ALMOST AS FAST AS A MOUSE, EASTERN AIRLINES RETURNS TO ATLANTA WHEN
EAAS FORD TRI-MOTOR ARRIVES

EAA Chapter 690, located at Gwinnett County Airport, Lawrenceville,
Georgia will host one of the few flying Ford Tri-Motor aircraft on its
only visit to the Atlanta area. A classic aircraft from the early days
of commercial air travel, the Ford Tri-Motor re-creates the romance of
pre-jet air travel. The visit provides opportunities for aviation
enthusiasts, grandparents, parents and kids alike to see and ride in the
worlds first mass-produced airliner when the Experimental Aircraft
Association (EAA) brings its restored 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airliner to
Atlanta.

The Ford Motor Company built 199 Ford Tri-Motors, nicknamed the Tin
Goose, through 1933. EAAs aircraft was number 146 off Fords
innovative assembly line and first flew on August 21, 1929. It was sold
to Pitcairn Aviations passenger division, Eastern Air Transport, whose
paint scheme is replicated on EAAs Tri-Motor. This is why our Ford
resides in the Pitcairn hangar at Pioneer Airport. Eastern Air Transport
later became Eastern Airlines. EAAs airplane underwent a 12-year
restoration beginning in the 1970s and since the mid-1980s, has been
based at the EAA museums historic Pioneer Airport. This facility is a
faithful re-creation of an early aerodrome, including flying activities
from a 2,000-foot grass airstrip.

The Tri-Motor will be available for a daily schedule of flights at
Lawrencevilles Briscoe Field from the Aircraft Specialists Jet Center
(south side) ramp, on Briscoe Blvd., from Thursday, August 30th through
Monday, September 3rd from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The presence of such an
historic aircraft of the past offers a unique opportunity for
individuals, clubs, schools, home school and church groups, etc. to see
and fly in this historic aircraft. At each tour stop, visitors will have
the opportunity to take flights aboard this unique aircraft. Flights are
available for $40 for EAA members and $50 for non-members. A secure
flight-reservation system and complete information are available through
EAAs Tri-Motor tour web site at www.flytheford.org. You can also
pre-book a flight by calling 1-800-843-3612. Most of the airports on the
tour have not seen a Ford Tri-Motor on its runway for decades.

A pancake breakfast (Saturday), continental breakfast (Sunday) and light
lunch and refreshments will be available on the weekend. All activities
are open to the public. On Saturday evening, September 1st, the Chapter
will host a spaghetti dinner. The Elgin Wells Trio will provide musical
entertainment for the evening in the EAA Chapter building with the
proceeds benefiting the Elgin Wells, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets are
$15.00/person in advance, $20.00 at the door with reservations. For
further information or reservations contact Lnor Levine at (67
770-1877 or lnor_l@bellsouth.net.


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