Ford Trimotor

The Ford Trimotor is a three -engined passenger aircraft in the Stout Metal Airplane Co., a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, and was produced in the years 1926-1933. Basis of the development was developed by William Bushnell Stout single-engine, equipped with a Liberty engine Ford 2 -AT Pullman, from the relatively unsuccessful Ford 3 -AT was created. This took the concept of the cantilever shoulder Deckers with Metallbeplankung in corrugated iron, but received three radial engines, but were initially undisguised. The Ford 4 -AT, which was in service from June 1926, was equipped with Wright J -4 Whirlwind engines of 202 hp each. Of these, 82 units were built. This could take up to 12 passengers with a crew of two. From successor, the Ford 5 -AT Tri-Motor 112 units were built. Here, the range was extended to 112 cm and incorporated more powerful engines. By the end of production, there were up to the Model A- 13 nor more versions.

The successful aircraft quickly earned the nickname "Tin Goose " (Tin Goose ) or ( in reference to the Ford Model T) "Tin Lizzie " (Tin - Lizzie ). Some pilots have reported a very forgiving flight characteristics, so that the machine in an emergency could easily fly with only two engines. It was also robust, extremely versatile and so durable that some copies are still flying today. In the 1960s, attempts were made to revive that concept of Trimotor in the form of the Bushmaster 2000, but this was unsuccessful.