Columbus Municipal Airport will be the site of a very special opportunity for local residents to take a ride in a vintage aircraft and view the City from above. The Columbus Municipal Airport has planned additional events around the EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor Rides and created ‘The Flying Fords’ event on June 24 through June 27.
The Ford Tri-Motor, also known as the “Tin Goose”, was a popular aircraft in the 1920s. Henry Ford developed the Ford Tri-Motor due to his interest in Aviation but never expected the aircraft to be utilized. Over time, most airlines and branches of the government believed that Ford’s airplane was built well and should be used to further the aviation industry. Although Ford only manufactured 199 Tri-Motors, it was well known by aviators from the 1920s – 1940s through Airlines and Military uses. Ever since Henry Ford discontinued the production of the Tri-Motor it has remained a well-known and respected aircraft across the United States! You will have the opportunity to fly on one of only 18 Tri-Motors left in the United States! You can register for the Ford Tri-Motor rides at: flytheford.org.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Columbus Municipal Airport decided to postpone its annual aviation day and instead offer an event that will be more spaced out with events occurring over 3 days instead of one like past aviation days
‘The Flying Fords’ event will be showing off aircraft, organizations, cars, tractors, and more. Other aircraft and vehicles at the event will include vehicles from the Ford Mustang Club, EAA Red Stars, Ford Tri-Motor, Gulfstream G280, Ford Model A’s, and more. For kids, bounce houses, educational events through the Scouts BSA aviation merit badge, Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum, C-119 tours, the Columbus Public Safety Touch-A-Truck/Car, and the Smoke Trailer will be available.
Please refer to the Event Schedule linked below for daily events and displays.
There will be a lunch option provided Friday through Sunday from Blackerby’s Hangar 5 restaurant and catering.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have planned this event to be taken place outside. In the case of rain or significant weather, the Columbus Municipal Airport will update ‘The Flying Fords’ event on Facebook. Please monitor the weather and our social media before arriving to the Airport.
We will have a couple of road closures at the Airport to make pedestrian walkways. Please be advised that the normal entry and exit at the Airport may be modified for ‘The Flying Fords’ event. As overflow parking, we will open up the grass lot to the east of the entry road. There will be signs directing where overflow parking is located.