Ford Tri-Motor to Fly Famed Air Show Routine
Greg Herrick, president of the Aviation Foundation of America, publisher of the Historic Aviation catalog,and avid vintage aircraft collector, has a personal rule when he acquires an aircraft to restore: Never change an N-number. He’s making an exception, however, for his newly restored 1928 Ford Tri-Motor 4-AT-B, which flew for the first time following a multiyear, ground-up restoration by the Hov-Aire and MWAviation team in Vicksburg, Michigan. He’s changing it from the original NC-7684 to NC-9610. That’s the number of 1930s air show performer Harold Johnson’s Tri-Motor. Johnson performed incredible aerobatic maneuvers in that aircraft, and Herrick plans to recreate those performances with this airplane.