Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ford Airport / Ford Tri-Motor
For the first time in the world:
A hotel, the Dearborn Inn, was designed and built for the air traveler.
A guided flight of a commercial airliner was made by radio.
For the first time in the U.S.A.:
An all-metal, multi-engine, commercial airliner was built.
A regularly scheduled passenger airline in continuous domestic service was inaugurated.
Under the Kelly Act the first contract air mail for domestic routes was flown.
An airline terminal for passenger use was constructed.
The airport's closing in 1933 ended Ford's experimental work in aviation.
Picture of Ford Tri-Motor is featured
William B. Stout
Born in Illinois, Stout came to Michigan as an automotive designer in 1914. During World War I he turned to aviation. In 1922 he produced America's first all-metal plane, a navy torpedo plane. The same year he organized the Stout Metal Airplane Company. In the next two
Erected 1958 by State of Michigan. (Marker Number S0126.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 17.833′ N, 83° 13.635′ W. Marker is in Dearborn, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on Oakwood Boulevard half a mile west of Rotunda Drive, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20301 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn MI 48126, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Dearborn Inn / Colonial Homes and Adjacent Buildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Daggett Farmhouse (approx. half a mile away); Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (approx. half a mile away); Edison Homestead (approx. half a mile away); Noah Webster Home (approx. half a mile away); Thomas Edisonís Menlo Park Office and Library (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wright Cycle Shop (approx. 0.6 miles away); Armington & Sims Machine Shop (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dearborn.
Also see . . .
1. William B. Stout and his Wonderful “SKYCAR” (Nov, 1943).
2. Wheel Estate: The Rise and Decline of Mobile Homes. This book, by Allan D. Wallis and published by JHU Press in 1997, discusses Stout's contribution to the mobile home industry.
3. The Stout Scarab.
Categories. • 20th Century • Air & Space • Notable Persons •
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