The iconic 1928 Ford Tri-Motor airplane, the world’s first mass-produced airliner, will be coming to Port Clinton’s Liberty Aviation Museum during the Labor Day Weekend, Friday through Sunday, June 30-July 2, providing a special opportunity for young and old to book flights.
To enhance the adventure, The Tin Goose Diner and the Liberty Aviation Museum, 3515 E State Rd., Port Clinton, are also open on Thursday through Monday from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
To book a flight, which will usually feature about 15 minutes of air time, visit www.flytheford.org or call 1-800-359-6217. The airplane usually flies along the coastline for a bird’s eye view of Port Clinton, Marblehead, Catawba and Cedar Point.
For more information call the Liberty Aviation Museum, 419-732-0234. The flights will originate and return to the Liberty Aviation Museum at the Port Clinton Airport. The adventure is $100 for adults, $65 per child, and will help to fund the Port Clinton Tri-Motor Restoration at the Liberty Aviation Museum.
The Ford Tri-Motor will also return on Aug. 4-6, but this time will depart and land at the Put-in-Bay Airport.
A few old-timers will remember the familiar sound of the Ford Tri-Motor as it flew overhead on its many early flights. It was often filled in winter with ice fishermen heading to South Bass island for a day or two of fishing, or with groceries and goods for islanders. Over the years, people have come from far and wide to experience an airplane trip in the historic aircraft.