Ryan Aeronautics Complex
This complex adjacent to Lindbergh Field is eligible for the National Register yet the Port of San Diego wants to demolish it with no project planned for the site!
T. Claude Ryan founded the first commercial airline to operate out of San Diego and developed our aerospace industries from the Ryan Aeronautical Company. He convinced city leaders to support the establishment of Lindbergh Field. Ryan built the first buildings at Lindbergh Field, including the terminal and his first manufacturing plant in 1932, which still stands at the Ryan complex. This complex is among the most historic in San Diego and could be named a National Historic District.
From the first passenger flight from San Diego and the construction of the Spirit of St. Louis to World War II aircraft production to the Lunar Lander and, finally, the Tomahawk cruise missile, Ryan was there.
We could honor Ryan's legacy by using some of these buildings to house large aircraft that the San Diego Air and Space Museum has no place to exhibit. These buildings are so large they could also be used for parking, eliminating the need for the much-opposed new parking structure at Lindbergh Field.
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