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"Tin Goose" Flies the Chippewa Valley Skies

Volunteer EAA Pilot Dave Ross shows off the 1929 Ford Trimotor, on display and offering rides at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire 9-5 through Monday
Tim Abraham

You can take a ride in a historic airplane at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport over the next few days.

The local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association is hosting a 1929 Ford Trimotor, America's first mass-produced airliner, through Monday. Volunteer pilot Dave Ross of Lakeman Ohio says the so-called "Tin Goose" is more of a challenge to fly than a modern plane, but still safe.

"It flies like any other old airplanes, but it just takes a lot of strength and constant attention. It just never stays put."

Ross and his wife have spent around 8 weeks traveling with the plane this year, volunteering their time, but it's a labor of love.

"I get to fly a museum piece that's essentially priceless and somebody thought enough of me to trust me with it," Ross said Friday.

You can see the For Trimotor airplane at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport 9-5 through Monday. Weather permitting, you can take a ride. Prices are 70 dollars in advance or 75 for walk-up, and 50 dollars for students 17 and under. You can find out more and reserve a ride at www.flytheford.org or by calling 877-952-5395

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