Airline Movies and the Ford Trimotor

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Not really a news item and probably more OT than on, I thought this was an interesting piece of history courtesy of the US Census Bureau.

    Airline Movies

    One of the few joys left in long-distance flying is to sit back and enjoy a feature-length movie. Recently, one major airline announced it will be ending this entertainment, joining several low-cost airlines in the policy. The first movies shown in the air were a newsreel and two cartoons, shown on this date in 1929 aboard a Ford Trimotor operated by Transcontinental Air Transport. Regular in-flight movie service began in July 1961 on a Trans World Airline flight from New York to Los Angeles. The movie shown was "By Love Possessed." Now, more than 4 million passengers fly between New York and Los Angeles every year.

    The Ford Trimotor

    [fimg=left][/fimg]1925 Ford Trimotor in flight.

    Photo by Gilles Auliard of an original Ford Trimotor on a mail route to Iowa City, IA.

    The Ford Trimotor (also called the "Tri-Motor", and nicknamed "The Tin Goose") was an American three-engine transport aircraft that was first produced in 1925 by Ford and continued to be produced until June 7, 1933.

    Throughout its time in production, a total of 199 Ford Trimotors were produced. Although it was designed for the civil aviation market, this aircraft was also used by military units and was sold all over the world.

    Like Ford cars and tractors, these Ford aircraft were well-designed, relatively inexpensive, and reliable (for the era). The combination of metal structure and simple systems led to their reputation for ruggedness.

    Rudimentary service could be accomplished "in the field" with ground crew able to work on engines using scaffolding and platforms. In order to fly into otherwise-inaccessible sites, the Ford Trimotor could be fitted with skis or floats.


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