Long Beach Airport is already known for its wide variety of aircraft, but an especially unique opportunity is about to touch down that will truly stand out to any aviation buff. The famous Ford Tri-Motor, so named for its three powerful radial engines, will visit LGB and offer rides to visitors who would like to take to the skies in a flying piece of history.
The Tri-Motor will be open to visitors for four days, from Thursday, March 5 to Sunday, March 8 – between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm. Tickets for a ride-along will cost $50 for youth under 17 years old, and $70 for adults ($75 without reservation).
The visit will offer a rare chance for aviation fans to get up close and personal with a true living relic. Ford built the Tri-Motor from 1909-29 in an attempt to make it a kind of Model T for the sky. Also known as “The Tin Goose,” the Tri-Motor has a distinctive corrugated metal body and three prominent engines that help it take flight. It became one of the first aircraft with an enclosed body for both passengers and pilots.
The Tri-Motor is owned and will appear thanks to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and it will be stationed at the Aerolease Aeroplex ramp. Parking is available in their lot at 3333 East Spring Street. To reserve a flight, call 1-877-952-5395 or visit this page. For more information about the Tri-Motor and the EAA, visit eaa7.org/ford.