Ford Tri-Motor model airplane - Ascent Auction
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Ford Tri-Motor model airplane
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Lot Number:120
 $130.00 by 5021 (Montana)
Bid Increment: $10.00
Bids: 14
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Watching: 17
Buyers fees: Buyers Premium: 3.5%
Item Location: 138 Rose Creek Road Winifred, Montana 59489
Lot Description

Ford Tri-Motor model airplane on pedestal.

Ford Tri-Motor "model"      Also known as the “Tin Goose” or “The Flying Washboard”

Original Aircraft Specifications:   49’10” long, 74’ wing span, 11’9” high
Model replica measurements:  27” long, 40” wing span, 7+” high (not incl. 8” stand)
Scale:  Approximately 1:22 (length and wing span); 1:20+ for height

Originally 199 planes were built by the Stout Metal Aircraft Division of the Ford Motor Company.  Built between 1925 and 1933; first flight was on June 11, 1926.

7 remain in flying condition in the world

Actual Airplane Facts:  Ist commercial airplane for many airline companies; crew of 3 – pilot, co-pilot and flight attendant.  Could carry 11 passengers in the cabin which was 4’6” wide, 6’ high and 16’3” long.  Carried 231 gallons of fuel; engine oil capacity of 24 gallons.

Three Wright 3-6-9 radial engines; 300 HP each (take off power).

Props were 2-bladed metal, fixed pitch.

Gross weight – 10,130lbs.  

Max speed – 132 mph

Cruise speed – 107 mph

Stall speed – 57 mph

Range – 570 miles

Service Ceiling – 16,500’; absolute ceiling – 18,000’.  On two engines – max ceiling of 7,000’

Rate of Climb – 920 feet/minute

Time to 7,200’ – 10 minutes

Previewing / Inspection Dates: Wed., Nov. 16 & Mon., Nov. 28th, 1 – 3 p. m.

Real Estate STARTING BID: $160,000


All personal property sells unreserved.

Preview & Information contact: Jayson Shobe: 406.538.5125 or 406.366.5125


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Personal Property Removal Dates: Thurs., Dec. 1st and Sat., Dec. 3, 10 a. m. – 12 noon EACH DAY