Ryan Airline Company

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Ryan Airline Company
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FoundedApril 19, 1925
Commenced operations1925
Ceased operations1926
DestinationsSan Diego and Los Angeles, California
HeadquartersSan Diego California, United States
Key peopleT. Claude Ryan B. F. "Frank" Mahoney

Ryan Airline Company was an airline founded by T. Claude Ryan and Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Mahoney at Dutch Flats Airport in San Diego, California, on April 19, 1925. They had earlier established a scheduled service between San Diego and Los Angeles with a fare of $14.50 one-way and $22.50 round-trip.[1]


Service was provided by a Standard J-1, a World War I training aircraft (not widely liked by pilots) that they modified with a four-passenger closed cabin in the forward front cockpit area. The company also bought and modified the Douglas Cloudster (a portmanteau of cloud duster) from Donald Douglas.[1] They designed the Ryan M-1 for mail and passenger service, building the first of these in the fall of 1925 and 22 more within a year. When orders fell, Ryan and Mahoney ended the partnership in November 1926. Mahoney bought out Ryan's interest but kept using the name for several months.[1]

Some of the airline's plane manufacturing was done under the name Ryan Aeronautical Company, which under Mahoney built the NYP monoplane for Charles Lindbergh, but this was not the business that later became Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical. Lindbergh claimed that the name of the company he was dealing with was Ryan Airlines, Incorporated. In July 1927, shortly after Lindbergh's successful flight in the Spirit of St. Louis, the name of that business was changed to B. F. Mahoney Aircraft Corporation.

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  1. ^ a b c Tekulsky, Joseph T. (12 June 2006). "B.F. Mahoney: The Mystery Man Behind the Spirit of St. Louis". Historynet. Retrieved November 19, 2011. (originally published in Aviation History.