Like Little Planes and Good Instructors

Rob LindquistThe author’s father was a flight instructor at Ryan Field during WWII. Rob LindquistAn Army PT-22 training aircraft as deployed at Hemet’s “Ryan Field” during WWII. ■ By Rob Lindquist / Contributed Author’s Note: The PT-22 and the Stearman PT-17 comprised most of the training aircraft allocated to Hemet’s “Ryan Field” where the airport is today. A huge area of tarmac was allotted for dozens and dozens of these trainers. There were five major hangars, rows of student pilot housing, officers quarters, ground-training facilities and a fuel depot. The whole base was aligned with Stetson Avenue and largely served by the valley’s railroad spur. Some students were housed in town,

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