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Late-Summer EAA Ford Tri-Motor Tour Announced

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July 16, 2009 — EAA’s 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airliner heads back on tour following AirVenture, providing eight cities in six Midwestern states an up-close look at a classic aircraft from the early days of commercial air travel. It begins in Minneapolis on August 13 then continues through September 27 with stops in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois.

This is the same airplane that had a cameo role in this summer’s feature film “Public Enemies,” starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. The film’s cast and crew spent several days in Oshkosh last year, temporarily repainting the Tri-Motor to be used in flying scenes within the movie that dramatizes John Dillinger in the 1930s.

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 historic Pioneer Airport.

Tour visitors can take 15-minute flights aboard the aircraft, available for $50 for EAA members and $60 for non-members. Make your flight reservations through www.flytheford.org or by calling 800-843-3612.

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