EARLY DAYS OF AIR TRANSPORTATION COMES TO LAWRENCEVILLE WHEN EAA’S FORD TRI-MOTOR ARRIVES
Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 690, located at Gwinnett County Airport, Lawrenceville, Georgia will host one of the few flying Ford Tri-Motor aircraft on its only visit to the Atlanta area. A classic aircraft from the early days of commercial air travel, the Ford Tri-Motor re-creates the romance of pre-jet 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 when the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) brings its restored 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airliner to the Atlanta area. The Tri-Motor will be available for a daily schedule of flights at Lawrenceville’s Briscoe Field from the Gwinnett Aero (north side) ramp, 850 Airport Rd, Lawrenceville, GA, off Georgia Hwy 316, from Thursday, April 27th 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM and Friday, April 28th through Sunday, April 30th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The airplane allows people to experience the true living history of aviation as well as learn more about EAA and our mission to help people fully participate in the world of flight. Based in Oshkosh, WS, touring the aircraft provides thousands of people an opportunity to 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. EAA’s airplane 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. This facility is a faithful re-creation of an early aerodrome, including flying activities from a 2,000-foot grass airstrip. The presence of such an historic aircraft offers a unique opportunity for individuals, clubs, schools, home school and church groups, etc. to see and fly in this historic aircraft. At each tour stop, visitors will have the opportunity to take flights aboard the aircraft. Flights are available for $70 in advance or $75 walk-up and $50 for children 17 and under. A secure flight-reservation system and complete information are available through EAA’s Tri-Motor tour web site at www.flytheford.org. You can also pre-book a flight by calling 1-877-952-5395. The Chapter will host a spaghetti dinner on Saturday evening, April 29 in the Chapter 690 Hangar, 690 Airport Road, Hangar 1. All activities are open to the public. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets are $15.00/person, children under 10 free in advance. Tickets may be purchased online by going to www.mkt.com/eaa690. For further information or reservations contact Randy Epstein at 678-507-9394 or firstname.lastname@example.org.