0.8 cubic ft.
The collection is open for research.
The records consist of a scrapbook of clippings, correspondence, and other material relating to the 25th anniversary on September 18, 1955, of the National Air Tours won by the Ford Tri-Motor. There is also a scrapbook of photographs relating to the event and signatures of the guests. Also included is an album compiled for a Michigan historical marker unveiling on May 8, 1958at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan, entitled "Ford Firsts in Aviation." It contains photographs of guests, phases of the program (the historic marker dedication), mementos, correspondence, clippings and publicity.
Item, folder, Accession 613, Ford Tri-Motor Homecoming records, Benson Ford Research Center, The Henry Ford.
Henry Ford bought the Stout Metal Airplane Company in July 1925, and in 1927 produced the first all-metal tri-motor aircraft, which pilots called the "Tin Goose." The plane was designed to fly on two engines as well as it did on three and could maintain level flight with only one engine operating. Its length was 49 feet, 10 inches and the wingspan was 74 feet. It had two-blade metal propellers and a maximum speed of 130 mph, faster for its day than any other form of transportation.
Finding aid available in Benson Ford Research Center reading room and on the Internet.