Passengers Aboard Ford Tri-Motor Airplane, 1929

Summary

Americans initially wondered if air travel was safe. Fatal crashes by barnstorming pilots were well-publicized, and wood and cloth airplanes did not inspire confidence. But when Henry Ford began making planes, the industrialist's solid reputation eased people's fears. The all-metal Tri-Motors were rugged, dependable and safe. By the late 1920s these planes were the backbone of the budding airline industry.

Americans initially wondered if air travel was safe. Fatal crashes by barnstorming pilots were well-publicized, and wood and cloth airplanes did not inspire confidence. But when Henry Ford began making planes, the industrialist's solid reputation eased people's fears. The all-metal Tri-Motors were rugged, dependable and safe. By the late 1920s these planes were the backbone of the budding airline industry.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

30 April 1929

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.833.53067

Credit

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

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8.25 in

Width: 10 in

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