Here is another airplane that might be mistaken for a Ford Tri-Motor. It is, in fact, a Bushmaster 2000. The Bushmaster was an attempt in the mid 50's by a California company to resurrect the design of the Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor. The plan was to produce them for use as bush planes. Only two were built.
The designer of the Bushmaster 2000, Bill Stout, was also on the design team for the Ford Tri-Motor series. Ford produced 198 Ford Tri-Motors between 1926 and 1933 when production ceased. This Bushmaster 2000 will also be part of the National Air Tour re-creation this year.