Many people have said the Ford Tri-motor airplane, “The Tin Goose,” transcends the mere principles of an aircraft to be a work of art. One airplane has survived to demonstrate that claim.
Airframe No. 55 of 199 built, is a model 4-AT-E. It received its certification plate on January 15, 1929. Seventy-six years later, after undergoing a “no compromise” restoration at Woods Aviation in Goldsboro, North Carolina, a standard Airworthiness Certificate was issued on September 21, 2005.
The following photos were taken after the restoration. They document that the plane was a work of art.
GROUND SHOTS, EXTERIOR
The airplane was sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction to Ron Platte, a private collector, in 2009 for 1.1 million dollars.