The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) often bring one of their two beautifully restored 1920’s Ford Tri-Motor airliners and/or their 1944 Boeing B–17G Flying Fortress to a number of Florida’s regional 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 2020 tour, the EAA are touring with their 1929 Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor “The Tin Goose" airliner in the colours of Eastern Air Transport. They also operate a 1928 Liberty Ford 5-AT-B in the colours of Transcontinental Air Transport.
The B–17G Flying Fortress has not visited Florida since 2106.
The EAA will be touring Florida again in 2020 with their Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor
They fly into a number of regional airports and ground tours are sometimes available priced at $10 for adults and children over the age of 7. Children under 8 are free. Families with children up to the age of 17 can buy a family ticket for $20.
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 $72 for adults and $52 for children (17 and under). Walk-up prices are $77.
Liberty Ford 4-AT-B Tri-Motor Tour Schedule (Florida Locations) 2020
Tour schedule/locations for 2020 are:
|January 9 to 12, 2020||Space Coast Regional Airport, Titusville [Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, 6600 Tico Rd]|
|January 16 to 19, 2020||Vero Beach Municipal Airport [Sun Aviation, 3350 Cherokee Drive]|
|January 23 to 26, 2020||Punta Gorda Airport [EAA 565 Hangar, south end of airport]|
|January 30 to February 2, 2020||The Florida Keys Marathon International Airport [Marathon General Aviation, east end of airport]|
|February 6 to 9, 2020||Witham Field, Stuart [Stuart Jet Center, 2501 SE Aviation Way]|
|February 13 to 16, 2020||Naples Municipal Airport [Commercial Airline Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive]|
|February 20 to 23, 2020||Fort Myers Page Field Airport [Main Terminal, 5200 Captain Channing Page Drive]|
|February 27 to March 1, 2020||Venice Municipal Airport [TBC]|
|March 5 to 8, 2020||Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport [TBC]|
|March 12 to 15, 2020||New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport [TBC]|
|March 19 to 22, 2020||Gainesville Regional Airport [University Air Center, 4701 NE 40 Terrace]|
|March 26 to 29, 2020||Apalachicola Regional Airport-Cleve Randolph Field [TBC]|
TBC - To be confirmed
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.