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 have not come to Florida in the last couple of years.
For the 2018 tour, the EAA are touring with their 1928 Liberty Ford 5-AT-B in the colours of Transcontinental Air Transport. In 2017 they used their other Tri-Motor, the 1929 Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor “The Tin Goose" airliner. The B–17G Flying Fortress did not visit 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 for adults and $50 for children (17 and under). Walk-up prices are $75.
Liberty Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor Tour Schedule (Florida Locations) 2018
Tour schedule/locations for 2018 were:
|January 18 to 21, 2018||Jacksonville Executive Airport [Sky Harbor Aviation, 855–5 St. Johns Bluff Road]|
|January 24 to 27, 2018||Sebring Regional Airport [U.S. Sport Aviation Expo]|
|February 1 to 4, 2018||Punta Gorda Airport|
|February 8 to 11, 2018||Lakeland Linder Regional Airport [Lakeland Aero Club Hangar, 3952 James C. Ray Drive]|
|February 15 to 18, 2018||Treasure Coast International Airport, Fort Pierce [Tiki Restuarant at APP Jet Center, 2982 Curtis King Blvd]|
|February 22 to 25, 2018||Naples Municipal Airport [Commercial Airline Terminal]|
|March 1 to 4, 2018||Venice Municipal Airport [Sarasota Avionics, West End of Ramp at KVNC, 120 Airport Ave W]|
|March 8 to 11, 2018||Space Coast Regional Airport [Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, 6600 Tico Road]|
|March 22 to 25, 2018||Tallahassee International Airport [3240 Capital Circle SW]|
Other Florida dates and destinations are yet to be announced.
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.