early as 
possible on account of the rapidly increas- 
ing number of student candidates. 

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( 1 ) Thousands of fobs for factory production 
mechanics are assured in San Diego alone as 
result of huge military plane orders. (2) New 
Stinson Gull-Wing cabin plane used for instru- 
ment Flight Training. See Poge 4 for story. 
(31 Ryan students daily see test flights of huge 
four-engined Consolidated "Liberator" bombers 
from Lindbergh Field. (4) Some of the country's 
prominent families are represented on the Ryan 
flight line by students Whitelaw Reid (New York 
newspaper), Reid Woodword (Jello), Henry E. 
Huntington, II, (railroads) and by instructor Alex 
Hyde (Mentholotum) , pictured left to right above. 
In cockpit is student Joh n B. Knox (gelatine). 


The completion of two new executive and 
classroom buildings at the Ryan School of 
Aeronautics, end the remodeling of the main 
administration building marks the latest ex- 
pansion of facilities at the school's head- 
quarters on San Diego's Lindbergh Field. 

The Ryan Engineering Training Division 
has recently occupied its new quarters in a 
separate building which is now devoted ex- 
clusively to instruction of students enrolled 
for the one-year Airplane Drafting and 
Design Course, and the two-year Aeronau- 
tical Engineering Course. 

Headquarters of the Air Corps Training 
Detachment ore now located in the new 
Army building which also provides "ready 
rooms" for flying cadets and instructors, 
laboratories, classrooms and office for the 

A new troffic control tower from which 
all take-offs and landings are controlled has 
also just been put into operation at Lind- 
bergh Field. 

The Ryan Aeronautical Company factory, 
too, has again been expanded and now has 
approximately 250,000 square feet of pro- 
duction area. Deliveries of planes and parts 
ore being mode at the highest rate in the 
company's manufacturing experience. 

(14) Defense officials are regular visitors to 
the Ryan factory. Left to right ore T. Claude 
Ryan, president of the Ryan School ond Company; 
Merrill Meigs, chief of the OPM's aircraft section, 
and Eddie Molloy, Ryan's works manager. In the 
background is one of the new Ryan PT-21 troiners 
for the Armv. (IS) The Special Sheet Metal- 
Riveting Class receives troining in these new and 
larger, well-equipped shops. (16) Flying Fortress 
planes were recently exhibited by the Air Corps 
on the Ryan School's flight line. (17) Instructors 
ond students go over their flight mops while 
laying out plons for one of the Ryan School's 
famous week-end cross-country training flights 

Many Prominent Families Are 
Represented at Ryan School 

Many of the country's prominent fam- 
ilies ore represented at the Ryan School 
of Aeronautics by flight students who are 
training for advanced pilot licenses which 
will qualify them as flight instructors ond 
airline pilots. Many of these men ore pre- 
paring now so that they may later assist 
in the national defense effort by training 
military pilots at commercial flying schools 
which ore under contract to the U. S. Army 
to give primary instruction to Air Corps 
flying cadets. 

John Brooks Knox, grandson of the 
founder of the Knox gelatine business, is 
a typical example. Named for General John 
Brooks, until recently commanding officer 
of the Army's Randolph Field, young Knox 
is training for a flight instructor's license 
so as to be qualified to teach newly enrolled 
Air Corps cadets. 

A similar cose is that of Whitelaw Reid, 
son of Mr. and Mrs. Ogden Reid of the New 
York Herold-Tribune. "Whitie" is a year 
too old to meet Naval Air Service require- 
ments but is taking instruction as a pilot 
so that he may qualify for an administra- 
tive job in the Naval aviation specialists 
section. Loter he hopes to be able to get 
an assignment to active flight duty. Reid 
only recently returned from England where 
OS newspaper reporter he covered the 
bombing of London. 

Included among other flight students with 
similar objectives ore Henry E. Huntington, 
II, grandson of the pioneer railroad builder; 
Reid Woodward, whose grandfother founded 
the "Jello" business; and Edmund C. Eppig, 
nephew of the late George Cardinal Munde- 
lein. Archbishop of Chicago. 

Among recent visitors to the flight line 
at the Ryan School were Mr. and Mrs. Henry 
R. Luce. Mrs. Luce is the noted playwright 
and commentator, Clare Soothe. She stopped 
off at San Diego en route with her husband 
to Chungking, China, to visit her brother, 
David F. Boothe, a Ryan flight student. 
Henry Luce is the publisher of Time, Life 
and Fortune magazines, and with Mrs. Luce 
is flying on the China Clipper to visit Chiang 
Kai-shek, China's leader. 


Conditions Ideal at Ryan 

For Engineering Training 

Men desiring to train for careers as Aero- 
nautical Engineers are now oble to obtain 
their technical instruction under idea! con- 
ditions for the Ryan School of Aeronautics, 
with completion of its new engineering build- 
ing, is offering not only the highest type 
of practical training under the direction of 
unusually well-qualified instructors, but as 
well provides the student with the finest 
possible physical facilities. 

The main drafting room in the new en- 
gineering building is unquestionably one 
of the finest technical classrooms to be 
found at any training school in the coun- 
try, offering as it does excellent lighting, 
roominess, individual drafting and study 
tables for each student and complete facili- 
ties designed to make enjoyable and profit- 
able daily study hours at the Ryan School. 

From their main classroom, engineering 
students are able to witness all flight activ- 
ities on Lindbergh Field including, in addi- 
tion to the extensive operations of the Ryan 
School, the doily test flights of huge Army 
ond Navy multi-engined aircraft, and the 
arrival of commercial airliners, military 
planes and private craft, all of which pro- 
vide the ambitious student with ever new 
and changing opportunities for technical 
studies of the outstanding features of vis- 
iting aircraft. 

In connection with training at an in- 
dustry school such OS Ryan a question fre- 
quently asked is "What is the attitude of 
the aircraft industry toward engineering 
graduates of technical schools when com- 
pared with graduates of college engineering 

No more conclusive answer con be found 
than the consistent demand for Ryan grad- 
uate engineers. The aircraft industry recog- 
nizes the advantages of the one or two 
years of intensive training which these men 
have received amid the practical surround- 
ings of an airport laboratory classroom and 
the special advantages to Ryan students as 
a result of the direct affiliation between the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics and the Ryan 
Aeronautical Company. 

(5) Joel Whitney, M.I.T. graduafe and re- 
cently Ryan technical instructor has been named 
Registrar of the Commercial Training School. 
(61 All-American football star Jim Kisselburgh, 
of Oregon State College, becomes Cadet Captain 
of Flying Cadets attached to the Ryan School. 
(71 One of the Army's Ryan PT-20A primary 
military trainers is caught by the camera in this 
dramatic flight shot. (8) A technical paper on 
"The Slip-Wing Bomber" wos given by Engineer- 
ing student Walter Sayner before this monthly 
dinner meeting of the Ryan student branch of 
the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences. (9) Offi- 
cers of the student branch are, left to right, 
Sayner, Ed flowley, choirman, and Robert Cerno. 


Advancements for five Ryan School of 
Aeronautics instructors, largely necessitated 
by continual expansion of the school's 
commercial and military pilots training pro- 
grams, hove been announced by Earl D. Prud- 
den, vice-president and general manager. 

Joel M. Whitney, formerly technical in- 
structor at Ryan's Air Corps schools in 
Son Diego and Hemet, has been named 
Registrar of the Commercial Training Divi- 
sion. Whitney is a graduate of M.I.T., with 
a wide experience in business, including tech- 
nical work for DuPont and other leading 
industrial organizations. 

Four senior flight instructors have also 
been advanced. Paul Wilcox has assumed 
charge of all flight activities of the Ryan 
school and company, supervising both the 
San Diego and Hemet schools. Robert J. 
Kerlinger has been placed in direct charge 
of flight operations at San Diego, with 
William Howe assisting him in Army train- 
ing matters, and with Philip Prophett in 
charge of the commercial flight line. 

The Ryan School has been honored by the 
election of Stanley H. Evans, engineering 
instructor, as chairman of the local chapter 
of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences. 

(101 Wallace Adams, instructor in the special 
Sheet Metal-Riveting Course, demonstrates oper- 
ation of the Rockwell Hardness Tester to pros- 
pective factory production employees. (11) Flight 
student Jack Brown is awarded the cosh prize in 
the weekly Aviation Quiz conducted at the regular 
assembly. Quiz Master is Virgil McKinley, chief 
of technical training. (12) Clare Boothe, noted 
playwright, visits her brother, David Boothe, right, 
a Ryan flight student, before leaving via Clipper 
for China with her husband, ftenry Luce, editor 
of Time and Life. With them is Whitelaw Reid, 
of the New York Herald-Tribune, also a Ryan 
flight student. (13) U. S. Army Air Corps Flying 
Cadet drill at Ryan school. 


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Probably the best indication of the op- 
portunities open to Ryan trained men is 
the record of accomplishment made by re- 
cent graduates of the school. By moil, by 
renewed acquaintance and by word of mouth 
regular reports come to Earl D. Prudden, 
school vice president and general manager, 
regarding Ryan graduates. 

Word comes from eastern commercial 
aviation schools that William Ward and 
Linn Stitle, Ryan trained pilots, have been 
added to their flight instruction staffs. Joe 
Staley is reported to hove accepted a posi- 
tion with the Civil Aeronautics Authority 
as an Inspector. 

Engineering graduates Bill Immenschuh, 
Leonard Gore, Walter Sorenson, Robert 
Close and Fred Thudium are all working 
for the Ryan Aeronautical Company, build- 
ers of Army and Navy training planes, un- 
der the direction of Millard C. Boyd, chief 
engineer. Douglas MacArthur, a Canadian 
citizen, is on the staff of the British Air 
Commission in Southern California. 

Mechanic graduates, far too numerous to 
merition, ore continually being employed by 
oircraft factories, airlines and operators 
throughout the country. For instance, the 
Cheyenne base of United Air Lines employs 
seven Ryan trained mechanics. 

Another of Ryan's girl graduates, Mar- 
ion Jackson, has added further proof to 
the fact that there is a place for the fairer 
sex, too, in the country's expanded pilot- 
training program. Marion, who recently was 
awarded her Commercial Pilot's license and 
Instructor's Rating at the Ryan School, is 
now showing men students at Santa Paula 
Airport, California, the hows and whys of 
learning to fly. 

James McKean, now piloting tronsports 
for United Air Lines, was a recent visitor 
to the school, as was Tommy Loomis who 
is leoving for England to join the fomed 
American Eagle Squadron. Word has just 
reached us that William Gregg is now in 
England ferrying planes from factory to com- 
bot squadrons. 

A great many of the Ryan School of 
Aeronautics' best quolified pilot graduates 
hove been obsorbed into the Ryan organiza- 
tion immediately upon completion of their 

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new engineering building r 
is the lorge, well lighted 
busy Lindbergh Field. 

engineering students ore offered Ryan School of Aeronautics men in the 
completed for the exclusive use of this training division. Pictured above 
rafting room which overlooks the flight operations line of San Diego's 


Facilities for instrument flight training 
and the preparation of student pilots for 
Instrument Ratings hove been expanded 
during the past two months at the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics. 

The enlarged instrument flight training 
division is under the direction of Charles 
C. Gilbert, himself a Ryan graduate and Air 
Corps reserve officer, who only recently has 
returned to the flight instruction staff after 
serving as co-pilot and navigator for Con- 
solidated Aircraft Corp. in ferrying flying 
boats from the San Diego factory to the 
east coast for delivery to England. 

There ore now three especially equipped 
planes on the flight line devoted to instru- 
ment flight training. The latest addition is 
Gull-Wing Stinson, completely outfitted 
with two-woy radio and necessary naviga- 
tional instruments. One side of the cockpit 
con be closed off with a blind-flying hood 
to facilitate training in "blind flight" radio 
navigational work. 

Two Ryan S-T troiners have also been 
equipped for special Instrument work, and 

one of these ships, powered with a 1 50 
horsepower supercharged engine, is fitted 
with a new-type metal hood. 

The S-Ts are used for primory instrument 
flight instruction, ond the Stinson for rodio 
beam navigation work and orientation. Ap- 
proximately 30 hours of training is given 
in the specialized course, with time divided 
equally between S-T planes and the new 
245-horsepower Stinson, which is equipped 
with controllable pitch propeller. 

Special classroom lecture work is coor- 
dinated with actual flight training, ond this 
phase of instruction is also under Gilbert's 
direction. With airline piloting positions 
open to qualified men, the speciolized in- 
strument flight training course has token on 
renewed importance. 

B. H. Harvey, recently comp'eted his 
training in this division and the day after 
he passed his Instrument Rating tests with 
a C.A.A. inspector left to accept a position 
as co-pilot with Braniff Airways. Similor 
openings will be available to other Ryan- 
trained men as they qualify for their instru- 
ment ratings. 









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New Six-Month Aircraft 

Drafting Course Offered 

To meet the ever increasing demands 
of the engineering departments of Southern 
California aircraft factories for qualified 
draftsmen with aeronautical backgrounds, 
the Ryan School of Aeronautics has an- 
nounced a new 6-month "Aircraft Draft- 
ing" Course. 

Although the longer one-year "Aircraft 
Engineering" and two-year "Aeronautical 
Engineering" courses ore recommended for 
those students whose time and funds per- 
mit the longer training necessary for fully- 
qualified professional aeronautical engin- 
eers, graduates of the shorter "Aircraft 
Drafting" Course will be well-equipped to 
start up the engineering ladder by obtain- 
ing placement as Junior Draftsmen. 

The Engineering Division of the Ryan 
School is now quartered in a splendidly 
equipped modern two-story building with 
SDOcious, well-lighted lecture, technical and 
drafting rooms not equalled anywhere else 
in the country. (See pictures inside.) 

The new 6-month drafting course fea- 
tures aeronautical drafting and machine 
design (i.e., the mechanical design of the 
component ports of the airplane), special 
emphasis being placed on the principles of 
production design. 

The drafting and design work is carried 
out exactly as practiced in a modern air- 
craft plant. This professional -type training 
is possible because Ryan engineering in- 
structors, headed by Stanley H. Evans, are 
themselves practical aeronautical engineers 
with wide experience with leading aircraft 

The Ryan engineering curriculum is well 
balanced between fundamental theory and 
modern engineering technique as actually 
practiced in the aircraft industry, as has 
been well demonstrated by the progressive 
records of our engineering graduates, oil of 
whom are actively engaged in the industry 
with such firms as Douglas, Lockheed, Con- 
solidated and Ryan. 


Army PT-21 and Navy NR-1 training 
planes, latest military-type Ryan S-T train- 
ers, are now being delivered by the Ryan 
Aeronautical Company (as shown opposite) 
in ever increasing volume for use in the 
defense program. 

It is possible that Ryan ST-3 planes of 
this type may soon be avoilable for use in 
the school's commercial flight division. 

Many New Upportunities Assured bij Expansion of Industrij 

Now that the continual expansion of the nation's defense program has beco-me an 
almost definite guarantee that properly qualified workers can find immediate placement 
in all types of aviation activity, it is important that the serious-minded young man 
interested in a life-time career give full consideration to that type of training which will 
best assure him of a permanent place in commercial aviation developments of the future. 

On every hand men are being placed in 
aviation work with minimum technical train- 
ing, but those who look beyond the imme- 
diate future realize the importance of ob- 
taining that professional-type career train- 
ing which opens up a new world of oppor- 
tunities to the ambitious, willing student 
looking for a stable career. 

Nowhere, we honestly believe, does the 
combination of physical layout; training 
equipment; extensive instructional experi- 
ence; professional, industry-trained instruc- 
tors; well-planned courses of study, and 
general facilities, coupled with a stimulat- 
ing contact with all kinds of aeronautical 
activity, work so greatly to the advantage 
of the student as at the Ryan School of 

Here, backed by Ryan's 20 years experi- 
ence, and proven record of placing capable 
graduates in positions which offer a rich 
future, such career training as is given in 
the two-year Aeronautical Engineering 
Course the Master Pilot's Course and the 
Master Mechanic's Course offers the student 

the maximum in well-planned aviation in- 

Whether considering the fields of Flying, 
Mechanics or Engineering training for your 
enrollment in the Fall Term starting Sep- 
tember 29th, you may be sure that every 
effort will be mode by Ryan instructors and 
personnel to make your time and invest- 
ment pay maximum dividends. 

In the past year the Ryan School of 
Aeronautics' physical plant, general train- 
ing facilities and extent of operations have 
grown by leaps and bounds to the point 
where today its activities are being carried 
on at maximum capacity and effectiveness. 

Of vast importance to the student is the 
extensive aeronautical activity at San Diego 
which constantly provides on interesting 
background to the purely technical class- 
room study and practical shop training. A 
subsidiary of the Ryan Aeronautical Com- 
pany, also located on Lindbergh Field, the 
Ryan School is adjacent to the huge Con- 
solidated Aircraft Corporation plant. 

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Army and Navy flying schools will soon be operating the Ryan PT-21 and Navy NR-1 low- 
wmg training planes pictured here at Ryan Aeronautical Company factory awaiting delivery. 


The Ryon ST-3, latest and most advanced of the country's training planes, is now being 
widely used for Army and Navy pilot instruction. It is expected that several of these ultro- 
modern planes may soon be available for use of commercial flight students at the Ryan School. 

Ace flying reporter for Associated Press, Devon 
Francis, discusses training problems with Robert 
Kerlinger, Ryan's director of flight instruction. 


There is no monotony for Ryan students in the school's modern, well- 
equipped classroom laboratories such as that pictured here where regu- 
larly scheduled demonstration lectures supplement textbook study. 

Not only the plone and engine, but the all-important propeller and 
principal accessories receive the close study of students training at the 
Ryan School of Aeronautics for Airplane and Engine Mechanics' Licenses. 


Interesting highlights of advanced pilot instruction are the The industry's finest aeronautical engineering instruction laboratory and classroom is 
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Flying Helped By Climate 

As sunny, summer days and the fall of 
Autumn leaves give way to wintry blasts 
throughout much of the country, student 
and sportsmen pilots will again appreciate 
the climatic advantages of San Diego where 
year 'round flying is an accepted fact. 

Seldom are flight schedules interrupted 
by inclement weather, and rare indeed is 
the day when there is no flying activity. 
Most rains in Southern California fall at 
night, with clouds breaking up the follow- 
ing morning, so that even during the rainy 
season there is little delay in the regular 
training schedule. 

The famous long-distance cross-country 
flights of the Ryan School will be continued 
unhampered throughout the coming months, 
with frequent trips arranged to Son Fran- 
cisco, Del Monte, Boulder Dam, Palm 
Springs and Tucson, Arizona. 

Aeronautical center and famous resort j. 
well describes San Diego. Here students f^ 
are enjoying a swim in the Pacific surf. ' 


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Because o number of training courses have 
been modified since many SKY NEWS readers 
have last received a complete listing, we are 
outlining below all courses and tuitions as offered 
for the Fall Term, opening September 29th. Copies 
of the new detailed "Course Outline and Tuition 
Schedule" are now being printed and should reach 
you shortly. If you do not receive a copy, please 
write the Registrar. 


This complete flight course gives 215 flying 
hours, and includes, in addition to regular Com- 
mercial Pilot's instruction, the necessary training 
for instrument and Instructors' Ratings. Naviga- 
tion and Radio instruction supplements regular 
technical training. $4,425.00 


Included in this 161-hour flight course are 10 
hours of night flying and 20 hours of cross- 
country pilot training. Lecture work is also given. 


This 36-hour flight program gives excellent 
basic instruction for the sportsman pilot and for 
the student planning to later complete commer- 
cial pilot training. $710.00 


This course will be of interest to students whose 

funds or time are limited, but who are anxious 

to learn the "feel" of a plane through actual 

cockpit experience. Training totals 20 flying hours. 



Advanced flight work for pilots seeking airline 
positions. Twenty hours of technical lectures sup- 
plement the 30 flying hours. $565.00 


This training is designed to qualify Commercial 
Pilots OS flight instructors. Training, 25 flying 
hours. $435.00 


Teaches fundamentals of navigation by piloting, 
dead reckoning and radio position finding, includ- 
ing chart work and use of Dalton Computer. 



This course is valuable not only to pilots, but 
also qualifies the student for general commercial 
radio work. $300.00 


The Aircraft Drafting Course gives minimum 
training (six months* necessary for positions as 
Junior Draftsmen in aircraft factory engineering 
departments. S400.00 


An extension of the Aircraft Drafting Course, 
this one -year training gives more fuMy airplane 
drafting and advanced design problems, S730.OO 


This complete two-year Aeronautical Engineer- 
ing Course covers the needs of young men who 
intend to make engineering their professional life- 
work. It includes complete design and technical 
analysis of modern metol oircroft SM90.00 


Ryan's one-year Master Mechanic's Course will 
qualify the student for the important Airplane 
and Engine Mechonics" License. Very thorouoh 
technical training. S730.60 


Two hundred hours of concentrated troining 

in Sheet Metal and Riveting prepare the student 

for aircraft factory production mechanics work. 






WINTER ISSUE, 1941-42 


neui Vear at Ryan Brings neuu Opportunities in Ruiation 

Magazine Article Tells Value of Good Training 

One of the finest articles on the oppor- 
tunities afforded youth with technical train- 
ing appeared in the October issue of RED- 
BOOK Magazine. Here are some things in 
this excellent article, written by Charles 
Hurd, which impressed us most — 

"It is a curious fact that the same 
emergency which forces the United States 
to go on a war footing is producing a 
greater immediate opportunity for youth 
than anything that has ever happened in 
the history of the United States. 

"As recently as two years ago the million 
young men who come of age each year were 
new liabilities in a disorganized social sys- 
tem. College graduates often found the local 
filling-station or the corner drug-store of- 
fering the best opportunity available. 

"Now this country is the land of oppor- 
tunity for youth, particularly for educated 
or trained youth. As always, the greatest 
opportunities ore open to the best-trained 
young men. But the important thing is that 

there is opportunity in some degree for 
every youth if he is reasonably intelligent, 
eager to learn, and endowed with the ca- 
pacity to absorb training and discipline . . . 

"In a few months a youth con learn 
enough of one of these subjects to get a 
job in the country's fastest growing industry. 
Once in a (ob, he can go on learning and 
progress toward on indefinite future op- 

"Nothing has shown 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. 

"In the end, any opportunity must go to 
the best-trained, most enthusiastic man." 

If you are enthusiastic about the future 
of aviation, yet for some reason unable to 
come to the Ryan School for a residence 
course, we suggest you — 

See ^ea^let ^n6ide 

Students Remain in San Diego to Work After Graduation 

Most important new unit in San Diego's 
aviation industry is Consolidated Aircraft's 
huge new parts plant. In actual production. 

The tremendous strides made by the air- 
craft industry in its great expansion pro- 
grams of the past two years are graphically 
real to residents of San Diego who hove 
seen their city leap into prominence as one 
of the nation's principal manufacturing 

Among the groups most aware of this 
expansion are graduates of the Ryan School 
of Aeronautics who in many coses have 
found it desirable to continue to live in 
Son Diego upon completion of their training 
and accept employment with one of the 
city's many aviation enterprises. 

Ryan Graduates Succeed 

One of the most gratifying experiences in 
the life of any technical school executive 
is to see graduates of the institution achieve 
outstanding success in their chosen field. 

Thus it is that T. Claude Ryan and Earl 
D. Prudden, top-ranking executives of the 
Ryan organization look with satisfaction 
upon the accomplishments of such men as 
the group pictured on Page 2. 

A wide variety of aviation enterprises 
for 20 years have shown by their employ- 
ment of Ryan troined pilots, mechanics and 
engineers that Ryan methods of instruction 
do produce the high type of aviation experts 
demanded by the Industry for key positions. 

the new plant will supply all of the sub 
assemblies required in the construction of 
completed airplanes at Consolidated's final 
assembly plant and flight test headquarters 
at Lindbergh Field, adjoining the Ryan 

Consolidated now employs about 25,000 
workers in its San Diego plants and will be 
adding close to 10,000 more early in 1942. 

Other factories swelling San Diego air- 
craft payrolls are those of the Ryan Aero- 
nautical Company, Solar and Rohr. 

For some of the interesting jobs held by 
Ryan graduates at Consolidated see Page 2. 


Advance Reservations Urged 
for Term Beginning Jan. 5th 

Students ore now enrolling in the Ryan 
School of Aeronautics for the winter term 
beginning on Monday, January 5, 1942. 
At no time during the history of the School 
have our graduates found greater oppor- 
tunities for becoming established in the 
aeronautical industry. 

These greater opportunities are the result 
of several factors: the remarkable develop- 
ment of equipment and engineering; the 
dire need for skilled technicians familiar 
with these methods; and the ever growing 
importance of Son Diego and Southern 
California as on aircraft manufacturing and 
training center. 

The development of modern equipment 
has brought about many changes in avia- 
tion. As rapidly as these important changes 
appear they ore incorporated in our cur- 
riculum. By this method our graduating 
students ore better able to cope with their 
problems in the industry and effectively 
accept greater responsibilities. 

The success of this procedure is demon- 
strated with the hearty welcome given to 
Ryan graduates by the industry. You, too, 
can fill a valuable position in the defense 
industry. Your first move should be to enroll 
for our next term beginning January 5, 

The rising importance of Son Diego as on 
aircraft manufacturing and training center 
cannot be underestimated from the view- 
point of a student. These manufacturers 
have located here in consideration of the 
marvelous climatic advantages — nearly uni- 
form year 'round temperatures and a mini- 
mum of cloudy and rainy days. 

Moke your reservation now for the new 
term beginning January 5, 1942. and thu-s 
enjoy the many advantages of this well 
established school. 

At an ever-increasing 
rote of delivery, Ryan 
trainers are being flown 
away from the Son 
Diego factory to join 
training squadrons of 
the U. S. Army Air 
Corps and U. S. Navy. 
In addition to building 
trainers for this and 
friendly foreign govern- 
ments, Ryan operates 
two schools giving pri- 
mary training to Air 
Corps aviation cadets. 


Rvnn TRnininc oPEnEO door to successful careers for these rier 

Ryan Graduates Help Crew These Consolidated Bombers 


Stepping from Ryan 
classrooms to important 
positions with Consoli- 
dated Aircraft Corp. in 
San Diego, graduates of 
the school are helping to 
crew huge twin and four- 
engine bombers and fly- 
ing boats on delivery and 
test flights from the fac- 
tory to hopping-off bases for the Atlantic 
flight and across the Pacific. 

Roderick Ramirez of 
Scarsdale, New York, 
graduate of Ryan's Mas- 
ter Mechanics course is 
a flight engineer on test 
and service work at the 
factory. Radio operator H ,t" 
on extended delivery and ^T ,^ '^ 
test flights is William fCEOPFARTH 
Geopfarth of Pueblo, Col- 

orado, former engineering 
student and graduate of 
Ryan radio training ccur- 

Douglas Hilton, Port- 
land, Oregon, and Ralph 
Bayer, Minturn, Colorado, 
both of whom trained as 
Master Mechanics at 
Ryan are now flight en- 
gineers on PBY flying boats. 

Kerry Coughlin, graduate of the Ryan 
navigation course, is a 
navigator on the Pacific 
run, while Art Romag is 
a radio operator on the 
some flight. Men not pic- 
tured were out on deliv- 
ery flights when photos 
were taken. 

Chuck Gilbert to Head Ford 
Instrument Flight Division 

One of the choicest positions ever offered 
o Ryan graduate has just been accepted by 
Charles "Chuck" Gilbert, popular pilot who 
joined the school's staff as instrument flight 
instructor after 
his training. 

Gilbert has been 
selected to head 
the Instrument 
Flight Division of 
the Ford Motor 
Company, whose 
aviation division 
will soon be one of the largest units in the 
defense program. 

Frank Campsoll, Jr., also trained at Ryan, 
is with the Ford aviation division. 

Flying for Alaskan Airline 

How it feels to be pilot and part owner 
of an Alaskan airline was described to in- 
structors and friends at the school by Ger- 
old "Bud" Sodding, pilot graduate who re- 
cently visited Ryan while on vocation. 

Bodding, a resident of Alaska, returned 
there upon completion of his training to 

Test Pilot at Twenty 

The benefits resulting from an abundance 
of hard work and ambition are demonstrated 
by the case of Leonard J. Miroldi, of Lorain, 
Ohio, who before his 
21 St birthday was em- 
ployed as assistant 
test pilot by the Ryan 
Aeronautical C o m - 

Enrolling for a me- 
chanics course when 
only 17, Miroldi was 
employed upon grad- 
uation. With money 
earned from his new 
position he completed training with Ryan 
as a commercial pilot and was then em- 
ployed, at 20, as a test pilot. 

Graduates of Pilot Courses 
Find Demand for Services 

Within a period of a few weeks Master 
Pilot graduates Robert J. Roley, of Duluth, 
Minnesota; William L. Allen, Littleton, Col- 
orado; and B. H. Harvey, Oklahoma City, 
Oklahoma, were employed as First Officers 
with three mid-west- 
ern airlines — North- 
west Airlines, Mid- 
Continent Airlines ond 
Braniff Airwoys. 

Here's on interest- 
ing letter from Allen 
which Earl Prudden, 
Ryan School vice- 
president recently re- 

"I thought you 
might be interested in 
how I was getting along with Mid-Continent. 
I hod no difficulty in being checked out 
in the Electros and 
Lodestars which are 
used on our flight 
schedules. The check 
pilots and Captains I 
hove flown with have 
all been rather curious 
OS to where I learned 
to fly. I certainly am 
doing my best to let 
everyone know that 
the Ryan School turns 
out good airline ma- 

"I sow Bob Raley last week in Minne- 
opolis and Byron Har- 
vey in Kansas City 
yesterday. Harvey was 
sitting in o Douglas 
when I came in from 
a trip so I didn't have 
a chance to talk to 

And here's whot 
Raley writes: "I find 
that our foundation 
at Ryan gives us on 
excellent start with an 
airline, but a fellow doesn't realize how 
little he knows until trying to herd one of 
these Douglas DC-3s around in heavy traf- 

accept position with Alaska Airways of 
Juneau. Since then he has purchased a large 
holding in the company. Associated with 
him OS a pilot is Arnold Enge, also of Alaska, 
whom he met while both were traininq at 

In above picture, at left, Bodding is shown 
in dark suit with Ryan instructors Litke, 
Atherton and Kerlinger. Enge is shown in 
picture at right. 


Pilot graduates of the Ryan school with 
a conviction about the world situation and 
a desire to do something constructive for 
the British and her allies hove found it 
possible to take an active port in democra- 
cy's struggle while still earning excellent 

Hall Graff of Havana, 
Cuba, was a recent vis- 
itor to the school, hav- 
ing come direct from Eng- 
land where he wcs serv- 
ing as pilot with the Air 
Transport Auxiliary fer- 
rying combat planes from 
factories to operational 
flown the latest British 
types including the Hurricanes, Spitfires and 
Blenheim bombers and 
hod some interesting ex- 
periences to relate. After 
graduation from Ryan, 
Graff returned to Cuba 
as co-pilot on Cuban Na- 
tional Airlines before go- 
ing to England. 

Robert Meyersburg is 
now a Flight Officer and 

Instructor with the Royal Canadian Air 
Force. Perry Boswell, Jr., of Washington, 
D.C., is doing test work in Canada for the ' 
RCAF and was a recent visitor in San Diego 
on vocation. 

Douglas MocArthur, engineering gradu- 
ate, is a member of the technical staff of 
the British Purchasing Commission in South- 
ern California. Jim Higby has been training 
pilots for the Royal Air Force in an Amer- ( 

icon commercial pilot school. 

William Gregg, another pilot graduate, 
now in England with the Air Transport Aux- 
iliary will soon return to this country. 



Pictured obove is Hall Graft, right, with Earl D. 
Prudden, vice president and general manoger of 

the Ryon School. f 


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j A new type experimental plane visiting Lind- 
; bergh Field is studied by a group of Ryan 
^'engineering end mechanics students. The 
location of the school on an airport makes 
ipossible valuable technical discussions of new 
IJevelopments with experienced instructors. 

Extensive experience and a sense of responsibility 
in handling aircraft both on the ground and in 
the air is gained by student pilots on cross-country 
training flights. Instructor and student are pictured 
starting a Ryan S-T trainer which has landed at 
an intermediate airport en route to San Francisco. 

Instructor Howard Riggs, left, m charge of 

training in the Sheet Metal Division of the 
mechanics school, is shown instructing a stu- 
dent in the use of a squeeze riveter while fab- 
ricating an actual wing section such as is used 
in modern military and commercial aircraft. 

[Engineering students in the two- 
y e r aeronautical engineering 
;ourse are seen completing three- 
iew drawings of an original design 
study worked out under the direc- 
tion of instructor Stanley H. Evans. 

Sport fishing Is one of San Diego's 
outstanding recreational features. 
Paul Wilcox, chief pilot for the 
Ryan organization, is all smiles as 
he poses with a 206-pound Marlin 
swordfish caught off Point Loma 

A "V for Victory" that reolly 
means something is that formed 
by aviation cadets of the Air Corps 
Training Detachment of the Ryan 
School OS they pose with their Ryan 
PT-21 low-wing training planes 

Construction details become real to 
Ryan students when viewed on 
actual airplanes. Students are 
shown beneath the tail surfaces of 
a huge Douglas aircraft which re- 
cently landed at Lindbergh Field. 

The American Clipper of Pon American Air- 
ways landed in Son Diego Bay adjacent to 
Lindbergh Field on a recent flight from Singa- 
pore, the Philippines and Hawaii. Pilot was 
^apt. Joe Barrows, former Ryan instructor, 
, ^ho trained students here in the "twenties." 

Ryon's attractive co-eds training as pilots ore, 
left to right, Winifred Austen, of Los An- 
geles; Rosamond Tudor, of Santa Barbara, 
California; Gertrude Lenart, of New York City 
and Prague, Czechoslovakia; and Betty Bacon, 
of Cherry Valley Ranch near Phoenix, Arizona. 

Interesting careers in the aircraft industry ore 

anticipated by this group of recently gradu- 
ated Master Mechanics. Unlike men in many 
other fields, these men are able to choose 
from a number of positions open to them 
by reason of their technical training at Ryan. 

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Resume Student Meetings of 
Institute of Aero. Sciences 

Warming up to a good start, the Ryan 
School Student Branch of the Institute of 
the Aeronautical Sciences resumed its din- 
ner meetings after the usual summer lull. 
The past session which saw the inaugura- 
tion of this branch was a highly successful 

The following officers were elected for 
the current session 1941-42 at the October 
meeting held in the Ryan School Engineer- 
ing Building: Harold G. Hitchcock, chair- 
man; Thomas E. Bird, vice-chairman; and 
Thomas B. Johnson, secretary-treasurer. 
Stanley H. Evans, director of the Ryan School 
of Aeronautics Engineering Division is 
honorary chairman. 

New Ryan engineering students who have 
recently become members are; Louis Becker, 
Peter Bloisdell, Carl Coverston, Edward 
Grescoviak, Norman Estwing, J. M. Jones 
and Tony Terrigno. 

A dinner meeting was held October 17th, 
and was attended by some 30 student mem- 
bers and their guests which included mem- 
bers of the Ryan School faculty and Ryan 
Engineering Division alumnae. 

Following the dinner a presentation of 
awards was made by Earl D. Prudden, vice- 
president of the Ryan School and Ryan 
Aeronautical Company. Two-year engineer- 
ing diplomas were presented to graduating 
seniors Edward Hawley, Kenneth Beven and 
John Burgeson. 

The "Student Branch Lecture Award" 
was presented jointly to students Robert F. 
Cerno and Gwynn Crowther, Jr. for their 
excellent paper of last March entitled, "Pre- 
liminary Airplane Design." 

The presentations were followed by a 
paper prepared and read by Thomas B. 
Johnson entitled "Flying Boat Design." This 
very interesting paper was followed by a 
general discussion. The meeting proved to 
be a good start for another successful year. 

At the next dinner meeting Philip Bolsley 
and Jack Moss, Ryan engineering students, 
will present a paper on the installation of 
airplane engines in the wing. This promises 
to be a very provocative paper as it is a 
design aspect confronting present day en- 
gineers, and one which will undoubtedly have 
a large effect upon future airplane design. 

The Ryan School of Aeronautics' modern administrative 
tropical palms form one of the most attractive units on San Diego's busy i 
and Air Corps building is at left, administrative offices in the center, and engii 

buildings set among 
nicipal airport. Flight 
ring division at right. 


When the student selects the Ryan School 
of Aeronautics for his training he not only 
will have the advantage of outstanding 
training but he will reside in on area of ex- 
ceptional recreational facilities. The import- 
ance of well planned play as on adjunct to 
successful work cannot be overestimated. 

In addition to an abundance of the usual 
urban diversions, San Diego enjoys such 
outstanding features as world famous Bal- 
boa Park, many miles of safe and beautiful 
beaches, fishing, sailing and other sports. 

Without mild weather, which odds to the 
pleasure of work and ploy alike, these diver- 
sions would not be as enjoyable. However, 
with mean daytime temperature varying 
between 74° and 62° and an average an- 
nual rainfall of little more than 10 inches, 
these outdoor pleasures may be pursued in 
San Diego the year 'round. 

Balboa Park is particularly interesting as 
it lies within easy walking distance of the 
students' homes. A few of the areas require 
a nominal entrance fee but most are free. 
We generally think of the zoo as amusement 
for children and elderly people, but the San 
Diego zoo has such a wide variety of ani- 

mols and birds displayed in beautiful settings 
that it has become world fomous and a 
source of pleasure for all who visit. 

A short distance oway the music lover 
may listen to frequent concerts in the out- 
door organ pavilion and by fine orchestras. 
Golf, tennis, bowling and many other sports 
are available for the enthusiast. 

At many points along the ocean shores 
of Son Diego and vicinity, all easily reached 
by city busses, ore found many opportunities 
for all beach and water sports — picnics, 
swimming, surfboording, sailing and fishing. 

There ore many other sports available 
within an easy day's drive from Son Diego — 
two mile high snow-capped peaks; deserts 
and date groves and further away the giant 
Sequoias and Sierra Nevoda Mountains, and 
the Colorado River with its famous canyons 
and dams. 

Before San Diego became or\ important 
aviation center the principol attractions 
were these scenic and recreational features. 
Now you have the opportunity to study and 
work toward an aviation career in easy reach 
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Probably not .... unless you're a Ryan old-timer! 

Back in pre-war days when the Ryan School thought it was busy 
just giving flight, engineering and mechanical courses to civilians at San 
Diego, SKY NEWS used to be published for students and friends of the 

Then came a memorable day in 1 939 when T. Claude Ryan and Earl 
D. Prudden sat in the Washington office of their old friend. General "Hap" 


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Arnold, and heard him ask if they would undertake — without assurance 
of a contract — a tremendous expansion, in order to help build the world's 
largest Air Force. 

Of course they said yes. All three men had such firm faith in one 
another that they were glad to team up and consign red tape to hell. 
So Ryan went head-over-heels into a war program, and SKY NEWS was 
one of the first casualties. 

But now it's back, to help keep Hemet, Tucson and San Diego 
functioning as one close-knit organization. From now on you'll be seeing 
this publication on the first week of every month. 

It will be operating on a limited budget. But we intend to make it a 
lively and good-looking magazine, full of features you'll enjoy. We'll 
bring you close-ups of key people in Ryan; behind-the-scenes stories 
about school operations; eye-witness reports on the heroic and some- 
times tragic flights of boys who have gone out from this school. We'll also 
give you newsy and colorful columns about the doings of Ryan depart- 
ments: we already have a nearly complete line-up of departmental col- 
umnists. They do a good job, as you can see in this issue. They serve 
without cash compensation, and they have our respect and hearty thanks. 

And so, without further introduction, we give you the Ryan SKY 
NEWS. Hope you like it! 

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rEDKUAcy • 1944 

A barber and a harbormaster chansed Claude Ryan's life in a few 
hours, it was because of them that he launched the 
organization which has sent Ryan planes and 
Ryan students to five continents. 

President T. Claude Ryan 
in 1932 with the first of 
the famous Ryan S-T's. 

We began with a piano box 

A shoestring start in 1922 with one dis- 
carded Army plane and a piano-box office 
— then G steady growth through passenger 
flying, flight instruction and manufacturing 
operations — then several violent expansions 
to meet war demands. That's the nutshell 
story of the Ryan organization. 

T. Claude Ryan's network of aeronautical 
enterprises includes the Ryan Aeronautical 
Company, producing military planes and 
parts; the Ryan School of Aeronautics, each 
month graduating hundreds of Army aviation 
cadets from primary training courses in 
Hemet, California, and Tucson, Arizona; 
and the latest addition to the family, the 
Ryan Aeronautical Institute, instructing 
many potential key workers of the aircraft 
industry by correspondence and home study 
courses. There ore Ryan offices in Wash- 
ington, New York City, Dayton and Los 
Angeles; Ryan training planes in China, 
India, Australia, Latin America and at Army 
and Navy flight training bases throughout 
the United States. 

In the 22 years since his start, Ryan has 
inaugurated the first year-round scheduled 
passenger airline service in the United 

States, built planes for the early airmail 
service, surveyed the Pacific Coast airway 
between Los Angeles, San Francisco and 
Seattle, manufactured the original series of 
Ryan planes which became world famed 
when they provided the basic design for 
Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis," and pio- 
neered the low-wing monoplane trainer 
eventually adopted by the Army as primary 
instruction equipment. 

This latter monoplane — which Ryonites 
now see every day on the flight line at 
Hemet and Tucson — was a military adapta- 
tion of the Ryan ST, a civilian sport plane 
whose exceptional performance qualities 
were frequently demonstrated, in this coun- 
try by Tex Rankin in capturing the Inter- 
national Aerobotic championship with a 
stock model, and in South America by the 
five triumphs of Anesio Amoral in the Aero 
Club of Brazil's annual civil aviation races 
with an STA. 

The far-flung and hard-driving organiza- 
tion which has accomplished all these 
things began 22 years ago, when T. Claude 
Ryan came to Southern California fresh 
from forest patrol work as on Army flying 

officer in Oregon and Northern California. 
He hod come to San Diego to fly on his 
reserve commission at Rockwell Field in San 
Diego. But a barber, a harbormaster and 
Rockwell Field's commanding officer 
changed the course of his life in a few 

To make himself presentable before re- 
porting to Rockwell Field, Ryan stopped in 
for a shave. The barber, learning of his 
customer's interest in flying, reported the 
sad case of o locol flier who hod done too 
well smuggling Chinese over the nearby 
Mexican border and had just become a 
penal guest of the government. Perhaps 
Ryan would be interested in taking over the 
flier's old stand by the waterfront. 

On the spur of the moment, Ryan went 
out to look it over — a narrow and bumpy 
landing strip surrounded by electric wires, 
telephone poles and smokestacks. Not good, 
but if another pilot had operated from that 
field, why couldn't he? He went to the har- 
bormaster to inquire about the rental. 

"Fifty bucks a month," said the harbor- 

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The Army officers and civilian executives 
who operate Ryan's highpowered machine 
for turning out Army pilots are a colorful 
and fast-moving bunch. Every man was 
handpicked for his job, and has a solid 
background of specialized experience. Let's 
take a quick glance over the top personnel 
on both the civilian and Army sides. 

At the very top, of course, is President 
T. Claude Ryan, former Army pilot and barn- 
stormer who founded the Ryan enterprises 
at Son Diego in 1922. Under him, and in 
executive control of the schools as General 
Manager, is Vice President Earl D. Prudden 
— the genial and untiring Scotchman who 
has one office in San Diego, another in 
Hemet, and a third in Tucson, yet finds 
time for frequent flying trips on School busi- 
ness to Dallas, Fort Worth, Santa Ana, 
Washington and various waypoints. 

The two other school executives who 
work out of the San Diego headquarters ore 

outstanding maintenance work on the planes 
entrusted to them. 

Resident Manager at Tucson is R. Doug- 
las Maw, who moved over from the Hemet 
managership when the Tucson post became 
vacant this summer. Maw was in on ever,' 
step of the Hemet school's growth from blue- 
print to actuality, and went to Tucson tem- 
porarily in 1942 to take charge of the pio- 
neering stages of the school there. So this 
is the second time he has been in the saddle 
at Tucson. 

When Maw left Hemet he was replaced 
by the Wing Commander, Paul Wilcox, who 
is known as one of the finest acrobatic 
pilots and precision fliers in America. Wil- 
cox has had seventeen years of flying ex- 
perience, including a period in Guatemala 
supervising test flights for the Guatemalan 
air force and work in Detroit as chief test 
pilot for Continental Motors. He became a 
flight instructor for the Ryan School in 1933 
and chief instructor in 1937. 

ing, by originating many new ideas which 
make it easier for students to grasp involved 
technical studies. Marty came ^o Ryan nine 
years ago from Northwest Air Lines in 
Montana. His opposite number at Tucson is 
Stewart Matson, who was head of the 
ground school at our Son Diego school be- 
fore it was moved to Tucson. He holds li- 
censes as a private pilot, a mechanic, and 
a navigator; studied five years at the Uni- 
versity of Chicago, then taught five years 
at Hammond High School, Indiana, before 
joining Ryan in the summer of 1940. 

The men who hove to "Keep 'Em Flying" 
ore Bob Stone and Bert Averett, Superintend- 
ents of Maintenance at Hemet and Tucson, 
respectively. Bob started as a Ryan mechan- 
ical student in 1938, stepped into the Ryan 
factory immediately after graduation, and 
became such an expert mechanic that he 
was invited to join the school staff four years 
ago. Bert also come up through the school. 


Colin A. Stillwagen, Secretary and Controller, 
and Walter K. Baich, Technical Director. 
Stillwagen is a former newspaper financial 
executive whose brain is said to be con- 
structed on the some principle as a comp- 
tometer. He descends on Hemet and Tuc- 
son at frequent intervals to check the busi- 
ness operations of the bases. Bolch, the 
long, lanky man with the pleasant Boston 
accent, is not only a master mechanic, but 
a brilliant teacher who can make his ex- 
planations of the most complicated scien- 
tific subject seem crystal clear. Balch come 
to Ryan in 1932 after a remarkable record 
of mechanical work in Boston, Rhode Island, 
and San Diego. He established the Navy 
speed record for overhaul of a Wasp engine 
and won the grade of 99.75 °b on all courses. 
He hos mode both Ryan bases known for 

in the Ryan Schools 

The Wing Commander at Tucson is Bob 
Kerlinger, on old-time Ryan graduate, and 
a nationally-known test pilot. Kerlinger re- 
cently left for Florida on a secret mission 
for the Navy, but should be bock by the 
time this appears. The equivalent job at 
Hemet is held by Bill Evans, likewise o 
Ryan graduate. Evans was an Arizona cow- 
boy when he decided to learn to fly and 
enrolled for commercial training in San 
Diego. He developed into such a brilliant 
pilot that the school hired him as a flight 
instructor soon after his graduation. 

Hemet's Director of Technical Training is 
Martin Weidinger. Like many Ryan execu- 
tives, Marty is surprisingly young for the 
important job he holds. At 29 he has made 
Hemet's Ground School training outstand- 

becoming a mechanic's helper in the main- 
tenance department after his graduation in 
1937. He worked up to the post of Main- 
tenance Supervisor in Hemet and moved to 
Tucson in the same capacity when that 
school opened. 

Another young man who has risen fast is 
Daryl Smith, 26-year-old Office Manager at 
Hemet. He started as War Department Civil 
Service employee, joined the Ryan School as 
cost accountant and proved so efficient that 
he was soon promoted to Office Manager. 
His counterport at Tucson is Jeff Underwood, 
who has been a district office manager for 
the WPA, a county odmmistrator for the 
FERA, and several other things, including 
a longshoreman. Incidentally, he was born 
in a covered wagon while his family was 
crossing a river from Oklahoma to Texas 






This is the line-up of the team that guides the operations 
of our organization. You should know these department heads. 

in 1908 — which probably gives him more 
pioneering background than any other Ryon- 
ite extant. 

No final decision has yet been made as 
to a Personnel Manager at Tucson to replace 
Harry Siegmund, who has joined the com- 
pany's Public Relations Staff in San Diego. 
Over at Hemet the Personnel Manager is 
toll, dark and handsome G. Roger Brubaker. 
Roger is a Hemet product who went through 
high school there before entering the Uni- 
versity of California. After graduation in 
1939 he served as the U. S. Employment 
Service's Chief Placement Officer for River- 
side County before joining Ryan in 1942. 

In charge of keeping the school buildings 
and grounds in good control ore the two 
Supervisors of Plant Maintenance, Elmo 
Heavin at Hemet and Charles Rockerhousen 
at Tucson. Elmo was formerly a Hemet con- 
tractor, while "Rocky" was in Consolidated's 
welding department in Son Diego before 
joining Ryan in 1940. 

Milo Crane, Chief of Plant Protection at 
Hemet, is another long-time Hemet resi- 
dent. He has lived there since 1916 and 
served as a deputy sheriff for almost a 
quarter-century. Percy Stohl, the Tucson 
chief, has a background of 1 5 years of re- 
formatory work at Elmiro, N. Y. Both Percy 
and "Mike" ore past masters at enforcing 
the law without rubbing people the wrong 

The genial Arnold Witto presides over 
the kitchens, mess halls and canteen at 
Tucson, after ten years as a hotel cook in 
all parts of the country. At Hemet the 
Steward is Bascomb Avery, a quiet, friendly 
and efficient chap who's been o hotel chef 
and cafe operator most of his life. 

The Army's Commanding Officer at" 
Hemet is Major William I. Fernald, grodu- 
ote of Randolph and Kelly Fields, Texas. 
Fernald had two years of active service in 
Hawaii and a tour of duty as pursuit in- 

structor at Kelly Field before the war. Re- 
verting to civilian status, he was an in- 
structor at Oxnard before rejoining the 
Army and becoming CO at Hemet in Octo- 
ber, 1942. 

His Adjutant is Capfoin Franklin W. 

Dooley, former Consolidated purchasing 
agent; the Intelligence Officer is Captain 
Bernard A. Peeters, who entered the Army 
immediately after graduation from the Uni- 
versity of Iowa and has spent two of his 
three Army years at Ryan. 

Captain William P. Sloan is the Air In- 
spector, and is an old-time Ryanite who 
was a civilian flight instructor with the 
school at San Diego. He was one of the 
original group of flight instructors who 
helped get Hemet rolling, and later switched 
to the Army but stayed in the same place. 
He has seen forty-two classes of cadets go 

Hemet's Surgeon is Captain Theodore R. 

Stepman, who came to Ryan recently after 
two and a half years at the Las Vegas Army 
Air Base. The Commandant of Cadets is 
Lieut. Walker P. "Moon" Mullen, bland and 
courtly Georgian, who was a Wall Street 
runner and later a Los Angeles stockbroker 
before joining the Army. The Finance Of- 
ficer is Lieut. Tolbert J. Webb, who oper- 
ated his own accounting firm in Tulsa in 
civilian life. 

Lieut. Roy D. Cooper, former football 
player at College of the Pacific, is another 
officer who used to help run the school from 
the civilian side. He was a civilian ath- 
letic instructor when the Hemet base was 
activated and later became the Army's 
Athletic Director there. Lieut. Herbert Gold- 
berg is the Air Depot Detachment CO, and 
has to take a lot of kidding about the fact 
that he is a Philadelphia lawyer. He actu- 
ally did have a law business in Philadelphia 
before joining the Army. 

Another officer seen frequently at Hemet 
IS Captain Wendell L. Ensur, Army Chaplain 
who divides his time between Hemet and 

At Tucson the Army staff is headed by 
Mojor John S. Fouche', Jr. who has hod a 

rather unique Army career. After getting 
all his early schooling at military academies 
he went through the University of Tennes- 
see, then became an Air Corps Cadet at 
Brooks Field, Texas. Out of 746 applicants 
he was the only one who received his wings. 
He has served as instructor at Randolph 
Field, Selfridge Field and many other bases 
and OS a CAA Inspector before the war. 
He was CO at the Oxnord primary school 
before taking over the driver's seat at Tuc- 
son last September. Fouche', who has the 
typical Southern smile and social charm, 
has a favorite bit of advice which he likes 
to quote to new pilots, "There ore old pilots 
and there are bold pilots, but there are no 
Old Bold Pilots." 

The Tucson Adjutant is Captain John F. 

Wear, Georgia Tech graduate, who has been 
with Ryan since the San Diego days. The 
Operations Officer is Captain Lee A. Garner, 
another ex- Ryan employee who started with 
the school as flight instructor in Son Diego. 
Captain Edwin R. "Ronnie" Bane, former 
Luke Field instructor, is now Director of 
Flying. He too has been assigned to the 
Ryan School since the San Diego era. 

Lieut. John D. Keller is Personnel Officer. 
He is a former lawyer and a graduate of 
OCS. The staff Surgeon is Lieut. Lee Wil- 
liamson, formerly a private physician in 
Albuquerque. The Supply Officer is Lieut. 
Chester F. Perkins, who served with the Army 
in Hawaii before coming to Tucson. 

The Commandant of Cadets is the re- 
doubtable Lieut. Roman J. Wojciehowski, 

farmer football quarterback for Lawrence 
Tech and the University of Michigan. He 
was a First Sergeant in the Coast Artillery 
before entering OCS, and has been sta- 
tioned at Ryan since December, 1942. An- 
other star athlete on the Army staff is the 
Athletic Director, Lieut. William G. Hows- 
mon — bosketboller at Santo Barbara State 
and the University of Oregon, then a high 
school basketball and football coach, and 
then Ryan's civilian director of physical 
training at San Diego and Tucson before 
switching to the same job for the Army. 




Looking 'Em Over 

By Harry Hofmann 
Hemet Editor 


These new Hemet correspondents are a 
likely crew, prolific and ombitious, and as 
they didn't get around to mentioning their 
own names in their columns (except LAN- 
DRY 1 we'll do it for them. 

KRIBS, also known as Ack-Ack Annie, has 
some extremely busy days doing all the 
things a resident manager's secretary must 

For Plant Protection, LLOYD BARBER is 
Chief crane's right-hand man . . . even 
if he did miss his first column due to illness. 
Lloyd, who played trombone with many of 
the name bonds a few years ago, saw the 
error of his ways and retired to the simple 
domestic life at Ryan. 

BOB JOHNSON, the demon flight clerk. 

almost controls the destiny of flight. Trained 
by Wilcox, he now functions for BILL EVANS 
with much finesse . . . Well, he functions. 
LANDRY introduces himself to you in his 
column and there's not too much we could 
add to it. 

Two luscious blondes, DOROTHY LOR- 
ENZ (BOB STONE'S secretary! and OPAL 
KERBY (night crew I report for maintenance 
and it really keeps them busy. 

Easy-going BILL GUINN, artist, generol 
handyman and expert bowler, covers activi- 
ties in Plant Maintenance. 

And, at great expense and much fast talk- 
ing (approximately 14 seconds!, we bring 
back to the public prints the old standby 
Ryan, now of the Army. 

There they are . . . hope you like them. 

Ground School 

By Hale Landry 

., ^ 


Roped — Approach the animal cautiously. 
Speak to him in low, reassuring tones. Slowly 
extend the hand holding food but keep the 
bridle hidden at your back. Moke no starts 
ling moves. Pat the animal gently on the 
shoulder. Slip the bridle on slyly while he 
is feeding. Now you have him. This, ladies 
and gentlemen, besides being an effective 
method of catching a recalcitrant horse, is 
just how HARRY HOFMANN inveigled me 
into conducting this column. That man is 
a smoothie. 

Whereas, this column threatens to be- 
come a recital of what happens in the 
Ground School Department; and 

Whereas, what happens in this depart- 
ment generally happens to its members; 
permit me to introduce — 

rector of Ground School, lover of good music, 
taker-aport of gadgets, as well as of ideas. 

"BRIS" BRISTOL, Instructor in Engines, 
Recognition, Navigation (sometimes!, and 
Weather (at other times! . 

"CHRIS" CHRISTENFELD, Instructor in 
Airplane Behavior. 

"CHARLIE" EDDINS, Instructor in Navi- 
gation, Weather, Humor, Laughs, and Good 

"SLIM" GALLAHER, Instructor in Navi- 
gation and Weather. Authority on two- 
stroke cycle engines. 

"STEVE" BRUFF, Instructor in Naviga- 
tion, Weather, and Airplanes. Interior dec- 


"JIM" KEESEE, Instructor in Engines and 
Weather. Really has very serious moments 
but is seldom caught at them. 

"MORRIE" PENNEL, Expounder of En- 
gines and prodder in recognition. A tem- 
porary loss to the theater. 

ALAN Woodfern, no, Woolfang, no, 
Woolthong, oris it WOOLFOLK? (Oh well! 
No one else ever gets it right anyway.) In- 
structor in Airplane Behavior, with his head 
above the clouds but feet well grounded. 
(Words ore funny things. This was really 
meant as a compliment, and now look at it. ! 

HARRY RAINE, Instructor in Engines, 
animated encyclopedia, traveler (he's just 
returned from a well-earned vacation! . And 
lost and least — 

The victim of one of Nature's whimsical 
moods (see face accompanying this col- 
umn), spouter in Navigation and Airplane 
Behavior. (Flight Instructors please come 
at me one at a time.! 

It would be only natural that such a group 
of men, engaged as we are in a current of 
technical concepts, would tend to lose sight 
of the cultural components of life. To pre- 
vent this we have also among us the charm- 
ing little mother of Ground School, Miss 
WINNIE "YO-ALL" ALLRED, dispenser of 
advice, infectious smiles, reproofs and aca- 
demic grades. 

The entire Ground School Department, 
from Mr. Weidinger down, here and now 
invite you Flight Instructors and Link In- 
structors to drop in on us and see us at 
work. Seriously, we shall be happy to have 
you sit in our classes. We have profited by 
cooperation with you folks before. You know 

Plant Protection 


MIKE CRANE earning his wages these 
days filling in for officers due to illness. . . . 
TOM McCRACKEN came off second best 
with a bout of flu, but is some better. . . . 
EVERETT DeFOREST also a loser to the 
little bugs. . . . CECIL MARQUIS had to 
go clear to Riverside to find bugs big enough 
to lick him, but hos been laid up over o 
week with the Riverside variety. . . . BILL 

BOWMAN also let the flu get him 

LLOYD BARBER, the demon reporter who 
was supposed to write ttiis tor the Ryan 
Police, got a kink in his back from just 
thinking about it, and had to coll for the 
doctor. . . . The bi-monthly revolver shoot 
had to be called off. I was afraid someone 
would point his gun the wrong way, and 
we wouldn't have any one left on the force. 
. . . May have to hire women police yet. 
. . . Thanks to all the employees for hav- 
ing their badges in sight, and not having to 
ask for them. . . . Better get this in as 
I feel chill coming on. 


ance (Nights) 

By Opal Kerby 


JAMES PANNELL is home from the hos- 
pital after quite a time with blood-poison- 
ing in his hand. It will be quite some time 
before he con return to work. . . . JOSEPH 
McKEE was token to the Hemet Community 
Hospital Sunday for a mojor operation, from 
which he is recovering nicely. 

My, what a time JACK MONTGOMERY is 
having. He slaves away with his car all day 
and wrestles with airplanes all night. Bet he 
will be glad when that convertible is run- 
ning again. Vacationers the latter 
part of January were JAY GORDON, 
bock after a few days' illness. . . . GLADYS 
HARRIS spent the week end in San Ber- 
nardino visiting with PEGGY GIGY, former 
Ryan employee. 

what I mean when I soy that cadets fre- 
quently misquote in oil sincerity and thot 
o mutual understanding among our various 
departments will accomplish much by way 
of reducing the crop of alibis as well as 
enlightening the cadet. To the men of 
Tucson: Greetings and may your shadow 
never grow less. 



Since your Roving Reporter from the flight 
line, BOB (ROOT) JOHNSON, is home with 
a cold, we're all having to ad lib a little. 
We hope by the next deadline, Bob will be 
back on the job again. (But we somehow 
feel that Bob might pull this trick again, 
come the 17th.) With Bob gone, the sec- 
retary, AMY TAYLOR, has her hands full 
what with the million and one little things 
that come up in the flight office. Amy is 
new on the job, having worked here for 
only six weeks. So we know what you're 
going through. Amy. 

BILL EVANS, Wing Commander, is at 
the Dispensary taking his six months' physi- 
cal examination and isn't much help on this 
column at the present time. Bill, you're 
holding up the wheels of progress. Even 
with the press of duties and paper work. 
Bill still manages to sneak out of the office 
and go flying once in a while. DICK HUFF- 
MAN and COG are Group Commanders, sta- 
tioned up in the flight office, which adds 
to the confusion. Dick doesn't like the pat- 
tern flying, and Cog flies once in a while, 
giving a small check ride so he can walk 
around in a flying suit. Small world, isn't 

In case you're wondering about that 
block eye of JOHNNY KLEIN's, worry no 
more. Johnny had a forced landing which 
didn't turn out so well. He said he wasted 
a lot of good points for beefsteak. 

BOB QUINN left last week for a vacation 
at his home in New York. Bob was quite 
pleased to be able to fly back, but, worse 
luck, was grounded in Amarillo, and had to 
travel the rest of the way by train. 

Instructors HAGBERG and GADDIS are 
in the hospital now for a little surgery. Hope 
you fellows recover in the shortest time pos- 
sible and are back on the flight line. MOE 
CHASE is out of the hospital very glad of it. 


By Bill Guinn 


NORRIS P. GREEN, the crack shot from 
Colorado, was first in our department to 
bag himself a deer. We understand this is 
not his first experience in the matter of 
bagging dears. . . . "MAJOR HOOPLE" 
HAAS, our oldest employee, seen slashing 
and pruning his trees. Wonder if our recent 
morning temperatures have any bearing on 
the situation? . . . SLIM ELLSWORTH 
has just received his somewhat belated 
Xmas greetings from the President. (Induc- 
tion papers. I 

Aircraft Maintenance 

By Dorothy Lorenz 


BOB STONE sold his horse just in the 
nick of time. Dolly finished her last bale 
of hay and was standing with a hungry look 
in her eye when the man came and got 
her. . . . JIM EPTING is a daddy. ROB- 
ERT JAMES got himself born on Jan. 14, 
and the whole family's doing fine. . . . 
We have a human thermometer in the 
maintenance office. We can tell how cold 
it is by the amount of clothes ACE NESBITT 
puts on before he goes upstairs. If he puts 
3 pair of woolen socks and 5 sweaters on 
we light the stove. 

