The Ford Tri-Motor airplane that pioneered the era of commercial aviation will be at Blue Grass Airport this week.
The aircraft, owned and operated by the Experimental Aircraft Association, or EAA, is visiting Lexington as part of a limited-stop tour of the United States. The public may see the plane free near the Aviation Museum of Kentucky or pay to take a ride.
Ford Motor Co. built 199 Tri-Motors from 1926 to 1933, and only eight are airworthy.
The plane coming to Lexington was a passenger transport plane and later a firefighting aircraft before being badly damaged in 1973 by a thunderstorm in Wisconsin.
EAA restored the plane over a 12-year period and it now tours the country.
According to EAA's senior communications specialist, Dick Knapinski, this is the first extensive national tour for the Tri-Motor. "Bringing the airplane to the public is the best way to have a wider spectrum of people enjoy the airplane and its history," he said.
Flights are $80 and will be 2 to 5 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
To book a flight, go to Flytheford.org or call 1-877-952-5395.