One look at this aircraft and you can't help but say "Wow". The Ryan PT-20 is one of those aircraft that has inherent style. They say if it looks right then it is right and the Ryan PT-20 certainly proves the point. There is just something about this plane that will bring a whistle to the mouths of aircraft lovers around the world. The Ryan STA (Sport Trainer A) and its military version, the PT-20 Recruit, began its career in the late 1930s as a braced low-wing monoplane of mixed construction; a metal fuselage, wooden wing spars with fabric covering and external wire bracing with fixed tail-wheel landing gear and tandem open-cockpit accommodation for the pilot and passenger/ pupil, and powered initially by a 95 horse power Menasco B-4 Pirate inline engine. The S-T proved an excellent design and five examples of this low-powered version were built.