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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Neal, Aug 28, 2005.
Oh it was fun!
As I stepped off the plane I was thinking how I should have taken the camera with me. I wonder if I can slip over there tomorrow and get a few pics. It's a 1929 Tri Motor with 3 P&W 985s. 450 HP each.
I now have a pic of the Tri Motor on my e-mail. Anyone know how to resize it and attach it to this thread?
I want one
The pic looks good. ;f
The plane has quiet a history. It first flew in 1929, 3 years before my father was born. It served many duties before being aquired and restored by the EAA. One of those duties was being used in the Jerry Lewis movie called "Family Jewels". It has been giving rides since being restored about 1985, IIRC. The pilot had his window open in flight and his arm outside the window like he was driving the family station wagon. Also, the yoke was a full circle "steering wheel". It's a great old airplane, a real piece of aviation history.
What did they charge for that once in a lifetime ride?
Wouldn't you like to have Ford Tri-Motor time in your log book?
The ride is $50.00, and it's about 15 minutes. For $100.00 you can ride in the right seat and get a logbook endorsement. There were several Purdue flight program students who did so.
I'll never forget flying that plane out of Meigs Field. Back then they were charging $40 for a seat in the back, and $60 up front. I still remember the paying right-seater arguing with the pilot about being able to log SIC time in that thing (1 person required crew).
To bad the right seater didn't have his CFI-ME, then he could have logged it ;a
That Ford Tri Motor, NC8407, is the one in Microsoft 2004 Century of Flight.
Oh well, if you can't fly the real thing, you can make believe.