The Ford Trimotor was originally designed by William Stout in the early 1920’s as a single-engined aircraft incorporating many of the features of the metal aircraft produced by Junkers in Germany. In 1925 the Stout Metal Airplane Company was bought by the Ford Motor Company who developed the aircraft as a trimotor.

Between 1925 and 1933 a total of 199 examples were produced and sold all over the world. The aircraft had an immediate effect on Air Transport at the time being a significant advance on the airliners of the day. However the rapid development of the DC-2 in the early 1930’s spelt the end of the success of the Trimotor. The aircraft saw service with a number of air arms including the USAAF who bought several examples as the C-3, C-4 and C-9 depending on the engine installed.

Several attempts have been made over the years to put the aircraft or a modernised variant back into production, none successfully. Nevertheless nearly 10% of the original number built still exist, a testament to its durability.

This title contains the Instruction Manual for the Ford Trimotor which includes the material usually found in the Flight Manual, plus an Instruction Manual for the engine type most commonly fitted, plus several brochures featuring the Trimotor and the Aircraft Profile on the Trimotor. The files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages.


Title 1 contains:

  • Handbook of Instructions for the Ford Trimotor produced by the manufacturer dated 1929, with approx. 120 pages. This example has additional pages inserted to specifically cover the C-4A variant purchased by the USAAF.
  • Instruction Book for Wright Whirlwind Five, Seven and Nine engines, 2nd Edition dated October 1929. This covers the three versions of the basic engine, the R540A, R760A and R975A, having five, seven and nine cylinders respectively. Both the R760 and the R975A were used on the Trimotor.
  • Unusual small brochure from the 1930’s featuring the Ford Trimotor. Actually produced by the Monarch Food Company to feature its food products which were displayed in a Ford Trimotor named “Independence” during a 1930’s exhibition.
  • Manufacturer’s brochure titled “Specification of the Ford tri-motor all-metal monoplane”, dated 1929 with 7 pages.
  • Manufacturers brochure titled “The new era of Transportation”, dated 1927 with 32 pages.
  • Aircraft Profile publication No 156 – Ford Trimotor, dated 1967 with 15 pages.