Fly in a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor plane
Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:35:11 GMT —
If you know planes, you'll know the Ford Tri-Motor.
The Tri-Motor was built in 1929 by the Stout Metal Aircraft Division of the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan.
The name "Tri-Motor," because it has three engines, one on the nose, and one on each wing.
Also called the "Tin Goose," the all-metal plane located in Port Clinton has been fully restored to it's original glory, and is now available for you to experience for yourself.
While riding in the plane, it may seem a bit louder compared to what you're used to from today's standards, but back in the 1920's this was considered top-of-the-line luxury.
The ol' girl's slow crawl through the sky makes for some great views, and offered plenty of knee space, for those who could afford the ride back in the 20's and 30's.
"It was a major breakthrough and it was pretty much transportation reserved for the upper crust," says Co-Pilot Jody Brausch with the Ford Tri-Motor Tour.In 1929, the plane was revolutionary.
Brausch says, "Airplanes that were built back then were primarily built from a wooden frame with a cotton fabric stretched over that frame."
The Tri-Motor design paved the way for the modern planes we take for granted today, and gave rise to many of the airlines that are currently flying.
Only 199 were ever built, and preserving the romance of our history, into the big blue yonder, is a passion for the 16 pilots involved in this endeavor.
There are now only seven left on the planet capable of flight, and it's a privilege to have this glimpse of American history available to the public in northwest Ohio.