S. Berliner, III's sbiii.com Aviation Tri-motor Page keywords = tri-motor Ford Stout NC-9612 NC9612 tin goose aviation air plane rail road museum historic

Updated:   26 Apr 2014; 21:45 ET
[Page created 03 Sep 2007; converted 20 Apr 2013

    original AT&T Worldnet Website begun 30 May 1996.]
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note - The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996; they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I have been scrambling to transfer everything.  Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed, mostly by hand.  See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.


S. Berliner, III's

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See also the Aviation Page, et seq.

SE-5E
World War I Eberhart SE-5E
(American-built Version of the Royal Aircraft Factory's SE-5a)
Image from USAF Museum Site.

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For aviation matters in general, see the main Aviation page.

On the Aviation Humor Page:
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    Clutch-Starting a Jet!.
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    Kulula Airlines


Nota bene - I am a passenger; NOT a pilot!  Although I logged many hours in the Link trainer at NYC's late (and, by many, lamented) Museum of Science and Industry, I only had the command controls once, ca. 1980, in the right-hand seat of a Cessna 210, when our pilot seemed determined to B-25 the Empire State Building and I conned us away from that fate.


You might visit my other pages which are replete with aviation-related historical information, such as railroads, Emile Berliner and his son Henry A. Berliner*), Chrysler and SS and Jaguar, the ordnance page, and the Fairchild Aerial Survey page.



AVIATION - continued

Following up on the coverage of the other major old trimotor, the Junkers Ju-52/3m, we turn to the American standby, the Stout-designed, Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor:

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Ford/Stout Tri-Motor NC9612
[All images of NC9612 courtesy of Overton Family Trust - all rights reserved]

INDEX - this page is dedicated to the 1929 Ford/Stout Tri-Motor NC9612 and is unindexed; for an index to other aviation pages on this site, see the main Aviation page

[Please note, however, that the page is undoubtedly outdated (as of 20 Apr 2013)
and will NOT be revised unless more current information is provided to me.]


Note - I flew in two Tri-Motors, one of AA's two Trikes and in TWA's, restored when the Boeing 727 was being introduced (as related in my aviation APOCRYPHA TIME!, and the "Tin Goose" is very dear to my old heart.  What a fantastic job the Overtons have done!  Thus, I was more than willing to devote the time, energy, memory, and site space to this tribute to a great airplane.

My greatest appreciation goes to Dolphin Overton IV for permission to reproduce the text {slightly edited} about, and pictures of, this magnificent restoration from the Overton Family Trust collection (from 1929 Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor).

1929 Ford (Stout) 4-AT-E

Tri-Motor, S/N 55 (dated 01-15-29)

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[All images of NC9612 courtesy of Overton Family Trust - all rights reserved]
(click on thumbnailed pictures for slightly larger/sharper images)

[NC9612 vs. NC-9612 vs. NC 9612?

All seem to be valid (see pictures hereon), although the Airworthiness Certificate shows:

NC9612]

"Here's a rare opportunity to own a 1929 Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor restored to an extraordinarily high standard.  This is arguably the most original and perfect example of this historically important aircraft, and it remains a national treasure in its own right.

This Tri-Motor, registered NC9612 (also use N9612 for internet research), has a unique history.  In 1929 it was delivered as a new passenger plane to Mamer Flying Service in Spokane, Washington.  It was later sold to K-T Flying Service of Honolulu and was at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  Brought back to the mainland in 1946 by a private owner, it was leased by TWA for their 1949 20th anniversary celebration."

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[All images of NC9612 courtesy of Overton Family Trust - all rights reserved]
(click on thumbnailed pictures for slightly larger images)

"It then went to an agricultural operator in Idaho and was modified as a sprayer and also as one of the pioneer forest fire fighting air tankers.  Johnson Flying Service in Montana flew it for several years to drop Smoke Jumpers and supplies to fire fighters."

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[All images of NC9612 courtesy of Overton Family Trust - all rights reserved]
(click on thumbnailed pictures for slightly larger images)

"Since 1969 the plane has been privately owned and hangar stored by Dolph Overton and was part of his Wings and Wheels museum collection.  It is currently owned by the Overton Family Trust, which was created by Mr. Overton to fund the plane's restoration and facilitate its sale."

