Rare Piece Of History Touches Down In Central Texas

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MCGREGOR (October 25, 2013) Travel back in time this weekend with a flight on the world's first passenger airliner, a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor.

Vintage 1929 Ford Tri-Motor

The flying piece of American history touched down in Central Texas Thursday.

The 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is the only one of it's kind still in use.

"This is first class transportation in 1929," Pilot Rand Siegfried said. "The paint is just like it was. The interior, we've restored her just like she was."

You can board the plane at McGregor Executive Airport off Highway 84 from 9 a.m. To 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The aircraft seats around ten people and flights last 25 minutes.

Tickets for adults are $75 and $50 for kids ages 17 and under.

The event is sponsored by Stanley Ford and the EAA.

Ford built almost 200 of the planes, nicknamed “The Tin Goose,” from 1926 through 1933.

The plane, whose fuselage and wings were constructed of corrugated aluminum alloy, was intended primarily for passenger use, but it could be adapted to haul cargo.

Its cruise speed was 90 miles per hour and its top speed was 150 miles per hour.