A Ride In A Ford Tri-Motor

Two days ago, I had an interesting flight. The EAA has been flying 2 of these around the country, stopping at various cities and offering rides to the public.

For $75, I got a ticket. I thought that was quite a bargain, considering the cost of flight these days.

We took off from Sacramento’s Executive Airport for an 18 minute flight around the city.

I think the Trimotor was historic for being one of the first true airliners (not a mail plane that could haul passengers). But between the Depression and the coming DC-2 I think it had a pretty short service life.

They built 199 of them.

BTW I thought it looked very similar to the German Junkers JU-52 . I learned that the main designer, William Stout (whose company Henry Ford bought) – copied German Professor Hugo Junkers ideas for all-metal aircraft. 

I asked one of the docents where you get parts for a 90 year old engine – and he said that they were P & W Wasps – (I think even the venerable Stearman had them) – parts were readily available.

So thanks to my trusty iPhone 6 SE you can ride with me – from start up to the 18 minute flight. 

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “A Ride In A Ford Tri-Motor

  1. Old AF Sarge

    Thanks for sharing that Bill. The Trimotor is a classic!

    • Bill Brandt

      It was a treat to fly in that seeing how it was done almost 90 years ago, Sarge. Then to realize that for most if its short life the Great Depression was on and most American’s couldn’t afford this luxury.

      This was of course before pressurization and things like turbochargers – so the flying was low and personal. Probably all below 10,000 feet.

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