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Step Back-in-Time Aboard a Luxury 1928 Ford Tri-Motor Aircraft

SPRING HILL – If you’ve ever flown first class, then you know some of the perks include, early boarding, lots of leg room and a little curtain that separates you from the “commoners” in coach.  But have you ever imagined what luxury would be like, at the dawn of commercial air transportation? Well, you can, compliments of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), if you head over to Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport before the end of the weekend.

Yesterday, the EAA invited RNRF to experience “luxury” flight, aboard one of its 1928 Ford Tri-Motor Aircraft, also known as the “Tin Goose.”

Before we climbed aboard the mint condition, vintage beauty, Capt. Ed Rush explained some of the history behind the aircraft. Rush says the aircraft took to the skies for the first time, December 1st 1928. For baseball fanatics, that’s the same year the New York Yankees became the first team to sweep two consecutive World Series.

The aircraft began operating with Transcontinental Commercial Air Service in 1929, Transcontinental and Western Air (TWA) in 1931, Grand Canyon Airlines in 1935 and several other airlines throughout the years, before it was retired in 1954, after a minor accident.

“The aircraft’s top speed is about 85 mph,” says Rush, “and it can fly about four hours without refueling.

The seats were surprisingly comfortable, but if you require a cabin temperature of 72°, the “Tin Goose” isn’t for you. There is “air-conditioning,” but it really doesn’t start to kick in until the aircraft takes flight – that’s when you can open a tiny vent to provide a little breeze from the outside.

Having the opportunity to experience flight inside a vintage commercial aircraft, is something I recommend to anyone who can find the time.

Flights are available to the general public right now, starting at just $50.00 for children and $75.00 for adults. For more information and to secure a reservation, call 1800-843-3612 or visit their website at

You won’t be disappointed…

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  • I heard and saw this plane over my house on Saturday. Looked like it was only doing about 50 mph.

    Sunday, 12 April 2015, 9:58 am
  • I saw this plane flying an it looked like it was just floating along it went so slow.fantastic.

    Saturday, 11 April 2015, 7:35 pm
  • Hey Tom, did you get any close up shots of those engines? Incredible piece of technology for the time period. Wonder how many hours this bird has clocked in the air?

    Friday, 10 April 2015, 3:30 pm

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