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Ford Tri-Motor available for tours, flights in Lawrenceville

POSTED: May 24, 2012 12:25 a.m.

A historic aircraft from the early days of air travel will be on display this weekend at at Gwinnett County Airport in Lawrenceville.

The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 690 will host one of the few flying Ford Tri-Motor aircraft on its visit to the area.

The restored 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is a classic aircraft from the beginning days of commercial air travel. The visit provides opportunities for aviation enthusiasts, grandparents, parents and kids alike to see and ride in the world’s first mass-produced airliner, first owned by Atlanta’s Eastern Airlines.

The Tri-Motor will be available for a daily schedule of flights at Briscoe Field from the Landmark Aviation (north side) ramp, off Ga. 316, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 24, through Tuesday, May 29.

“This airplane allows people to experience a true piece of the living history of aviation, as well as to learn more about EAA and our mission to help people fully participate in the world of flight,” said Adam Smith, director of the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wis, where the airplane is based. “As we bring the airplane to the Atlanta area, thousands of people will get a rare glimpse of a unique flying machine that changed the way people travel in America.”

The Ford Motor Company built the Ford Tri-Motor, nicknamed the “Tin Goose,” in the late 1920s in it’s Dearborn, Mich., plant. The airplane underwent a 12-year restoration beginning in the 1970s and since the mid-1980s it has been based at the EAA museum’s historic Pioneer Airport.

On Saturday, members of the Stone Mountain Radio Control Club will display several radio-controlled model aircraft.

Flights cost $80, with a spot in the co-pilot seat for $125. You can reserve flights online at or call 920-426-6536.

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