The Ford Tri-Motor was the first practical airliner in the U.S. True to its name, the aircraft had three engines. If one engine broke down, the airplane still had two engines to continue flying. The Ford Tri-Motor made air travel popular, showing the public that air travel was safe and reliable.
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