The Planes: 1926 Ford Flivver
Length: 15' 4"
Wingspan: 22' 10";
Weight (empty): 350 lbs.
Construction Materials: Wood (ash and spruce), steel tube,
Builder: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn,
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,
Configuration: 1-pilot tractor monoplane
Maximum Speed: 85 m.p.h.
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.