Although not exactly "mouse" centric, any mouse driver (or anyone else
for that matter) in the Atlanta area is welcome to join us as the . . .

"EARLY DAYS OF AIR TRANSPORTATION COMES TO LAWRENCEVILLE
WHEN EASTERN AIRLINES FIRST AIRLINER RETURNS TO ATLANTA"

Experimental Aircraft Association 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 world's first mass-produced
airliner when the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) brings its
restored 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, the first owned by Atlanta's Eastern
Airlines, to Atlanta.

The Tri-Motor will be available for a daily schedule of flights at
Lawrenceville's Briscoe Field from the Aircraft Specialists Jet Center
(south side) ramp, on Briscoe Blvd., from mid-day Thursday, August 21st
through Monday, August 25th. Scenic flights from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

"This airplane allows people to experience true living history of
aviation, as well as learn more about EAA and our mission to help people
fully participate in the world of flight," said Adam Smith, director of
the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, WI, where the airplane is based.
"As we bring the airplane to this region of the country for the first
time, thousands of people will get a rare glimpse of a unique flying
machine that changed the way people travel in America."

The Ford Motor Company built the Ford Tri-Motor, nicknamed the "Tin
Goose," in the late 1920s. EAA's airplane underwent a 12-year
restoration beginning in the 1970s and since the mid-1980s, has been
based at the EAA museum's 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 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 EAA's 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.
--
Joel M. Levine
EAA Chapter 690 - AOPA - WA4HNL
Beechcraft N5997S
jlevine@bellsouth.net


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