Affectionately known as the Tin Goose, the Ford Tri-Motor redefined civilian passenger travel in the late 1920s and marked the beginning of commercial flight.
EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor has been part of the EAA Flight Experiences program for more than 25 years. Its mission is to allow eager passengers to relive the excitement and potential of early commercial air travel while aboard this historic aircraft.
In the spring of 2018, EAA agreed to purchase the wings at the cost of $1 million. Following installation, the aircraft will be back on tour starting in late spring of 2019.
The $1 million project price tag will be funded over eight years
through multiple channels:
Sale of current Tin Goose wings to Hov-Aire
Fundraising from EAA members & chapters
Voluntary donation restoration fee on tickets
Increase current ticket fee by $2
ticket fee by $40
This strategy allows EAA to make a down payment on the wings and pay the remaining costs over the next eight years. It will also allow us to keep the ticket price reasonable and thus the aircraft ride experience accessible for the general public.
HELP KEEP THE
EAA founder Paul H. Poberezny was the first to discover the potential in this particular Ford Tri-Motor in 1973 after it was nearly destroyed by a violent thunderstorm at an air show in Burlington, Wisconsin. Because of the extensive damage to the aircraft, it was initially restored as a static display. But, in typical EAA fashion, with the help of dedicated volunteers and donors, it flew again in 1985 after 12 years of restoration.
Now NC8407 is, once again, in need of your support. As Paul said back in 1973 when surveying the damaged aircraft, “With our usual EAA ‘get-up-and-go’ we can have this old bird flying again and making more history. Your help will make it possible.”
EAA Chapters Accepting the Tin Goose Challenge
We thank our active chapters for rallying around EAA’s iconic Ford Tri-Motor and helping to keep it airworthy for future generations to enjoy and cherish. Your support is genuinely appreciated.
Chapter 241 - DeKalb, IL
Chapter 5 - Middlefield, OH
Chapter 420 - Casper, WY
Chapter 1355 - Greenville, TN
Chapter 17 – Knoxville, TN
Chapter 23 – Salt Lake City, UT
Chapter 122 – Harrisburg, PA
Chapter 179 – Albuquerque, NM
Chapter 91 – Lee’s Summit, MO
Chapter 304 - Jackson, MI
Chapter 170 - San Luis Obispo, CA
Chapter 1098 - Newalla, OK
Chapter 732 - Fayetteville, AR
Chapter 24 – Oklahoma City, OK
Chapter 347 – Brazonia, TX
Chapter 455 – Enid, OK
Chapter 939 - Southport, NC
Chapter 20 - San Francisco Bay, CA