Saturday , 24 July 2021

Experience The Golden Age of Aviation

Paul and Vicki Koziol of Discover Aviation Center.

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will be bringing a Ford Tri-Motor aka “Tin Goose” to Lorain County Regional Airport July 8-11, 2021. Rides will be available on July 8 2-5 pm and on July 9-11 9 am-5 pm. Known as the first luxury airliner, the Tri-Motor redefined world travel and marked the beginning of commercial flight.

The Ford Tri-Motor is an American three-engine transport aircraft and was the first transcontinental airline-railroad routes, with the first flight being on July 1929. Passengers would take trains from New York City to Columbus, Ohio, then board a flight with stops in Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Wichita, Oklahoma and then through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and arriving in Los Angeles 48 hours later. A one-way ticket would put you back about $350. Neil Armstrong’s first flight as a passenger was aboard a Tri-motor; spurring him toward a career that took him to the moon. Tri-Motors were manufactured by the companies of Henry Ford between 1926 and 1933. There were 199 made, of which only a handful still exist.

Hopping onboard is more than just a cool airplane ride. It is a living flight experience that takes you back in history. Locally Ford-Tri Motors were used at Island Airlines from 1930-1985, operated from the Port Clinton airport and served the islands of Lake Erie as “The World’s Shortest Airline”. Residents and visitors of the island depended on the airline for mail, supplies, transportation, ambulance, and many other services.

Coinciding with the Tri-Motor visit, local EAA Chapter 1252 will hold its annual Discover Aviation Day at Lorain County Regional Airport on July 10, 2021. This event was created as a fun and educational family event to introduce people to the world of General Aviation. The EAA Chapter will host a pancake breakfast followed by burgers and hot dogs for lunch. Young Eagle flights will be available which are free airplane rides for youth ages 8-17 years. A parent or legal guardian must be present, registration starts at 9 am. There will be various aircraft on display, including Metro Life Flight’s helicopter. There is no parking or admission fees so come out and get an aviation experience of a lifetime.

For additional information please contact Paul or Vicki 440-263-6668 or

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