J. P. SMITH is still carrying his broken 
and re-broken finger around in a sling. More 
people finding out that these Sensenich 
props can't be trusted, especially if you 
stick your hand in them. ... If anyone 
knows of a stray house, see EARL ZEIGLER. 
He's hunting hard. 

LLOYD KIMBRIEL took a little trip to Los 
Angeles for induction in the U. S. Army and 
transfer to ACER. . . . MARY BAGBY's 
son, Madison, has reported to Lemoore, Cali- 
fornia, for basic training. . . . JIM THIE- 
BES, who doesn't work here now but wishes 
he was back, came out for a visit the other 
day. Says he misses the place and people. 
. . . BONNIE COLLINS ditched the flu bug 
and is back to work in the stock room. Any- 
one else with the flu might see VIC HILL. 
Vic's got a little remedy that smells o little 
like sheep dip but does the trick. 

It won't be long before DICK GARRISON 
has a soldier's uniform. The line repair 
crew gave him a royal send-off with a party 
the 16th. Dick's planning to take up air- 
craft and maintenance engineering and 
leaves for North Carolina soon. 

MOM McCALLUM of the parachute de- 
partment is on her vacation, entertaining 
her three sons who oil got home on fur- 
lough. Sgt. STANLEY McCALLUM, for- 
mer mechanic out here, came oil the way 
from Hendricks Field, Florida; First Lt. 
FERD McCALLUM came from Kellogg Field, 
Mich., and Cpl. ROY McCALLUM, former 
chief dispatcher here, came from La Junta, 
Colo. Sis JEANNE is employed in forms 
and records, and spent her vacation going 
to Colorado to see Roy the first of the month. 

Other late January vacationers whom we 
hope are enjoying their vacations are: WAL- 

LAWELL and RAY HAYNES ore now exper- 
ienced painters. They painted the prop shop 
and we all went to the house-warming 
party. Hod a lunch, too, with coffee, cake 
and cookies. 

A lot of maintenance employees are 
spending their spare time studying the course 
in Aircraft Construction and Maintenance 
that the Ryan Institute's giving. There's not 
much else you can do nights anyway. 

The inscription on the little tin Mickey 
Mouse on FRED CHURCHILL's desk says 
"Man or Mouse." It's just o gag, of course 
. . . we hope. 

GEORGE BROWN bock at work after en- 
joying his vocation on his form. If plowing 
40 acres con be enjoyed. ... It is said 
WOODROW GARDNER has been in mass 
production. He's built 24 Ryan trainers 
(models). . . . MARION D. CUNNING- 
HAM, our latest addition to the plant, is 
now assisting NORRIS GREEN on the truck, 
or could it be "vice versus"? 

LOU BAILEY complaining again about 
the timeclock. Claims it should keep the 
some time as his alarm clock. . . . GEN- 
ERAL WILLIAMS having quite a tussle get- 
ting his grass cut these frosty mornings. 
. . . GEORGE OVARD on vocation? (Pre- 
paring for his new batch of turkeys.) . . . 
JIM WYATT, our head janitor, says every- 
thing under control now that he has one 
more man on the force. 

BOB RUSSELL in proud suspense, awaiting 
that souvenir from his boy overseas. . . . 
RUFUS GLOVER, nite janitor, noted with a 
heavier adornment of the "woolie" material 
than heretofore. . . . W. E. CROWDER, 
after months of diligent effort, has finally 

succeeded in the attainment for his family 
of that practically extinct affair known as 
an icebox. . . . "HAP" WALKER on a 
well-earned vacation. 

ARTHUR STRATTON, our new janitor 
from Son Diego, experiencing some difficulty 
in navigating of the field. . . . ELMO 
HEAVIN, our plant foreman, on "usual 
rounds" with that ever-ready helpful hand 
or advice. . . . FRANK DOOLITTLE has 
added another rung to his ladder of success. 
He is now engaged in the re-decoration of 
the ladies' rest rooms. 

DEAN WELLS proudly recounting the 
birth of his twelfth (rabbit). . . . CLARK 
CHAPMAN busy these doys with his spring 
flowers and weeding. . . . FARMER 
GREENE sporting a beautiful new ring. A 
Christmas gift from his wife. . . . J. C. CUM- 
MINS has been working a double shift on 
the pumps. We hope this has no noticeable 
effect on his weight. 

We ore sorry to hear that JOHN SAN- 
DERS is in the hospital. Here's hoping for 
his speedy recovery. 



By Capt. William P. Sloan 


Starting a new column is a lot like test- 
hopping new airplane. What the outcome 
of your efforts will be, the Lord only knows; 
the wrong pressure at the wrong time will 
certainly bring trouble; and negligence or 
omission will assuredly result in o redesign 
and later alterations. And so, filled with 
curious anticipation as to the future per- 
formance of this vehicle, we crock the 
throttle open on Number 1 of Sky News 
and roll down the lunway for our initial hop 
of Skyscribbling. 

Writing for Ryan rings a familiar bell 
that echoes back from the deep, dork, pro- 
saic days of 1937, when five ships on the 
flying line was a miracle, and the sale of an 
airplane was cause for jubilation throughout 
the entire company. BILL WAGNER was 
then (as now) head man of the publicity 
department, and his staff was composed of 
one able-bodied stenographer (to wit, Billie 
Risinger — now Mrs. Bill Evans) . Occasion- 
ally we'd bong out a literary aviation gem 
for Bill, and after plugging it to all the 
leading trade mags, we'd end up by stuf- 
fing it down the rat holes in the single- 
hangar factory building. 

But Tempus has fugited more than some- 
what since the old "Commercial" days. 
Those five Ryans on the San Diego line have 
blossomed out into hundreds of PT-22'5 of 
the Hemet and Tucson schools. Following 
a year's operation under Army contract in 
San Diego, the Hemet school was storted as 
branch unit for the first expansion. And 
for nearly a year the San Diego school, suf- 
fering delusions of grandeur, referred to 
itself as the "parent" organization, while its 
lusty Hemet offspring doubled, and then 
trebled all former student outputs. Finally, 

in a desperate attempt to save face, the 
Tucson school was established and the old 
San Diego Training Detachment became an- 
other turned page in the history of World 
War II. 

But more about our Hemet School. Acti- 
vated under the most able leadership of 
Captain Lloyd P. Hopwood in September, 
1 940, it has grown from a wheat stubble 
field to one of the (if not the) most promi- 
nent training detachments in the country. 
Captain Hopwood has long since departed, 
ond is now a full Colonel in Washington. 
His successor, Lt. Wallace S. Ford, is also 
a Colonel and lending the same vigorous 
enthusiasm to a unit somewhere overseas 
The third Commanding Officer was Copt. 
Merrill H. Carleton, who was transferred 
here from the struggling Son Diego school, 
and left in 1942 to become engineering of- 
ficer at Hobbs, N. M. 

All of which brings about the introduc- 
tion of our present C. O. and Number One 
boss. Major WILLIAM I. FERNALD, who, 
in collaboration with Paul Wilcox, guides 
the destiny of the 5th Army Air Forces Fly- 
ing Training Department, Hemet, Calif. 

The Major is aided and abetted in his 
supervisory capacity by a score of officers, 
two-score enlisted men, numerous civil serv- 
ice employees, and a Greot Dane pooch 
known throughout the vicinity os Colonel 
Rocket O'Toole. 

In subsequent issues it will be our pur- 
pose to fill the spoce allotted to the goings- 
on of the aforementioned personnel, in- 
cluding O'Toole. But with censor Harry 
Hofmann on the job and Army behov- 
ior conforming to its usual impeccability, 
we promise to keep it on a plane commen- 
surate with our following's intelligence 

Accounting and 


By Wilma Kribs 


We think it would be o fine ideo to in- 
troduce the various and sundry mass which 
mokes up the accounting deportment. You 
know the saying, it's much better to be 
looked over than overlooked, so 

BERTHA KLEMENS handles the cosh box. 
Has a placid disposition, which is hord to 
understand with the job she has. Has a 
sparkler on her left hand, of which she's 
very proud. And who wouldn't be? Particu- 
larly with the guy stationed right across 
the street. 

Next down the line is DUANE WIBLE. A 
little cutie. Goes in for skirts and sweaters, 


which become her very well. Is Bertha's as- 
sistant most of the time, and the other time 
is relief for the switchboard. Hos gold hair 
and nice, round, innocent, blue eyes. You 
want to watch those eyes; they're like a 
battery of searchlights. 

DARYL SMITH — Office Manager. 'Nuff 
said. Doryl has the job of trying to keep ten 
women in line, besides oil the thousand other 
little complaints that beset on office man- 
ager. Has a fine sense of humor, likes 
to play poker and smoke a pipe. Sorry, 
'toin't allowed in this office. LYDA SHE- 
WALTER is Daryl's secretary. Very effi- 
cient, very quiet, just the balancing thing 

for a mad office such as this. Doesn't give 
out much about herself, but we hope we'll 
hove some interesting items re Lydo before 
too many editions pass. 

time girls — timekeepers to you. Modeno 
has been with the organization for nine 
months, having transferred from the Army 
Department. She's strictly Air Corps, since 
she has o husband somewhere in Englond. 
Her husband, o Captain, is a meteorologist. 

VINNIE has been only a short time in 
the flight time department, although not new 
to the field. Used to work in the Air Depot 
Detachment. After a vocation trek through 
the eastern port of the country, returned 
and is now employed by Ryan. She's cute, 
too. IVinnie's a sister of Duone, and thev 
ore classified in the corner of our minds 
as the Gold Dust Twins. I 

JEAN HOPPLE has longest record as o 
time girl. Will hove completed her second 
year in February, at which time we are sod 
to relate she plans to leave this beautiful 
oosis and hie herself to Riverside to live. 
Blonde, petite and dynamic. 

JO (Clara Aileeni WILTSHIRE is the 
whirling dervish and the youngster of the 
force. Hails from Texas and gloats over it. 
Has a brother in the Air Forces somewhere 
in Itoly of whom she's very proud. Inci- 
dentally, brother Jock received his primary 
training ot Hemet, for which she's doubly 

CECILIA SEARS (Cele to everyone) works 
around the corner, so we don't know just oil 
the things she does. Seems to have a finger 
in every pie besides keeping the instructors' 
time, job in itself. In the midst of all this 
here Air Corps, Cele's strictly Navy. Reason 
— one son in the blues, of whom she's justly 

RUSSELL STILLWAGEN, the guy after all 
our hearts, meaning strictly mercenary — he 
handles the payroll. Is very, very quiet, and 
the only sound from his corner is the con- 
tinual clatter of his adding machine. Is a 
bicycling addict, and thinks nothing of rid- 
ing to and from work on his bicycle every 
morning in sub-zero weather. Gad, what 

KATHERINE STUHR, secretory to the 
Personnel Department. We don't see very 
much of Katherine, because they keep her 
pretty busy in there. Medium, blonde and 
wears a diamond — a flier in India, we think! 

VIRGINIA JOHNSON. The switchboard 
operator and a full-time job it is. Besides 
that, keeps house for her husband, strangely 
enough a trouble-shooter for the telephone 
company, and a teen-age daughter. 

PEGGY SMITH handles the office supply 
and mimeogroph machine. Been with us 
about a year, and her mother works in the 
propeller department. Come to think of it, 
we don't know very much about Peggy 

And, of course, there's always PABLO 
WILCOX. We don't hove to tell you ony- 
thing about Stinkie, because whot you don't 
know you always read in the paper. Since 
becoming on executive, Paul has taken to 
smoking cigars and the air in his office gets 
rather blue at times, just from cigar smoke. 
There's so much to soy about Paul, we 
couldn't begin to put it all on this poper, 
but have him tell you of the old days of 
flying. Plenty good. 


Clarence Robinson 


NATE HORTON, Navigation instructor, 
appeared at the field rather late the other 
day with a box of cigars announcing the 
arrival of his new 7 '2-pound baby boy. 
Nate stood in the hospital corridor New 
Year's Day trying to win the cash prize for 
the first baby of the year. Nate has taken 
a few days off to recover from the strain 
(he didn't win), but he is a very proud 

JAY "CASEY" LIVESEY, our new En- 
gine instructor, had a wonderful vocation 
when his girl friend visited Tucson during 
the Christmas holidays. It might be said 
that the writer didn't do so bad himself when 
he visited El Paso between classes. 

From all reports, open house at the ED 
PYE's on New Year's was thoroughly en- 
joyed by all the instructors. 

The Ground School instructors were hard 
hit by the recent flu epidemic. However, 
they ore all back now, fully recovered and 
contemplating another splendid class. 

With three new instructors added to the 
Ground School staff, we hove been able to 
decrease by half the number of cadets in a 
class, which makes it much more pleasant. 
At least on instructor can call on a cadet 
by name without referring to the roster. 
It also allows the cadets more time to make 
use of the new equipment that is now avail- 
able. Ryan School is proud to say that it is 
one of the best equipped schools in the 
Training Command. With such facilities and 
fine men, there should be many pilots turned 
out to make America proud and old Schickle- 
gruber sick. 


Margaret Bailard 


We're sorry to hear that KAY RANSIER, 
one of the Gas Crew Cuties, suddenly found 
herself the possessor of a burst appendix 
and is now having all moil addressed to St. 
Mary's Hospital. Hope she'll be back soon. 

From the Night Crew we gather that one 
personable young lady who came not long 
ago seems to be the apple of the mechan- 
ics' eyes. At any rate, wolf calls are still 
reverberating when we come to work in the 
morning. Nome of said "Darling of the 
Daily Hangars" is BESSIE HILL. 

Poor AL FAGAN was found in a corner 
the other night moaning as if he'd lost his 
last friend. Seems he feels more than a little 
lost now that he isn't head man of the B. T. 
Crew on the Day Shift, and can't quite get 
over not having his B. T.'s to tinker with 
any more. "Gee," says Al, "they were my 

babies." Too bad; but cheer up — life could 
be a lot worse. 

'Tis said by those who seem to know 
that a good-sized group of the Night Crew 
can be found at the French Cafe every 
night some time after three a.m. The at- 
traction seems to be bacon and eggs. 

Wedding bells were chiming the other day 
when DOTTIE WETMORE of Forms and 
Records became the bride of Major Harry 
Neffson out at Dovis-Monthon Field. The 
blushing bride is back at work and needs 
little urging to tell everyone just how won- 
derful her husband is. Don't blame you, 
Dottie, and lots of luck. 

AL STEVENS of the Night Crew is off on 
his vocation, and from all reports is down 
in the "Beautiful" state of Texas. Hope 
you didn't get frozen out in the blizzard, 

came bock from his vacation. He took off 
for Hemet and reports that it's even colder 
over there than here. You don't suppose 
he's kidding, do you? 

ETTA K PAUSE of the Gas Crew is another 
vacationer, as is ROBERT CARTER of the 
Night Crew. 

If any of you hear anything that would 
make good copy for this column, let us 
know. PEGGY O'LOUGHLIN, who is sta- 
tioned in the office at night, will accept 
any contributions and forward them to me. 
If you see us skulking around corners and 
playing bloodhound, just relax. We're only 
trying to develop a nose for news. 


By Lorraine Fish 


The HQ Army Office was sparsely popu- 
lated for a while this month after ELMA 
UDALL left. Elmo went home to St. Johns 
for Christmas, and, as we hod heard via 
grapevine, heeded the call of the Borbary 
Coast, joining Hattie Sadler in San Fran- 

Then, one bright Arizona morning, when 
we had settled down to quiet grief, with the 
consolation of Mrs. HELEN FREEDSON, from 
Ohio, ensconced in the Intelligence Office, 
LaVER HOLLADAY came skipping into the 
Orderly Room — with the wedding ring we 
were accustomed to seeing on her right hand 
shifted to her left, onnouncing that she had 
married her marine at Nogales sometime in 
the fall. So — right away quick she went 
off to his college station to join him. Our 
sincerest congratulations go with her. 

LOIS NEWMAN didn't appear at the 
usual hour a couple of weeks ago — but she 
called to tell us she would be out later, 
and that her Sgt. husband had just received 
orders to return to Ohio. All in one day, 
we lost her — it was so sudden we hadn't 
recovered till after she hod gone. That's 
Army wife life, though. 

There was a time when BARBARA COHEN 
and the writer shouted to each other down 
the hollow length of the Orderly Room, but 
now we have a myriad (well, several any- 
way 1 of new and attractive faces. DOR- 
OTHY SHELDON, graduate of the Univer- 
sity of Arizona, and MARY HUERTA, who 
transferred from Morona Air Base, hove 
token over the service records. In Army 
parlance, they're really "eager"! Then PAT 

Mess Hail 
& Canteen 

By Hazel Gilmore 


The Chamber of Commerce will probably 
censor it, but there's no denying there were 
drifts and DRIFTS on January 9. The gals 
and boys really pitched in to move the sand 
just as if ol' man winter hadn't given us a 
cold shot to keep us moving. The "Eager 
Beavers" in the canteen took the place of 
the Fire Department and hod a swell time 
running the hose, brooms and water all over 
the floor — and folks in the kitchen and mess 
hall weren't sitting around. We really can 
turn out the work, can't we, Mr. Witto? 

And besides the weather, you ought to 
know that GRACE NEILSON has gone to 
El Paso to see her son, who is in the armed 
services. Wishing her lots of happiness. 
JEWEL HOOKS had the pleasure of being 
with her son. Bill, who is stationed in Texas, 
while he was here for ten days. AGNES 
GODKINS became a proud grandmother re- 
cently. Agnes has been with Ryan since 
the field was established in Tucson. LYDIA 
BREWER, our Hoosier gal, who is a new- 
comer to Tucson, really takes the cake. 
She spends the biggest port of her time 
in the kitchen — Dear John! Did you hear 
about EUGENIA TELLEZ's alarm clock? She 
soys it fell off the choir. Anyway, the bus 
arrived at the field and she was missing. 
Things have been very quiet in the canteen 
kitchen since NORA WHITE has been home 
with the flu. She is missed by everyone, 
including the cosh customers, and we wish 
her a speedy recovery. PEGGY DAVIS is 
now busy giving out chonge and smiles in- 
stead of cups of coffee. YOLANDA ROSE- 
BORO, our little songbird, keeps up morale 
of young and old, but a certain lieutenant is 
kept busy rounding up the strays ofter 

Hasta luego, amigos! 

IRVINE, in Lt. KELLER's office, holds se- 
ances with the morning report. DORIS 
CLARKE, our only blonde, is the file clerk 
par excellence who works with the Sergeant 
Major. Later on, maybe we'll hove some 
news about them. Right now it looks as if 
ROCKY of Ryan Plant Maintenance is doing 
his best to supply it, but quick. 

The Air Depot Detachment tells us they 
are to have o new civilian member soon: 
FRANK W. CARAMELLA, being transferred 
from Davis-Monthan. 

JOSEPHINE FOGERTY returned to the 
Air Depot this week from annual leave, and 
a trip which took her to Son Francisco and 
Los Angeles. 


Flight Lines 

By Loring Dowst 


GUY CURRIER dropped in at Ryan Field 
the other day. The popular ex-dispatcher 
would like to get back on the Ryan payroll. 
His wife's production schedule calls for a 
February delivery date. 

Speaking of babies: from all reports, quite 
a number of our flight instructors are antici- 
pating. This department has not been 
posted OS to dotes, but as the events take 
place we will try to furnish makes, models, 
names, dimensions and stuff. 

BILL GIBBS, they soy, is on the way to 
being a cattle king. Is he after Ryan's 
beef contract, or does he plan to make 
cowboys of the cadets in his squadron? 

There are a bunch of new (to us) PT- 
22's on the field, recently ferried here from 
our sister school at Hemet, California. Hemet 
pilots hod flown them from Dos Polos. Most 
of the thirty ships appear quite clean and 
bright. One, we noted, had a new Kinner 
with overhead lubrication. BUD WILSON, 
Group Two Commander, organized the flight, 
calling for volunteers among the vacation- 
ing Group Two. He made the trip (west- 
bound by bus,) and among those with him 
not eoctly wide open. In fact, we hear the 
boys couldn't even buy a cup of coffee 
after 22:00. Hemet Instructor SHY WIL- 
BUR, brother of our own benedict, BOB 
WILBUR (congratulations. Bob), acted as 
host ex-officio to our X-country eagles. 

DAVE BROWN played golf last week 
with St. Louis JACK DOHONEY and some 
other Junior Birdmen from Group Two, and 
spent the next four days in bed. Too stren- 
uous. Dove? Truthfully, it was the flu that 
floored Dave, and at the present writing, 
HAL WITHAM, grand old man of Group 
One, is nursing the some bug. (But certain 
catty individuals claim that a poker gome 
is what made Hal's temperature soar!) 

Down at Group Two they are advising 
young men who want tips on forced landing 
procedure to consult Dr. DEAD-STICK 
SHERRY, who developed an interesting 
theory on how to stretch a glide by adding 
two dashes of flaps and beating to a light 

It has been brought to this observer's 
attention that Flight and Squadron bosses 
ore pleased with instructors graduating from 
the applicant course under the tutelage of 
Horley, by the way, has recently been pro- 
moted to Flight Commander in Squadron 
Two, and HARRY KROLL has been elevated 
in the some manner. His new assignment 
is with Squadron Six. 

recent graduates of the Professor McKinley 
school for pilot makers. 

Due to the prolonged efforts of MAC 
LONGANECKER, ramrod of Squadron Two, 


motion pictures were shown this week at the 
Ryan Instructors' Club. There was a car- 
toon comedy and a full-length feature, 
"Orchestra Wives." It was a first-class 
show, enjoyed by a good turn-out. Mac has 
some impressive listings to which we look 
forward with pleasure. It was the first time 
your reporter ever witnessed a movie with 
a cigarette in one hand and a bottle of beer 
in the other. 

ventures <V 

By Mickey Coleman jt^ 


The New Year has started off with en- 
thusiasm. It seems the girls in the Admin- 
istration Office hove taken up Spanish. Rea- 
son — we have a new employee, ELLENA 
FERREYROS, who hails from Peru. We 
ought to hove the Spanish language mas- 
tered any day. Some of us even know two 
words now! 

Besides Spanish, the office has seriously 
taken up the art of "healthful eating" — 
ever since that fatal day in the canteen when 
NATALIE STILB hod that argument with 
the lettuce leaf caught in her throat — when 
we didn't know whether she hod caught 
asthma or was trying to sing "The Bull Frog 
on the Pond," but things finally worked out 
all right (in every way). Carry on, Natalie, 
but remember, ten times! 

MARGIE MAI in Mimeograph started off 
the new year being a Mrs. Her husband 
is Charles DeMo, gunner's mate, 3rd class, 
of the U. S. Navy. Congratulations, Marge! 
Please don't take it so hard, fellows; you 
know how hard Kleenex is to get these days! 

All the boys seem pleased with MAR- 
GARET JACOBS' new hair-do. She is quite 
the whistle girl on the field these days. Ah 

There was a disturbance in the canteen 
yesterday when MARGIE CLINE walked in 
with a pair of wings on. The "this is the 
end" look on the cadets' faces was relieved 
when they discovered she only wanted to 
see how they looked on her sweater. Thank 
goodness! Hey, boys! 

MR. MAW has hod a chest expansion of 
at least two inches, ever since the night he 
practically saved a man from being mur- 
dered Gt a downtown hotel. Yes, it was he 
who reported the scream on the ninth floor. 
Just wait till Sherlock Holmes hears about 

The personnel office is quite popular. 
What is it that keeps the office filled up 
with these Randolph Field instructors? Per- 
sonally, we think it's MARION JAESCH- 
KE's dynamic personality. 

SOFIA VERVENA, the PBX girl, must be 
quite a smooth operator, receiving five let- 

ters a day from the some person — and they 
ain't from her brother! 

The old saying, "Whistle while you 
work," is now "Sing while you work," oc- 
cording to our office. It seems we have a 
number of talented singers in our little 
exceptionally good, lead off with the well- 
known tear jerker, "White Christmas," and 
then you con hear the low groans of the 
men in our office, with CLINT FULLER in 
the lead. Everything goes along as smoothly 
as con be expected until ED ERWIN comes 
on with "If I hod the Wings of an Angel." 
Some day he's gonna get them. They sing 
in three movements — andante, allegro and 
aggravating — but it's okay, because it is a 
diversion from JEFF UNDERWOOD'S cigars. 
Santa Clous must have brought him a big 
supply, 'cause they're still going strong (I 
mean strong!). But honest, Jeff, we don't 
mind, and it is a relief from the pipe. No! 
No! Don't shoot! 

Speaking of singing, though, I'll never 
forget the night the girls in the Administra- 
tion office were practicing for Christmas 
carols, starting at LARRY's house and end- 
ing at VIC's. MARGE CLINE and I were 
doing the Flea Hop (so she called iti and 
everyone tried to exterminate us, but it was 
the only thing we could do. They hod only 
one song on the juke box and everyone 
was doing the Jitterbug to the waltz. It was 
o sight — BILLIE BROOKS was in one cor- 
ner showing the kids how to do the Hula. 
She's quite good at it, especially since she 
did it so well to "Pistol Pockin' Momma." 
Nothing ever bothers these kids. Marge 
decided a fleo hod to be lighter on its feet, 
so she took off her shoes. RAY HENDRICK- 
SON, from Maintenance, found her shoe 
fascinating, especially since the heel was 
so high, and mode on excellent baton, so 
he led the juke box. SCRAP ROBERTS 
(Ryan Supply) wos popular with the girls. 
He was in another corner flipping the girls 
(and I do mean the girlsi to see who would 
pay the bill. They decided to pay for 
their own drinks — nobody drank! The man- 
ager was o little curious, so he asked Scrap 
who we were. Scrap replying, "Oh, they're 
my choir." The manager was quite sur- 
prised and said, "Oh, go on, dem kids ain't 
never seen the inside of a choich." We gave 
him just two hours to take that back, and 
then they closed up. Yes, you con really cut 
up on Christmas carols and cokes! 

I hope to see you in the next issue — the 
reason I say "hope" is because I might 
have to go AWOL after this one — and I do 
mean "A Worker On Leave." See you later. 

The Home 

By Barbara Dean 


May we of the San Diego office intro- 
duce ourselves, so that when you come to 
call you will know who is who and what? 
Here goes with a few words on the people 
from whom you have had IDC's and of whom 
you've heard, but perhaps never met: 

Need we mention EARL D. PRUDDEN, 
They ore actually better known, probably, 
to you than to us here where we see only 
a flash of them as they rush in and then 
off again. 

Who has not heard of DALE OCKERMAN, 
that man whose hair turns upward to the 
sky with alarming disregard for gravity and 
who always says he's "goin' fishin' " when 
the clouds descend from the office of CAS? 
Assisting Dole you will find ROY (MONEY- 
BAGS) FEAGAN, who pays the bills and 
checks the tills each day with glee. Then 
there's KATIE ALBRIGHT, who tries to keep 
up with Dale and types those pages and 
pages of recap sheets. Rugged, what? Help- 
ing "Money-bags" Feagan you will find 
IRENE HEWITT, who runs a machine or two 
and keeps the books posted. Over in the 
corner office, unseen but not unheard, you 
will find KEN WILD, purchasing agent un- 
surpassed and general fixer-upper. Every 
once in awhile you hear "Listen, Duck- 
worth . . !!" That's just Ken talking to 
his secretary, BURNICE DUCKWORTH, who 
has a terrific time keeping Ken from spill- 
ing the files on the floor. Also helping 
Ken with the purchase orders is MARY 
gal who says "Good morning, Ryan School" 
and one of our most recent and happy 

Down the hall a bit we find the Payroll 
Department (I'm sure you've heard of 
them), where sits SID PETERSON as the 
straw boss (and incidentally we hear tell 
that Sid is soon to be a proud papa) with 
and MAE CONNOR, both of whom work like 
little beavers and are always so cordial to 
visitors. There you have the Payroll De- 
partment from which emanate those little 
slips of paper we have a liking for each 5th 
and 20th. Next door you will find the mime- 
ograph room with RUTH (NELSON) ROSEN 
running all those machines with a skill com- 
parable only to that of on A & E Mechanic. 
Ruthie was a lovely bride only a few short 
weeks ago and this week we will welcome 
her back from her honeymoon. Aiding 
Ruth is MABEL BOWERS, who is devoting 
her time to the war effort while her hus- 
band is in the Army. And somewhere lurk- 
ing in the background you will find HOW- 
ARD SIMMONS, our receiving clerk incom- 
parable, assistant to Ken Wild and general 
factotum of the school and the Institute. 

Upstairs we find the institute, that bee- 
hive of activity. Presiding is SAM LIP- 
SETT, the man with the abounding energy. 
JOEL WHITNEY, whom you at Hemet knew 

as a Ground School instructor in the old 
days, is the Dean and keeps all the students 
happy and interested in their work. Sam's 
woman Friday is MARJORIE FLOYD, who 
watches over the office and soothes the ruf- 
fled feathers of many a student. You will 
find hidden in one of the inner offices 
HOWARD JONES, draftsman superb and 
the man who corrects all engineering and 
drafting papers. Helping him you will catch 
a glimpse of HILDA BUCKOWSKI with her 
head bent over o mass of papers in an ef- 
fort to keep abreast of the ever-rising tide. 
Outside in the office is MARIE BENBOUGH 
(to old Ryanites better known as RAU) , who 
checks the payments in and keeps the books. 
Typing steadily and keeping very busy while 
her husband, too, is in the Army is DOR- 
OTHY GRISHAM. Recent arrival to the 
Institute is EDNA DIVEN, who puts all the 
courses together and mails them to the stu- 
dents. In another office is GEORGE LIP- 

PITT, who is writing a brand-new course 
for the Institute and always wears such 
tricky boutonnieres. Taking dictation from 
George you will see MARTHA HURST, lately 
of Tennessee, who is a whiz at getting stuff 

Running in and out of the offices daily 
you will hove a glimpse of JEAN BOVET, 
who is certainly no stranger to any of you. 
He's pretty busy these days with the com- 
pany cafeteria, but "his heart belongs to 
the School." Thank goodness! 

KAY READY, who most effectively guards 
the inner sanctum sanctorum of EDP's of- 
fice. Is now happily bock at her desk after 
a sick leave of several months. Yours truly 
lags far behind in the race to keep up with 
CAS when the pressure is on. 

Do you know us all now? I hope so. Wish 
you would all come calling on us. Give you 
more "from down under" news next time. 
Until then, Adios. 

- |i)l^,„'fe'^/ ; '-' . ^"^fi^ .Qf 

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We began with 
a piano box 

"Don't think I'll take In that much in a 
month," protested the caller. 

The harbormaster was a big-hearted Irish- 
man named Joe Brennan who still holds 
forth in San Diego. "Well, I like to help 
new businesses get started," said Brennan. 
"Try it out and see how it goes. Later we'll 
decide on the rent." 

So Ryan hustled across the bay to Rock- 
well Field, but instead of climbing into an 
Army pursuit as he had planned, the young 
pilot wound up in a huddle with the Com- 
manding Officer to negotiate the purchase 
of a Jenny with which to start his own busi- 
ness. The Commanding Officer was none 
other than General H. H. Arnold, later 
Chief of the United States Army Air Forces, 
then Colonel, who arranged the sale of a 
JN4-D biplane from surplus war stocks for 
$400. Ryan didn't have $400, but he sold 
his Model T Ford for $300 and cleaned out 
his savings account for the rest. He found 
on old piano crate for on office and tool 
shed, and was ready for business. 

He took any kind of business that came 
along — sight-seeing flights, barn-storming 
engagements, flight instruction, or special 
transport runs. By the next year he had 
enough money to buy six dilapidated Stand- 
ard biplanes from the government, which 
he rebuilt with the help of four mechanics 
he had hired. Two years later he inaugurated 
the Los Angeles-San Diego Airline, whose 
flights were the first regularly sched- 
uled year-round passenger hops in America. 
He continued to shop around for second- 
hand planes to overhaul, remodel and sell 
at a handsome profit, and gradually built 
up a tiny airplane factory. In 1926 the 
factory built the M-l, a high-wing mdno- 
plane designed especially for flying the 

Claude himself gave a spectacular demon- 
stration of the M-l's utility by flying from 
Los Angeles to Seattle with a large cargo, 
shattering oil speed records between the 
cities. However, experts were still skeptical 
of Ryan's performance claims for his plane, 
so a race was arranged between the new 
M-l and o special Army DH to be flown by 
a Lieut. Oakley Kelly, at that time the 
Army's ace pilot. The M-l won handily, 
and Claude Ryan suddenly found himself 
in the foreground of America's early avia- 
tion picture. 

The M-l was followed by later versions 
including the Bluebird, forerunner of the 
noted series of Ryan cabin monoplanes. Then 
the company built the first Ryan B-1 
Brougham in 1926 and sold it to the late 
Frank Hawks, one of America's speed aces. 

Ryan's associate, B. F. Mohoney, bought 
out the business late that year, but Claude 
stayed on as manager for four months. Dur- 
ing those months there come to Ryan's desk 
a telegram asking if the company could 
build o plane with a radial Whirlwind en- 
gine capable of making a non-stop flight 
from New York to Paris. The job was 
taken on after fevered figuring, and the 
pilot, Charles Lindbergh, arrived in San 
Diego. A few weeks later the Spirit of St. 
Louis, built basically around the B-1 design 
and carrying the Ryan name on its toil rud- 
der, was wheeled onto the Ryan airport and 


test-flown by the "Lone Eagle." Shortly 
thereafter Claude Ryan left for o trip to 
Europe, a honeymoon and special soles work 
for a European company making radial air- 
cooled engines. 

Returning from abroad in 1930, he 
opened the Ryan Flying School and inaugu- 
rated instruction on a scientific basis that 
has set the pace for aviation schools 
throughout the world. The Ryan instruction 
was one of the first in the country to receive 
the highest rating of the Department of 

At this point, 14 years ago, a young 
man by the name of Earl Prudden went to 
work for Ryan. He was soon advanced to 
General Manager of the school division of 
the Ryan activities, and under his guidance 
the school has been growing ever since. He 
is still Vice President and General Manager 
of the Ryan School, as well as Vice-Presi- 
dent of the parent Ryan Aeronautical Com- 

Ryan plunged back into the manufactur- 
ing business by incorporating the present 
Ryan Aeronautical Company in 1931. It 
was the depth of the depression, but he 
demonstrated his faith in the future by erect- 
ing administration and school buildings and 
hangars at San Diego's new municipal air- 
port, Lindbergh Field. 

There the Ryan organization designed the 
first ST monoplane, forerunner of the hun- 
dreds of graceful, low-winged croft used 
around the world by Army, Navy and sports- 
men pilots. The ST so impressed the United 
States Army that it adopted it as the 
first low-wing monoplane ever used for pri- 
mary training. Meanwhile, the Ryan School 
was growing steodily. Young men and wo- 
men from all over the country — and some 
from Europe and Latin America — were 
flocking to San Diego for instruction in fly- 
ing, mechonics or engineering. 

Then came the ominous "Munich Inci- 
dent" of 1938. Uncle Sam decided he'd 
better start building planes, but fast. What 
happened next is best described in the offi- 
cial report of General Arnold to the Secre- 
tary of War: 

"To provide airmen to fly the planes then 
being built it was necessory to expand Army 
Air Force training facilities at once. The 
Army Air Forces did not hove sufficient in- 
structors to train 2,400 pilots a year. To 
build another Randolph Field to handle 500 
pilots o year would take five years. The 
idea was criticized as being against prece- 
dent, but heads of our civilian flying schools 
were called in by the Army Air Force. The/ 
were to get ready to teach huge classes in 
primary flight. The Army Air Force could 
offer them no contracts at the time to jus- 
tify complete change-overs of their pro- 
grams, but the flying schools immediately 
prepared to help handle the pilots. The fig- 
ure was raised to 12,000 pilots a year, and 
later to 30,000. We could not possibly 
have trained so many airmen so quickly 
without these schools. Today our pilot 
training rate has left these earlier goals for 

In July, 1939, Ryan became one of the 
first nine commercial flying schools to take 
on the Army's accelerated training program. 
Starting with 35 cadets in one class at 
Lindbergh Field, training of Army pilots has 
kept pace with the tremendous growth of 
this project. The Hemet base was opened in 
September, 1 940, and the Tucson base in 
July, 1942. At that time all training activi- 
ties at the Son Diego base were suspended 

This Is The Army 

By Lt. M. Secret 


Felicitations to 1st Lt. NORVAL W. JAS- 
PER. The Officers' Bachelor Club offer con- 
gratulations land sympathies) to the lieu- 
tenant who deserted their ranks December 
22 to take on additional duties as bread- 
winner for Miss GENEVIEVE HAGAN, the 
Director of Girls' Physical Training of Rosk- 
ruge High School, Tucson, Arizona. 

Welcome, 2nd Lt. BILLIE B. HOWSER, to 
the 1 1 th AAFFTD. Lt. Howser is the newly- 
assigned tactical officer in the Codet De- 
tachment. Home town: Cross Plains, Texas. 
Age: 24. Marital status: Yes. Remarks: 
Tough and rugged. (Cadets beware! I 

Captain LEE WILLIAMSON was promoted 
to the rank of captain on January 6, 1944. 
Congratulations, "Doc." 

The "Ryan Rockets," Lt. WOJCIEHOW- 
SKI's basketeers, who were recent conquerors 
of the University of Arizona, chalked up an- 
other one January 1 5 by defeating the 
Davis-Monthon Mustangs 37-28. Sweet re- 
venge . . . the Mustangs were the only 
team to mar the win column of the Rockets, 
which stands at WON, 9 — LOST, 1 . 

to comply with the Army's ban on flight 
training in the coastal "combat zone." To- 
day Ryan is devoted 100°o to war work. 
But the tremendous expansions of the past 
five years hove not pulled the organization 
too for off balance — when the war ends 
Ryan will be in a good position to take up 
its widespread commercial activities where 
it dropped them after Munich. 


Published monthly for employees of 




The Ryan Schools are subsidiaries 

of the 


Administrotive Headquarters 
San Diego California 

Operational Bases: 
Hemet, Californio Tucson, Arizona 

Editor Keith Monroe 

Hemet Editor Harry Hofmann 

Tucson Editor Margaret Jacobs 

Staff Photographers T. T. Hixson 

Frank Martin 

Son Diego Reporter Borboro Deon 

Hemet Reporters: Bill Guinn, Opol 
Kerby, Wilmo Kribs, Hole Landry, 
Dorothy Lorenz, Copt. William P. 

Tucson Reporters: Margaret Boilord, 
Mickey Coleman, Loring Dowst, 
Lorraine Fish, Hazel Gilmore, Clar- 
ence Robinson. 

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You have seen these men's faces before. 

They are the heroes of Bataon and Corregidor. (Among them are the 
entire first class which was graduated at Hemet) This picture of them 
appeared in the first year of the war. But it did not mean as much then 
as it does now. 

As they stumble along this road, prodded by their grinning captors, they 
are not desperate. They are merely sullen and starved. They are still 
several months away from the time when they will say faintly, "If we 
had known what the Japs do to prisoners, we would never have sur- 

What do they mean to us? 

Simply this. They are a terrible reminder that some of our fellow Amer- 
icans are in the power of sadists, and will continue to be until the war 
ends. How soon the war will end is a matter which our work here directly 
affects. Whenever we make an extra effort, it helps produce even better- 
trained fliers. Every extra ounce of skill and strength we can give our 
fliers will play its part in the endless air battles that lead to Victory. 

We are the people who Start 'Em Flying. When we feel tired, when we 
are annoyed by wartime inconveniences, when we want to postpone a 
task till tomorrow that we can do this minute, let us look at the faces of 
the men from Bataan. They are as much inspiration as we need. 


by Keith Monroe 


>OLIN STILLWAGEN lit a cigarette, 
leaned back, and shoved his feet on the 
battered desk. He looked sharply at the man 
across the desk. "Bet you a month's salary 
on it, Jean," he offered. "Bet I can predict 
your costs within two-tenths of a cent." 

A deep rumbling laugh started from 
somewhere deep down inside the huge roly- 
poly bulk of the other man, and spread up- 
ward and outward till Jean Bovet's 300 
pounds of avoirdupois were shaking with 
laughter. "I should bet with you?" he 
roared. "Who you think I am, Santo Clous? 

I know what the costs will be in my mess 
hall. Down to one-tenth of a cent per cadet 
per day, I know it. But nobody bets about 
statistics with Stillwagen." He subsided into 

"Okay," the other grinned, "but any- 
how, let's see, just for fun. I'll write down 
a figure, and you write one down. At the 
end of the month I'll check it from Son 


MARCH • 1944 

What happens when whole- 
salers have no food For sale? 
Or a Ryan cook is home sick? 

Diego, and you check it from here in Tucson. 
We'll see who hits it closer." 

A month later Stillwagen, Controller of 
the Ryan School of Aeronautics, got out the 
cost sheets to see how much it had cost 
that month, on the overage, to feed one 
of the Army's cadets for one day. And out 
in Tucson, Bovet, the jolly steward, looked 
over his copy of the same cost sheets. 

Both men were right within a few hun- 
dredths of cent. 

It's no novelty for Bovet or Stillwagen 
to come that close on an offhand guess 
about food costs. The huge job of serving 
135,000 meals o month within the Ryan 
School organization was largely their re- 
sponsibility during the early days of the 
military training program. And they're both 

Stillwagen has a brain like a steel trap 
and is known to Ryan executives as a man 
who never guesses wrong on figures. Jean 
Bovet has a background of 34 years as a 
steward for swank hotels and top-flight 
resorts all over America and Europe. There 
isn't much that Bovet and Stillwagen be- 
tween them don't know about buying and 
serving food. 

Bovet, who now devotes all his time to 

feeding the Ryan factory workers in San 
Diego, has picked two able successors to 
handle the food problem at Ryan's Schools. 
Boscom Avery rules the kitchen at Hemet, 
and Arnold Witto is in charge at Tucson. 
The mountainous obstacles that they must 
surmount, under today's conditions of short- 
ages and scarcities, don't seem to dismay 
these men. 

"We have to do a lot of scrambling some 
days, and go pretty for afield to buy food," 
Stillwagen says. "But we still manage to 
serve appetizing, nourishing, well-balanced 
meals Sometimes we have to wire Kansas 
City or Ottumwa, Iowa, to get meat. Some- 
times we hove to send to Missouri for candy. 
Once we had to go clear to Washington for 
the help of the Department of Agriculture 
before we could buy ice cream. But some- 
how or other, by working night and day 
and hammering at suppliers oil over the 
country, we always manage to get what we 
need. Nearly any business man or govern- 
ment official we deal with is willing to 
work his head off to help us. Getting the 
right kind of food for war workers and 
Army fliers is a problem they take seriously." 

The schools depend heavily on small 
farmers and ranchers for food. They hove 
to, since they're in such isolated localities. 
Shipping fresh eggs or poultry or veg- 
etables would be almost impossible at 
times with railroads and truck lines as 
jammed as they are. At Hemet, for exam- 
ple, Avery prowls the countryside constantly 
to find farmers who con sell him a few 
more chickens or o few more baskets 
of eggs. Paul Wilcox, the school's resident 
manager, has put Ryan financial resources 
behind struggling small farmers whom he 
hopes to develop into big-scale producers. 
Douglas Mow, his predecessor at Hemet, 
helped one local dairy get a big bank loan 
so it could expand; helped a chicken farmer 
get extra gas rations so he could moke egg 
deliveries to the school; even helped the 
some man get priorities for chicken wire in 
order to keep more chickens. 

But buying food is only the beginning of 
the problem. The food must be cooked and 

served on a clockwork schedule — in spite 
of manpower shortages. The cost of each 
meal must fall within rigid Army specifica- 

Ryan recognizes its kitchen employees ore 
now underpaid in relation to today's living 
costs; Stillwagen has been campaigning for 
a year to get War Labor Board permission 
to put through wage increases for them at 
both Hemet and Tucson. In the meantime, 
most of these workers are sticking loyally 
at hard jobs. 

One of the reasons why they stick is the 
worm personal affection which Witto and 
Avery seem to inspire in their staffs. Witto 
is a jolly fellow who is usually the first at 
work in the morning and the last to leave 
at night. He's not content to sit behind o 
desk in the neat little anteroom he colls 
his office, but is forever roaming out into 
the big fragrant kitchen to lend o hand 
wherever it's needed. 

If the pot washer is home sick, Witto 
will get in and scrub pots. If the cooks ore 
short-handed, Witto will take over some 
of the ovens and kettles, just as Jean Bovet 
used to. One stormy morning only three 
of the cooking crew of eight were oble to 
get from Tucson across the sixteen miles of 
desert to work. But the three who did moke 
it pitched in furiously and somehow had 
breakfast ready on time for the hundreds of 
cadets when they swarmed into the mess 
hall. Bovet did all the cooking single-handed 
that morning. Another time, Bovet wos sick 
for a week when his chef happened to be 
off on vacation. Opal Smith, his pretty, 
efficient secretary, tied on on apron and 
took over the chores of both men. 

Avery, Witto's opposite number in Hemet, 
doesn't hove Witto's jolly laugh or chubby 
cheeks — but in his quiet way he wins the 
loyalty of his subordinates, too. Without 
being asked to do it, many a cook and dish- 
washer has stayed on duty for two consecu- 
tive shifts, filling in for o missing helper, 
through loyalty to Avery. 

Once Avery was driving to work when 

he noticed a bicyclist peddling up the long, 
lonely rood that leads to the school. It 
was one of his cooks, who was supposed 
to be on vacation. "What ore you doing 
out this way?" Avery asked in surprise. 

"Just riding out to the school," the cook 
answered. "Heard one of the boys was sick 
today. Thought I'd see if I could help out." 

That's the kind of spirit that keeps the 
meals coming regulorly for fliers at Ryan. 

Avery is a quiet, dork chop who's been 
o hotel chef and cafe operator most of his 
life. He still does o little cooking doily, just 
to keep his hand in. He likes to experiment 
with standard recipes by adding seosonings 
and little touches of his own just to see 
how they'll taste. The home economics de- 
partments of several universities hove asked 
Avery for recipes he's developed. 

Both Avery and Witto take time to give 
personal training to inexperienced workers 
in their kitchens, os Bovet did. One of the 
oce cooks in the Tucson school is a man 
who came in as a green flunky three yeors 
ago, and learned the whole trade under 
Bovet's tutoring. 

Stillwagen, Witto and Avery do a lot of 
studying on ways to cut down every penny 
of waste m their kitchens — without stinting 
by on ounce on the food that goes into 
cadet's stomachs. For example, they find 
there's a lot less wasted food when the boys 
go down the mess line and serve them- 
selves, instead of being served cofeterio 
style by kitchen help, or having big platters 
brought to the tables family style. A cadet 
con always go bock for seconds if he chooses, 
so he isn't inclined to grab an over-generous 
portion the first time through. 

As a double check the steward some- 
times asks the Army commandant of cadets 
to check plates as the boys leave the table. 
If the commandant finds that o cadet served 
himself more than he has eaten, he mokes 
the boy go bock and finish it. Next time 
the cadet won't dish up ony more than he 
con eot comfortably. 

(Continued on poge 101 

The men behind the mess halls. Left, Bascom Avery, Hemet steward; center, Colin A. Stillwagen, Ryon controller; right, Arnold 

Witto, Tucson steward. 





A close-up oF our general manager 

— second in a series of articles 

about Ryan s key men 

Every few weeks a teletype message arrives 
at Hemet or Tucson which causes Ryan 
School executives there to clear their desks, 
make everything shipshape in their depart- 
ments, and stand by for action. 

The teletype flash which causes this flurry 
of preparation is on announcement of an 
impending visit by Earl D. Prudden. 

Earl D. Prudden is Vice-President and 
General Manager of the Ryan Schools, as 
well as Vice-President of the Ryan Aero- 
nautical Company. His main job is to see 
that all three bases of the Ryan School sys- 
tem keep functioning at top efficiency — and 
he really works at the job. 

Traveling by plane, train or automobile, 
he makes the rounds between San Diego, 
Hemet and Tucson approximately twice a 
month. When he hits town, any Ryan exec- 
utive in that area is likely to find himself 

busy answering the most searching questions 
for OS much as a half day at a time. There 
is a steady succession of conferences, quizzes 
and telephone calls wherever Prudden goes. 

Which is not to say that Ryan men dread 
Prudden's arrival. Most of them look for- 
ward to it. He may turn things upside down 
momentarily in a search for a better way to 
organize some operation, but he is always 
full of constructive suggestions and anything 
seems to run better after he has shaken it 
up. His genial personality and booming 
lough enliven every group he enters; and 
since Prudden always goes to great lengths 
to avoid hurting anyone's feelings, whatever 
changes he suggests ore almost invariably 
well received. 

Today, with the Ryan name filling a 
unique double position as one of the eight 
major war plane builders on the Pacific 
Coast, and simultaneously one of the na- 
tion's biggest flight-training schools for the 

AAF, Prudden's energy and his capacity for 
winning friends are both being put to harder 
use than ever before. He is on the go 
constantly — flying when priorities permit or 
driving all night to reach Tucson in time 
for an all-day round of conferences; hopping 
a plane on a few minutes' notice to discuss 
Army training problems with the Flying 
Training Command in Fort Worth; entrain- 
ing for Washington and a War Department 
conference; or driving a hundred miles to 
Hemet to check on operations there. 

Prudden loves it. He likes to be on the 
move; to be doing things. His brief case is 
always full of work to be done while travel- 
ing. He never relaxes if he can think of any 
reason to go somewhere. 

If he has an idle hour at either school, 
he'll stroll into the kitchen and watch the 
cook preparing lunch; or listen in on a 
ground school lecture; or watch proceedings 
in the ready room. He may stop to chat 
with any mechanic on the flight lines or clerk 



Perpetual Motion 

in the office. He enjoys keeping his finger 
on the pulse of every department in the 

If Q Sunday finds him in Tucson or Hemet, 
he'll spend it dropping in at the homes of 
school employees. He's forever looking in 
on Ryonites — prominent or obscure — whom 
he knows personally. If one of them falls 
sick or has a boby or gets engaged or moves 
to a new home, there's likely to be a phone 
call or a visit from Prudden. 

Prudden doesn't do this just because it's 
good policy and builds up the "family spirit" 
ot Ryan. He honestly enjoys it, and does as 
much of it with non-Ryanites as with Ryon- 
ites. He likes people. 

Sixteen years ago Prudden decided to 
transfer his activities from the real estate 
business in Detroit and took a job os a Son 
Diego factory worker polishing airplane 
■ fuselages in order to get o stort in aviation. 
Since then he has moved all the woy up the 
ladder to his present position. 

It was 1927 when Prudden left Detroit 
and brought his mother to Son Diego, theo- 
retically on a vocation. They came to visit 
Earl's brother George, who hod founded the 
Prudden-Son Diego Airplane Company, and 
hod been writing glowing letters about Cali- 
fornia climate. Earl and his mother found 
themselves in agreement with what George 
hod been saying about Son Diego, so Earl 
asked his brother for a job in his airplane 

The two Prudden brothers have always 
been very close to each other. (They still ore, 
incidentally, although their coreers have 
been in different companies. George is now 
Works Manager of the Vega Aircraft Co.) 
But George sow no way in which he could 
justify making a place for his younger 
brother in a struggling business enterprise. 
"Sorry, Earl," he said. "There just isn't any 
need for another man in the office." 

Prudden made up his mind to get into the 
company in spite of his brother. Hearing 
that one of the factory foremen needed an 
extra helper, he went to the shop and landed 
the job unknown to George. 

After period of polishing the corrugated 
metal skin of airplanes, Prudden heard that 
the Ryan School of Aeronautics was offering 
both flight and ground-school training. He 
promptly visited the school and talked him- 
self into a position selling courses for it. 

As Ryan expanded, Prudden's job ex- 
panded, too. He began spending Sundays 
at the airport os a sort of barker, persuading 
people to take sight-seeing rides in the Ryan 
planes. Before long he wos selling airplanes 
as well OS signing up pupils. Later he took 
responsibility for looking offer the morale of 
students — cheering them up if they got 
homesick, giving them pep talks if they 
weren't learning fast, arranging recreation 
for them if they got bored. Gradually every- 
one came to think of him as the number 2 
man in the Ryan organization. In 1931 he 
was officially mode vice-president of the 

Prudden's solid talents for salesmanship 
were one of the most powerful influences in 
building up the Ryan organization during 
its early days when every dollar loomed 


large. He brought students to the school in 
droves. He sold private airplones in carload 
lots — in fact, he and Claude Ryan together 
stortled the whole oviotion industry in 1931 
by selling one whole carload in 24 hours, 
which was unheard-of in those days. 

Prudden often acts as spokesman for Ryan 
at everything from legislative hearings to 
service-club luncheons. He is a member of 
the board of directors of the Aircraft War 
Production Council, composed of the eight 
major aircraft manufacturers on the coast. 
He has served as president of the Son Diego 
chapter of the Notional Aeronautical Asso- 
ciation; as o director of the Chamber of 
Commerce and chairman of its Aviation 
Committee; and as chairman, toostmoster, 
or principal speaker at innumerable ban- 
quets, rallies and other public occasions. 

During the years of Prudden's regime as 
General Manager, the Ryan School of Aero- 
nautics has grown steadily — both in size and 
reputation. Before the war it was one of the 
best-known commercial oviotion schools in 
the world, with students from South America 
and Europe as well as from all over this 
country. It held the highest government 
and commerciol rating for its flight, me- 
chanical, and engineering courses. And when 
the war come, the Ryan School was one of 
the nine schools originally chosen by the 
Army to give flight training to its air cadets. 

A bachelor of long standing, Prudden this 
summer married Adelaide Smith, corporote 
secretary of the Ryan School of Aeronautics 
of Arizona. She is almost as well-known in 
the Ryan organization as he is, hoving been 
corporate secretary ond director of the Ryon 
Company for a number of years, ond one of 
the three key people in the organization 
during the early days in Son Diego. The 
couple have bought o home in Tucson, but 
Prudden also continues to maintain the 
home with his mother in Son Diego which 
he built for her some years ago. 

Born in Duluth, Minnesota, Prudden 
moved with his parents to St. Poul when he 
was eight years old. At that age he sold 
S. E. Posts ond newspapers, augmenting this 
work later with such jobs as hotel bellhop, 
bakery delivery boy, and railroad waybill 

During one summer vocation from the 
University of Minnesota he took a job selling 
household brushes door-to-door. He hod to 
walk around the block twice to summon 
courage to ring the first doorbell. "But I 
made ten dollars that first day," he recalls. 
"From that time on, I wonted to be a sales- 

Less than a month after graduation from 
Minnesota, Prudden was enroute to Paris, 
where he signed up as a private in the French 
Army, driving ammunition trucks through 
combat zones for 5c o day. When American 
forces arrived in France he transferred to 
the U. S. Army, and won his commission os 
a second lieutenant. He was placed in com- 
mand of o Motor Transport Company at the 
French front, where he remained until his 
return to the United States six months after 
the close of hostilities. 

Always busy, Prudden still finds time for 
interest in outside octivities. He was the 

The Home 

By Barbara Deane 

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A lot of us here have often wondered 
what oil the " Powers- thot-be" do with their 
evenings when they're in Tucson or Hemet. 
According to o very sad but outhentic source 
of information, when CAS and WALT 
BALCH were lost in Tucson they spent the 
evenings playing CHESS lof all thingsli 
while poor KEN WILD nearly died with 
boredom except for those trips to the down- 
stairs realm of the hotel for a little reioxo- 
tion. Ken is quite impressed with both 
Tucson and Hemet and hopes to make some 
more trips again soon. 

BAGS i FEAGAN mode a trek to Hemet not 
long ago ond really hod a good time being 
shown around the post with all due cere- 
mony for visiting firemen. Roy's first visit 
to Hemet quite impressed him and he 
couldn't talk about anything else for a 
couple of days. And, BASCOM AVERY take 
note, they both roved about the pies! 

We've acquired a couple of new employees 
since lost issue whom it might be well to 
introduce. JOYCE GIBSON, the former 
Company employee with the cute smile, 
is working in Accounting and doing a very 
good job. Our other newcomer is ANNA 
CLEAVE from Washington, D. C, and be- 
fore that secretory at on army Air Base in 
Panama. Welcome to our family circle, gals. 

MARY SPIELBERGER has been doing a 
swell job OS secretary pro tern for EDP since 
KAY READY is on the sick list again for 
a week or two. 

Upstairs the volume of work in the Insti- 
tute is increasing so rapidly that most of the 
staff hasn't hod time to get into much 
trouble. The office gave SAM LIPSETT a 
birthdoy porty and really made the most of 
SKI are so swamped they seldom poke their 
heads out the door of the office. GEORGE 
work on the new course. We've heard that 
George was most unhappy because we 
couldn't get him a pass to Employees Dov 
for his dog, "CHURCHILL," who is but 
definitely one of the family. Better luck 
next time, George. 

sparkplug and guiding genius in the Christ- 
mas porties which Ryan gave eoch yeor for 
Son Diego children, until the war intervened. 
The first one consisted of a Christmas tree 
at the old Ryan Field and a Santa Clous who 
landed by oirplone with presents for the 500 
children present. By the time the lost one 
was held it had grown to such a huge affair 
thot it hod to be moved to Bolboo Stadium 
to accommodate the 20,000 who wanted to 
attend. . . . Just one more example of what 
con be done by a fellow with a big heart 
and lot of energy! 

Looking ^Em Over 

By Harry Hofmann 
Hemet Editor 




Two new reporters have been added to 
the Hemet correspondents, MARVEL HICKS 
covering Conteen and Mess Hall, and 
EUGENE NEEFF (Corporal Neeff to you) 
getting the dope on Civil Service and so on. 

Marvel has been a mainstay in the mess 
hoii department for nearly a year now but 
declares that her only claim to fame is 
that she knew KEITH MONROE when — 
when he was a mere babe in arms. 

Cpl. Neeff is practically an old timer on 
the post, having been under civil service 
until Uncle Sam claimed him and then kept 
him right here. An Ohio State graduate in 
journalism, Neeff turned out a swell news- 
paper for the post in "Loggin' the Times," 
which apparently fell o victim to the neces- 
sities of war. 

Also appearing for the first time this 
issue will be BOB JOHNSON, flight clerk 
and expert bowler (expert at talking a good 
game), and LLOYD BARBER, Plant Pro- 

tection's right arm and retired trombonist. 
(Aren't you glad that some of them really 
do retire?) Case history of these laddies was 
given in the first issue. 

And our thanks go to Sgt. EARL MOORE 
for shooting the additional pictures for us. 

In a whirlwind campaign to climax the 
4th War Loon drive, Hemet Ryanites dug 
up over $1600 to increase their grand total 
in the recent drive to more than $15,000. 

All soles angles were worked by a crew 
of pretty employees. Prospects were cor- 
nered in the canteen, the hangars and even 
in the planes. 

Coming from all departments, the girls 
who did their bit included KATHERINE 

Briefs From The 

rlight Line By Bob Johnson 


It seems that after being appointed rov- 
ing reporter for our new edition I come up 
sick, just prior to our first deadline. If I 
get head start on all the plagues, there 
might be a line or two from the Winchester 
Branch. To those who don't understand the 
title of Hangar 5, which is called the Win- 
chester Branch, this little name was hung 
on because after you park your car at the 
parking lot at Hangar I and then walk 
(it seems hours) to Hangar 5, you are 
practically in Winchester. 

The Friday night bowling league is called 
the Flight Instructors' League. The Army 
furnishes one team and the Maintenance 
Department another, but the balance of the 
eight-team league is instructors from the 
eight sq'_adrons. From the rumor factory 
comes whispers that the Maintenance team 
is a bunch of pros. The only reason for this is 
because Maintenance is leading the league 
and if no charley horses are developed should 
win the league. The teams ore composed of 
the following men: 






The way these teams are listed does not 
mean that this is the true standing. Natur- 
ally Maintenance would have to be listed 
as the first team, because the reporter is 
one of the worthy members. 

It doesn't seem too long ago that two 
teams of Hemet went to Son Diego and took 
on the best from the school. The results 
were in favor of "Dear Old Ryan" at Hemet. 
I guess we couldn't quite convince them how 
good we were, for they decided to come back 
to Hemet to take another drubbing. Yours 
truly is hoping that Mr. Prudden can line up 
o couple of match games with the factory 
teams. By the way, Mr. Prudden, be sure 
to pick teams we can beat. You know, 
something in the 500 class. 

Joking aside, we do have some good 
bowlers at Hemet and it would be a pleasure 
to hove a match game with some of the 
teams at the factory. The first thing I look 
for in the Flying Reporter is the standing of 
the bowling teams at the factory. The Jan- 
uary issue shows that the competition is 
plenty close, and all bowlers know that one 
or two good nights, or on the other hand 
some bod nights, con surely make a differ- 
ence in the team standings. 

When the instructors come up from 
Tucson the other day to ferry some PT's 
back, several familiar faces were seen. We 
surely hope the fellows were made to feel 
at home here, because if any of our boys 
went to Tucson I know they would be shown 
a good time while at our school on the desert. 

Plant Protection 

By Lloyd Barber 


When Ryan Field was established three 
years ago, the force consisted of five men. 
We now have sixteen. I'll try to introduce 
them to you and give you a thumbnail 
sketch of each. 

Chief MIKE CRANE is the only one left 
of the original five. Former Marine in World 
War I. Married, two children. A son in the 
Navy overseas, and daughter, married. Owns 
a lovely home here in the Valley and has 
been here so long he is almost a native. 
Loves to ride horses and play pinochle, al- 
though the latter could be improved upon. 
Mike is a past commander of the local VFW 
post, member of the American Legion and 
a swell boss. 

LESTER ALDRIDGE hos been a member 
of our force olmost three years. Owns a 
beautiful alfalfa ranch here in the Valley. 
Married and has one daughter now in train- 
ing to be a nurse. Les as we all coll him, 
is a veteran of World War I, post com- 
mander of local American Legion post. His 
hobby is fishing. 

