VIENNA, Ohio (WYTV) – Bill Thacker is a pilot. He has flown many different aircraft, but the 1928 Ford Tri-Motor fondly named the “Tin Goose” holds a special place in his aviation ensemble.
“We are all volunteers. We do this because we want to do it. Any of us that are fortunate enough to actually fly the plane are long, long time pilots that have always wanted to fly this kind of airplane, specifically this one because there are so few,” Thacker said.
The airplane is part of an outreach program from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Their goal is to create enthusiasm and foster the love of aviation in youngsters and provide an experience for them that is unique to the United States.
The “Tin Goose” flew in to the Youngstown Warren Regional Airport this weekend. The historical plane is one of the first commercial airliners, carrying only ten passengers.
“It is very difficult to walk back in time and for most of us, before we were born, to see something exactly like it was. And this is exactly like it was – the smell, the sound, the feel is exactly like it was,” Thacker said.
Another piece of trivia about the 1928 Ford Tri Motor is that Neil Armstrong took his first plane ride in one in Warren in 1936.
Public rides on the “Tin Goose” will be available through Sunday at the Youngstown Warren Regional Airport from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $75 for adults and $50 for children.