Century Aviation

Ryan NYP 'Spirit of St. Louis'


Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
McMinnville, Oregon

In July 2011 we completed a replica of the Ryan NYP “Spirit of St. Louis” for the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon using blueprints and pictures to recreate this airplane. The Spirit of St. Louis is the custom-built single engine, single seat monoplane that was flown solo by Charles Lindbergh on May 20–21, 1927, on the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris for which Lindbergh won the $25,000 Orteig Prize. The original is hanging in the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Officially known as the Ryan NYP (for New York to Paris), the single-engine monoplane was designed by Donald A. Hall of the aircraft manufacturer Ryan Airlines located in San Diego, California. To save design time the NYP was loosely based on the company’s 1926 Ryan M-2 mail-plane with the main difference being the 4,000 mile range of the NYP.