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Fly in a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor

Posted on July 12th, 2013

Kalamazoo, Mich. — Have you ever wanted to fly in a historic 84-year-old airliner?

Now is your chance!

This summer, the Air Zoo is offering flight opportunities in its beautifully restored 1929 Ford Tri-Motor.

Guests can take flight in this aircraft the weekend of July 18-21. Tickets are $70 per person in advance, $75 at the gate and $50 for children 17 and younger. The Air Zoo’s Tri-Motor is operated by EAA and tickets can be purchased by calling 1-877-952-5395 or  visiting www.flytheford.org.

The Ford Tri-Motor was the world’s first mass-produced airliner. Between 1925 and 1933, the Ford Motor Co. built 199 Tri-Motors. Today, only 12 remain.  The Tri-Motor flight experience will last about 15 minutes and will take place at the Air Zoo’s East Campus.

The Air Zoo’s 5-AT Ford Tri-Motor came off the assembly line in 1929 with serial number 58 and was delivered to National Air Transport where it delivered freight and mail. It quickly went to Ford Motor Company for modifications and then was sold to Northwest Airways flying passengers on the Minneapolis-St Paul to Chicago run. It was one of five Tri-Motors bought by what would become Northwest Airlines.

There will be a media flight available Thursday, June 18 at 1:30 p.m. All members of the media must RSVP by calling 269.350.2812. Seating is limited.

About Air Zoo:
The Air Zoo is a nonprofit organization located at 6151 Portage Rd. in Portage, Mich.  It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and offers a restaurant, gift shop, and banquet facilities.  General admission is $10 per person.  Unlimited rides and attractions may be purchased with an Ultimate Ace Wristband Package ($16.50), which includes general admission, or tickets can be purchased individually for rides. Children who are 4 years old or younger are free.

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