National Geographic : 1930 Apr
DOWN THERE The Smackover Field, Arkansas. From the air,developments have the appearanceof infinitely perfect scale models . .. not a detail can be altered to please or mislead the inspecting eye! THE EXECUTIVE EYE should be an all-comprehending eye. In the struggles of modern industry and commerce ... just as in the struggles of actual warfare . . . the use of beflagged maps is essential in order that responsible leaders may sum up in swift glances the actual operations in the field. But no map, no matter how perfectly modeled, can even ap proximate the brilliant clarity of an airplane view of the world below. The airplane has become as necessary to the commander of field oper ations on a large scale as the automobile is for narrower inspections. The Standard Oil Company of Indiana is among the many industrial users of Ford tri-motored, all-metal airplanes for regular business pur poses. Stanolind has employed three of these famous planes. The first was delivered in May, 1927, and the latest, "Stanolind III," in July, 1929. Between July and December last, "Stanolind III" has flown a distance greater than around the earth at the Equator. Directors of the Standard Oil Company of Indiana have flown 97,087 miles in the Company's three Ford tri-motored planes, having used them regularly on business trips. In addition to these, many thousands of passengers have been carried. It is because of this modern viewpoint towards the swift expansion of industry that many companies such as the Standard Oil are employ ing this safe, durable, well-tried and dependable plane. FORD MOTOR COMPANY Visitors are always welcome at the Ford Airport at Detroit The Ford Plane The Ford plane is planned, constructed and operated as a commercial plane. Built of corrugated aluminum alloys, it has great structural strength, unequaled durability, and is most economical to maintain in operation. The uniformity of its material is determined by scientific test. All planes have three motors in order to insure reserve power to meet and overcome all emergencies. The en gines may be Wright or Pratt & Whitney, air-cooled, totaling from 900 to 1275 horse-power. Ford planes have a cruis ing range of from 580 to 650 miles at speeds between 55 and 135 miles per hour. Loads may be carried weighing from 3670 to 6000 pounds. The capacity of these planes is 13 to 15 passengers and a crew of two (pilot and assistant). Planes can be equipped with a buffet, toilet, running water, elec tric lights, adjustable chairs. The price of the Ford tri-motored, all metal plane is exceptionally low because of its highly scientific methods of com mercial production. Price is $42,000 to $55,000 at Dearborn. Ford branches will be glad to give you information on the Ford tri-motored, all metal plane in all models.