From Staff Reports
Lorain County Regional Airport was busy this weekend with aerial and static displays as Discover Aviation Day brought in aviation enthusiasts and those wanting an up-close look. The blue sky on Saturday was buzzing with the Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT-B sporting a crew of two and ten passengers experiencing the early days of flight. This aircraft set the pace early in the commercial passenger market beginning in 1929, the plane becoming known as the first luxury airliner. This aircraft ferried passengers to Los Angeles in 48 hours, picking up rail passengers from New York City in Columbus, Ohio then making stops in Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Wichita and on to Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona all for a one-way ticket price of $350. On a historical note, astronaut Neil Armstrong’s first flight as a passenger was on board a Tri-Motor.
The Tri-Motor was available due to the efforts of Paul and Vicki Koziol, volunteer organizers of the Discover Aviation Center and of the local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1252 for their annual Discover Aviation Day. This four-day fly-in event saw hundreds from the Lorain County community discover, explore, and experience the world of General Aviation. Over 70 youth aged 8-17 received free Young Eagle flights for an experience of a lifetime. The airfield had numerous aircraft on display including experimental aircraft and a WWII vintage B-25 nicknamed “Georgie’s Gal”. EAA Chapter 127 opened a hanger to the public to see experimental aircraft in various stages of build.
The Koziol’s were busy throughout the day clinching a successful and fun day for all. Paul said, “We have a great Chapter here and they all came together to put on this event. We are so pleased to have so many come out today and get a small taste of aviation and are glad to have a couple of vintage aircraft here to see and ride. We are looking forward to showcase this airfield and are working hard to put on an even better event for 2022.”