The Tin Goose EAA Chapter 1247 will be hosting the Ford Tri-Motor rides at the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport in Port Clinton from June 28-July 4. The aircraft is a 1929 Ford from the Kalamazoo AirZoo Museum where this plane was just released from their restoration hangar last year after a lengthy and detailed renovation. It is back in the air looking better than ever and ready for service.
The particular plane has a celebrated history of being Northwest Airlines first Ford Tri-Motor and flew for them in the early 1930s. It also flew for Alaska Airlines operating out of Fairbanks, and carried smoke jumpers later in the 1950s for Johnson Flying Service operating out of Missoula, Mont. It currently has Army Air Corps ambulance markings on it painted in honor of the U.S. military.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.flytheford.org , via phone at 877-952-5395 or stop by the airport during the event. Rides will begin the afternoon of June 28 and continue daily for the remainder of their stay from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $80 for adults (16 and older) and $40 for children. For information, visit www.tingoose.org/calendarofevents.html