Flying the EAA 1929 Ford Tri-Motor

August 21, 2008

My brother, Ed, and I took a flight on the Experimental Aircraft Association Ford Tri-motor passenger plane that visited Lawrenceville's Briscoe Field.   Ford manufactured these aircraft from 1926 until 1933.  The flight was amazingly smooth considered the windy day and the fact that we never got above 2,000 ft.

The flight lasted about 20 minutes and flew north over the Mall of Georgia and back.  Note the nicely painted wooden panels and engine instruments out on the pylons.  The top gauge is for oil pressure, the middle gauge is for oil temperature and the bottom gauge is for rpm and hours since overhaul.  Note that the controls for the wing surfaces run on the outside of the fuselage.

The plane seats 9 passengers and for an extra fee a tenth passenger could sit in the co-pilot's seat.  This plane was originally purchased by the airline that later became Eastern Air Line.

Check out the EAA web site for this aircraft at:  http://www.eaa.org/fordtrimotor/

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