EAA's Ford Tri-Motor Heading Out On June-July Mini-Tour
April 28, 2005 - EAA's classic 1929 Ford Tri-Motor will again take to the skies in June and July for a mini-tour to several cities. Much like last year's successful 75th Anniversary tri-motor tour, people along the way will have an opportunity to ride in the world's original airliner. The tour begins June 11 in Pontiac, Michigan, and runs through July 5 at Traverse City, Michigan.
"We welcome everybody to experience true living history by flying in the world's first mass-produced airliner or seeing it when we land in their area," said Adam Smith, EAA AirVenture Museum Director. "We invite people not only to experience this wonderful aircraft during the tour, but to also discover more about EAA's mission and activities which allows people to fully participate in the world of flight."
Nicknamed the "Tin Goose," the airplane underwent a meticulous 10-year restoration by EAA in the late 1970s-early 1980s. Since then it has been based at EAA's recreated aerodrome of the 1920s and 1930s, historic Pioneer Airport. Last year the airplane received a new paint job from Gulfstream and was completely refurbished to appear as it did when it made its first flights more than 75 years ago.
Flights are available for $40 per person when booked in advance, or $50 per person the day of the flights. A secure flight-reservation system and complete information are available through EAA's Tri-Motor tour web site at www.flytheford.org.
The Tour Schedule
June 11-14: Pontiac, Michigan, Oakland County International Airport (PTK)
June 16-19: Port Clinton, Ohio, Carl R. Keller Field Airport (PCW)
June 21-23: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Allegheny County Airport (AGC)
June 25-29: Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Smith Field Airport (SMD)
July 1-5: Traverse City, Michigan, Cherry Capitol Airport (TVC)