EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor Tour offers flights on historic airliner

An immaculate 1928 Ford Tri-Motor, the world’s first mass-produced airliner, will be at the St. Cloud Regional Airport, July 6-9. Residents may purchase tickets for a flight aboard the plane during the event, hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

Folks can relive the beginnings of airline travel with “The Tin Goose,” an immaculate 1928 Ford Tri-Motor that is being taken on a tour around the country. The tour offers the opportunity for passengers to experience flight aboard the world’s first mass-produced airliner.

That tour will stop at the St. Cloud Regional Airport, July 6 – 9. During the Ford Tri-Motor Tour hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), passengers will have the chance to travel back to the early days of what was considered luxurious commercial air travel.

The Ford Tri-Motor or the “Tin Goose” was first built by the Ford Motor Company in the late 1920s. This Ford Tri-Motor, owned by the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, Ohio, and flown on tour through a lease agreement with EAA, was constructed in 1928 and has an intriguing history, with roles ranging from service as airliner over the Grand Canyon in the 1930s and later in Honduras, to a showpiece as part of the legendary Harrah’s auto and aircraft collection in Nevada.

After a long period as a museum showpiece, the aircraft was purchased by the Liberty Aviation Museum in 2014 and restored to flight status.

This Tri-Motor can carry up to 10 passengers at a time, and every seat has a window. Passengers are encouraged to bring a camera to record and share this experience.

Advance tickets are available for purchase at www.flytheford.org. Walk-up tickets are also available during the event. Folks can also pre-book a flight by calling 1 (800) 843-3612.