Transport: Tin Goose to Boneyard

Hero of U. S. air transport from infancy to maturity was the trimotored Ford. Today fast low-wing Boeings, Douglases and Lockheeds have displaced the "Tin Goose" on most U. S. airlines, and many of the 200-odd Ford tri-motors have gone to South America. Of all the "Tin Geese," none was more familiar to U. S. citizens than the one which for five years has been displayed in the concourse of Manhattan's Pennsylvania Station.

First tri-motor to cross the Rockies in regular passenger service, it was originally bought by John Maddux for his Los...

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