"As part of EAA's mission of preserving our magnificent aviation heritage, we are very pleased to be the only Ford Tri-Motor operator to bring this historic airplane to communities throughout the Midwest," said Adam Smith, EAA AirVenture Museum Director. "We welcome everybody to experience true living history by flying in this airplane, the world's first mass-produced airliner, or seeing it when we land in their area."
The airplane was fully restored by EAA over a decade-long span and first flown again in the mid-1980s. For this special Midwest tour, EAA's Tri-Motor is completely refurbished and repainted once again to appear as it did when it made its first flights over 75 years ago.
The tour begins August 27 at Purdue University Airport in Lafayette, Ind., and continues to stops in Lee's Summit, Mo.; Tulsa, Okla.; Jefferson City, Mo.; and Sterling/Rock Falls, Ill.
At each tour stop, visitors will have the opportunity to take 15-minute flights aboard this unique aircraft, nicknamed the "Tin Goose." Those 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.
"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," Smith said.
Throughout the year, the Tri-Motor is based at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wis., where it actively carries passengers at the museum's Pioneer Airport facility. Pioneer Airport is designed as an aerodrome of the 1920s and 1930s, complete with round-roofed hangars and 2,000-foot grass airstrip. It operates from May through mid-October each year, allowing visitors to experience the early days of aviation including flights in rare vintage aircraft and other airplanes.
EAA, The Leader in Recreational Aviation, is an international association with 170,000 members and more than 1,000 local Chapters. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or explore EAA's World Wide Web site (www.eaa.org).
EAA'S FORD TRI-MOTOR 2005 MIDWEST TOUR
Aug. 27-30 . . . . Lafayette, Ind. (Purdue University Airport)
Sept. 1-5 . . . . . Lee's Summit, Mo. (Lee's Summit Municipal Airport)
Sept. 7-11 . . . . .Tulsa, Okla. (Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport)
Sept. 13-15 . . . .Jefferson City, Mo. (Jefferson City Memorial Airport)
Sept. 17-18 . . . .Sterling/Rock Falls, Ill. (Whiteside County Airport)