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Ford Trimotor Transport Aircraft / Passenger Airliner

Nearly 200 of the Ford Trimotor transport aircraft were produced from the middle of the 1920s on - some eighteen still fly today.

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Ford 5-AT Trimotor Technical Specifications

Service Year: 1926
Type: Transport Aircraft / Passenger Airliner
National Origin: United States
Manufacturer(s): Ford Motor Company (Stout Metal Airplane Division) - USA
Production Total: 199

Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 2
Overall Length: 50.26 feet (15.32 meters)
Overall Width: 77.82 feet (23.72 meters)
Overall Height: 12.63 feet (3.85 meters)

Weight (Empty): 7,848 lb (3,560 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 13,492 lb (6,120 kg)

Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

Propulsion: 3 x Pratt & Whitney Wasp C 9-cylinder radial piston engines developing 420 horsepower each.

Maximum Speed: 149 mph (240 kph; 130 knots)
Maximum Range: 550 miles (885 km)
Service Ceiling: 18,504 feet (5,640 meters; 3.50 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 1,050 feet-per-minute (320 m/min)

Armament / Mission Payload


Global Operators / Customers

Australia; Colombia; Canada; Cuba; Czechoslovakia; Dominican Republic; Mexico; Spain; United Kingdom; United States; Venezuela

Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

Trimotor - Base Series Name