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Fly on the Ford Trimotor
March 5 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until March 7, 2020
Experience the thrill of the golden age of aviation with a flight in the fully restored Ford Tri-Motor airplane. This was the first all-metal multi-engine commercial airliner and it is coming to the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport on March 5-8, 2020 for your opportunity to schedule a flight.
A one-of-a-kind flight experience is now possible for people in Florida’s Nature Coast, as the Experimental Aircraft Association’s immaculate 1929 Ford Tri-Motor will be at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport March 5-8, 2020, offering an opportunity to experience flight aboard the world’s first mass-produced airliner.
During EAA 1298’s Ford Tri-Motor Tour, passengers will travel back to the early days of what was considered luxurious commercial air travel. The Ford Tri-Motor, or the “Tin Goose” as it is often called, was first built by the Ford Motor Company in the late 1920s. EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor was constructed in 1929 and has a colorful history, with roles ranging from service as a Cuban airliner to fighting forest fires and transporting smokejumpers.
After a thunderstorm flipped and nearly destroyed the airplane in 1973, EAA founder Paul Poberezny purchased the aircraft. It then underwent a 12-year restoration to return to flying status with many of the same features it had in the late 1920s. Since then, it has been hangared at the EAA Aviation Museum’s historic Pioneer Airport when it is not on its national tours or making special appearances.
The airplane also has a Hollywood pedigree, as it made cameo appearances in two major motion pictures—1965’s “The Family Jewels” starring Jerry Lewis and 2009’s “Public Enemies” starring Johnny Depp.
EAA’s Tri-Motor can carry up to ten passengers at a time, with every seat a window seat.
Passengers are encouraged to bring a camera to record and share this experience. Tickets purchased in advance are $72 for adults and $52 for children 17 years old and under. Walk-up tickets are $77 for adults. An adult must accompany children under the age of 16. Children under the age of 2 can be carried free of charge in an adult’s lap.
Book your spot on the historic “Tin Goose” through a secure flight reservation system at flytheford.org, EAA’s Tri-Motor tour website. You can also pre-book a flight by calling 1-877-952-5395.
Recall the energy, passion, and excitement of the Roaring ’20s by flying aboard the Ford Tri-Motor. Known as the first luxury airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor redefined world travel and marked the beginning of the commercial flight.
All ticket proceeds support the Experimental Aircraft Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing The Spirit of Aviation with everyone. Our tour stops are hosted by volunteers who are passionate about sharing the Ford Tri-Motor’s stories.
We invite families to visit and learn all about our aircraft and our organization. Viewing the aircraft is free, so be sure to bring your camera along.
Image copyright: EAA. Used with permission.
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