Ford Tri-Motor Airplane Being Assembled at the Stout Factory, Dearborn, Michigan, May 1929

Summary

Ford Motor Company’s Tri-Motor, built from 1926-1933, flew in many early American airline fleets. The all-metal airplane was rugged, dependable and equally adaptable to passenger and freight service. Tri-Motors were built with some of the same mass production techniques used in Ford’s automobile plants. Assembly plant workers are examining the bulkhead and engine in this photograph.

Ford Motor Company’s Tri-Motor, built from 1926-1933, flew in many early American airline fleets. The all-metal airplane was rugged, dependable and equally adaptable to passenger and freight service. Tri-Motors were built with some of the same mass production techniques used in Ford’s automobile plants. Assembly plant workers are examining the bulkhead and engine in this photograph.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

29 May 1929

Subject Date

29 May 1929

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.1.1660.P.189.6452

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.438 in

Width: 10.938 in

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