The sights and sounds of flying on a 1928 Ford Tri-Motor Airliner


The 1928 Ford Tri-Motor was the first mass-produced airliner, which redefined world travel and marked the beginning of commercial flights.

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LEXINGTON, Ky.  – Recall the sights and sounds of flying luxuriously on a 1928 Ford Tri-Motor. This was the first mass-produced airliner that redefined world travel and marked the beginning of commercial flights.

Henry Ford helped mobilize America while creating the Model-T automobile. Shortly after World War l, he recognized the potential for mass air transportation.

This plane brings a unique history as it offered passengers a flying experience like never before. “It was a very upscale ride, a very expensive ride to do that. Passengers all dressed up, coats and ties, hats, gloves for ladies. It was an expensive ticket,” said Colin Soucy, Captain of the Ford Tri-Motor.

The plane is 90 years old this year but still looks brand new. In fact, only 199 were built and only two are still flying today. The Aviation Museum of Kentucky is one of many stops this historic plane will be taking. You have the opportunity to “Fly on the Ford” through this weekend as reservations for rides are available.

You can click here for reservation information.

Other information about the Ford Tri-Motor Airplane:

– First all-metal, multi-engine commercial airliner

– Cost to purchase out of factory: $55,000

– Total number of Tri-Motors built from 1926-1933: 199

– Led to the creation of the first paved runway

– After the Tri-Motor was replaced as a passenger airliner, it was used to

quite some time to carry heavy freight to mining operations in jungles

and mountains.

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