Ford Trimotors were also used extensively by Pan American Airways , for its first international scheduled flights from Key West to Havana , Cuba , in The heyday for Ford's transport was relatively brief, lasting only until , when more modern airliners began to appear. Rather than completely disappearing, the Trimotors gained an enviable reputation for durability with Ford ads in proclaiming, "No Ford plane has yet worn out in service. Some of the significant flights made by the Ford Trimotor in this period greatly enhanced the reputation of the type for strength and reliability.
One example was Ford 4-AT Trimotor serial number 10, built in It had many notable accomplishments; it was flown by Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart , among many others. It made the first commercial flight from the United States to Mexico City , as well as the first commercial flight over the Canadian Rockies. After damage on landing in , it was grounded and remained for decades at Carcross, Yukon.
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In , the wreck was salvaged and preserved, and in the mid s, Greg Herrick took over C and began restoring it. As of , C is in flying condition again, restored to its December appearance. Making headlines became a Trimotor trademark. On November 27 and 28, , Commander Richard E. Byrd navigator , chief pilot Bernt Balchen , and two other crewmen, the copilot and the photographer, made the first flight above the geographic South Pole in a Ford Trimotor that Byrd named the Floyd Bennett.
This was one of three aircraft taken on this polar expedition, with the other two being named The Stars and Stripes and The Virginian , replacing the Fokker Trimotors that Byrd previously used. A Ford Trimotor was used for the flight of Elm Farm Ollie , the first cow to fly in an aircraft and to be milked mid-flight. Franklin Roosevelt also flew aboard a Ford Trimotor in during his presidential campaign in one of the first uses of an aircraft in an election, replacing the traditional "whistle stop" train trips. The short-range capabilities of the Ford Trimotor were exploited in a search for the lost flyers of the Sigizmund Levanevsky trans-polar flight in Movie stunt flyer Jimmie Mattern flew a specially modified Lockheed Electra along with fellow movie flyer, Garland Lincoln, flying a stripped-down Trimotor donated by the president of Superior Oil Company.
With 1, gallons of avgas and gallons of oil in the modified cabin, the Trimotor was intended to act as a "tanker" for the expedition. The Electra was able to transfer fuel in the air from the Trimotor, through a hose cast out the 4-AT's door. With the first aerial refueling test successful, the pair of pilots set out for Fairbanks, landing first at Burwash Landing, Yukon Territory, Canada, on August 15, , but the Trimotor ran out of fuel and crashed in inclement weather the following day.
The Trimotor was abandoned on the tundra. One of the major uses of the Trimotor after it was superseded as a passenger aircraft by more modern aircraft like the Boeing or the Douglas DC-2 , then DC-3, was the carrying of heavy freight to mining operations in jungles and mountains. The Trimotor was employed for decades in this role. In , during the Battle of Bataan , a Trimotor was used in evacuations.
The aircraft would haul 24 people nearly miles a trip, twice daily. The aircraft was eventually strafed and destroyed by Japanese aircraft. In postwar years, the Ford Trimotors continued in limited service with small, regional air carriers. As of , there are 18 Ford Trimotors in existence, eight of which have current FAA airworthiness certificates.
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