RAY CATHERMAN is married and has 
one daughter who is a junior at Chaffey 
college. Raises a few cattle on the side and 
has a fine saddle horse. 

TOM McCRACKEN has a nice ranch in 
our valley, raising alfalfa and cattle. Has 
a couple of fine saddle horses. Married and 
has three children. One son overseas in the 
Navy, another working at Ryan, and Betty 
Jean, his four-year-old daughter, would be 
a pin-up girl in any man's home. Tom is a 
war veteran, member of American Legion 
and a riding enthusiast. 

HARRY WHITING, single, war veteran, 
president of local lodge of Eagles, member 
of American Legion. His hobby is fishing. 

ELMER HENNIES has a son overseas with 
our armed forces and a daughter married 
to a lieutenant in the AAF. Veteran of 
World War I, belongs to American Legion. 
Hobby is hunting and fishing and making 
knives for our boys in the South Pacific. 

ranch at Voile Vista. Married, veteran of 
World War I, member of American Legion, 
a Mason and an active member in the Valle 
Vista Grange. Loves to hunt and fish. A real 
toolmaker and salesman by trade. 

The balance of the force will be reviewed 
next month. 

Chief Crone called the boys for target 
practice recently and they were really pour- 
ing the lead in the old black circle. It was 
certainly nice to see so many of the boys 
putting seven out of ten right in there. We 
might even challenge Tucson or Al Gee's 
gang at San Diego. 


Sky Scribbling 

By Capt. Wiiriam P. Sloan 


Uncle Sam's interest in the training of 
his proteges can sometimes be carried to 
extremes. That, in a clamshell, was the 
consensus of the military personnel at the 
field last month when it wos announced that 
a bivouac would be held. Noah Webster 
defines a bivouac as "on encampment for a 
very short sojourn, under improvised shelter 
or none"; and that, kiddies, is a moster- 
piece of understatement. The G.l.s and some 
of the officers have a more colorful, but 
unprintable, definition for said trek. 

After a superb effort on the port of Lt. 
GOLDBERG and his supply group, the entire 
outfit was fully equipped, and frankly, 
standing in front of HQ preparatory to de- 
parture, they looked like the real McCoy. 
Everyone was present (except Capt. 
PEETERS, who conceived the idea but sud- 
denly discovered a belated dental appoint- 
ment) and marching off to the strains of 
"What Do They Do in the Infantry," started 
off down the railroad tracks toward the San 
Jacinto River bed, nine long, weory miles 

It's amazing how much a field pack can 
increase in weight after a few hundred 
steps. At the end of a few miles, the stature 
of each man was visibly reduced; in some 
instances to the point where he was scoop- 
ing up sand in his hip-pockets at every step. 

The encampment on the river bed was a 
most welcome sight. Hot coffee was soon 
brewing, and waterproof boxes of K-rations 
were opened. Each compartment of the ra- 
tion is labelled K-1 or K-2, but Sgt. GRAY 
insisted he hod been fed K-9 rations. The 
usual campfire, surrounded by vocalists, good 
and not-so-good, was the prelude to retire- 
ment into pup-tents. Lt. HARVEY CUL- 
BERTSON, resplendent in striped pajamas, 
won the style show. The silence of the night, 
punctuated by coyote howls ond unbelievably 
discordant snoring, was shattered about 3 
a. m. by a cry of "Corporal of the Guard!! 
There's a horse running through the camp!!" 
The snoring stopped. It's difficult to sleep 
waiting for a horse to step on your face. 

The trip home was uneventful. The bus- 
driver didn't get lost once. It was two days 
before normalcy returned. Doc STEPMAN 
claims everyone is recovered but has odded 
the term "biv-wocky" to his list of ailments. 

Random Takeoffs . . . Lost week we hod 
on opportunity to be among those present 
for the Ryan Day fiesta in San Diego. The 
trip through the factory from whence cometh 
all things Ryan was impressive. The cleanli- 
ness of the factory and the orderly manner 
in which the day was conducted was a credit 
to those concerned. Steward JEAN BOVET's 
proud display of the cafeteria made us 
realize what a tremendous job he has on 
his hands. . . . Highlight of the day was 
Major BILL FERNALD's operation of the 
ball-turrets. Shooting imaginary shells at sea 
gulls, he wheeled the gun like he meant 

Lt. KARL REEDY is wearing a worrying 
expectant-father look. . . . Among those 
present with the recent incoming class wos 


one wire-haired terrier, who was promptly 
dubbed "Dodo" and dispatched to the March 
Field vet for on amputation of his rear-most 
appendage. He has a perpetually mystified 
look in his eye when gazing oft these days, 
and refuses to remain in a sitting position 
for more than one-half second. . . . Last 
week the landing mot was the scene 
(octually) of a wild goose chase, which 
ended in a fatality for said bird. The jeep, 
loaded to the gills with armament, finally 
shot the bird after someone in the tower in- 
advertently gave him a green take-off light. 
Lt, BENNETT claims he must hove been o 
Tucson goose, because he entered traffic in- 
correctly and landed down wind. 


By Wilma Kribs 


The first ond best news is that SMITH 
is now Poppa Smith. A son, JEFFREY DARYL, 
born February I 3 at Hemet Community Hos- 
pital. Seven pounds, eleven ounces. Momma 
and child doing very, very well, and Smith 
swears the man child is already worrying 
about Leap Year. All our best to you. 

As previously forecast, JEANNIE took 
herself to Riverside and in her place we have 
just the opposite of Jeonnie, a toll brunette. 
We really go for the contrasts in this office. 
Sandy's beginning to show wear already from 
having to work across the desk from JO. 
But that would wear anyone out. Try it 
some time. We hove o lovely assortment of 

Got letter from HELEN/NANCY LOCK- 
WOOD, late of the Resident Manager's 
office in Hemet. She writes she is working at 
the Bomber Bastille (Lockheed to youse • and 
having wonderful time. Of course, it's not 
like Ryan, where we have all this peace and 
quiet, and commune with Nature all the 
time. Fellows, she says there are a lot of 
gals down there that would moke you whistle, 
even after eating green olives. 

STINKIE WILCOX come out the other 
day with a beautiful pair of violent blue- 
green socks. Soys they're son Woyne's, but I 
don't know. Wayne looks like the conserva- 
tive type. 

BOB JOHNSON con really blush. It looks 
so well on him, because of the echelon hoir- 
line, and, well, it just keeps going and going. 

CAPTAIN SLOAN'S favorite expression 
now, "Go ahead — I'm all ears." Yeah, and 
they point straight up too. 




By Hale Landry 


Lubber Line: An aid in knowing just where 
you are headed. You get the symbolism, I 

According to the dictionary: A line drown 
on Q compass to enable the navigator to 
read his compass headings accurately. 

However, to those who know me better, 
Webster offers a more satisfying simile in 
his definition: 

Lubber: An awkward, ungainly fellow; an 
uncouth, clumsy person; a lout. 

At your service, gentlemen. 


comes to us from Thunderbird, where he 
taught navigation and weather. 

Prize of the Month 

KEESEE: "What port of Oklahoma ore 
you from, Winnie?" 

Miss ALLRED: "I'm from Hobort." 

Keesee: "Hobart! Who ever heard of 
Hobort? We never played them football." 

Miss Allred: "Probably not. We only 
played teams who wore shoes." 

Keesee's face all red. 

Do You Know 

What percent of flying is knowing how 
and what percent is knowing why? 

The nerve-racking task of showing HOW 
an airplane is flown is the lot of our able 
flight instructors. However, one minute of 
HOW calls for on hour of WHY. No flight 
instructor has the time to do this as com- 
pletely OS the cadet requires. Enter the 
ground school. 

We don't show a cadet how to execute 
a take-off. Flight instructors do on amaz- 
ingly good job of this. But we do show 
him what torque does to him when he is 
taking off. 

We don't show him how to land. We do 
tell him about angle of attack. We do tell 
him why on airplane stalls. We don't tell 
him how to turn, but why the airplane turns. 
We don't tell him how to climb, but why the 
ship climbs. We ore the WHY department. 

And do the boys go for this? Are they in- 
terested? Are they bored? Let's listen to a 
few of them: 

"Sir," soys one to Mr. WOOLFOLK, "Until 
your lost lecture, I was scared stiff every 
time I tried a landing. Now I feel a lot 

Soys another to his instructor, "I bote to 
think what could happen to me if I didn't 
learn what I did in here." 

And a third, "Sir, something you said 
the other day saved my life today." 

(These ore actual quotations; we have 
many more.* 

Are they "bored to sleep with formulae"? 

Instructor's Thought for the Day 

There's a Jap doing your job in the land 
of the rising scum. Some day his brats will 
meet your boys. Nuf sed. 

The Lubber. 

Plant Maintenance 

By Bill Guinn 


Our gang is, as you may or may not know, 
the keeper-uppers of the entire field. Any- 
thing from extermination to opening a new 
auxiliary field for flight. 

FRANK DOOLITTLE off to the hospital 
for some surgery. Here's hoping you will 
be back soon, Frank. 

"LITTLE CORP" HEAVIN is having more 
trouble with his little green pick-up. First 
it was sideswiped by a PT-22 on the main 
field. It was overhauled from stem to stern 
but it seems now it was injured internally. 
Elmo has it spread all over the garage wait- 
ing for the return of a rebored block. 

I think this is a good time to bring up 
the discussion of our belated party we were 
going to hove. Even if it is a couple of 
months late everybody has been very patient 
about it. As our department members are the 
decorators, we are all ready and raring to 

The Gay 
Nighties ^ 

By Opal Kerby 

Once again the defect crew is its jovial 
self with BILL GOODWIN back on the job. 

We're wondering if GENE McCRACKEN 
has learned that it's best to keep his bronc 
away from the barn? Hmmmmm, toothache, 
Mr. M.? 

Were the side station crews ever in an 
uproar the other night! They came to work 
and all their equipment had been moved to 
the center of the hangar. They're now the 
"center of attraction." 

Anyone glancing in JACK MONTGOM- 
ERY'S direction would note that he keeps 
polishing something on his lapel. Step up 
close, folks, it'a Ryan 3-year pin with a real 
honest-to-goodness ruby in it. We'd be 
proud, too. 

AURIN KAISER is definitely the bicycle 
chomp. He tells of going on a 21 -mile ride 
the other day — nothing at all, he says. 

Everyone colls BILL PIPKIN the "good 
Samaritan" after he rescued a homeless 
little dog the other night. MARY ISHMAEL's 
husbond stationed in India was recently 
mode a second lieutenant. JANE GAL- 
BRAITH and her husband recently pur- 
chased a home in Son Jacinto. 

ONITA GORDON back at work offer a 
long illness. STANLEY BRANNAN raising 
a mustache in honor of his new son. DELLA 
JEFFRIES very proud of her CAM license. 
Ryan's best "Jealous" perfume for a Val- 

Plant Maintenance and the Guard depart- 
ment are the only two departments that 
haven't added that certain feminine touch. 
But that doesn't mean we're not weakening 
a little. 

New employees in our department are D. 

We ore glad to see JOHN SANDERS out 
of the hospital and back on the job again. 
We're also wondering how he purchased four 
new pre-war tires on his pick-up. Give us 
the inside dope on this, Johnny. 

LOU BAILER making a non-stop trip to 
L.A. for a much needed port for the well, 
which went haywire the other night. 

Has anyone seen PABLO WILCOX's newly 
converted station wagon? Credit for this out- 
standing creation is due little FREDDIE 
CHURCHILL, right hand man of BOB 
STONE. No one will ever know the trying 
hours and sleepless nights he went through 
with only one thought on his mind, a flaw- 
less piece of workmanship. 

Civil Service 

By Cpl. Eugene R. Neeff 


Horry says this is to be a column about 
the Civil Service personnel here in Hemet. 
The fact of my being a soldier nothwith- 
standing. You can't discourage Horry. He 
just ran into the office with the photog- 
rapher, grabbed me by the nose, took my 
picture and said, "You're it!!!" 

Being "it" means that once a month I 
hove to cast an eye about for oddments 
concerning the Civil Service crew, not one 
bit of which will be of value or interest. 
That is a little unfair, though, because there 
are things of interest happening every now 
and then, but we're so clubby around here 
we can't carry tales about one another. 
Unless, of course, we are talking behind 
one another's back. 

We hove the usual run of girls here — all 
the mole clerks are in the Army. There ore 
some pretty ones (can't elaborate too much 
about them — my wife's looking over my 
shoulder) and there are some "attractive" 
ones. Corporal GILDIN, finance clerk, is in 
more of a position to discuss the attractions 
in the office. 

Air Depot Detachment hos a population 
so great that one would think it is a girls' 
school. Most of the damsels are compara- 
tively new here. Mrs. GIBBS was the first 
girl hired in supply and she is leaving there 
to become file clerk in headquarters. ELIZA- 
BETH STURM is on old headquarters habitue 
who went to supply and now wrestles with 
the clothing end of the detachment. ELIZA- 
BETH "RED," is a happy child and is a 
hostess at the USO. Nuff said. 




By Dorothy Lorenz 

Since all the Maintenance day crew can't 
crowd into this column at one time, they're 
going to have to wait in line. 

Starting out we hove HARRY WEN- 
NINGER, foreman of 1st Echelon Replace 
& Repair. Has a lot of people under his 
wing and seems to do OK by himself. Has 
been here since November of 1941 and is 
a family man. 

In the Engine shop there is: CLARENCE 
TUCKER, a native son, single, lived in River- 
side county all his life and was 34 on Lin- 
coln's birthday. CLETUS GROHS was trans- 
ferred from Flight lost November, possesses 
a three year pin and a perpetual smile. OLEN 
BROWN started here in August, 1942. His 
greatest ambition is finding furniture for the 
house he bought recently. WALLACE COL- 
VARD, here since 1942, imitates train 
whistles — just any train. D. YANCEY is tall, 
married and worried about his income tax. 
Who isn't? VERN GIFFORD is the fellow who 
got even with a prop for knocking his hat 
off and ended up with a bruised hand. B. 
ROSS started way back in 1942, seems shy 
and is looking forward to the day when he 
con get enough gas to go to L.A. 

M. DIXON is an ex-barber who come 
here in August of 1943. GEORGE MclN- 
TOSH, Jr. started last month, hod a little 
trouble with pneumonia but we hope he's 
bock now to stay. H. BUNDICK began here 
as mechanic helper and is now a veteran. 

The Line Repair crew decided they needed 
little extra exercise and are getting it of 
the bowling alley on Thursday nights. 
They're making hard work of it now but 
with a little more practice — well — maybe we 
con dig up some competitors and moke some 
news and scores and news. Especially news. 

When a new class of cadets shows up, 
don't be surprised if you get o salute. FRED 
CHURCHILL, assistant maintenance super- 
visor, got a snappy one the other day — and 
returned it. 

At headquarters we hove another graduate 
of supply, o Mrs. BAILEY by name. Too 
bod she is married. She would be quite an 
attraction in headquarters. She helps HELEN 
ANDERSON with the cadet service records 
and 201 files. There is a busy little gal. You 
should see the correspondence that pours 
through her typewriter. It keeps an officer 
busy oil day signing it. 

That will be oil for this time. Have used 
up all my notes, Horry. Just send the check 
to me at the office. 



By Marvel Hicks 


We of Barracks are sorry that we missed 
the first issue of Sky News but will try to 
keep you posted hereafter. Barracks con- 
sists of the canteen, mess hall, officers mess 
and kitchen, with BASCOM AVERY as our 
genial department head. 

cashier, returns from her vacation she will 
be a full fledged painter. She is painting and 
fixing up ye olde homestead. 

PEG MICHAEL, in charge of the canteen 
girls, is one of our oldest hands, having been 
with Ryan for twenty months. Until recently 
she was cook in the canteen kitchen. Several 
of Peg's girls are cadet wives and ore mem- 
bers of the newly formed Cadet Wives 
League here in Hemet. 

Another veteran is WALTER ANTILL who 
keeps things spic and span for us. He is 
the oldest person in point of service other 
than Mr. Avery, having been with us two 
and a half years. 

A close second is "GUSSIE" ALCORN, 
who started in the canteen 27 months ago 
and is now in charge of the mess hall girls. 

We were all sorry to hove LERA TOM- 
LIN leave us. But we're glad for her that 
she was able to go back to Corpus Christi 
with her husband PETE, who had been home 
on furlough. Pete used to work with MIKE 
MARS in the PX before he enlisted in the 
Navy. FERN THURMAN has taken Lera's 

MYRTLE HODGE was highly elated the 
other day when she received a telephone call 
from her son Jack from New York. Jack is a 
gunner 2nd class in the Navy, and has just 
returned from Russia. 

Another mother who was pleasantly sur- 
prised recently was ANN THEUSEN. Ann's 
son, Carl Reetz, surprised her with a week- 
end visit. He is a technical sergeant in the 

MARY BRADEN, officers mess, is still 
confined to her home after a siege of pneu- 
monia. We're hoping it won't be long before 
she'll be back with us again. 

Vic Hill of Hemet 

By Harry Hofmann 

Theoretically, Ryan supply in Hangar 2 is 
a department maintained to supply aircraft 
ports to the mechanics, but Vic Hill, major- 
domo of the cubbyhole, is prepared for re- 
quests for anything from on abacus to o 
zither or to dish out solace in times of 
romantic stress. Not only does the depart- 
ment handle all aircraft parts, but also has 
the shipping and receiving job as well as a 
few other miscellaneous assignments. 

Vic, known to his intimates as the "goat 
king of Anza" (a title which he claims he 
relinquished after Nanny died), is peculiarly 
adapted to this type of work. During World 
War I he was assigned to March Field supply 
headquarters and racked up more than a 
few hours in Jennies and DeHavilonds. Since 
that time he has been a rancher, journalist, 
business man, newspaper publisher, gun- 
runner . . . you name it, and he's done it. 

Two years ago Vic landed at Ryan and 
his record shows good, conscientious work 
and a facility for making and keeping 


Now, as chief supply clerk, an able, well- 
trained crew assists Vic. Bonnie Collins, a 
dash of loveliness that proves Vic's rare 
judgment; Louis Barber and Charlie Hos- 
sock complete the crew. 


By Lorraine Fish 


The Detachment is anxiously watching for 
the new Reoder's Digest and on article writ- 
ten by Air Inspector LLEWELYN MITCHELL. 
That check really looked good, Mitch I Little 
did we knowl 

A couple of Sundays ago some of us took 
a trip to Nogales. We shopped, and then 
shopped till our feet hurt, and everyone 
stayed sober. They tell us that's something 
of a feat there. Among those present were 

VIRGINIA NOONE and her husband, 
Cpl. JOHN NOONE of the Link Trainer De- 
partment at Dovis-Monthon Field, celebrated 
their first wedding anniversary January 24. 
Our heortiest congratulations! 

We hear that HARRY JACKSON's draft 
classification has been changed to t -A. One 
of these days too soon we may have to say, 
"It's been nice knowing you." 

A new member has been added to the 
warehouse and shipping department. A 
friendly welcome to LAWRENCE WILSON. 

In Headquarters there seems to be the 
usual routine, and though the news of the 
moment is small, much is in the offing, 
with two engagements announced in one 

Then we hear rumors that two some- 
bodies ore planning a gay weekend trip to 
Los Angeles for shopping and fun in gen- 
eral. More about that next time. 

One week PERSIS HURLBUT was preoccu- 
pied with the US moil, but we understood 
when we learned that husband LOVELL 
I Ryan Instructor! was in San Diego for a 
vacation between classes. 

PAT IRVINE went shopping in Nogales 
recently, bringing back earrings and shoes 
that were the envy of the office force. How- 
ever, we only sympathize with Pat when we 
go out for molts — because it seems that 
bananas and tea ore her forte. Could it be 
thot husband Marvin is due for a furlough? 

Have you met EDYTHE SOLOWAY? She's 
the Civilian Personnel clerk, presently lo- 
cated in Lt. Gibson's office. She came to us 
from Dovis-Monthon, and, though late, our 
welcome is none the less enthusiotsic. (Need 
we odd, fellows, that she brings all kinds 
of glamour from New York way?' 



Jean Bovet originated a novel idea for 
keeping peace in the mess hall — on idea 
which Avery and Witto carried on, and is 
now being copied widely by other schools. 
The school sets up a Food Committee, com- 
posed of the commandant of cadets and 
one cadet from each flight. The committee 
meets weekly at supper in the officers' mess 
(which gets the same food as the cadet 
mess but has more privacy) . 

If the cadets dislike certain foods they're 

being served, or yearn for foods they're not 
getting, they tell the Food Committee about 
it. The committee tells the steward. If it's 
possible to get that kind of food, the stew- 
ard gets it. If not, he explains in detail the 
difficulties that prevent him. Being intelli- 
gent humans, the members of the Food 
Committee recognize on impossibility when 
they see one. They carry back to the codets 
the explanation of why certain requests 
can't be granted, and do a better job of 
mollifying their constituents than any civil- 
ian could. 

However, there aren't many squawks for 
the Food Committee. Ryan cadets get soup 

and ice cream daily, plenty of meat, fruit 
and vegetables; their food is prepared under 
conditions of sparkling sanitation, and it's 
served on time. 

The struggles Ryan goes through to feed 
its cadets and workers ore typicol of the 
struggles of the whole Americon aircraft 
world. Night and day, Sundays and holi- 
days, the search for food and the battle 
to get it cooked and served goes on. Be- 
cause certain obscure men, scorcely heard 
of by the people they feed, ore laboring 
mightily at battered desks in small offices, 
no food problem has ever stopped Ryan's 
drive to "start 'em flying." 

Flight Lines 


By Loring Dowst 


OPAL SMITH took the bull by the horns 
on St. Valentine's Day and married HAL 
NEFF, ex-resident manager at this field. A 
more appropriate department of this rag 
will no doubt cover the event in proper style. 
We just want to say that the instructors 
wish Mr. and Mrs. Neff a bunch of happi- 
ness; and we think Hal has grabbed him- 
self a pearl of great price. Smitty's mighty 
hard to beat. (But who the heck wants to 
beat her?) 

Congratulations to FRANCE ROGERS, the 
blond wolf of Group One, and JIM BAR- 
RETT, of Group Two. Each was recently 
elevated to Flight Commander. (Your old 
snoop didn't hear any beefs about these two 
promotions, so everybody must be happy.) 

One day while 44-D was still threaten- 
ing life and limb at Ryan the tee was on 
that rarest of settings — diagonal, wind NW. 
A Group One instructor asked his student, 
over the field at 4000 indicoted, how he 
planned to enter traffic. The cadet gave 
that blank look known as the Primary store, 
ond shook his head. "Come now," yelled the 
front seat menace, "make like you're up 
here solo. You just spotted the tee on that 
cockeyed setting, and you got to figure some 
way to land. Go ahead." The cadet flew 
around and around, boring holes in the area. 
He started to let down over Major FOUCHE's 
office, thought better of it, and climbed 
bock to 4000. Finally the voice from the 
front cockpit came over the witch-tube. 
"Where your head is, mister, you can't see 
much. I got it." The instructor brought the 
ship in, parked and said, "Will you kindly 
tell me what you were doing up there?" 
"Just what you told me to, sir," said the 
youth. "I was pretending I was solo." The 
instructor shook his head. "I give up. You 
mean to tell me you would have flown all 
over Hell's half acre like that hod you been 
solo?" "Yes sir," the cadet replied. "Until 
I seen somebody else enter traffic. Then I 
would of followed him." 

Word has arrived from LLOYD DIDDY 
and BILL HUTSON at Randolph Field. Their 
commissions hove come through, and each 
is sporting some of them thor gold bars. By 
some quirk of fate known as Army effi- 
ciency. Bill's papers came through awhile 
before Lloyd's. So Bill made Diddy hit a 
brace every thirty minutes until the novelty 
wore off. 

Your reporter met Lt. SAMMY HOLMAN 
at a Court Martial in Douglas lost week. 
After the embalming was over, Sammy, now 
at Oxnard, told us his baby was due any 
minute. The day he was in Douglas he should 
have been installing his furniture and wife 
in a new home. But the Army had a priority 
on our genial ex-Air Inspector. Good luck, 
Sammy and Mrs. Sammy. We hope it's ar- 
rived by now and is just what you ordered. 

C Flight, Squadron One, lost a good dis- 
patcher when beauteous JESSE RIBERS, 
sometimes referred to reverently as "The 
Body" was transferred to other duty. 

Don't any of you guys get tough around 
LLOYD COLEMAN. Let it be known that 
he is a Deputy Marshal of Tombstone, Ari- 
zona, "The Town Too Tough To Die." It 

happened like this: He orjd o couple of 
cronies, overcome with thirst after a hard 
ride through the desert, dropped in at the 
Crystal Palace Saloon for o shell of pink 
lemonade. The ghosts of John Ringo and 
Curly Bill come in to swob out the joint 
with a pair of .44's, but LLOYD cut 'em 
down with the icy voice of o check pilot. 
The marshal was so impressed he deputized 
LLOYD on the spot, and slipped him also 
couple of Cactus Clusters to wear on his 
star. The two guys with Colemon might have 
been knighted also, except that when the 
ruckus started they took cover in the ladies' 
terlet. Somebody in the Group One Ready 
Room, upon learning of Coleman's recent 
rise to fame, asked him if he got the mar- 
shal drunk. "Well," replied Lloyd, "some- 
body was well organized. That was mighty 
fine lemonade." 


Clarence Robinson 


> -'-- '^w 


Before the wind starts to blow I would 
like to soy we all thought the new magazine 
to be super. Didn't you? It sorto brings us 
all close together, like one big family. Which 
brings me around to the suggestion mode 
by HALE LANDRY of Hemet, which was a 
very good one — that is, when he extended 
invitations to flight and Link instructors to 
sit in classes, believing it would bring about 
a mutual understanding that would accom- 
plish much. 

Shh! Leon over this way and I'll give 
you the low-down. 

Introducing the Jim Ameche of Ground 
School, MAX WILLETT. Max played the 
role of the bashful soda clerk in "My Sister 
Eileen" in Tucson's Little Theatre. It's been 
Q week now. Max, we sure wish you'd take 
off the make-up. 

C. J. THERRIEN (J for Jerk) after log- 
ging 1000 hours (hangar time) got up 
enough courage to buy a couple of hours 
T-Craft time. We wonder how he would 
like it as he failed to show up for his first 

MONTIE FURR has two hours solo time 
in the T-Craft. We sometimes wonder how 
he mode it, as he often gets air sick on 
the high platform in the classroom. Happy 
landing, Montie. 

It sure is peaceful around here since 
NATE HORTON, the new daddy, has lost 
his proud look and picked up o nice pair of 
dishwater hands. We told you so. Note. 

It sure seems odd that STEVE DACH 
should follow Daddy Horton around so much 
— No, No, we couldn't stand another father 
so soon! The conversations in the office 
would then sound something like this; "Say, 
did anyone ever rock an airplane to sleep?" 

That did it! Think I'll catch a downwind 
and drift out of here. See you when the 
wind changes. 

This is a growing organization composed 
of the wives of instructors and Army offi- 
cers stationed at the Tucson Field. Meetings 
are held on the first and third Wednesday 
of each month at the Ryan Instructors' 
Club. Pot luck luncheon is at 12:30 and 
afterwards an informal afternoon of cords 
or visiting. 

One of the major problems to contend 
with has been the contacting of prospective 
members, and we hope this may serve as 
an invitation to all newcomers to join us. 
Bring your own place service. The food is 
furnished by the members in alternating 

Some of the club's activities during the 
past year hove included: 

Drapes for the large clubroom. 
A lawn put in, in front of the club. 
A donee sponsored on Halloween. 
At Christmas we furnished stockings 
filled with candy, nuts ond toys for the 
Solvation Army's Children's party. 

At present a project is under way to 
furnish drapes for the lounge. Also we 
ore collecting paper and magazines for 
the paper salvage, of course hoping to 
raise money for our treasury as well as 
helping the salvage program. 
Coll Helen Ewort at 3355-J for informa- 
tion regarding meetings. We always look 
forward to meeting new members. 

Mess Hall 
& Canteen 

By Hazel Gilmore 


The cadets may come and go, but the 
girls eagerly await each new class. . . . 
STANLEY VERMEULEN was welcomed back 
to the Student Store recently, and inciden- 
tally has been the most popular man on 
the field — reason, fifty cases of KLEENEX. 
. . . HELEN GILSON, our little blue- 
eyed girl from Wisconsin, is being watched 
these days so she won't follow the birds bock 
North. . . . MARGARET DONOVAN has 
been very busy since she started working 
in the Officers' Mess, trying to please all 
the officers, and doing a very good job of 
it, too. BETTY VILLA is wearing a Ten 
Dollar smile these days as Ryan recently 
showed its appreciation for her eighteen 
months' service. . . . LEVINA DAILY has 
given the canteen a little Western atmos- 
phere since she started wearing boots. . . . 
Welcome bock to JO ROACH. Jo couldn't 
find place as nice as Ryan School in the 
hills of Arkansas, so she is back with us 
in the canteen, and we do hope she receives 
her Arizona citizenship papers. . . . EDNA 
JONES is another former employee who 
has come back to join us from Arkansas. 
. . . FRANCES MUNS has returned from 
her vocation feeling fit as a fiddle and 
ready to sail into her work. . , . All the 
trim waistlines at Ryan have started to 
increase lately — reason, LURIS FORDEM'S 
delicious desserts are irresistible. 



By Mickey Coleman 


Margaret Bailard 


Well, here I am — everything's safe now. 
I made my debut at the Ryan Party. No 
one seemed to mind, of course no one seemed 
to mind anything, especially since they liked 
the band. Of course, there were a few who 
had different opinions. I overheard one re- 
mark when the band came in, someone said 
"Look I They're not unpacking, they're un- 
husking themselves" — but they aren't that 
bad all the time. It's just too bad their 
vitamin B supply ran out that night. AL 
FREIDIN (flight dispatcher) played the 
piano — he didn't win, but he didn't have 
a chance, the piano was too for gone — the 
keys kept popping up and saying "Can't 
you take a hint?" They really live their 
music though. The leader said, "We'll play 
'Somewhere I'll Find You' and the first ones 
finished will meet at the bar and we'll start 
searching." CLINT FULLER of Personnel, 
was the perfect host, making sure everyone 
was having a good time and vice versa. 
BILL IE BROOKS and her boy friend were 
jitterbugging and really attracted a lot of 
attention, and of course our southern gal 
MILLIE BROADAWAY did a lot of attract- 
ing herself. ED ERWIN was singing "Show 
Me The Way To Go Home." Someone must 
have shown him cause o few minutes later 
he was out. 

Not having any rain for quite a while 
has bothered the girls, I think. They go 
around calling each other little drips. They 
feel better that way — they think they're 
all wet. But we've hod a little rain the 
past few days which pleased them. We 
also hod shower February 1 3, at Mrs. 
Wetmore's home. The young bride — of 

Speaking of calling people names, I 
don't know what has happened around here. 
ED ERWIN goes around coiling everyone 
"Butch", some of the men call everyone 
"Sugar", and now they're calling everyone 
"Old Shoe." The only thing I con figure is 
that rationing must have hit them hard. 

Cupid was at work Volentine Day. OPAL 
Mr. and Mrs. The wedding was held at St. 
Phillips in the Hills. Oh, what o beautiful 

JEFF UNDERWOOD took the cigor write- 
up seriously. He said he didn't realize it 
bothered us so much. So now he only smokes 
10 cigars a day. Gosh, we're lucky! 

You'll notice there was o big supply of 
Kleenex in the canteen recently. It was be- 
cause they were preporing for the big rush. 
It seems there ore a lot of sod faces around 
the field. The reason — MARGIE CLINE, our 
personality girl, left for her home in Min- 
nesoto. We miss her olreody, don't we boys? 

No, No. Frank Sinatra hasn't been in 
town. The reason for all those sighs is be- 
cause SCOTT ROBERTS (ex-flight dispatch- 
er! was home on furlough, looking as sharp 
OS ever. Everyone welcomed him with open 
arms, and AHEM, especially your reporter. 



From all reports Cupid has been flapping 
his wings madly since the lost edition of 
Sky News. We were surprised the other day 
announced they hod been married over the 
week end. Hope has given up mechanics 
and is keeping house instead of gracing 
Hangar B. Best of luck and happiness, you 

No sooner hod we settled down from that 
announcement than we heard that MARIL- 
LYN BOULLT of the Night Crew and Sgt. 
WILLIE PETTIT, Army mechanic who is 
stationed here on the field, hod middle- 
aisled it. Looks OS if Spring has arrived early 
this year. 

JIM SNYDER is checking in ot night now 
that he and SIG QUARVE, the Night Fore- 
man, hove traded jobs for o while. Sig had 
quite a time getting used to all that bright 
sunlight but seems to be bearing up all 

JEANNE CLAYPOOL is going to hold 
down the fort here in Maintenance at night, 
now that PEGGY O'LOUGHLIN has been 
transferred to Forms and Records and is 
working during the day. DOROTHY NEFF- 
SON of Forms and Records picked up and 
left for Wisconsin the other day when her 
husband got orders to report to o new post. 
She writes that it's awfully cold and would 
love some of that Arizona sunshine. 

There ore three proud popos running 
around here lately. One is JACK STEWART, 
our construction man, the proud father of 
brand new baby girl. STERLING WILL- 
BURN of the Steam Cleaning crew come 
in looking terribly pleased about something 
the other night and after a little question- 
ing revealed that his wife hod just presented 
him with son. CARL DOWNING is now 
walking the floor with a new heir. Congrot- 

FRANCES KELLY of the Gas Crew is try- 
ing to get over an attack of appendicitis. 
Hope she'll be back with us soon. 

Last night marked the initiation of PLM 
here and from all reports it was a greot 
success. BERT AVERETT ond LEE CAMP- 
BELL have been very busy getting it organ- 
ized and hove been burning the midnight 
oil for some time. 

NORM KARNS is now in charge of our 
garage and will inherit all the headaches 
that come with broken-down cors and steam 
cleaners that refuse to function properly. 

We were very sorry to lose BASIL MOR- 
ROW, our Test Pilot, and AL FAGAN, one 
of the leadmen. Both these lads have been 
transferred to the factory in Son Diego and 
we're really going to miss them around here. 

That's oil for this time. How obout some 

This Is The Army 

By Lt-. Michaelangelo 
Francisco Kopeottorich 


Allow me to again pay homoge to Lt. 
WOJCIEHOWSKIs "Ryan Rockets" who ore 
steadily proving to be the oustonding basket- 
ball team in this vicinity. Led by the old 
Oregon Flosh Lt. BILL "WATTAMAN" 
HOWSMON, the "Rockets" tuned up for 
their forthcoming gome with the University 
of Arizona by trouncing the Ferry Command 
56-19 and the Dovis-Monthan Engineers 

A sod farewell to Lt. SAM HOLMAN and 
Lt. CLARK, recently transferred to Oxnord 
ond Williams Fields respectively. Those foot- 
ball gomes will never be the some — no argu- 
ments and NO NOISE. 

Welcome to: 2nd Lt. DEXTER FOX, the 
"blond Philibosian" from Oxnord. You re- 
member Lt. PHILIBOSIAN. He played the 
"Nightmare" in a recent production of "A 
Midsummer Night's Dreom." 2nd Lt. 
CHARLES DOZE, o "rootin-tootin sojer from 
Coliforny" — our new Finonce Officer iGod 
watch over himi . 2nd Lt. GEORGE ELLIOT, 
Engineering Officer, direct from OCS. Don't 
drink, don't smoke, but girls, be careful. 

Congratulations . . . SHHHHHHH. Those 
bells peoling so softly in the distance — would 
they perchance be wedding bells, CAPTAIN 

Congrotulotions to Lt. WOJCIEHOWSKI 
(Commandant of Gadgets! and Mrs WOJ- 
CIEHOWSKI who celebrated their third wed- 
ding anniversary February 1 5. A most de- 
lightful "brawl" was enjoyed by all. Who 
said anything about a refreshment short- 


Published monthly for employees of 




Administrative Headquarters 
San Diego California 

Operational Bases: 
Hemet, California Tucson, Arizona 

The Ryan Schools are subsidiaries 

of the 

Ryan Aeronautical Company 

Editor Keith Monroe 

Hemet Editor Horry Hofmonn 

Tucson Editor Margaret Jacobs 

Staff Photographers T. T. Hixson 

Frank Martin 

San Diego Reporter Barbara Deane 

Hemet Reporters: Bill Guinn, Opol 
Kerby, Wilma Kribs, Hale Landry, 
Dorothy Lorenz, Copt. William P 
Sloan, Cpl. Eugene R. Neeff, Marvel 

Tucson Reporters: Morgoret Bailard, 
Mickey Coleman, Loring Dowst, 
Lorroine Fish, Hazel Gilmore, Clor- 
ence Robinson. 

Recommended reading for every man and woman working on 
the home front is this INS dispatch by Bob Considine: 

Just as their Fortress swung over enemy territory still many miles 
from the target, a Focke-Wulf sent a shell through Co-Pilot Morgan's 
window. The shell not only blew off the pilot's head, but took off 
the arm of the turret gunner behind him. 

The cockpit was so splattered that Morgan could not see. He might 
have swung out of formation and perhaps picked up a fighter escort 
for the trip home. But he rubbed some blood off the windshield and 
decided to stay in formation. He had some bombs to drop. 

The dead pilot began to slump over the controls, causing the 
Fortress to go off on wild tangents. With his left arm Morgan pulled 
the pilot off the controls. With his right he handled the multitude of 
jobs attendant upon formation flying. 

In his earphones he could hear the gasps of his radioman, navi- 
gator and tail gunner. Their oxygen line had been shot out. The 
badly needed gunner dropped to the floor gasping for air. The pilot's 
lifeless body lunged into the controls again when Morgan dipped 
the plane to evade a ferocious attack by German fighters, and for 
a terrible stretch of time it appeared the Fort would continue to dive 
straight down. But Morgan managed to pull the ship out by sheer 

Kosky (the navigator) crawled back to attend the gunner. He put 
a tourniquet on the stump of the gunner's arm as the latter gasped 
oxygen from a portable tank. But it was soon obvious there was 
too little of the arm left. It continued to pour blood. Fortunately the 
gunner remained conscious for the ordeal to come. 

Morgan, busy as he was, saw the gunner would bleed to death 
before the Fort reached its target and made the long trip home. 
Four hours of flying hell remained. So he ordered the gunner to drop 
out of the plane. The boy badly needed immediate medical atten- 
tion. The Fort was over Germany but Morgan knew the only chance 
of saving the guiuier's life was to deliver him to the enemy. 

The gunner did not want to jump. But he soon saw he must. 
Kosky hooked the gunner's numbed finger through Ihe rip cord and 
asked him to try it. The gunner pulled a little and the air ripped 
open the pilot-chute; the small chute dragged out the bigger one. 
It filled their compartment with billows of unmanageable silk strings. 

The German fighters kept attacking. The pUot kept falling into the 
controls. Heavy flak was coming up loo. Kosky struggled with the 
chute, at last controlled it and helped the boy drop into the eternity 
of air. The beUy turret gunner saw the chute open. 

Morgan pointed the ship for the target and Bombardier Irwin 
dropped his bombs squarely on their mark. 

The flak was coming up in solid walls now, while German fighters 
carried out frenzied semi-suicidal attacks. It was a long voyage home, 
full of fighting and danger. 

Morgan brought in that ship with no radio to guide him, most of 
the hydraulic system shot away and little or no brakes. What he did 
was little short of a miracle. And he lived a lifetime in those four 
unforgettable hours. 





Governor Osborn preferred to eat lunch in the cadet mess hall rather than a private dining room during his visit to the Ryan base 
in Tucson. Here he carries his troy through the cafeteria line, with President T. Claude Ryan, Major John S. Fouche, Captain E. 
R. Bane, Comptroller Colin A. Stillwagen and Secretary George Woodard following him. 

The Governor looks us over 

Hope that the Army will continue 
to employ civilian flying schools to 
handle its primary flight training 
after the war was expressed last 
month by Governor Sidney P. Osborn 
in a graduation address at Ryan 
Field, Tucson. 

Speaking before hundreds of 
Army Air Force cadets and civilian 
employees of the Ryan School, the 
Governor said: "I hope that never 
again in this nation will we have 
the attitude that we are not going 
to prepare against war. I am sure 
we can agree that the best assur- 
ance against war is to have and 
maintain schools of this kind, and 
maintain such a well-trained Army, 
Navy and Flying Corps that the 

bandits of the world will never again 
have the temerity to start a war." 

The Governor made his address 
at the conclusion of a strenuous all- 
day inspection of the school. After 
being flown from Phoenix in one of 
the school's planes, he tried out a 
Link trainer, scrambled over bar- 
riers in the cadets' obstacle course, 
experimented with tools in the 
maintenance hangars, flew a Ryan 
PT-22 training plane, sampled the 
noonday meal of the cadets, quizzed 
department heads, and visited ca- 
dets in their barracks. 

The Governor was escorted by 
Major John S. Fouche, commanding 
officer of the school, and a delega- 

tion of seven Ryan executives from 
the San Diego headquarters. In his 
graduation speech the Governor ex- 
pressed surprise and pleasure at the 
size of the school, first of its kind 
he had ever visited. "The best in- 
surance against war is large, well- 
trained installations such as this," 
he said. "Civilian experts and Army 
officers work in close coordination 
at such schools. It is my hope that 
this Ryan institution will remain 

Immediately after the gradua- 
tion exercises the Governor was 
flown back to Phoenix by Captain 
E. R. Bane, who acted as his aide 
during the day. 

During his inspection trip. Governor Osborn and the Ryan executives from San Diego noticed the cadet obstacle course and decided 
to try it out. Vice President Earl D. Prudden, President Ryan and the Governor obviously enjoyed their attack on this barrier. 




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Resident Manager R. Douglas Maw shows the Governor and 
Mr. Ryan through one of the big storerooms. 

Steward Arnold Witto shows the Governor through the 
kitchens, while Vice President Prudden looks hungrily at 
a pot of stew. 

Walter K. Batch, Ryan's director of technical training, 
demonstrates what happens to a parachute when the rip- 
cord is pulled. 


His Excellency got so interested in the Link trainers that he 
spent a full half-hour at the controls of one. 

Top left, the Governor took the "Dollar 
Ride" — first flying lesson given to every 
cadet — in order to sample flying train- 
ing cadets get. Wing Commander Bob 
Kerlinger was his instructor. Captain 
Bane watches as the Governor prepares 
to climb into a Ryan PT-22 trainer. 

Second picture, directly above — during 
his trip through maintenance hangars, 
the Governor became interested in the 
labor-saving gadgets devised by Ryan 
men for Production-Line Maintenance. 
Here he watches the packing of a shock 
s'rut. A moment later he packed one 
himself to see if it was as easy as it 
looked. It was. 

The noonday meal — same as that eaten by cadets. Starting 
at the left and going clockwise around the table, the diners 
are: Stillwagen, Copt. Bane, Judge C. W. Gardner of 
Tucson, Woodard, Kerlinger, Major Fouche, the Governor, 
Ryan, Prudden, and Publicity Manager Keith Monroe. 

Below — When the Governor arrived at Ryan Field, an honor 
guard of cadets was drawn up awaiting him. With Lt. R. 
J. Wojciehowski, Commandant of Cadets, the Governor 
inspects his guard. 



By Lorraine Fish and Freda Buffingf-on 


Headquarters (By Lorraine Fish) 

Headquarters personnel have enjoyed sev- 
eral parties recently. Mrs. PAT IRVINE was 
hostess at a shower honoring the approach- 
ing marriage of one of our members. The 
"Leap Year" theme was gaily carried out 
in some amazing gomes. We'd like to have 
someone getting married every week! 

Then, we all got spring fever, and one 
evening after work headed for Gates Pass. 
PERCY HURLBUT brought wonderful chili 
beans and MARY HUERTA home-made tos- 
tados; PAT IRVINE made the hamburgers, 
and the rest of us filled in the supporting 
cast for a most successful picnic. When it 
got dork, we told ghost and murder stories, 
so that those of us who hod to go home 
alone wouldn't go by ourselves! 

Supply (By Freda Buffington) 

Happy birthday greetings to "REGGIE" 
SIMMONS — March 20th was the day. . . . 
Just in cose you didn't know, "JERRY" 
ALLEN'S husband. Corporal Clarence T. 
Allen, is doing his bit somewhere in Eng- 
land. If you ever become discouraged with 
the high cost of living, ask "Jerry" what 
a cup of good coffee costs over there. . . . 
Strike! Strike! Strike! Whee ! A turkey! 
This is one of the sounds of glee seldom 
heard when Supply personnel gathers Fri- 
day nights at the Speedway Bowling Alley. 
Those who attend regularly are JOSEPHINE 

. . . REGGIE SIMMONS did a little annual- 
leaving on the Coast during the last half 
of March. Hollywood is still aquiver. Cause? 
Our "Blonde Bomber," of course. . . . 
HARRY and Mrs. JACKSON ore oh! so proud 
of their newly-acquired home, and they 
are having loads of fun with slipcovers, 
drapes, etc. Uncle Sam decided to reclassify 
Horry, so he intends enjoying his double 
good fortune (as a civilian) to the full. . . . 
If you saw a bright red suit dashing around 
the field lately, with a very happy girl 
inside, it was RAMONA SQUIER. She hos 
finally hod the cast removed from her right 
wrist after these many weeks — and the new 
suit was form of celebration. Good girl, 
Ramona — you've been mighty sweet! 

Whot's in a name? When the Supply gang 
followed VIRGINIA NOONE to the reser- 
vation desk at the bowling alley one eve- 
ning recently they were treated to the fol- 
lowing conversation: Virginia, "1 hove two 
alleys reserved for Noone." Clerk, "You 
mean two alleys for noon — tomorrow?" 
Virginia, "No, two alleys for Noone, at 
6:00 tonite!" In desperation the clerk 
sought refuge in his list of reservations. 
With obvious relief, he said: "Oh, you're 
Mrs. Noone! Alleys three and four are 
ready for you now, Mrs. Noone." ... At 
the time this issue went to press BILL 
THORPE was just practicing his "yes, sirs" 
and "no, sirs" — all too soon, we fear, it 
will be the real McCoy. . . . ANDY HALL, 
from Virginy, is the newest member of our 
Warehouse personnel. 

Maintenance Murmurs 

By Margaret Bailard 


March tenth! The day had come. There 
were flags flying, bonds playing, flash bulbs 
going off like crazy. Everyone hod been run- 
ning around in a mod way for days getting 
ready for the occasion. Everything was spot- 
less. I believe one could very nicely have 
eaten off the hangar floors, they were so 
clean. The reason for all this? Oh, of course. 
The Governor of Arizona, Mr. RYAN, Mr. 
PRUDDEN, Mr. STILLWAGEN and any num- 
ber of others of note from here and there 
come to give the place the once over lightly. 
The Governor was token for a ride in a 
PT-22 and was really the lost word all 
decked out in helmet and goggles. He even 
took a hand at being o mechanic ond with 
the assistance of Mr. AVERETT was seen 
packing o shock strut. 

In case any of you haven't been in the 
Maintenance Office lately it will be quite 
o surprise. There is a beautiful new point 
job and we're awfully proud of it. Of course 
Mr. CAMPBELL and I take quite a bit 


of credit because we donned coveralls and 
grabbed a point brush and hod a wonderful 
time. We're still digging paint out from 
under our noils, not to mention what we 
got in our hair. 

Steormans seem to be taking the place 
by storm lately. A large black cloud came 
floating our way the other day, or at least 
that's what we thought it was, and slowly 
started to disintegrate and head in our di- 
rection. After o couple of quick looks we 
found out that it wasn't ducks headed south 
for the winter, but jillions of Steormans. At 
this point the desert is bulging and we're 
looking for more frontiers to conquer so we 
con tie down a few more ships somewhere. 

Greetings and salutations to LYLE 
GOULD, who recently transferred from the 
factory in Son Diego. Glad to have him with 

TINK PALMER has been transferred to 
the Day Crew. He's wandering around here 
trying to get used to not being a night- 
blooming flower. Seems kind of bright out- 

This Is The Army 

By Lt. Wall 

(of the nut brothers, Ches & Walli 


This is undoubtedly not news, but I may 
take this opportunity to thank Mr. CLAUDE 
RYAN and Mr. EARL D. PRUDDEN, who 
presented the Cadet Wing with the beau- 
tiful new wing colors and guidons at the 
last graduation ceremony — a graduation, 
incidentally, at which not only were the 
above-mentioned notobles present, but olso 
the Honorable SIDNEY OSBORN, Governor 
of Arizona, and many other dignitaries of 
City and State. 

This past week marked the completion 
of the "Ryan Rockets" post basketball 
team's first season of organized ploy — and 
the Rockets finished with o most impressive 
record, winning a total of thirty gomes 
and losing but five. Nice going in ony 

Congratulations to Lt. JOE W. KENNEDY, 
our ace "J. B.," who amazed us oil by 
finally convincing a young lady (the for- 
mer Miss Dorothy Cummings of Tucson I 
to investigate the mysteries of matrimony 
(with him, of all peoplel. Good luck, Mrs. 

Au revoir (temporarily I to our handsome 
Personnel officer, Lt. JOHN KELLER, who 
is away at Adjutant General's school in 
Washington, D. C. The grapevine has it 
that on his return he plans on breaking 
unaccountable fair hearts by permanently 
assigning his. (More weddin's around this 
jernt. • 

Must tell you all about our famed hunts- 
men. Captain LEE GARNER and Lt. BILL 
HOWSMON, who returned from a recent 
Jovelino (wild boorl hunt with the sod story 
that the only reason they missed so many 
times was that there was too much cactus 
in the way! (And at fifty feet, too. Tsh, tsh!) 

side in the middle of the day, doesn't it, 

We hear by way of the well-known grape- 
vine that MANUEL GALLARDO of the 
Night Crew is altar-bound some time in 
the near future. Best wishes, Manuel. 

There ore two new cuties in the Forms 
ond Records Department at night. Names? 
come to the fold, gals. Hope you like it 

Had a bit of weather while this was being 
written so had to fold up and go home. 
Believe it or not, and you probobly won't 
unless you've seen one of our rare "dust- 
ers," you actually couldn't see across the 
hangar. Honest! 



By Mickey Coleman 


CLINTON FULLER, formerly in Payroll, 
is our new Personnel Manager. Mr. FULLER 
started with the school when they opened 
the downtown office in June, 1942. Starting 
as General Accountant, worked into Payroll 
and up to his new promotion. Congratula- 
tions! CLINT attributed his success to inter- 
est in his work. We attribute it to hard 
work and a grin clear across his face which 
spells PERSONALITY in capitals. 

MARGARET JACOBS, one of our whistle 
girls, is still a whistle girl — but . . . who 
is behind the whistle? A team of cadets 
just bock from P.T., wearing the latest thing 
in shorts, were running through the guard 
gate when Margaret appeared in the door- 
way. Then came that "take-a-look-at-that" 
whistle. She swears it wosn't her, but it's 
the funniest thing, I couldn't see another 
soul in the guard house! 

The other day I had the privilege of rid- 
ing home with JEFF UNDERWOOD and the 
girls. We were driving along, when all of 
a sudden I heard a funny noise. I had 
been hearing a lot of funny ones ever since 
I got in the cor, so I didn't pay much at- 
tention. Then it turned into a screech and 
got louder and louder. I thought to myself, 
oh oh, car trouble. No wonder he was so 
willing to take me to town! I finally dis- 
covered it was JEFF singing. He really is 
a car chanteuse. 

Of course, we laughed at the song. Jeff 
was disgusted with us. "Why, that's a won- 
derful song," he said. "It's clear out of this 
world." Oh! No wonder we hadn't heard it 
before! He then started the rest of us 
singing. MARGARET JACOBS kept singing 
"Don't Get Around Much Any More" — the 
next day she wasn't at work. MAXINE 
AVERETT didn't sing — she was too busy 
keeping the wagon away. ROSEMARY 
MASTERS sang Ed's song — "I Wish I Had 
the Wings of An Angel." So did I — we could 
've gotten home a lot faster. But we really 
hod fun! 

I had fun once, but that was before — but 
then, that's a long story. Of course, I short- 
ened it by using 1 040A. I was minding my 
own business and everybody else's when I 
felt something cold and expensive thrust 
in my hand. I looked down and there it was! 
A horrible 1 040A. They can't get away 
with this, I thought; 1 won't pay my tax. 
But then I remembered last year — I knew 
a person who didn't pay his tax and 
tried to get away with it, but the tax col- 
lector finally caught up with him and really 
taught him a lesson. This year I must be 
more careful. 

So, I went to the tax collector's office 
and said "I won't pay this," and cluttered 
up his desk with papers. He said, "Throw 
that mess out." After I got up off the side- 

walk, I walked bock in and said, "Okay, 
you win," then in a Patrick Henry voice, 
"Give me the tax, you take my salary! 

I'm not gonna let a little thing like this 
get me down." Then I was taken home on 
a stretcher. 

But everyone's having their troubles. 
CLINT FULLER is making out his joint re- 
turn (I didn't know we hod to pay tax 
on the joints we returned tol. DOUGLAS 
MAW will hove his done in no time at all. 
He said he used to be a mathematical 
genius — that's swell, but gosh, I wonder 
how much longer he's gonna make us take 
off our shoes and hold out our fingers. 

Tucson Ryanettes 
Plan Two Meetings 

The Ryanettes continue to meet the first 
and third Wednesdays of each month at 
the Instructors' Club. The next meeting will 
be at 12:30 April 5 with MARGE TRETHE- 
WAY and JO MUSSER acting as hostesses. 
The April 19 meeting will include luncheon 
at the El Merendero, after which those who 
wish may go horseback riding, and there 
will be the usual cards, knitting and visiting 
for the rest. For this meeting please make 
reservations by phoning ELLA LONGA- 
NECKER at 4430W or LOIS BANE at 741 3J. 
MARIE HOWSMON was elected president 
at the last election, with JOSIE HOYT the 
new vice-president and ELGIE LARSON sec- 
retary-treasurer. Wives of new instructors 
ore cordially invited to attend. For further 
information, contact MARIE HOWSMON at 
01 R4. 

Flight Lines 

By Loring Dowst 


Squadron Two flung another wing-ding 
this past month. It lived up to tradition. This 
reporter's most serious criticism of the party 
is that nobody can remember enough to tell 
him what to write about. (They soy that he 
himself was there, but that doesn't seem to 
signify — or does it?) This much we have 
reconstructed: The blowout occurred in a 
famous steak joint out in the hills a little 
way. The whole squadron turned out, com- 
plete with wives, sweethearts and dispatcher 
— beauteous CRYSTY WHITE; the steaks 
were huge, charcoal-broiled to individual 
taste. Your reporter asked for his rare, and 
it is rumored that he had to win a bull- 
dogging contest in order to sink his teeth 
into the living, breathing morsel. Despite the 
preponderance of beef, there was fowl, too, 
but not on the menu. An unidentified goose 
appeared at the gathering. 

Like a good idea, one good party leads 
to another. That some day, before the steaks 
were done. Instructors DRESSEL and TOMP- 
KINS went out into the desert and did battle 
with a pair of jovelinos. The hogs came off 
second best, and a week later their pungent 
aroma sanctified the walls of the Instruct- 
ors' Club — you know, that place out on East 
Broadway, The Ryanettes, under the able 
guidance of MARIE HOWSMON, provided 
overflowing bowls of "side vittles" while 
Huntsmen DRESSEL and Flight Commander 
HARLEY LEMAY, garbed in chefs' aprons, 
officiated before the great pans of fragrant 
barbecued jovelino. It might be added that 
the ottendonce record at the Club was shat- 
tered for all time! Club members were happy 
to welcome a large Army turnout, from 
MAJOR FOUCHE right on down the line. 
And it was a happy innovation to have with 
us for the first time — in numbers — our 
ground school mentors from Ryan Field. We 
hope to see them at the Club regularly. 
Furthermore, since larger crowds have been 
turning out at the Club, as a result of the 

shows, guys from Groups One and Two have 
been pleased to find that each group has its 
shore of okay folks! 

They say JAKE SATHER has been offered 
job OS exhibition pilot for the Link com- 
pany after the war. He snap-rolled the 
hatch off a Link trainer lost week, was about 
to bail out but changed his mind. He got 
bock in and threw on a little cool. Next thing 
we knew he was caught outside the area! 
When Mr. Link heard that, he signed him 

FRANK GIORDANO writes that the PTS 
part of ATC is rugged, and he spells it in 
two-inch letters that shoot off sparks. JIM 
BAILEY is in the some class with him. DICK 
and ANNABELLE CHALMERS, all will be 
glad to hear, are the parents of Constance 
Lee, seven pounds, four ounces, born March 
8. It's happened at lost down at Group 
finally spun in with a double ring ceremony. 

These Steormans ore big airplanes. When 
a guy like ROSS BRAND soys he shakes 
around in the front cockpit like a pea in a 
pod, it really is a big airplane. We hear 
that LT. PHILIBOSIAN mode expenses on 
that Wickenburg-Ryon flight, playing ca- 



Winds Aloft 


Clarence Robinson 


Spring house-cleaning came a little early 
this year for the Ground School department, 
and I must say it was a thorough one. As 
you probably know, we had a general in- 
spection the day of the graduation of Class 
44-G. Many lost articles were discovered 
during the cleanup. I might mention the old 
guillotine that was uncovered — you know, 
the old schoolmarm's stick the instructors 
used to use on the cadets when they didn't 
study their lessons. Now they have a more 
refined way of enforcing the reading of les- 
son assignments. Night study hall has been 
installed now, as well as weekend restric- 
tions (it works, too) — only disadvantage 
being the instructor has to stay, too. 

There have been quite a few changes since 
our lost visit with you. The instructors have 
two offices — one for Group I and one for 
Group II. This is o help, as everyone can 
get to his desk now without one shift wait- 
ing outside for the other to come out. Roomy, 
eh? Group I has a distinct advantage, 
though, as they are quartered with the new 
ground school secretary, MILLIE BROAD- 
AWAY, who is doing a bang-up job of keep- 
ing things in order. 

We would like to in'roduce another mem- 
ber of the staff, JIM CARD, our new three- 
way instructor — navigation, weather and air- 

planes. He's a card, too, ladies; better 
come over and have a look. 

I almost forgot one of the most interest- 
ing events of the week. At the cadet stag 
party the other night a little ground school 
skit was enacted as a ribbing to the in- 
structors. It went something like this: Scene 
I. Chairs were placed on stage similar to 
classroom and students took their seats as 
usual with the section marcher turning his 
men over to the instructor. Instructor: 'Gen- 
tlemen, today I would like to introduce 
engine operation to you. In my hand I have 
a piston. Any questions? No? Good! Clear 
your desk for a five-minute quiz. I, 2, 3, 
4, 5. Hand your papers in. Dismissed!" 
Scene II. Cadet comes strolling out to get 
in his plane for his cross-country trip. His 
parachute is upside down, and in his pos- 
session about ten mops, plotter, compass and 
a rope. He gets all tangled up and so con- 
fused his instructor seeing the heartbreak- 
ing sight borrows the rope from the cadet 
and goes off in disgust. (We think he hung 
himself.) Curtain! 

If you liked this skit, just send the writer 
fifty cents admission fee, as he just paid his 
income tax. Seriously speaking, it was good, 
and some real acting was displayed. 

I feel a draft so I'll close the door for now. 
See you next issue. 

Plant Maintenance Rumblings 

By "Rocky" (Substituting for Fred Thomos) 


C. A. SMITH, the chip chaser from Car- 
penter Shop, is back in harness after spend- 
ing six weeks in a horizontal position in 
the local Grunt & Groan Emporium. The re- 
sults of Smitty's operation include 36 gall- 
stones, 3 broken drill bits, 1 butterfly hinge, 
and 2 600x16 recaps that hove been miss- 
ing from the garage for the post two months. 
Welcome back, Smitty! 

FRED (POPEYE) THOMAS is blissfully 
enjoying o week's vocotion entirely ignorant 
of the fact that he has been elected to edit 
this column in all future editions. Poor cuss. 

recent addition to the Amalgamated Wood 
Butchers' Association, is the only carpenter 
on the job who can work without a ham- 
mer. He simply holds the nail in his teeth 
and then someone bats him on the bock of 
the head. Nice quiet guy to have around the 


GOR, the plant electrician, is usuolly found 
on his hands and knees, peering into the 
gizzards of a Turco Steam Cleaner, trying 
to figure out what went wrong this time. 

RUSS BALZER is firmly convinced that all 
the tie-down stakes he has manufactured 
in the post two weeks couldn't possibly be 
used on airplanes. There just ain't that 
many ships! 

burning the midnite oil, slinging point, and 
doing everything possible to beautify the 
jernt for the prying eyes of the inspection 
party from Son Diego. Nice work, boys! She 
sure looks swell! Mr. PRUDDEN put his 
stamp on it so that makes it official. 

Three new and welcome additions to the 
Plont .Maintenance gang ore SCOTT DYER, 
BILL JONES and E. R. SNOW — a hard- 
working trio, and we feel lucky to get them. 

Well, my elbows ore a bit tired from 
hanging over the back fence dishing scandal 


By Norman Karns 


This will serve as on introduction to the 
new department created to cope with prob- 
lems of automotive maintenance, dispatch 
and transportation. 

Yours truly, formerly in oircroft mainte- 
nance department, has been transferred as 
supervisor to this new deportment. 

Growing pains are being cured by enlarg- 
ing and rearranging the garage to give 
little more elbow room for HAROLD 
ore the equipment "Mr. Fixits." 

All the pickup requests, deliveries and 
bus transportation requirements clear through 
this office, which simplifies matters for 
everyone. A phone call sends HARRELL 
on his way to take core of the many re- 
quests of the vorious departments. A 
voliont effort is being mode to get a suffi- 
cient supply of parts in stock to keep the 
equipment on the move. Cost sheets and 
records on each piece of equipment hove 
been set up, and from now on our panting 
joloppies will each hove its own history 

While there are still a few kinks to be 
ironed out, good progress is being made in 
this new department and in a short time 
we'll be operating in full swing. 


by G. Roger Brubaker, Hemet 

We assume that you ore buying 
War Bonds. We also ossume that you 
ore not cashing any. But — hove you 
lost any, had any destroyed by fire, 
or has Junior torn one to shreds? It's 
quite chore to get replacement, and 
full information is required by the 
Treosury Department. 

