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1929 Ford Tri-Motor Coming to Monroe, NC (Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport) Oct 17th - Oct 20, 2013

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EAA Chapter 309 is again sponsoring the 1929 EAA Ford Tri-Motor by bringing it to Monroe, NC, Oct 17 - Oct 20, 2013! Flight Times are Oct 17th 2 - 5PM; Oct 18th - 20th 9AM - 5PM. The event will be hosted by the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport, 
3900 Paul J Helms Drive, Monroe, NC 28110, a designated relief airport for the Charlotte Douglas Airport.  Book your flight at or call 877-952-5395.  Special pricing for Veterans and Active Duty Military available at the event.  

The Charlotte/Monroe area public will have a rare chance to experience the early days of air travel in an aircraft that made aviation history. The Ford Tri-Motor was the airplane that gave rise to scheduled passenger flights. The first scheduled passenger flight, as well as the first scheduled air freight flight, took place in a Ford Tri-Motor. The EAA Tri-Motor is the actual plane that was first used to start Eastern Airlines passenger service! On May 17,1937, Eastern Airlines flew the first scheduled airline passenger flight into Charlotte.  All major airlines began with a Tri-Motor. Only 199 were originally built. Now, only 1-3 airplanes remain airworthy.

Henry Ford mobilized millions of Americans and created a new market with his Model T “Tin Lizzie” automobile from 1908 to 1926. After World War I he recognized the potential for mass air transportation. Ford’s Tri-Motor aircraft, nicknamed “The Tin Goose,” was designed to build another new market, AIRLINE TRAVEL!  All major airlines started with the Ford Tri-Motor.

After an arduous, twelve-year restoration process by EAA staff, volunteers and with assistance from Ford Tri-Motor operators nationwide, the old Tri-Motor once again took to the air. Its official debut was at the 1985 EAA convention in Oshkosh. It was displayed in the AirVenture Museum until 1991 when it returned to its former role of delighting passengers and now with local EAA Chapter Sponsored rides over their home town at very modest prices. Ford Tri-Motor NC8407 is the flagship of EAA’s Pioneer Airport, a part of the AirVenture Museum experience. It is even a Movie Star!  More History and Aircraft Specifications.

A local newspaper columnist reported on his Ford Tri-Motor "flight back in time" at Concord Regional Airport during the last visit.  Thanks to O.C. Stonestreet for his great article that was published in the Statesville Record & Landmark and the Concord Independent Tribune.

Book flights On-Line or call 877-952-5395.
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