Few people today realize that the Ford Motor Company dabbled in aviation as well. To compete with Boeing and others, the Ford Tri-motor, also known as “The Tin Goose” was produced from 1928 to 1933. It had a corrugated metal skin, control cables mounted outside the aircraft and 3 Pratt & Whitney R985 engines for power. It was had a crew of 3: pilot, copilot and stewardess. The stewardess was there for more than just handing out sandwiches and drinks. In the early days of flight, she also had to be a registered nurse to handle any emergencies inflight.
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) flies a 1929 model of the aircraft. They offer 12 minute flights for $70.00. It is a chance to fly in an original aircraft and enjoy 1920’s and 30’s state of the art transportation.
Queen of the skies in 1929, the Ford Trimotor airliner.
If not for the modern dress and aircraft in the background, this could be 1929 again.
I hope you enjoyed seeing this fine old aircraft. A look at this aircraft shows how brave and intrepid not just the pilots, but the passengers were to fly in these planes. For the day, it was state-of-the-art and the height of chic to travel in. To see it still flying is wonderful.
Just a note, the EAA has a great museum and hosts one of the largest airshows in Oshkosh, Wi. every summer. Their website is full of nice pictures of their aircraft and a calendar of when some of their aircraft might be in your area.
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