The Planes: 1928 Ford Trimotor
Weight (empty): 6,500 lbs.
Construction Materials: Aluminum alloy frame and corrugated
Builder: Stout Metal Airplane Company,
a division of the Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan
Cost: Approximately $42,000
Number Built: 199
Engine Type: One Wright Cyclone, 9-cylinder,
520-horsepower, radial, air-cooled; two Wright Whirlwind,
9-cylinder, 200-horsepower, radial, air-cooled internal
Engine Builder: Wright Aeronautical Company,
Patterson, New Jersey
Configuration: 2-pilot/8-passenger tractor
Maximum Speed: 114 m.p.h.
Souped-Up Tin Goose
This particular Ford Trimotor was the plane Admiral Byrd flew over the South
Pole – the first plane to have that honor!