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EAA Ford Tri-Motor Makes First-Ever East Coast Tour In June

March 28, 2006 - EAA's vintage 1929 Ford Tri-Motor aircraft will visit the East Coast for the first time in June and July, providing an opportunity for those in this part of the country to see and ride in the world's first mass-produced airliner. The mini-tour begins June 9-12 at Capital City Airport in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and concludes June 30-July 3 at Port Clinton, Ohio's Carl R. Keller Field Airport. The Tri-Motor (NC8407) will then be flown back to Oshkosh to prepare for the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006.

"Everyone is welcome to come out and experience true living history plus learn more about EAA's mission activities that allow people to fully participate in the world of flight," said Adam Smith, EAA AirVenture Museum director. "We're excited to be able to bring the airplane to an area of the country it's never been before, giving people a chance to experience the airplane that ignited widespread passenger flight."

Nicknamed the "Tin Goose," the airplane underwent a meticulous 12-year restoration by EAA beginning in the late 1970s. Since completed, the airplane has been based at EAA's historic Pioneer Airport, the re-created aerodrome of the 1920s and 1930s.

Cost to "Fly the Ford" is $40 for EAA members and $50 for non-EAA members. A secure flight-reservation system and complete tour information are available through EAA's Tri-Motor tour website, www.flytheford.org.

  • June 9-12, Harrisburg, PA, Capital City Airport, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • June 14-15, Manassas, VA, Manassas Regional Airport/Harry P. Davis Field, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • June 17-19, Caldwell, NJ, Essex County Airport, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • June 20-21, Poughkeepsie, NY, Dutchess County Airport, 10 a.m.5 p.m. (6/20); 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (6/21)
  • June 23-26, Boston, MA, Lawrence Municipal Airport, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • June 28-29, New Philadelphia, OH, Harry Clever Field, 2-5 p.m. (6/28); 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (6/29)
  • June 30-July 3, Port Clinton, OH, Carl R Keller Field Airport, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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