If you're a fan of vintage aircraft, a short trip to Lawrenceville offers a chance to see a rare beauty in action.
A restored 1929 Ford Tri-Motor aircraft, one of few still flying, will be on display Sept. 16-19 at Briscoe Field.
The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 690 will provide a daily schedule of flights in the world's first mass-produced airliner.
"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."
Ford Motor Co. built the Tri-Motor, nicknamed the "Tin Goose," in the late 1920s. The aircraft on display underwent a 12-year restoration beginning in the 1970s, and since the mid-1980s has been based at the EAA museum's historic Pioneer Airport.
Flights will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the Aircraft Specialists Jet Center (southside) ramp on Briscoe Boulevard in Lawrenceville.
Flights are $50 for EAA members, $60 for nonmembers. A secure flight-reservation system and complete information are available through EAA's Tri-Motor tour website, www.flytheford.org. You can also pre-book a flight by calling 800-843-3612. They are available to individuals, clubs, schools, home school and church groups, etc. to see and fly in this historic aircraft.
Atlanta area amateur radio operators will be operating Special Event Station W4LZU from the site and contact other radio operators around the world to commemorate the event. In addition, local radio control model aircraft club members will exhibit various models for public view.