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Heroes of the Sky






The Planes: 1928 Ford Trimotor

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Length: 50';
Wingspan: 76';
Weight (empty): 6,500 lbs.

Construction Materials: Aluminum alloy frame and corrugated aluminum sheet
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 combustion engines
Engine Builder: Wright Aeronautical Company, Patterson, New Jersey
Configuration: 2-pilot/8-passenger tractor monoplane
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!



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Teachers, get lesson plans and see the curriculum ties to the Heroes of the Sky.
See the planes on exhibit, check out the specifications and get a sneak peak in a few cockpits. Try one of these high- flying designs at home!


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