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Early Aviation Comes to Select Midwest Cities During EAA's Ford Tri-Motor Mini-Tour

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (April 9, 2008) — A classic aircraft from the early days of commercial air travel re-creates those days in the Midwest this spring and early summer, as the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) brings its restored 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airliner to eight cities in five states.

The tour includes opportunities for aviation enthusiasts in that part of the nation to see and ride in the world's first mass-produced airliner. It begins in Detroit, Mich., on May 30-June 1 and continues through Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois through June and early July. Some of the airports on the tour likely first saw a Ford Tri-Motor on their grounds 80 years ago.

"This airplane allows people to experience true living history of aviation, as well as learn more about EAA and our mission to help people fully participate in the world of flight," said Adam Smith, director of the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wis., where the airplane is based.

"As we bring the airplane to this region of the country, thousands of people will get a rare glimpse of a unique flying machine that changed the way people travel in America."

The Ford Tri-Motor, nicknamed the "Tin Goose," was built by the Ford Motor Company in the late 1920s. EAA's airplane underwent a 12-year restoration beginning in the 1970s and since the mid-1980s, has been based at the EAA museum's historic Pioneer Airport. This facility is a faithful re-creation of an early aerodrome, including flying activities from a 2,000-foot grass airstrip.

At each tour stop, visitors will have the opportunity to take 15-minute flights aboard this unique aircraft. Those flights are available for $40 for EAA members and $50 for non-members. A secure flight-reservation system and complete information are available through EAA's Tri-Motor tour web site at www.flytheford.org. You can also pre-book a flight by calling 1-800-843-3612.

Upcoming tour stops include:

  • May 30-June 1: Detroit, Mich./Coleman Young Municipal Airport [DET]
  • June 5-8: Davenport, Iowa/Davenport Municipal Airport [DVN]
  • June 12-15: Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute International (Hulman Field) [HUF]
  • June 19-22: Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Municipal (Lunken Field) [LUK]
  • June 26-29: Dayton, Ohio/James M. Cox International Airport [DAY]
  • July 1-6: Port Clinton, Ohio/Carl R. Keller Airport [PCW]
  • July 8-9: Grand Rapids, Mich./Gerald Ford International Airport [GRR]
  • July 11-13: Joliet, Ill./Joliet Regional Airport [JOT]

EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world's most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA's 170,000 members and 1,000 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org.

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