• We are currently looking for experienced automotive journalists and editors to join our team.  Make $60k-$80k per year doing what you love. We are also looking for an experienced forum moderator to join our team. See details here. ×

Antique Ford Trimotor Airplane Takes To The Skies In Topeka, Kansas

Sponsored Links

Believe it or not, but before Ford Motor Company was ever involved in building aircraft for the US military during World War II, the company mass produced an airplane of a more civilian sort: the Ford Trimotor. So named for its three gasoline engines, the Trimotor was built from 1925 through 1933, based on a design by engineer and innovator William Bushnell Stout. It was the world’s first mass-produced airliner, and now, 92 years after the first example was built, one is taking to the skies again in Topeka, Kansas.

Now through Sunday, folks can head to Forbes Field in Topeka and purchase a seat aboard a 1928 Ford Trimotor, which is giving rides to up to 10 passengers at a time interested in experiencing the antique airliner. This example was first delivered to its original buyer, Transcontinental Air Transport, on January 18th, 1929. Its interior, clad in Filipino mahogany with lights and drapes at each window, resembles that of a train of similar vintage, which is “what [the planes] were competing against,” says pilot Bill Sleeper.

Each of the Ford Trimotor’s 9-cylinder, 975-cubic-inch (16-liter) radial engines produces about 380 horsepower, although a range of different engines were used in the Trimotor line throughout its production run. A total of 199 aircraft were built.

If you’re close enough to Topeka and wonder what it’s like to fly in a pre-war airliner, tickets are $75 apiece for adults and $50 for children. Want to sit in the co-pilot’s seat? That’ll run $125.

(Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal)

  • Sweepstakes Of The Month: 2021 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 plus $25K in cash. Details here.
Sponsored Links

Subscribe to Ford Authority
For around-the-clock Ford news coverage

We'll send you one email per day with the latest Ford updates.

It's totally free.

Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

Sponsored Links

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Lincoln Continental-Based Stretch Limo Spotted: Spy Shots

More On Ford’s Electric Delivery Van Project With Deutsche Post DHL