Pointers for the Day . . . 

1 . Keep your Bonds in a safe place. 

2. Keep o record, in another place, 
of series, face value, serial num- 
ber, to whom registered, dote of 
issue, issuing agent ond oddrpss 

3. Buy more War Bonds 

so if any of you desire to drop oround to 
say hello, I will personally introduce you 
to a long-handled shovel and a sand pile 
la dump truck overturned — we don't have 
dust storms at Tucson) and hope for the 

Briefs From The 
Flight Line 

By Bob Johnson 


First thing is, why wasn't my picture in 
the last issue? (Editor's note: Getting a good 
photograph of Bob's face took so long that 
we didn't have the picture ready for lost 
issue. We had to send out for a specially- 
reinforced camera, and then had to get cast- 
iron developing troys for the film.) Now 
that my question is answered, we can get 
down to something that makes sense. Every- 
one thinks our second issue was better than 
our first, so let's keep up the good work 
and make each one just that much better. 

The unsung heroes on the flight line are 
the Dispatchers. Nothing has ever been 
printed about these people who keep the 
airplanes flying, especially with cadets in 
them. So we're presenting a thumbnail sketch 
of the six feminine pulchritudes and the two 
mole otherwises. 

GERTRUDE PARKER is dispatcher for 
Squadron I. She's a local girl, was cashier at 
one of the five-and-dime stores before com- 
ing to Ryan. Gertie is sporting a sparkler 
on the left hand and won't be with us much 
longer. SUE TAYLOR, dispatcher for Squad- 
ron II, previously worked for Douglas Air- 
craft and several other places before coming 
to Ryan. STELLA BECK, dispatcher for 
Squadron III, is a local girl; worked in Forms 
and Records before she started the nerve- 
racking job of dispatching. NATALIE 
GROSSKOPF is the boss for Squadron IV, 
sometimes known as the Mad Russian or the 
Princess. She's from Pennsylvania and was a 
cashier at one of the large department 
stores in the keystone state. 

H. A. SMITH, sometimes known as 
NOISY, plays a loud trombone and also a 
piccolo, runs Squadron V in keeping time 
on the cadets. SMITTY, well known for his 
sense of humor and his large tummy, will 
be placed in full command when we don't 
have the public address system any longer. 
HELEN "HAPPY" HASLAM is the big- 
wig of Squadron VI. She rules her squadron 
with on iron hand, and even the instructors 
pop to when she says, "Put yourself in a 
brace. Mister." Happy's a graduate of Hemet 
High School, Riverside Jaycee, bowls a good 
game, and has been with Ryan long enough 
to get her coveted three-year pin. ALINE 
"SHORTY" MICHAEL, the newest member 
of the dispatch staff, runs Squadron VII. 
Shorty is well named, being all of four feet 
eight. She's not new to the field, having 
transferred from the canteen. Mother has 
charge of all those good-looking waitresses 
in the canteen. WILLIAM ELLIOTT, some- 
times known as WILD BILL, has charge of 
Squadron VIII and does a good job of see- 
ing things run smoothly. Quite active in 
C.A.P., Bill has been making subsequent 
trips to Baker for actual experience, and it 
was a great day when he soloed. 

WALTER H. BAILEY, JR. (BUD), classi- 

fied as Chief Dispatcher. Bud is nearly ready 
for his three-year pin; has a wife, NORMA, 
who works in the Army Office. Bud is a local 
boy, worked in local garages, and worked 
at a hotel in Elsinore, specializing in those 
nonsensical little sandwiches you eat as o 
blotter for afternoon cocktails. 

At this writing our gal, STELLA, is in the 
hospital at Riverside, minus on appendix. 
She's getting along fine now, and hopes to 
be back before our next issue goes to press. 

You could use page after page in de- 
scribing all these characters, but we'll save 
the choice comments for a later issue. 




By Dorothy Lorenz 


With bowling the rage, the Line Repair 
crew is right in there pitching. Thursday 
night is their night to bowl, and anything 
goes. J. B. HENRY has a style all his own. 
Most people at least stand on their 
feet, but J. B. slides along on his knees 
and does o.k., too. It's a good thing he is on 
a repair crew. GENE (LEGS) ULLRICH and 
LES CHAPMAN did oil right by themselves, 
too. Maybe they just hod a Lucky Strike. 
(Gene was voted the Betty Grable of Line 
Repair.) Anyway they are all getting their 
exercise and having a lot of fun to boot. 

Line Repair's new theme song is "Out 
in the Cold Again." Guess it has something 
to do with their new office and the draft. 
Maybe it's just a big blow. 

Well, BLODGETT is a WICK. MARY left 
the dope shop the 9th and she and MUR- 
RAY WICK, Flight Instructor, were married 
Sunday the 1 2th. They spent a few days 
in Idyllwild before the new class of cadets 

Year baby, mode her appearance at the 
Hemet Community hospital on February 29 
and Father KIBBY still hasn't come down 
to earth. 

CECIL KINNEY'S chest is way out there, 
too. Karen Loraine is the new addition to 
the Kinney household. 

NORENE KELLY is the latest asset to the 
Stockroom. B. J. AVERY, JR., is one of our 
new tug drivers. Everybody knows his Pop. 
FROMAN GOLDEN, also a new tug driver, 
has a brother CARL in Line Repair. When 
they say Ryan is one big happy family they 
aren't kidding. 

There's another invisible service star in 
the Welding Shop. JULIUS SPENCER left 
the 1 5th for the army. To Fort MocArthur 
first, and then to no one knows where yet 
for cadet training. 

Civil Service 

By Cpl. Eugene R. Neeff 


Here as I sit, this priceless morning, listen- 
ing to a remarkable clatter in the outer 
office, I am reminded of a picture I shall 
never forget. A few years ago I was stand- 
ing in front of the monkey cage at a zoo 
when small boy started chucking pebbles 
at the inmotes. A remarkable clatter. 

The working day has officially started, 
but the workers ore standing around the 
gas heaters warming themselves and chat- 
tering. This is regular routine. No matter 
how warm the morning, there is always the 
morning ritual. 

Now it is a few minutes later. Typewriters 
ore beginning to be heard. The talk has 
quieted and the day progresses. 

FAY GIBBS is opening the morning mail. 
Sgt. LEE GOMER is scanning his suspense 
file to see if the correspondence is being 

There is a slight interruption as Rocket 
O'Toole, a Great Done, and his bosom buddy. 
Dodo Torque, a small wire-haired, stage 
wrestling match in the center of the office, 
endangering the lives of the whole force. 
Rocket escapes from the too-enthusiastic 
Dodo and the engagement is over. 

Quiet restored, MARJORIE REED returns 
to her morning reports and the daily stotus- 
of-training report; HELEN CHASE posts 
some more gigs to the cadet punishment 
list, and Sgt. SEIDEN clucks over his two 
assistants, GERTRUDE HILL and Cpl. GIL- 
DIN, as they whip the March payrolls into 

THUES look rather woebegone as they peek 
over the vast stacks of service records and 
201 files and what are brightly called "allied 
papers" that came in with the new class. 

MIRIAM LARSON is dashing around with 
a worried look on her face. There is a 
meeting of the Academic Board set for 
0830 and it is now 0845 and not a wheel 
turning. The board must be elsewhere. 

MARGARET HILDRETH has settled down 
into the painful routine of cutting the 
special order that assigns the new class. 
That's really my job, but her typewriter cuts 
a better stencil and I have to meet the 
deadline for SKY NEWS. 

Had a letter from MARY SWINDELL, 
former Civil Service slave here, who is now 
with her husband, the former M/Sgt. Ben 
Swindell and now 2nd Lt. Ben Swindell. 
They are on their way to Seattle, where 
Ben will receive some training on the new 
B-29s. He just graduated from Officers' 
Candidate School at Miami Beach. Guess Ben 
is oil tagged to be an engineering officer. 

Mary didn't soy whether or not she liked 
the east, but she probably didn't. She's o 
dyed-in-the-wool Colifornion. Poor deluded 

Now the lathes ore all turning, the steam 
is up and the day has been well started. 
Further, deponent sayeth not. 

GLORYN (COTTON) McKEE, formerly 
of Forms & Records and Canteen, is back 
at work in Forms & Records on the night 
shift. Cotton is just back from Arizona and 
a few months of Flight Training. 


Sky Scribbling 

By Capt. William P. Sloan 


By Bill Guinn 


"In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly 
turns, etc, etc," and ours is no exception. 
With the recent deluge of heavy dew just 
a soggy memory — with the entire valley a 
carpef of plushest green — and with the sun 
giving forth with all the warmth of Vera 
Vague stranded at Camp Haan — it's a bee- 
ootiful day In Hemet. 

All of which reminds us that it's perfect 
flyin' weather and that the winter-long 
struggle to maintain flying schedules is eas- 
ing up. Auxiliary Field A-3 is no longer a 
suitable place to float duck decoys, and 
we've stopped using a logging chain for a 
wind sock. Squadron Six has blossomed 
forth in brilliant vermillion helmets, and 
ROCKET O'TOOLE is swinging his hundred 
pounds of coninity down the south road with 
a devil-may-care swagger and a purposeful 
gleam in his dork-brown eyes. 

Speaking of Rocke^, we think of his boss, 
Lt. MOON MULLINS, which brings to mind 
the super-graduation dance held at the 
Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. 
Ken Curtis and his Gl bond from Camp 
Haan supplied music sweet but not low, 
and the amount of enthusiasm displayed 

by the participants (even offer a 3-hour 
bus ride) speaks well for the physical con- 
ditioning prowess of Lt. COOPER. 

And speaking of traveling (or were we?), 
the flying officers have been doing a lot 
of it. Lt. JOE BENNETT mode a round 
trip to Santo Maria; Lts. SEXTON and 
MOHLER PT'd to Dos Polos; Lt. QUANTZ 
bottled the elements to Seattle and bock, 
MURDOCK ferried to Tucson. And Moj. FER- 
NALD flew to Twenty-nine Palms with Copt. 
DOOLEY holding down the rear cockpit. 
Capt. B. A. PEETERS returned from the East 
offer a month's sojourn — claims it was 
mighty chilly, and longed for sunny Col., 
where on extra blanket on his bed at 
night was indeed a rarity. 

Completely out of this world is Lt. KARL 
REEDY, who received his promotion to 1 st, 

and acquired a brand-new baby 

DOC STEPMAN has been popping in and 
out from Santo Ana, leaving Copt. LES 
BREATHOUR to dispense aspirin and solace 
to the needy. . . . Which reminds us that 
it's time to amble over to the dispensary 
and see if they have a prescription for spring 
fever — we feel an awful attack coming on. 

Raggle Toggle 

By Wilma Kribs 


In these lush spring days when every- 
thing is turning to brilliant shades of green 
and the blossoms in the orchards are full 
blown, one's thoughts turn to other things 
besides the trivia of beating a typewriter and 
figuring small stuff for the time sheets. So 
we sit ond look out the window. But from the 
sublime to the ridiculous — 

Our JO outdid herself at the bowling al- 
ley the other night. Seems as though she 
struck on overage for the night of 161 . Top 
score was 181, which isn't to be sneezed at, 
but she managed to blow two frames in eoch 
gome. We notice in the Friday night bowling 
league Maintenance has really flubbed the 
dub. Your reporter went bowling lost night 
with top score of 167 (other scores cen- 
sored). We hereby tender our services for 
the benefit of Maintenance. 

Received a letter from JEANNIE HOPPLE 
today. She's working over at March in the 
Sub-Depot on the swing shift. It reolly cuts 
in on her operations, she soys, and it doesn't 
begin to compare with Ryan. 

We've hod company and more company 
this week. Mr. BALCH, Mr. PRUDDEN, Mr. 
STILLWAGEN in order of their arrival. It's 

such wonderful weather all conferences are 
carried on during their walks about the field. 
Of course, without benefit of briefcase, file 
and portfolio, it's strictly ad lib and every 
man for himself. 

It has come to our attention by way of the 
grapevine that BERTHA "MONEYBAGS" 
KLEMENS will hove received her three-year 
award by the time this goes to print. Besides 
receiving this award. Bertha holds the dis- 
tinction of being the senior female employee 
on the field. Congratulations! 

ROSE COMBS, recently of Forms and Rec- 
ords, is now of the Personnel Department. 
We're glad you're over here, Rose, and Roger 
seems to have a satisfied smirk in his eye. 

RUSSELL presented me with a cord the 
other day as "Wolf at work. Please do not 
disturb." Doryl wonts to hong it on Wil- 
cox's office in the event of dictation, but 
they might think I wos the wolf! 

While wandering through Hangar I today, 
I sow several of the instructors wearing red 
— yes, I said red — helmets. It's Dollar Day 
today for the new cadets, and those red hel- 
mets ore guaranteed to cause on undecided 
stomach to rise rebelliously in righteous in- 
dignation. Sorry, fellows, that fine French 
lace is gone for the duration. 


DON PICKEREL, our new electrician, mov- 
ing his family from El Monte to Hemet for 
the duration. . . . PAUL SHARP, who has 
been a close neighbor of LOU BAILEY, re- 
cently leasing a small place in Diamond 
Valley, also buying himself a nice tractor. 
Oh, yes! 1 meant to say his small place 
has only 640 acres. How about loaning some 
of us fellows a few squares, Paul? 

NORRIS GREEN has been seen of late 
carting beds all over town. Is he starting a 
flophouse somewhere? . . . BEN HIMES, 
new addition to our department, wos for- 
merly division manager for the California 
Electric Power Co. for 35 yeors. He is now 
helping ELMO HEAVIN in maintenance of 
the field. . . . "MAJOR HOOPLE" HAAS, 
who hos been doing most everything on the 
field, is now back with his first love, "Lizzie 

I wonder if Mr. PRUDDEN is trying to 
land position in our department. Yours 
truly witnessed him showing CLARK CHAP- 
MAN how to run the power mower. . . . 
This is o good time to congratulate VERNE 
JOHNSON and his crew of Flotation Systems 
Incorporated. In spite of inclement weather, 
they've been doing a grand job with the 
new seweroge system, and also hove lent 
hand with certain jobs that hove come up. 

Early this week, members of the Medical 
Detachment doffed their familiar mustard 
green and donned overalls to assist your 
correspondent and EVAN ELLSWORTH in 
giving the Post Dispensary a new spring 
coat of paint. Green was the predominating 
color due to the fact that St. Patrick's Day 
was not far distant. 

Disregarding the fact that the Medicos 
put more point on themseves than on the 
building, they turned out a good job for 
a group of amateurs. The crew included 
Cpl. "BALDY" RYNER, who had more point 
on his head than hair when the job was 
finished; Pvt. DENNY, erstwhile meat in- 
spector; Cpl. ELLIS, Pvt. SCHRADER, Pvt. 
WORK" O'BRIEN, who become airsick while 
stonding on a four-foot steplodder. Pvt. 
GARLICK took core of the usual routine 
Medical Department duties. 


By Lloyd Barber 


PAT CROSSEN has been confined to his 
home with a bad case of the flu. Hurry up 
ond lick it, Pat, as the force misses you — 
especially the boys on grave yard. 

BROWNIE is wearing a big smile these 
days. Chief CRANE appointed him chairman 
of the Red Cross for our department, and 
he put it over 100% in two days. 

Vacations are In order now. HICKS has 
put in for reservations for a trip up the coast. 
McCRACKEN and myself leave the 8th of 
April with the DeAnzo riders from Riverside 
for Colexico. 

Our new headquarters ore just about com- 
pleted. Skipper WILCOX gave our Chief a 
free hand in planning some and as a result 
ELMO HEAVIN and his boys hove fixed us 
up a real nice new station. Come in and visit 

"Meet the Force" 

(Continued from last issue) 

ROY BROWN is married and has two 
lovely daughters. A city farmer, as he owns 
a ranch in the city limits of Hemet. Loves 
to hunt and fish. His present hobby ond 
pride and joy is a John Deere tractor. 

DENVER ELLIS, Assistant Fire Chief at 
Ryan; three days a week you will find him 
keeping our fire equipment in tiptop shape. 
Loves to hunt and fish. Married, with one 

LYMAN DOAK, married and has four 
children. Been with Ryan over three years, 
having transferred from another department 
to the Police Department. Very clever at 
producing miniature things, and at present 
is making a saddle, complete in every de- 
tail. His hobby is red cherries. 

JOHN DIXON, married, owns a nice 
ranch here in the Valley. John is quite 
a taxidermist and also gunsmith. A fine pis- 
tol shot; his hobby is guns. 

EVERET DeFOREST, married, owns a 
couple of ranches here in the Valley and 
forms them both. Loves square dances; you 
will find him and the Mrs. every Saturday 
night at the Tolquist Country Club. 

CECIL HICKS, married, veteran of World 
War I. Owns a cabin at Idylwild and you 
will find him up there whenever possible. 

CHARLEY UMLAND, married, recently 
bought nice home here in the Valley. A 
retired railroad man, having been at it for 
over fifty years. 

Your columnist is married and has three 
children. Owns a ranch here in the Valley. 
World War veteran, belongs to Sheriff's 
Posse of Riverside County, and a Shriner. 
Formerly o trombone player in Chicago and 
New York for twenty years. Hobby is horse- 
back riding and owns o Palomino riding 

Daryl Smith of 

By Horry Hofmonn 

'Tis sod, folkses, 'tis sad . . . but none- 
theless true. The above picture shows Hem- 
et's beloved (?) office monager, Daryl How- 
ard Smith, in a typical pose. Typical because 
poor Smith is constantly in a dither. 

Idaho's gift to Ryan has multifold duties 
... so numerous that he himself can't 
keep trock of them, nor can anyone else. 
If there's anything you wont to know, how- 
ever, just ask Smith. If he doesn't know, 
he'll at least give you on answer. 

Married about a year ago to lovely Max- 
ine Morris, the Smiths are now the proud 
possessor of one Jeffrey Daryl, who orrived 
in this vole of sin ond shome on February 
13 ... a robust, healthy lad all set to 
take his father at any time. 

Smith is versatile in other ways. Schooled 
in the wilds of Idaho, he came to Colifornia 
seeking odditionol fame and found it at 
Ryan in Son Diego, from whence he was 
soon transferred to Hemet. As office man- 
ager he has kept things well under control, 
including his stoff of attractive females. 

How he manages to find time for the 
numerous outside activities is beyond us, 
OS he occasionolly sleeps. Bowling expert 
(but don't look at his scores) ) scourge of 
the pinboll machines; qualified divot digger; 
poker player deluxe; vice president of San 
Jacinto Lions Club; income tax genius; skier; 
sideline specialist ... to list but o few. 
The funny part is that he's always on the 
ball at Ryan. Guess he's just a smart guy. 




By Hole Landry 



We regret to announce that on March 1 5 
and within a few minutes of each other, 
three members of our Ground School staff 
went into a spin while on o troining flight 
and failed to recover. Spectators were hor- 
rified to see CHARLIE EDDINS go com- 
pletely out of control at about 5000 feet 
ond hurtle to the ground. It was obvious 
from the gyrations of his ship that he was 
battling desperately for control. Even be- 
fore the full significance of this tragedy had 
struck us, JIM KEESEE came tumbling out of 
the blue. But even this was not enough; 
BRIS BRISTOL followed suit. And to make 
the day complete, MARTY WEIDINGER 
mode o unique contribution to the annals 
of aviation by on amazing feat. He took off 
from an altitude of 500 feet below sea level 
and landed at Ryan without so much as a 
trace of sea weed. None of the Link Trainers 
were damaged. 

Thanks to o generous and far-sighted 
policy, the Ground School instructors are 
getting an appreciable amount of Link time. 
This is only one phase of a program designed 
to enable the instructors to "grow in wis- 
dom and age and grace." The able and pa- 
tient Link instructors will agree that we are 
at least one-third successful. Pick your own 

All of which brings to mind that along 
with almost any job worth doing there are 
many intangible compensations that are 
likely to come unobserved. Prominent among 
these is this instructor training program 
which goes on almost continuously in the 
ground school, and is designed to serve the 
current academic needs. Mr. HARRY 
RAINE, for instance, is preparing a course 
in Physics. We know from his post perform- 
ances thot this is worth anticipating. 

By way of on introduction to this course, 
MARTY WEIDINGER led us through the 
intricacies of electricity in generol and gener- 
ators in particular. This preview, brief as it 
was, was given with the thoroughness and 
clarity that characterizes all his work. (Gotta 
be nice to the Boss.) 

Another and by no means the least of 
these intangible compensations is the infor- 
mal discussion that will be provoked by just 
anything you say in this department. Prac- 
tically no statement goes unchallenged. This 
is the dorndest bunch; It's got so thot we 
don't even soy "Good morning" but "Hello 
— I think . . " And KEESEE will hove on 
argument for that. 

See you next month — I think. 




By Marvel Hicks 


Some old employees have rejoined the 
ranks of Ryan. Regardless of their reason 
for leaving, they come back at the first 
opportunity — Ryan has something. We are 
glad to see HORTENSE LAWSON return 
to the fold. She tells us she came back to 
keep an eye on BLACKIE as well as the 
afternoon crew in the canteen. Another 
familiar face in the canteen is that of 
LORNA KRABBENHOFT, whose husband is 
in the service. 

After her bout of several weeks with 
pneumonia, MARY JANE BRADEN is again 
gracing the officer's mess. Mary finally won, 
but lost 14 pounds in the fight. LERA TOM- 
LIN came back last week, but worked only 
a day before she came down with the 

MYRTLE HODGE and her family are really 
Navy minded. She has three sons in the 
Navy, and just recently her youngest daugh- 
ter, ROSEMARY I who formerly worked in 
the canteen) enlisted in the Waves and 
expects to get her assignment soon. 

All of us are proud of JIM SHEPPHERD, 
mess hall attendant, who was 79 years 
young March 14 — and I really mean young, 
as Jim can hold his own with any of them. 

ALICE WILHELM, not to be outdone by 
VIOLA MONTGOMERY, has not only been 
spending her spare time painting, but has 
been doing some remodeling to the old 
home, and having a grand time doing it. 
When it's completed, though, I understand 
we are the ones to have a grand time — 
in the form of a housewarming. Isn't that 
what you said, Alice? 

The Gay /^ 
Nighties ^ 

By Opal Kerby 



Forms and Records ore proud to have 
a new addition, COTTON McKEE, who is 
really not new to the field. She had worked 
in the Canteen quite some time, then she 
decided to learn to fly. Which she did, 
and is bock with us now. 

GEORGE EAKES has decided skinned 
knuckles aren't so good. I'll bet he takes 
a good look at the next motorcycle before 
he takes a poke at it. 

Sniff, sniff, h-m-m — "Must be BOB CAL- 
LAWAY walking by us, girls." 

Wonder why MARCHITA JOHNSON looks 
so much tinier lately? 

MARY MIRANDA is bock at work offer 

being ill at her home for quite some time. 

JOSEPH McKEE will be bock to work very 
soon, having undergone a major operation. 
He also comes bock to Ryan a married man 
instead of single. 

WANDA SHEPHERD was a proud little 
lady this week. Her escort you sow with 
her was none other than her son in the 

We hear that the girls in the Daily Crew 
are cleaning the ship so well that they con 
put their makeup on in the reflection of the 

So you are wondering why JACK MONT- 
GOMERY spends so much time in front of 
his tool box? To get the answer, take a 
gander at that picture he has painted on it. 

JOHNNY GORDON is at it again. That 
midget story was a diller. 

We hear LOIS MORTON is having quite 
a time trying to decide what length to leave 
her hair. 

The Home 

By Barbara Deane 


Well, here it is the 17th again and I'll 
have to dash this off like mod to keep within 
the good graces of the "ed" of this sheet. 

There is one startling item! DALE OCK- 
ERMAN, in planning for his impending trip 
to Tucson with the glee of a small boy, 
bought a hot. For those who don't know it, 
this is Dale's first hat in four years. He 
makes the profound statement that it feels 
just like a bathtub around his head. 

The usually uneventful routine of events 
was interrupted last week by the Army and 
Navy War Show, for which we all turned 
out in full force. It was the consensus of 
opinion that it was one of the most wonder- 
ful things seen for a long time. The flame- 
throwers, the heat from which we felt in 
the top of the stadium, the firing of the 
antiaircraft guns, and the mock attack on 
a Jap atoll in the South Pacific were things 
most of us will not forget. We wish you could 
oil see it. 

Proud father KEN WILD brought his 
charming youngster in the other day for all 
of us to "ooh" and "ooh" over. Ken really 
ploys the part of the indulgent parent. Of 
course the Wild offspring will not be the 
least bit spoiled!!! 

MARIE BENBOUGH took off like a comet 
the other day when husband Dick returned 
from the East Coast a day early on his 
ten-day furlough. We hove on idea they're 
having a marvelous time, as we've not heard 
a word from her all week. 

KAY READY is bock on the job after a 
month's sick leave and is having a per- 
fectly wonderful time fixing up the house 
she and her husbond Jake purchased atop 
the hill overlooking Lindbergh Field. "Come 
up for a sunton sometime," she invites one 
and all. How about a housewarming, Kay? 

"CHUB" HANSEN has finally decided 
that she will claim as a dependent for this 

year husband Swede, somewhere in the Po- 
cific area, if he continues to write those 
little notes back for reimbursement when 
he gets in a poker game. Let us know how 
it works, Chub. 

We're welcoming to the family this month 
DORIS FRY, who is workmg for SID PETER- 
SON in Payroll, and is taking MAE CON- 
NER'S place since Mae resigned to become 
"Little Chief" for her "Big Chief" husband. 
Doris is from Iowa and has just arrived in Son 
Diego to be with her husband, a Marine band 
player. Another arrival is BETTY SKINNER, 
formerly with the Public Relations Deport- 
ment of Beech Aircraft in Wichita. Betty is 
now working in BILL WAGNER's office while 
her husband is at boot camp. A third new- 
comer is VIVIAN HOLME, of Sioux City, 
Iowa, who is helping Accounting keep track 
of the money. We hope you like it here 
with us, gals, and we wish you luck. 

We're sorry to relate that ROY FEAGAN's 
wife has just undergone one of those un- 
pleasant things known as operations. (Roy 
managed to get a couple of gray hairs over 
it and a furrow or two in his brow) . We hope 
Frances recovers very shortly, Roy, so we can 
all get together again. 

It took six months to do it, but at long 
last GEORGE LIPPITT finally broke down and 
talked about the much-talked-about Thanks- 
giving party. It seems that George has never 
been quite sure whether he should smile or 
blush when the rest of us were rehashing 
the events of that bacchanalian evening. 
Glad you finally broke the ice, George. 

This will do for now. The real news is, 
of course, unprintable, but some time we'll 
moke a scoop. Until next month, adios. 


Published monthly for employees of 
Administrative Headquarters 
Son Diego Colifornio 

Operational Boses: 

Hemet, California Tucson, Arizona 

The Ryan Schools are subsidiaries 

of the 

Ryan Aeronautical Company 

Editor Keith Monroe 

Hemet Editor Harry Hofmann 

Tucson Editor Margaret Jacobs 

Staff Photographers T. T. Hixson 

Frank Martin 
Son Diego Reporter.. ..Barbara Deone 
Hemet Reporters: Bill Guinn, Opal 
Kerby, Wilmo Kribs, Hole Londry, 
Dorothy Lorenz, Copt. William P. 
Sloan, Cpl. Eugene R. Neeff, Marvel 

Tucson Reporters: Margaret Boilord, 
Freda Buffington, Mickey Coleman, 
Loring Dowst, Lorraine Fish, Hazel 
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Here in America, most of us think Germany is 
doomed to early destruction. 

But does Hitler see it that way? 

If you were Hitler, even today you could probably 
see several good chances of avoiding disaster. 

You could see the chance that the Japs may change 
the whole picture of world strategy by a major vic- 
tory in India; the chcmce that Russia may decide it 
has chased the Germans far enough, and will sit 
back to let the Anglo-Americans carry the brunt of 
the war; the chance that when the Allies try to invade 
the west, they will be driven into the sea with such 
hideous losses that they will lose heart for fighting. 

Then too, if you were Hitler, you could look ahead 
to a strategy which might well win you a negotiated 
peace. Consider: Assuming that America and Eng- 
land succeed in establishing a solid second front in 
Western Europe, two possibilities will then be open 
to Hitler. 

He may withdraw most of his army from the Rus- 
sian front and hurl it against the Americans and 
British. In that case the major weight of the struggle 
will be transferred to the west. The Anglo-Americans 
will fight on the rim of Fortress Europe while the 
Russians can guickly push into Germany. This will 
mean two things: heavy casualties for us, and the 
arrival of the Russians in Berlin ahead of us. Hitler 

may decide that this prospect offers the best hope 
of frightening the Western powers into a negotiated 

On the other hand. Hitler may choose his second 
possible course: He may decide to offer England 
and the U. S. the benefits of a bloodless invasion. 
Instead of concentrating on smashing our campaign 
in the west. Hitler may leave the bulk of his forces 
on the Russian front. If this happens, the American 
and British armies can roll through with compara- 
tively small losses, and reach Germany while Hitler's 
troops are still engaging the Russians in the east. 

In a word. Hitler, sure of defeat, may sell that defeat 
to the party which will pay the better price. Such 
tactics offer him the chance of splitting the United 
Nations, leading them into a contest to outbid each 
other for his surrender, and perhaps even creating 
such strife between them that he might suddenly turn 
and destroy them. 

Make no mistake. Hitler sees all these possibilities. 
He will exploit them to their last oimce of value. 
Those Americans who count on a guick and easy 
victory over Germany are likely to meet tragic dis- 

Every American who quits a war job now, or 
slackens up on it, is helping Hitler. Let's all stay on 
the job — to finish the job! 


M A y • 1944 

On Guard! 

by Keith Monroe 

The visitor was redfaced with 
anger. He had driven sixteen miles 
across the desert to make a sight- 
seeing trip through the Ryan School 
of Aeronautics — and now the guard 
at the gate told him he couldn't 
come in ! 

"What in blazes do you mean?" 
the visitor barked. "Suppose I 
haven't on appointment to see any- 
one here. What difference does that 
make? I'm a taxpayer and this prop- 
erty belongs to the taxpayers! I de- 
mand that you let me inspect my 

But the Ryan guard had the right 

"Sure, this is your property," he 
said suavely. "And you want it pro- 
tected, don't you? Look. There are 

dozens of enemy agents in this state 
who'd dearly love to blow up this 
whole school or set it afire. Now, 
if we start letting visitors in here, 
how long do you think we'll be able 
to protect it for you?" 

The visitor rubbed his chin. 

"By gosh, I never did think of it 
that way before," he said. "Maybe 
I owe you a vote of thanks for keep- 
ing me out — as long as you keep 
out everybody else who hasn't any 
official business." 

Believe it or not, the visitor then 
shook hands wij-h the guard, clapped 
him on the back, and drove away. 

Such situations are all in a day's 
work to Ryan guards — they're 
trained to handle them. A primary 
school guard has to be a good diplo- 

mat as well as an alert watchdog 
and a tireless sentry. 

"The guard on duty at the gate 
has to get hard-boiled sometimes, 
but he always must be tactful and 
courteous," soys Percy Stohl, chief 
of Ryan's police at Tucson. "We 
guards figure that we're really work- 
ing for three different bosses — 
Ryan, the Army, and the public. 
We want to please them all. And 
brother, if you don't think that 
takes diplomacy, you should listen 
in some day at the gatehouse." 

No one gets through the barri- 
cade into a Ryan school unless he 
can prove he has business there. 
Anyone who does enter is checked 
in by the guard, given a big identi- 

(Continued on page 5) 

Police duty at a (lisht school calls (or detective work and diplo- 
macy. Here's how our guards protect Ryanites from trouble. 



7^ ^tf 

One sure way to ruin almost any airplane 
is to give it to a bunch of novice fliers and 
let them practice landings with it. 

When a fledgling comes banging onto the 
runway in the crude landing attempt that a 
beginner makes, he's subjecting his ship to 
one of the worst kinds of punishment any 
plane can take. Modern high-performance 

combat planes and bombers can withstand 
machine-gun slugs and anti-aircraft shells, 
but they're built to be landed only a few 
times a day — and even then they need to 
be set down by an expert. 

So if amateurs are to learn take-offs and 
landings in a plane, averaging six landings 
an hour for thousands of hours, that plane 
will have to be uniquely well-built. 

New types of training planes have often 
passed rigorous flight tests and been found 

satisfactory in all engineering qualities ond 
flight characteristics — yet when they were 
put into actual service, they showed glaring 
weaknesses. When these were remedied, 
other weaknesses appeared. Until a training 
plane has thousands of hours of actual 
training time during instruction work at 
flight schools, it hasn't proved itself. 

That's why the manufacture of training 
planes is a special field dominated by a few 
companies — of which the Ryan Aeronautical 
Company of San Diego has been a leader for 
many years. Ryan trainers are in use at mili- 
tary flight schools training many thousands 
of Army pilots. Although subjected to all the 
kinds of abuse that dodos can give them, 
these planes have come through years of 
service withoul- a single serious structural 

Not only must Ryan planes be much 
tougher, in certain ways, than more glam- 
orous types of ships, but they must also 
have enough speed and responsiveness to fit 
students for the high-powered jobs they will 
graduate into. Ryan planes are fast and easy 
to handle — in fact, when it comes to aero- 
batics, the International Aerobatic Cham- 
pionship was won by Tex Rankin in a Ryan 
stock model. 

John H. Russell, American ace recently 
returned from the Netherlond East Indies, 
reports that the Ryan trainers did an all- 
'round job in every kind of aerial activity 
except gunnery and bombing training." In 
the year preceding the Japanese invasion," 
Russell soys, "we were using Ryan trainers 
as primary, basic, advanced, and blind flying 
trainers all wrapped into one. When hostili- 
ties began, every student who wos far enough 
along in training was assigned to military 
operations. They flew scouting and obser- 
vation missions, ferry duties, and all kinds 
of odd jobs." 

They did even more. Earl "Chink" Lee, a 
Navy pilot who sow duty over the Indies, 

Why Ryan-built 
ships are used 
all over the world 


takes up the story. "During the eorly months 
of the war, our Ryan seaplanes actually had 
frequent dog fights with Japanese pursuits. 
On reconnaissance duty they would spot on- 
coming Jap pursuits. They couldn't get back 
to the base in time, and had to try to out- 
maneuver the Japanese. Once a skillful 
Dutch pilot couldn't elude a Jap pursuit, so 
engaged him in a dog fight for 25 minutes 
before finally limping home — full of holes 
and with his tab controls shot away." 

Pilots found the Ryan olanes could easily 
outmoneuver and turn inside Japanese pur- 
suits. Some flyers felt so confident of the 
Ryans that they pleaded with their officers to 
put 30-caliber machine guns on the ships 
so they could go up and engage the enemy 

In China, where Ryans are used by the 
Chinese Air Force, machine guns actually 
are mounted on them. The planes are used 
not only for primary instruction, but also 
for more advanced practice in combat work. 

Ryan trainers are flying in Australia, In- 
dia, and South America as well as in this 
country. Every government that has used 
them is enthusiastic about their ease of 
handling, their nimbleness at aerobatics, 
their durability in the endless pounding of 
take-off and landing practice. Ryan's engi- 
neers are proud of their record of turning 
out the finest training planes for the fledg- 
ling fliers of Uncle Sam and the Allied Na- 
tions; and the Ryan Schools are glad that 
they have these famous planes in which to 
train their students. 



On Guard 

ficotion badge, and checked out again when 
he leaves later that day. But the guards 
don't stop at that. If the visitor is a stranger, 
they keep an eye on him as long as he's on 
the grounds. One magazine writer, strolling 
through the school's hangars to pick up gen- 
eral atmosphere for on article, was stopped 
four times in ten minutes and politely asked 
whom he wished to see. Guards are in- 
stinctively suspicious of people who stroll 
idly about the busy school buildings. 

The guards' main duties are to keep an 
eagle eye on everyone who passes through 
the gates; to patrol the school buildings 
and make sure that nothing is amiss any- 
where; to ferret out any would-be fire-bugs 
or saboteurs; and to risk their lives, if neces- 
sary, to protect the airplanes and personnel 
at the school. They carry out these duties, 24 
hours a day, 7 days a week, under the super- 
vision of police chiefs Stahl at Tucson and 
Milo "Mike" Crane at Hemet. 

Stahl served 15 years as a guard at the 
state reformatory in Elmira, New York. He 
can be as hard as chilled steel when he has 
to, but his handsome gray moustache and 
smooth friendly manner make him the ideal 
Grover Whalen of the guardhouse gate. He 
con welcome visiting dignitaries or turn 
away unwonted salesmen with equal friendli- 
ness and tact. 

Mike Crone is a bluff, good-natured Irish- 
man who always knows what the score is, 
and never forgets his gift of blarney. Crone 
has lived in Hemet since 1915, and served 
OS a deputy sheriff there for almost a quar- 
ter century. So he knows a lot of angles 
that come in handy for his job of protect- 
ing the school. Three times within the last 
year he has saved the school from hiring 
potential bad actors. His long memory re- 
called unsavory incidents of their past lives 
in nearby towns. 

Anyone who works in o Ryan flight school 
must have a spotless past. There are too 
many chances for sabotage around hangars, 
airplanes and control towers. "We've never 
had any sabotage at Ryan, and we don't 
intend to," Crane soys. "We figure that if 
we never take any chances, we'll never hove 
any regrets." 

Fire prevention is an important part of 
the work of Ryan guards. They're forever 
prowling and poking, on the hunt for fire 
hazards. They take surprisingly painstaking 
precautions, such as pushing safety wire 
through fire hose nozzels to moke sure 
there ore no obstructions. Once in turning 
over the Hemet school's sand-filled fire 
buckets — chore which he and his men 
perform every few days — Crone found that 
a careless hangar worker had poured half 
can of inflammable grease solvent into 
the sand. "If we ever threw that sand on 
a fire," Crane grins, "you'd be able to see 
the flomes from the next county." 

Fire prevention also calls for a little de- 
tective work on the side. Once a mysterious 
fire started in a school stockroom. After it 
was extinguished. Crone nosed around to 
try to find what had caused it. In a corner 
of the smoky, charred room he noticed 
a bit of rag soaked with linseed oil. Crane 
snapped his fingers, and rushed from the 
room, headed for the paint shop. 

He knew that painters hod been at work 
in the stockroom before the fire. So he was 
able to make a shrewd guess that another 
fire might be starting at any moment in 
the paint shop. When he got there, there 
was no fire, but the potential cause of one 
lay in plain sight — a pile of oil-soaked rags. 
Some inexperienced painter hod left them 
there, just as he hod left one in the stock- 
room that started a blaze by spontaneous 
combustion. If Mike Crane hadn't hunted 
down those rags, the paint shop might have 
been nothing but ruins. Just such vigilance 
as Crane's has prevented the occurrence of 
any serious fires in a long time. 

School guards hove all sorts of odd jobs 
to do in addition to their regular duties. 
If one of the girls misses the last bus to 
town, it's up to the guards to see her home. 
If Army cadets, who ore confined to quar- 
ters during their first week after arrival, get 
restless and try to sneak out of bounds, it's 
the guards' duty to corral them. If there's 
rowdiness at a school donee, a guard must 
ploy the role of tactful bouncer. If a high- 
spirited cadet is caught in some serious 
breoch of discipline, his officer may put 
him in the custody of the guards. 

The guard service gets no glory and little 
thanks, but it never sleeps. Night and day, 
rain, or shine or sandstorm, its men are 
watching every cere of Ryan's flying schools. 
Their level heads and even tempers have 
helped to keep those schools running 
smoothly. And their watchful care of the 
taxpayers' precious war property has helped 
to preserve that property undamaged. 

The Home 

Yoiir Government 
says . . . 




By Barbara Deane f^ , ^a P 

It's a boy at the Peterson abode and his 
name is now SIDNEY EARL, JR., weighing 
in at six pounds four ounces. Both MARGE 
and SID are doing well, and Sid particularly 
seems to have stood up remorkably well 
under the strain. All the godfathers and 
godmothers here in the office wish the trio 
the greatest of joy, and we're all looking 
forward to having Sidney, Jr., as a member 
of the staff in a short while. 

With the breaking of the Ryan airline 
story excitement here reached a new peak. 
It's orchids to everyone in the office, the 
Institute and to BILL WAGNER and his 
capable staff for their splendid all-out 
cooperation and eagerness to get the neces- 
sary correspondence and data out with the 
greatest possible haste. It even meant a 
couple of the gals going without Easter bon- 
nets because they worked the day before 
Easter. One and all, we're pretty thrilled 
about the prospects and ore keeping our 
fingers crossed for the future, and for my- 
self particularly that China route, and for 
FRAN STATLER the land of the rhumba. 
Here's hoping. 

C. A. STILLWAGEN had to moke a flying 
trip to Washington and other points on the 
East coast in connection with the proposed 
airline. Trying to get train reservations 
through toWoshington was like trying to find 
the proverbial needle in the haystack, only 
a bit more difficult. The grade was finally 
mode about two minutes before five the 
night prior to his leaving, and if there aren't 
few more gray hairs in my head I must 
be color-blind. It looked for a while as 
though he would be going first-class pony- 
cart, and can't you just visualize the spec- 
tacle of CAS trekking across the desert on 
a pony!!!!! 

We're sorry to say adios to EDNA 
DIVENS of the Institute as she leaves to 
join her husband Friday somewhere in 
Texas, where he will be attached to on 
Army post band. We wish you lots of luck, 
Edna, and hope to see you back some day. 

VIRGINIA VOYLES is one of the latest 
and most pleasant additions to the office. 
Virginia hails from St. Louis and has come 
West to join her Marine husband and is 
now working for GEORGE LIPPITT on the 
new book for the Institute. (Has anyone 
ever noticed how partial this office seems 
to be to the Marine Corps?) 

Seen following the bewildering KEN WILD 
through the maze of Receiving and Dis- 
bursing is our new receiving clerk, FLOYD 
NICHOLS, who is taking the place of 
HOWIE SIMMONS. "Nick" is o welcome 
addition to the family, and barring a few 
wrinkles he will undoubtedly acquire between 
here and the warehouse, we hope he likes 
working with us. 

Word has just been received that HOWIE 
SIMMONS is now stationed at Camp Rob- 
erts, near San Luis Obispo, and is getting 
along pretty well. He hasn't quite been able 
to get used to the lock of a harem such as 
this was. We wish Howie a lot of luck and 
look forward to o visit from him once in 
a while. (Continued on next page) 



The Home Office 

Last Week EARL D. PRUDDEN was seen 
opening a box of what he claims were Ari- 
zona lemons about the size of cantaloups. 
Of course everyone had a look-see, and 
EDP states most authoritatively that every- 
thing in Arizona grows and grows until it 
reaches such tremendous proportions. We 
question the veracity of that statement, and 
I, personally, am willing to challenge any- 
one to a ten-minute debate on the subject. 
Do I hear any takers? 

BURNICE DUCKWORTH and I were both 
in the clouds for a couple of days or so 
when at long last our respective Marines 
returned to the state side. It was really fun, 
but DUCKIE is convinced that thirty-day 
furloughs should not be given to returning 
Marines for a week or two, with which opin- 
ion I concur. What gets me is the way 
everyone in the office sits around and mokes 
comments about this and that. About as 
much private life as a goldfish, but we 
appreciate the moral support. 

DALE OCKERMAN is having a wonder- 
ful time these days getting rid of the scor- 
pions and other large and small wild life 
at his new house. He informs us this morn- 
ing thot he spent the week-end painting 
the windows a red that mokes a fire engine 
look a pole pink in comparison. Could it 
be that you are putting out a stop sign, 

One of the heartiest loughs we've had 
lately was the sight of dapper GEORGE 
LIPPITT edging onto an already over- 
crowded bus and trying to withstand the 
onslaught of the crowd when the end of 
the line was reached by standing in the 
center of the aisle and being buffeted about 
like a small rowboat in a storm. Queried 
George of the driver, "Is this the end of the 
line?" "Yeah," drawled the driver. "Oh, 
well, I guess I had better drop my nickel 
in now," quoth George, being utterly ob- 
livious of the fact that nickels go in when 
you first board the bus. Such honesty should 
have its own just reward. 

Welcome visitors to the home office were 
of Tucson, looking so very brown and 
healthy. Hope you'll come again soon, gals; 
we enjoyed your visit. 

ROGER BRUBAKER left this morning on 
their trips around the proposed airline 

The gals in the Institute wont to know 
how it is that MARGE FLOYD gets a cold 
at the most auspicious times? It couldn't 
be there is a big follow-up mailing due, 
could it? Could be that scraping the bottom 
of that seaworthy craft, the Susie Q, might 
have something to do with it. Marge soys 
she's going to let the barnacles grow from 
now on because when she scrapes them off 
the bailing out process begins. We'd all 
love to go sailing with you, Marge, but we 
hove our doubts about not getting our feet 

KAY READY is going to hove her new 
house remodeled into apartments and even- 
tually plans on having a swimming pool. 
That should be fun. What ore the rumors 
I hear of a party, Kay? By the way, that 
was on odd-smelling rose on your desk the 
other day after JEAN BOVET had mode a 
visit and left an oblong package on your 
desk. It couldn't have been the cheese/, 
could it? 


By Harry Hofmonn 
Hemet Editor 


Under the none-too-gentle hand of Lt. 
Roy "Two-push" Cooper, a Ryan softball 
league is now under way. Embracing both 
army and civilian personnel the league in- 
cludes squods from Aircraft Maintenance, 
Administration, Hangar 1, Hangar 5 I both 
flight instructors groups). Army officers and 
Army enlisted men. 

By next issue we may be able to hang 
out o few standings but right now the 
plethora of stiff arms and sore bocks is 
wreaking havoc. 

Subject to Cooper's stringent rulings, 
there will be no ringers . . . which is a 
swell idea. Regular softball rules will pre- 
vail. Gomes ore scheduled for every Mon- 
day, Wednesday and Friday at the Son 
Jacinto High diamond. 

Rosters of players submitted to Coop ore 
OS follows: ADMINISTRATION (and no 
cracks, please) . . . HUNKY SMITH 
SON and the best batting practice pitcher 
in the league, PABLO WILCOX! 

Aircraft Maintenance is fielding a team 
of stalwarts that will prove quite a threat. 

Army officers, star-studded aggregation 
includes Capts. BRETHOUR, MURDOCK, 

The enlisted men seem to have the pow- 
erhouse of the league with a group of young 
bucks (mostly) including Sgts. GAEDE, 
and Pfcs. GRACE and GARLICK (mascot). 

The flight instructors from Hangars 1 and 
5 have refused to divulge their mystery 
teams. Maybe next issue. 

RUTH ROSEN is going about with a lovely 
smile today because husband Johnny has 
been transferred to a new Marine Air Wing 
and it looks as though she will be leaving 
shortly to join him in North Carolina. 

I think that's about all the news for 
now, so until next month, adios. 


Civil Service 

By Cpl. Eugene R. Neeff 

Yesterday I gathered up a handful of 
paychecks and hied off to the Air Depot 
Detachment in Hangar Three. There, happy 
to receive the gifts borne, were those whose 
civil service assignments have set them 
loose in a forest of bins, racks, shelves, 
stock record cards, stores, charges, requisi- 
tions, shipping tickets and other items on 
and on far into ad nouseum. 

Eager-beavering in headquorters, it's a 
rare day when the old scrivener of this col- 
umn has the opportunity to pass the time 
of day with the denizens of the worehouses 
and stock rooms. Come payday, though, an 
excuse presents itself. 

The so-called "Wing Room," now a full- 
fledged stock and receiving room on the 
west side of Hangar Three, with RAY PAR- 
VIN fussing about inspecting various and 
sundry aircraft ports, is the first stop on 
the itinerary. Ray is on old Ryan mechanic 
who went over to the other side a couple 
of months ago. 

LOUIS WEAVER is more or less the king- 
pin of the "Wing Room," having been 
punching the timeclock and attending to 
things in general there for nearly a year. 
Weover's assistants and both ore comparo- 
tively new at the business. Mrs. Combs 
issues parts to the mechanics and Warren 
receives, unpacks, packs and ships ports. 

Down in Hangar Four there is another 
warehouse and issue room thot is used for 
Class 13 property. Air Corps clothing to 
you, and for some items of Quortermoster. 
The diggings is presided over by ELIZABETH 
"RED" STURM, whose bright and shining 
face has graced this detachment for nearly 
two years. 

The third warehouse and issue room is 
attached to the supply office and occupies 
the some small amount of spoce that the 
whole business used to hold down two years 
ago. Charge of affairs therein is OWEN 
REEVES, who con, on a moment's notice, 
find any small part he has stored away in 
those seeming millions of bread pans. Help- 
ing in the esoteric business of hiding ond 
finding to the amazement of all is WIL- 
LIAM HOOD, who has about four month, 
of service under his belt. 

In the supply office Lt. GOLDBERG, of 
course, is the ringmaster, but he leans 
heavily on his secretary, HANNAH WIL- 
LIAMS, who is a pillar of strength and o 
fount of all knowledge. Coptoin DOOLEY 
is trying to lure her up to headquorters, 
but Lt. Goldberg screams loud and long every 
time the subject is broached. 

Another mainstay in the supply office is 
MARION BOSLEY, who supervises the girls 
in the stock records section. She has one of 
the most nerve-wracking jobs or\ the post. 
Her worries ore vast and cover the moze of 
forms required by the Air Service Command 
from requisitions to memorandum receipts. 
Poor girl ! 

Horry soys I gotta stop now. Save paper, 
you know. 

Briefs Looking 

From the 'Em Over 

Flight Line Hemet Editor 

By Bob Johnson Horry Hoffman 


So many compliments have been received 
on my picture that 1 think I will have San 
Diego make up about two or three thousand 
of them and send them to the boys at the 
front for moral builder upper. It seems like 
you no sooner get one batch of copy for our 
Sky News done than it's time to go to press 

The dispatchers were so happy about get- 
ting into print that they want to know why 
I can't use up the next issue writing about 
their choice comments. We'll save that for 
a more opportune time and really spring 
with this hot information. 

BOB CHADWICK, instructor with Squad- 
ron V, has been conducting an evening class 
in Radio Theory. Several instructors re- 
quested that Chodwick give a class that 
they could attend to learn radio code and 
also a working knowledge of radio theory. 
The first class started in September and ran 
through December. They were subjected to 
forty one-hour lectures on basic theory and 
communications. Another forty hours was 
devoted to dit-dahs of radio code. The fol- 
lowing instructors took the first course, and 

The second class started in February and 
at the present time is in its seventh week. 
The second class was designed for a some- 
what more extensive study of communica- 
tions. This course will prepare the students 
for the FCC Radio-Telegraph third-class 
license or permit and the Radio-Telephone 
second-class license. These two licenses will 
authorize the holder to operate any type 
of radio equipment to be found in commer- 
cial aviation, either on the ground or in the 
air. In the present class, discussions and 
explanations were used, rather than lec- 
tures. On completion all students will have 
attained a sending and receiving speed in 
radio code of at least 16 words per min- 
ute, which is required proficiency for the 
telegraph permit. 

The following instructors are at the pres- 
ent time in the final week of the second 
additional material being used in the sec- 
ond class that was not used in the first, 
several instructors are planning to take the 
course over again to gain the added advan- 
tage of the new text books. 

— Buy More Bonds — 

What with BOSS BRUBAKER out tearing 
around the country, Softball practice (not 
that we need it I and general run-of-the- 
mill work, we've been sorta tied down. 

Did find time to dig around and get Lt. 
WILLIAM CYRIL to take Capt. SLOAN's 
place as SKY NEWS correspondent for the 
Army. Cyril is a New York city lad — lower 
East Side, in fact. Left CCNY in his senior 
year to get in the air force, as previous 
CPT training had whetted his oppetie. Pri- 
mary at Cal-Aero, basic at Merced, advanced 
at Stockton, B-25 transition at Mather 
. . . and then got socked in the eye play- 
ing basketball and received sufficient dam- 
age to be grounded! And after all that work. 

Spent some time at Mather in devious 
jobs, then was transferred to Carlsbad as 
assistant special services officer. Just before 
Christmas he come to Ryan, where he is 
now a tactical officer . . . single, very 
eligible, ploys the piano (at one time pro- 
fessionally), and is now exhibiting his prow- 
ess as both athlete and editor. 

One of the many things we can lord it 
over Tucson on is the number of three-year 
employees. Recently presented with the 
ruby-studded token were BERTHA KLEM- 
ENS (only gal employee with such a record 
on the field!, STEVE WILLIAMS, JR., BOB 
When space permits, we'll give you a list 
of the ones who hove received the pins 


By Marvel Hicks 


Strutting around the kitchen these days 
is MINNIE HOLMES, our pastry cook. Rea- 
son — Minnie has a new cap . . . and 
it is becoming. Minnie is famous for those 
luscious pies served in the canteen. 

We lost one of our canteen girls when 
A/C Robert Harmon married KATIE MARES 
the first part of April. GWEN HON, whose 
husband is in the service; LOIS SHAY, cadet 
wife, and MARJORIE FRINKS, formerly on 
the night mointenance crew, ore replacing 
the cadets' wives who followed their hus- 

GLADYS CUDD has been vacationing . . . 
she is one of our old hands around here, 
having been with Ryan for over 20 months. 

Most of the flowers seen in the officers' 
mess recently have been supplied by our ex- 
pert gardener, ROSE MARTIN. Gardening 
is Rose's hobby and she spends most of her 
spare time at it. 

MYRTLE WILLIAMS is a very hoppv 


Upkeep >^ 

Lowdown '^ 

By Dorothy Lorenz 


Well, Happy Easter is over and all the 
eggs hod one — it soys here. There was a 
party, too, down at the river bed. The Flight 
Crew (lucky people) turned out for the big 
blowout, with JIM EVANS, foreman, the 
chief instigator. Jim gave out all the 
particulars, with a tall story thrown in now 
and then. If you know Jim, you know he 
has some pretty good stories. 

Now bock to the party. They hod a weiner 
roost (Think of the points!), two big bon- 
fires, and more good food than they could 
possibly eat, even with the help of the 
river bed's permanent inhabitants — those 
little crawly things that always show up for 
picnics. There was potato salad, deviled 
eggs, pickles, sandwiches, and mostly dev- 
iled eggs. Mrs. BILL MORRIS contributed a 
big double-decker coke that really hit the 

With that old saying, "ladies first," we 
will introduce the gals of the Flight Crew 
SMITH ore two competent truck drivers 
and always on the job. The CONKLING 
sisters, ETHEL and ALTA, are cooking with 
gas and are never absent. MARY STE- 
PHENS, whose husband is in the Navy, 
drives 17 miles to work every day, is never 
late and does a swell job of gassing the 
planes. BETTIE MAE COFFEE is right in 
there percolating. She is only 4 feet 1 1 
inches toll, but she does a man-sized job. 
GLADYS MARTIN, who hails from the 
Middlewest, is okeydoke. She is a good 
worker and always on the beam. 

Now, you fellows of the Flight Crew, 
don't feel slighted — we'll get you later. 

Everybody misses "POP" AVERETT, who 
has left Ryan because of his health. Pop is 
a grand person and the place don't seem the 
same without him. 

Flash! Inspection Week — CLIFF BRUCE 
wore a tie. End of flash. 

Corp. ROY McCALLUM, former chief dis- 
patcher out here, paid Ryan a visit while 
home on a short leave. 

April vacationers included HARRY HEN- 

BOB STONE has been elected manager of 
the Aircraft Maintenance Softball team. 
Come on, all you Maintenance folks, watch 
the schedule on the bulletin board and be 
sure to turn out and bock up your team. 

Ask FRED CHURCHILL about the flying 
spiders he saw, with purple wings and yel- 
low eyes! 

Although it's not the latest news, the 
Prop Shop and Stockroom have finally set- 
tled down. They just switched places and it 
was quite a turmoil while it lasted. 

mother these days, having just received a 
letter from her son, Everett Smallwood, en- 
closing several snaps of himself token in 
the South Pacific where he is stationed. 
Myrtle also received news of the promotion 
of her son Floyd to machinist's mate third 

Our boss, B. J. AVERY, was pleasantly 
surprised by a short visit from his youngest 
son, Robert, who recently joined the Navy. 


Sky Scribbling 

By Harry Hoffman 

There is plenty of room for toe wiggling 
when I try to fill the capable shoes of Capt. 
SLOAN in writing this column. Hemet will 
miss Doc, and even more so after a quick 
glance at the words I give forth. 

The decision of the year was the passing 
by the popular vote by the officers to in- 
dulge, five days instead of the usual three, 
in the art of muscle breaking and arm 
twisting. (Ask Lt. DOUGLASS.) 

This was a timely decision, for it brought 
forth a baseball team composed of two 
leagues, one captained by Whizz-Ball Lt. 
COOPER and the other by Bounce-Ball Copt. 
BRETHOUR. Most enthused is Lt. MOON 
MULLINS, who has patriotically contributed 
lunch money to many on opposing volleyball 

While the sun gave warmth the detach- 
ment gave way to spend a cool evening 
picnicking beside the never-flowing waters 
of the San Jacinto river, with slack-clad 
wives and friends. The group was invaded 
by a herd of milk-bearing cattle, undoubt- 
edly attracted by the flowing noises of Mil- 
ler's high life. Aid was given by Col Rockett 
O'Toole (Mullin's great done), who discov- 
ered that the best way to clear cattle from 
the area was not to chase them, but rather 
to run howling in the opposite direction and 
watch them trail behind. 

Total casualties were a shirt belonging 
to Capt. DOOLEY, a collar belonging to 
a shirt belonging to Lt. GOLDBERG and a 
good night's sleep by all. 

We must mention the farewell speeches 
for Copt. Sloan . . . and the all, given by 


By Lloyd Barber 


Well, here we ore again in our new office. 
Why don't you come up and see us some- 
time? The boys in maintenance did them- 
selves proud and went all the way to fix 
us up in grand style. CHIEF CRANE is al- 
most as happy as when he heard that he 
was a grandfather. 

ELMER KENNIES received the sad news 
April 1 2 that his father hod passed away. 
We all extend our deepest sympathy. 

MILTON COLES of Winchester is the 
newest recruit on the force. He's an ex- 
lawyer, more recently in the poultry-raising 
business. EARL KIRKPATRICK (another 
farm lad) has also been added since the last 

CECIL HICKS just winding up a two 
weeks vacation, spent in northern Califor- 

Which reminds me that TOM Mc- 
CRACKEN and I hove just returned from 
one. Don't know what's been going on 
around here, so will give a few highlights 
of our rather unusual trip. We left River- 


Rog Brubacker 

By Lf. William Cyril 

"Tall, dark and handsome" has become 
a hackneyed phrase in writing about G. 
Roger Bruboker, Hemet's dynamic personnel 
director. In fact, Rog is beginning to believe 
it himself and is often found peering intently 
into the mirror. 

However, despite or\ intense interest in 
his job and in the affairs of each and every 
employee, G. Roger's heart is elsewhere. The 
evidence appears in the picture above. It's 
his year old daughter, Carolyn Leona, she of 
the flashing eyes and coy smile. Mrs. B. 
shares in his affection a great deal, but 
"Tink" is tops. 

Rog is a native Californian, a graduate of 
University of California, where he was presi- 
dent of his fraternity. Kappa Delta Rho, and 
also active in other campus activities. After 
graduation he served a sentence of one year 
with a brokerage house in Son Francisco, 
bilking the poor people out of their funds. 
Tiring of this activity, Rog moved to the 
more fertile fields of the State department of 
unemployment, which has since been incor- 
porated into the War Manpower Commission 
(USES). For two years he was placement 
supervisor for Riverside county through which 
capacity he became acquainted with Ryan 
. . . and got a job here as soon as possible. 

Through his machinations, the personnel 
department now fills a decided need. Every 
possible employee function is handled from 
the smallest trouble to draft problems. 

For recreation, T-D & H goes in for back- 
yard gardening, a trait inherited no doubt 
from his father, one of the Valley's success- 
ful large-scale ranchers. 

side, California, on April 8 with the De 
Anzo Caballeros on horseback and rode 
across the mountains and desert to Calexico. 
There were 24 riders, with 16 more 
joining us en route. We packed two 
riders to a pack horse and did all our 
own cooking, etc. We followed the trail 
De Anzo rode in 1774, and pulled into 
Calexico Saturday afternoon, April 15. They 
hod a big parade, dinner and dance for 
use there to wind up a grand ride. 


By Wilna Kribs 

'1923 San Jacinto Grammar School Ten- 
nis Champion Meets First Defeat in At- 
tempted Come-Back." 

"Teamed in a doubles tournament with 
H. VINCENT OBREEON, who carried the 
brunt of the entire match, the ex-San Joe 
Grammar tennis chomp still failed to show 
the old speed and drive which once won 
him the much respected title years ago. 
The name, you folks oil know lit is carved in 
the sidewalk, near the old gymnasium) is 
timers would not have recognized your one- 
time champ. His legs were unsteady, his 
once famous forehand smash had the ve- 
locity of a cotton boll defying the law of 
gravity, and the once tricky and chop shots 
his backhand used to deal out were mere 
boomerang shots which either his partner 
or himself were forced to dodge. 

"The one portion of the match which 
could directly be related to the Hofmann 
of 1923 was the spirit in which he entered 
the field of battle — pert, self-assuring, and 
saucily free in speech and actions; he im- 
mediately refused refreshments at rest peri- 
ods (which were quite often), and scoffed 
at his partner and worthy opponents for 
supposedly destroying their athletic ability. 
For the benefit of your many friends, H. D., 
we would suggest your giving up the come- 
back in such a strenuous sport. Please let 
your audience remember you as the champ 
of 1923. Don't tarnish such a past perform- 
ance and record with the distorted brand 
for which you ore now qualified." 

The foregoing was submitted by courtesy 
of D. Huntington Smith. The match was 
played, you can see who was the winner, 
but, unfortunately, the game was not an- 
nounced beforehand, so others might travel 
to see Hofmann in torment. 

