How many Ford Try Motor air craft is there? There used to be one in Reno but apparently it has been relocated to McMinnville Oregon are there any others? David
The tri-motor website says there are about a dozen left.
If you ever get the opportunity to take a flight in a 'Tin Goose' do it.
Flying in the Tri-Motor was unique. Slow enough and traveling low enough to watch the sites go by. Shaky and noisy enough to feel flight as it was meant to be. You watched the pilot work the controls and fiddle with the gauges. And if you chartered the plane you might get to sit on the raised cockpit step for the flight around the Perry monument and the Lake Erie islands.
We had one fly into Frasca Field in Urbana, IL this past summer for a few day display.
My son-in-law, who is a mechanical engineer for Frasca International(they build flight simulators)was lucky enough to win a drawing to take a flight on it.
David...sounds like maybe you're from Ohio too! I can remember many a day sailing around the islands and passing under the Tin Goose as it slowly made it's way across the South Passage to or from the mainland. Was quite a sight. We miss it. But then, thanks to the Model T's, we're no longer sailing either!! Pretty good swap actually.
When we were in the U.S. last year for the Speedster Reunion at Lincoln we were fortunate to have the experience of having a flight in a Ford Tri - Motor. We drove to Yankton, South Dakota to meet up with the Tri-Motor. A great experience !!!
Regards, John Page
Ok, Where in California do I go to get a ride in one of these baby,s? Scott
The EAA fly's 'em out of Port Clinton Ohio every so often. I think they were just here, last summer. Don't know about future events.
The EAA Tri Motor visits various airports typically during the Summer and Fall. I don't know if they travel as far as California, but it's worth investigating.
Go to EAA.org and look for the Tri Motor schedule. They usually set it in the Spring for the Summer and Fall.
I flew in a Ford Tri Motor in July, 2012 at the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, WI. They had two Ford Tri-Motors giving rides at $80.00 per person for about a 15 minute flight. It was unforgetable. I think they offer these rides every year at the EAA Airventure.
Our Model T Club, the Dairyland Tin Lizzies has several Model T's at the EAA Airventure as guests of Ford and we give free rides in our T's from Monday through Friday of the event. Great fun!
Thanks for the info I had no idea there were that many Tri-Motors out there. We have property at Sproat Lake where the Martin Mars lives, it just shakes the ground when it goes over. My brother and sister in law had there 50th wedding anniversary and the Mars did a low and over and salute over the house it was breathtaking. Cheers
Took my ride on June 13, 2012. WOW. Hoping to hitch a ride on one of the big bombers one day.
Worth every cent of the price.
More Tri-Motor. From a passenger seat the plane seemed to take off at 60 mph, fly at 60 and land at 60. Not the true speeds but it was the feeling. Looking out the window the main wheel would keep up a slow spinning throughout the flight. Many a flight with Island Airline would include school children, packages in the back and not unusual for a dog or cat in someone,s lap. A true delight was to be invited to ride the right side co-pilot seat and lightly follow through on the controls. And usually if you asked for a flight schedule you might be told we don't have one.
They are rebuilding one at the Liberty Aviation Museum at Port Clinton Ohio. You can check it out at their Web site. When done they plan to fly it back and forth to Put-in-Bay.
David...I've been told it wasn't unusual for a flock of sheep to have a ride to "the Bay" also!
Ford Tri Motor ride Lexington airport 2012
Ron the Coilman
I flew on it in Knoxville today and boy what an experience. Absolutely wonderful aircraft.
Neat. Thanks for posting guys. How many passengers were they capable of hauling?
The young bloke in John Pages photo is my grandson Tomas who is 21 today, happy birthday Tomas may we have many more great adventures around the world together before I fall off the perch. The best way to get to heaven is in a Ford Trimotor. Our Model T's are just the prologue.Take a ride & help keep the big old Fords flying.Doug down under.
Rob, I flew in the EAA Tri-Motor when it was in Lincoln a couple of years ago. It had room for 10 passengers each trip.
The Detroit Model T Club is organizing a Ford TriMotor outing on Friday, July 11 at 4pm. The EAA and the Detroit Model T Club are hosting flights on the Ford TriMotor at the Pontiac Airport. You can bring a car and pose it with the plane, watch flights and if you want, present a $75 donation and enjoy a half hour aeroplane ride. Bring a lawn chair and picnic and have a unique summer adventure. If anyone has questions, please feel free to contact me. Jon Crane
Here is more information.