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Tin Goose History

In 1927, Ford Motor Company produced the Ford Trimotor, one of the first all-metal airplanes. It was often referred to as the"Tin Goose" or "Flying Washboard." It was the first plane created to carry passengers rather the mail, with a seating capacity of 12. As the name indicates, the airplane had three engines, which allowed it to fly higher and faster than other airplanes of the same time period. The Trimotor could reach speeds up to 130 miles per hour. A Ford 4-AT-15 Trimotor monoplane, piloted by Berndt Balehen, was used in the first flight over the South Pole in November of 1929.



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