Ford Airport / Ford Tri-Motor

Ford Airport / Ford Tri-Motor (HM9PQ)

Location: Dearborn, MI 48124 Wayne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 17.833', W 83° 13.635'

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The Ford Airport
At this airport, built by Henry Ford in 1924, world and national history was made, ushering in a new era of flight embracing the all-metal airliner, radio control devices, air mail, scheduled flights, and the airline services that the generation of the 1930's came to expect.

For the first time in the world:
A hotel, the Dearborn Inn, was designed and built for the air traveler.
A guided flight of a commercial airliner was made by radio.

For the first time in the U.S.A.:
An all-metal, multi-engine, commercial airliner was built.
A regularly scheduled passenger airline in continuous domestic service was inaugurated.
Under the Kelly Act the first contract air mail for domestic routes was flown.
An airline terminal for passenger use was constructed.

The airport's closing in 1933 ended Ford's experimental work in aviation.

Ford Tri-Motor
Picture of Ford Tri-Motor is featured
William B. Stout

Born in Illinois, Stout came to Michigan as an automotive designer in 1914. During World War I he turned to aviation. In 1922 he produced America's first all-metal plane, a navy torpedo plane. The same year he organized the Stout Metal Airplane Company. In the next two years he built America's first successful commercial metal planes. The company occupied the new airplane factory at the Ford Airport in 1924 and became a division of the Ford Motor Co. in 1925. While he was the division's consulting engineer the Ford tri-motor was developed. In 1926 he founded the Stout Air Services, this country's first regularly scheduled passenger airline. Later, in his Dearborn workshop, Stout designed the "Sky Car," a combination airplane and automobile; the "Rail Plane," a gas-driven railroad car; a collapsible "House Trailer," and the "Scarab Car," a spacious, rear-motor auto.
HM NumberHM9PQ
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker NumberS0126
Year Placed1958
Placed ByState of Michigan
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 6:07am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 316400 N 4685178
Decimal Degrees42.29721667, -83.22725000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 17.833', W 83° 13.635'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 17' 49.98" N, 83° 13' 38.10" W
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Area Code(s)313, 248
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401-499 Market St, Dearborn MI 48124, US
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