There is a once in a lifetime opportunity this weekend right here in the Black Hills. The Experimental Aircraft Association is a community of passionate aviation enthusiasts that strive to provide unique flight opportunities all over the US. This weekend only at the Rapid City Regional Airport you can take a once in a lifetime flight aboard the Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT-B, more affectionately known as The Tin Goose.
The Tri-Motor was the only airplane manufactured by Henry Ford’s automobile company and there were only 199 ever made. The particular model here in Rapid City has a very interesting past and has been flown all over the western hemisphere. As of 2012 there were only 18 still in existence, 8 of which are actually airworthy.
I was able to get a tour of the aircraft and I will definitely be in line this weekend to go up in the air. Upon stepping inside you are immediately transported to a different era, one in which flying across the country was cutting edge and a luxury. Seating only 12 passengers and cruising at 122 mph, the 5-AT-B had a range of 560 miles, making it the fastest way to travel the country in 1928.
If this is something that sounds interesting to you, and I urge everyone to give it a shot, flights will be offered at the Rapid City Regional Airport from 9am – 5pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $75 at the event and there is always room for walk-up customers. If you have any questions or would like to check on availability you can reach the ground crew at 1-920-379-8339.
If you miss the event here in Rapid City they will also be flying it out of the Natrona County International Airport in Casper, WY August 25th – 28th.