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Meeting: Thursday, May 14
Speaker: Rand Siegfried
Subject: Flying the Ford Tri-Motor
Hayward Airport - Executive Hangar 13
Refreshments & BBQ 5:30pm - 6:45pm / Meeting 7:00pm
Please join us on Thursday, May 14th as pilot Rand Siegfried talks about what it is like flying the Ford Tri-Motor. He was taught to fly by his father. He has been a long term EAA volunteer having served on the board for 12 years. His focus has been on youth and have taught several to fly including both his son and daughter. He and his daughter built a Legend Cub kit which every one in the family enjoys. He has been flying Fords for 9 years and has a 5-AT type rating. Rand also hangared his Twin Beech in Hayward for several years.
Ride the Ford Tri-Motor at Hayward Executive AirportPrices: Adults $70 (Walkup-$75) Child $50
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History of the Ford 4-AT-E Tri-MotorHenry Ford mobilized millions of Americans and created a new market with his Model T “Tin Lizzie” automobile from 1909 to 1926. After World War I, he recognized the potential for mass air transportation.
Ford’s Tri-Motor aircraft, nicknamed “The Tin Goose,” was designed to build another new market, airline travel. To overcome concerns of engine reliability, Ford specified three engines and added features for passenger comfort, such as an enclosed cabin. The first three Tri-Motors built seated the pilot in an open cockpit, as many pilots doubted a plane could be flown without direct “feel of the wind.
From 1926 through 1933, Ford Motor Company built 199 Tri-Motors. EAA’s model 4-AT-E was the 146th off Ford’s innovative assembly line and first flew on August 21, 1929. It was sold to Pitcairn Aviation’s passenger division, Eastern Air Transport, whose paint scheme is replicated on EAA’s Tri-Motor. This is why EAA’s Ford resides in the Pitcairn Hangar at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, when not touring the U.S. Eastern Air Transport later became Eastern Airlines.