Kan. aircraft group offers flights on 1929 plane

Tin Goose

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas aircraft enthusiasts are getting a chance to experience a 1929 plane known as the “Tin Goose.”

The Wichita Eagle (http://is.gd/eAua3V ) reports that a Wichita-area chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association is offering rides to the public on a Ford Tri-Motor. The plane got its nickname because of its corrugated all-metal cover.

Flights will depart Friday from Jabara Airport. On Saturday and Sunday, the plane will fly out of the Newton Airport as part of its 50-year anniversary celebration.

The plane’s enclosed cabin had nine padded seats, making it the first all-metal, multi-engine passenger airliner. It led to the construction of the first airline terminal, the first hotel for air travelers, and the first paved runways.

Henry Ford built 199 of them from 1926 to 1933 in Michigan.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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