Oswego County Airport hosts one of the nation’s oldest airliners August 25-28

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Oswego County Airport hosts one of the nation’s oldest airliners August 25-28

August 12, 2022

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) invites people to come visit – and take a flight on – one of the oldest operating airliners in the United States, the 1928 Ford Tri-Motor at the Liberty Air Museum . This aircraft brings the elegance of early aviation to Oswego County from Thursday, August 25 through Sunday, August 28.

Local EAA Chapter #486 presents this special event at the Oswego County Airport, 40 Airport Drive, just off County Rte. 176, in Fulton. There is no charge to view the airliner and the staff recommend people bring their cameras and save space on their phones for photos! Hearing protection is recommended near the aircraft and earplugs will be provided.

The flights will be accessible to the public for four days:

  • Thursday August 25, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, August 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Each flight experience lasts approximately 30 minutes, including 15 minutes in the air. Passengers must remain seated for the duration of the flight. The aircraft carries 10 passengers, all in single window seats separated by a central aisle.

Admission is $80 for adults in advance; $85 for adults going up; and $55 for children 17 and under. Pre-registration is now open online through EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor website at FlyTheFord.org or by calling 1-877-952-5395. The revenue from the flights helps cover the costs of maintaining and operating the aircraft to keep it flying for many years to come.

This local stopover is part of a nationwide tour that will see the airliner visit other Northeast cities including Erie, PA; Brockport and Horseheads, NY; and other communities in Ohio – known as the “Cradle of Aviation”.

The tour offers people the opportunity to experience the energy, passion and excitement of the Roaring Twenties by visiting and flying aboard one of the most remarkable products of its time. Built in 1928, the Ford Tri-Motor was known as the first luxury airliner. It redefined global travel and marked the beginning of commercial flight.

Originally owned by Transcontinental Air Trans-port (TAT), the airliner changed hands several times, including a stint at Transcontinental and Western Air (TWA) where it helped develop the routing system of the airline company. It served as a tourist air carrier with Boulder Dam Tours and has undergone several restoration projects over the years to restore it to flying condition and ensure its tour readiness.

Founded in 1953, the EAA is the world’s largest recreational aviation organization. It offers the fun and camaraderie of participating in flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft with the most passionate community of aviation enthusiasts. Its mission is to increase participation in aviation by promoting the “spirit of aviation”. Local Chapter #486 is one of 900 chapters located across the country.

For full event details, visit FlyTheFord.org. To learn more about the EAA, visit www.eaa.org. For more information about Oswego County Airport, go to http://oswegocountyairport.com/.

About the EAA:
EAA embodies the “spirit of aviation” through the most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts in the world. EAA’s 250,000 members and 900 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. The organization serves the community by inspiring new participants in aviation and enriching that participation experience. For more information about the EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. For continuous news updates, connect with www.twitter.com/EAA.

PREPARE TO TAKE FLIGHT – Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Local Chapter #486 features the Liberty Air Museum’s 1928 Ford Tri-Motor, one of the oldest operating airliners in the United States. The public is invited to view the aircraft at Oswego County Airport, 40 Airport Drive, Fulton, Thursday August 25th through Sunday August 28th. People can also go online to FlyTheFord.org to book a 30-minute flight. aboard America’s first luxury airliner for a fee. For more information, call 1-877-952-5395. Photo courtesy of EAA photographer.

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