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Plant Maintenance 

By Bill Guinn 


The installation of stone borders Ground 
some shrubs and walks at one end of the 
cabins east of the dispensary has been 
accomplished with the help of the cadets. 
The idea was from one certain army officer. 
The resulting appearance is attractive and 
starts our thinking about the possibilities 
of the idea. 

joined our crew and with the help of CLARK 
CHAPMAN ore cooxing two blades of gross 
and two bushes to grow where one grew be- 
fore. DAVID C. HARRIS has been initiated 
into the inner circle's membership, composed 

GREENE and GLOVER cooperate with the 
rest of us in keeping the inside of the build- 
ings in top shape. 

We hove had many welcome gifts of 
flowering plants this spring. HARRIS brought 
in a large number of Shasta daisy cuttings, 
CHAPMAN has brought many cuttings, and 
GEORGE and Mrs OVARD came in with 

The Gay 

By Opal Kerby 

The girls in Hangar Four send out 
their sympathy to BILL DENNIS for that 
horrid fish bite he received. He claims it 
was a "Barracuda," 

We hove certainly hod a few changes 
since the lost issue of "Sky News," the 
main one — well, just ask MERWIN SHOOK 
how he likes his daily crew, or should we soy 
his "harem." 

If anyone wishes a demonstration on how 
to worm or dry their sweaters, just ask 
LOLA MORTON. She even designs them 
with stripes and oil. 

One of the vacationists this month is JO 
JACOBS. We haven't as yet heacd where she 
plans on spending it. 

Anyone strolling through Hangar Four the 
post few nights would hove declared some- 
thing drastic hod happened. It was just 
the doily crew clamoring all over a Stear- 
man to see what made it tick. 

BOB CALLAWAY is another one to be 
congratulated; he received his Ryan three- 
year pin. By the way, ask him what were 
a few of the congratulations he received 
with it. 

Any person running short on salt? LOIS 
MORTON has plenty to shore. 

By the time this goes to press MARCH ITA 
JOHNSON'S brother in the armed service 
will be home on a furlough — unless, of 
course, plans ore changed. She has not seen 
him for quite some time. 

A little surprise birthday party was given 
in honor of MARY ISHMAEL the other 
night by the girls in Forms and Records. 
She received many nice gifts. 

over a hundred chrysanthemum cuttings. 
These hove all been planted and in time 
will odd much color to the local scenery. 

DEAN WELLS is the proud father of a 
seven-ond-one-half-pound baby girl, born 
April 16 at the Hemet hospital. Mother and 
baby ore doing well . . . but where are 
the cigars? 

Here's a note from FRANK DOOLITTLE, 
who has been laid up for quite some time 
due to an operation. "I can't come out per- 
sonally to thank everyone, but I certainly 
wont to soy that we appreciate the kind- 
ness and help given us during my recent 
trip to the hospital." We oil hope you will 
be back soon, Frank. 

Opening of the new summer Softball 
league has left a few cripples in our de- 
partment. Our contributions to the Admin- 
istration team are "Bandy-Legs" WELLS, 
"Jiggs" GARDNER, "Boots" SHARP, 
"Speedball" GRIDER and yours truly. 

Say, has anybody heard any rumors about 
that delayed party promised us? 




By Hale Landry 



By the time this appears in print, class 
44-J will have been with us some time, but 
this is written just as they ore being indoc- 
trinated. How do they look? Just like any 
other uniformed group. But there will be a 
difference, judging from what Mr. WEID- 
INGER heard at o meeting of ground school 
directors held at Santa Ana. The emphasis 
from now on is on qualify. 

There is a new wrinkle in the ground 
school, too. The work has been depart- 
mentalized for administration. Department 
heads will be appointed whose function it 
will be to standardize instructional proced- 
ures and validate examinations in their 
respective departments. They will also act 
OS liaison men between instructors and the 
director of ground school. The appointees 
are: Mr. WOOLFOLK for airplanes, Mr. 
RAINE for engines, Mr. BRUFF for weather, 
Mr. BRISTOL for recognition, and yours 
truly for navigation. 

It was our pleasure to entertain a group 
of officers from Santo Ana recently who 
came here for a series of discussions per- 
taining to the new curriculum, especially as 
it will affect the aerodynamics course to be 
given hereafter at preflight. 

We were glad to see two other visitors, 
too — Messrs. LIVESAY and WILLETT. 
Come see us again — and bring your friends. 

Last Saturday it was my privilege to be 
in one of a group who ferried Ryan PT22's 
to Minter. Believe it or not, when I sow 
those little Ryans tucked against revetments 
I felt o sentimental tug at the heartstrings. 

ventures ^ 

By Mickey Coleman 


Sitting here by my favorite choir (it's the 
only one I've got) listening to the radio, 
chewing my favorite tobacco, was intrigued 
by the radio serial, "Where Are Our Child- 
ren?" My thoughts run to the office. Ah, 
yes, I can see it all now. There's WEST 
HALL howling at the girls. Now the girls 
are howling back. Who is this Casanova 
who has the coll of the wild? Is it man or 
beast? I'll tell more in the next issue. 

The girls did o little howling themselves 
the other night. It wasn't o wolf coll either. 
We hod a skating party. Everyone had lots 
of fun. Your reporter supplied the cake and 
ice cream. The rink supplied the floor — 
we took advantage of everything. We really 
didn't fall much, though — everyone was at 
work the next day, including MARION 
JAESCHKE. She tried to moke on impres- 
sion — she left her crutches outside. NATA- 
LIE STILB was quite good on skates — it's 
too bod she couldn't stay on them long. 
DENI BLAAUW really raced on her skates. 
She had to — to keep up with them. They 
hod music and everything, so we all song. 
NATALIE kept looking at the floor and 
singing "Close to You." We all ended up 
singing "My Shinning Hour." 

We hove a new PBX operator — POLLY 
MOCK, replacing SOFIA VERVENA. Sofia 
transferred to ARNOLD WlTTO's office. 
Best of luck, girls! 

If you want to know "for whom the bells 
toll" just ask or look at DANA KUHN. He 
sure is a happy bridegroom! 

If you noticed a dork, handsome stranger 
around the office and wondered — well, we 
hod the pleasure of DALE OCKERMAN's 
company while JEFF UNDERWOOD was va- 
cationing. Dole is manager of the Son Diego 
office. We really enjoyed your company. 
Dale; please come back again soon — you're 
always welcome! 

Speaking of vocations, MARGARET 
JACOBS and MINA MASTERS just came 
back from their ten-day vocation to Palm 
Springs and Son Diego. Oh, lucky girls! 

You should see the beautiful, beautiful 
tons oil the girls in the office are wearing. 
It seems to be the lotest thing. Of course, 
the colors vary. Take DENI, for instance: 
Her ton isn't quite so — well, she came up to 
me todoy and said: "Soy, Mickey, every- 
one is commenting on my tan. By the way, 
what is o lobster?" 

DOUGLAS MAW has finally proven him- 
self OS mathematical genius. He hod to 
after the lost issue. Soy, Mr. Mow, what 
was the one about CLeopotro???? 

It was like taking your pet dog out into 
the woods to leave him there. 

In on eorlier issue of Sky News you were 
introduced to all the members of the ground 
school staff, but there is one chop that we 
think you should know better. He is a com- 
parative newcomer, but in the short time 
that he hos been with us he has won every- 
body with his infectious laugh and his 
friendly good humor. He will laugh at any- 
thing — at you, at me, at trouble, and at 
himself. Gentlemen, I give you CHARLIE 


Flight Lines 


By Loring Dowst 

This first morsel isn't strictly hot off the 
flight line, but it's hot off the griddle, and 
it makes nice munching. When MAJOR 
FOUCHE was suddenly transferred away 
from the 11th AAFFTD, he and his wife 
were unable to transport with them quite an 
ample supply of groceries which graced their 
larder. So they divided the lot between the 
PRUDDENS and the BANES. Apparently 
Captain and Mrs. Bone chose the pantry 
shelf for looting, while the refrigerator con- 
tents fell to Adelaide Prudden. (Papa Earl 
was in California at this point. I In said ice 
box Adelaide spied two large and juicy 
steaks. Imagine! Point-free and cost-free, 
at time like this! What a bonanza! A 
generous person by nature, Adelaide 
promptly invited a couple of young ladies 
from the University to shore her good for- 
tune at dinner. The steaks were o tre- 
mendous success — tender, succulent, aro- 
matic. It was only natural that Adelaide 
drop Mrs. Fouche a letter to thank her for 
her kindness. About this time Madame 
Fouche, too, was writing a letter. It was 
to Adelaide Prudden, and it crossed Ade- 
laide's letter in transit. Now we cannot 
quote Mrs. Fouche's letter verbatim, but in 
effect this is what it said: "You will find 
some steaks in the refrigerator. Do not be 
misled, as they were bought for our dog. 
They ore horse meat ..." 

About fourteen years ago, in 1 930 to be 
exact, your reporter owned on Aeronco C-1 
which he kept tied to an apple tree in an 
orchard in Maine. Many times a local former 
said, "Son, these gol-durned contraptions 
Is bounded to get ye into trouble." Many 
times we have remembered his words, and 
once in owhile events have given truth to 
his prognostications. Witness the case of 
Instructor J. E. TOMPKINS of Squadron I. 
Tompkins owns a Culver Cadet. Now and 
again he takes a trip, as is the pastime 
of any airplane owner. Not so long ago he 
took a trip to El Poso. At the time, we 
couldn't understand why anyone would want 
to fly to El Paso, but people have funny 
inclinations. It took him two hours to fly 
there and three and a half hours to fly 
bock. This discrepancy is explained by the 
fact that he was navigating through a new 
type goggle — not o green tint, not a blue 
tint — but rose-colored! And his co-pilot 
was a blushing bride! What about those 
gol-durned contraptions. Tommy? Do they 
get ye into trouble or not? 
Department of Curiosity 

We have been wondering for months the 
significance of a small white cross stuck 
on the north shoulder of Ajo Road some- 
where between Roger's Roost and Ryan 
Field. Will anyone able to shed any light 
on the subject communicate with this de- 
partment? . Scratched on the gloss 
of the front cockpit altimeter of recently- 
deported PT-22 No. 1025 we noted the 
letters D-O-M-S. We knew a guy named 
Chuck Doms at Randolph Field, but to the 
best of our knowledge Chuck Doms was in- 
structing at Sikeston, Missouri, in PT-19's 
until the school closed. And he couldn't even 
fit into the front cockpit of a 22. Was some 
old pal of his, a Ryan instructor, yearning 


for him and idly carving his name with a 
two-karat diamond? Please enlighten. Strict 
confidence will be observed. 

We ore told that the recent exodus of 
PT-22's from dear old Ryan accounted 
for approximately 1 50 of the trainers. 
Army pilots flew away about a hundred, the 
rest being in the hands of loco! instructors. 
Far as we know, the civilians delivered oil 
but one, while the Army hod less luck. A 
Lieutenant told us at BIythe, where our par- 
ticular element spent the first night, that 
the boys who made up the lost couple of 
Army elements didn't need mops to navi- 
gate. All they had to do was follow a trail 
marked by 22's along the course. (This, no 
doubt, is somewhat exaggeroted. I 

The element in which your reporter flew 
did not orrive in Hemet the first night; there- 
fore, we cannot give on on-the-spot account 
of the evening. We are informed, however, 
that the Hemet boys shellacked the Tucson 
lads at bowling, and that a fine bridge (?t 
game was played at the Hemet Instructors' 
Club. . . . One beauteous blonde of the 
Ryan staff at Hemet said she was disap- 
pointed in the Tucson eagles — they all got 
tired and turned in early. One element 
cleared for Quartzite, out of Phoenix, led 
by a Lieutenant, and a civilian who "knew 
the way." When, after flying for an hour 
or so, the leoding aircraft made a ninety- 
degree turn, it was obvious that someone 
was or had been lost. The group reached 
Quartzite ultimately. But each of the guys 
in the leod ship claimed the other man wos 
doing the navigating. . One bunch 

put into Palm Springs for the night. Good- 
ness knows what went on there. But ever 
since, those particulor birdmen have been 
uttering strange mumbo-jumbo, some of 
which sounds like "Chee-chee." What 

Well anyway, everyone got to Hemet 
sooner or later, although some routes were 
more circuitous than others. Everyone 
reached home safely, and all seem to have 
had a swell time. 

It is rumored that MELVIN MAY, GLEN 
through Tucson recently from Long Beach, 
landing at Consolidated for fuel. They were 
bound for Deming. JACK CUNDELL come 
through the other woy, heading for Long 
Beach, where he will await assignment. 

Group Two has a new club consisting, ap- 
parently, of two sections — "Them-that- 
does - it - solo," and "Them-thot-does-it- 
dual." That does-it, of course, refers to 
ground-looping or otherwise dragging a 
wing in a Steormon. The odds ore high that 
there will be lots of new members, as Group 
One will have started on Stearmans by the 
time this blurb comes out. Some charter 
members; ROSS BRAND, VAN LOAN and 
ARD NEUN — solo! There ore others, and 
they may feel slighted not to be mentioned, 
but nobody tells me enough of these things. 

Some of the boys saw JIM TATE and 
DAVE BROWN at Sky Harbor. Jim was 
headed for the Coast, his instrument rating 
in his fist. Dave is cooking on the front bur- 
ner. Both sent regards to all. 


Clarence Robinson 

Some folks get all the breaks. Do you oil 
believe that? Well, I do. The between-class 
break came just at the time of the transfer 
to Hemet of PT's, and several of the fellows 
hooked a ride over. We who hod classes 
remained and lost out, naturally. Seriously 
speaking, we were glad to see them get an 
opportunity like that. From all indications, 
they had a wonderful time. JAY LIVESEY, 
at this writing, hasn't returned yet because 
he journeyed on to Los Angeles to see that 
certain one. I figure I con still give you a 
report on him now. He had a good time, 

We are looking forward to MONTI E 
FURR's return soon. Of course, it will be 
several more days before they can dig him 
up after a spin-in with a Link trainer the 
other day. Shame on you, Montie; after oil, 
you soloed a T-craft (you soldi. 

You know 1 wish I had a good joke to 
tell you, just to fill in spoce here. I'm afraid 
you'll have to excuse me this time, as I just 
recovered from an attack of amnesia and 
realized it was time for o little keyhole peep- 
ing. I ran to the keyhole ond got on eyeful 
— of paint, OS the classrooms had just been 
decorated with a nice coot of bilious green. 
Think this gives me a good excuse to run 
down to the paint shop and get a wood 
alcohol cocktail. 


By Norman Karns 

Our congratulations to DANA KUHN, 
who exchanged vows with WILMA WATTS 
Sunday, April 9, at St. Phillips in the Hills. 
The bride's father is W. E. WATTS, another 
of our Ryan employees, who works in Plont 

Uncle Sam has decided to change the 
occupation of HAROLD SHUPP ond before 
long he will be Privote Harold Shupp of the 
Armed Forces. Good luck, Harold! 

Since the diving platforms hove been con- 
structed — and I do meon constructed — on 
the gas trucks, we can no longer get them 
in the garage. This has mode it necessary to 
dig another pit outside the garage in order 
to work on the trucks. Some thought is now 
being given to remodeling the inside pit, 
filling it with woter and stationing one of 
the gas trucks at the door and using the 
diving platform to good odvantoge. Sounds 
like a cool idea for the summer months. 

The welcome mat has been put down for 
MACK FERRETTI, a new addition to the 
"Mr. Fixit" gong. Mock looks like good tim- 
ber to help keep our equipment rolling. 


Mary Herta and Freda Buffington 


LORRAINE FISH was unable to write her 
usual article due to romantic reasons, so I 
will try to give you the current events. 

At 20:00, Tuesday the 18th, in the Hed- 
rick Chapel, Lorraine, dressed in a beautiful 
white wedding gown, became a Mrs. The 
lucky man, JAMES E. 6LEAS0N, is a for- 
mer aviation cadet at this field. DOROTHY 
SHELDON served as maid-of-honor. Our 
congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Gleoson. 

In addition to this excitement we have a 
new member in our office. GERRY WRIGHT, 
now working in the Assistant Adjutant's 
Office. Welcome, Gerry. 

I regret to report that DOROTHY SMITH 
will soon be leaving for San Diego. We hate 
to see her go, but good luck and a pleasant 
journey, DOTTIE. 

Joan and Janet Jackson, talented dancing 
daughters of our HARRY JACKSON, have 
been most active during the past month 
entertaining at the Pan American show at 
the University and Consolidated — causing 
Harry to stick his chest out almost to the 
bursting-of-buttons point. 

If anyone is of the opinion that all shin- 
gles are on roof tops, just consult a person 
who knows — BILL THORPE. Bill has divided 
his time the last few weeks between sick- 
leaving and annual-leaving, the latter, of 
course, being his long-anticipated trip to the 
Coast to visit his folks in San Diego and 
a "little somebody" up Berkeley way. We've 
just been experiencing a foretaste of what 
it'll be like when Bill receives his "Greet- 
ings" from Uncle Sam. 

Much to our surprise, RAMON A SQUIER 
quietly enlisted in the Waves, the first fe- 
male contribution of Supply to the Armed 
Forces. Best of luck, Ramona; we know 
you'll do a swell job and that uniform will 
be mighty becoming. 

If you've seen "JO" FOGERTY running 
around lately with a furrowed brow, it's all 
due to her newly-acquired duties. She bids 
fair to become our Chief Statistician, judg- 
ing from the millions of figures she's jug- 
gling these days, what with the departure 
of PTs and the arrival of the Stearmons. 
. . . The writer is gradually getting settled 
in her new home on North Park Avenue, 
which used to be a "frat" house, recently 
converted for defense workers. It seems like 
heaven after the hectic search made in 
trying to find o place. . . . Talk about a 
gal knowin' her airplane parts! What we 
really mean is, JERRY ALLEN has been a 
busy little beaver delving into ports in the 
Ryan stock room, all due to the recent 
change-over to Stearmons, If anyone wonts 
to know sumpin' ask Jerry, and if she doesn't 
know she'll find out! There's a real Supply 
gal! . . . Rumor has it that we've a new 
Amelia Earhart in the making in our midst. 
How else can one explain MARY B. 
"FRENCHIE" FRENCH'S presence at Gil- 
pin? For a long time we've known that 
Frenchie preferred the airways to good, old 
terra firmo for her personal jaunts, but 
now it appears that she is planning on 
spreading her own wings. Happy landings! 

spends most of his spore time these days 
tending his victory garden. Some of the 
yummy things he raises! How we envy him. 
. . . The newest great aunt is FLORENCE 
MAJOR. Her nephew, who is with the 
Medical Corps in the Mediterranean Area, 
is the proud papa of little Ralph Major. 
. . . The one highlight in Supply's bowling 
activities up to the moment is JO 
FOGERTY's success in accumulating o score 
of 119 (only one game). While Jo might 
personally feel that this rates a headline, 
we're being cautious about the whole deal 
and simply letting her go on record this 
time, in cose she never does it again. Don't 
throw anything, Jo — we're only kidding. 

ORAN "LUM" EDWARDS missed the last 
issue — but "sunny" California was his first 
love so he's returned to Wilmington, Cali- 
fornia, to do research work for the Union 
Oil Company. . . . PETE JENTRY, for- 
merly of New Orleans and Dallas (which 
accounts for that southern accent), is now 
"inspecting" in Lum's stead. . . . All the 
Inspection Department hated like the dick- 
ens saying their adieus to LEOTA GEMMER 
when she gave up the battle of Tucson to 
return to her home in Blue Mound, Illinois. 
It really was nice knowing you, Leota — our 
best always. ... Of course it's old news 
now, but for those who remember BILLY 
MITCHELL, the Field mascot, recently 
"POP" MARTIN and some of the gang from 
the field went-a-huntin'. They encountered 
the goat herd and Pop was surprised to have 
one billy separate himself from the herd. 
Portions of paint still remaining on his 
horns identified him as LLELWYM MIT- 
CHELL'S protege. Billy followed Pop around 
and when the hunters hod wearied of their 
sport, he jumped in the car with Pop. It 
must be the primary training he received 
at Ryan that made Billy such a smart little 
goat, who knows? 

Mess Hall 
& Canteen 

By Hazel Gilmore 


Sometimes it seems like we hove the 
"passing parade" when it comes to the new 
faces one sees behind the counters in the 
canteen. But then, too, it's variety that 
mokes life so interesting, and the nice corps 
of helpers must surely make our loyal cus- 
tomers feel pretty good, for back they come 
with the request for another hamburger and 
cup of Java, which we know will look just 
like the last order and taste even better 
when served by our girls. So its goodbye to 
who hove scattered to the four corners of 
the country; and a mighty Texas welcome 
to CECILIA HARO (that attractive dark- 
haired girl); MARIE NORRIS, and the 
twins, MIKE and IKE — y'know, MICKIE 
and BOBBIE MORRIS. No. of course, they're 
not twins, but can you tell 'em apart? As 
for little GRETCHEN, she's like a page out 
of Anderson's Fairy Tales. They're all help- 
ing to "keep Ryan o better place to work" 
and where the grub is better than the best. 

— Buy More Bonds — 

Plant Protection 

By Ralph Woyan 


The Guards hove been reading the cur- 
rent issues of SKY NEWS with a great deal 
of interest, and, I believe, a little feeling 
of being slighted. One of the ambitious 
members took the matter up with CAPTAIN 
STAHL and learned that he (the captain) 
hod been solicited for some news several 
times before. As usual, our congenial Chief 
saw on opportunity to do that thing so com- 
monplace with Captains, "Pass the buck." 
After canvassing all the literary-minded and 
getting the different alibis, in spite of the 
prominent sign at the gate — "THERE IS 
NO ALIBI," the job was finolly passed to 

Getting the inspiration from our friends 
at HEMET or from our exocting Resident 
STAHL has been collecting a lot of ammuni- 
tion for the Guards to recover their high 
standard of markmonship. The results from 
the first practice were not very encourag- 
ing, but the second attempt showed some 
of the boys had really come to life — but 
after looking over the targets more care- 
fully it was noted that some had as many 
as fourteen hits out of a customary ten shots. 
CAPTAIN STAHL, our versatile skipper, 
saved the faces by explaining that some of 
the men hod been given sixteen cartridges. 
How come two misses, boys? It is my opin- 
ion, however, with the interest taken in 
target practice that we will soon be able 
to accept the challenge from our comrades 
at HEMET. 

As a preliminary introduction to the Tuc- 
son guards, we ore listing below the names 
of our force in the order of length of service 
with the company. 


Our change to a cafeteria set-up at break- 
fast received on appreciative response, even 
if some hod a long look on their faces when 
they found only one piece of butter on their 
stack of Aunt Jemima's. Could be lots 
worse, fellows, and onyhoo we'll always have 
IZZY's delicious cokes and pies (from a 
Navy cook book) . That apple pie ump whot- 
everitwas he turned out t'other day was 
really something. 

That Toonerville trolley bus that picks 
up the afternoon crew gets most of its oomph 
from FRED CHARLEY — he huffs and he 
puffs so domed much when he catches it 
that the poor old derelict (the bus — not 
Fred) gathers momentum as soon as he 
gets on. 

And now for o bit, just a bit, of Win- 
chelion humor. Do you know where HOW- 
ARD GROVE gets all his pep? Not from 
Wheatena, I con assure you. His method is 
to take a whiff out of the horseradish jar 
each morning. That is the best cureall for 
any ill you might think you have. It gives 
you zest, makes you cheery and keeps away 
that afternoon drowsiness most of us get. 



Margaret- Bailard 

Plant Main- 

By "Rocky" 


The cause of much beaming and strut- 
ting on the part of ED LANGELAND could 
be one brand-new daughter, who will answer 
to the name of Suson. Congratulations, Ed. 
And while we're on the subject of new 
babies, DON JOHNSON is a proud father 
now, too. The girls seem to be outnumber- 
ing the boys in the arrivals around the 
Maintenance Department, because Don's 
offspring is a gal, too. Congratulations to 
you. Pop Johnson. 

We hear by way of the well-known grape- 
vine that one of the cuties who works 
in Forms and Records during the days is 
taking quite a ribbing because of an inci- 
dent that took place at the Santa Rita the 
other night. Seems that they have contests 
down there, with a bottle of champagne for 
the lucky winner. But this fair damsel dis- 
qualified herself on purpose. Why, PEGGY? 

ALICE PROBASCO, of the Night Crew, is 
now Q proud grandmother. Not only that, 
she's the grandmother of twins! I think 
that that calls for o double round of con- 
gratulations, Alice, just for being the 

BOB LIGHTNER, one of the oldtimers 
with Ryan since Son Diego days, and one 
of our hangar chiefs, has left us and gone 
to Detroit. Best of luck, Robert; we'll miss 
having you buzzing around the hangars. 

The Maintenance Office has acquired 
some new blood. MOLLY JONES is to be 
the new secretary for the department, and 
from now on will be on deck to answer all 
questions. She'll probably be writing this 
column for awhile and will really appreciate 
any help that you con give her in the way 
of juicy tidbits and whatnot. She doesn't 
know everyone yet and still feels a little 
shy about lurking around in corners and 
behind doors trying to pick up news items. 

Now we arrive at the "sad-but-true" 
department. And, strange as it may seem, 
it always seem to have something to do with 
the weather. This little piece could be enti- 
tled "White Easter" or something to that 
effect, because when the Night Crew left 
the field at dawn Easter morning they 
indulged in a snow fight with honest-to- 
goodness snow that had fallen while they 
were at work. And we thought that Spring 
had sprung. Brrr! Anyone hove a fur coat 
they'll sell cheap? 

This is my final appearance in this pub- 
lication, so I wont to soy farewell to all 
of you, and thanks for the swell cooperation 
I've had while I've been here. Hosta luego, 

1^ iV l!r 

Adios, Margaret . . . 

Thanks a lot . . . and the 

best of luck to you. 

— the Editor 


Three fugitives from a butterfly net, em- 
ployed OS carpenters, were assigned the 
job of shuffling lockers and parachute bins 
in one of the cadet ready rooms. As it is 
now spring in Arizona, these characters 
were not only suffering from a light touch 
of spring fever — it had practically mowed 
'em down. All three were industriously en- 
gaged in the old Plant Maintenance pastime 
of pressing the seat of their britches on the 
closest bench and sorrowfully contemplating 
a dreary tomorrow full of aches and pains 
which ore the just reward of those who 
overindulge in on honest day's labor. Into 
this atmosphere of peace and quiet stepped 
a janitor, on ambitious sort of person, who 
has a reputation of being a wiz with a 
mop, and at times has been known to break 
into an Arizona rhumba while playfully 
massaging the cement. It was a beautiful 
sight to behold, but rather rugged on the 
interior decorations. The three characters, 
who were so rudely awakened from their 
sweet, young dreams, gazed with distaste 
on the spectacle of an employee about to 
give his all for the 11 th AAFFTD. One of 
the alleged carpenters, being smacked in 
the puss with a bright idea, unlimbered his 
chassis and shuffled over to a corner of 
the room and reaching into his pocket 
deposited on the floor one shinplaster (legal 
coin of the realm, with Washington's pic- 
ture on it) and grabbed a corner of the 
parachute bin and started to yell for as- 
sistance. The janitor, being a nice guy, 
jumped to help him, and before his aston- 
ished eyes, the carpenter reaches down and 
picks up the buck with a laconic, "Hmml 
That mokes $7.41 I've found in here today." 
In no time at all the word got around that 
gold hod been struck in Group I, and soon 
the place was jammed with people busily 
engaged in shoving bins and lockers in all 
directions. The three characters, who by 
this time were practically deafened by the 
sound of flexing biceps, started to offer 
helpful suggestions to the fortune seekers 
OS to what bins and lockers should be moved 
to further uncover deposits of ye old lucre. 
In less time than it takes to soy Lt. Phili- 
bosion, the job was completed; and the 
three alleged carpenters were last seen 
slowly shuffling in the westerly direction 
that should in due course of time deposit 
them in the general vicinity of Plant Main- 
tenance Department in "D" hangar. Far 
be it from me to ever divulge a secret, but 
in order to shed a little light on the fore- 
going story, I would like you to know the 
initials of the three tired carpenters. They 
are: C. A. SMITH, F. D. THOMAS and A. 

Remember Those 



Service . . . 

If you don 

t write 




This is The Army 

By Knightly I. Rave 


One by one the "Old Timers" bid us a 
sod farewell and depart — this time, with 
deep regret we soy "so long" to our Com- 
manding Officer, MAJOR JOHN S. FOUCHE, 
JR., and our Air Inspector, CAPTAIN LEE 
GARNER, who were recently transferred to 
another Army Air Field, AND — 

In the same breath — a hearty welcome 
to our new C. O., CAPTAIN KENNETH S. 
SHADELL and our newly acquired Air In- 
WEEKS. Speaking of welcomes, both of the 
officers ore a very welcome addition to our 
championship officers' Softball and volley- 
ball teams. May I hereby go on record as 
challenging any and all who feel they hove 
even the slightest thought of victory over 
our clubs. 

The BIG DAY draws rapidly near when 
CAPTAIN JOHN F. WEAR, our modest and 
retiring adjutant will desert the rapidly 
dwindling ranks of our Bachelors' Club to 
son on April 30. Congratulations to you 
both . . . and . . . Miss Young! May 
we wish you the very best of luck? Remem- 
ber, JOHN, Rome wasn't built in a day! 

Say, how about you, LT. LELOUDIS? Been 
able to bribe anyone into the some sort of 
deal yet? Ah, well, "Try, try, again!" 


Published monthly for employees of 
Administrative Headquarters 
San Diego California 

Operotionol Bases: 

Hemet, California Tucson, Arizono 

The Ryan Schools ore subsidiaries 

of the 

Ryan Aeronautical Company 

Editor Keith Monroe 

Hemet Editor Harry Hofmonn 

Tucson Editor Margaret Jacobs 

Staff Photographers T. T. Hixson 

Frank Martin 

Son Diego Reporter Barbara Deone 

Hemet Reporters: Bill Guinn, Opal 
Kerby, Wilma Kribs, Hole Landry, 
Dorothy Lorenz, Cpl. Eugene R. 
Neeff, Marvel Hicks, Lt. Williom 
Cyril, Lloyd Barber. 
Tucson Reporters: Margaret Boilord, 
Freda Buffington, Mickey Coleman, 
Loring Dowst, Lorraine Fish, Hazel 
Gilmore, Norman Karns, Clorence 
Robinson, Mary Herta, "Rocky" 
Ralph Woyon. 












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Those of us who are drcrft-deferred — and, in fact, 
all of us as war workers— will find something to think 
about in a masterpiece written by a draft board clerk 
in West Virginia. Give it a look: 

"You are classified in 2B as a necessary man in 
a critical occupation. 

"Someone went to war in your place. 

"We have no obligation to lecture you as to your 
responsibilities, but we feel compelled to point out 
something you may not fully realize. You have been 
excused from military service. So far as we know 
you'd make a good soldier. There are about 2,000 
men from this county in the armed forces. All sworn 
to obey superior officers, to defend with their lives the 
small part of the fighting front entrusted to them. In a 
real way they are making our lives more secure. 

"You have the obligation to prove to the community 
that this local board was right in its judgment that 
your work is more important for the good of all than 
military service would be. 

"You can show they were right or how they made 
a mistake. 

"We know of at least five boys who have gone 
through this office who will never return. That we had 
a part in sending them is a serious thought. 

"That someone went in your place, and perhaps 
will not return, should be a serious thought for you. 

"Those of us who cannot do as the 2,000 have done 
can make them and their future more secure by doing 
our best work in our humdrum jobs. Maybe we can 
make our jobs as important as the soldiers in Italy. 
We certainly should try. 

"These thoughts help us get up in the morning 
when we don't want to, and help us keep going when 
we're tired. Let's try to get others to feel that way, loo." 

That's really putting it on the line. In one short 
letter that draft board clerk has preached a powerful 

(From "In This Conji'r'" hy Ccdric .4Jams, 
in the Minneapolis Star Journal) 










He Fights On Every Front by Keith Monroe 

"They never forget us," the instructor 
said quietly. "And I guess we never forget 

He was talking about the AAF cadets, 
who leave the Ryan School as capable fliers 
nine weeks otter entering it as awkward 
groundlings. They never forget the men 
who taught them to fly — their flight and 
ground school instructors at Ryan Field. 

They have good reason to remember. 
"If I think a boy will make a good Armv 
pilot, I'll fight for him, and so will any 
other instructor," one of Ryan's staff says. 
"If he's a borderline cose, it may take 
lot of battling to get him over the hump, 
but I'll work my head off to help him make 
it. . On the other hand, if a cadet 

obviously isn't cut out for flying, the kind- 
est thing to do is wash him out as soon 
as we're sure. He'll be heartbroken, but 
that's better than sending him up to be a 
clay pigeon." 

Once Ryan Field sets its stomp of approval 
on a fledgling, he's very likely to get through 
his later training successfully. The percent- 

age of wash-outs among Ryan graduates at 
basic and advanced schools is small. Every 
cadet knows this. That's why his brief 
stay at primary school is a period of highly- 
charged emotion, which etches every detail 
into his memory. He'll never forget the 
persistent, nagging, worried, ruthless, loving 
tutors who were beside n'.m every step of 
the way. 

Letters trickle bock to the Ryan instruct- 
ors from all along the distant fighting fronts 
at the ends of the earth. Word-of-mouth 
messages are relayed slowly across the oceans 
and continents. Clues are oieced together 
from newspaper clippings ond Army honor 
lists. Always the instructors ore gettmg news 
of their boys. 

At the Ryan schools there ore men whose 
pupils hove distinguished themselves over the 
steaming jungles of New Guinea, the flak- 
filled skies of Fortress Europe, the icy moun- 
tains of the Aleutians and the hot, brown 
deserts of Africa. There were four Ryan 
graduates in the squadron with Doolittle 

over Tokyo — and oil four of them flew bock 

For example. Flight Instructor Bill Gibbs 
knows definitely that four of his boys helped 
knock the Nazis out of the skies over Tu- 
nisia; he's heard stories of others who've 
raided Hankow, Burma, Kiska and Berlin. 
Instructor Bill Bouck con show you letters 
and clippings about Captain Edward Nett, 
who is flying bombers out of Puerto Rico, 
about Lieut. S. L. Powell, who was shot 
down while flying a B-25 from an Egyptian 
base, and lived to fly again though all his 
crew were killed; about Lieut. Charles Lock- 
hard, who also pilots a B-25 in Egypt; and 
about Lieut. Berry Chandler, who was award- 
ed the Air Medal for meritorious achievement 
in flights around Oron, and whose Spitfire 
knocked down two German planes over 
Dieppe as Commandos and Rangers were 
landing on French soil below. All these men 
came to Bouck as helpless dodos and left 
him OS smart, well-trained fliers, ready for 
basic and advanced school. 

(Continued on page 6! 

Throush his students, the instructor has 
a hand in air battles all over the world 


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They Call Him Pablo 

Tfteet Paui 7Vcic<^x . . . 

Top Man at Hemet 

Not too many years ago a small boy 
stood in his father's chicken yard, resent- 
fully digging in the dirt with his bare toes. 
Some day, some time, he'd get an airplane, 
betcha, and really score those old chick- 
ens. . . . 

And it wasn't long after that day that he 
did scare the chickens in his father's poultry 
yard . . . and with an airplane, too. In 
fact, Paul Wilcox turned down a college 
education so he could learn to fly. In those 
days, colleges offered no courses in aviation, 
so the minute his high school diploma was 
in his hand, Paul headed for San Diego and 
enrolled in the Mohoney School of Aero- 
nautics, which was originally started by T. 
Claude Ryan. A short time later Mr. Ryan 
again assumed operation of the school by 
purchasing the Mahoney interests. 

Paul put in long hours and It 

took long hours and even longer days. His 
pay, OS a mechanic and general helper, 
was far less than the present woge scale. 
Flying lessons, however, were SI 2.00 
an hour, which presented a discouraging 
outlook. But he mode it some way and 
piled up sufficient time for his com- 
mercial license. At 20 Paul was the 
youngest licensed flight instructor in the 
U. S. This isn't authentic, but we under- 
stand that his first solo flight took him 
over his dad's chicken yard . . . and the 
Wilcox family had no eggs for several days. 
From that day to the present Paul has had 
one of the most varied and spectacular 
careers any pilot could seek. 

Now, as Resident Manager of the Hemet 
base of the Ryan School of Aeronautics, 
Pablo, OS he is known to oil, doesn't hove 
much time for flying. But just sit in his 
office talking to him and watch him 
when a ship roars by . . . there's a far- 
away look in his eyes and conversation logs 
for a few seconds. 

We picked up these fccts about Paul's 
career in an adroit manner. Knowing full 
well he was out of town, we made an ap- 
pointment with his charming wife, Alma. 
It was a blustery day outside, so we sot 
near the crackling fireploce poring over 
Pablo's bulging scropbook. Each poge, pic- 

ture and story brought a new tale from 
Alma, and it would take two issues of Sky 
News to really print all the facts we learned 
but in a short space maybe we can give 
you a fair picture of Headman Wilcox: 

The limitations of print cannot create the 
vividness and excitement which has high- 
lighted his life. Those are the things one 
feels when talking to Paul, or to his wife 
and his many friends. 

On the prosaic side, Paul was born in 
Gardeno, California, in 1908. His father 
was a prominent feed dealer in that quiet, 
peaceful little community. When this enter- 
prise was sold the Wilcoxes moved to Red- 
lands, where Paul had his schooling and 
graduated from high school I not, we under- 
stand, without a few minor adventures such 
as being sent home from classes one day 
because of a too-intimate meeting with a 
certain civet cat which hod run afoul of 
his trap line) and mode his decision to 
seek a career in flying rather than in the 
business world. 

Leaving there in 1927, he started his fly- 
ing career as mentioned before, in the tender 
hands of Mohoney, mingled with Ryan and 
Air-Tech training. In 1928 he was in Ely, 
Nevada, flying a Hisso-Eaglerock for a cat- 
tleman and investing his spore change in 
gasoline for more time. He did take time 
out that year to make a trip to Europe, a 
gift to him from his aunt. Due to the exi- 
gencies of war, we will not elaborate on this 
trip, except to say that Paul returned safely 
and with a broadened outlook on life in 
general and an intensification of his desire 
to fly. 

The year 1929 was one of milestones. 
Under that languorous San Diego moon, 
Paul met, wooed and won Alma Miller, a 
native of Son Francisco (noted for its lovely 
women), whose home for a number of years 
had been Son Diego. Soon after marriage, 
the Wilcoxes went to Detroit, where Paul 
was connected with the Continental Aircraft 
company as chief test pilot, doing experi- 
mental flight work on engine installations 
for Buhl, Verville and Waco, a position he 
held for over two years. During this period 
(1930, to be exact) young Wayne arrived 
on the scene, and Paul still carries a grudge 
against the doctor who wouldn't let him 
take his son flying the first day. 

Detroit failed to hold the charms of Cali- 
fornia, so back to the Golden State came 
the Wilcoxes, with Paul taking a place 
as student instructor with T. Claude Ryan, 
whose star was well in its ascendancy by 
that time. The next few years were filled 
with hard work and exciting moments. 

Another in a series of profiles of Ryan leaders 

by Harry Hofmann 

^ ^ 

In 1935, Alma presented Paul with a 
daughter, Marilyn. Ryan was rapidly be- 
coming the leading school of the country, 
and Paul's duties increased hundred-fold. 
In 1937, when Johnnie Fornasero left to 
join the Bureau of Air Commerce, Paul be- 
came chief instructor and more responsibil- 
ity was added. Basic flight principles and 
formation flying hod to be taught to lads 
who had never before seen on airplane 
. . . side trips to Mexico (and a resulting 
long illness from Malta fever) . . . flying 
and contact work throughout the nation 
. . . testing Ryan's new planes . . . spe- 
cial Army training . . . things like these 
filled long days. 

An outstanding interlude was in 1938 
when Paul delivered 6 Ryan S-T-M military 
trainers to the government of Guotemolq 
and took over the responsibility of teaching 
aerobatics and maneuvers to aviators of that 
Central American country. 

Then events began to crystalize. The 
echoes of war boomed more loudly and 
America began to woke up. As one of the 
nine companies selected to troin student 
pilots for the Army, the work at Ryan in- 
creased tremendously and Paul became even 
more busy than before. 

In 1940 the expansion was so great that 
on additional school was necessary and the 
site at Hemet was selected and work begun. 
For some time Paul shuttled back and forth 
between Son Diego and Hemet, working 
night and day with 'V'ern Murdock (now 
Copt. Murdock) in getting the Hemet base 
organized. Preliminary work completed, Paul 
was stationed at Hemet as civilian director 
of flying. 

Brief interlude: in 1941 Miss Pomelo 
Wilcox arrived, and, to date, marks the com- 
pletion of the Wilcox family. 

Settling down into the routine training 
of Army Air Forces cadets, Paul still found 

time for extra curriculor activities. First, he 
mode sure that all his instructors were com- 
petent, well-trained men, ably qualified to 
teach the many youths whose very lives 
depended upon their knowledge of their pri- 
mary trainers. When America plunged into 
the war, Ryan was ready for its huge task, 
and the not least important cog was Paul 

Among the men who hod worked with 
Paul for a number years were Bill Evans, 
Dick Huffman and Cog Kumler. When, in 
the latter part of 1943, Ryan moved 
Hemet's resident manager, Doug Maw, to 
the school in Tucson, Paul was given the 
Hemet post and Evans took over the director 
of flying job. 

Paul finds time to be active in commun- 
ity affairs, having just recently been elected 
to a second term as city councilman; is an 
active member of the Kiwonis club and is 
prominent in many other civic activities. 

Every employee at Hemet swears by 
Pablo. The spirit of teamwork is uppermost 
in their minds ... a fact which is evi- 
denced by the smooth-running organization 
he heads. They all recognize the forceful- 
ness and ability that is Pablo's inherent 

Throughout all his career Paul has never 
lost that little-boy attitude of zooming his 
father's chicken yard. When he wants some- 
thing done, he goes after it the some way 

. . with set determination, consideration 
of others, but always very, very definitely 
toward his goal. 

He has retained his boyhood enthusiasm 
for fishing and hunting and he and Wayne 
sneak out together whenever the occasion 
arises, or sometimes when it doesn't. His 
home is filled with trophies of the hunt 
and even a cup or two for archery. 

And oh, yes, there ore a good many me- 
mentoes of the early days of flying . . . 
after all, Pablo is still in the clouds. 



On Every Front 

(Continued from page 3) 

The ground school instructors have as 
many vicarious triumphs as the flight in- 
structors. Every cadet knows the truth of 
Major William I. Fernald's oft-repeated 
statement, "You learn to fly on the ground 
— you practice in the air." For proof, In- 
structor Stephen Bruff likes to quote what 
one of his former pupils told him: 

"Yesterday I came close to killing my- 
self. I was making o landing after two and 
a half hours in the air. Because of gusty 
winds I bounced and found myself about 
25 feet off the ground — without flying speed 
and the right wing starting to drop. Mv 
impulse was to lift that wing with aileron. 
But suddenly it flashed through my mind 
that statement you had made in ground 
school, about how you can raise a wing 
using rudder. So as I got the stick forward 
and hit power I touched some left rudder 
and flew out of it. I'm sure glad you made 
that remark." 

Hole Landry of the Hemet ground school 
has more than a dozen grateful letters from 
ex-students who are now in combat. Stew- 
art Motson, veteran teacher who now heads 
the Tucson ground school, can point to suc- 
cessful pilots of several years' standing who 
attribute part of their success to the solid 
teaching they got from him. 

Ryan instructors watch the AAF honors 
list like hawks. On almost every list one 
of them will find the name of one of his 
cadets. Within the last year, for example, 
L. C. Mergenthal read of one of his boys re- 
ceiving the Silver Star for gallantry in ac- 
tion over Jap-held islands of the Pacific; 
L. J. Cooper read that the Air Medal had 
gone to a pupil who drove home an attack 
which broke on enemy formation in the 
freezing skies over the Aleutians; H. O. 
Minnier read of a boy who got the Silver 
Star for his raids on the great Jap base of 
Buna in a P-40; K. R. Dixon sow the Dis- 
tinguished Service Cross listed for one of 
his boys who hod won victories in battle 
over the Philippines, Java and Australia; 
John Funk found one of his pupils named 
for Silver Star for action somewhere in the 
Southwest Pacific; T. F. Wilson read of one 
of his boys getting a DSC and a Silver Star 
for bomber flights against Japanese terri- 
tory. Through the boys they train and send 
abroad, these men know that they're fight- 
ing on every front in the world. 

When a news item mentioned that the 
crew under Lieut. Melaille Ehlers, Flying 
Fortress pilot, had accounted for half of a 
flight of ten Zeros destroyed off the coast 
of New Britain, his old instructor, David 
Beltz, was as proud as if Ehlers hod 
been his own son. When news came in that 
P-38 Pilot Robert Eubank was in a group of 
fighters who accounted for forty Germans 
planes. Flight Instructor Jim Fette held a 
quiet celebration. 

Fette, incidentally, got more news about 
Eubank later. A story came back about a 
wild, hedge-hopping battle he had fought 
for miles over the Tunisian desert — a dog- 
fight with a Messerschmitt in which neither 
plane was ever more than 50 feet from the 

"We were patrolling near the Tunis 
border," Eubank sent word back, "when the 
controller at our nearby field told us three 
Me-I09's were headed for us. So I started 
down into a cloud. When I come out there 
was a Nazi in front of me. I opened fire 
and the bullets ripped through his plane." 


The Home 

By Barbara Deane 



This month it seems to have been a 
series of farewells to some of our oldsters 
and welcomes to new members of our fam- 
ily. Among the first to leave this month, 
and probably the most startling departure, 
was KAY READY, for three years secretary 
to Earl D. Prudden. Kay has resigned to take 
over the full-time job of being a housewife 
for husband Joke. Then petite RUTH 
ROSEN, of the mail room, left in a rush 
to join her husband Johnny in North Caro- 
lina. At the end of this month MARY 
SPIELSBERGER will leave our ranks to 
await, it is rumored, the advent of a com- 
ing blessed event. We all wish each of you 
the best of luck, gals, and sincerely hope 
that you will come bock and see us soon, 
OS we'll miss you. 

Being welcomed as new members of the 
family ore RUTH CORBETT, from Pitts- 
burgh. Ruth has token over as secretary 
for Mr. Prudden and is having a fine time 
learning the intricacies of the boss' varied 
duties. Running from the torrid winds of 
Tucson is DOROTHY SMITH, formerly the 
motivating force of the Tucson Army of- 
fice. Dorothy is now working in the Public 
Relations Department and seems to like it. 
San Diego's gain, Tucson's loss! Learning 
the ropes in the Moilroom and about ready 
to qualify for her A and E license is JANET 

The enemy fighter peeled off, opporentlv 
for a forced landing, and the 24-year-old 
Texan followed him down. Suddenly the 
controller called, "Look out — there's another 
on your tail!" 

"I was pretty near the ground," Eubank 
recalled, "and I figured the only way to 
shake him was to circle a I'ttle mountain to 
my left. He started to follow me, then 
changed his mind and headed for home. 
I swung oround the mountain and began 
chasing him. 

"I hugged the earth, never more than 90 
feet above it, so he didn't see me until we 
topped o little ridge. When he spotted me 
he began to zigzag, but I finally nailed him 
with both guns. I puess I hit his bellv 
tanks, because he exploded in mid-air about 
50 feet off the ground. The explosion cre- 
ated a huge boll of fire and I hod to fly 
through it." 

Imagine the feelings of the men who 
trained that kind of pilot! 

If civilian instructors weren't doing their 
jobs so well at isolated air fields all over 
the southern and western United States, 
this country wouldn't have the great force 
of brilliant Army pilots it has today. Be- 
cause obscure men are plugging away 
quietly behind the scenes, the flying lore 
they've stored up is passed on to eager 
youngsters who carry it to the farthest fight- 
ing fronts. As one group of cadets wrote, in 
a memorial to on instructor who had de- 
parted on his lost flight: 

"You live again in us." 

ANDERSON, from Chicogo. We only hope 
we don't quite snow you under, Janet. Un- 
tangling the complexities of the switch- 
board is ELINOR BASSETT', who hails from 
Los Angeles and whose husband is attached 
to o Coast Guard bond. I We go in for f 
bonds in this office.) Another new re- 
cruit is CLIFFORD COFFMAN, formerly of 
Ohio, who is to be the new stotistic'an and 
is expected to wade through reams of figures 
and statistics for the new airlines. We're 
very glad to have all of you w'th us; we do 
hope you'll all be hoppy here in this well- 
known madhouse. 

Trekking off to New Orleans for the 
Contractors' Conference this week-end ore 
WAGEN. We envy them the trip, and I 
hope some little bird tells them that we 
all love Pecan Pralines, and how about 
some of that shrimp gumbo from Antoine's? 

ETHELLE HERMES took a couple of days 
off the first of the month and dashed to 
Santo Borbora to see her daughter and 
her husband, a Morine flyer formerly at- 
tached to the famed VMF-123 Squadron. 
Ethelle hod a swell time, but couldn't find 
enough windows to shop in. While she was 
awoy the main attraction in the office was 
ROY FEAGAN counting the money and 
pushing the boby-cort I money-carrier! in 
and out of the office. We hod a picture of 
it, but it was censored. 

Awakened at eight o'clock on a Sunday 
morn were MARIE BENBOUGH and yours 
truly by the dulcet tones of ADELAIDE 
PRUDDEN prodding us into dashing off to 
Hemet for the barbecue. It was nip and 
tuck between the borbecue and sleep, and 
Hemet won, so the Pruddens, Marie and I 
merrily set forth ond were passed by the 
STILLWAGENS enroute. We had a wonder- f 
ful time, and really enjoyed every moment V. 
of the picnic. 

Word comes that HILDA BUCKOWSKI's 
husband has been mode a worrant officer. 
The Buckowski's and CHUB HANSEN had 
quite celebration a few doys ago, and 
SIDNEY EARL PETERSON, Jr., is now won- 
dering what happened to his gift. It seems 
that it evaporated into thin air! By the 
way, SID PETERSON looks a little weary 
some mornings. Could it be that being a 
father has its disadvantages? We're look- 
ing forward to having Sidney, Jr., soon join- 
ing the staff. 

Through the Keyhole: Looks a; if the 
year-old bet between MARGE FLOYD and 
BURNICE DUCKWORTH will hove to be 
moved up onother six months. Yes, indeed, 
with the draft picking off the eligibles it 
may be another year. . . . DOROTHY 
GRISHAM finally succeeded in finding an 
apartment. . . . KEN WILD has reputedly 
changed his job from that of a Purchasing 
Agent to general telephone fixer-upper. 
He didn't like the tone of the buzzer ond 
tried to fix it. Better luck next time. Ken. 
. . . Interesting note on "NICK" NICHO- 
LAS: He was signed up and ready to go 
overseas for a workout on the Burma road 
when the Lend-Leose shipments were can- 
celled. Nick thinks he's better off here 
now, for which all of us are grateful. . . . 
Recent visitors were STAN VERMEULEN, 
from Tucson, and CECILE SEARS, from 
Hemet, all of whom took a rapid glance 
at this beehive of activity and then rushed ( j 
off to Tucson and Hemet, respectively. 

That's about the extent of it for this time. 
See you next month. 


Lt. William Cyril 


We have received little complaint recently 
from nearby milk forms concerning the un- 
known pigmy pony that in the post had 
been annoying their contented cows. Yes, 
Rocket O'Toole is no longer ours. The recent 
transfer of Lt. MULLINS also meant the loss 
of our field mascot. 

The detachment has really been going 
sport happy. Lt. WILLIAMS has officially 
become a 3-letter man, our top pitcher, 
our ranking golfer and our newest papa. 
Promptly at 1 1 :05 each day the many 
varied shapes of those concerned ore or- 
ganized and matched according to the Lt. 
COOPER system, into equal teams of un- 
equal opinion. Volleyball is still the popular 
sport of the day. It should be noted that 
the results of many o game have depended 
very often on the skill of Capt PEETERS, 
Lt. CULBERTSON, and the honor system. 

On a recent fishing trip Copt. DOOLEY 
and Lt. QUANTZ come back with a story 
that presented a particular problem. Dur- 
ing the entire time spent fishing the rain 
and fog were so severe that both men 
thought seriously at the time of building 
an ark. This was soon forgotten because 
the fish were as hungry as the fishermen 
and were biting like mad. As oil fishermen 
know, the hardest port of the fight is when 
the fish is still immersed in water. Well, the 
weather being so damp and such, the fish 
actually kept on fighting even when well out 
of the water, thinking they were still in. 
This strange line of fish thought caused the 
loss of some 50 pint-sized whales and some 
30 hooks and lines. 

There are other little things worth men- 
tioning, such as Lt. DOUGLASS returning 
from leave with o super-deluxe Cadillac 
with bells ringing in his ears; Lt. WEBB hop- 
ping around to the strains of "Long John 
Silver," due to a misplaced volleyball; and 
"DODO," our new mascot, who though not 
as gigantic as Rocket, is still some dog. 

Civil Service 

By Cpl. Eugene R. Neeff 


Last month we got as far as the stock rec- 
ords section at the seminary officially known 
as Army Supply. We met MARION C. BOS- 
LEY, the gal who supervises the operations 
of that section. 

Helping Marion in the general confusion 
is FRANCES PRESTON, who is the memor- 
andum receipts major dome, seeing that 
everyone is charged with the property they 
are using. ETHEL H. WILLIAMS used to 


Harry Hofmann 
Hemet Editor 




These early deadlines are death on sports 
reporting, but we'll don our wizard's cop 
and take a gander into the future. We can 
always retract next month. 

cinch for top honots with Squadron 6 (JACK 
TON) sneaking in ahead of Maintenance 
NESBITT) for second money. And speaking 
of bowling, what happened to that challenge 
we issued Tucson? Maybe we published too 
many scores and scared 'em out. . . 

NIGHTBALL: We refuse to guess this one, 
on account of we're loyal to our Adminis- 
tration team. However, it could be the En- 
listed Men, Aircraft Maintenance or Ad- 
ministration. The Officers, and the two 
Instructors teams won't be there at the 
finish . . . unless there's a tremendous per- 
sonnel turnover in personnel. (Always leave 
yourself an out, Hofmann.) 

As we write this the Enlisted Men are 
undefeated but will meet Maintenance this 
v/eek in an oil-important gome. Administra- 
tion lost only to the EM's in the first half; 
Maintenance has dropped one and the Offi- 
cers two. Neither Instructor team has yet 
scored a win. 

GIRLS SOFTBALL: For a while the lassies 
were all excited, but forgot about it after a 
few practices. Too bod, too, as the boys 
'iked to wotch the practices, and so did the 
coach. Guess who? 

GOLF: Here we go, but no predictions. 
Lt. ROY COOPER has arranged a big handi- 
cap golf tournament at G'lman Springs on 
June I 1 which should settle a lot of the 
flapping we hear going around on Mon- 
doy mornings. Results will be on extra spe- 
cial story next issue. 

POKER: The way it's played here, it 
ain't sport, it's murder. 

FISHING: If there's been much luck we 
haven't heard of it. 

make up all the requisitions, but since her 
doctor mode her quit work last month the 
requisitions ore being divided up among 
is really assigned to shipping tickets and 
Virginia and Doris to stock records. 

In the Engineering Department we find 
Lt. CULBERTSON holding the whip and the 
following jumping through the hoop: ELSA 
stenographers and file clerks. EMMALINE 
OLIVERSON is the technical order file clerk. 
The remaining performers are the aircraft 
inspectors, the moneybags of the civil serv- 
ice personnel. WILLIAM SOWER is the 
chief inspector; WILLARD COUNCILMAN 
and MATTHEW KOSVIC are his helpers. 




By Hale Landry 


Have you ever wondered what a Ground 
School Instructor does for a living? Oh prac- 
tically nothing except, for instance — 

Constantly revise his course so that it 
will conform to the continuous stream of 
directives that issue from Fort Worth, Santa 
Ana and from the director's office. 

Moke up new examinations for his own 

Devise new work sheets for delinquents. 

Correct examination papers. 

Interview and coach delinquent cadets. 

"Preflight" new films and film strips. 

Validate tests. Analyze results and moke 

Sit in on other instructors' lectures with 
an eye to new methods and for mutual 

Check cadet notebooks. 

Develop new training aids. 

Keep abreast of the latest literature on 
his subject. 

Devote at least two hours per week to 
war room reading. 

Keep his classroom lectures to dote with 
latest technical and tactical war informa- 
tion from confidential and restricted sources. 

Supervise evening study hall. 

Read relevant T O's. 

Attend general faculty meetings. 

Attend Departmental meetings. 

Get Link Trainer time. 

Get flying time. 

Spend, at the very least, one hour of 
preparation for every hour of classroom 


Alan Woolfolk is enjoying — we hope — 
a well-earned vocation. He and his de- 
lightful family have gone to Little Rock to 
visit the family homestead. 


This has been a bewildering week in the 
ground school. We've really been going 
'round and 'round getting the new sched- 
ule in shape. Schedules are being revised. 
New exams are being mode up and stand- 
ardized. Study hall procedures are being 
Lubber Line Error: 

Jim Keesee wishes to be quoted to the 
effect that he positively doesn't wish to be 
quoted. THE LUBBER. 

Casualty lists will grow with in- 
vasion. The decisive battles will cost 
this country dearly in lives of our 
fighting men. Their greatest chance 
to survive their war wounds is through 
the blood you donate for army and 
navy plasma. Make your appoint- 
ment with the Red Cross today! 


The Gay 

By Opal Kerby 


A farewell picnic was given for BARBARA 
ELLIOTT by a group of the girls at the field. 
She has left the Ryon ranks and moved 
home. We all miss her. 

Well, folks, he's done it again — GEORGE 
EAKES, I mean. He has that motorcycle 
torn down again, or was it ever put to- 

Everyone please note the new addition to 
JACK MONTGOMERY'S upper lip. It isn't 
just a shadow, either! 

We are all sorry EARLINE GARBANI is 
still ill Qt her home. We all wish you a 
speedy recovery, Earline. 

wonder on going to and from work without 
having a flat tire. 

Everyone has decided that LOLA MOR- 
TON has the best knack for bumping her 
head. Wonder if she thinks knots are be- 

This is a fond farewell, folks. It's my 
lost issue for Sky News. I wish to say this 
much; I have really enjoyed writing this 
column. Maybe some day we will meet again. 
Adios and good luck, everybody. 

'Bye now. Opal. Thanks for everything. 


By Marrel Hicks 


Right after the deadline last month we 
learned that CECIL JONES, who turns out all 
those swell hamburgers and sandwiches, 
had become the proud papa of a baby 
girl. Cecil immediately took his vacation in 
order to get acquainted with the young lady 
and to learn the whys and wherefores of 
infant care. Upon his return he reported 
he was going to leave it all to his wife and 
stick to cooking. 

HAZEL PITTAM hod her son, Ralph, 
USN, with her over Mother's Day, and MIN- 
NIE HOLMES had her son, Jock, with her. 
Jack is also in the Navy. 

MYRTLE WILLIAMS had a surprise visit 
from her son, FLOYD, a former Ryan em- 
ployee, now in the Navy. Floyd dropped in 
just while Myrtle was writing to him. 

Other vacationers hove been MILDRED 

Newcomers to our department ore DON 
SWARTOUT, short-order cook and ARDIS' 
husband, and BOB FULTON. We are also 
glad to welcome R. G. RICHARDSON back 
after an absence of several months. 

Congratulations were in order May 19 
for Mr. and Mrs. JIM SHEPPHERD, who 
celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary. 
Three of their sons are in the service. 

Briefs From The 
Flight Line 

By Bob Johnson 

Our Bowling League will hove closed by 
the time this goes to press, so will be unable 
to give you the final standings until the 
next issue of Sky News. At the present time, 
the Squadron 7 team, composed of WILD 
JIM SIMPSON, is out in front. All they 
need is one more win point and they will 
have the championship locked up for this 

Now that bowling is just about to take 
a hack seat for a while and night ball is 
the present rage during the week (in fact, 
Monday, Wednesqay and Friday nights), 
golf is coming to life on Saturday and Sun- 
day for several of the Flight Line and Ad- 
ministration individuals. It seems that each 
and every time we plan a golfing date LUBO 
WILCOX always comes up with some pre- 
vious engagement that he thinks up prior 
to going to play golf. We have decided that 
he must play in the high 70's when par is 
a cool 35. Other members of the elite Hemet 
Ryan's Professional Golfmg Association are 
DARYL SMITH, our Shell representative, 
LIAMS, Captain BRETHOUR and yours 
truly, the Roving Reporter of the Flight 
Line. I am getting better and better each 
time I play, thanks to the capable coach- 
ing of D. HUNKY SMITH. Quite often after 
Smith drives from the tee-off point and his 
ball goes somewhat in the wrong direction, 
he just sits down and starts talking to him- 
self. We all have wondered on several of 
these special occasions whot he says to 
himself, but we have come to the conclu- 
sion that we should just let him alone and 

not question his actions. It seems that the 
other day when we were out playing a 
round or two, WILD BILL EVANS drove off 
from the tee and hit one of the many sheep 
that they use on the course to keep the 
grass "mowed." it was a good thing that 
mutton was point free, otherwise we would 
have hod to build a fire on the course and 
hove a "sheep" barbecue. 

And speaking of barbecues, the people 
who didn't show up last Sunday for the one 
that was given by Ryan for their Hemet 
employees really missed a treat. The food 
was delicious and the refreshments plenty 
good, too. Softball, volleyball and horse- 
shoes were the sports of the day, and even 
a few got a horseback ride. The best bet of 
the day (and everybody should have wit- 
nessed some' was when Flight Commonder 
LLOYD VENABLE offered even money he 
could outrun a horse. So the one and only 
capable equestrian, HARRY HOFMANN, 
climbed upon the trusty steed, just like Sir 
Galahad, and the race began. The outcome 
of the race was rather undecided, but con- 
census of opinion was that the horse won by 
a nose. 

I wont to introduce our gal of the Flight 
Office, Mrs. IMOGENE HARBOTTLE, who is ^ 
a local gal who trudged off to the Uni- ( 
versify of California at Berkeley and besides V 
getting on educotion she also got herself 
a mighty fine husband, who at the present 
time is connected with Pan American Air- 
woys some place in the big Pacific Ocean 
area. Imogene also answers to the name of 
"Imogreen Beerbottle," a somewhot doubt- 
ful appendage, but "what's in a name?" 

