|sidney glaser, 14.07.2009|
My first recollection of the Ford Tri-motor was as a small child in the early 1930's in Honduras where I referred to them as "tin planes," because their corrugated fuselages looked like the tin roofs of the houses in La Ceiba and San Pedro Sula.
In March 1944 I made my first flight in a TACA Airlines Tri-Motor from Bluefields, Ncaragua to Managua, Nic. From Managua I continued on to Miami on a TACA Lockheed Lodestar.
As a kid I would go to the airfield in Bluefields to fly kites and I still remember how awestruck I was watching those magnificent birds land and take off. Bluefields was a stop (twice weekly) from Managua and on to either Puerto Cabezas or the gold mines of La Luz, Siuna, or Alamicamba.
It is said that people remember with fondness their first kiss, their first love, and their first car. I believe the first airplane ride has to be right up there with the rest. Since that time I have taken over 700 commercial flights and I still remember that first one in the Tri-Motor as the most special.
Its a really neat airplane!
|Ronald Denz, 29.04.2009|
N.A.T. had a few of these in service in the early 1930's. They have used one for sightseeing out of Chicago Municipal Airport (now Midway) at that time. I have several photos. Stinson made a tri as well that United used a bit later.
|H. Robert Case, 21.04.2009|
I was seven years old in 1936 when I first flew in an airplane. It was Ford Tri-Motor from Denver to Cheyenne. It was a very memorable flight with thunderclouds and lightning all over the sky. No wonder the plane was not hit by a lightning! Whew!
|DJ Blythe, 12.02.2009|
Bytes of Tri-Motor Trivia... Kinda back in the day... 1979
TWA flew one into INDy airport on the 50th anniversary of TAT's original route. I believe the ship was the one owned by Bill Harrah, of Harrah's Cassino @ Reno Nv. It was impressively restored as all of Bill's aircraft & autos in his collection located at Sparks Nv. I heard via the A/C grapevine that the ship was damaged a few years later when it made a hard landing after an aborted take off. I HOPE it was repaired, & returned to display. Does anyone know how this story turned out, & where the Tri-Motor is now?
|Hoyle G. Long, 27.12.2008|
I flew in a Ford Tri-motor in the early thirties. I remember the control cables running out in the open thru the cabin area and curtains separating the pilots from the passengers. This particular plane was owned by a barnstormer, flying out of a cowpasture, charging three bucks for a trip over town. The field is near my home and each time I passby and note how short the field is with treeline on each end I can't believe it.
|Edson Waite, 05.07.2008|
I took my grandson for a ride in a Ford Tri-Motor on June 28, 2008, flying from the Dayton Wright Brothers Airport, Dayton Ohio. This particular aircraft was the 126th Tri-Motor built by Ford (NC8407) and was one of two that were used to start Eastern Airlines. This plane was used in the Jerry Lewis movie "The Family Jewels". It was also used as a crop duster, and as a "Smoke Jumper" aircraft. My grandson and I very much enjoyed the flight over Dayton and its suburbs.
|Karl Moore, 02.06.2008|
When I was 6 days old (April 21, 1929) a Fokker Trimotor and
an Army Air Corps Boeing PW9 collided over San Diego and crashed close behind my house. My father and grandfather were among the first to get to the crash. For years my family had relics of the crash. The Trimotor was an airliner of Maddux Air Lines which later became part of TWA. There were no survivors of the crash.....6 on the trimotor
plus the pilot of the Army fighter.
|EDWARD MATE, 31.05.2008|
In the summer of 1968 My family, wife and four kids were at the same Rockford,IL Air Show that Rosie Head (re:see Fokker quad plane)was killed at. We all went up in a Ford Trimotor. The youngest Marzie was still in the hanger, coming out in December. Adults paid five bucks the kids flew free. Nearly all of the kids built model airplanes, my present hobby.
|Frank Regan, 28.05.2008|
I flew in a Ford Trimotor about two years ago with my two grandsons. While an undergrduate student at MIT my prof of design was one Otto Koppen (got his intsturment rating at 80 years of age). Koppen was one of the designers of the TriMotor; he told as how with the demise of the Fokker TriMotor (death of Knute Rockne) Koppen and fellow engieers at Ford secretely got access to a Fokker and made detailed measurements (wing span, length, airfoil etc.) and reproduced this airplane in aluminum. Koppen was also the designer of the heliocourier airplane.
|Greg Gill, 01.01.2008|
There was one of these that flew passengers out to the Catawba Islands in Lake Erie from Sandusky, Ohio up until the early 1970's.
|Luis M. Moreno, 04.04.2007|
Fue y sigue siendo un avión excepcional que dio un grán avance a la aviación comercial.
Como piloto me habria gustado pilotarlo. Por lo que he leido es un noble aparato.