Bloomington Residents Can Take a Ride in a 90-Year-Old Plane

Jun 15, 2018

Residents in the Bloomington area are getting the chance to ride in a 90-year-old airplane.

The local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association has brought a 1928 Ford Tri-Motor to the Central Illinois Regional Airport. The plane was a sightseeing vehicle for Transcontinental Air Transport.

The plane is on lease to the national EAA from Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, Ohio. 

The craft can hold up to 10 passengers, who each get a window seat. Rides last about 10 minutes and fly above downtown Bloomington, the Illinois State University campus and Heartland Community College. 

Flights cost $75 for adults, $50 for those under 17 and are free for children 2 years old or younger. Money raised will benefit Young Eagles, an EAA program that introduces children to planes.