Ryan NYP

In 1927 airmail pilot Charles Lindbergh decided to compete for a $25.000 prize offered for the first person to fly non-stop between New York and Paris. Ryan Airlines of San Diego, California, agreed to build him an aeroplane in 60 days for
$6.000 ($10,580 with the engine included).
The New-York-to-Paris (NYP) aircraft was based on Ryan’s M.2 high-wing monoplane, but was specially adapted to accommodate greatly increased fuel capacity.The fuselage was lengthened and the wingspan was increased by 10ft to increase lift and thereby cope with the extra weight of the fuel. The enormous main tank filled t he space between the cockpit and the Wright Whirlwind engine, totally blocking the pilot’s view, although a small periscope was fitted to provide the necessary forward visibility.
Contenders were queuing up for a try at the New York to Paris flight, but Lindbergh was the only pilot to propose attempting it solo in a single engine monoplane. At 7.52am on 20 May he took off in the NYP by then christened Spirit of St Louis from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, with 450 gallons of fuel. He landed at Le Bourget, Paris, at 10.24pm on the following day after an epic 3,610-mile flight lasting 33 hours and 39 minutes. Lindbergh won the $25.000 prize and everlasting fame.

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