Title:  Ryan FR-1 Fireball

.The Ryan FR-1 was developed during WW2 just as jet engines were becoming known and available, and was the first US Navy aircraft to be designed to use a jet engine. It was a mixed-power aircraft with both a piston engine and a jet engine as early jet engines had sluggish acceleration and were considered unsafe for carrier operation by themselves.

The prototype first flew in June 1944 but the first three prototypes were lost to accidents during initial flight testing. 71 examples had been built when all contracts were cancelled at the end of the war on VJ day. One operational squadron was formed but did not see active service before the war’s end. Remaining aircraft were withdrawn during 1947 as they proved to lack the structural strength required for carrier operations.

This title contains the USN flight manual and the preliminary maintenance manual for the FR-1 along with a manufacturer’s collection of period magasine articles. The files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages.



This title contains:

  • USN Pilot’s Handbook of Flight Operating Instructions for the Ryan FR-1 Fireball, AN 01-100FA-1 dated 15-11-45 revised to 15-5-46 with approx. 82 pages.
  • USN Preliminary Handbook of Erection and Maintenance Instructions for the Ryan FR-1 Fireball, AN 01-100FA-2 dated 1-5-45 with approx. 414 pages.
  • Manufacturer’s reprint of contemporary magasine articles from 1945 and 1946 about the FR-1, titled “The Ryan FR-1 Fireball in the news”.