1926 Ford Flivver Airplane

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1926 Ford Flivver Airplane

1926 Ford Flivver Airplane

Description

Once flying became accepted, people began to dream that someday everyone would fly his or her own airplane. Who better to create a small, affordable plane than Henry Ford, the man who brought the world the Model T?

Ford gave it a try with this Flivver, but it was expensive and dangerous. Others tried, but they failed too. Perhaps the dream is just a dream.

According to Ford engineer Otto Koppen, the dimensions of the airplane were determined when Henry Ford told him he wanted a plane that would fit inside of his office.

Only two men ever flew this plane - Ford test pilot Harry Brooks and Charles Lindbergh. This was the first Flivver ever made, but it was modified at least three different times from 1926 to 1927.

Specifications

  • Maker Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan
  • Engine Maker: Anzani Engine Company, Courbevoie, France
  • Engine Type: Anzani, 3-cylinder, radial, air-cooled, 35 horsepower, internal-combustion
  • Dimensions: Length: 15' 4", wingspan: 22' 10"
  • Weight: 350 lbs
  • Construction Materials: Wood, steel tube, fabric
  • Number Built: 3 or 4 (the 4th may have been a modification of an earlier plane)
  • Configuration: 1-pilot tractor monoplane
  • Maximu Speed: 85 mph

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