Ford Tri-Motor Rides

Discussion in 'Travel' started by Mike, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Received this email from EAA (Experimental Air Craft Association, the organization that runs the annual airshow at Oshkosh)

    If you'd like to ride on an airliner that's older than my mother (who's in her 80's), this is your chance!

    The EAA Tri-Motor is often flown by celebrity pilots for special occasions, e.g. Chuck Yeager has flown it on flights for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. You'll never fly in his X-15, but you can take a ride in the Tri-Motor that he's piloted.
  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Some museum pieces should stay in the museum...
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I think Mike should go. Chances for rides like this are dwindling and may never be available again. I had the opportunity for a ride in the Good Year Blimp a few years back. Very happy that I went, totally different than being in an airplane and I have been in a few.

    Heck if it crashed and all on board were killed they could still put "I died in a Ford Tri-Motor" on the tombstone.
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    My wife & I took a rid in it a few years ago at the annual air show in Oshkosh. It's a unique experience to look out the window & see the same gauges the pilot sees on the landing gear for the engine on that side. :D

    Body parts were probably lifted from a barn. At the end of its useful life, it should make a nice shed.
  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Been there, done that, still alive. These rides are available every year at the Oshkosh air show, and there's always a line waiting for them.

    A few years ago I was all hyped to cough up the $500 for a B-17 ride, but a few days after my wife had concurred one ditched & burned (everyone survived :) ) in a field south of Chicago, so I kind of lost interest. At least I'm too big to fit in the belly turret.

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