When car manufacturer Henry Ford acquired control of the Stout Metal Airplane company in 1925, he also acquired their design for an aircraft with three motors. Designated the Ford 4AT trimotor, this all-metal airplane became a successful passenger airplane.
Nicknamed the "tin goose," the Ford trimotor was cheered by airmail and passenger carriers alike. Automobile manufacturer Henry Ford had obtained an early airmail contract. In 1925 he won the contract to carry mail from Chicago to Detroit and Cleveland aboard airplanes his company already was using to transport spare parts for his automobile assembly plants.