Ride a Goose from Griffing

SANDUSKY Griffing Airport will soon offer rides in a Tin Goose. It doesn't look like a goose but a Ford TriMotor airpl
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

Griffing Airport will soon offer rides in a Tin Goose.

It doesn't look like a goose but a Ford TriMotor airplane will give a bird's eye view of Lake Erie June 29-July 4.

It is one of five Ford TriMotors still flying in the entire world, said Ben Gleason, a member of the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the national flying organization which owns the plane.

Famed fliers Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart both piloted TriMotors during their aviation careers.

The plans were produced by Ford in the mid-1920s through 1933 as passenger planes.

In 1931, Milton Hershberger, owner of Port Clinton's air service in the early 1900s, added the first Ford TriMotor to his Island Airlines fleet.

Later he bought two more of the planes to carry passengers, mail and freight from Port Clinton to the islands year round.

The Port Clinton Tin Gooses were sold off -- the last one, N7584, toured the country in the late 1980s. It spent a summer in Sandusky before being sold to an air museum in Florida, where it was severely damaged by Hurricane Andrew but repaired.

But for a week, the Experimental Aircraft Assocation will fly a goose for guests from Griffing.

Gleason hopes to sell about 1,000 rides.

For Experimental Aircraft Assocation members the ride cost is $40.For non-members the ride is $50.