"This was a no-concession, no-compromise restoration in which the airframe was reworked, a new interior installed and the exterior completely re-skinned, with most work being performed under the supervision of Master Restorer Bob Woods of Woods Aviation in Goldsboro, North Carolina.  The wings were reworked and re-skinned by Hov-Aire in Vicksburg, Michigan.  The landing gear, including the unique Johnson bar braking system, is complete and original.  The original straight-laced wire wheels have tires that were re-sculpted to replicate the correct profile and tread pattern of the period.  The wood paneling of the interior has been skillfully recreated.  There are no modern avionics or communications gear - just what came with the plane when it was delivered from the Ford factory in January of 1929.  Exhaustive efforts were made to ensure originality in every detail with assistance from Tim O'Callaghan of the Henry Ford Museum and American Aircraft Historian Bill Larkins, author of 'The Ford Tri-Motor' book.  Also assisting were Retired Eastern Airlines Captain Bob Beitel and Retired Admiral Witte Freeman of the Virginia Aviation Museum.  Total airframe time is 3,102 hours.  Total time on the three Wright Whirlwind engines and the propellers is just 48 hours SMOH.  This plane has no accident history."

"The restoration has been completed with authentic markings for TAT as a tribute to the historic first air-rail route across the United States by Transcontinental Air Transport {in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Railroad} in 1929.  This is the second time that this plane has been used for this purpose, as TWA painted it in a similar fashion for their 20th anniversary national tour in 1949 {see picture above}."

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[All images of NC9612 courtesy of Overton Family Trust - all rights reserved]
(click on thumbnailed pictures for slightly larger/sharper images)

"In November, 2005 the Tri-Motor was flown from Goldsboro, North Carolina, to Richmond, Virginia, where (until recently) it was on public display at the Virginia Aviation Museum.  It has also graced the cover of the March, 2006, issue of Trade-A-Plane.  Currently hangared at Petersburg-Dinwiddie Airport in central Virginia, it is available for viewing and inspection by appointment only."

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[All images of NC9612 courtesy of Overton Family Trust - all rights reserved]
(click on thumbnailed pictures for slightly larger/sharper images)

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[All images of NC9612 courtesy of Overton Family Trust - all rights reserved]
(click on thumbnailed pictures for slightly larger/sharper images)

"The pictures below will give you a sense of how intensely meticulous the restoration has been.  Seeing the plane up close speaks volumes to the many 'labors of love' by all the craftsmen who participated in its restoration.  NC9612 has a majestic presence that is undeniable, and to see it on the ground or in the air is an unforgettable experience."

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[All images of NC9612 courtesy of Overton Family Trust - all rights reserved]
(click on thumbnailed pictures for slightly larger/sharper images)

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[All images of NC9612 courtesy of Overton Family Trust - all rights reserved]
(click on thumbnailed pictures for slightly larger/sharper images)

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[All images of NC9612 courtesy of Overton Family Trust - all rights reserved]
(click on thumbnailed pictures for slightly larger/sharper images)

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[All images of NC9612 courtesy of Overton Family Trust - all rights reserved]
(click on thumbnailed pictures for slightly larger/sharper images)

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[All images of NC9612 courtesy of Overton Family Trust - all rights reserved]
(click on thumbnailed pictures for slightly larger/sharper images)

This aircraft is for sale; serious inquiries should be directed to:

Dolphin Overton
dolphoverton@yahoo.com
336-262-9561

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[All images of NC9612 courtesy of Overton Family Trust - all rights reserved]
(click on thumbnailed pictures for slightly larger/sharper images)

note-rt.gif This aircraft will be displayed and run for the PTB (Petersburg-Dinwiddie Airport) Aviation Expo on Oct 27th 2007; the airport is 12 mi. from Richmond, Virginia.


[Please note that this page is undoubtedly outdated (as of 20 Apr 2013)
and will NOT be revised unless more current information is provided to me.]


For coverage of the other major old trimotor, the Junkers Ju-52/3m, click here.   added (26 Apr 2014)



As you are obviously air-minded (take that as you choose), you must see the Lion Air site!  I'd be Lion if I didn't warn you to keep your tongue in your cheek on this one!

On a more serious note, if you like aero engines, see Steve Vardy's Aero Engine Central.

Also, pilot Paul Freeman has an absolutely fascinating Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields site.



See also the main Aviation Page, et seq.:
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