doulasc 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.
NASCARAirforce 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.
flyinryan99 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.
jaxfss 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.