EAA 1928 Ford Trimotor

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  1. Sep 18, 2015 #1

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    Stout Airplane Company? Is that the name of the company, or a description of the product?

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    That's one of my neighbors in the right seat. He was a WW2 B-24 mechanic.
    [Edit] correction...B-17 mechanic.

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    Beautiful downtown Marion, OH.

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    I live down there, just about even with the trailing edge of the tire, on the far side of the road.

    The first flight of the day was supposed to be the VIP flight. Local news, the mayor, and a couple of WW2 Air Corps vets. I got there early enough and was the first "normal" citizen to sign in. They had an empty seat, so...:grin::grin::grin::grin:. It was supposed to be a 15 minute flight, but because it was full of VIP, it seemed to me more like a half hour.

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    I thought this was interesting. That is the RPM, oil pressure, and oil temperature mounted just above the engine. The engines are 450 HP each, and one requirement was that the plane has to be able to make it over the mountains with one engine out.

    Got some video, which I will upload as soon as I can figure out how to use YouTube.
     
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    There was an airshow guy who would loop the big engine Fords on takeoff. I have see it fly many times, but never coughed up the money to ride. I bet it was a cool experience.
     
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    Engine Start...
    [video]https://youtu.be/osWz8TnLpEQ[/video]

    Take off run...
    [video]https://youtu.be/jN3zg0e8Nxk[/video]
     
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    Yes it was. This was my 3rd ride in a Ford, but the first as a licensed pilot and EAA member.
     
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    I can't imagine going across the country in one of these!

    Constant noise and vibration. And the seats...well, I guess you have about the same space in a modern coach class section, but at least every seat was both an aisle seat and window seat:gig:!

    It was 80+ degrees today, and by the time we got off the ground it was probably 90+ in the cabin. There were air vents, but they didn't provide much relief.
     
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    Ah, but if you arrived in one, you were special, to travel that way. Today the slobs ride planes. I bet it was a little loud for sure.
     
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    Stout was the name of the gentleman who designed that aircraft and others. He partnered with Henry Ford on the Tri-Motor.
    I like the interior, a far cry from today's. :gig:
     
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    I took the whole family up for a ride the last time one was in Columbus. Fun times.
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    Just noticed they were different aircraft. How big a Tri-motor fleet does the EAA have?
     
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    According to the pilot on my flight, the EAA owns 1, but they lease "Spirit of Port Clinton" from, and operate it for, an air museum here in Ohio.

    Out of the 199 built, there are 9 still operational in the USA.
     
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    Still, an appropriate name, don't you think?

    Oh, no! Flammable wood!:shock: But I guess it would generate less toxic fumes than all those foam seat cushions.
     
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    Wow, I wouldn't have guessed this. There aren't even that many Lockheed TriStars and Constellations combined flying in the USA.
     
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    I love this craft.
     

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    ...................................

    as as a humorous aside, Lockheed's Constellation had a reputation as " the best three-de go ed airplane flying the North Atlantic Route!"
    This jibe hinted at the reliability of complex turbo-compound radial engines.

    But I digress ....
    I only have one parachute jump from a Ford Tri-Motor and thoroughly enjoyed it! Stand on your hind legs like a gentleman .... great downwards. visibility to find the drop zone .. walk upright to the door .... slow airspeed on exit .... etc.
     
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    Bill Stout designed a great airplane.
    It's corrugated construction combined the proven configuration of Fokker Tri-Motors with more durable aluminum construction. Henry Ford used his Tri-Motor manufacturing experience to build thousands of bombers during World War 2.
     
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    Two that I'm aware of. They fly both of them nearly nonstop during Oshkosh.
     
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    Excuse the reply to a rather old thread, but that would be the famous, or nearly famous, Harold Johnson. Moraine mayor, Bellanca dealer (back in the 70's) Kings Island airshow pilot, WACO owner, pilot, and expert mechanic, mentor to many in aviation, and a kind and generous soul. Harold Johnson, Moraine
    There used to be a short footage of him looping a trimotor somewhere on the internet, but was unable to find it in a You Tube search.
    *edit, add- found it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6f0tvqtAxQ
     
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    Not a FORD.... but an other historic trimotor I had the chance flying her a few time :)


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    you can see also , one of the most beautiful castle, chateau de Fontainebleau, home of many kings and emperor, from Henri IV to Napoléon Bonaparte

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    I knew Harold Johnson very well. Bought an airplane in his hanger one day. Always enjoyed the Chicken dinner at Vinton County airshow when Harold was doing his thing. Loved his performance in the TV show of WKRP with the turkey drop.

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    Well, a Ford is a good bit cheaper to operate than a TriStar or Constellation...

    Back in the day, they used to offer the passengers cotton for their ears...

    My Dad told me there was an outfit selling rides at the local airport when he was a kid. His parents bought him a $10 biplane ride, but wouldn't spring for the $20 Ford ride.

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    There was a local as late as the 90's that had a Stinson Trimotor. He also built a couple of Pitts in the 60's that were gobbled up by some of the aerobatic competitors. Big and blue.
     

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