The Tri-motor was designed in the early 1920s as a passenger transport by the Stout aircraft division, a company of Ford. It was special as it had an all-metal construction and had 3 engines. Various versions were developed. The AT-5 version of 1928 was larger and had three Wasp engines. It was known as the "Tin Goose" and at that time it was the largest civil aircraft in America when it started passenger service on August 1926 with Stout Air Services. It was noisy but quite reliable and important for the futher development of passenger airlines. It was also used by many Air Forces across the Globe.

trimotor profile


Ford Tri-motor AT-5

This AT-5-B Tri-motor c/n 39 is of 1929 and bears registration "N9683". It was restored by a team of American Airlines in the scheme of "American Airways". It is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space museum in Washington DC. USA.

Photographed December 2015 by Cees Hendriks (c) copyright

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A few plastic scale model kits have been released of the tri-motor. In 1/72 there was the old Airfix kit of 1968 also released by MPC. Monogram had a 1/77 kit that appeared in various boxes. AJP Maquettes had  probably a 1/48 kit.


This walk around page was first created April 2017 by M. de Vreeze