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Ryan Foursome

C-1 Foursome

National origin: United States
Manufacturer: Ryan Aeronautical
First flight: 1930
Number built: 3

The Ryan C-1 Foursome, also known as the "Baby Brougham" was a single-engine, four-seat light aircraft built in the United States in 1930 as an executive transport. It was a high-wing, braced monoplane based on Ryan's highly successful Brougham design, but substantially smaller. The interior was luxuriously furnished, with deeply upholstered seats, and an oversize cabin door was fitted to ease boarding and disembarking for the three passengers. Only three examples were built before deteriorating economic conditions led to the sale of the Ryan factory in October 1930. One of the three machines was fitted with a Packard DR-980 diesel engine and designated the C-2. This latter aircraft was lost during an attempted transatlantic crossing by Alex Loeb and Richard Decker in August 1939. They were en route to Ireland with Palestine perhaps their intended final destination.


C-1 - original version with Wright R-760 engine (2 built)
C-2 - diesel-powered version with Packard DR-980 engine (1 built)

Specifications (C-1)

Data from "Ryan, Ryan-Douglas, Ryan-Flamingo, Ryan-Standard"

General characteristics

Crew: One pilot
Capacity: 3 passengers
Length: 27 ft 7 in (8.41 m)
Wingspan: 39 ft 3 in (11.96 m)
Powerplant: 1 x Wright R-760, 225 hp (168 kW)


Maximum speed: 128 mph (205 km/h)
Range: 600 miles (960 km)

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Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.
"Wasted Courage". Flight: 167. 17 August 1939. http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1939/1939-1-%20-%200543.html. Retrieved 2009-02-04.

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