The first step towards modern U.S. air transportation was taken with the Tri-Motor. Making transcontinental air travel a reality, this aircraft reached peak production in 1929. The Tri-Motor served American Airways as both an eight-passenger airliner and an airmail carrier.

One of the most important events in the selling of aviation to the general public was the entry of Henry Ford into aircraft manufacturing. The Ford automobile was at the time the symbol of reliability, and it followed in the minds of a good many people that a Ford airplane would be safe to fly. The Ford Tri-motor wasa rugged (all-metal construction), dependable transport airplane, which won a permanent place in aviation history.

Our Ford Tri-Motor Electric ARF is patterned after the full scale airplane type 5-AT-C, tail number N414H, from Scenic Airways. Until recently N414H flew tourists over the Grand Canyon. For optimal performance and scale flight appearance our Ford Tri-Motor is powered by two motors with a free spinning prop in the nose. Material: Lightweight fully painted durable foam, vacuum formed plastic and balsa.

Tech Notes


280-size motors with K2 Gold connector wiring harness for easy hookup, APC props, wheels, decals, hardware and illustrated instructions.


Wing Span 41.7 in 1060 mm
Wing Area 256 in² 16.5 dm²
Length 28.3 in 720 mm
Weight 19.4 oz 550 g
Wing airfoil Clark Y mod. Clark Y mod.
Radio Required 3-channel, Micro receiver, 2 micro servos (.32 oz 9 g or less)