Sorting through my archival images this afternoon, I came across this series of photos that I shot in 1974 of a flight on a 1928 5-AT-B Ford Tri-Motor airliner.
Dubbed The City of Reno, this Ford Tri-Motor was in the livery of Transcontinental Air Transport. TAT was,the forerunner of Trans World Airlines, and the plane was turned out as it would have appeared at the inauguration of TWA's transcontinental passenger service in 1929.
This aircraft toured the U.S. for the 45th anniversary of TWA's transcontinental service in 1974. At last report, the plane was housed at the McMinnville, Ore., airport and flies at airshows. This photo was made at Weir Cook (now Indianapolis International) Airport.
The starboard engine in flight over Indianapolis.
Pilot and copilot, shoulder-to-shoulder in the cramped cockpit.
The flight even came with a stewardess.