RR-5 Tri-Motor

Built by Ford Motor Company, the Tri-Motor was one of the nation’s early airliners.  Its corrugated metal construction inspired a popular nickname for the airplane—the “Tin Goose.”  Built in 1928, the airplane on display was a corporate airplane for a Missouri power company, supported firefighting in Montana and flew in air shows around the country before donation to the museum in 1973.