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The Planes: 1926 Ford Flivver

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Length: 15' 4"
Wingspan: 22' 10";
Weight (empty): 350 lbs.
Construction Materials: Wood (ash and spruce), steel tube, fabric
Builder: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan
Cost: Unknown
Number Built: 3 or 4 (the fourth may have been a modification of an earlier plane)
Engine Type: Anzani, 3-cylinder, 35-horsepower, radial, air-cooled internal combustion engine
Engine Builder: Anzani Engine Company, Courbevoie, France
Configuration: 1-pilot tractor monoplane
Maximum Speed: 85 m.p.h.

Plane’s Pedigree
According to Ford engineer Otto Koppen, the dimensions of the airplane were determined when Henry Ford told him he wanted a plane that would fit inside of his office. Only two men ever flew this plane – Ford test pilot Harry Brooks and Charles Lindbergh. This was the first Flivver ever made, but it was modified at least three different times from 1926 to 1927.




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Teachers, get lesson plans and see the curriculum ties to the Heroes of the Sky.
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