Project Description







Ryan SCW-145

Role:  Three Seat Cabin Mono Plane

National Origin: United States

Manufacturer: Ryan Aeronautical

First Flight: 1937

Primary User: Civilian Owners

Number Built: 13

The Ryan S-C (Sports-Coupe) was an American three-seat cabin monoplane designed and built by Ryan; one was impressed into service with the United States Army Air Forces as the L-10.

The Ryan S-C was a low-wing cantilever monoplane with a fixed tailwheel landing gear, designed to be an up-market version of the Ryan S-T trainer. The prototype first flew in 1937, and had a nose-mounted 150 hp (112 kW) Menasco inline piston engine. Production aircraft were fitted with a 145 hp (108 kW) Warner Super Scarab radial engine. With the company’s involvement in producing trainer aircraft for the United States military, the S-C was not seriously marketed, and only 12 production aircraft were built. One example was impressed into service with the United States Army Air Forces, and was designated the L-10. At the start of the 21st Century, four examples were still airworthy in the United States.

S-C-W: Production aircraft powered by a 145hp (108kW) Warner Super Scarab radial engine, 12 built.

Later Modifications

Two SC-Ws exist with a horizontally opposed 6-cylinder Continental engine. One was modified from a radial-powered SC-W, and one was built with the 6-cylinder engine after WWII using spare airframe parts from the original pre-WWII production run.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 2 passengers
  • Length: 25 ft 4 1⁄2 in (7.734 m)
  • Wingspan: 37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
  • Wing area: 202.0 sq ft (18.77 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,345 lb (610 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2,150 lb (975 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental Motor E185 SERIES


  • Maximum speed: 150 mph (241 km/h; 130 kn) at sea level
  • Cruise speed: 135 mph (217 km/h; 117 kn) at 8,500 ft (2,600 m)
  • Stall speed: 45 mph (72 km/h; 39 kn)
  • Range: 525 mi (456 nmi; 845 km)
  • Service ceiling: 17,200 ft (5,200 m)
  • Rate of climb: 900 ft/min (4.6 m/s)