Ford Motor Co.

In the 1920s, American industrialist and car mogul Henry Ford (1863-1947) set out to achieve the prominence in aviation that he had achieved in automobile transport — an effort that he did not abandon until after World War II.  He started in 1925 by causing the Ford company to buy the Stout Metal Airplane Co., an airplane company founded in 1922 by aeronautical engineer William B. Stout (1880-1956), who had created a passenger transport skinned in corrugated metal, following the lead of the Junkers company in Germany.  Stout and Ford adapted this design into the highly successful Ford Trimotor airliners, then made a distinctly less successful attempt to enter the light plane market with the Ford Flivver.

Ford Trimotor

Ford Flivver