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'Fly the Ford' Midwest Tour Begins June 4 in Aurora, Illinois

Ford Tri-Motor

May 28, 2009 — EAA's meticulously restored and maintained 1929 Ford Tri-Motor takes to the air in Aurora, Illinois, on June 4 to kick off the seven-city Fly The Ford mini flight tour. The airplane, powered by three Pratt & Whitney R985 engines, gives passengers an opportunity to experience air travel as it was in aviation’s "Golden Age” – low and slow (90 mph), and with a spectacular view.

Ford Tri-Motors were the world's first true passenger airliners. With room for nine passengers, each seat is a with a window seat as passengers receive a rare glimpse of a unique flying machine that paved the way for air travel today.

Other cities on the schedule this year include Grand Rapids, Michigan; Louisville, Kentucky; Indianapolis, Indiana; Akron, Ohio; Sandusky, Ohio; and Pontiac, Michigan.

Reserve your seat today by calling 800-243-3612 or visit www.FlytheFord.org.

This very airplane plays a role in the major motion picture Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp, which opens nationwide on July 1.

2009 EAA Ford Tri-Motor Tour

  • June 4-7 - Aurora, Illinois, Aurora Municipal Airport (Hosted by EAA Chapter 579)
  • June 11-14 - Grand Rapids, Michigan, Gerald R. Ford International Airport (Hosted by EAA Chapter 145)
  • June 18-21 - Louisville, Kentucky, Bowman Field Airport (Hosted by EAA Chapter 110)
  • June 25-28 - Indianapolis, Indiana, Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport (Hosted by EAA Chapter 67)
  • June 29-July 1 - Akron, Ohio, Akron Canton Regional Airport (Hosted by EAA Chapter 846)
  • July 2-6 - Sandusky, Ohio, Griffing Sandusky Airport (Hosted by EAA Chapter 50)
  • July 9-12 - Pontiac, Michigan, Oakland County International Airport (Hosted by EAA Chapter 113)
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