Ryan STM – First Solo Flight

in 1941, the Dutch Naval Air Service (MLD) embarked on a crash program to train pilots for the numerous aircraft it had on order in the US. To speed up training the MLD hired no less than 12 (!) American instructors and a great number of pupils went through their hands.


The moment of truth! MLD instructor sending his student on his first solo. Morokrembangan, 194141

Dutch instructors, however, were responsible for the end result. Here’s a fragment from a Dutch Navy propaganda film (“Wings of the Navy”) released in 1941. It shows the classical moment of truth: an instructor sending one  of his student pilots on his first solo-flight…

Read more about the Ryan STM trainers at “Aircraft: Ryan STM in Dutch Service”

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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2 Responses to Ryan STM – First Solo Flight

  1. I recently found out the pilot going solo was my great-uncle Johannes Blok – see https://www.facebook.com/groups/FleetAirArmFlyingDutchmen/permalink/280002835685059/


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