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Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ford Airport / Ford Tri-Motor
 
Ford Airport Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Darrell Harden, July 15, 2008
1. Ford Airport Marker
 
Inscription.
The Ford Airport
At this airport, built by Henry Ford in 1924, world and national history was made, ushering in a new era of flight embracing the all-metal airliner, radio control devices, air mail, scheduled flights, and the airline services that the generation of the 1930's came to expect.

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.

Ford Tri-Motor
Picture of Ford Tri-Motor is featured
William B. Stout
1880~1956

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
 
Ford Tri-Motor Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Darrell Harden, July 15, 2008
2. Ford Tri-Motor Marker
 
years he built America's first successful commercial metal planes. The company occupied the new airplane factory at the Ford Airport in 1924 and became a division of the Ford Motor Co. in 1925. While he was the division's consulting engineer the Ford tri-motor was developed. In 1926 he founded the Stout Air Services, this country's first regularly scheduled passenger airline. Later, in his Dearborn workshop, Stout designed the "Sky Car," a combination airplane and automobile; the "Rail Plane," a gas-driven railroad car; a collapsible "House Trailer," and the "Scarab Car," a spacious, rear-motor auto.
 
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.
 
Ford Airport/ Ford Tri-motor Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Al Barrera, January 2, 2009
3. Ford Airport/ Ford Tri-motor Marker
 

 
Also see . . .
1. William B. Stout and his Wonderful “SKYCAR” (Nov, 1943). (Submitted on January 6, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
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. (Submitted on January 6, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

3. The Stout Scarab. (Submitted on January 6, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
The Ford Airport Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Joel S., August 10, 2010
4. The Ford Airport Marker
 
 
Ford Tri-Motor Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Joel S., August 10, 2010
5. Ford Tri-Motor Marker
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2009, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan. This page has been viewed 2,385 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 6, 2009, by Darrell Harden of Schoolcraft, Michigan.   3. submitted on January 2, 2009, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan.   4, 5. submitted on August 11, 2010, by Joel S. of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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