When [Rudolph William Schroeder] stepped out of uniform, he went to work at Ford Airport in Detroit. Henry Ford's design engineer, William Stout, was developing the Ford TriMotors which were to become the first commercial aircraft to regularly carry passengers across the United States. In order to demonstrate the safety of air travel and boost sales of his Tri-Motors, Henry Ford sponsored the "Ford Reliability Tour" in 1926, in which 23 planes flew 2,500 miles over a predetermined circuit.
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