Plant Maintenance 

By Bill Guinn 


The next time SLIM ELLSWORTH takes 
an airplane ride he ought to take along a 
bucket. . . . FRANK DOOLITTLE back in 
the harness again. As you know, he has 
been laid up for quite some time. . . . 
DEAN WELLS sporting a pair of spotlessly- 
clean hands. Wonder if that new baby has 
anything to do with it? 

ELMO HEAVIN busy these days building 
himself a new boat. . . . FARMER 
GREENE enjoyed a vocation. . . . BEN 
HIMES hasn't been feeling well lately — do 
you suppose he is allergic to gloss? . . . 
LOU BAILEY spent his vocation cutting and 
baling hay and trying to get his farm in 

If CLARK CHAPMAN doesn't keep his 
fingers out of the lawn-mower, how can we 
expect to get our lawns mowed? . . . 
GEORGE BROWN'S mule has been quite on 

improvement to the field — how nice the 
flower beds ore looking. 

It's a pleasure to walk around the field 
these days and see all the improvements 
that have been made. I think BEN MIMES 
is doing a mighty nice job. . . . NORRIS 
GREEN, who tried to do handsprings from 
his truck on picnic day, is okay — he man- 
aged to play cords that day. ... I think 
HARRY HOFMANN should be praised for 
the way he handled the Ryan picnic — every- 
one had a grand time. 

Ask JIGGS GARDNER, who recently un- 
derstood the meaning of a def)endable 
catcher's mask, how his chin is feeling. . . . 
Ryan Administration Softball teom looked 
rather wild the other night — could it be that 
yours truly hod anything to do with it? The 
next game showed considerable improve- 
ment . . . new war cry around here is 
"illegal pifcher." 


Raggle Taggle 

By Wilma Kribs 


By Lloyd Barber 

These fine summer days bring out the 
ombition to engage in various forms of 
sports and exercise. There are many — ten- 
nis, handball, horseback riding, bicycling 
for them that has (bicycles) . 

And golf! I was always under the impres- 
sion that golf was a leisurely game, partici- 
pating only as you stroll along the delight- 
ful green fairways, communing with nature, 
tripping blithely over the course, and, in 
general, enjoying one's self thoroughly. 

But we find that not the situation at all. 
Golf is a terrible and angry game, full of 
indecent remarks and other manly charac- 
teristics. By the end of the game, the 
player loathes himself heartily, his partner 
is his sworn enemy for life, and he could 
kill his caddy ( if he's lucky enough to have 
one) and his partner's caddy (likewise); 
also the man who laid out the course and 
put that sand trap over there. 

The game is played according to rules — 
yes, indeed. In order to get a decision, you 
hire a lawyer for a test case and appeal 
to every court in the land, even to the 
Supreme Court. You hove a golf bag with 
from one to fifty clubs in it (built up from 
the mere fact that your best and favorite 
club made you muff those lost ten strokes) 
and a profuse number of golf balls, which 
manage to scatter themselves to the four 
corners of the course and nestle carefully 
under the biggest root of a thorn tree. Your 
bag slaps you playfully across the backside 
with every step you take, and Heaven forbid 
the thought of running! 

You have some forty things to remem- 
ber at the time you ore ready to tee off, 
and if you so much as forget one you're a 
lost soul. After remembering some nineteen 
of the forty items, you connect with the 
boll (with a force that would carry it across 
seven counties) and it either lands in the 
middle of a flock of sheep or crumples into 
pulp to finally smash you right in the 

When you've put yourself out of the 
rough by dint of some ten powerful strokes 
and o few healthy boots with your toe, you 
eventually land on the putting green. This, 
of course, is the event of the game — takes 
several different clubs and several differ- 
ent stances. As you proceed to the cup a 
foot at a time, the nasty little ball that's 
caused all the trouble is finally coaxed into 
the cup only by the fact that you're stand- 
ing over it and the looks would melt the 
heart of the poor thing; you wipe the sweat 
off your brow with a trembling hand, write 
down 5 on your score card and do it all 
over again. 

That, gentlemen, is the game of golf. 
Many of our department heads, and other 
satellites of Ryan and Army tear them- 
selves down to the golf course every Sat- 
urday afternoon with but one thought — 
to gnash their teeth at every step of the 
way and roundly curse the day this bonny 
game found its way from Sunny Scotland. 

(For specific names, please refer to BOB 
JOHNSON'S Briefs from the Flight Line.) 
The best news of the week — in fact, the 
best surprise we've hod in such a long 
time — one of our women employees, Mrs. 
VERA McCALLUM of Parachute No. I , was 
elected by a group of officers at Hendricks 
Field, Florida, to be the "Official Mother 
of Hendricks Field" May 12, 13, 14. Mrs. 
McCallum's youngest son, Sgt. Stanley Mc- 
Callum, is stationed at Hendricks Field, and 
we know that while she's with her son the 
other boys will really be her sons, too. 

Mrs. McCollum is a slight, dark-complex- 
ioned lady and first impression makes you 
wont to take core of her. After a few con- 
versations, however, you realize she's got a 
heart as big as herself and all the cadets 
run to Mom McCollum v/ith their troubles. 
The title, "Junior Chaplain," is most ap- 
propriate. One of the cadets here now is 
from Jacksonville, Florida, where Mom has 
a day stopover. She's promised to phone 
the boy's mother, and we think that's in 
keeping with the theme of her whole trip 
and will give the boy's mother a little extra 
special Mother's Day herself. 

Mom wears well the role of mother. She 
has three sons, all in the Army Fir Forces — 
Stanley, mentioned above; Cpl. Roy Mc- 
Collum and Lt. Ferdinand McCollum, now 
stationed in England. She also has two 
daughters — Jean, of Forms and Records, 
and Mary, whose husband is overseas. 
They're o corporation, these McCallums, 
and all waiting for their men to come home 
from the wars. 

Mom left Sunday night for her jaunt 
across the country, and, if we know Mom, 
she'll have all the G. I.'s on the train wish- 
ing they were stationed at Hendricks Field 
too. So to the Official Mother of Hendricks 
Field, we salute you and know it will be 
OS big a thrill to you as it will be to those 
boys a long way from home on Mother's Day 
when they shout, "Hello Mom!" 













Joseph Stefonski of Beaumont, is a new 
member of the police force, replacing 
CHARLEY UMLAND whose health failed 
him. Charley is one swell guy and the whole 
group regrets losing him, Joe is a veteran, 
working on 3d shift and living in Beaumont. 

Vocation time, with HARRY WHITING 
being the latest to indulge. He just stayed 
around the valley and did a lot of fishing. 
Took CHIEF CRANE with him one day but 
all they brought back was a couple of gold 
fish. TOM McCRACKEN back at work after 

prolonged illness. Outside of losing a few 
pounds, Tom looks fine and, as he says, 
"you can't kill a good Irishman". 

All the boys, from the chief down, have 
little lumps in their throats, due to the fact 
that RAY CATHERMAN has left on on ex- 
tended leave of absence with the possibility 
that he may not return. Ray has been on 
the force for two and a half years and 
everyone on the field will miss him. Best of 
luck, Ray, and I know the welcome sign will 
be out when you return. 

Another pistol practice recently and some 
of the boys were hotter than o firecracker 
. . . the fire department has been working 
overtime recently as there were several fire 
drills. Ass't Fire Chief ELLIS has all the 
equipment in top shape, and, as a reward. 
Chief Crone has promised him a ride in 
one of our new fire wagons . . . and is he 

The Chief called me on the carpet May 

1 3, and hod it been Friday, I really would 
have been worried. As it turned out, he 
informed me it was an anniversary for me 
and presented me with a three-year pin. 
I shouldn't be so nervous, I've got a clear 
conscience ... I hope. 


Ryanit-es receiving service pins dur- 
ing May. Congratulations and con- 
tinued success to each of you. 



Ray M. Haynes .... Maintenance Dept. 

Emma L. Pogue .... Maintenance Dept. 


Lloyd M. Venoble Flight Dept. 

Alfred L. Aldridge .... Plant Protection 
Lloyd L. Barber Plant Protection 

Robert Stone Supervision 


Eloise Hansen Payroll Dept. 


Howard V. Copenhover .... Flight Dept. 

Leonard L. Therrioult Flight Dept. 

Jack R. Rathjen Flight Dept. 

James O. Powell Flight Dept. 

Edward M, Morgan Flight Dept. 

Robert E. Weller Dispatcher 

Doris M. Beroth .... Maintenance Dept. 
Audrey M. Peorsall . . . Maintenance Dept. 
Bernard B. Borg .... Maintenance Dept. 
Eunice G. Evers .... Maintenance Dept. 
Ralph J. Dudley Barracks 


^'^ Mainten- 

ance By 

Norman Karns 


The bright spot of our activity the past 
month has been the rejuvenation of the 
school bus. In fact, it is so bright we believe 
it is responsible for the sudden appearance 
of all the dark glasses. That yellow glow 
around the garage that has appeared off 
and on lately has meant that CAREW 
SMITH was spraying at the bus again. 

The two scooters used by RAY HEN- 
DRICKSON and JOE MOLLIS took on a 
new coat of point also, and those streaks 
of red flying around the field odd quite 
a touch of color to the landscape. Mr. 
MAW seems very unhappy about the whole 
thing, and wants to know why we didn't 
paint the bus yellow and the scooters red. 

Now, everything has happened to ROCKY. 

After spending many laborious hours dig- 
ging an outside pit for us, and setting the 
wooden forms ready to pour the cement, 
we had that unusual May downpour of rain. 
As a result, the pit took on the appearance 
of a miniature lake with on oversized land- 
ing barge floating around on top of it. 
After the Plant Maintenance crew went 
home that night there was a sign hanging 
on the barge advertising, "For sale, one 
slightly-used boat. Phone Rocky for details 
at extension 18." We are interested in 
knowing if he had any bidders. 

HARRELL ELLIS was conspicuous by his 
absence recently, having spent his vaca- 
tion on the coast. He must have had a 
good time, as he was two days overdue. 
His duties were capably handled by MACK 
FARNETTI, who seemed to thrive on the 
change. He should have, because every time 
we saw him he was coming out of the 
kitchen with a mouth full of food. 




By Dorothy Lorenz 


Well, the Ryan picnic is something in the 
past now, and it was o good deal. The 
only trouble is they don't happen often 
enough. Muscles wouldn't get so tied up 
if they got exerted more often. 

The women of the flight crew were in- 
troduced in the last issue and the men had 
to wait, so 'r\ere goes: 

BILL MORRIS, JIM EVAN's right-hand 
man, helps to keep things running — sees 
that grounded ships are bock flying as 
quickly as possible, and does o million little 
things that come up. GEORGE JONES is a 
curly-haired truck driver. HENRY BEERS, 
another truck driver, is more or less new 




Clarence Robinson 


By the time you read this article your 
Tucson Ground School reporter will be at 
his father's still in the hills of old Ken- 
tucky. Come next tater-planting it will be 
two years since I was on the receiving end 
of the little brown jug. While I am there 
I'll sure think of all you nice folks. 

Now, before I give you MONTIE FURR, 
your new reporter, I'd better give you the 
wind shift data. 

As you probably know. Class 44-J is in 
the dit-doh stage of their training here, 
code being their wind-up course. We who 
have to sit through all the dit-dohs of this 
period are about to wind up and explode. 
I can hear it in my sleep. Especially after 
STEVE DACH tried to ploy Moirzy Doats 
on the dit-doh machine the other day. 

The typical Tucson summer days have 
brought about the familiar buzz of the coal- 
ers in the classrooms, but you don't need 
the buzz to tell they are on; for example, 
just note the instructors when they come 
from classes with their hair standing on end 
and an armload of test papers that look 
like DALE OCKERMAN in a file cabinet. 

The time has come for me to quit im- 
personating a news hound, so I'll sign off, 
with many thanks for everything. 

And now, ladies, Mr. MONTIE LEE FURR, 
your new reporter. 

around here. A husky guy, with a pleasing 
personality. The Mrs., "EUNICE," works 
here, too. "CHRIS" SPEZIALI handles the 
plane-parking situation. TED KENNEDY 
takes core of servicing the trucks, and gas 
and oil shipments. ED MUNSON and JIM 
EPTING ore the two bus drivers. They 
transport cadets 1o and from the auxiliary 
fields, to town on nights off and any other 
trips that might come up. 

The new girl on the crew is ANNA FAY 
GULLEY. Good luck to you, Anno, and 
we're glad to have you with us. 

Four new babies arrived since the last 
issue of Sky News, too. Two boys and two 
girls. The CLETUS GROHS named their 
new boy "David." CLIFF BRUCE, of Forms 
and Records, is the proud daddy of "Ston- 
ley Euaene," and it's "Judith Lorraine" for 
mer employee, writes that "Mary Evelyn" 
arrived May 6. 

LITTLE (BRENNING) jumped off the deep 
end on May 6. Good luck, people. 

The PLM crew is now working days. This 
cloudy weather helps to break them into 
day work gradually. AURIN (KAYl KAI- 
SER still soys "good morning" when he 
goes home at night. 

The (Maintenance) Softball Team is 
really going to town. Congratulations to 
BOB STONE for a darn good boll team, 
and a five-year pin — the one with a dio- 
mond in it. 


By Margaret Jacobs 


Up until this time I haven't found any- 
thing to write about 'anything printable, I 
mean I , but ot lost I hove an excuse for 
making a stab at this reporting business. 
Here goesl 

As you probably have heard by now, a 
number of representatives from both of 
our schools and the home office made an 
inspection trip of Thunderbird Fields 1 and 
2 and Williams Field in Phoenix, ending 
up at Tucson. The party included DOUG 
and Lt. ED SEAGfcR. From the glowing re- 
ports at the weekly department head meet- 
ing and other sources, the trip was a tre- 
mendous success. The receptions at the 
various fields were more than cordial. Plans 
ore for a similar trip to the Californio 
schools soon. Incidentally, at the depart- 
ment head meeting ARNOLD WITTO fur- 
nished pie and coffee. We have been try- 
ing to get him to serve refreshments for 
two months, but it took visitors from Hemet 
to move him. He also outdid himself at 
luncheon for the combined staffs, so Mr. 
AVERY, if the boys have been heckling you 
since you've been bock, you know why. , 

From what I hear, the entire bunch had ( 
o chicken dinner one of the nights in Phoe- 
nix at the Outpost. However, it seems 
DOUG MAW didn't get enough, because 
they hied themselves off to the Grand Cafe 
to have a second dinner. Along with the 
dinner there was a wonderful four-piece or- 
chestra, which was completely wasted on 
these three for lock of doncing partners. 
Well, they at least got two meals out of it. 

I've pleaded, cajoled and even bribed 
DALE OCKERMAN for news on the fellows' 
extracurricular activities, but Dole swears 
up and down that they were a very well- 
behaved bunch. 

Only one member of this party got 
"stung" on the trip — namely, BOB STONE. 
Seems as though on the way to Tucson in 
the station wagon i eight in all, including 
myself, and it was a good thing we oil hod 
slim hips I a bumble bee slipped up Bob's 
sleeve, and before we knew it the car hod 
stopped and Bob looked like he was doing 
a hula dance in the middle of the rood. We 
waved on the interested onlookers who were 
stopping to witness the dance. Everyone 
piled out to help him corner the bee, which 
was finally accomplished, with Bob being 
stung only three times. Well, someone al- 
ways has to get stung on a deal like this. 

By the time we reached town everyone 
fell out of the car and hod to take a couple 
of turns around the block to start the blood 
circulating. However, Stew fixed that up 
by playing host (along with Commander 
DAVISI at the American Legion Club for a / 
quickie. My arm was practically twisted off V^ 
before I finally condescended to go along. 

Waved goodby to them as they foded 
from sight in the direction of Hemet. 


By Mickey Coleman 


What is this change that's come over 
MARION JAESCHKE? Why does she have 
that gleam in her eyes? Why that hoppy 
smile? Why does she spread happiness all 
over the office? Is it because there's a 
certain someone coming to town? No! It's 
because the new superman comic book is 

With a tear and a flower we lose an 
employee and hire a new. . . . MARGIE 
MAI DE MO brings a tear. Being one of 
our oldest employees and one of the sweet- 
est, we're sure gonna miss you, Marge! 
MARION FOUTY brings a flower. She is the 
new mimeograph operator. Welcome to 
Ryan, Marion! 

A flash of lightning flickering past the 
windows ... a roar of thunder thot held 
everyone in tenseness ... we all ran 
outside and there it was — rain!! There was 
satisfaction in the air, then all of a sudden 
JEFF UNDERWOOD said, "Oh, gosh, I 
knew I shouldn't have worn my shoes to- 
day!" Ah, but it was quiet. The rain held 
a certain silence about the room. No won- 
der, the girls were stranded at the can- 
on, men. Get on your horses; we got a long 
way to go!" Ed said, "Where are we 
going?" Mow replied, "Across the street." 

The rain wasn't so bad, though. Jeff got 
out the lifeboats, then they started walk- 
ing. They had to go back after the boats, 
the water was rising fast — it was past their 
toes. And then! Complications set in. (He 
wanted to go, too!) The wolf in Hall got 
the best of him and he started walking to 
get the girls to himself first. After he 
passed the men on the way they realized that 
if he got there first something would hap- 
pen. They started going all the faster and 
got as far as two feet! Then, with Jeff 
singing "The Overture to William Tell," 
the race was on. . . . Hall got there first, 
captured the girls and they carried him 
back to the office. The other men finally 
got there, and they looked and looked until 
someone told them the girls had already 
left with Hall. They knew that meant dan- 
ger, and they rushed back to the office. In 
the meantime there was Hall filing his teeth 
in the corner while the girls looked on ter- 
rified — they wondered how he could file his 
teeth when he didn't hove any. He came 
closer and closer, then grabbed them and 
said, "Does your cigarette taste different 
lately?" Just then the door flew open and 
there were the men. . . . They were all being 
carried in by DANA KUHN!! But every- 
thing turned out all right. The rain stopped 
and the sunshine came in the office 
and he helped us finish our work. 


Jim Hort 



The guards would like to take this oppor- 
tunity to thank everybody on the field for 
the generous cooperation given us in the 
examination of badges made upon enter- 
ing and leaving the field. The guards know 
the faces of all and the occupation of most, 
but we must admit a sore deficiency in the 
knowledge of names. The reason for this is 
that a guard hesitates to single a person 
out just because he does not know the per- 
son's name. This has inconvenienced some 
of the workers' families and some of the 
workers. For instance, every evening we re- 
ceive number of phone colls from Tucson, 
the parties wanting to know whether or 
not their husbands have left the field, and 
sometimes they wish to leave messages. 
Almost invariably the guard cannot con- 
nect the name of the party with his face. 
Should a guard single you out for a close 
inspection of your bodge it is only to be 
able to better identify you. With this knowl- 
edge he may be able to do you a favor. 

We have not overlooked the challenge 
thrown at us by the guards at Hemet. We 
will accept OS soon as we con accumulate 
enough ammunition for a pistol shooting 

We wish to welcome two new members 
to the guard force — MANUS MALEY and 

This Is The Army 

By Lt. Sagebrush Sandstorm 


Welcome home to Lt. JOHN KELLER, our 
personable Personnel Officer, who just com- 
pleted the course at A. G. School, Wash- 
ington, D. C. You should hear his glowing 
reports on D. C. Manpower shortage is no 
word for it! And to Captain LEE WIL- 
LIAMSON, our Flight Surgeon, just re- 
turned from school on tropical medicine 
at Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. 

Well, it finally happened! At three p.m. 
Sunday, April 30, 1944, Captain JOHN 
WEAR successfully completed a long and 
enduring romance by giving up his single 
bliss and marrying Miss BETTY JEAN 
YOUNG of Tucson. Congratulations to you 

Congratulations also to Major KENNETH 
MARPLE, whose recent promotions were 
welcome news to us all. May there be many 
more (for us oil) . 

Well, whotdyo know! Our rough, tough 
Commandant of Cadets, Lt. WOJCIEHOW- 
SKI, turns out to be a thespian (no less! 
of the first water. Lt. "WOJIE" played the 
lead in "These Enduring Young Charms" 
(Hmmm! Must be something in that man- 
power shortage rumor) , the Tuccon Little 
Theater's latest production. 

Barracks Batter 

By Ham N. Eggs 


In gathering up the crumbs of news from 
here and there in the canteen and mess 
hall department we find it to be rather 

It is reported that VICTOR DERY has 
taken on a new interest in his work since 
he has found a combination floor cleanser 
that is really giving the kitchen linoleum 
a shine. 

It's welcome home to OPHELIA HOOKS, 
who is now back on the job in the mess hall. 

It was a big day for WANDA POTTER 
and MARGIE PUTMAN, the two cadet 
wives who work in the canteen, when the 
group from Hemet visited and they served 
the delicious luncheon prepared by ARNOLD 
WITTO's kitchen staff. The day will long 
be remembered by many. 

NIELSON and AGNES GODKIN, three of our 
mess hall employees, who hove been with 
Ryan for more than eighteen months. 

It's farewell to HAZEL GILMORE, our 
canteen reporter, who left Ryan to join her 
professional baseball-playing husband in Al- 
bany, New York. 

Plant Main- 
Rumblings \ 

By "Rocky" 


MAC (Short Circuit) McGREGOR and 
SCOTT (High Tension) DYER are to be 
congratulated on the way they handled the 
job of overhauling the air conditioners on 
all of the buildings. During the winter 
months they were just old tin boxes, but, oh, 
brother, do they look beautiful now! Air 
conditioners, to the uninitiated, ore gadgets 
that stick their necks through a window and 
make it possible to take a deep breath with- 
out your toenails curling up. (Webster 
doesn't agree. ) 

being carpenters of unusual caliber, and 
having the welfare of the company at heart, 
informed me that unless the lumber short- 
age is eased in the near future, they would 
be glad to bring their knitting needles from 
home and try and produce all the necessary 
articles that were formerly made from wood. 

CLIFF FORDEM con be found almost any 
night wandering around with o lantern, try- 
ing to locate house, and, from what he 
relates, it's really tough. Anyone know of a 
house about to be vacated? 




Loring Dowst 


STANLEY KIMBALL informs us that the 
white cross on Ajo Road morks the spot 
where an Indian died. Of what? we inquired. 
Stan said HARRY KROLL knew. So we asked 
Harry, and he said he heard the Indian was 
thrown from a horse and broke his leg. We 
wondered if the horse had to shoot the In- 
dian. An element of confusion lingers. 

Squadrons Five and Six let their back hair 
down a couple of Sundays ago. Scene of 
the crime was Lower Sabino Canyon, and 
we hear there is a movement under way 
in the legislature to rename the spot either 
Pilots' Folly or Kessler's Gulch. A softball 
gome preceded the feast — a no-decision 
contest in which one pitcher threw the 
game for a bottle of beer. DICK KESSLER 
was not quite pious enough to get away 
with walking on the water, but he mode 
a brave stab at it. Or maybe he was emu- 
lating Lena, the Oriental Dancing Girl, who 
could dive through a bottle of sarscparilla 
without removing the stopper. Anyway, he 
dried out ultimately; as did JIM BARRETT, 
who earned the sobriquet, "The Seeing Eye 

The merrymakers — and we do mean 
merry — repaired to the club after the picnic. 
And a select few moved on to the aerie of 
one of our topflight eagles to play a gome 
called "Sniff-Sniff." This, we gather, is a 
sort of upper-strata postoffice, the details 
of which are unique. Rumor hath it, how- 
ever, that one little Rollo out-sniffed all the 
rest. (Hey, Group Two, who's Rollo? Was 
he the guy who said, when asked if he was 
planning to bring a hot dish to the pot- 
luck supper at the club, "I dunno. I ain't 
called her up yet!"?) 

There was sunshine on the flight line 
But ice in Prudden's tone. 

"How'll yo have ya drilling, boys?" 
And the C/I's answered, "Prone!" 


By Mollie Jones ^^ 


Does anyone know where I could get a 
gallon of Prop Wash? I spent one whole day 
going from one hangar to the next trying 
to find some. Finally SIG QUAR'V'E gave me 
Q good substitute in the form of soap and 
water. Thanks a lot, Sig! 

There have been quite a few changes in 
the Maintenance Department in the post 
month. We no longer have a night crew, 
and you should have seen all the blinking 
eyes that went on for the first few days! 

While I'm speaking of the former night 
crew I might add that MANUEL GAL- 
LARDO has joined the ranks of the newly- 
weds. Lots of luck to you and your bride. 


Another member of that crew came rush- 
ing into the office to announce the birth 
of his son, John Leonard McCASLIN. Con- 
gratulations, GILBERT! 

We were sorry to learn that IVA SMITH'S 
mother was ill. Iva went back to Oklahoma 
to be with her. We all hope she has a speedy 
recovery and that Iva is back with us soon. 

DON JOHNSON is going around with his 
head in the clouds. The reason — his wife 
and daughter will arrive the 24th of May! 

Last Saturday night a group of people 
from the Maintenance Department took 
advantage of the offer made by the Flight 
Instuctrors' Club and from all reports a 
good time was had by all. Let's show the 
instructors how much we appreciate their 
kind offer by all joining them some Satur- 


Mary Huerta and Freda Buffington 


Part I — Heodquarters 

Engagement rings shown, wedding bells 
rang, old faces left, new faces come, so 
we find a new one in CAPTAIN WEAR'S 
office. PERSIS HURLBUT is so quiet that 
you would never know she's there. . . . 
In the Intelligence office we find EDYTH 
SOLOWAL with one of her super-duper 
hairdo's, listening to the Lieutenants sing- 
ing "Any Gas Today." It has always been 
a mystery to me how, where or when Edyth 
finds time to fix such styles, but, all kidding 
aside, they are really cute. 

Am I seeing double, or is it that two 
of our girls ore going to the some tailor 
shop? It really was confusing when GERRY 
WRIGHT and MARGE DeMOE come dressed 
in identical blue jumpers. The boys couldn't 
tell which was which, but it makes life more 

Part II — Supply 

Shakespeare said something about "exits" 
and "entrances" — he may have hod in 
mind the numerous changes of civilian per- 
sonnel in Supply during the post month. 
Goodbys hove been said to VIRGINIA 
NOONE, who has been transferred to Davis- 
Monthan; RAMONA SQUIER, who has left 
to join the Waves; FLORENCE MAJOR, who 
is now employed by one of the State de- 
partments at the University of Arizona; 
gone to Son Jose, California, and ANDY 
HALL, who is "looking-out" at the Ranger 
Station on Mt. Bigelow. Greetings to little 
RHEA OZER, formerly at BIythe, our new 
"follow-up girl," and TOM WINDHAM, 
transferee from Post Engineering, Morono. 

We civilian employees in Supply hated 
like the dickens saying goodby to our 
former Commanding Officer and Supply Of- 
ficer, Lt. CHESTER F. PERKINS, who has 
been transferred to another post. We 
want to heartily welcome our new sup- 
ply Officer, Lt. EDWIN W. SEAGER and 
wish him oil the luck in the world. 

Quiet, unobtrusive he may seem, but 
LARRY WILSON, in our Warehouse, has 
proven to be one of our most interesting 
newer employees. He is a traveler of con- 
siderable note, a writer, a Hollywood de- 

signer, and has even delved into archae- 
ology in Africa. 

Most of us never seem to have time to 
do even a few of the things we enjoy. Not 
so with MARY FRENCH. Week-ends usually 
find her in a polkodot swim suit at the 
Arizona Inn, astride a horse, or high, high 
up in the sky. She even found time recently 
to visit friends in Willcox, Arizona, accom- 
panied by BETTY KAISER, of Ryan. 

"JO" FOGERTY, back from a couple of 
weeks' annual leave, has a certain sparkle 
in her eyes. Could be because of "a guy 
named Joe" who bee-lined straight for 
Tucson while on furlough from Alaska. 

Every time I ask our Warehouse Super- 
visor, FRANK CARAMELLA, to give with 
news for the Sky News he always replies, 
"Nothing ever happens to me," conse- 
quently he has never been mentioned in 
this column before. Among Frank's numer- 
ous duties he can ofttimes be seen dash- 
ing around the field on a strange mechon- 
icol device known as a fork truck, with 
which he picks up greot boxes of stuff ond 

Better even than o letter from home wos 
"JERRY" ALLENs surprise visit from her 
father, Mr. Glenn Boggs, of El Compo, 
Texas. Jerry wanted to stay home for a 
few days to get caught up on family news, 
but her Dad threatened to pack up and 
go home if she took time off from her job. 
A pretty swell dad, we think. 

CAPTAIN SUDWEEKS, who recently took 
over in Operations, has hod the good for- 
tune to have two very nice feminine help- 
ers come his way — RITA WILKES, a trons- 
feree from Wickenburg, whose husband is 
a corporal at this field, and TINA SALZ- 
MAN, the one with the flaming tresses, who 
hails from New York via Salt Lake. Greet- 
ings, girls; hope you like it here. 


Published monthly for employees of 
Administrative Headquarters 
San Diego California 

Operational Bases: 

Hemet, California Tucson, Arixona 

The Ryan Schools are subsidiories 

of the 

Ryan Aeronautical Compony 

Editor Keith Monroe 

Associate Editor. ...Horry E; Siegmund 

Hemet Editor Hdrry Hofmonn 

Tucson Editor Margaret Jacobs 

Staff Photographers T. T. Hixson 

Frank Mortin 

San Diego Reporter Barbara Deone 

Hemet Reporters: Lloyd Barber, Lt. 
William Cyril, Bill Guinn, Marvel 
Hicks, Bob Johnson, Opal Kerby, 
Wilma Kribs, Hale Landry, Doro- 
thy Lorenz, Cpl. Eugene R. Neeff. 
Tucson Reporters: Freda Buffington, 
Mickey Coleman, Loring Dowst, 
Jim Hart, Mary Huerta, Mollie 
Jones, Norman Karns, Clorence 
Robinson, "Rocky." 










For this wife, the long months of suspense are safely over. Her man is home 

For awhile at least, there will be no more days and nights of loneliness. No 
more dreading to hear the doorbell ring, for fear it will be a messenger with a 
red-starred telegram from the Secretary of War beginning: "I deeply regret 
to inform you . . ." 

For thousands of other wives, that agony of waiting for news is still con- 
tinuing. Each day that the war goes on, more of them will become widows. 
More children will learn that Daddy isn't coming home — ever. 

To each of us, this picture has a simple moral: 

Let's do our best to bring about more homecomings, fewer red-starred tele- 
grams. The faster we win this war, the more husbands will be coming safely 
home. We can all help speed victory by doing our level best all day, every 
day — and by sticking on the job to finish the job. Here at Ryan, we'U all devote 
every ounce of effort to that goal. Won't we? 

J U Ly • 1 944 

Up From the Hangar Floor 

by Keith Monroe 

The story of Bob Kerlinser 

...who rose from floor 

sweeper to ace test pilot 

and civilian director 

of flying 


The most exciting moments of Bob Kerlinger's life 
cannot be told. For years he has done test-flight work 
on various special assignments for the U. S. Army and 
Navy and the Ryan Aeronautical Company, and some 
of his experiences during those assignments were far 
from dull, Bob hints. But they all come under the 
heading of what the government calls "restricted 
information" — and Bob can keep a secret as well as 
the next clam. 

Even non-restricted information comes hard from 
Bob, if it's information about Kerlinger. He is one 
of these big, quiet gents who find it hard to talk 
about themselves. However, by dint of diligent prying, 
the Sky News staff did ascertain that Bob is an Ari- 
zona boy who has risen in twelve years from a job 
sweeping hangar floors at the Ryan School in San 
Diego to his present position as Wing Commander at 
Ryan's base near Tucson. 

Kerlinger was born, to his later dismay, on Decem- 
ber 26, 1912. This ill-timed event took place in Ray, 
Arizona, where Bob's father was a railroad man. Work 
for the Southern Pacific involved occasional changes 
of residence, and the Kerlinger family lived in Phoenix, 
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From Hangar Floor 

( from page 3 i 
Hoyden and Ray, Arizona, during Bob's 
formative years. 

By the time Bob was 1 8 and had learned 
to adopt a philosophical view of his lowered 
take at both Christmas and birthday, he 
was thinking about becoming a flier. At this 
age he had already put in considerable hard 
work for the railroad as well as for assorted 
service stations and grocery stores. His 
labors had convinced him that he'd never 
be happy at c routine job. He wanted to 
work where things were happening fast; 
where there was excitement in the atmos- 
phere, and a bright future for anyone who 
was willing to work hard. In short, he wanted 
to get into aviation. 

After long study of advertisements of all 
the leading flight schools in America, and 
after making some independent investiga- 
tions of their reputation, he decided that 
he wanted to enroll at the Ryan School of 
Aeronautics — which in those days, of course, 
was a commercial rather than a military 

To spend a year or two in San Diego as 
a student would cost more money. Bob knew, 
than he could then afford. So he buckled 
down to work in Arizona, saving every nickel 
and dime he could scrape up. Two years later 
he had saved enough to enter the Ryan 

He hadn't been a student at Ryan very 
long (where he was taking both flight and 
mechanic's courses, because he wanted a 
brood background! before he decided thot 
Ryan was the kind of organization for which 
he'd like to go to work. He walked into the 
office of Vice-President Earl Prudden and 
mode his desires known. "I'll take any kind 
of job there is," he announced, "just so it 
gives me a chance to stick around here." 

Prudden took him at his word, and put 
him to work sweeping the hangar floors. By 
displaying noteworthy zeal as o floor- 
sweeper. Bob won a promotion to the com- 
bined position of flunky, errand boy and 
miscellaneous underling in the maintenance 
department. Here, too, he tore into his 
duties with such enthusiasm that he rose 
to maintenance apprentice and later to full- 
fledged maintenance worker. 

Meanwhile he was continuing with ad- 
vanced courses at the school, taking port of 
his pay in extra flying time. By now he 
knew that he wanted to become a flight 
instructor, so he was working toward an 
instructor's rating, and gradually gaining o 
reputation around Ryan as on unusually good 
pilot. The organization began using him on 
extra flying jobs — flight tests on planes 
which hod undergone repairs; sight-seeing 
hops with passengers at Lindbergh Field on 

But he was still keeping his hand in at 
maintenance work every day; ond when Jim 
Fornosero, the maintenance chief left to 
take an Air Corps commission Bob was 
moved up to reploce him. Shortly thereafter 
our hero married Lois Burnett, sister of Don 
Burnett, whom Ryan old-timers will remem- 
ber OS the chief of the company's experi- 
mental department. It was just one more 
Ryan romance to odd to the dozens which 
have bloomed in this organization. 

Between marriage, maintenance, and fly- 
ing work. Bob wa-> a busy boy. By now the 
Ryan foctory wa^, in production on its famous 
S-T line of sport trainers, and Bob was also 
assigned to moke shakedown flights of the 


The Home 

By Barbara Deane ""f^ 


We're off in a cloud of dollars on our 
Fifth War Bond drive and expect to make 
this one reolly something to cheer about. 
A grand program has been arranged for the 
week, with a lot of service bands and with 
EARL D. PRUDDEN doing the honors as 
EMCEE in his own inimitable manner. This 
is one time the School expects to get ahead 
and nose the factory out for first place in 
the race. 

Other new arrivals on our doorstep are 
IRMA UNRUH, late of Salem, Oregon, who 
has come to San Diego to join her husband 
(another Marine!! Operating the switch- 
board is ALICE FRANKS, who is a music 
teacher (would anyone like to toke piano 
lessons?). Taking the place of DOROTHY 
SMITH, who is resigning because of her 
health (and sorry we are to know it I, we 
find BARBARA DENTON (another BD in 
the crowd!, who will help in BILL WAG- 
NER's office. We're glad to hove all of you 
with us, and will try to moke you like it 

■Visiting firemen this week were DOUG 
from Tucson, and BILL EVANS, BOB 
SEXTON ond MOHLER, from Hemet. The 
main event of the day wos a trip through 
the factory. It wos grond to see oil of you 
again, and we hope you enjoyed your visit — 
including the peek of EDP's Pink Room. 

The $54 question this time: Who wos it 

thot stopped in front of o bakery on his 

birthday and decided to buy o cake for him- 
self — and angel food ot that — and, upon 
his arrival home, scented the tantalizing 
odors of a devil's food coke too late to ditch 
the angel food? Wonder how large the dog- 
house was? 

Perambulations: SID PETERSON, Jr., was 
in applying for o job 03 his poppy's assist- 
ant. He's to go on the payroll next month. 
. . . CHUB HANSEN has been having a 
case of the jitters trying to run the switch- 
board and keep everybody happy. 
MARY SPEILBERGER spent several days m 
Los Angeles having o wonderful time with 
her husband. . . . ROY FEAGAN finally 
broke down under the strain of taxi service 
and purchased a second-hand cor, so now 
he rides in state. . . . MARGE FLOYD, 
MARIE BENBOUGH and yours truly dashing 
off to Hemet for a marvelous week-end — 
and don't let anyone soy that the steaks 
ore not so good up m the mountains. 
trying to keep the gleam out of her eye over 
the expected arrival of that certain friend. 
. . . IRENE HEWITT having some lovely 
pictures taken for that Marine in the South 
Pacific. . . . VIVIAN HOLME having a 
hord time stoying awoke after the festivi- 
ties attendant to the departure of a couple 
of Marine Loots. . . . VIRGINIA VOYLES 
cooking a couple of dinners for her hus- 
band — the first in o long time, says Vir- 
ginia. . . . DALE OCKERMAN having o 
terrific time getting oil the oirline dato 
together. ... If you should happen into 
the office and see a poir of legs, apparently 
unattached, with a cloud of papers flying, 
you will know who it is — CLIFF COFFMAN 
getting wrinkled and gray trying to dig up 
statistics for CAS. Did you know thot CAS 
hod o birthday the 16th of June? 

Well, thot obout does it for the time 
being. Until loter, adios. 

planes as they come out of the factory. 
Then at lost he got the chonce he'd been 
woiting for: an opportunity to become o 
flight instructor on the school staff. 

He bode goodbye to maintenance work — 
hoving learned more about it than most 
pilots ever dream of — although the main- 
tenance deportment hos continued to call 
him in for occosionol advisory help. As a 
flight instructor he began putting in his 
days teaching commercial students to fly. 
This colled for enough hours in the air doily 
to sotisfy most lovers of flight, but it wasn't 
enough for Bob. He kept on with test-flying 
and ferry jobs on the side. 

He delivered the first prototypes of vari- 
ous Ryan planes to Longley Field ond 
Wright Field, and studied the NACA flight 
testing given to them. He did oil the original 
test flying of Ryan's first Army troiner, as 
well 03 its earlier S-C jobs and the YO-51. 

In 1939 Kerlinger was made chief flight 
instructor for the commercial division of 
the school, but even then he continued 
special test work. He flew ATC and Army 
acceptance hops. He went to Ottawa to 
demonstrate Ryon trainers for the Canadian 
government. He went to Randolph Field to 
take speciol training qualifying him to in- 
struct Army codets in the AAF primary pro- 
gram which was then developing. In short, 
this Arizona boy who hod wanted an active 
and varied life was getting just that. 

By 1941 the Ryan School's commercial 

training octivities hod all been suspended 
and the school wos devoting all its facilities 
to Army primory training. And Bob Kerlinger 
was in chorge of the whole staff of flight 
instructors at Son Diego. 

The hordest job of his life came in 1942, 
when Ryan opened its second Army bose, 
at Tucson. The Son Diego activities hod to 
be transferred to the new, half-finished Ari- 
zona school in the spoce of one week-end 
(to comply with government emergency 
regulations excluding oil flight troining 
from the coastal "combat zone"!. Kerlinger 
had to get the flight progrom rolling agoinst 
odds of phenomenal heat, windstorms, dust 
and other complications such as lock of 
hangars for the planes ond lock of water 
for the codets and instructors. Everyone at 
Ryan's school in Arizono knows how suc- 
cessful Kerlinger was in the bock-breoking 
job he undertook at Tucson. 

Even now, with twelve yeors at Ryan under 
his belt, and with his flight department run- 
ning smoothly, Kerlinger hosn't settled bock 
to relox. A few months ago he went to 
Florido for some secret flying experiments 
under militory supervision. And in recent 
weeks he has been commoting between Son 
Diego ond Tucson in order to help the Ryan 
factory set up special test-flight arrange- 
ments for a development program it is plan- 
ning. Apparently when Kerlinger stops tack- 
ling new projects it will be a sure sign that 
he's ripe for the Old Men's Home. 


Elmo Heovin 

The Story of 
Plant Maintenance 



'Rocky" Rockerhousen 

In these days of material shortages when the boys 
of plant maintenance say "we dood it" they're really 
saying something. Once there was a day when the 
maintaining of the physical properties of the plants 
at Hemet and Tucson was relatively simple. But not 

Let's be trite and say that the exigencies of war 
have raised havoc, or some other word starting with 
an "h," with a once simple procedure. But the boys 
of both departments have a new slogan: "When you 
can't find it, make it" . . . and that's what they do 
in the majority of cases. 

Sounds simple, doesn't it? But have you ever tried 
to make a valve out of scrap parts? Or a desk out 
of bits of waste lumber? Or a spring for a door stop? 

(Continued on 

Shucks, those are every-day occurrences for the in- 
genious lads. They simply take such situations in 
stride and since so many things are no longer avail- 
able, it's really a long stride. 

In fact, they make the jobs look too easy. The rest 
of the department heads have become so accustomed 
to this efficiency that they never give it a thought 
when they sit down and dash off an AVO for some- 
thing that hasn't been available in months. The new 
order is received calmly enough, but behind the scenes 
there is a mad flurry to gather scattered pieces and 
try to assemble them. 

"Rocky" Rockerhousen at Tucson and Elmo Heavin 
at Hemet are both old hands at the game, however. 
Heavin dropped into Hemet some seven years ago 
page 12) 

Painting, plumbing, carpentry 
— even plain, old - fashioned 
"housework" — ore poit of the 
everyday chores of Ryan's plant 
maintenance department. 

What they can't find, they 
moke. Ryan's ingenious main- 
tenance men con find a way to 
almost any wartime 



By Jim Snyder 


If anyone has noticed or paid any atten- 
tion to the loud noises, resembling a Ban- 
shee's wail, coming from A Hangar, I take 
this opportunity to enlighten him as to 
their origin. It seems one "SPECK" SMITH 
is wifeless. Hope (his wife I has departed 
for San Francisco, for a visit. 

LEE CAMPBELL, our Maintenance Super- 
visor, is having o flock of "Keep Out" signs 
printed to be plastered oil over the offices. 
Seems he can't keep any girl help. This time, 
RAY HENDRICKSON, our Service Crew 
Chief, stole his secretary, MOLLIE JONES, 
and rushed her over to Lordsburg, New 
Mexico, where he labeled her MRS. RAY. 
LEE has as equipment for his office one 
shotgun which, as the story goes, ain't loaded 
with sofa pillows. So those who are a victim 
of the "Little Fellow's Arrows" better stay 
out of range. He says that our business is re- 
pairing planes, not a matrimonial bureau. As 
Q result, on A.V.O. has been written for the 
construction of a six-foot fence around the 
Maintenance Office, specifications are that 
it must be wolf-proof. LEE is bound and 
determined to keep his new secretary, 
MICKEY COLEMAN, for o while, at least. 
MICKEY is replacing MOLLIE, and o very 
good job she is doing, too. We hope she 
likes her new quarters and our gang. 

You should see "TINK" PALMER. He is 
in charge of our wing repair. He doesn't 
■ know whether to sew wing tip covers or 
baby duds. The stork is casting glances at 
his house. Every day TINK gets a weather 
report from Davis-Monthan Field — doesn't 
wont the long-legged bird to be blown off 
his course. Wants a boy, but will take a 
girl if it's forced on him. The bundle better 
arrive soon because TINK has his noils 
chewed off now up to the third knuckle. 
He'll look funny with just a couple of stubs. 

Mermaid "MICKEY" KAPP, she is known 
as. Has the floating characteristics of a 
streamlined brick, 'Twos thus . . . Sabina 
Canyon — water — swim suit — swan 
dive — minutes pass — bubbles — by- 
standers' consternation — grab hook — 
barrel — dry off — none the worse for 
wear. Is gonna stick to dry land or water 
only one foot deep. Standard equipment for 
our check inspectors will be water wings. 

This Is The Army 

By I. Reed Esquire 


Sad news, girls, onother one of the young 
officers on the field has been token off the 
eligible list. Congratulations to Lt. KELLER 
who has become formally engaged to CARO- 
LINE STUNZ of Inspiration, Arizona. 

Lt. HOWSMON is now walking around 
with his head in the clouds. Reason — a poir 
of shining silver bars. Congratulations, BILL. 


Flight Lines 

By Loring Dowst 


When our wings and cop emblems first 
came out, it was not unusual for military and 
naval personnel, even with rank to toss a 
snappy highball to civilian instructors. They 
thought we were officers of friendly, foreign 
nations, or something. But now our insignia 
is familiar to all and sundry. That is, AL- 
MOST ALL. Instructors PREWIT and DRES- 
SEL and Flight Commander LA MAY re- 
cently proved the exception. These three 
gents were reloxing in a Tucson lobby after 
hard afternoon's tussle with wing-tips 
when a heovily-medaled and gold-braided 
soldier stopped by their table, clicked his 
heels together and executed o beautiful Old 
World salute — and held it! A Mexican gen- 
eral! Conversation was arrested at our con- 
freres' table. Here was on unexpected cour- 
tesy; o salute worthy of a smort return. 
Taken by surprise, DRESSEL whipped up 
his right hand and flung his Coco-Colo over 
his shoulder. BILL PREWIT stuck his thumb 
in his eye, and HARLEY LA MAY burned 
his ear with a cigar! 

We are informed by a young lady named 
NEDRA that the white cross on Ajo Rood, 
as well as others on A Mountain Rood and 
on the rood to Son Xovier Mission indicote 
spots where Popogo Indians hove died. 
Wreoths ore usually placed on the crosses 
once a year, on the anniversary of demise. 
Further, the crosses are sometimes used as 
"wishing shrines." Thank vou, NEDRA. 

Not content with boring around in the sky, 
two weeks ago Squadrons One and Two 
delved underground. The scene of this sub- 
terranean activity was a region known as 
the Colossal Caves. MAC LONGANECKER 
says these coves moke the Grand Canyon 
strictly o novelty. Anyhow, the management 
gave the Ryan bunch a special service men's 
rate and posted signs on the coves reading: 
airmen and their wives and gals plunged 
into the depths. Inside, other signs 
mentioned that it is a misdemeanor to break 
off stalactites or stalagmites. But HAL 
WITHAM zigged when he should have 
zagged and chipped off one of them things 
with his head. It is not a misdemeanor to 
fracture one's skull in Colossal Coves. At 
one point durinq the burrowing all the 
lights went out. There wos o loud scream. 
The lights came on and the guide, pointing 
a stern finger at DRESSEL said, "Young man, 
you ain't at Coney Island, and this ain't no 
tunnel of love!" Emerging into the sunlight 
once more, the party of explorers dived into 

Lt. NOLAN is spending his leave bock 
home in New York. Rumor has it that he 
is also planning on taking the fatal step, 
however, he emphatically denies it. 

WELCOME to o new flying officer, Lt. 
Ryan Field as he received his primary train- 
ing OS o cadet here in Class 44-E. 

The ground officers' I soldiers' lament: 
Oh, to be a Junior Birdman and be oble to 
drive those great, big, super Codillocs, eh, 

the finest picnic ever staged in this state. 
Fried chicken was piled a yard high; there 
were rolls, pickles, olives, potato salad and 
stuff. A couple of ice-filled woshtubs bristled 
with beer bottles like guns sticking out of a 
B-25. They soy that DICK BAKER flottered 
the cooks by never ceasing to eat chicken as 
long as a morsel remained. MICKEY COLE- 
MAN (of Ad-Ventures I wore o two-piece 
"bathing suit" and all the other girls wore 
clothes. The staying power of her halter 
caused a few tense moments; and somebody 
told one of the boys to pull in his fangs, as 
there is on epidemic of rabies. The inevit- 
able softboll game was played, but hod to 
be called because of casualties. FRANK 
BROWN went after a high fly and disap- 
peared into o bramble patch. He says the 
sun was in his eyes, but some sov it was 
MICKEY COLEMAN again. It was o lovely 

HAL WITHAM had a strange experience 
during o dual period awhile bock. He was 
of 6,000 feet when he felt something crowl- 
ing all over him, like love. Under the cir- 
cumstance, the experience was new to Hal. 
He investigated. He discovered, literally, that 
he hod ants in his pants. .^ hasty let-down 
lot the airplane I and o change of coveralls 
revealed that a package of cough drops in 
his flying suit had lured a colony of red 
onts into his locker. Let us be warned. 


By Mickey Coleman 


All the girls in the office ore acquiring 
o nice suntan, MARGARET JACOBS being 
the most tanned. I'm acquiring the sun also 
— wonder when I'm gonna get the tan. 

Speaking of tons — we all, and mean oil, 
went on o picnic to Sabina Canyon one 
Sunday, and really hod one grand time. 
We all brought our cameras — it's too bod 
we didn't hove any film. It would hove been 
relief for someone to have something in 
there besides water. Yes, I said water! Every- 
one hod fun. MOLLIE JONES (Ex-Mointe- 
nonce secretary i kept sliding down the rocks 
into the water — then after she got her toes 
wet she went in up to her knees. I'm not 
saying she was afraid, but didn't we all have 
to take our innertubes from the car. In one 
corner 1 heard MILLIE BROADAWAY and 
MAXINE AVERETT whispering in shrill 
voices, No, you can't! Yes, I must! No! Yes! 
No! Yes! and then she opened the beer 
bottle. LARRY KLOFATH worn out from 
the mighty brawl said "Con I go home now?" 
So we untied her hands and let her go. Who 
ore we to keep anyone against her wishes. 
some friends of theirs up there who were 
also very ton — they took our pictures. We 
mode them give them back, though. We 
only had 100 to pass out. MARGARET 
(Liza I JACOBS really looked good in her 
bathing suit. The photogrophers took quite 

few pictures of her. She's reallv got o 
dork, dork ton there. We all envied her, but 

1 guess It all depends on who you know. 

C* * I * B^ * 



Mary Huerta and Freda Buffington 

Plant Main- 

By "Rocky" 

Headquarters (By Mary Huertol 

Ladies, officers and men, bid adieu to 
ETTE. Mrs. HURLBUT, PERSIS, to all of 
us, is one of the best- liked persons in the 
Army section. She has been working for the 
Army longer than anyone can remember, 
first with CAPTAIN BANE, then CAPTAIN 
WEAR. We hate to see her go, for without 
her picnics the office won't seem the same. 
Best of luck to you and the new addition to 
come, PERSIS. 

ELINORE, who worked in the hospital has 
left us to go home. We all sure miss her, 
and to express it, EDYTHE SOLOWAY pre- 
sented her with a gift from all the girls of 
headquarters — a beautiful compact (includ- 
mg the price tag which DOROTHY SHEL- 
DON forgot to remove I . 

In the some breath we welcome CLAUDIA 
WHITTLE, who is taking ELINORE's place. 
If you don't know her, you must have seen 
a nice, blond, blue-eyed girl around, al- 
ready considered as one of the crowd. 

Hove you met MRS. ROCKY yet? No, 
not a new member, but really our old one 
and only DORRIS CLARK. We knew it would 
happen soon, but not how soon. We wish 
you lots and lots of happiness, DORIS and 

"School days, school days," was sung by 
the girls on one bright Thursday when 
CAPTAIN WEAR came into the office and 
said, "Well, this is the setup — every Thurs- 
doy we will see that you get a little more 
education." So we were marched to ground 
school where LT. KELLER, the teacher, and 
CAPTAIN WEAR, main speaker, gave us 
some lessons on correspondence (militoryl. 
Exhausted from such strenuous studies, we 
and BILL THORPE, went to Sobino Canyon 
to eat a heorty dinner. A good time was 
had by all, swimming, singing and watching 
PERSIS cook. This wasn't enough for us, 
so last Monday we gathered a lunch and 
husbands together and off we went to Sabino 

Supply & Inspection (By Freda Buffington) 

Someone new has been added — seems to 
be always true in Supply. Of course MADGE 
TERRY who handles Repoirables in our 
warehouse, is known to many on the field 
OS she used to be in the Prop Shop. MAR- 
JORIE DENT, whose husband is an Army 
mechanic at this field, is a transferee from 
29 Palms, California, and is now sinking 
her teeth into Supply filing after having 
done probation at Headquarters. 

The writer con now tell a tale about 
"the big one that got away" after a week 
of trout fishing in Indian country in north- 
eastern Arizona. 

BILL THORPE started his career as a FDP 
(private for the duration) at Fort Mac- 
Arthur lost month. If nothing goes amiss 
we'll be seeing him around. 

NELL RYAN, the Cadet's Beatrice Fairfax, 
stole a few precious days between classes to 
give her cactus garden a thorough going 
over — and just lounging in the noonday 
sun. After a whole year of naphthalene 
and other warehouse cologne our Nell cer- 
tainly earned her holiday. 

our old-timers has forsaken Inspection to 
return to California. It seems to be a habit 
OS ORAN "LUM" EDWARDS did the same 
thing just a short time ogo. Lum's friends 
will be glad to know that he and his family 
are getting fat and sossy and feeling swell. 
He's with the Southern California Edison 
Company at Long Beach. 

A tardy greeting to little GERTRUDE 
"GOLDIE" APELSON, the new "First Lady" 
of Inspection. 

A cheer for Supply civil service person- 
nel who have done a considerable stretch 
at the Ryan School. Almost 2V'2 years for 
BILL THORPE, 1 "2 years for FRANK 
BUFFINGTON and a year for NELL RYAN, 

Now that the local U.S.O. Lounge has 
closed RHEA OZER will have to find another 
outlet for her "good deeds," as she has 
been one of the most conscientious sandwich- 
makers at the U.S.O. since she arrived in 

t% Winds 



Clarence Robinson 


When I looked out the window yesterday 
morning I should have seen a big field of 
beautiful blue-grass with wind rippling it 
just like the ocean waves, but what did I 
see? Just a big pile of sand with a cactus 
sticking in it. You guessed it. I didn't get 
my vacation to the southland and old Ken- 

tucky because STEVE DACH imagined him- 
self to be John Kimbrough in a scrimmage 
football gome recently. Someone threw him 
the boll and he fell down, breaking his arm. 
One instructor short isn't bad, but that isn't 
all. JAY ICASEYI LIVESAY decided the 
war couldn't be won without him, so he 
joined up with Uncle Sam's Navy. What 
I'm getting at, is no vacation. So don't blame 
me because I'm still reporting. 

STEW MATSON enjoyed good, old Cali- 
fornia sunshine during an inspection tour 
of other schools recently. CHUCK THERRIEN 
carried the load, as we call it, and did a 
very nice job. 

Folks, before I just barely beat the dead- 
line again I would like to say in behalf of 
the Ground School staff that we wish STEVE 
DACH a speedy recovery and the best of 
everything to JAY LIVESAY in the Navy. 


How do you write a column with a pencil 
in one hand and a phone in the other? Any 
helpful suggestions will be gratefully re- 
ceived, as up to now, the phone has a slight 
edge, and if this continues much longer, so 
help me, I'm gonna pad the walls. 

When HOWARD PAYNE goes through the 
cafeteria line and staggers to a table with 
his heavily laden tray, the resulting spread 
looks ample for a family of four, and where 
he puts it — I'll never know, but he always 
manages to surround it. When are those 
overalls going to start filling out, HOWARD? 

hove just returned from a short trip to Phoe- 
nix and are now members of the E.R.C. 
MAC says, "working for the War Depart- 
ment won't be much of a change, as I have 
one of those at home." 

C. A. SMITH confides in me that his one 
big worry during the time he spent in tne 
hospital undergoing alterations was if he 
would ever be able to attend the Saturday 
night meetings of the poker. club. "SMITTY" 
is a charter member, and his presence (and 
contributions) were sincerely missed. 

If you really wont to see a million dollar 
smile, ask JOE ROACH for the correct time. 
The family presented him with a fine packet 
watch for Father's Day. Some of the Plant 
Maintenance gang contributed a watch chain 
made of five feet of 3/8-inch chain and a 
couple of harness snaps. Thoughtful critters, 
aren't they? 

Early Sunday morning I was awakened 
from my sweet, young dreams by a neighbor 
who informed me, between large gasps for 
breath, that Ryan Field was going up in 
smoke. Realizing the inevitable hod finally 
happened, I proceeded to kick every piece 
of ifurniture in the house before locating 
what could be termed suitable attire and took 
off for the field with my shirt tail flapping 
in the early morning breeze. Upon arriving 
at the field and seeing no evidence of smoke 
or flame, I inquired at the guardhouse, if, 
when and where there hod been a fire. One 
of the guards whose face signified the utmost 
in disgust, waved his arm in a southwesterly 
direction and mentioned, "Over that way 
about 35 miles there is a brush fire in case 
you would care to attend." As I started to 
turn around and head back home, another 
of the guards stopped me and said, "So sorry 
you mode the trip for nothing, but rather 
than leave disappointed, you pick the build- 
ing and I'll set it on fire." All the way home 
I was happy in the realization of the fact 
that here at lost was the peak of perfection 
in mutual cooperation between departments 
even if it was only verbal. What could be 


. . . it's a privilege 



By Norma Miller 


June seventh was a gloomy day for the 
Mess Hall, Canteen and especially the 
kitchen. One of our best cooks, FREDDIE 
CHARLEY, the little Indian chef who has 
been with Ryan for olmost two years, left 
us to join the boys of the Navy. He was 
always willing to help anybody at any time 
— never a grumble, always a smile. I'm 
sure the day he put aside his apron and 
"high top" cop, and bid us all goodby, 
there were tears in his eyes. Confidentially, 
we all had to wipe our eyes. We'll always 
think of you, Freddie, wherever you are, 
and especially of those days gone by. 

OPHELIA HOOKS, formerly of the Mess 
Hall, is now our afteroon fry cook in the 
canteen. Can she make hamburgers and 
sandwiches? Just try one and judge for your- 
self. She sure is happy these days, not only 
with her new job, but she received word 
that her son now is a lieutenant in the 

ROSELLA McCURDY, a cute Irish lassie, 
has joined our staff, but if you should meet 
her, be sure and watch your arms and legs 
for she can talk them off of you (chatter- 
box), and she has more pep than ten mon- 
keys in a barrel. 

GRACE NIELSON really graces the Mess 
Hall, and is doing a good job of keeping 
things in order. 

OSCAR WHITE ("Pop" to most! was 
home due to illness some days ago, but 
what he enjoyed most was that he could 
smoke his pipe, and, when finished, tuck 
it under his pillow. When he wanted it 
again. Presto! there it was. It seems some- 
one was always hiding his pipe on the job. 
He would practically tear the place down 
trying to find it. Pop had all of us one day 
trying to locate it — he just hod to hove his 
pipe to enjoy his work, and then all of a 
sudden there was a yell. Sure enough, some- 
one had found it dangling from the ceiling! 
Why don't you tie it to a string and put it 
around your neck? 'Tis merely o suggestion. 

LYDIA BREWER, who works behind the 
canteen steam line, is really o dreamer. 
She's always talking about going horseback 
riding, but so far she hasn't been able to 
find a horse. Early in her dreams one night 
she had a nigthmare. When she awakoned 
she was flat on the floor. Take it easy, 
Lydia; we'll see if we can't find you a burro. 
A few months ago FRANCES MUNA re- 
ceived word that her son Thomas was miss- 
ing in action. Lost week she was notified 
that he is a prisoner of war, and though that 
is poor solace for a mother, she can be 
happy in the thought that he is coming 
back to her. 

^^iUit ot^€n4' mcuf Uvi, . 

moke your blood 
donations to the 
Red Cross today. 




By Dorothy Lorenz 



By Norman Korns 


CAREW SMITH is still in the auto point- 
ing business, trying to improve the appear- 
ance of some of our equipment. We ore quite 
proud of the job done on ARNOLD WITTO's 
station wagon. You would never know the 
old bus. 

have been busier than one-armed paper 
hangers trying to keep the rest of the equip- 
ment in running order. 

We are now the proud possessors of a 
real Fire Truck. The Army has supplied us 
with a G.I. model, with all the trimmings. 
This is certainly one piece of equipment that 
has been sorely needed for a long time, and 
I'm sure it will fill the bill if and when 
needed. Practice fire drills with the new 
truck have proved highly satisfactory, dem- 
onstrating the efficiency with which the 
flames can be extinguished. 

been doing a nice job of supplying the post 
with its many needs, while ERNEST SPISAK 
keeps the roads pretty hot traveling back 
and forth with the cadets to the auxiliary 


June is here. The calendar says so. By 
the time you read this it will be gone — now 
It's July. Then there's August, September, 
October, November, and Christmas. Maybe 
by Christmas we'll have some news. A few 
babies may be born and maybe somebody 
will get married. Guess folks just don't reol- 
ize June is here. You'd never know it by 
the weather, and calendars are scarce. 

News is scorce as hens' teeth — if hens 
had teeth. It's the some thing every day. 
People come to work in the morning and go 
home at night. Then before you know it 
it's time to go to work again. Nobody got 
hurt, nobody born, nobody married, and no- 
body extra sick. But somebody's lonesome. 
are the BT Crew. Two people ond four BTs 
and all alone in one big hangar. Sod isn't 
it? Mr. HAYNES is the sole inhabitant of the 
prop shop now. Wonder if he gets lonesome. 

People have fun though. There's always 
something happening. Little things that make 
the world go 'round. Like STEVE WILLIAMS 
driving along in o tug singing and all of a 
sudden losing his hat ond — well, not singing 
anymore; JIM EVANS thinking Hezekiah 
and Ezekial are cute names for twin boys 
and if they turn out to be girls they are 
still cute names. Then there's the "Adven- 
tures of Cubby." The "bear facts" belong 
to the army but when pens are upside down 
in inkwells, papers get scattered, and you 
get stung with a paper wad — we've got com- 
pany. And it ain't Little Red Riding Hood. 

