EAA Ford Tri-Motor Tour 2017
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) often bring one of their beautifully restored 1920’s Ford Tri-Motor airliners and/or their 1944 Boeing B–17G Flying Fortress to a number of Florida airfields as part of their EAA Ford Tri-Motor or EAA B–17 Aluminium Overcast Tours.
Two other warbird organisations regularly arrange tours of Florida during the Spring months; namely the Collings Foundation with their Wings of Freedom Tour and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) with their [AirPower History Tour] though the CAF did not come to Florida in 2015 or 2016.
For the 2017 tour, the EAA are touring with the 1929 Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor “The Tin Goose" airliner. The B–17G Flying Fortress will not be visiting Florida in 2017.
You can get some idea of what it was like to fly in these amazing aircraft with air experience rides being available. The Tri-Motors seat 9 or 10 passengers and each passenger has a window seat.
Each flight experience lasts about 30 minutes with 15 minutes being airborne.
For the Ford Tri-Motor, advance purchase flight tickets are $70. Walk-up prices are $75.
Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor Tour Schedule (Florida Locations)
Provisional tour schedule/locations for 2017 are:
|January 5 to 8, 2017||Jacksonville Executive Airport [Sky Harbor Aviation, 855–5 St. Johns Bluff Road]|
|January 12 to 15, 2017||DeLand Municipal Airport|
|January 19 to 22, 2017||Zephyrhills Municipal Airport [Main Airport Entrance]|
|January 26 to 29, 2017||Fort Myers Page Field Airport [Main Terminal, 5200 Captain Channing Page Drive]|
|February 2 to 5, 2017||Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport [Rectrix Aerodrome North, 1234 Clyde Jones Rd]|
|February 9 to 12, 2017||Miami Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport|
|February 16 to 19, 2017||The Florida Keys Marathon International Airport|
|February 23 to 26, 2017||Naples Municipal Airport [Commercial Airlines Terminal]|
|March 2 to 5, 2017||Vero Beach Municipal Airport|
History of the Experimental Aircraft Association
The Experimental Aircraft Association was originally founded in 1953 to support and promote recreational sports flying. Today it has over 180,000 members worldwide.
The biggest event of the year is the annual EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Over 500,000 people attend with over 10,000 aircraft flying in to the airfield over the week long event.