Instruction Manual for Ford Trimotor
Stout Metal Airplane Co.
First produced in 1925, the Ford
Trimotor had an immediate impact on commercial aviation, enabling
Transcontinental Air Transport to launch coast-to-coast service in the USA and
helping Pan American Airways expand into Central and South America. Developed by
William B. Stout, whose Stout Metal Airplane Company was acquired by Ford Motor
Co. in 1924, the aircraft had three Wright radial engines and boasted all-metal
construction. It could fly in both passenger and cargo configurations and was,
for its time, both reliable and rugged. Its capacity however was limited, with
Rapid advances in aviation led to the curtailment of production in 1933. By then
199 “Tin Gooses” had been produced. They would go on to fly with over 100
airlines worldwide, and in the service of the U.S. military and other air
forces. Originally entitled “Suggestions on the Operation of the Ford Trimotor”,
this flight manual dates to 1926. It provides a fascinating look inside the
cockpit of one of history’s most iconic aircraft.