There was the Accounting picnic, too — 
people never did stop talking at>out it. 
JEANNE McCALLUM, of Forms & Records, 
tried climbing the pole that held the volley 
ball net up and CRASH — down come the 
whole outfit. No serious casualties, just a 
few black and blue spots. SHORTY MARTIN 
and HARVEY MINYARD constructed a sun 
shade over the wash pit between Hangar 2 
and 3 and somebody nearly knocked it down 
but who it was is a mystery. 

An old mother duck came out with her 
five offsprings one morning to look the situ- 
ation over. Maybe she was giving them some 
pointers on flying. When the preflight crew 
showed up they decided to scram. They 
had a Ryan Police escort until they got on 
the other side of the tracks. 

ARTA NADEN is back in the groove again 
after spending her vacotion in Salt Lake City 
visiting with folks and relatives. The JACK 
MONTGOMERYs took a spill on the motor- 
cycle at the Horlev-Dcvdson motorcycle 
HENRYs and BERNARD ROSS, also turned 
out for the big event. 

LENT ore building model oirplones. The ball 
team is doing fine, the sun came out todoy 
(June 17, 19441, and that's about it. Let's 
hope the next edition can be on Armistice 





/\,>'' V By Hale Landry 


Once again we are ten LAURIE LARSEN 
comes to us from Cuero, Texas, where he 
served as instructor in aerodynamics and 
weather. Previously he had taught hydrau- 
lics to navy personnel in Norman, Oklahoma. 
We hope he likes us as well as we like him. 

All of which prompts the Lubber to wonder 
if you folks know how o ground school in- 
structor is hired. (Not why, HOW.) 

First, of course, he submits his applica- 
tion accompanied usually by a photograph. 
If his statement of qualifications warrants 
it, he is interviewed by Personnel. He is 
then introduced to the director of ground 
school who submits his application for the 
inspection of the ground school instructors. 
Then the applicant is given a topic on which 
he is to lecture to the instructors just as he 
would to o class of cadets. During this audi- 
tion he is graded in accordance with a 
schedule which includes numerous points 
under appearance, platform manner, knowl- 
edge, organization of lectures and general 
teaching ability. 

Following this lecture there is a round 
table discussion among instructors of the 
man's ability. Should the applicant survive 
this treatment, he serves a period of indoc- 
trination in our methods by attending class- 
room lectures. During this period, too, he 
organizes his own lectures, attends depart- 
ment meetings, and in general, prepares to 


By Bill Guinn 


"SILENT" DOOLITTLE, who is the Rem- 
brandt of plant maintenance, has been dem- 
onstrating his artistic ability around the post. 
The result is open to argument. 

A- 1 auxiliary field, which was originally 
planned and laid out by PAUL WILCOX, 
was undergoing renovation — buildings had 
been moved to a new location after discus- 
sion and outside advice which proved of no 
avail. ELMO HEAVIN and the plant mainte- 
nance wonder boys undertook to do the im- 
possible with much anguish and fortitude. 
The outcome was successful and a three- 
point landing was mode which placed the 
buildings in their proper locations. 

CLARK CHAPMAN, one of our oldest em- 
ployees, out of the hospital after some much 
needed surgery. SLIM ELLSWORTH, our 
handyman, has finally purchased himself a 
new home, after a long search. "MAJOR 
HOOPLE" HAAS has doffed his striped attire 
for khaki. Do you suppose he is getting the 
Army complex? 

Has anyone noticed our new traffic tee 
on the main airdrome. This was dismantled 
and brought here by truck from 29 Palms. 
Credit for the remodeling goes to DEAN 

Mike Mars 

By Harry Hofmann 


As you con see by the above picture, Mike 
Mors, the genial dispenser of merchandise, 
mirth and merriment in the canteen, is 
greotly troubled by the long hair dangling 
in his eyes. 

Mike (Andrew J. was the way he was 
christened) has been with Ryan well over 
two years and has seen the best of them 
come and go. He knows everyone on the 
field by name, including all female em- 
ployees, and has bits of wisdom and advice 
to pass out with the change from your 
luncheon dollar. Mike modestly admits that 
he is the best fisherman in these here parts 
and plans on verifying that statement once 
again to himself when he takes a vaca- 
tion at his Cuyomaca Lake hideout. We 
also understand that Mr. Mars is no tyro 
at poker and other games of chance, includ- 
ing 9-ball. 

Mike was born in Wisconsin enough 
years ago to hove served in World War I 
with the Navy. He was rated on engineer 
2nd class and managed to get his knees 
messed up a bit in on encounter or two. 
Down in San Diego, Mike and his wife had 
a garden and variety store, which was mys- 
teriously blown up and the business with 
it. So Mike sought Ryan, and here he is 
. . . a salesman deluxe and a swell guy 
to know. 

Practically everyone on the field is sport- 
ing a sample of his leather-working ability. 
He's well versed in other crafts and can 
even repair a broken alarm clock — some- 

WELLS and PAUL SHARP under Elmo's 

Plant mointenance boys, including LOU 
GUY FEELY were seen Sunday helping 
GEORGE BROWN bale his hay. The balers, 
OS they coll themselves, ore now open for 
most any proposition along that line. 


By Marvel Hicks 


VIOLA MONTGOMERY, who has smilingly 
relieved us of our cash for the past two 
years, is leaving to open a dress shop in 
Hemet. Best of luck, Vi, and be sure to stock 
some "stylish stouts." RUBY RODDICK is 
bock with us again which makes everybody 
happy. TINKER WILSON is now in the 
Navy and CECIL JONES has moved from 
the canteen into his place. MARJORIE 
FRINKS will now make with the hamburgers. 

brated their first wedding anniversary June 5. 
MIKE MARS is spending his vacotion at 
his cabin at Lake Cuyomaca. He'll fish, but 
hopes they won't bite so he won't have to 
stop relaxing to take them off the hooks. 
ETHYL McBRIDE, cadet wife, is a new can- 
teen waitress. 

MILDRED BEAN was given a surprise 
farewell party by her friends in the canteen 
and mess hall. Mildred is leaving for Okla- 
homa and we'll all miss her. PEGGY MI- 
CHAEL'S daughter, NELLIE, now working in 
the canteen on a part-time shift. 

Contributing o lot to the efficiency of 
the canteen and the kitchen is the crew of 
bus boys, who double in all kinds of work. 
ALVIN SMALLWOOD has been around for 
some time and was recently joined by his 
younger brother, LEO. JAMES KIRBY, 
R. G. RICHARDSON ore also old-timers. 
Newcomers ore TOMMY BROWN and LEON 

'Way back in September of 1940 a dark, 
slim man stood in the kitchen of the new 
Ryan school at Hemet, watching a boiling 
coffee urn. Triumphantly he drew the first 
cup, and with due ceremony, passed it to his 
boss, Jean Bovet. 

That man was Boscom J. Avery, who, 
after nearly four years of service has left 
Ryan to retire to ranching and "maybe help 
the boy a bit with his new restaurant." 

We'll oil miss B. J. out this way, but we 
certainly congratulate ourselves on the fact 
that we found such a splendid successor to 
his and Jean Bovet's regime in Horace B. 

Horace is another expert chef who de- 
cided he'd seen enough of kitchen ranges 
... 40 years is a long time. But the call 
was too strong and he's once again in 
harness. For five years he was head chef 
at the Yellowstone Park hotel and in be- 
tween seasons there functioned in the same 
capacity at the exclusive La Quinto. His 
experience also includes extended periods of 
service with the Huntington and Maryland 
hotels in Posadeno and the St. Catherine on 
Cotalina Island. 

Morris "Poncho" Moreno, Blackie Law- 
son, Fred Sprodlin, Joe McKee, Jimmy Thur- 
mon and Cecil Jones serve under Garrett as 
first and second cooks and ore a contributing 
factor to the delicious meals served. 


Buy More Bonds — 


Raggle Toggle 

By Wilma Kribs 


Harry Hofmann 

Weather, oh lovely weather! We still 
wear our coats to and from work and shiver 
in our boots in the interim. We've had spring, 
but now we're "enjoying" a throwback to 
winter. Don't make a brash statement and 
end it with a "cool day in August," for 
you may have to poy the piper, the way 
things are going. And along with the 
weather, we have a fine crop of sugar beets 
surrounding us. You can't really enjoy the 
saccharine sweet odor that identifies these 
beets until you've spent a day at Ryan. The 
not gentle hoy fever abounds in this atmos- 
phere, and JO WILTSHIRE or ROG BRU- 
BAKER or LYDA SHEWALTER can tell you 
all about it. One sneeze leads to another and 
another and another and o Kleenex. There 
being o shortage of Kleenex, any old long 
sleeve will do. 

BERTHA KLEMENS has turned farmerette 
in the biggest way. She's raising o family 
of chicks in her bock yard. Birthdote was 
June 13, with SERGEANT O'BRIEN of the 
Dispensary officiating. Bertha gives us a 
short synopsis doily on the splendid progress 
of each chick, but has foregone the pleasure 
of southern fried chicken. Which comes first. 
Bertha, quick, the chicken or the egg? We 
know, you bought the eggs. 

SANDY SANDERSON was awarded the 
Purple Heart, along with HUNK SMITH and 
GEORGE KEATING, for braving the elements 
to bicycle to the Accounting Picnic at Hof- 
monn's Sunset Ranch. None of the other 
participants could manage, because of a 
lack of bicycles, o very rough Friday night, 
or some other infirmity. It was so much fun 
to sit in the sun and watch the other people 
fling themselves oil over the place in all 

forms of violent exercise. Deliver us from 
deploring the lock of a Charles Atlas 

New Flight Commander in Squadron 'VI 
is WARREN STONER, ex-instructor of 
Squadron VIII. Squadron VI is a very exclu- 
sive outfit, known as the "Red Dogs." Pri- 
mary requirement is the ownership and use 
of a red helmet. Stoner tried to borrow HAP 
HASLAM's, but 'twos too big. Incidentally, 
Hap will have completed her three year 
cycle on the 23rd of this month, the second 
female on the field to accomplish this. Hap 
first worked in the canteen, and for the lost 
approximate two years ha^ held Squadron 
VI under a whip hand. 

Since the advent of the Stearmon, ED 
NEAL has been crowned Ground Loop King. 
Neol soys he's turning farmer because of 
his natural ability to plow up ony field he 

son contingent, DOUG MAW, STU MATSON 
and LEE CAMPBELL hied themselves to the 
northern ports of the state to look over 
some of the schools. They don't soy much 
about it yet, because they haven't revived. 
They all come home o very tired bunch of 
chicks. It was certainly good to see you up 
here for a while, DOUG. 

COG KUMLER leaves for the east again 
this week-end. Wife Joyce is ill and may 
have to undergo surgery. We're all sorry, 
Joyce, and wish you a speedy recovery. VIC 
HILL of Supply just took his wife to the 
La Jolla Hospital. Mrs. Hill has been in 
ill health for quite a while, and we hope 
she's back with you soon, Vic. 

Executives of the Ryan School bases al- Hemet and Tucson shown in the wing assembly 
departmenl- of the Ryan Factory during their recent visit. Left to right — Robert 
Kerlinger, Test Pilot, Mel Thompson, Assistant Contract Administrator of the Ryon 
Aeronautical Company, Stuart Matson, Lee Campbell, Robert Stone, Lieut. Mohler, 
William Evans, Harry Hofmonn, and Lieut. Sexton. 



Toppling all contenders with a mighty 
105 land a 44 handicap! ROBERT JUNIA 
JOHNSON (Little Wolfi won the Ryan 
handicap golf tournament on June 1 1 . Sec- 
ond and third spots went to other high 
hondicoppers, ED DIMOCK, 100-35 and 

Fourth place went to Lt. JIM WILLIAMS, 
only golfer in the show to actually breok 
par. With neatness and dispatch, Jim racked 
up a net 66 — 68-2 ... so much for fate. 
95-28, tied for the next two spots but Ace 
out-tossed Rose and took fifth money. 

Other scores follow: 

82-10; JACK MATTHEWS, 83-15: BOB 
QUINN, 91-19; BOB STONE, 92-20; BILL 
95-26; WALT LEWIS, 96-21; ROG BRU- 
BAKER, 105-26 (What? No booby prize 
for Brubaker?!; AL DANIELS, 113-35; Lt. 
A. J. MURPHY, 1 14-38; Copt. T. R. STEP- 
MAN, 1 16-38. 

With S20 added by Ryan, first money wos 
worth a S25 War Bond, second got SI 2 
in war stomps, with the next four SIC, S8, 
S6 and S4, respectively. 

FISHING . . . Maybe it's the cloudy 
weather, but we don't heor much about 
good luck these days. 

HORSES, HORSES ... we can't let San 
Diego get ahead of us, so we're working on 
a horse show of our own. Quite a few Ryon- 
ites own oat-burners and this show will 
attempt to squelch a lot of bragging both on 
horses and riding ability. 

ministration night boll team, composed of 
players from administration, plant mainte- 
nance and barracks, walked off with league 
honors, dropping only one game during the 
season. Yep, and at the start they all laughed 
at the "bloomer girls" but failed to reckon 
with Fred Grider's mighty pitching arm and 
surprising batting strength the old boy's 

Aircraft maintenance rests in second spot 
but has one game to ploy with the third 
place enlisted men, the outcome of wh^ch 
could alter their positions. The officers ore 
safe in fourth spot with the two instructor 
teams trailing. However, a lot of credit goes 
to those hangar lads, who always had trouble 
fielding a team. 

Renter of the victorious Ads include 

Briefs From The 
Flight Line 

By Bob Johnson 

Annual Administration picnic come off 
with a bang — and also in fine style — June 
1 0th at HARRY and VIRGINIA HOF- 
MANN's Sunset Ranch. You people who 
hove never hod the pleasure of enjoying a 
day's outing at said rancho have certainly 
missed something. 

Food was plentiful. ROG BRUBAKER was 
voted the outstanding eater of the day, be- 
cause every time we saw him he had his 
plate full of food. I forgot to ask him if it 
was his original plate, but on second thought, 
if he was hungry — why should we stop him 
from eating? 

Rog and yours truly won one horseshoe 
gome while WILMA KRIBS beat ELMO 
HEAVIN and SMITH went around giving 
instructions to all. The wind made bad- 
minton a tough game, because you never 
could figure out where the ball (or whatever 
you play the gome with) was going. The 
outcome of the volleyball gome was con- 
fusing because everyone wanted to serve and 
no one would take time out to keep score. 
LYDA SHEWALTER was a star, however. 

Special poop-sheets accorded honors to 
the only he-men to ride their bicycles from 
Hemet and "SANDY" SANDERSON got a 
purple heart for riding alone from Son 

Everybody got to drifting around and 
and JEANNE McCALLUM proved on out- 
standing vocal trio and made some recordings 
which at the time sounded swell. The beans 
got warmed up again and Harbottle initiated 
us into the mysteries of "Rock-crusher" . . . 
and watch out for that one. 

BRUCE and I were invited to Hofmann's 
place earlier in the week to get things in 
shape . . . and they needed it. Horry was 
more than pleased with our efforts and 
offered us all jobs during the summer. Of 
course, during his sales talk he referred to 
us all as farmers — and if anyone knows the 
above mentioned, there's no doubt about 
that. In fact, Harry was so pleased with our 
work that he decided to let us help him 
catch two (2) peacocks. 

Now if you've never tried this little task, 
just apply at the personnel office for this 
type of job. No references are needed be- 
cause after the first attempt to track these 
animals down, you'll give up in utter disgust 
anyway. First, you climb through the trees 
(all this in the darkness, you understand), 
then under fences and then you scream, 
"Has anybody caught it yet?" You get no 
answer because they've already been caught 
and the fellows have returned to the house 
to talk over how easy it was. 

After brushing yourself off from climbing 
under fences, and picking all the branches 
and leaves out of your hair that you got 
from climbing through the trees and pre- 
tending you were Tarzan, Jr., you make your 
way to the house in a rage that would make 
a bull envious. The only reply you get from 
the rest of them is "Where have you been 
for the past hour?" With this, you just 
sit down and talk to yourself and come to 
the conclusion that the best way to make a 
living is either to ploy the pin-ball machines, 
toss pennies at a line — or play a hot game 
of Tiddley-Winks! 


Lt. William Cyril 


Since the first reports of the invasion, I 
have been tormented by the most horrible 
and impossible dreams that could possibly 
be dreamed. Somebody is playing a trick 
on me, and at night when I go to bed I also 
know that I'm in for a new installment of 
Alice in Wonderland in Technicolor. 

Sunday night's preview was undoubtedly 
the answer to the $64 question. I dreamed 
that I was arriving at the Field Monday 
morning, June 12. Everything seemed un- 
usual because the sun was shining. 

After going through the usual morning 
routine, I strolled over to the Army office 
about 10:45 to check the moil. Again 
against custom I found that I had received 
four letters, three of which were not bills. 
Hastily tearing them open, I fainted (still 

in the dream) when I discovered that in 
one letter someone had notified me that 
I had been promoted to first lieutenant. On 
recovery, I fainted again when I discovered 
that the some fate hod befallen all the 
other second lieutenants on the field. 

Promptly at 1 1 :05 all the officers were 
present for athletics. Almost immediately 
they agreed to play volleyball after volun- 
teering to take ten extra minutes of calis- 
thenics. Lt. COOPER then chose the teams 
to the satisfaction of everyone and the 
game started, ending with lunches won by 

Later at the dinner table the conversa- 
tion concerned itself with the events of the 
week-end. Lt. WILLIAMS informed us that 
he had run into a bit of luck at the golf 
course by making 18 holes in 18 strokes. 
All agreed that that was pretty good luck. 

Capt. MURDOCK then told us that he 
had had some luck while fishing. It seemed 
that he hod hooked the king fish at Lake 
Hemet and when the king's subjects saw 
their lord and master getting hauled in, they 
grabbed his tail and started a tug of war. 
Before long every fish in the lake was tug- 
ging away, and all Murdock hod to do was 
pull hand over hand of fish out of the lake 
until every last one was on the shore. 

Civil Service 

By Cpl. Eugene R. Neeff 


Add Miss Wolf stories: Our statuesque and 
fascinating Miss LARSEN, familiarly known 
OS "POOR MIRIAM," had what she calls an 
interesting experience last night. 

Seems that she and two other San Jacinto 
Belles hied off to Riverside to brighten the 
lives of the soldiers thereat last night. At 
the USO they were refused admission osten- 
sibly because they were not in proper uni- 
form, evening dresses having been de riguer. 

The ever helpful USO hostess, however, 
suggested that the charming young ladies 
lend their inspirational presence to the Offi- 
cer's Club dance next door. They trouped 
over to the Officer's Club, with singing 
hearts, for here was reol adventure. 

The officers, it developed, were not im- 
pressed. Evening dresses were necessary 
again. The girls, poor Miriam, were at a 
loss. It was truly sod, after coming all the 
way to Riverside, nobody wanted them. 

Clustered about their car they were ready 
to break into tears over the calamity of 
their evening when the Dragon-Slayer in 
suits of blue came dashing to the rescue. 

A common interest developed, to wit, let's 
dance. But where? A taxi driver reviewed his 
sources and suggested that there was a dance 
someplace two miles out of town. The sailors 
took the cob and the girls and set out for 
the dance two miles out of town. 

Two miles out of town it developed that 
the taxi driver was somewhat in error. No 
dance. In despair the whole bunch went 
bock to Riverside. What to do? Oh, what 
to do? 

Some extraordinarily intelligent person 
remarked, "Well, shucks, kids, the Mission 
Inn is still open and there's always a dance 

So, the girls tried, some successfully and 
some not so successfully, to prove that they 
were twenty-one so that they could gain 
entrance. Successful ones, including poor 
Miriam, finally, at 22:30 danced, it is pre- 
sumed, with the Navy. 

Lost month Ye Editor chopped out the 
part of the column that told about MAXINE 
L. YEAGER signing up with the Administra- 
tion team. She's still here and doing very 
nicely, thank you. She's assistant in the 
Service Record department 

RAY PARVIN left for Fort MacArthur 
this week to be a soldier boy and Lt. CUL- 
BERTSON is casting about for someone to 
take his place. 

MARY L. VENABLE, wife of a service- 
man and resident of San Jacinto, has re- 
placed VEDA DU BOURDIEU who resigned 
to devote more time to her family affairs. 

I spent the rest of the day at the flight 
line watching the cadets make one perfect 
landing after the other. About 17:00, Lt. 
QUANTZ strolled out of Operations to take 
his P-51 up for a spin. Lt. SEXTON, who 
usually accompanied him on such occa- 
sions, was away at the time on a short 
cross-country to New York. He was given 
a three-day pass and wanted to spend two 
of them in the big city. 

Thus ended my first dream, and after 
three more like it I began to realize how it 
felt to put in an eleven-day week! 



''We Dood It!" 

( ftom page 5 I 

from Colorado, where he hod been em- 
ployed in the bridge and building depart- 
ment of a railroad. He started almost at 
once doing private contracting and was 
building up a tremendous business when the 
war came along and nipped his activities 
. . ■ . so out to Ryan he wandered, where 
he has surrounded himself with an efficient, 
capable and resourceful crew. 

Rocky picked this particular time to get 
married and was off on his honeymoon when 
we needed an interview. We did learn, how- 
ever, that this quiet, likeable person started 
with Ryan in July, 1940, in the Plant Main- 
tenance department. In June, 1941, he was 
promoted to Assistant Supervisor and was 
transferred to Tucson in the Fall of 1942. 
His work at this desert base quickly earned 
him added recognition and in April, 1943, 
he was made Supervisor of the Tucson Plant 
Maintenance department. 

The rest of the field rather takes for 
granted the functions of plant maintenance. 
We expect everything on the field to run 
smoothly . . . and it does. But when we 
look behind the scenes at all the big things, 
little things and odds and ends that plant 
maintenance must do: maintain auxiliary 
fields and main mats . . . plumbing and 
sewer repairs . . . building maintenance . . . 
kitchen equipment problems . . . little and 
big things in the hangar areas ... a mil- 
lion and one miscellaneous things — we see 
a different picture. 

Tucson has a constant source of grief (just 
ask Mac McGregor) in maintaining its wells. 
. . . Hemet has a problem in the chlori- 
nator. Tucson started out with no working 
facilities and a desert condition to cope with 
and look now at the results of their skill. 

Among the many diversified duties 
thot confront the Tucson department, one 
in particular always mokes Rocky shake his 
head and get o far-away look in his eye. 
It was the job that called for the utmost 
in really hard labor. This operation called 
for the striping of the runways at the 
main airdrome. The actual work concerned 
the sweeping (by hand) of 21 Vi miles of 
landing mat and the placing of guide spots 
in preparation for striping. This work was 
undertaken at the hottest time of the year, 
and if anyone thinks that swinging a broom 
with the temperature at a 103'^ is easy — 
just try it once. Like Hemet, the Tucson 
department is called upon to perform the 
impossible as routine daily schedules. When 
asked how they manage to perform these 
miracles of construction and repair. Rocky 
just says "we dood it." 

The Hemet boys like to brag about the 
work they did on the Tucson station wagon, 
which came to Hemet looking like no self- 
respecting station wagon would wont to 
look. All they had to do was rebuild the 
body, put on a new top, paint it and make 
major and minor repairs. Bill Guinn turned 
out a paint job that hod Michelangelo turn- 
ing in his grave. Priorities were no avail, so 
back to the scrap pile they went and turned 
the job out in a few weeks. 

Woody Gardner, Hemet's carpenter, soys, 
"I'd go silly if I saw a good piece of clear 
white pine." And "Smitty" Smith at Tucson 
agrees with him. Yet you should see the 
way those boys produce desks, cabinets or 
what hove you with odds and ends, Russ 
Balzer, Tucson's machinist, welder and 
general handy man, is another resourceful 
lad. Dean Wells still talks about the time 


Ryanites receiving service pins 
during June. Congratulations and 
continued success to each of you. 

Helen A, Haslam Dispatcher 

C. Marchita Johnson . . . Maintenance 
Morris S. Moreno Barracks 


William R. Brand Flight 

Russell W. Jensen Flight 

Richard A. Welch Flight 

Alex R. Lindquist Flight 

Albert Burton Maintenance 

Leona C. Allee Maintenance 

Eugene H. Shuman .... Maintenance 

Clell Grogan Maintenance 

Josephine S. Faccio .... Maintenance 

Ellis A. Heath Guard 

Max M. Ruditz Guard 

Ernest F. Thomas Guard 

Plant Protection 

By Mike Crane 


My able assistant, LLOYD BARBER, who 
has been writing this column told HARRY 
HOFMANN to get some DUMB CLUCK to 
write it, so Harry galloped right over and 
said I was elected. Thanks, old son, but 
some morning you will try to sneak post the 
gate without your badge and then they'll 
hove to get someone else to write your 
columns, what with you having a few broken 
arms, etc. 

Most of the guards have had their vaca- 
tions, so after a few more weeks, hope they 
will be rested up enough to take another 
year. HARRY WHITING took his at Hen- 
show fishing, but hod to come home about 
the third day to replenish the essentials of 
a good fishing party . . . didn't like the 
taste of the bait they hod there, or some- 
thing. ROY BROWN stayed the whole week 
as he had his wife and two children with 
him and so kept his mind on fishing. 

LES ALDRIDGE caught the flu from some 
of the employees from the Tucson school, 
so his vacation hasn't been so hot. Better 
luck next year, Les. LYMAN DOAK built an 
addition to his house while on vocation. 
Don't know whether the addition was for 
an addition to his family, or a dog house for 

Some of our boys are planning on bring- 
ing their horses to Al Gee's big Ryan em- 
ployees' horse show so San Diego can see 
some real riding. Watch your pocketbook, Al. 

he and Lou Bailey made a valve for the 
vaporizer and stoyed up all night checking 
on it. 

Hemet has one worry that doesn't bother 
Tucson — the lawns and flowers. A capable 
crew of men has transformed the Hemet 
field into a maze of lawns and colorful 
posies, and they toil ceaselessly to keep u£ 
appearances. A clever device in which al- 
most everyone had a hand is the little cart 
attached to the power mower so that the 
driver sits up like o race driver and pilots 
his snorting steed around the lawns. 

So for, nothing has been impossible . . . 
nor will it so long as the boys can use their 
ingenuity. But give them a break. Don't ex- 
pect overnight service on those little jobs 
. . . the big ones come first. 

The Gay Nighties 

By Marchita Johnson 


Being a little new at this game I hope 
everyone will bear with me and hope for 
the best. We're all sorry to see OPAL KERBY 
leave and I just hope I can do as well with 
the column as she did. 

Everyone is glad to see MERWIN SHOOK 
bock on the job after his mishap with o 
motorcycle and we hope to see him throw 
those crutches away soon. 

Anything for a laugh, soys BEATRICE 
ORNELAS, OS she boldly lights up a cigar. 
(She didn't get sick, either.) WANDA 
SHEPHERD reports her son, GLEN, Jr., to 
be a full-fledged navy man now. Glen is 
a former employee here. 

HOWARD FRAZIER soys he was looking 
out for the pre-flight crew the other night 
when he cowled up a light in a ship, but 
we hove our own ideas about the situation. 
If anyone is worried about the "gobble 
gobbles" going on in hangar 4 the other 
night maybe the turkey dinner we enjoyed 
has something to do with it. 

Our congrotulotions to DALE DENNIS, 
who took the fatal step June 10. Lots of 
luck, Dale, and we all hope that you and 
your new bride will be very happy. EMMA 
LEE POGUE seems to be getting chummy 
with frogs these days. Just ask her. BETTY 
WHITE very proud of her husband who 
recently was promoted to first class petty 
officer. She says he's right in the middle 
of the invasion, too. 


Published monthly for employees of 
Administrative Headquarters 
San Diego California 

Operational Bases: 

Hemet, California Tucson, Arixona 

The Ryan Schools ore subsidiaries 

of the 

Ryan Aeronautical Company 

Editor Keith Monroe 

Associate Editor.. ..Horry E. Siegmund 

Hemet Editor Horry Hofmann 

Tucson Editor Margaret Jacobs 

Staff Photographers T. T. Hixson 

Frank Martin 

San Diego Reporter Barbara Deane 

Hemet Reporters: Bill Guinn, "Mike" 
Crane, Lt. William Cyril, Marvel 
Hicks, Bob Johnson, Marchita 
Johnson, Wilma Kribs, Hale Lon- 
dry, Dorothy Lorenz, Cpl. Eugene 
R. Neeff. 
Tucson Reporters: Freda Bufftngton, 
Mickey Coleman, Loring Dowst, 
Mary Huerta, Norman Karns, Nor- 
ma Miller, Clorence Robinson, 
"Rocky," Jim Snyder. 

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A manufacturer: "They 
keep me waiting a half- 
hour for a table, and on- 
other half-hour before my 
food comes — and then 
my steak is too well- 

A pilot: "It wasn't so 
bad on that rubber life- 
raft for the first ten days, 
but then my emergency 
rations ran out. All I 
could think about was a 
big steak!" 

A traveling man: "I had 

a reservation but they 
couldn't let me in my 
room till late in the day. 
And the room I finally got 
overlooked the alley!" 

A corporal: "They're 
really swell at the . . . 
Hotel. They check all our 
stuff without charge — 
and let us sleep in those 
comfortable chairs in the 

A stenographer: "I think 
I'll quit, I'm only getting 
$1 50 a month and I know 
where I can get $175. It 
will be easier work — and 
I'll get more time off." 

A WAC: "I never knew I 
was able to work so hard 
and it takes a lot of plan- 
ning to get along on $50 
a month — but we're all 
awfully happy." 

Do you let it get you down when you have to do some extra work, to make up for the men 
and women in the services? or when you have to stand in a crowded bus? or you can't get 
the cut of meat you want? or the dust in the parking lot makes your car a mess? or the 
weather gets so hot that you don't feel like working? 

Yes, war is hell. And everybody is prey to war nerves these days, 
feel sorry for yourself. Work up a foul temper. Snarl at somebody- 
very quickly turn off your brain power and think with your lungs. Yell! 

But if you think, as we do, that war nerves ore no excuse for squawking, moaning, or 
lying down on the job, then you'll take it out in grinning. Not only will you learn to enjoy it, 
but it will get you more in the end. 

Leave the moaning for those poor devils who really get hurt. 

It's easy for you to 
-anybody. You can 
Grouse! Belly-ache! 

oranda nor letters of intent. It was a finan- 
cial arrangement so indefinite no banker 
would touch the deal. To finance building, 
some operators had to mortgage their per- 
sonal property. Some found partners willing 
to risk funds. All nine of the men risked 
their whole financial future to get ready for 
the Army training program. And when this 
program was laid before Congress for ap- 
proval, it squeezed through by o majority 
of just two votes! 

Training started in July of 1939 with 
classes of about 40 men to a school. But 
■late in Spring, 1940, General Arnold again 
called the operators in. He painted a block 
picture — France sure to fall, England teeter- 
ing on the brink. He called for a violent 
expansion. "Go out and build schools that 
will accommodate not 40 but 300 to a 
class," he said. "40 days from now your 
schools should be built." 

That was why Ryan built our Hemet and 
Tucson bases, while other operators were 
working with demoniac speed to get similar 
schools ready elsewhere. Some of the schools 
cost $200,000, some $500,000. Every 
operator went into hock to take on contracts 
that the Army could cancel overnight. Had 
they balked at the risk or fumbled the 
schedule, America's huge air force might 
hove been long delayed. It could hove 
meant the difference between defeat and 

Nine schools multiplied the nation's cadet 
output, but they weren't enough to stem the 
swiftly rising tide of Axis victories. The 
number of schools was doubled, and still 
they were too few. Schools sprang up all 
the way across the Southland from the Caro- 
linos south and westward into Arizona and 
California. Soon there were several dozen 
schools, later 50, and finally at the peak 
the number rose to 66. 

Old-time Ryonites who lived through the 
Hemet and Tucson building programs hove 
some idea of the mountainous problems 
which landed on the shoulders of every pri- 
mary school operator. Materials were 
scarce, so was manpower; almost every day 
requests, instructions and queries come 
smoking like a stream of tracer bullets out 
of the Pentagon Building toward the schools. 

In the fall of 1942 the operators got 
together in Dallas and decided to form the 
Aeronautical Training Society to act as a 
liaison agency between the schools and the 
novernment. The idea was applauded by 
the AAF Training Command because it 
would enable the Army to get into quick 
communication with the schools through one 
coll instead of 66. 

The operators recruited J. Wendell 
Coombs from the Defense Plant Corporation 
of the RFC to head the Society. Coombs 
had worked tirelessly at DPC to help speed 
up the school expansion program, and not a 
single class of AAF cadets had been held up 
by reason of training facilities not being 

The Society began operations in February 
1943, and almost at once the manpower 
problem came to a boil. Coombs held hectic 
conferences with the War Manpower Com- 
mission in an effort to get blanket de- 
ferment for key employees of the schools. 
But the request was denied and many local 
boards continued to coll up experienced and 
irreplaceable men in spite of the fact that 
their job was recognized by the AAF as 

Wayne Weishaar, acs publicity man who heads ATS Information Division 

crucially important to the war effort. The 
ATS then proposed to the War Department 
that key personnel in the schools be placed 
in the Enlisted Reserve. This would hove 
the effect of satisfying Selective Service laws 
and at the some time enable such employees 
to remain where they were doing the most 
good. If ATS hadn't sold the War Depart- 
ment on this Enlisted Reserve plan, the 
schools would undoubtedly hove been mili- 
tarized by the AAF in order to protect its 
accelerated training program. Countless 
other prickly problems hove been handled 
by the ATS for its member schools week in 
and week out. 

This organization worked so smoothly and 
quietly that very few people in America even 
realized that civilian schools were training 
the Army fliers. Yet the civilians did a tre- 
mendous iob. In 1939 the Army Air Forces 
were 21,555 strong. As of January, 1944, 
they had reached the amazing total of 
2,385 000. General Arnold has said pub- 
licly, "We could not possibly hove trained so 

many airmen so quickly without these 

Creation of this mass air force didn't just 
happen. It took a tightly-knit, fast-moving 
organization. If an operator hod a problem 
to take uo with the Army, DPC or the Gov- 
ernmental agency, the Washington office of 
ATS could handle it and save him a trip to 
Washington. If the Army or DPC wanted 
to flash a quick inquiry or suggestion to the 
schools, they could do so with a single coll. 
ATS assignments have ranged from getting 
payment for wells dug at government behest 
and clearing draft status of individual flying 
instructors to cooperating with the Army in 
formulating major policies. 

Within the lost year ATS has set up an 
Information Division headed by Wayne 
Weishaar, former Aviotion Editor of the New 
York Herald-Tribune. Weishaar and his 
field liaison men, Glenn Carter in the west 
and Al Richardson in the east, hove reported 
advanced ideos and improved techniques for 
Please turn to page 10 

Your post-war future may be brighter because 
this organization is at work. Here's why. 

The Home 

^ 7 Office 

By Barbara Deane 


If you should perchance walk into one of 
the offices here some day and practically get 
shoved bock out ogoin it's probably because 
our bevy of lovely chorines are practicing 
their dances for the most spectacular of all 
spectacular shows, the Ryon All-Talent per- 
formance. Those typical specimens of Ryan 
pulchritude who ore taking part in the show 
BENBOUGH. There's a lot of competition 
between the gals to see which of them shall 
be chosen to make a Hollywood production 
and become o celebrity. 

It's Sheridan Anne Lipsett at the abode of 
the SAM LIPSETTS. Sam is improving now 
that he has found a maid and no longer has 
to do the laundry and look after young 
Stephen. Ivory soap is recommended for 
those dishpan hands, Sam. 

Newcomers in our midst this month ore 
MARJORIE TIDMAN (Sure 'nuf. West Vir- 
ginia) who is working in BILL WAGNER'S 
office, HERBERT HALL who is assisting 
GEORGE LIPPITT. Checking the drafting 
sets and generolly doing everything but get 
in the way is DAVID RYAN who proudly 
placed fifth in the recent Ryan horseshow. 
Welcome to all of you. We all hope you 
like it here. 

The Ryan Horseshow was a great success 
and our only wish is that all of you could 
have seen it. The turn-out of horses was 
wonderful and competition ran high for the 
prizes, if any of the horsemen were blinded 
by the brilliance of the sun that day, it 
might be mentioned that it was probably 
DALE OCKERMAN'S ruddy complexion 
which was to blame rather than the sun. 
Dole really acquired a slightly more than 
pink complexion. 

DARYL SMITH just blew through the 
office looking very elegant. As usual my 
phone started ringing with the ever constant 
question from some of the newer gals, "Who 
is that gorgeous creature in the office?" 

They're always sorely deflated when I ex- 
plain that Doryl is happily married and the 
father of a lovely son. Sorry, gals. 

MARIE BENBOUGH is all excited and 
thrilled and for good reason. She has just 
received word that her husband, Dick, will 
probably be discharged from the Army and 
will return to Son Diego to work at the Naval 
Air Station. We're so glad for you both, 

Sorry to relate that JOYCE GIBSON is 
leaving soon to take over the duties of a full 
time housewife. Sorry to see you leave, 
Joyce, but we know you'll have fun. 

Odds and Ends — MARGE FLOYD sporting 
the silver wings of on Army pilot. JOEL 
WHITNEY spending his vocation at the 
beach and the mountains. RUTH CORBETT 
having a considerable bit of trouble finding 
out that Edgar Gott is Vice President of 
Consolidated-Vultee and practically insult- 
ing him. MABEL BOWERS turning pale 
when passed by a patrol with sub-machine 
helping to pull tired Marines out of the 
water during a swimming meet. Mr. STILL- 
WAGEN dashing off to Tucson with the keys 
to the gray Plymouth in his pocket and KEN 
WILD and WALT BALCH trying desperately 
to find them. ROY FEAGAN leaving his 
new cor on the street and having some hit- 
and-run driver smash it up. JEAN BOVET 
trying to eat a whole lug of Hemet apricots 
and finding that it's not too good an idea. 
It really got the best of Jean. WALT BALCH 
vacationing at the beach and just generally 
having fun. RUTH CORBET, IRENE 
HEWITT and yours truly celebrating the 
Fourth in the style in which the Fourth 
should be celebrated. I But witnesseth BOB 
JOHNSON and ACE NESBITT, not quite as 
it was celebrated two years ago!!!l VIVIAN 
HOLME bidding her brother goodbye as he 
leaves for overseas duty. 

That's about it for now. When the sun 
comes out again (who said this was sunny 
California) maybe we will have some news 
that is printable. 

Addendum by Ruth Corbeft: 

When EDP asks Miss Deane if she's got 
his plane priority yet and she replies "I'm 
working on it" — well, she ain't kidding. It 
seems she has been working so hard on a 
certain Santo Ana boy in brown who handles 
priorities that he just can't resist that flirty- 
flirty voice much longer. He is planning on 
coming to San Diego to meet her! (I cer- 
toinly hope he's tall or I'll be stuck.) 

Addendum No. 2 by Dale Ockermon: 

Tsk tsk! 

Plant Protection 

By Percy Stahl 


By special request of the powers that be, 
I have been asked to write something for 
Sky News. Just at the time when I feel 
quite content with life in general, and hove 
secured the services of a columnist some- 
thing happens to him. He either leaves these 
parts to join his family, terminates or gets 
terminated — so if you don't hear from me 
again, draw your own conclusions. 

We are the proud possessors of a brand 
new fire truck and a beautiful red paint job 


on same, thanks to Aircraft Maintenance. 
And talk about speed on the part of the 
truck crew, they get there in nothing flat, 
and if they continue to work as fast as they 
did at the lost fire drill, it will be just too 
bod for the fire if one should occur. At the 
some time we will continue to hope that 
none does occur. Evidently the cause for 
some of the speed in getting to the fire truck 
is due to our new fire whistle which can 
plainly be heard at any place on the field — 
so different offer being accustomed to the 
peanut whistle. 

A certain party lost Saturday come strug- 
gling in the Guard Gate with an armful of 
22's, and asked me if we could use them. 
Without giving him time to change his mind, 
i locked them up at once, and the way 
things look right now, the guards are going 
to get some practice, thanks to RDM. 


By Norma Miller 


HOWARD GROVE — our storekeep- 
er. He was always ready to help 
everyone. He never complained. He 
worked every day and hod a kind 
word and smile for everyone. A 
Pennsylvanian who wanted to go home 
and start a little business of his own. 
We all mourn his death. 

Everybody sit bock and relax. ALFONSO 
BOURQUES' trips to Nogoles obout which 
we snoopers were so curious were to visit 
his wife who is spending the summer there 
. The nicest part of working in the 
Barracks is the new people coming in from 
all over the States. Louisiana hos recently 
mode a contribution. She's at the second 
fountain as you enter the Canteen, and will 
greet you in her lovely, soft voice with 
"What coin ah order fob y'oll?" ALINE'S 
husband is a Ryan Cadet. Then there's 
RAY ELLIS iHorrell's dad — thot's the only 
thing we hove agin himi. He's our new 
second cook. Puleeze, Mr. Ellis, don't let the 
waitresses get you down, even though they 
do shout a lot of unintelligible words at vou 
from the steam line . . . ViSTOR DERY, the 
man of "wonders" I you just wonder what 
he is going to do next) is a romantic French- 
man, who sings from the time he comes to 
work till he leaves. . . . Where, oh where did 
MARIE NORRIS get that beautiful bracelet 
she's been wearing? 

Warmer days are here again (to the tune 
of "Happy Days," and don't nobody throw 
nothing). I'm afraid the heat is getting 
the best of ISADORE MANUEL, known to oil 
OS iZZY, our super-duper baker. Instead 
of playing Chinese Marbles or reading a book 
when he's through his work, he walks around 
shouting Hot Stuff, and we mean shouting. 
Izzy's voice is o bellow from his Hi Granma 
to Hello There Screwboll (some of his choice 
ways of greeting the girls he likes the best) . 
Add to this thot cute little trick of scraping 
the mixing bowl holder along the concrete 
floors scaring us out of our wits doily. i 
think we should take up a donotion and 
buy him a movable ice box to serve both 

LEONA McKERNAN after spending a 
week in Son Diego is really true to the blue, 
or blues, I should soy — but she decided to 
come back to the Old Pueblo and toke it 
on the chin. A man? Nope, says she, the 
weather — so nice and cool in Son Diego that 
she hated to come bock to the desert. What 
is puzzling us now is her recent request of 
MR. WITTO for o nickel so she could play 
"No Letter Today" on the Juke Box . . . 
We've discovered how really "tetched" 
Easterners are. SOFIA VERVENA claims 
that horned toads will eat ants, so someone 
was kind enough to capture two of the creo- 
tures for her to take home, and she actually 
did, but we still hear her complaining of the 
ants that infest her little adobe abode. 

Our sincere condolences to MARGARET 
RIOS whose mother and niece passed away 
within a week of each other. 

Flight Lines 

By Loring Dowst 

Seems as if everybody's got a trip to have 
publicized this month, A bunch of the boys 
from Group Two whooped up to Prescott a 
couple of Saturdays ago; and Group One 
staged an air-borne jaunt to Williams Field. 
Chronologically, this one comes first. 

MAC LONGANECKER started the ball 
rolling by remarking to MAJOR SHADELL 
that many Ryan instructors had never seen 
a former student receive his hard-earned 
silver wmgs. MAJOR SHADELL, not a man 
to do things in half-hearted fashion, got to 
cooking on the top cylinder and arranged the 

We were met at Williams Field (after 
cutting out a P-38 in the pattern! by genial 
Captain Sam Moxcy, public relations officer, 
and his assistant, Lt. Irving Appleman, who 
immediately escorted us to the parade 
ground in a bus, as the review was drawing 
to a finish. 

Presentation of wings was impressive, with 
sentimental touch added when one cadet's 
father, who hod traveled many miles for the 
occasion, was permitted to pin the wings on 
his own son. The boy marched onto the 
platform, halted three paces from his dad 
and saluted smartly. The father blushed, 
grinned and stuck out his hand, which the 
boy grasped firmly. The proud parent 
pinned the coveted emblem on the boy's 
tunic and took a step backward. Once again 
they shook hands, then the new lieutenant 
executed on about-face and marched off. 
The crowd clapped lustily. 

After the ceremony the two public rela- 
tions officers took us on a rubberneck tour 
which would make a trip to the opium dens 
of Chinatown seem dull. After passing 
through a well-stocked PX, and that Gl 
morale-builder known as "Willie's Bar," we 
proceeded to a hangar marked "Training 
Aids." Here the boys all hod a crack at 
cockpit procedure in AT-9's and P-38's, 
raising and lowering landing gear, flaps, etc. 
Here were displayed power plants, hydraulic 
systems, superchargers and other accessories, 
all motivated by electricity, so that cadets 
may acquire sound understanding of the air- 
planes they fly. 

Luncheon at the officers' club was a mem- 
orable affair. Seated alternately among the 
civilian instructors were the field's staff offi- 
cers, as friendly and cordial a bunch of men 
OS we hove ever mst. The lunch itself, by 
the way, made every C/l wish he were as- 
signed to Williams; rare roast beef as big 
as your head, salad, assorted appetizers too 
numerous to mention; and a delightful par- 
foit of fresh fruit and ice cream. Cigarettes 
of various brands were placed at intervals 
along the festive board. 

After luncheon we sped to the boresight 
range where a couple of muchly decorated 
sergeants (21 months each in the Pacific 
battle theater 1 showed us how to load and 
fire a P-38's armament. TYLER, being 
closest to the cockpit, got to squeeze the 
triggers in the securely moored 38. 

TOMPKINS and DRESSEL did o little pur- 
suit flying on the Gunoirstructor, a device 
which, utilizing two motion picture projec- 

tors, permits a combat student to line his 
sights on a moving Zero. We won't go into 
their scores, although the sergeant in charge 
said they didn't do too badly. All of us tried 
some deflection shots on a training mechan- 
ism designed to teach flexible gunnery. Later, 
on the Skeet Range, S/Sgt. Joel Parson, who 
spent thirteen years traveling as a trick shot 
for Winchester before the war, gave us on 
exhibition that left us goggle-eyed. One of 
his best stunts was to lay down his pump- 
gun, toss three eggs between his legs football- 
center-style, grab the gun and blast all 
three eggs before they touched the ground. 
Try it sometime ! 

Then we had a good look at operations 
and maintenance. I might add that the 
latter is conducted on a assembly line sys- 
tem similar to the Ford plant. A P-38 con 
receive a complete overhaul in one night! 

It was a swell trip, and those who par- 
ticipated will never forget it. Here's a vote 
of thanks to MAJOR SHADELL, and to the 
staff at Williams Field. 

Squadron Six of Group Two was the first 
outfit to enjoy one of the cross-country trips 
which are to be a regular feature for Ryan 
Field instructors. RITTER'S gong flew to 
Prescott where they landed on a five-thou- 
sand-foot concrete runway five thousand feet 
above sea level. They found a local truck- 
man who ferried them to a very attractive 
pool. Good swimming, a little horseplay 
and an excellent lunch prepared for each 
man by ARNOLD WITTO, were the features 
of the day. HARRY KROLL informs us that 
everybody had a swell time at the maximum 
cost of about eighty cents per man. You 
can't beat that for on aerial picnic! 

Instructor HOLLIS DRESSEL, ex-big game 
hunter, guide deluxe and speedboat racer, 
was recently thrown for a loss by o blonde 
scarcely bigger than a bug's ear, and twice 
as cute. HARRIET is her name. We con- 
gratulate "DRES" and offer condolence to 
the bride! 

This Is The Army 

By Wild N. Wooley 


A very hearty welcome to our new Junior 
Birdmen recently assigned as AAF super- 
visors to this oasis on the desert. We'd like 
to introduce: LT. ROBERT BRADLEY, LT. 

Congratulations to LT. WILLIAM NOLAN, 
who received their promotions to 1st lieu- 
tenants this month. (Now we know there's 
hope for all !) 

Shades of Izaak Walton! ! CAPTAIN SUD- 
WEEKS (Air Inspectorl and LT. HOWSMON 


By Margaret Jacobs 
Tucson Editor 


MICKEY COLEMAN, your reporter, took a 
runout powder for this issue of Sky News and 
is enjoying the bright lights of Los Angeles. 
A card from her soys "it's wonderful," and 
our only worry is whether she will ever come 
bock after the talent scouts get a good look. 

Speaking of vocations, seems as though 
everyone picked July to leave the Old Pueblo, 
and it's no wonder the way we hove been 
cooking lately. MARION JAESCHKE just 
got bock from San Diego, and now we are 
wondering whether we ore going to lose her. 
There certainly must be something to those 
rumors, and we know it's not her grandpa 
she's getting all those letters from . . . ED 
IRWIN took off, but decided to stick to the 
Old Pueblo and show his folks the wonders 
(?l of Tucson . . . MAXINE AVERETT got 
away from it all in Utah with friend husband 
. . . CLINT FULLER picked the White Moun- 
tains in Arizona, and DOUG MAW packed 
up the family and went to the old stomping 
grounds at Fern Valley, California. 

WHICH reminds me! DOUG MAW, being 
bachelor now (left his wife and offspring 
in California), played the part of the genial 
host and invited all the department heads to 
get-together at the Mow residence, and 
from all reports, the evening was a big 
success. No one suffered from the absence 
of food, and several guests who were vaguely 
suspicious of an arthritic condition of the 
right elbow were pleasantly surprised to know 
that all the elbow needed was exercise. 
Hoisting a bottle of A-1 brew is surely an 
easy cure. A casual glance around eleven 
P.M. would reveal such characters as STEW 
(forever hungry! MATSON, LEE (Cisco) 
PETE (Skinny! LARSON, JEFF (Hiccups) 
UNDERWOOD, CLINT (on my vacation) 
FULLER, PERCY (Junior Commando) 
and NORM (Greoseboll! KARNS — the host, 
as usual, calmly reposing in blissful sleep 
on the handiest davenport. Everyone (who 
was able! assured Doug that they hod a swell 
time, and after a little persuasion (they 
merely put a half-Nelson on him) he readily 
agreed to give a carbon copy of the some 
deal sometime in the near future. 

We hove added several new members to 
the fold. Welcome to LORAINE MAISEL of 
Personnel, RUTH DONBROCK of Flight 
Time, and DORIS LEONARD, our new tele- 
phone operator. 

(P. T. Director) departed on o fishing trip 
to northern Arizona. On their empty-handed 
return when asked where the fish were they 
claimed they ate and lived on the fish. 
Without a doubt they did! (Both men hod 
lost considerable weight.) 

Returning won and haggard from their 
lengthy cross-country to the East Coast 
CAPTAIN BANE ( Director of Training) and 
LT. LELOUDIS (Tech. Officer) brought bock 
glowing tales of the wonders of civilizotion — 
they apparently spent considerable time in 
Michigan — and, of course, we heartily agree 
with them. (Heaven forbid the Tucson 
Chamber of Commerce reading this!) 


Plant Main- 

By "Rocky" 


"Tantalizing T i I I i e" and "Burping 
Bertha," our chief source of million-dollar 
headaches, commonly known as well No. I 
and No. 2, decided to enjoy the pause that 
refreshes and went AWOL exactly twenty- 
four hours apart. We were sorry to see them 
go, as it meant a shortage of water and on 
absence of air conditioners at a time of year 
when both were sorely needed. A general 
consensus of opinion among the different 
departments would reveal that Plant Main- 
tenance hod cooked up a diabolical conspir- 
acy to moke everyone walk around with his 
tongue hanging out and dragging in the 
desert, but believe me, fellow sufferers, such 
wasn't the cose. 1 still believe that on a 
calm day, the groans and bellyaching could 
be heard in Hemet (if anyone cored to 
listen! . 

Now that both wells ore bock in operation 
again, MAC, CLIFF, RUSS, BUD and yours 
truly can fold up the prayer rug and dust off 
our knees and breathe a long ond well-earn- 
ed sigh of relief. If it never happens again, 
it will be too soon for oil of us. 

For the past three or four days McGregor 
has been beating his chest and uttering 
strange, inarticulate sounds. After securing 
the services of on interpreter, we finally 
found out he is "Papa" again. Congratula- 
tions, MAC, but where are the cigars? 

RUSS BALZER took off on his vacation 
and when last seen was headed for the Black 
Hills of South Dokoto. Sounds good. Wish 
we could have gone along. 

BUD ROACH got tired of being pushed 
around by the Draft Board and ambled down- 
town and joined the Navy. Sorry to see you 
go, BUD. You'll be missed. 

BILL JONES made a deal with POP 
ROACH for four dozen cackleberries (eggs 
to the laymen I which Pop delivered early 
one morning. Bill took them home and 
when he got around to using them, nine of 
them were hard-boiled. He asked Pop for 
an explanation and received the following 
answer. "The chickens on my ranch hove 
to walk many a mile trying to find enough 
feed to keep their little bellies full, and after 
they are a month old, they no longer walk 
on their feet, they have worn their legs 
down to the knees. Seeing as how July is 
one of our hottest months, the ground is so 
hot that under the circumstances, hard boil- 
ed eggs are natural, not an exception." 

I don't know who hardboiled 'em but, 
gee, THOMAS, wasn't that a dirty trick? 

Incidentally, what bright secretary at 
what staff meeting on the question of 
"whether the company picnic should last 
after nine P.M. queried, "But what con any- 
one do after dork?" 

Chief Stahl : "He got away, did he? 
Didn't you guard all the exits?" 

Ryan Guard: "Yep. He must have 
gone out one of the entrances." 

Maintenance Murmurs 

By Jim Snyder 

"All God's Chillun" hove gone crock-up 
crazy. Since BERT AVERETT and RAY 
HENDRICKSON bought a stove-up Air- 
Knocker, things hove begun to hum. The 
newest oddition to the "Buildem and Hope 
They Fly" contingent, is THE EAGER BEAV- 
ER FLYING CLUB. Charter members are 
Change I WATERS, DON (Remember Son 
Diego I JOHNSON and LES (Look Purty 
Please 1 SNOWDEN. They swept up and 
then purchased o Porterfield. Then they 
scattered the ports into all the empty garages 
they could find. I've even got some wings 
in my bailiwick. I hope they get attached 
to the right airplane. 

ELMER JAEGER, our 25-hour PLM fore- 
man, is undergoing a complete D.I.R. at St. 
Mary's Hospital. Seems that his fuselage 
and landing gear were in need of a major 
overhaul, so he is taking time off to have 
them inspected. Good luck, ELMER, don't 
let them install any substitute parts, and 
hurry bock. We miss you, and besides we 
haven't been able to open the doors of "D" 
hangar since you've been gone. 

have just returned from their vacation, and 
all BERT talks about ore those cool Utah 
mountain breezes. He has decided that the 
ideal life would be to work a month, then 
vacation a month. I hope he starts a move- 

ment or circulates a petition towards those 
ends. I'll be the first to join up or sign on 
the dotted line. 

DENISE BOWYER, ex-Ryonette, has re- 
turned to the fold. We ore all glad to have 
her back with us, and from now on she has 
the job and title of Chief Dzus Button put- 

Your reporter is in the market for a set 
of long, block handle-bar mustaches and a 
block snake whip. They are needed to fit 
his new character of Simon Legree of the 
SSS (Snyder's Sweater Shopi. Couldst also 
use a brace of old, bent-up blood hounds. 
I didn't know that I was developing a "give 
me the papers or I'll tear up the child" com- 

T/SGT. BERNARDSKI, one of the PLM in- 
spectors, has a new way of getting his daily 
beer. It seems that he went into a certain 
drink emporium with a carrot sticking out of 
each ear. The bartender, not wanting to be 
one to bite on a gag, looked him over, and 
rather than fall for the stunt, just bonded 
Sorge a stein. Every day this went on until 
Sunday, and the Sorge showed up with a 
couple of bananas instead of the carrots. 
That got the best of the bartender and he 
asked why he hod the monkey fruit in his 
ears. "Because," soid Sarge, "I couldn't 
get any carrots." 


Mary Huerta and Freda Buffington 


Headquarters (By Mary Huerta) 

This time, friends, I hove another person 
to introduce. She has traveled with her 
better half (husband CAPTAIN TOM 
EMBLETON) through several of the States, 
and now has decided to take the responsi- 
bility of being CAPTAIN WEAR'S secretary 
while her husband is "across" doing a good 

Everything else in Headquarters is the 
same, such as: BOBBIE COHN muttering 
to herself over the teleprinter; DOROTHY 
SHELDON sleepy over the payroll; GERRIE 
WRIGHT getting the morning report out that 
afternoon; EDITHE SOLOWAY now handling 
the elimination of cadets, and really enjoy- 
ing her work; and DORIS ROCKERHOUSEN 
with ROCKY. 

We hear that GERRIE WRIGHT literally 
took the shirt off PRIVATE BILL THORPE'S 
back the other night. Upon further investi- 
gation we found that it was just to sew the 
insignia on his sleeve. 

Will be back in a flash with some more 
news next time. 

Supply (By Freda Buffington) 

HARRY JACKSON'S recent vacation 
proved that he, for one, doesn't believe that 
"all work and no play makes Jackson a dull 
boy" as he practically spent his whole two 
weeks just-a-pointin' and o-paintin'. 

Supply's own BILL THORPE has really re- 
turned to the fold, and has taken more than 
his shore of ribbing from the other EM's 
about being a "PFD" (private for the duro- 
tion) . Here's hoping 'toint sol 

Those of NELL RYAN'S friends who have 
hod the pleasure of being her guests in her 
little "doll house" were sorry to hear that 
"Nellie doesn't live there anymore." Unless 
we ore mistaken, she'll have another home 
decorated in her own inimitable style in the 
very near future. 

FLORENCE MAJOR, former employee of 
Supply, was hostess recently at a picnic in 
Sobino Conyon. MARY FRENCH and the 
writer and MR. B. were the lucky people who 
enjoyed the delicious fried chicken ond 

Of the once SO BIG, Supply Bowlina Team 
FRENCH ore left. 




Clarence Robinson 


A nice letter from CASEY LIVESEY, 
former ground instructor who recently joined 
the Navy, tells us he is doing nicely. Keep 
it up, Casey. We're for you. 

NATE HORTON is enjoying the comforts 
of a big home into which he just moved. He 
soys, "I'm just going to have to hove a larger 
place because my baby Is really growing." 
That's pretty fast, Nate. 

ED PYE, the Elso Maxwell of Ground 
School, had another get-together at his 
home. We always enjoy ourselves somehow. 

MAX WILLETT is anticipating a cool 
vocation on the coast for the next few days. 
Hope you hove a good time, MAX. 

STEVE DACH, bock on the job, but still 
carrying his arm in a cast. He will be 
grounded because the steel plate he has in 
his arm will cause too much deviation in 
the compass. Too bad, STEVE. 

Joining our tribe is JIM BACHELDER 
from Hancock. A nice fellow. Hope you 
like our school, Jim. 

CHUCK THERRIEN, now known as Cue 
Stick Charlie, has learned the meaning of 
the old adage, behind the eight ball. Reason, 
he can seldom make the nine boll. 

MONTIE FURR took a few classes for me 
while I was vacationing, and what did he do? 
He told the cadets what I planned to do, 
and did I get a razzing when I returned. 
Wonder what it was? (In explanation of 
the last, your Ground School columnist took 
the fatal step and got married during his 
vocation to BETTY JANE HAMBLEM of 
Somsrton, Arizona. Lots of happiness, 


By Norman Karns 


Although our garage is not the famous 
"Grand Hotel" we can agree with the gentle- 
men in the play who said the immortal words, 
"Nothing ever happens here." 

Our Mr. Fixits have been busy the post 
month caring for the many needs and re- 
quirements of our caravan of cars. Old 
number 13, the retired fire truck, is next 
on the list for rejuvenation. It will soon be 
withdrawn from circulation, and after a few 
repairs and replacements and a new point 
job, will be ready to set forth on a new 
career. The two new tugs recently acquired 
from the Army for towing airplanes are nice 
additions to our fleet of equipment. Having 
been designed for towing, they ore a big im- 
provement over the governed-down Fords 
which were being used for that purpose. 

At the invitation of Uncle Sam, BILL 
ARNOLD spent a weekend in Phoenix as a 
guest of the Army. He returned to Tucson 
Monday evening as a member of the Enlisted 


What ATS means 

(from page 5 i 
the benefit of all the schools. The Informa- 
tion Division has obtained recognition in 
notional magazines, the trade press, news- 
popers and radio to acquaint the public 
with the port the civilian schools have played 
in creating America's moss oir force. Recent- 
ly it completed material for o book to be 
published this foil concerning all schools 
participating in the ATS program. 

This Army-civilian partnership that Hap 
Arnold ond his staff set up has turned out 
to be one of the best teams in history. Latest 
Army figures indicate there is only one fatal 
accident for every 43,478 hours of primary 
flight. That means cadets could fly around 
the world 174 times before there would be 
a fotality. As a matter of fact, one school 
flew over 399,000 miles, or nearly 3 years, 
without o fatal accident. 

Unofficial but conservative surveys indi- 
cate that Arnold's leadership in planning 
Army flight training by civilians I many of 
whom ore 4-F or over age I has paid off to 
the tune of 1 00,000 soldiers saved for com- 
bat who otherwise might be staffing Army 
flight schools. Taxpayers will be glad to 
know that the money saving exceeds $250,- 
000,000 a year. 

Army flight training is over the hump. 
Earl Prudden, Ryan vice-president and 
general manager, summed up the attitude 
of ATS schools when at the recent New Or- 
leans conference with heads of the Training 
Command he said, "So long as the Army 
needs us, our only objective will be comple- 
tion of our war job." However, for the 
benefit of schools that have completed their 
cadet training quotas, ATS is devoting part 
of its time to surveys and post-war projects. 

These dynamic operators, veteran cloud- 
busters who survived the hungry depression 
days as well as the hell-for-leother war 
rush, face the future with confidence. When 
Germany and Japan are crushed, many of 
the schools aspire to varied assignments in 
addition to training. Some, like Ryan, hope 
to branch out into the feeder line business. 
Some will be fixed base operators. Others 
will take up manufacture, overhaul or tech- 
nical school assignments. ATS is humming 
with research and contact work designed to 
help them build toward their peacetime ob- 
jectives when the war job is done. If the 
past record is a clue to the future, the job 
this outfit will do will be a top one. 

both with the United States Navy, paid us a 
visit recently — sun-burned noses and all. . . . 
DELLA JEFFRIES is bock in the greasy 
groove with us again, and we're all glad to 
have her. . . . WANDA SHEPHERD has a 
sixtv-four dollar question to ask. "Why 
ore these inspections called dailies, when we 
do them at night?" And she's been looking 
for on all-night sucker for quite some time 

JACK MONTGOMERY, we have a ques- 
tion to ask you. Are you really proud of 
that thing on your upper lip?. . . . AURIN 
KAISER still has a spot in his heart left for 
the night crew. He honored us with his 
presence on several occasions lately. 

