Step on board aviation history when a Ford Tri-Motor flies into Marion, IL

This Heartland Weekend you can step back into the golden age of aviation history.

ford tri-motorThe Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is bringing the first-ever mass-produced airliner to Marion, Illinois.

We’re talking about the Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT. It flew its first flight on Dec. 1, 1928. The Tri-Motor has flown across the world.

Today, EAA and the Liberty Aviation Museum work together to showcase the historic aircraft around the country for all to enjoy.

The goal is simple: inspire future pilots by sharing “the spirit of aviation.”

See the flying museum

You are invited to step on board and even go for a flight.

The Tri-Motor will fly into the Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois on Thursday, Oct. 11.

The historic plane will be open to the public:

Thursday, Oct. 11 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 12 to Sunday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The whole family is invited to see the aircraft nicknamed “the smooth-skin Ford.”

A few facts:

Here are a few things you might notice about this historic plane.

  • Wingspan: 77 feet 6 inches
  • Wing area: 835 square feet
  • Length: 50 feet 3 inches
  • Height: 12 feet 8 inches
  • Cabin width: 4 feet 6 inches
  • Cabin height: 6 feet
  • Cabin length: 18 feet 9 inches
  • Cabin area: 529 cubic feet
  • Seats: 12
  • Fuel capacity: 277-355 gallons