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Ryan Air Photographic Collection
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Title: Ryan Air Photographic Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10121
    Physical Description: .85 Cubic Feet The collection is purely photographic, and contains photographs of T. Claude Ryan, corporate employees, aircraft, missiles and drones, machinery, testing and research facilities, modular computers, flight simulators, and more. Some of the photographs have been numerically organized by the five or six digit numbers on the backside. This is a three box collection. Two boxes have measurements 12 ¼ x 10 ½ x 5 inches, and the third box is 12 ¼ x 10 ½ x 2 ½ inches.
    Date (bulk): bulk
    Abstract: This is a collection of images from Ryan Aeronautical. It focuses on Drone aircraft.

    Biographical / Historical

    The Ryan Aeronautical Company was founded by T. Claude Ryan in San Diego, California in 1934. Following World War II, Ryan began to invest and research in the missile and unmanned aircraft fields. Ryan is well known for developing the Ryan Firebee unmanned target drone, the Ryan Firebird (the first air-to-air missile), as well as a number of experimental and research aircraft such as the V/STOL aircraft designs. Part of Teledyne after 1969, Northrop Grumman purchased Teledyne Ryan in 1999.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to use by researchers with an appointment. Some conditions may apply.

    Scope and Contents

    This is a one series collection containing photographs only. Photographs are organized by subject, then by identification number.

    Related Materials

    This collection has been processed seperately from the main Ryan Collection. The main Ryan collection is currently being processed and may also contain many of the subjects/images contained in this collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ryan S-T Sport Trainer
    Ryan B-5 Brougham
    Ryan Aeronautical Model 124/BQM-34A Firebee
    Drone aircraft pilots
    Drone Aircraft
    Ryan Aeronautical Company
    Ryan, Tubal Claude