Could This Be the Ford Bi-Motor?

Dean Sigler Electric Powerplants, Sustainable Aviation Leave a Comment

The original Ford Tri-Motor had a body by Ford and three Pratt & Whitney radial engines arrayed across its nose and wings.  The Phantom Eye has a body by Boeing, and two 2.3-liter Ford engines fueled by the hydrogen the airplane carries in its bulbous fuselage. It first flew last June, but hit a snag on landing, or at least dug in and twisted a landing skid, rendering it inoperable until this year. Boeing performed software and hardware upgrades, including strengthening the landing gear.  Its second flight was a big success with a successful landing – a great one even, since the airplane is reuseable.  This is particularly helpful for Boeing, which funded the project out of its own pocket. …