The set includes three variants of the Ford 5-AT:
In 1/700th scales theses models have a wingspan of just 33.8mm.
- "Booted and Suited" with full wheel spats and outer engine cowlings.
- Stripped Down - with no spats or cowlings, just a pair of rudimentary mudguards.
- Passenger Float Plane - luxuriously equipped.
First flown in 1926 , 199 Ford Trimotors were built and 18 are still flying in the 21st Century!Admiral William A. Moffet, head of the US Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics had one of these at his disposal and was regularly to be seen flying in to Lakehurst to keep abreast of developments on the USS Akron. He was a major exponent of the military airship but tragicaly lost his life when Akron (then the largest dirigible in the world) went down in a storm off the coast of New Jersey on April 4, 1933.Charles Linburgh flew a Trimotor and TWA and many smaller airlines used them as a mainstay of their fleets.Australia, Canada, Colombia, Spain and the United Kindom used military variants, as well as the United States.
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