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Island Airlines Based At Port Clinton Ohio  
User currently offlinedoulasc From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 524 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 12 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4296 times:

Does Island Airlines still operate today with flights from Port Clinton to Put in Bay and Kelleys Island? I remember they had a
few Ford Tri-motors, When I lived in Florida I think I rode a ex-Island Airlines Ford Tri-Motor in 1989 out of Hollywood Florida's North Perry Airport.

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User currently offlinejoeman From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 703 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3969 times:

My internet research shows service ending around 1986,

http://www.toledoblade.com/frontpage...sland-skies-near-Port-Clinton.html

(I thought earlier after a non-fatal crash in 1977):

http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...&sjid=bgIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6273,2640524

Most folks take various ferries these days between the lake Erie islands and the Port Clinton-Put-n-Bay route is serviced by frequent "Jet Express" service:

http://www.jet-express.com/

but for those doing flying:

http://www.griffingflyingservice.com/


User currently offlineflyinryan99 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3943 times:

Joeman is right...haven't been around for a while. During the winter Griffing does most of the flying over there. Also doing ferry work is the Miller Ferry http://www.millerferry.com/

It is fun flying into Put-In-Bay in a 182...Often thought getting a 208 and running service to BKL or down to CMH might be a fun venture.


User currently offlinedoulasc From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 524 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3899 times:

I was looking through flickr and saw a photo of a ex-Island Airlines tri-motor to said have been written off with Huricane Andrew in Florida

User currently offlinemaxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 1072 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3741 times:

Quoting doulasc (Reply 3):
I was looking through flickr and saw a photo of a ex-Island Airlines tri-motor to said have been written off with Huricane Andrew in Florida

Yes, part of Kermits Week's vast collection. It is under restoration in Michigan.

http://blog.kermitweeks.com/?p=674

[Edited 2012-07-26 05:38:21]

User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3710 times:

I flew an Island Airways Trimotor in 1981 when I was just 6 years old. I think at that time they only had one or two trimotors and they just did sight seeing flights from Port Clinton at that time, didn't fly to Put In Bay. That service was stopped after a crash.

Island Airways also had a couple Otters or Beavers - I don't remember which - but a big radial single engine piston plane.

I also read that the Island Airways Trimotor got destroyed in Andrew at Kermit Weekes old location at Tamiami - south of MIA, but didn't know it was under restoration. Kermit Weekes has a Ford Trimotor at his current Fantasy of Flight location that is painted like the Island Airways trimotor was (red white and blue), but doesn't say Island Airways on it.


User currently offlinedoulasc From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 524 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3655 times:

How many Ford Tri-Motors still exist in the world today. The one that is silver and blue and has Eastern Air transport titles,is that a ex Island Airlines?

User currently offlineflyinryan99 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3645 times:

There are a few. In fact, they just opened a museum - Liberty Aviation Museum - there at the Erie-Ottawa Regional airport and they either have one or are rebuilding one. I know they have a Tri-Motor there every year that does rides. They had the opening of the museum last weekend. The website is here http://libertyaviationmuseum.org/ but they haven't updated it yet. I plan to get up there next weekend to check it out.

User currently offlinejaxfss From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3606 times:

The EAA has a Tri-motor based somewhere in Wisconsin (not OSH). It was down here in Florida this spring on a barnstorming tour. I rode it out of OCF on a very windy day. It was a bumpy ride due to the thermals,. We never got above 800FT and the airspeed was about 80kts. . I rode in the first row right behind the pilot and he made a superb almost 90 degree crosswind landing. Quite an experience for the $80.00 fare.

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