He then made his way over to a second military jet, where he greeted about 17 airmen. Ryan's Wisconsin-based chief of staff, Andy Speth, also chatted with the airmen; Speth is a national guardsman with the Wisconsin Air National Guard.
According to a campaign aide, the 19th Airlift Wing is in Reno for a training mission.
It's the second time that Ryan has made an impromptu stop to greet members of the military at an airport during his travels as vice-presidential nominee.
Two weeks ago, after a rally in Ohio, Ryan shook hands and posed for photos with several Marines in front of three green Chinook helicopters at Port Columbus International Airport.