Alb. Aircraft Holdings Ryan M-2 Brougham
First Albuquerque Visit: 1929
The Ryan Brougham was a small single-engine aircraft produced in the United States from the late 1920s to the early 1930s. The design was influenced by the Ryan M-1 mail plane first produced in 1926. The Brougham was too a high-wing, strut-braced monoplane of with a conventional design. But unlike the M-1, the Brougham had a fully enclosed cabin and carried the pilot and four passengers.
In early 1928, Albuquerque New Mexico’s first airport was started by two Santa Fe Railway workers Frank Speakman and William Franklin. Newly arrived businessman James Oxnard, impressed with the work and vision of Speakman, bought out Franklin’s interest in the airport, and formed his own company called Aircraft Holdings Inc. That was the beginning of the airport now called Oxnard Field.
Oxnard and his company Aircraft Holdings, Frank Speakman, and the Blakemore Funeral Home used this Ryan Brougham, NC-9231, aircraft for charter and ambulance flights from the Albuquerque Oxnard Field Airport beginning on November 2, 1929.
A Ryan Brougham is on display in the San Diego Air Museum.
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