Ryan Foursome


The Ryan C-1 Foursome, also known as the "Baby Brougham" was a single-engine, four-seat light aircraft built by Ryan Aeronautical in the United States in 1930 as an executive transport.[1] It was a high-wing, braced monoplane based on Ryan's highly successful Brougham design, but substantially smaller.[2] The interior was luxuriously furnished, with deeply upholstered seats,[2] and an oversize cabin door was fitted to ease boarding and disembarking for the three passengers.[1]

C-1 Foursome
Ryan C-1 Foursome Aero Digest March,1930.jpg
Role Business aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Ryan Aeronautical
First flight 1930
Number built 3
Ryan C-1 Foursome interior photo from Aero Digest March,1930

Only three examples were built before deteriorating economic conditions led to the sale of the Ryan factory in October 1930.[3] One of the three machines was fitted with a Packard DR-980 diesel engine and designated the C-2.[4] This latter aircraft was lost during an attempted transatlantic crossing by Alex Loeb and Richard Decker in August 1939.[5] They were en route to Ireland[5] with (Palestine perhaps their intended final destination - this is supposition, not stated in the source article).[4][citation needed]


Specifications (C-1)Edit

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 × Wright R-760 , 225 hp (168 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 128 mph (205 km/h, 111 kn)
  • Range: 600 mi (960 km, 520 nmi)


  1. ^ a b Munson 1982, p.129
  2. ^ a b Taylor 1989, p.773
  3. ^ The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft p.2835
  4. ^ a b "Ryan, Ryan-Douglas, Ryan-Flamingo, Ryan-Standard"
  5. ^ a b "Wasted Courage" 1939, p.167
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  • Munson, Kenneth (1982). Airliners from 1919 to the Present Day. London: Peerage Books.
  • "Ryan, Ryan-Douglas, Ryan-Flamingo, Ryan-Standard". Aerofiles. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.
  • "Wasted Courage". Flight: 167. 17 August 1939. Retrieved 2009-02-04.