OshKosh Awesomeness #4 – The Ford Tri-Motor

It’s an aircraft nicknamed “The Tin Goose” but the Henry Ford produced  Tri-Motor which was built for passenger travel.

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Meet “City of Wichita” or Serial #5-AT-8, Registration #N9645 for the ardent avgeek.

This little beauty from 1929 was originally owned by the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in Oregon before being acquired by the Liberty Aviation Museum in Ohio.

“Wichita” was part of the first transcontinental air and rail service which was called the Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT later becoming TWA).

Two Ford Tri-Motors took off on July 7, 1929 on their way to New York to Los Angeles on a route that was set out by Charles Lindbergh and with passengers that included Aviatrix, Amelia Earhart.

The aircraft went via Columbus, Ohio (and a few other places) before landing at Glendale, California showing that it was possible to fly from coast to coast in 48 hours.

The Tri-Motor has been referenced in pop culture appearing in Chapter 1 of Flash Gordon (1936) and got its time on celluloid in 1984’s Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Untouchables (1987).

Tri-Motor stopped production in June, 1933 and out of 199 made, only 18 still exist (8 of which are airworthy).

You can find more pictures of the “City of Wichita” here

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