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The Ford Tri-Motor Airplane

Apr 01, 2015 09:52PM ● By Jennifer Neys
Take a step back in time when you climb aboard one of the first mass-produced airliners, the three-engine Ford Tri-Motor aircraft, first produced in 1925. The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 393 in Concord is sponsoring a Ford Tri-Motor team to come to Buchanan airport May 1 – 3, and offer once in a lifetime flights aboard this classic American transport airplane, affectionately known as “The Tin Goose.”

“It’s the first time this aircraft has been west of the Rockies, and our organization, the EAA, purchased this airplane. There are only 18 planes like this in existence, so it’s going to be an historical event. We are hoping to have the four mayors from the surrounding cities there as well,” said Stephen Tucker, tour coordinator. Public rides on the eleven-passenger aircraft will be offered on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for $70 per person in advance, or $75 on-site, first come, first served. Children 17 and under are $50, and ground viewing is free. Parents are required to sign a waiver for each minor under the age of 18.

Every flight experience is approximately 30 minutes, about 15 minutes of which is in the air, and each seat is located next to a window. Flights run continuously from 10am-12pm and 1pm-6pm. Revenues from the Ford Tri-Motor tour help cover maintenance and operation costs for the aircraft and aid our ambition to keep The Tin Goose flying for many years to come.

EAA Chapter 393 in Concord is the local non-profit chapter of the EAA, with a membership of about 60 local pilots and aviation enthusiasts. They will provide support staffing for the event and local crew arrangements. Additionally, other aircraft will be on the ground and available for viewing while you wait for your flight. Sterling Aviation in Concord helped promote this event by donating two 30-minute Flight Simulator Experiences and a one-hour Bay Tour Flight with Pleasant Hill Mayor Ken Carlson at the Contra Costa Chinese School auction last February.

 The Experimental Aircraft Association is a non-profit organization of pilots, builders, and aviation enthusiasts, with more than 180,000 members. It operates the AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and hosts the largest air show in the world every July in Oshkosh. To book your flight, visit: