Take-off in a Ford Tri-Motor at OCIA

In a recent press release it was announced that the public will have an exciting opportunity to ride in a historic Ford Tri-Motor airplane next week at Oakland County International Airport. Passenger flights will take place 2-5 p.m. Thursday, July 10 and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. July 11-13 at the airport’s main terminal. EAA Ford TriMotor air to air June 2006

“The Ford Tri-Motor hearkens back to the Golden Age of Aviation, when Oakland County International Airport became the first airport in America to be certified by the federal government,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Taking off in this plane is like transporting yourself back into history.”

Each flight can carry up to 10 passengers and will last about 20 minutes. The public may purchase tickets online before July 10 for $70 per adult or $50 for children 17 and under. The website for tickets and other information is www.FlyTheFord.org. Those who wish to purchase tickets at the gate will pay $75 per adult and $50 for children 17 and under.

These flights are the last stop of the 2014 Ford Tri-Motor Tour organized by the Experimental Aircraft Association of Oshkosh, Wis., owner and operator of the Tri-Motor. For additional information, please see the accompanying Ford Tri-Motor media kit.

Henry Ford produced his first Tri-Motor in 1925. He made 199 of them until 1933. This particular Tri- Motor, No. 146, was built in August, 1929 for what was then known as Eastern Air Transport which became Eastern Airlines. No. 146 retains the blue colors of Eastern Air Transport. Ford Tri-Motors are also known by their nickname, “The Tin Goose.”

The Oakland County International Airport terminal is located at 6500 Highland Road in Waterford, Mich.

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