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Old 03-17-2019, 06:31 PM   #1
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Ford Tri-motor

For the last several days I've heard strange multi-engine airplane noises flying overhead. Today, curiosity overcame and went outdoors. There it was! A Ford Tri-motor airplane there in the sky. Have fond memories building a plastic model kit of the same in the sixties. I'm presently grounded, but perhaps someone local might want to take a ride on an historic plane.

https://www.visitconcordca.com/event...ri-motor-tour/

Oh no! Concord-based tours end today.

Good news! Flights will be available in Vacaville.

https://www.dailyrepublic.com/all-dr...g-to-nut-tree/
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Old 03-17-2019, 07:00 PM   #2
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I took the ride a few years ago at Oshkosh. You had EAA's Tin Goose out there. The fact she still flys is remarkable. At Oshkosh that plane operates from dawn to dusk for a week - what a workhorse.
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Old 03-17-2019, 07:29 PM   #3
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Thatís an awesome looking airplane. I like the corrugated tin look.
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Old 03-17-2019, 09:07 PM   #4
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That's also a great jump aircraft. I have fond memories of that when I was a smokejumper in Missoula, MT. Johnson Flying Service was our contractor. I had 8 tri-motor jumps under my belt when I entered the army jumpschool at Ft Benning, GA back in 1964. It is a bit noisy though! Ben
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Old 03-18-2019, 01:14 AM   #5
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We had one back in the 80’s at Grand Canyon Airlines. I was really more involved with the parent company and our helicopters but I got some time in the old tin goose. I was really young back then.
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tego - did the prior experience give you an edge at jump school or just make you a target for the black hats?
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SBU22, I didn't tell them until I was halfway through, when I asked a question about the PLF (parachute landing fall). After that, they treated me almost like a human being most of the time. A couple asked me what it was like looking for a postage-stamp-sized DZ in the mountains. Ben
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I took the ride a few years ago at Oshkosh. You had EAA's Tin Goose out there. The fact she still flys is remarkable. At Oshkosh that plane operates from dawn to dusk for a week - what a workhorse.
I should have gone for a ride..... my buddy was one of the pilots for the OSH gig. Neat plane.
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