Ford Trimotor Flight at Erie International Airport
July 3, 2013, the EAA AirVenture Museum flew a
Ford Trimotor (aka "Tin Goose") into
Erie International Airport, and offered rides for $75 per seat. Normally, rides in vintage aircraft cost much more
than $75, so Melanie and I jumped at the chance. We got about a 16-minute ride out to Presque Isle and around Presque
Isle Bay. The experience of flying in an aircraft with three radial engines was definitely worth the investment,
especially since it was a cool day, winds were light, and the visibility was unlimited with a little haze. Even
with finely balanced propellers and 9-cylinder radial engines, the vibration level was very notable. Unless you are an airplane lover
who responds to such stimulation the way a newborn baby responds to its mother's heartbeat, I can understand how
hours-long flights might have been a bit wearisome for passengers of yesteryear.
I filmed the entire flight
from beginning to end, but unfortunately the flight back and landing were lost due to a technical difficulty (i.e.,
cranial recutmitis on my part). However, the takeoff and flight out video survived.
A B-17 is due here on
July 20, but at $375 per seat we'll have to settle for a walk through the airplane while it is on the ground. I'm
still waiting for an opportunity to fly in a DC-3 / C-47. Maybe someday...
First are a couple photos, and
then the video is below. Enjoy.
Ford Trimotor at Erie international Airport
Melanie with the Ford Trimotor
Passengers Boarding Ford Trimotor at Erie Int'l Airport
Presque Isle Bay from Ford Trimotor (see Brig Niagara)
I-79 Highway from Ford Trimotor (Erie, PA)
Ford Trimotor Flight Video at Erie International Airport