PT-22 Miss Cherie Razorback Wing
North Little Rock Municipal Airport - KORK, North Little Rock, Arkansas
The Razorback Wing is proud to fly and maintain a 1941 classic World War II training airplane, the Ryan PT-22 Recruit. Built by Ryan Aeronautical in San Diego, CA, the PT-22 was the Army Air Corps first low-wing monoplane trainer. Adapted for the military from the design of the Ryan ST sport civilian airplane, the PT-22 was upgraded with the Kinner R560, 160HP radial engine, and enlarged cockpit. The swept wing design made the aircraft a tough but honest trainer for young airmen.
The Razorback Wing's PT-22 AC-41-20679 was built in 1941 and served the Army Air Corps at Visalia Army Airfield in Visalia, CA. training pilots for combat in World War II. Delivered to the Army Air Corps for the price of $8,581, it served as a primary trainer from March 1942 to September 1944, amassing 503 hours of flight training and at least one forced landing due to an engine failure. In May 1945, AC-41-20679 was sold for $875.00 and began its life as a civilian aircraft. After a lengthy restoration completed in 1995, Miss Cherie was eventually donated to the American Heritage Air Power Museum, where it serves the Commemorative Air Force as a flying example of one of America's best primary trainers.