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Ford Tri-Motor Tours Set to Launch in May

 

Ford Tri-Motor
EAA's vintage Ford Tri-Motor heads out on tour in May 2013.

April 18, 2013 - EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor and its "sister" plane from the Kalamazoo Air Zoo will tour the country this spring and summer, giving passengers an opportunity to travel back to the early days of luxurious commercial flight.

The EAA Tri-Motor was built in 1929 and over its life has served in a number of roles - from Cuban airliner to transport for forest fire fighting smoke jumpers. EAA Founder Paul Poberezny purchased the aircraft 1973 and it underwent a 12-year restoration effort.

Housed at EAA's Pioneer Airport, the Tin Goose has been featured in two major movies - Family Jewels in 1965 starring Jerry Lewis, and Public Enemies in 2009 starring Johnny Depp.

Kalamazoo Air Zoo's Tri-Motor was also constructed in 1929. National Air Transport flew it across the United States delivering freight and mail. In 1945 it received a complete overhaul from Monroe Airways and was used for Grand Canyon tours as well as fighting forest fires. Kal-Aero purchased and rebuilt the aircraft in 1991, later donating it to the Kalamazoo Air Zoo.

EAA's Tri-Motor tour kicks off in Oshkosh on May 11, while the Kalamazoo Tri-Motor launches from Kalamazoo on May 24. Tours run through July 21 and span 11 states.

Both aircraft can carry up to nine passengers at a time - all in window seats - so you're encouraged to bring your cameras.

Advance tickets are $70 for adults. Walk-up tickets are $75 for adults and $50 for children 17 years old and under. Limited availability copilot seating tickets can only be purchased on-site for $125.

For the complete 2013 tour schedule or to book a seat on one of the historic Ford Tri-Motor flights, visit FlyTheFord.org or call 800-843-3612.

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