Flying in a plane that was built in 1929 is something I would have never thought I’d be doing. Is it safe? Will it be a rough ride? Those are a few questions I had. My Dad, my younger brother, and I bit the bullet and decided to fly.
It turns out the ride was so smooth, I wouldn’t have known we left the ground if I wasn’t watching the wheels leave contact with it. The Ford Tri-Motor plane is not a speed demon. We averaged around 80-90 mph and there were a few strong wind gusts that made the plane wobble a bit but I felt completely safe the whole time. The plane holds 9 passengers total and on the ride before ours a 104-year old woman took her second flight on a Tri-Motor. Her first ride was when she was 20 years old, so 84 years ago. It’s crazy to imagine myself riding in a plane I rode in now, and again in 84 years. You would think it wouldn’t still be running, or flying at the least. It is pretty amazing.
The ride was about 15 minutes long and we did a circle around Naples, FL. Along the coast and above the water were my favorite parts of the flight. I’ve never seen the town I grew up in from above and I’m pretty sure I saw my house! It was an amazing experience and I highly suggest doing it if you get the chance.
Right now, the Ford is on tour and will be visiting different cities. You can book your flight through EAA’s website. It’s $75 ($70 ahead of time) and worth every penny.
Above the Cove Inn.