Ford Trimotor Flight at Erie International Airport

 Ford Trimotor Flight at Erie International Airport - Airplanes and RocketsOn 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 - Airplanes and Rockets
Ford Trimotor at Erie international Airport



Supermodel Melanie with the Ford Trimotor - Airplanes and Rockets
Melanie with the Ford Trimotor
Passengers Boarding Ford Trimotor at Erie Int'l Airport - Airplanes and Rockets
Passengers Boarding Ford Trimotor at Erie Int'l Airport


Presque Isle Bay from Ford Trimotor (see Brig Niagara) - Airplanes and Rockets
Presque Isle Bay from Ford Trimotor (see Brig Niagara)

I-79 Highway from Ford Trimotor (Erie, PA) - Airplanes and Rockets
I-79 Highway from Ford Trimotor (Erie, PA)



Ford Trimotor Flight Video at Erie International Airport

 

 

 

 

Posted July 13, 2013