Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor

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    Affectionately known as the “Tin Goose,” the Ford Tri-Motor was the largest civil aircraft in America when it first flew on August 2, 1926. Its all-metal, corrugated aluminum construction and the prestigious Ford name made it immediately popular with passengers and airline operators.

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    Affectionately known as the “Tin Goose,” the Ford Tri-Motor was the largest civil aircraft in America when it first flew on August 2, 1926. Its all-metal, corrugated aluminum construction and the prestigious Ford name made it immediately popular with passengers and airline operators. Highlighted in this image are the fuselage and cockpit of the Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor.

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    Affectionately known as the “Tin Goose,” the Ford Tri-Motor was the largest civil aircraft in America when it first flew on August 2, 1926. Its all-metal, corrugated aluminum construction and the prestigious Ford name made it immediately popular with passengers and airline operators. Highlighted in this image are the fuselage and cockpit of the Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor.

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    Affectionately known as the “Tin Goose,” the Ford Tri-Motor was the largest civil aircraft in America when it first flew on August 2, 1926. Its all-metal, corrugated aluminum construction and the prestigious Ford name made it immediately popular with passengers and airline operators. Highlighted in this image is the cockpit of the Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor.

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    Affectionately known as the “Tin Goose,” the Ford Tri-Motor was the largest civil aircraft in America when it first flew on August 2, 1926. Its all-metal, corrugated aluminum construction and the prestigious Ford name made it immediately popular with passengers and airline operators. Highlighted in this image is the cockpit of the Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor.

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    Affectionately known as the “Tin Goose,” the Ford Tri-Motor was the largest civil aircraft in America when it first flew on August 2, 1926. Its all-metal, corrugated aluminum construction and the prestigious Ford name made it immediately popular with passengers and airline operators. Highlighted in this image is the fuselage of the Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor.

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    Affectionately known as the “Tin Goose,” the Ford Tri-Motor was the largest civil aircraft in America when it first flew on August 2, 1926. Its all-metal, corrugated aluminum construction and the prestigious Ford name made it immediately popular with passengers and airline operators. Highlighted in this image is the fuselage of the Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor.

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    Affectionately known as the “Tin Goose,” the Ford Tri-Motor was the largest civil aircraft in America when it first flew on August 2, 1926. Its all-metal, corrugated aluminum construction and the prestigious Ford name made it immediately popular with passengers and airline operators.

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    Affectionately known as the “Tin Goose,” the Ford Tri-Motor was the largest civil aircraft in America when it first flew on August 2, 1926. Its all-metal, corrugated aluminum construction and the prestigious Ford name made it immediately popular with passengers and airline operators.

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    Affectionately known as the “Tin Goose,” the Ford Tri-Motor was the largest civil aircraft in America when it first flew on August 2, 1926. Its all-metal, corrugated aluminum construction and the prestigious Ford name made it immediately popular with passengers and airline operators.

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    Affectionately known as the “Tin Goose,” the Ford Tri-Motor was the largest civil aircraft in America when it first flew on August 2, 1926. Its all-metal, corrugated aluminum construction and the prestigious Ford name made it immediately popular with passengers and airline operators.

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    Affectionately known as the “Tin Goose,” the Ford Tri-Motor was the largest civil aircraft in America when it first flew on August 2, 1926. Its all-metal, corrugated aluminum construction and the prestigious Ford name made it immediately popular with passengers and airline operators.

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    Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor

    Affectionately known as the “Tin Goose,” the Ford Tri-Motor was the largest civil aircraft in America when it first flew on August 2, 1926. Its all-metal, corrugated aluminum construction and the prestigious Ford name made it immediately popular with passengers and airline operators.

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    Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor

    Air transport; Three engine; Monoplane.

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    Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor, America by Air

    A Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor on display in the National Mall building.

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    Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor Engine

     

    Affectionately known as the “Tin Goose,” the Ford Tri-Motor was the largest civil aircraft in America when it first flew on August 2, 1926. Its all-metal, corrugated aluminum construction and the prestigious Ford name made it immediately popular with passengers and airline operators. Highlighted in this image is the engine and propeller of the Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor.

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    Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor Rear Panorama

    Panoramic view inside the rear of the Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor.

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    Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor Panorama

    Panoramic view inside the cockpit of the Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor.

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This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor

Affectionately known as the “Tin Goose,” the Ford Tri-Motor was the largest civil aircraft in America when it first flew on August 2, 1926. Its all-metal, corrugated aluminum construction and the prestigious Ford name made it immediately popular with passengers and airline operators. Noisy but reliable, the Ford Tri-Motor played a major role in convincing the public that air travel was safe and practical.

The 5-AT, a more powerful version of the earlier 4-AT, had three Pratt & Whitney Wasp radial engines and entered service in 1928. The airplane on display above was restored by American Airlines.

Gift of American Airlines

Wingspan:23.7 m (77 ft 10 in)

Length:15.2 m (49 ft 10 in)

Height:4.2 m (13 ft 8 in)

Weight, gross:5,738 kg (12,650 lb)

Weight, empty:3,470 kg (7,650 lb)

Top speed:217 km/h (135 mph)

Engine:3 Pratt & Whitney Wasps, 420 hp

Manufacturer:Stout Metal Airplane Co. (a Division of Ford Motor Co.), 1928