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Ryan STM S-2

Sport Aircraft & Trainer

The Sport Trainer Military (STM) was developed in the early 1930s.  Our aircraft is one of 13 STM-S2s that entered service with the Dutch East Indies Navy in 1941. The STM-S2 was a variant of the type that had interchangeable wheel landing gear or floats.

She was given the serial number S-53 and was soon hard at work providing both primary and advanced training, tasks previously undertaken back in the Netherlands. Their use was to be short-lived however, as on March 1, 1942 Japanese forces invaded Java and destroyed or captured many of them. Despite this the aircraft managed to escape to Australia where they entered service with the RAAF.

After being released from RAAF service, it went through several owners in Australia before being imported to NZ and registered as ZK_BEM.  Since 1998 this aircraft has been operated by NZ Warbirds in conjunction with MOTAT.

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: LOM Prague M332A, 140 Hp straight 4 | Originals: Menasco C4 125 Hp inverted straight 4
Length: 6.83m (22ft 5in)
Height: 2.11m (6ft 11in)
Wing Span: 9.17m (30ft 1in)
Maximum Speed: 160 mph (258 kmh or 140 knots)
Range: 352miles (566Km)
Service Ceiling: 18,200ft (5,550m)

Miles M.38 Messenger

Airborne Observation Post (AOP) & Liaison

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Engine: Blackburn Cirrus Major III, Inverted 4 Cylinder, 155 Hp Engine
Top Speed: 177 Km/h, 110 MPH, 95 Knots

 

North American T-6 Harvard

Advanced Trainer

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp, 600 Hp Radial Engine
Top Speed: 355 Km/h, 209 MPH, 181 Knots

 

Willys MB

Military Utility Vehicle

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Willys L134 (Go Devil), 60 Hp Straight 4 Engine
Top Speed: 105 Km/h, 65 MPH

 

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