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Ryan PT-22 Recruit
The PT-22 Recruit did not show many of the advances in aviation obvious to its contemporaries, other than having an all-metal body and being a monoplane. It had fixed landing gear, was an open cockpit aircraft, and it had exterior bracing of both strut and wire types.
To "militarize" the aircraft for the U.S., the wings were swept four degrees to make the plane stall and spin faster. A Kinner 160 hp engine was installed; the wheel span was widened and spats were removed; the fuselage was widened and lengthened; a new rudder was added; and other structural changes were made. These changes made the aircraft more challenging to fly for cadets. One article about the plane called it a "flying brick."