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Early Days of Flight Come to the East Coast in June With EAA's Ford Tri-Motor Mini-Tour


EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (April 5, 2006) — A classic aircraft from the early days of commercial air travel re-creates those days in the northeast United States this June, as the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) brings its restored 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airliner to seven cities in six states.

The tour, the first with this airplane to the East Coast, 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 Harrisburg, Pa., on June 9-12 and continues through Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Ohio for the rest of the month. Several of the airports on the tour have likely not seen a Ford Tri-Motor on its runway for decades.

"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.

"This is the first time we've brought the airplane to this region of the country, which means 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 per person when booked in advance, or $50 per person the day of the flights. 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 (920) 426-6535.

Upcoming tour stops include:

  • June 9-12: Harrisburg, Pa./Capital City Airport (Flights 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day)
  • June 14-15: Manassas, Va./Manassas Regional Airport-Davis Field (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • June 17-19: Caldwell, N.J./Essex County Airport (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • June 20-21: Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Duchess County Airport (10 a.m.-5 p.m. on June 20; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on June 21)
  • June 23-26: Boston, Mass./Lawrence Municipal Airport (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • June 28-29: New Philadelphia, Ohio/Harry Clever Field (2-5 p.m. on June 28; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on June 29)
  • June 30-July 3: Port Clinton, Ohio/Carl R. Keller Field (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. EAA AirVenture information is also available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org.

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