Thomas Towle Ford Tri-Motor Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0102
Creators:
Towle, Thomas, 1887-
Dates:
1921-1967
bulk 1925-1926
bulk 1953-1967
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1.09 Cubic feet
(1 records center box)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of material gathered by Towle to support his claim as the designer of the Ford Tri-Motor. The material consists of the following: newspaper and magazine articles; pamphlets; photographs pertaining to the history of the aircraft and its role in early air transportation; drawings; early flight test reports; technical notes relating to early Tri-Motor models; a short autobiography and resumeof Towle; and assorted postcards, stamps, articles, and so forth relating to Island Airways, an airline still flying Ford Tri-Motors

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Thomas Towle (1897- ) was a mechanical engineer and main designer of the Ford Tri-Motor. Following graduation from Yale University (1920) Towle worked as an engineer for a number of aircraft companies, including Dayton-Wright (1921-22), Martin (1922-23), Aeromarine (1923-24), and Stout Metal Airplane Co (1924-25) before joining Ford Motor Company's Airplane Division (1925-27). While at Ford, Towle designed a three-motored aircraft to replace the Stout 'Air Pullman:, the rights to which Ford purchased with Stout in 1925. Towle left Ford in 1927 to form his own company, Towle Marine Aircraft (1927) and Towle Aircraft Company (1928-32). In 1933 Towle joined Monocoupe and later moved to Lambert Aircraft (1933-35) before leaving the aircraft industry.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Tom Towle, Gift, unknown, XXXX-0102, unknown

General
General
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Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Keywords
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Ford Tri-Motor Family Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Towle, Thomas, 1887- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ford Motor Company. Airplane Division Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Island Airways Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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