doulasc
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Island Airlines Based At Port Clinton Ohio

Wed Jul 25, 2012 1:13 am

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.
 
joeman
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RE: Island Airlines Based At Port Clinton Ohio

Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:51 am

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/
 
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RE: Island Airlines Based At Port Clinton Ohio

Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:09 am

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.
 
doulasc
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RE: Island Airlines Based At Port Clinton Ohio

Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:58 am

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
 
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RE: Island Airlines Based At Port Clinton Ohio

Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:34 pm

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]
 
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RE: Island Airlines Based At Port Clinton Ohio

Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:00 pm

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.
 
doulasc
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RE: Island Airlines Based At Port Clinton Ohio

Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:36 pm

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?
 
flyinryan99
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RE: Island Airlines Based At Port Clinton Ohio

Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:46 pm

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.
 
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RE: Island Airlines Based At Port Clinton Ohio

Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:14 pm

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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