Recall the energy, passion, and excitement of the Roaring ’20s by flying aboard the Ford Tri-Motor. Known as the first luxury airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor redefined world travel and marked the beginning of commercial flight.
Put-in-Bay – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) announced the Federal Aviation Administration is awarding $2,241,440 in funding from the Airport Infrastructure Grants program to six Northwest Ohio airports. The funding is being made available as a result of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was signed into law in November. Rep. Kaptur and House Democrats strongly supported the bill, while 94 percent of House Republicans opposed it.
The funding from the Airport Infrastructure Grants program will allow Northwest Ohio airports to address a wide array of short and long-term infrastructure needs – including improvements to runways, taxiways, terminals, and airport-transit connections, as well as new safety and sustainability projects.
“President Biden’s jobs and infrastructure bill is already delivering for Northwest Ohio,” said Rep. Kaptur. “By investing in our airports, we are laying a strong foundation for our region’s economic growth.”
Breakdown of Airport Infrastructure Grants program funding for Northwest Ohio:
• Toledo Express Airport: $1,506,440
• Erie-Ottawa International Airport: $295,000
• Put-in-Bay Airport: $110,000
• Middle Bass Island Airport: $110,000
• North Bass Island Airport: $110,000
• Kelleys Island Land Field Airport: $110,000
Liberty Aviation Museum’s 1928 Ford Tri-Motor is scheduled for a second round of flight experiences at Put-in-Bay Airport on Monday, 5 August 2019. Flight experiences usually last about 15 minutes of air time and 5-10 minutes on the ground. Available times are 9am-5pm, with arrival by 4pm to guarantee a seat on the aircraft. Ticket prices: Adults are $77 per adult in person; children, 17 & under, are $52.
According to the Tri-Motor Heritage Foundation, “In 1926, The Stout Metal Aircraft Division of the Ford Motor Company produced the Ford Tri-Motor, the first all-metal passenger airliner in the world. Often referred to as the “Tin Goose” or “Flying Washboard”, it was the aircraft specifically created to carry passengers rather the mail, with a seating capacity up to 14 passengers. As the name implies, the airplane was powered by three radial engines, which provided for unsurpassed safety and reliability, while at the same time flying higher and faster than other airplanes of the same time period.
The Ford Tri-Motor formed the backbone of many of the fledgling air service companies that would become the world’s most successful airlines. Eastern Airlines, TWA, Continental, and Aero Mexico are but a few of the airlines that credit there start to the venerable Ford Tri-Motor. In addition, it was a Ford Tri-Motor, piloted by Berndt Balehen, which was used in the first flight over the South Pole in November of 1929.”
The video below, from 4 August 2019, is courtesy of Sheryl Patry. Apologies to Ms. Patry for the poor framing.
Put-in-Bay Airport (3w2) was the site of a special Ford Tri-Motor aircraft fly-in organized by Scott Market of Miller Boat Line and the Tri-Motor Heritage Foundation of Port Clinton, Ohio, from 3-5pm on Sunday. The event was open to the public and included free food, beverages, and a walk-on tour of the “City of Port Clinton” Tri-Motor! Two aircraft fly-bys thrilled the onlookers; additional vintage airplanes added to the rich character of the spectacle, as did the collection of antique cars staging for the weekly parade around South Bass Island.