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L.J. Hollingworth, e-mail, 01.01.2015 23:02

concerning the Ford single seat aircraft.The "Flivver"
I must respectfully disagree with Mr.Tom Engle.......
I am a Scale Modeler and have done much reaserch on this aircraft


L.J. Hollingworth, e-mail, 01.01.2015 22:55

ll the information I can find says the pilot was one, "Harry Brooks" who indeed crashed into the sea off Melborne, Florida, due to fuel starvation from the blocked vent. I have signed documents from Otto Koppen, (the plane's designer and a lot of info on this aircraft.....if any one is interested.


BHH, 26.01.2013 06:00

@ Rick Baker

Aviastar only discusses aircraft on an individual basis, not in company terms and no general company history is provided. For example, the only mention of B-24s would be in the Consolidated /Convair category. Just as the only mention of B-17 production would be in the Boeing section.


Rick Baker, e-mail, 29.06.2010 08:28

Why no mention of Ford's production of B-24's during WWII?


Leo Rudnicki, 31.01.2010 07:53

At the time of this aircraft being produced, henry was trying to purchase Isotta Fraschini but the deal was denied by the Italian government. That's a fact. Now for the guess: Isotta Fraschini Asso 750 engine of 800hp. Same as used by the SM S-55 seaplane.(a V-12)


Patrick Romero, e-mail, 31.01.2010 05:12

Looks like a single-engine version of the Ford Trimotor, probably with some kind of V-8 or V-12 engine, based on the design of the cowling.


Dean Bird, e-mail, 13.01.2010 06:18

Interesting plane. Ford's thought for a single engine cargo plane. Don't recognize the engine. Believe it went off to Alaska Airways and eventually to a mining company in Columbia.


Tom Engle, e-mail, 07.09.2010 18:34

There was another Ford aircraft, and it is on display in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn Michigan. this was a single seater, concieved by Mr Ford as the aircraft equivalent of the Model T Ford automobile. The little plane was intended to be mass produced and affordable by a Ford worker. (at the time, probably the best paid factory hands on earth). It crashed because of an engine failure caused by a blocked fuel tank vent (which prevented the flow of gasoline to the engine) killing the test pilot, a man named Webb (nickname "Spider"). Webb ws a personl friend of Mr. Ford, who felt responsible for his friends death, and decided on the spot, that aircraft were too inherently dangerous for the common man to be messing about with.
The Ford production of b-24s should also mention the number of P&W engines produced in the Ford Rouge Plant for that plane and others as well.


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