Dutch Navy Ryan STM trainers

When The Netherlands were overrun by the German army in May 1940, the Dutch government-in-exile in London decided to rearm as soon as possible. The ‘Blitzkrieg’  had made it painfully clear that aircraft were a decisive factor in any further conflict and for once the lesson was learned. The Netherlands Purchasing Commission (NPC) in the USA was instructed to buy as many aircraft as possible.
This unheard-expansion made it obvious that, in order to keep this large air force operational, there would be a serious need for qualified pilots and other personnel. Since the traditional training locations in the Netherlands had been lost, it was decided to establish flying training facilities in the Dutch East Indies. The NPC was instructed to buy trainers that could be delivered real quick.

The most readily available type was the  Ryan ST-M (Sport Trainer-Military) a military export version of the pre-war ST-A sports aircraft powered by a 150hp Menasco C4S Pirate engine. It was a small two-seater, capable both of land and floatplane operations. The NPC ordered 108 of them.
Have a look at the page “Ryan STM Trainers in Dutch Service” for more information

For those of you who would like to see what flying a floatplane Ryan STM was like:
Here is a  YouTube link to a Ryan Aeronautical promotion film shot in 1940.

Want to learn more about the Dutch Ryan’s in Australia? Visit Geoff Goodall’s excellent website ( http://www.goodall.com.au/australian-aviation/ryan-stm/ryan-stm.htm )

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About Kingsleyr

Thank you for visiting my blog! The posts you find here are a direct result of my research into aviation and military history. I use the information I gather as a foundation and background for my books. You may call the genre historical fiction, a story woven into a background of solid and verifiable historical facts. However, the period and region I have chosen to write about (late 1930's - 1950's in South-East Asia) are jam-packed with interesting information and anecdotes. If I'd used them all I would swamp the stories. So this blog is the next best thing. It is an "overflow area" in which I can publish whatever I think will interest you. And from the reactions I get, I deduce I am on the right track. A lot will be about aviation in the former Dutch East Indies. This, because my series of books ("The Java Gold") follows a young Dutch pilot in his struggle to survive the Pacific War and its aftermath. But there's more in the world and you'll find descriptions of cities, naval operations and what not published on this blog. Something about myself; I am a Dutch-Canadian author, living in, and working out of the magical city of Amsterdam. My lifelong interest in history and aviation, especially WW2, has led me to write articles and books on these subjects. I hope you'll enjoy them!
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