1926 Ford Flivver Airplane

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1926 Ford Flivver Airplane

1926 Ford Flivver Airplane


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.


  • 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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