Rare vintage airplane in Central Texas, flights for $75

KWKT
Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 7:51pm

A very special airplane is in the Waco-area this weekend, and you have a chance to fly onboard.

Rand Siegfried is in town from California this weekend.

He will be flying people around in a rare 1929 Ford Tri-Motor Airplane - the world’s first commercial airliner.

For just $75 you can fly in the only one still in use.

“Most planes fly exactly the same," said Siegfried. "But this one, since it’s all cable controlled and it’s not a small airplane, you have to physically move your controls quite a bit. There’s no power steering. It’s an older Ford, not a modern Ford.”

Siegfried then throttles up and takes off.

“She flies very sweetly. She’s like a gracious older lady; She will do anything you ask of her with grace and aplomb. As long as it’s what she wants to do.”

As you can imagine in a plane almost 100 years old, the ride is pretty loud.

But the views given are still spectacular.

Siegfied said, “We’ve got plenty of availability. Come on out to McGregor Executive Airport and come for a ride.”

The event, sponsored by Stanley Ford and the EAA, runs from 9 to 5, Friday through Sunday so go and check it out.

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