"News?" was the answer I got when I 
wolked into the Forms and Records Office 
the other night. "Can't you see we're all 
going buggy with all these bugs they call 
June Bugs?" Yep, summer is here for sure 
now, with its heat, bugs, constant complain- 
ers and all. 

From the 
Flight Line 

By Bob Johnson 


Since last issue we have added several 
new faces to our Instructor roster. The new 
NOBLE, BILL GEORGE. These men came to 
us from Morton Air Academy with plenty of 
experience and are doing a good job. An- 
other new face is that of DICK GRAY whose 
former address was The Hancocl< School of 
Aeronautics at Santa Mario. Having these 
new men with all their knowledge of in- 
structing will definitely be a gain for good 
old Ryan at Hemet. 

Now that DICK Y. HUFFMAN (whatever 
the Y stands for, and he tells everyone that 
it is a good old Scotch name) has returned 
from his easterly trek, via plane, cor, train, 
and pack train, he says that he is very happy 
to be back and definitely says to everyone 
he sees — quote — "TIMES ARE TOUGH 
TIME TO TRAVEL" — end of one (1 ) Quart. 
Contact him at your earliest convenience 
and ask him to describe his trip home on the 
(Shetland! Pony Express. He said that it 
traveled at the same rote of speed, but what 
made him so unhappy were the people in 
the Club Car who had the idea that he was 
traveling "steerage" class. 

AL "MOE" CHASE, Squadron Command- 
er, recently started a ground school for in- 
structors who are interested in getting their 
Instrument Ratings. So for, everyone who 
has started some, is showing much interest 
and everyone concerned should benefit. 

The following instructors are taking the 


By the way, if anybody's name has been 
left out of the above list, it is purely coinci- 
dental and does not necessarily reflect the 
opinions of the "jerk" writing this column 
(under pressure). How come I always wait 
until the 18th of each month to meet the 
dead line on the 17th? Maybe better luck 
next time. TO WHOM THIS MAY CON- 
CERN — namely, ED DIMOCK: I hope that 
these few little words have been restricted 
to the Flight Department, mode up of in- 
structors only, and I will always try my best 
to keep this column free of any foreign 
matter that has in the post managed to 
creep into it. 



Lt. William Cyril 


I wish to greet those many men 

Transferred from other stations. 
Who doubtlessly regard our field 

As best for long vacations. 
To Major GLENNY, our C. O., 

As man in top position. 
The job now falls to run the show, 

A horrible ambition. 

Captain MEALS, the adjutant. 

An Oxnord man was he. 
Now sits behind a desk with papers 

Far OS he con see. 
McELHENEY is a man 

Whose ever-smiling face 
Greets you at the S2 door 

In Capt. Peeters' place. 

Lt. DAVIS, our red-haired boy 

From under a southern sky. 
Runs the harem known by all 

As the office of Army Supply. 
Our engineering officer 

Was lucky from the start. 
For who could be a better man 

Than one whose name is SMART? 

Have joined the ranks with HENNESSEY 

In making "dodoes" groan. 

They're quite a lot, these bonnie men. 
And now the list's complete; 

But when it's time for mess, my chums, 
I'll race you for a seat. 


By Alice Wilhelm 


Well, MARVEL HICKS is busy keeping 
the officers well fed and happy in the offi- 
cers' mess, so I'll try to take her place in 

This is no simple task as Editor HARRY 
HOFMANN is a hard taskmaster. About 
time for deadline you see him walking around 
with whip and a look in his eye. (Yeah, 
and what a look. Ed. I 

We are sorry to soy fareweii to RAY and 
HORTENSE LAWSON who have left to man- 
age their own cafe in Hemet. LERA TOM- 
LIN will take Hortense's place as head wait- 
ress of the afternoon crew. 

ANN THEUSEN of mess hall is very proud 
of her son, T/S Carl Reetz, who was one of 
83 boys out of 20,000 awarded the Expert 
Infantryman medal. The award was made 
at Indiontown Gap, Penn., by General Wod- 
dell. GLADYS CUDD'S son, John Ira, has 
joined the Navy. MYRTLE HODGE has three 
sons end one daughter in the Navy. Her 
son. Jack, Jr., recently spent his leave here. 
He has made a cruise around the world and 


Death came instantaneously to one 
of Ryan's most respected workmen on 
July 20 when Roy M. Haynes, 63, died 
at his bench in the airplane shop from 
a heart attack. 

Mr. Haynes had been employed at 
our school in Hemet since June, 1943. 
He is survived by a wife, Charlotte, 
and a son, Francis, both of whom are 
now living in Hemet. 




By Dorothy Lorenz 


What is so rare as a day in July? Then 
if ever come perfectly hot days. In fact, it 
is too hot to get a brainstorm. Lucky PAUL 
GROHS took the Mrs. and spent a wonderful 
vocation at Laguno Beach. Guess the 
scenery was something to look at down there 

GEORGE KEATING left for Wisconsin on 
the 16th by automobile via a pretty gal's 
house up in Minneapolis and he soys he 
hopes she will say yes. George is headed for 
the Navy — he hopes. BILLY JOE MAPES 
is taking up where GEORGE left off and 
doing O. K. too. 

JOE COMBS is still in the hospital with his 
broken leg but is feeling much better. Joe 
had bod break and he is really getting at- 
tention now. They took the old cost off and 
put smaller one on. The nurses even 
painted his toe noils and adorned his big toe 
with a pretty red ribbon. 

A couple of proud papas in Maintenance 
this month are G. JENSEN and C. SCHUMM. 
The Jensens hod a 7 lb. 4 oz. baby girl 
named Jeonnie and the Schumms named the 
new boy baby Ronald. P.L.M. is working 
nights ogam — temporarily — so they ore bock 
in Connie Johnson's column. 

On the sports side there is golf, bicycling, 
ball gomes and sprained ankles. BOB STONE 
took the sprained ankle prize and Mainte- 
nance won the ball gome too. AURIN (KAYI 
KAISER takes short rides on his bike on 
weekends for exercise. Maybe up to Idyll- 
wild, Sage, Sobobo, or some other place 
close — only 20, 30 miles or so. There's no 
sense in overdoing it. Richard Halliburton 
may have seen Europe from a bicycle but 
Kay's seen Southern California. 

CLIFF BRUCE is getting his exercise too. 
He hod to walk clear from Hangar V up to 
Hangar II in the heat of the day because 
somebody drafted the scooter. He finally 
got back in time to go home. CLARA JEAN 
new girls on the Flight crew. Blanche used 
to be in Maintenance here. 

in the post year two trips to England and one 
to Russia. 

were week-end guests of MIKE MARS' 
Cuyamoco Lake cabin recently. All had o 
grand time in spite of the fact the fish 
weren't biting. 

ROZELLA KELLY is a new canteen em- 
ployee, a hardy Irish gal with a flip tongue. 


^ Bv Harrv Hofmann 


By Harry Hofmann 
Hemet Editor 

Nightball has sorta dwindled into a pot- 
pourri of "let's get together and hove o ball 
game." As we go to press, the Shaughnessy 
playoffs scheduled by LT. COOPER find the 
contestants all tied up. Administration took 
the Enlisted Men 5-4 in the first encounter, 
but sorely missed GRIDER in the second 
session and dropped the gome 22 to 2 ! Could 
it be that we're a one-man team? PINBALL 
SMITH was missing, however, and hurling 
honors went to youthful ELMER HENNING- 
ER, and PABLO WILCOX, who lasted one 
and two-thirds innings. The EM's used 
GAEDE and wound up with SHOTPUT 
SEIDEN, who baffled all comers. 

Aircraft Maintenance, with a team com- 
posed of flight instructors and administra- 
tion players, with a sprinkling of mechanics, 
is even with the Officers, having lost one and 
won one. Plans call for a playoff between the 
two winning teams and also the two losing 

The 5th War Loan drive went over suc- 
cessfully at Ryan, with the quota of $19,000 
being met handily. As an added incentive 
the company offered free trips to the Ryan 
factory for lucky winners. 

KRIBS were awarded trips for the outstand- 
ing work they did in selling bonds. Between 
them the girls accounted for over $9,000. 
Other girls doing outstanding work included 

LIAMS, Maintenance, and BEN HIMES, 
plant maintenance, were winners of the fac- 
tory trip with, to date, the fourth winning 
number unclaimed, so it looks like MORRIE 
PENNELL, ground school, will be the other 
visitor. Other alternates, who will make the 
trip if the winners cannot, are H. A. SMITH 
and P. J. HAAS. 

I W«ft bonkI 

Plant Maintenance 

By Bill Guinn 

ELMO HEAVIN back from a well-earned 
vacation. PABLO WILCOX'S son, WAYNE, 
is certainly a worthy addition to our depart- 
ment. You should see that kid work. JIGGS 
GARDNER, who recently returned from his 
vacation, really knocked those halibut dead 
on a boot off Santa Monica beach. 

We all miss GEORGE OVARD who has 
been on the sick list for some time. NORRIS 
GREEN had no serious bock injury from his 
weight lifting episode, if you call having 
your bock all toped up no serious injury . . . 
FARMER GREENE enjoying a visit from his 
son, whom he has not seen in two years 
DEAN WELLS has sold his ranch in San 
Jacinto and bought a home in town. SLIM 

ELLSWORTH is finally settled in his new 

PAUL SHARP remodeling and redecorat- 
ing his 640 acre ranch — you all know the 
Sharps have a new baby daughter. HERB 
RADLIFF, who formerly was on auxiliary 
field attendant, now working for plant 

FREDDIE GRIDER has left us to join the 
armed forces. Fred has not only been an 
asset to the company, but we'll miss him on 
our Softball team. We'll be rooting for 
you, Fred. 

The boys are still talking about the double 
JIM WYATT hit the other night which made 
the winning run for our team. Imagine, the 
first boll he's hit and the first game he's 
played in 1 5 years! 



By Mike Crane 


The other night when the swing shift 
reported for duty, I asked them which one 
wanted to work on the graveyard shift for o 
few weeks, and boy, if you think the Ryan 
police can't run — took me two hours to find 
them, but finally cornered ELMER HENNIES 
in the next county, and after a certain 
amount of persuasion ot the point of my 
gun, he cheerfully volunteered. 

HOMER TATE, the new member of the 
force, is doing a swell job of it. He hails 
from Texas, and the only thing wrong with 
him is that he is a Democrat. He just 
recently moved to Hemet from Ontario, is 
married and hos two daughters. He's quite 
a baseball player and DARYL SMITH 
already has him signed on the Administra- 
tion team. 

DENVER ELLIS is on his vacotion. Hope 
he comes home in better shape than the rest 
of the force did. 

I found a swell fire whistle we could buy 
for the field, but mode the mistake of telling 
EARL PRUDDEN about it before I could talk 
PAUL WILCOX into buying it. EDP said 
fine, we'll buy it and send it to Tucson. Now 
what the heck has Tucson got that we 
haven't? Hope you like it, Mr, Stahl. Next 
time I'm in Tucson, I'll steal it from you. 

Thanks to all the employees for the swell 
way they show and weor their badges. Be 
sure always to have your I.D. cards with vou 
as we will have a look at them some day 
soon. ^v 


Published monthly for employees of 
Administrative Headquarters 
San Diego Colifornia 

Operational Bases: 

Hemet, California Tucson, Arizona 

The Ryan Schools ore subsidiaries 

of the 

Ryan Aeronautical Company 

Editor Keith Monroe 

Associate Editor.. ..Horry E. Siegmund 

Hemet Editor Harry Hofmann 

Tucson Editor Margaret Jacobs 

Staff Photographers T. T. Hixson 

Frank Martin 

San Diego Reporter Borbaro Deone 

Hemet Reporters: Bill Guinn, "Mike" 
Crone, Lt. William Cyril, Bob John- 
son, Wilma Kribs, Dorothy Lorenz, 
Sgt. Eugene R. Neeff, Alice Wil- 
Tucson Reporters: Freda Buffington, 
Loring Dowst, Mary Huerta, Nor- 
man Karns, Norma Miller, Clarence 
Robinson, "Rocky," Jim Snyder, 
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Thank God, '^ou didn't have to! 

Would you calmly light a torch and bum down your home? 

Thousands of Russians did. 

Would you calmly blow up Nazi trains knowing that the blasts would 
kill you? 

Many Poles and Czechs and Belgians and Frenchmen did, 

Would you, wounded in a stricken Flying Fort, order your pals to throw 
you out because you weighed too much? 

An American airman did. 

But, by the grace of God, you didn't have to. 

Will you ever feel worthy of the future which brave men are buying for 
you with their hearts' blood, if you don't do everything you possibly can to 
(help? If you don't put every ounce of brains and muscle and pep into yoiu 
job? If you don't buy War Bonds untU it really hurts? If you don't donate blood 
plasma regularly, if you don't turn your back on black markets, if you don't 
turn in your old clothes and waste paper and scrap of all kinds to the agencies 
that need them most? 


Keeping Up 
With Upkeep 

By Harry Hofmann 

There are some tall tales in 
the lore oF our Airplane 
Maintenance Department 

It remained for old 34, one of the first Ryans to 
land at the new Hemet field, to show the group of 
new mechanics what a ground loop was. Down 
come the old lady, gingerly lifting her skirts while 
looking for a dry place to land ... a rather difficult 
task, due to the unusual wet weather. Down she 
floated . . . hit smack dob into a mud puddle, 
gracefully upended herself, poised for a minute and 
then flopped over, sending the pilot sprawling, but 
unhurt. Out from the hangars poured a horde of 
eager-eyed, ambitious mechanics. Most of them 
had been on the job only a few days . . . but even 
then they were prepared for any eventuality. 

That was in the early days of Ryan Field at Hemet 
. . .the "two-hangar" days, when the boys were fresh 
from the farm, from garages, from grocery stores. 
Many of them are still here, a little more blase, 
more businesslike, but still willing and eager to do 
their share . . . and just a little bit more than their 

Most of the glory in the flying gome goes to those 
who fly. The unsung heroes are the ground crews, 
the mechanics who literally "keep 'em flying." 
These lads and lassies of the greasy hands and oil- 
stained coveralls bear a tremendous responsibility. 
To them falls the task of keeping each ship air- 
worthy and as safe as human skill can make it. Their 
errors could cost a life, so they adopt the simplest 
way out and don't make the errors. Sure, they slip 
up once in a while, but they're double-checked by a 
thorough inspection system which ferrets out the 
trouble before real trouble can happen. 

Keeping the ships flying is not an easy job. There 
are many angles that are beyond the comprehension 
of a layman. It's not as simple as sending your car 
to the garage for on overhaul. These primary train- 
ing planes take a real beating at the hands of in- 
experienced cadets and must be carefully checked 
each day with a "daily check" that covers certain 
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FRIDAY (at Hemet) — The Army Air Forces told 
us today that our Tucson school wouldn't be needed 
ofter September 8. My first reaction was keen dis- 
appointment. We've survived two sweeping cuts in 
the last half-year, and as I watched other primary 
schools drop out of the Army picture, I'd kept hoping 
that both Ryan schools would hang on until the end. 
So today's news was a painful blow. However, my 
second reaction was encouragement. It's mighty good 
news for America that the war is going so well that 
the AAF can continue steadily cutting down its train- 
ing program. 

MONDAY (at Tucson) — After a 475-mile drive 
across the desert from Hemet, plunged into a round of 
conferences about the Tucson situation. The more I 
think about it, the more I see there ore three big 
things to do. One, finish our Army contract under a 
full head of steam — keep on improving right up to 
the last day. Two, start at once to assist our employees 
in obtaining other positions. Three, leave our Tucson 
buildings in first-class condition for return to the DPC. 

FRIDAY (at Hemet) — A department head came 
to see Paul and me today with the frank statement, 
"My department isn't running right. Here's my idea 
fori fixing it." That man moved up a notch in my 
estimation. Too many people ore afraid to suggest 
improvements in their own jobs because they think 
it's dangerous to admit they're not perfect. Per- 
sonally, I like to see a man forever looking for better 
ways to do his work and willing to admit his errors. 

SATURDAY — Our Hemet school is at a danger- 
ous stage. It is recognized as one of the very best 
primary schools in the country, and everyone at the 
school knows this. There's a temptation to rest on 


our laurels. But no organization stays the same. It 
either gets better or its gets worse. That's why at 
Hemet we have to keep hunting for tiny details to 
improve. That's why, when I see our beautiful broad 
green lawn at the school, I no longer say "Gee, what 
a swell lawn," as I did when it was first put in. 
Instead I ask, "Doesn't that lawn look a bit frowzy 
at the edges?" or "Can't the gross be trimmed closer 
around the flagpole?" 

WEDNESDAY (at Tucson) — Gave Doug Maw a 
lift on his heavy closing duties by placing Walt Balch 
in charge of relocation of all personnel. Many of 
the employees con be switched to our Hemet school, 
or to the Ryan factory in San Diego. Government jobs 
can be found for others. Those who want to stay in 
Tucson can be helped to moke good contacts at Con- 
solidated or Davis-Monthan. I think our school can 
do each employee a real service by finding openings, 
interpreting the employee's abilities to prospective 
employers, and helping each one to get off on the 
right foot in his or her new job. 

THURSDAY — Attended squadron briefings this 
morning, at which squadron commanders went over 
the day's work with cadets and instructors. Here is a 
real chance for us to improve. One squadron com- 
mander wore a tee shirt; another an open-necked 
khaki shirt with no insignia. These men are capable 
pilots but questionable examples of smartness. The 
rooms in which the briefings were held looked messy, 
too. Blackboards covered with notes from yesterday's 
lectures, tables littered with books and papers in 
helter-skelter order. To cap the climax, the speakers 
didn't talk loud enough for their voices to carry to 
the back of the room. No audience will forgive a 
speaker who can't be heard. 

That dogged persistence thct is his charac- 
teristic soon pushed him up the ladder and he 
became a ground school instructor there. 

Marty holds enough ratings and certifi- 
cates to paper a large room, but he is never 
content with standing still. His new position 
will give him opportunity for the expansion 
and contacts he craves and we know he'll be 
a credit to the company. 

Leverett Bristol 

By Harry Hofmann 


It's hail and farewell in the ground school 

The old order changeth, and Leverett 
Bristol, the serious young man pictured 
above, is now the new director of ground 
school, replocing Marty Weidinger who has 
accepted a position with the Ryan factory. 

Bris' serious mien belies his innate sense 
of humor. Quiet spoken, efficient and 
thorough, Bris should prove an able head for 
the all important ground school group. He's 
been at it a long time, and has taught almost 
all subjects in the department with the ex- 
ception of airplanes. 

Bris graduated from the University of 
North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science 
degree. His first job was as on accountant 
with on insurance firm in New York City but 
he found that too confining. So he got 
married and came to California on a honey- 
moon. For some time he had been mulling 
over the prospects of a career in aviation 
and upon learning that Ryan in Son Diego 
was offering a variety of courses, he went 
into conference with Earl D. Prudden and 
enrolled in the sheet metal course. Bris 
finished that in no time and soon became 
head of the department and subsequently 
head instructor. 

About that time Ryan opened the Hemet 
school and Bris came out here as a ground 
school instructor under Marty. Bris feels 
that the gift of gab necessary to on instruc- 
tor is an hereditary trait: his grandfather 
was a bishop in the Methodist church and 
noted OS a lecturer; his father, a doctor, is 
coordinator for a hospital association in New 
York City ond spends much of his time on 
the lecture platform. Incidentally, his dad 
was the I 3th man in the nation honored with 
a Director of Public Health certificate, o 
high honor in the medical profession. 

It's hard to say goodbye to Marty . . . 
doesn't seem quite right that he's leaving us 
after so many years as director of the ground 
school. Persistently and tirelessly Marty has 
worked to make his department a model for 
all schools. He has instituted many changes 
and improvements. 

Another Ryonite of long standing, Marty 
went to work first for the company In 1936. 


By Mike Crane 


Two new officers added to the force: 
JIM WYATT, whom you all know, has been 
an employee for almost four years in 
another department. Clarence Gill, another 
veteran of the lost war, lives in Winchester, 
has a wife and three children, and has as 
many battle scars on him as I have after 
living with my wife for 25 years. 

Now that R.D.M. is out of a job, guess 
I'll put him on the grove-yard shift, back 
in good old Hemet, before S.D. gobbles him 
up or something worse happens to him. 

The Army land it's a pretty big outfit) 
says unless all Civil Service ond Ryan em- 
ployees wear their badges in plain sight, they 
will raise more HELL with them than the 
United Nations are raising with the Krauts. 
So gals, get some pretty ribbon, and hang 
'em around your necks if you wish, BUT 
get 'em on. 

Wonder if I still might get that fire 
whistle that Tucson got away from me. If 
they will send it over peaceably, I won't 
shoot their pants off to get it, but I still 
hove ideas about it. 

We hod so many fire drills for awhile that 
when I walk down through the hangars 
all the employees get set in a sprinters 
crouch and get ready to take off for their 
stotions. The way they get to their stations 
I could spot a fire a gallon of gas and I 
bet they con spit on it and get it out before 
it gets o good start. 

Now that everyone seems to have the 
fishing fever somewhat out of their systems, 
all I can hear is that deer season opens the 
16th of September and about the one they 
either got last year or the one they missed, 
but know right where it is this year, and 
boy, how they ore going to mow it down this 
year. The Fish and Gome Commission should 
open the season a week early for department 
heads only, and give the poor boys a cV\ance. 

Civil Service 

By Sgt. Eugene R. Neeff 


When about this time every month it 
becomes necessary to sit me down at the 
typewriter to say some things of a clever 
and light-hearted nature, my pot boils dry, 
my thoughts vanish and my words turn to 

So I'd better retire and lose myself in 

Major Glenny Takes Command 

Major Gale S. Glenny has assumed com- 
mand of the 3041st AAF Base Unit, which 
is the contract pilot school for primary train- 
ing of Ryan field in Hemet. 

Major Glenny has an interesting back- 
ground in the training department of the 
U. S. Air Corps. Before coming to Ryan 
Field he was commanding officer at the 
primary school at Santa Mario, California, a 
civilian contract school operated by the Han- 
cock College of Aeronautics. 

He also was commanding officer of the 
primary school at BIythe and at one time 
was stationed at Mather Field, Sacramento, 
OS well as Rankin Field, Tulare. He received 
his flying training at Kelly and Randolph 
fields in Texas and has been on active duty 
for more than four years. His home town 
is Lewiston, Idaho. Major Glenny and wife 
have made their home in Hemet. 

my reports and special orders. 

L. NA VADA YONKERS has come bock 
to us. You'll remember her as NA VADA 
ADAMS. She used to be our file clerk and 
teletype operator. When Marjorie leaves 
Mrs. GIBBS will take her job in the reports 
section and NaVado will be the file clerk 
once more. NaVodo's husband is soldiering 
in Oklahoma and expects to get an over- 
seas call shortly. She come bock home be- 
cause moving from one Army camp to an- 
other is too precarious. 

There have been a few raises among the 
civilians. BILL SOWER got bumped to o 
Senior Aircraft Inspector, ELSA BARTON 
and VIRGINIA CLUGSTON moved up from 
CAF-2s to CAF-3S and FAYE GIBBS got 
a within the grade raise for being a good 
girl for eighteen months. 

There have been a few changes in Sup- 
ply. ELIZABETH STURM is now in stock 
records, LILLIAN ROBERTS has been moved 
to ports issue, VIRGINIA CLUGSTON has 
moved from Engineering back into supply 
and MARY L. VENABLE has been hired to 
fill the chair left vacant when VEDA DU 
BOURDIEU quit to visit Oklahoma and take 
up housekeeping. 

Veda, by the way, is bock in town. She 
brought her sister, PHYLLIS QUICKEL, who 
used to be our message center clerk before 
she got homesick. Maybe she got homesick 
for the Sod Hemet Valley. 

What an absurd thought. 



Lt. William Cyril 

Dot's Baseball For Yo, Junior 

At night, to San Jacinto 

We go at COOPER's call 
Ta fill G diamond at da yell, 

"Hey, Junior, tro do ball." 

Den SEXTON trows da ball ta foist 
Where ofttimes it is caught. 

As LUKE just right of second says, 
"Nuttins gone tru short." 

Do coach soon stops a spinnin ball 

Wid a polpitotin scoop. 
But no one's waitin dere at foist 

But DODO jumpin tru da hoop. 

MUSCLEHEAD's at second. 

And Cisco's out in right. 
But to da rear of BURRHEAD, 

or BREATHLESS fades from sight. 

Da game wuz goin ta order 
Till somewhere in da sixed, 

Tings of dubious nature 

Moke me tink da ump is fixed. 

We won da game dot evenin 

Dough da score wuz neck and neck. 
But oil da comment dot we had 

Wuz "Tsk! Tsk! What the heck." 


By Alice Wilhelm 


Those lucky people who waited until this 
time to take vocations are really escaping 
some heat. INEZ DUNCAN is spending a 
week in Los Angeles and "PEG" MICHAEL 
is spending her vocation in Fresno. 

MIKE MARS celebrated his birthday 
August 1 3 but swears he is not o day older. 
1 guess it's fishing that keeps him young. 
He's the best fisherman we have at Ryan 
(he says) . 

New employees in the Canteen are GRACE 
timer, MARGARET RUSSELL, has returned 
and is foreman on the afternoon shift. 

MARIE SHELTON is o new Mess Hall em- 

MARY BRADEN, popular and attractive 
waitress from Arkansas, has been in Cali- 
fornia one year. She celebrated the occa- 
sion by wearing shoes. She will try to keep 
them on a whole day at a time after she 
gets a little more used to them. Bravo, Mary! 

RUBY RODDICK, red-haired glamour girl, 
is our new cashier. Since Ruby has taken 
over, customers give up their cash willingly. 






By Hale Landry 


Have you heard the one about the Weary 
William who hod decided to end it all by 
doing a Brodie from the Brooklyn Bridge? 
Just OS he climbed the rail for the plunge, 
an alert copper rushed to him, pulled him 
away from the rail, and suggested a little 
walk. "Now what in the world does a nice 
looking young chap like you wont to go and 
commit suicide for?" He should never have 
asked the question — the answer was so con- 
vincing that both the copper and Weory 
Willie went bock to the roil and made the 

Something like that is happening in the 
ground school. ALAN WOOLFOLK came to 
work one morning recently with his bones 
creaking audibly and muscles aching. 
"Tennis," sez he. "Tennis?", sez we, 
"What fun is there in tennis?" So now we 
ore all playing tennis. The more regular 
and, of course, the instigator of it oil. 

The Ground School has always been rather 
fortunate in its relations with the army per- 
sonnel in command. With the arrival of 
our new commanding officer it became op- 
parent at once that the close cooperation 
which characterized these relations is going 
to continue with a bang. Our only complaint 
is that Major GLENNY has found time to 
drop in on us too seldom. 

We ore grateful also to Captain BENNET 
for his active interest in Ground School in- 
structor participation in flying, and to Cap- 
tain BRUM for his complete cooperotion. 

The Gay Nighties 

By Marchita Johnson 


Things happen so fast around here these 
days I have a hord time keeping up, but 
maybe this will still be news by the time 
it goes to press. 

The check crew ran out on us again, and 
according to CAB CALLAWAY, they're all 
pretty happy about being back on days. 
NETTIE TRIPP says it's terrible lonesome 
without them, though. 

The MORTON twins hove achieved their 
aim, and hove left us to continue their edu- 
cation at Fullerton Junior College. They've 
been a couple of swell gals and we're really 
going to miss them a lot. Loods of luck, kids; 
we hope you won't forget us. 

Anyone interested in finding out the real 
reason for MERWIN SHOOK's pointed ears, 
please contact most any guard on the night 
force. They seem to be pretty well informed 
on the situation. 

AURIN "KAY" KAISER seems to be hav- 
ing a time distinguishing his women these 
days. I wonder why???? 


By Bill Guinn 


Certain rumors are spreading via the 
grapevine that our field is in excellent con- 

I think everyone has noticed that DEAN 
WELLS, who has been with Ryan for the 
post four years, has left us to learn the 
Frigidaire business. I know the entire field 
will miss Dean. 

have joined the Army Air Forces ond left 
the end of August. Good luck, fellows, and 
hurry back. 

We are sorry to hear BOB RUSSELL and 
GEORGE OVARD will not be able to work 
for quite some time, due to doctor's orders. 

TAFSON, the two "little eager beavers" 
of our department, ore leaving us the 
end of this month for a couple of week's 
vocation in the mountains before returning 
to school. 

LOU BAILEY mode a hurried trip to Los 
Angeles for on overhaul of the water pump 

JIGGS GARDENER knows the meaning of 
these phrases "throw the ball" or "this is 
Lt. Ball speaking." 

FRANK DOOLITTLE spending his vaca- 
tion picking and digging his orchard of 
apricots. Some soy Fronk will make a small 
fortune this year. 

"MAJOR HOOPLE" HAAS, our oldest em- 
ployee, is down to a mere 1 90 pounds in 

Has everybody heard the new yachting 
story BEN HIMES is telling around these 
balmy days? 

JIM WYATT, who has been with our de- 
partment for the post four yeors, has 
changed over to MIKE CRANE's department. 
Beware, criminals! 

ESTHER GUTIERREZ is still all a dither 
over the beautiful things her husbond, Pfc. 
Arnold Gutierrez, sent her from Italy. Gutier- 
rez is now serving with the United States 
Army somewhere in Italy, and recently won 
the Bronze Bottle Star. 

Latest addition to the Hangar Line are 
DELBERT HENDERSHOT. Jeonnette is an 
old-timer at Ryan, having worked at Tucson 
before coming to Hemet. Welcome, folks, 
we hope you'll like it here. 

The Army has gained a good mon and 
Ryan has lost one of its most popular em- 
ployees. DALE DENNIS will be a full fledged 
Army Air Forces man by the time this goes 
to press, ond I'm sure no one has ever been 
missed so much. He was the life of Hangar 5 
for many months, and we certainly wish 
him all the luck in the world. 

Well, folks, there's been no earthquakes, 
fires, nor thunderstorms this month, so I 
guess this is it. Let's all keep on the beam 
and stay clear of those ruts. Remember? 
We've got o job to do! 

From the 
Flight Line 

By Bob Johnson 


Dear Diory: Today is once again dead- 
line for the next issue of Sky News. It 
seems like this column will equal the all- 
time low for no news. Of course I must 
mention the fact that we have four new 
brothers working with us at Dear Old Ryan. 
These new faces all arrived from Tucson 
and are as follows, reading from left to 
was a former instructor here and went to 
Tucson and now has returned once again. 
We ore all glod to hove these men with us. 
Their knowledge and experience will be our 
gain. We sure hope that they feel at home 
in Hemet and we know that they will receive 
a warm welcome from everybody. 

All of us local yokels are sweating these 
hot days out, and all we get from these men 
from Tucson is "How come fall come so 
early this year?" Some time ago the in- 
structors decided to have a Ping Pong Tour- 
nament to be held at the Instructors' Club. 
Said tourney was to determine who was 
octuolly the best man at the gome, or if all 
the blowing that was going around was just 
to impress other people. As of this date no 
results have been turned in, but the biggest 
moons and groans came from Squadron 
Commander JAMES SIMPSON, when he 
found out that he was paired ogainst Group 
known strictly as a stylist at the game of 
batting the celluloid. Maybe by next issue 
some scores of the matches may be running 
around loose. We will pick them up and 
add to the column. 

Any of the people that have attended the 
weekly fun-fests at the Instructors Club on 
Saturdays will join me in saying that never 
a dull night was ever spent there. 

It seems the other night ARTHUR VIC- 
TORY JOEL, Instructor at Hemet decided 
that he would stop at one of the local re- 
freshment emporiums to quench his parched 
throat. After purchasing two small bottles 
of 3.2 and only getting back $5 from $10 
laid on the counter, he pulled himself to- 
gether and said: "Times ore tough, but 
when did they start putting the arm on you 
to the tune of five chips for some liquid 
refreshments?" In the end the aforemen- 
tioned received his proper change and went 
on his way. ARTHUR said that he didn't 
mind tipping, but when tips started getting 
bigger than the bill, something had to be 

It looks like this column is on a seven 
year famine, or the termites have eaten what 
few words I thought I was going to use. 
Maybe something exciting will happen so we 
will be able to write about it in our next 




By Dorothy Lorenz 


By Wilmo Kribs 


A house is "a building for residence" and 
that takes in a lot of territory so there sure 
ought to be something. Even a house thot 
takes in a little territory would be appre- 
ciated. Some of the most needy are G. 
(YOGI) JENSEN (it's critical), EUNICE 
BEERS (this copy should be out in time to 
help her), A. WILKERSON and J. BOECK 
(you can't live in a tug) . And do you know 
why they hove dirty knees? It's because 
they've been praying. 

"FIFI" was born and she's not very old 

She belongs to a Corporation of four 
I've been told. 

She's a topic of talk by the men on the 

And I guess in the dork she looks more 
like a ghost. 

The owners are DARYL, BOB STONE, 
ACE and VIC. 

And it seems in their eyes she's quite 

slick chick. 

Now don't start to wonder about what 

1 just wrote; 

If you don't know already — Well, FIFI's 

o boat. 
P.S. She cooks with gas too. 


"CAB" CALLAWAY, formerly of P.L.M., 
is now foreman of Line Service. HERB 
BAASCH left Ryan on August 1 1 for New 
York to await coll into the service. He 
was honored at a party that evening — strictly 
stag — and it started at Gilman Hot Springs. 
From (here on it's anybody's guess. Good 
luck. Herb. 

"Cob" also got himself a rifle and con 
hardly wait to get the bead on a nice buck. 
L. CHAPMAN is the first of the boys to get 
one — a 5-pointer too. 

JOE COMBS come out for a visit on the 
1 7th and it looks as if it won't be long 
before he con throw away his crutches and 
get back in the groove. 

Speaking of visitors, Sgt. STANLEY Mc- 
BERRY, both former employees, also dropped 
in. Hello to HOWARD MERRICK and JEAN- 
ETTE WINKLER direct from Tucson, and 
and LORETTA WHITE, all new employees. 
DOLTON MAGGARD is the new tug driver. 

Happenings — 

A party at VIC HILL's ranch with people, 
steaks, good food and liquid refreshments. 
Later a black cow was mistaken for a car. 
investioation revealed hind leg caught in 
fence. Solution, and good deed for the day — 
Vic helped her out. 

"KIT" CARSON has been practicing on 
his new electric steel guitar. 

DOUGLAS YANCEY is having trouble 
keeping his toolbox out from under his feet. 
He's always stepping in it. 

HOMER WATSON recovered from the 


Ye Ed, since going on leave of absence, 
hasn't been within reaching distance of the 
whip and leash and he's imported the assist- 
ance of one of his associates, KEITH MON- 
ROE, professional model of the literary arts. 
Keith's one of these coolly proficient men, 
so we dare not dally. 

Firstly, VIRGINIA JOHNSON of the 
switchboard took a week's vocation down 
around Ensenoda, Mexico, with husband 
BILL. Virginia relates the tale of buying a 
bottle of (get this) rubbing alcohol. When 
they come wheeling up to the gate, the 
officer-in-charge takes a look at the stuff 
and informs Virginia she's been sadly mis- 
led, that it's 190-proof pure groin alcohol, 
and would she like their cell with the south- 
ern exposure. After a great deal of garrulous 
chatter, the inspector unwittingly destroyed 
the evidence and Virginia went on her 
merry way. Rubbing alcohol! That's the 
owfulest story ever I heard! 

JO WILTSHIRE hos received word that 
brother JACK is in Washington and hopes 
to be home in about two weeks. MADENA 
ANDERSON has token a leave of absence 
and will be bock in a couple of weeks. 

JEANNE McCALLUM was innocently the 
victim of a shady plot between CLIFF BRUCE 
and FREDDY CHURCHILL. Jeanne wears 
ring on her right hand, and the two wolves 
thought her engagement would be a choice 
story to fix up. After being informed by a 
disinterested party that it was her mother's 
ring, the letdown was similar to a solo 
Steorman coming in for o first landing. 

DARYL H. (Gorgeous Creature) SMITH 
ond BOB (Podnah) STONE were members 
of a short fishing trip to Cuyomoco for o 
few days. These two are part of the "Rover 
Boys Skiff and Yachting Club" but they 
didn't take "Fifi" the skiff. Fish did bite, 
they say. 

BONNIE COLLINS is vacationing this 
week, and whot a vacation! Bonnie's model- 
ing for EDIE GRAHAM, former canteen 
waitress, when Edie takes her State exam- 
ination to become a licensed beauty oper- 

leave of absence cleaning up his roncho. He 
remarks thot he intends to moke a thor- 
ough search of the premises and wilfully 
destroy any evidence of past political asso- 

A very late tip advises us that "SEEING 
EYE CADWELL" is now a Corporal, not 

shock of his first motorcycle accident with 
only bent fender and bruised pride. 

BILLY MAPES has a new gag. You talk 
into a little box that looks like a microphone, 
press a button real quick and hear your 
own voice. It works all right until you press 
the button. Then a needle (as scarce as they 
ore) goes in your finger obout a fourth of 
on inch and you hear your voice all right 
and so does everyone else in earshot. Funny? 


The Home 

By Barbara Deane 




Last time it was promised that when the 
sun came out again there might be some 
news, but little did I dream that thmgs 
would actually begin to happen. So here 
goes for the latest in Son Diego. 

The long scheduled and talked of beach 
party finally took place with able BURNICE 
DUCKWORTH at the controls, JEAN BOVET 
whipping up the food (and delicious it was) 
and JOEL WHITNEY doing the honors as 
host at the cove near his home. A grand 
time was had by everyone with no severe 
casualties despite the wicked baseball gome 
that progressed all during the afternoon for 
those more rugged souls. (You should have 
heard the groans the following day or two!! 
Some people ore just getting too old for that 
sort of thing!) Glad we were to see EARL 
PRUDDEN in person getting into the base- 
ball game COLIN STILLWAGEN inadver- 
tently got himself in the wrong spot ond 
spent a lot of time serving the lunch. Fun- 
niest event of the afternoon — ROY FEAGAN 
playing "Brownie" (you remember the little 
peanut butter man) trying to get an empty 
beer keg up the hill on his bock and falling 
back two steps for every one with a laughing 
crowd egging him on. "Strong Man Feagon" 
he was knowed as! VIC HILL from Hemet 
was present with his family to add the Hemet 
touch. Finally managed to get BOB KER- 
LINGER and MICKEY McGUIRE out into the 
bright (?) California sunshine too. All in 
all it was a lot of fun and everyone thinks 
it might be a good idea to have another 

With the closing of Tucson we are saying 
hello to a lot of old friends. MAXINE 
AVERETT has just arrived and will work for 
has left for St. Louis. MARTIN WEIDING- 
ER is here to take o job in the factory. Ten 
of the good men, tried and true of the 
Tucson contingent arrived one bright sunny 
morning tired and dusty but raring to go 
on their new job in the factory. Among those 
coming over were "ANDY" ANDERSON 
GROGAN. We understand a lot more ore 
on the way and it's a hearty hondshoke to 
all of you. Glad we will be to see you in 
Son Diego. 

BALCH in his fine new blue suit and luscious 
ties. M-m-m-m boy! MARGE FLOYD on 
her vocotion and trying to fix her boat up 
for at least one sail before the end of the 
summer. SID PETERSON and MARGE on 
their vocation and celebrating that mem- 
orable event of a year ago when they 
trekked off to Carlsbad to tie the knot. 
RUTH ROSEN dropping in for a visit on her 
return from North Carolina. ROY FEAGAN 
and DALE OCKERMAN lacking the esthetic 
appreciation of the Russian Bollet. They 
object mainly to the dancing men in pink 
pants!!! RUTH CORBETT and JANET AN- 


points. Then there are the 25, 50 and 1 00 
hour checks during which the ship is gone 
over much more thoroughly. First echelon 
replacement and repair handles the engine 
and oirplane repair, including the dope shop 
and propeller shop. Line repair covers a 
multitude of last-minute items. Allied crews 
include the welding shop, inspection, auto 
shop, BT-crew, tug crew, supply and a 
number of other closely knit groups that 
make aircraft maintenance function as a 

The bulk of the maintenance work is 
stondardized and streamlined under the 
"PLM system." PLM, or Production Line 
Maintenance, applies the mass-production 
methods of the factory to aircraft upkeep. 
Once upon a time, each training plane was 
completely maintained by its own crew. Now 
each ship is moved through a production 
line with a series of stations where specializ- 
ed crews perform the same mointenonce 
operation on every plane. 

It's hard, tedious work for the most part, 
but the mechonics have lots of fun, too. 
There's always something off-pattern hap- 

We wanted to look into some of these 
happenings so stopped first in Bob Stone's 
office. Bob came out to Hemet in Septem- 
ber of 1940, with a crew brought up from 
San Diego, to get the Hemet field under 
way. He and the rest of the men had had 
experience in Son Diego and were all set to 
whip things into shape. They did. The 
first two weeks they spent pouring cement, 
digging ditches and painting. They hardly 
sow on airplane during that time. Now 
Stone is maintenance supervisor a post he 
has efficiently held for over two years, but 
he still gets a big kick out of talking about 
those early days of two hangars and the 
first Stearmons. 

The days slid along rapidly in those early 
months. The school was functioning, per- 
haps not too smoothly, but at least effi- 
ciently. Jan. 13, 1941 proved to be a 
banner day. A new group came to work, 
1 3 of them in fact, which caused the super- 
stitious to shake their heads. However, it 
must hove been all right for remaining from 
that group are three outstanding employees: 
Aurin "Kay" Kaiser, Jack Montgomery and 
Horry Henninger. 

Kay was our first victim to be interviewed, 
but he couldn't seem to think of much ex- 
citement that hod happened to him in the 
intervening years. In fact, he grew bashful 
when we praised his work and blushed slight- 
ly, as is only becoming to one of the most 
eligible bachelors on the field. All that Kay 
has done is work, and we mean work, in 
every maintenance section. He knows his 
business from the very bottom and inspires 

DERSON becoming the stars in the forth- 
coming Ryan Show. HOWARD JONES en- 
joying his vacation. KEN WILD ond CLIFF 
COFFMAN having fun paddling around Mis- 
sion Boy on a paddle board every Sunday 
since Ken sold his boat to the fishermen (?) 
in Hemet. 

The condolences of the entire office ore 
offered to IRMA UNRUH who received word 
of the passing of her mother and left im- 
mediately for Oregon. 

That's it for now. More later. 

a loyalty in his fellow workers that is re- 
markable. Koy lives with his parents on a 
farm near the field and actually milks the 
cow on occasion. 

Jack Montgomery, routine foreman on 
PLM, con look back to those early days and 
laugh now . . . but it wosn't funny then. 
At the start Jack completed his first 50- 
hour check and went home, swelling with 
pride. However the fall that cometh after 
pride arrived the next morning. The first 
thing he saw was his 50-hour victim, flat 
on its bock on the mot. Carefully, Jock 
packed his tools away and waited to be 
fired. As it turned out, the accident wasn't 
due to any fault of his, but was a clear cose 
of pilot error. Jack breathed easier. 

One report that has alwoys tickled Jack 
is one some nameless mechanic turned in 
on the daily work sheet; "No compression 
on No. 5 cylinder. Replaced compression." 

Montgomery is married and extremely 
proud of his young daughter, Jackie Marie. 

Harry Henninger, another of the lucky 
1 3, is now foreman of engine and oirplane 
repair. Horry still feels that one of his 
greatest claims to fame is a red spot still 
adorning the hangar floor. It seems that in 
the years long past, young Henninger was 
doing some artistic painting on the wing of 
Stearman . . . the top wing . . . with 
Chinese red point. He slipped and fell. So 
did the paint. Harry went straight down. 
The paint went every direction. That stain 
still reminds Horry of that eventful day. 

All you have to do is get the mechanics 
started in a bull session to pull out the funny 
ones. They chortle with glee over the plight 
of a new mechanic searching vainly for 
"prop wash" or "prop pitch." They giggle 
about Steve Willioms, "Old Steve," towing 
the "invisible ship." One dark night Steve 
hooked a ship on his little tug and started, 
with extreme core and caution, for the 
hangars. Coming into the big doors he care- 
fully turned to watch his wing clearance . . . 
only to find out that the ship was still back 
on the line. And then there's the one on 
"Choppy" Rice, also a tug driver, who 
searched high and low for 544. It was only 
when he drove in to report that he discovered 
thot 644 was quietly trailing along behind 
his own tug and had been all the time. 

Bill Milner, another old timer, laughs 
about the time he did an impromptu swan 
dive from the top of an engine stand into 
solvent bucket. "Really got clean that 
time," chuckles Bill. Another one they still 
talk about is the time Inspector Gene Ham- 
mond thought the switch was off and started 
to spin the prop. The ship took off in the 
hangar and so did Hammond. For a few 
seconds it was a merry chose until Henninger 
cut the switch and saved the ship — and 
Hammond. Then there have been numer- 
ous instances of hordy lads who felt their 
strength was superior to that of o spinning 
prop, much to their sorrow. 

To all the mole mechanics the most out- 
standing memory was the advent of the 
female of the species into their heretofore 
uninvaded sonctuory. At first it was o sore 
point, but now the story is different and the 
men appreciate the efforts and skill of the 

The gals first come 'across the tracks" 
in July, 1942 when Helen Icely became Bob 
Stone's secretory. Of course, the ground was 
actually prepared by Maxine Morris, now 

(Continued on page 9) 

New Faces 


New faces among the Army personnel at 
Hemet — and new ranks for some of the 
familiar faces — have been coming thick and 
fast in the last few weeks. Here's the com- 
plete list. 


Lt. Kenneth Brumm, commandant of cadets, 
to Captain. 

2nd Lt. James Williams, tactical officer, to 
1st Lt. 

2nd Lt. Talbert Webb, finance officer, to 
1st Lt. 

New Officers 

Major Gale S. Glenny, Air Base Commander 
— Transferred from Santa Maria, Calif. 

Capt. J. W. Meals, Jr., adjutant — Trans- 
ferred from Oxnard, Calif. 

1st Lt. John W. McElheney, intelligence of- 
ficer — Transferred from Oxnard, Calif. 

1st Lt. Ellis B. Davis, supply officer — Trans- 
ferred from Lancaster, Calif. 

2nd Lt. Archie M. Smart, engineering officer 
— Transferred from Santa Mario, Colif. 

•■■■2nd Lt. Harold N. Boird, contract flying 
school supervisor. 

*2nd Lt. Jack C. Hennessey, contract flying 
school supervisor. 

*2nd Lt. Dale H. Huss, contract flying school 

•■■2nd Lt. Max B. McPeek, contract flying 
school supervisor. 

•'■2nd Lt. Robert E. Nowak, contract flying 

. school supervisor. 

*2nd Lt. John A. Stone, Jr., contract flying 
school supervisor. 

•'■2nd Lt. John B. Welge, contract flying 
school supervisor. 

*Recent graduates of advance flying 
schools, currently undergoing training in 
new program for contract flying school 

Plant Protection 

By Percy Sfahl 


The lost roundup from Plant Protection. 
It is with regret that we learn that our school 
is going to close on September 8. We here at 
the gate will miss each and every employee 
— those who hod their badges each day as 
well OS those who didn't. We will miss EARL 
D. PRUDDEN who was always in a congenial 
mood, and MR. STILLWAGEN, the man 
who is always in a hurry, and MR. MAW who 
started slow but finished strong. We will 
miss you all. 

And we take pride in knowing that what 
little we did evidently helped toward the 
war effort as evidenced by our Government 
discontinuing many primary flight schools. 

To Hemet we give our best wishes, and to 
MIKE CRANE we will our fire whistle. To 
everyone connected with the Ryan organiza- 
tion it's Au Revoir. 

Flight Lines 

By Loring Dowsi' 


As soon as we heard that there was to be 
one more utterance from those vanishing 
Americans — Tucson's primary gosport goos- 
ers — your reporter began to hope that some- 
thing unusually hot would occur to feature 
in this column. Maybe a murder in Super- 
visory meeting, or Lt. DEX FOX falling out 
of a PT in a slow roll during a check ride. 
But nothing happened — until DONALD P. 
(DYNAMITE) THOMETZ flew into town on 
the wings of Cupid. 

Said THOMETZ, in case anyone is still 
unaware, snatched one of Ryan's fairest from 
the clutches of the local Lotharios, and 
MINA MASTERS walked up the aisle on his 
palpitating arm. The fuse-welding took 
place August 4 with MAGGIE JACOBS (our 
editor) and F/l LEONARD NEUN acting as 
bride's maid and best man respectively. 
Group Commander BUD WILSON and Acting 
Wing Commander PETE LARSON attended 
the affair, along with a small group of rela- 
tives and friends. Cocktails at ADELAIDE 
PRUDDEN'S home, and dinner at the Santo 
Rita wound up the festivities for oil except 
the bride and groom, who repaired to Rancho 
de las Lomos for a quiet rubber of gin- 
rummy. This column hopes (and believes) 
they'll live happily ever after. 

While on the subject (love) it is appro- 
priate to mention that others among our 
midst have failed intentions, passed their 
Six-Fours and bought a book: F/l ROBERT 
JORDA and former dispatcher ANNA POT- 
TORFF. This attractive couple will merge 
ere this rag takes printers ink — August 1 8, 
to be exact, at University Chapel in Tucson. 
Anna, we understand, was a popular honor- 
winner at U. of A., graduating not so very 
long ago. As for Bobbie-The-Jord, we hear 
he attended Tufts College at Cambridge, in 
the suburbs of Harvard. While learning to 
fly he coached yo-yo at a deaf-and-dumb 
girls' school — but only in the early evening. 
His nights were free. All kidding aside. Bob 
— The best of luck and happiness to you 
and Anna! 

The grapevine, or maybe just the grape, 
hath it that BOB MILLER, former flight 
commander, is pushing the big ones over the 
Great Wall for China Notional Airlines. And 
that former ditto JIM BAILEY, now a looie, 
is teaching ground school somewhere in 
Texas for ATC. He works three hours per 
day, having the rest of the time to fly P-40's, 
38's, or anything his heart desires. He's 
been checked out in everything the Army 

Flash: It's o baby girl for Mr. and Mrs. 

Your reporter hesitates to publicize an- 
other instructors' cross-country picnic to 
Prescott. But the boys of Squadron Two 
wanted it mentioned for a couple of reasons. 
First, be it remembered that when Sqd. Six 
arrived at Prescott, they chartered a truck 
for transportation field-to-swimming-pool. 
telephoned the Mayor who sent out four cars 

to haul the pilots around town, to lunch, and 
then to the pool! FRANK BROWN and LT. 
BILL HOLAN, each having a date bock in 
Tucson, became impatient early in the fray. 
But they got no cooperation. They were so 
perturbed, according to one rumor, that 
there was some conjecture as to whether 
each hod a date with the some frail. How 
about it, boys? BILL NOLAN, who had a 
BT, by the way, got the jump on FRANK. 
Guess we'll never know, because BILL is a 
veritable sphinx. BILL probably wasn't very 
sharp that night, though, because of his 
wound. He crash-landed from the slide at 
the swimming pool. A warning sign was 
posted on the slide. As BILL poised to take 
off, everybody shouted, "Read the sign!" 
Bill read it twice. It said, "LEAN FOR- 
WARD if you take the slide in sitting posi- 
tion." He shoved off, leaned BACK, and 
cracked his head as he left the chute. HAL 
WITHAM soys it made a noise like a water- 
melon hitting a paved street. BILL burbled 
to the surface, rubbed his conk, glanced at 
the sign and mumbled, "Yeah, I see what 
you mean!" 

That's about all. And we do mean ALL. 
It's been a pleasure, contributing these un- 
malicious items to SKY NEWS. It's been a 
pleasure working this past year with the guys 
and gals at Ryan's desert unit. We hope to 
work with all of them ogam, sometime, but 
not if it takes a war! The big question of 
the day on the flight lines is, "Whatcha 
gonna do now, pal?" For some it's Ryan, for 
some ATT and cadets, for others, back to 
the farm. Wherever you go, chums, your 
old snooper wishes you the best a peaceful 
world can offer — the sooner the quicker! 




(from page 8) 
Mrs. Doryl Smith, who worked in the Army 
office. Following Helen the women come in 
droves, or so it seemed: Mary Ru Anderson, 
Mary Bagby, Jo Jacobs, Bertha Powers. 

Since then the boys and gals have worked 
in close harmony to keep the planes in first- 
class condition. Over at Tucson their 
opposite numbers in the Ryan Field mainten- 
ance department there hove enjoyed a 
friendly rivalry with them, and out of the 
informal competition and exchange of ideas 
has come Ryan's reputation for air-tight, 
fool-proof, high-speed maintenance at both 
its schools. 


By Mickey Coleman 


"All good things must end." No truer 
statement was ever spoken, and so we, the 
Ryan School, end September 8. We hove 
really had a wonderful time working here 
and we're going to miss all the good times 
we've hod, but we've stored up a lot of 
memories. Memories of when we first start- 
ed out to Ryan and saw the sign "This takes 
you to Ryan Field" and we sot on the darn 
thing for hours, but it wouldn't move . . . 
Memories of sand and dust . . . and the 
dust and sand. It wasn't too bad, though, 
besides there was a sand shovel included with 
every desk. 

We'll never forget JEFF UNDERWOOD, 
our Office Manager, with his perfumed cigars 
and his "out of this world" craw-dad singing. 
He started every time it rained. 

And good-hearted DOUGLAS MAW, cor- 
nering a big beetle and cricket with a fly 
swatter, saying, as only he could, "I hate to 
do this, but you know how hard meat is to get 
these days," and remember when he stopped 
the murder at a downtown hotel just to get 
even with Dick Tracy for catching Prune 

Hov/ everyone thought Ryan School was a 
school for glamour girls because of girls such 

work here and all the cadets were so un- 
happy when they found out she was married. 
We'd still like to know what mister in the 
Ryan organization sent a dozen asters to 

Remember our cadet graduation dances 
where the girls fretted for days over whot 
they were going to wear and then showed up 
with nothing at all — except a strapless 
gown ! 

Remember all the wolves and especially 
WEST HALL, how he kept a file on his desk 
to sharpen his teeth — now we're waiting for 
his teeth. Remember his witty remarks, 
when he said to a certain young lady, "I've 
got you in my clutches," and she said, "Oh, 
but I got away!" and he replied, "My clutch 
slipped !" 

All our activities ended up with a school 
picnic one Sunday at Wetmore Park. Every- 
one was there — they were giving away free 
beer! When I arrived what I thought was 
a welcoming committee wos just frightened 
women and children — it seems one of the in- 
structors sank his face too deeply in the 
beer, or someone slapped him on the bock 
too hard, so the foam overcame him. When 
he looked up you could hear the screams of 
helpless women and children yelling "mad 
man." They were running every place be- 
hind the bar, under the tables, and into the 
terlets. As the story goes, it seems this 
character wanted to go out and ploy a little 


C* • I * ■ * 

Mary Huerta and Freda Buffington 



By Mary Huerta 

Words fail me (.') when It comes to fare- 
wells, but truthfully, I dare say I have en- 
joyed knowing you all — so if in Heaven we 
don't meet, I hope we all enjoy the Arizona 

Now I wonder what the Headquarters per- 
sonnel will do after "The Day" 8 September 

If you're ever down Son Diego way stop 
by and check on ROCKY'S health for DORIS 
ROCKERHOUSEN (our file clerk) who is 
taking up cooking and housekeeping for 
the boss. 

BARBARA COHEN (teletype operator) 
tells me that life holds nothing for her now 
that Ryan is closing, so she is ending her 
career by joining a convent. 

On the other hand we find DOROTHY 
SHELDON (Service Record Clerk) eagerly 
planning to continue the study of the wicked. 
Her main subject will be "What Are 
Wolves?" Tell us when you find out, 

I approached GERRIE WRIGHT (Lt. Jas- 
per's secretary) with the intentions of dis- 
closing the bright secret of her plans. After 
hours of taking interesting dictation, I was 
informed by Lt. Jasper that such material 
is not printable. 

As I eavesdropped on CLAUDIA WHIT- 
TLE'S secret plans (Hospital's little helper) 
I heard this: "Well, I think I shall take up 
spying for the United States as a hobby and 
make a career of marrying rich old men, 
later ending their useless lives with chloro- 

LORRAINE EMBLETON (Lt. Keller's sec- 
retary) will spend all her time figuring a way 
to shorten the "Duration and 6 months." By 
the way, we all can help her by keeping up 
the good work. How about it? 

I found EDYTHE SOLOWAY (Personnel 
clerk) planning a surprise trip to Newark 
with two handsome young men (her broth- 
ers) Al and Sidney. Her time will be spent 
selecting the latest styles from New York 
which will be used to enchant the wolves of 

This ends my career as a writer, so I say 
once again. Farewell! 


By Freda Buffington 

Well, here we are at the end of the Ryan 
trail. Only MARY FRENCH was able to 
slip through the ropes to vacation at Denver 
after news of the school's closing was broad- 

ERTY will be California-bound. MILDRED 
TERRY and her husband plan on becoming 
roncheros again. FRANK AUTCH is already 
located in an interesting job at the Veterans' 
Hospital. "REGGIE" SIMMONS and the 
writer will soon be placing their name plate 
on new desks at the Air Freight Wing, just 
inside the West Gate at Davis-Monthon 
Field. NELL RYAN, who seems to thrive in 
this garden spot of sagebrush, sand and 
showers, plans to continue taking care of her 
"boys" at either Morona or Davis-Monthan, 
which we know will gladden the hearts of 
the many new friends she will moke. CHIEF 
WERP THORPE appears to have gotten him- 
self marooned at Santo Ana — too bad he 
couldn't help us deactivate as he and 
"MITCH" are the only ones left of the gang 
who were transferred from San Diego when 
Ryan School was opened in Tucson. At the 
present writing it looks as though Engineer- 
ing at Davis-Monthon will be enriched by 
"JERRY" ALLEN'S presence. 

will probably continue their storekeeping at 
one of the nearby bases. MARGE DENT, 
of course, will follow wherever Uncle Sam 
sends her Sergeant; this is her second 
"closing." Another two-time-closer and 
Army wife, RHEA OZER, is seriously con- 
sidering becoming a bookworm at the Davis- 
Monthon Library, after the Ozers' "furlough" 
PELSON and her Sergeant, who is stationed 
at Davis-Monthon, will be oround the Old 
Pueblo for awhile. Goodbys are too final 
for my liking — so I shall merely soy, Hosta 
Luego to you all. 

baseball and when he got to the diamond 
the Army was up to bat. When someone 
yelled "mad man" the gome was on . . . 
And now you know why the Army made all 
those home runs! After one of the water- 
melons hit him (distributed freely by LT. 
DOZE) the foam washed off and everyone 
come out of their hiding places end gave 
the bartenders a place to work. 

We had a pie eating contest for the 
kiddies — DICK KESSLER won! They hod a 

rolling pin contest for the women — MAR- 
forced to throw, but showed little strength. 
Could be their "husbands-to-be" were in 
the audience! 

DOUGLAS MAW ended the picnic by 
taking snap-shots — he also ended it by 
taking shots! 

I want to thank all of you for letting me 
use your name as I hove in my column. 
You've really been grand people. 


By Norma Miller 


Rich and full, like a priceless book, each 
leaf like a day, each chapter a month. Then 
it happens — the book is read, the last page 
marks "The End." Closed and put aside, 
but it will be remembered as all pleasant 
things are. To us there will be memories of 
the ones we learned to know with whom we 
worked each day, but now instead of wel- 
coming, it's goodbye. I know that each one 
of us dreads saying farewell to our most 
understanding employer, ARNOLD WITTO. 
In my estimation, and I speak for the en- 
tire employee group in the Mess Hall, 
Kitchen and Canteen, he is one of the grand- 
est persons with whom I have ever come 
in contact, whose loyalty, patience and sin- 
cerity has won the love and respect of each 
individual who works in his department. 
He knows each one of us — knows us as we 
are — he listens with calmness to our 
"gripes," wants ond complaints — irons them 
out and straightens us out again. We all 
selfishly go to him with our problems and 
take his time, never realizing that he too, 
has his worries. There is never a time he 
doesn't have a smile or a witty remark — 
always the some, he never changes. I don't 
remember him ever to be cross or irritable 
as long as I've known him. Arnold has done 
the best he could for all of us, he's never 
shown any favoritism. We'll never find an- 
other employer like him. 

BOB HERMAN who is working his way 
through college amazes the girls with his 
flow and knowledge of big words and good 
music. Really, BOBBY, would you furnish us 
with a dictionary so we can know what 
you're talking about, after all ! ! MRS. HENRY 
MOORE has rejoined us after being absent 
for several weeks. Could it be that the gay, 
young bachelor, CHARLIE NEWCOMBER, 
has finally succumbed to the wiles of one 
of the weaker sex (he has that positive 
gleam in his eyel . I hope it's soon, CHARLIE 
I'm just dying to go to a wedding. RAYNOR 
KEOUGH is another Ryan triumph. Ray has 
charge of the "Something new has been 
added" Snack Shack, and he's rolling in the 
dough. His father is an instructor here on 
the field — sure, everybody knows JACK 
mighty happy these days. Awhile back we 
were discussing the pros and cons of this 
bitter conflict, and he told me that perhaps 
soon he will see his son who is a prisoner 
of the Germans and has been in custody for 
two years. Honors to RALPH DUDLEY, 
preparing and serving the delicious luncheon 
for the Colonel, his staff and the Ryan de- 
partment heads. BILL O'BRIEN's wife, BESS, 
is our new A.M. store cashier. Now we 
know why Bill is always so genial — anybody 
with a wife like Bess would be. 

A Salute From General Yount 
To Our Tucson School 

The following letter, while addressed to me, is a tribute to all our Tucson 
employees. We can all be proud of this high praise from General Yount. 

T. Claude Ryan