Historic Ford Tri-Motor lands in Gainesville

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A piece of history is in Gainesville, and you can experience it for yourself.

“The Ford Tri-motor was the first all-metal passenger aircraft to be made here in America,” says Ed Rusch, Ford Tri-Motor pilot.

This is in preparation for the Gator Fly-in and Armed Services Appreciation day on Saturday.

This free event is form 8 a.m to 2 p.m., and will celebrate the military, as well as highlight aviation history with a 90-year-old Ford Tri-Motor, that set the standard for traveling.

“This event is to show people just how far we’ve come in aviation, and what an awesome treat it is to have the Ford Tri-Motor here,” says Pam Landis, U.A.C flight school manager.

This is the eighth tri-motor is this class to be built for passenger flight in 1928, and you can ride it, too.

“You will see the countryside, you will see the houses go by, and depending on the winds you may see the cars go by too,” says Rusch.

While the plane cruises at 90 mph, a lot of the décor in the cabin is the exact same way it was all those years ago. With wooden walls and decorative curtains with tassels, it was reminiscent to the golden age of Hollywood.

“It’s a taste of what air travel was like 90 years ago,” says Rusch.

Above all, the event is to recognize those who serve.

“We are going to have a ramp full of military guys, it’s just our chance to say thank you for what they do,” says Landis.

You can fly the Ford Tri-Motor from April 5-8th from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Prices for Ford Tri-Motor

Adult: $70 (online) $75 (walkup)

Child: $50

Purchase tickets here: www.flytheford.org

Walk-up tickets can be purchased at the UAC booth at the event. In addition, the event is offering “Swamp Tours” lasting about 15 minutes, in which passengers can fly over the UF Football Stadium in a Cessna 172 ($45) or a Robinson R-44 helicopter ($55).

University Air Center: 4701 NE 40 Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32609

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