The two great wars of the twentieth century—World War I and World War II—did a great deal to inspire the aircraft industry, both in terms of design and production. In the years between the wars, the fledging aircraft industry developed a number of aircraft for civilian and military use. Shown below are some of these aircraft which are on display at the Evergreen Air Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.
Curtiss-Wright A-22 Falcon
A 1938 Curtiss-Wright A-22 Falcon is shown above. This aircraft was intended to be: (1) a popular private plane, (2) a successful military trainer, and (3) an attack aircraft. Curtiss-Wright, observing that World War II was coming, felt that their best customers would be the U.S. and foreign militaries. The Netherlands was one of the first foreign countries to order the planes.
Shown above is a military trainer that was originally put into use in 1935.
The Curtis Robin, classified as a general aviation aircraft, first flew in 1928. It has a top speed of 120 miles per hour and can cruise at 102 miles per hour. It has a range of 300 miles.
Ryan PT-22 Recruit:
Shown above is a 1933 Ryan PT-22 Recruit. This aircraft was originally designed as a civilian sport trainer plane, but in the 1940s the U.S. Army Air Corps ordered them to serve as monoplane trainers. It has a top speed of 131 miles per hour and can cruise at 123 miles per hour. It has a range of 352 miles.