Fly the Skies in the Ford Tri-Motor!

By | Aug 19th, 2016 | Category: Culture
Fly the Skies in the Ford Tri-Motor!

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.

The Tin Goose in all it's glory, fully restored and ready for flight.

The Tin Goose in all it’s glory, fully restored and ready for flight.

The 77.5' wingspan casts can imposing image when up close.

The 77.5′ wingspan casts can imposing image when up close.

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.

Despite having two single rows of seating, this was groundbreaking in the late 1920's.

Despite having two single rows of seating, this was groundbreaking in the late 1920’s.

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.

Be sure to catch a flight on the "City of Wichita", it's only in town this weekend!

Be sure to catch a flight on the “City of Wichita”, it’s only in town this weekend!

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.

About the Author

is an Aberdeen native and views the Black Hills as a much needed reprieve from the never ending plains of Eastern South Dakota. He graduated from Northern State University with a degree in Fine Arts and Multimedia Design, both of which he enjoys using as the Marketing Project Specialist at Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association. He and his wife own a martial arts gym in Rapid City and most of his time outside of work goes into training and growing that program. When not working he loves cooking and trying new beers from all around the world. He has dreams of traveling to every country in the world at least once and living abroad for an entire year at some point in his life.

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