Photos: An Unforgettable Ride in the Ford Trimotor

It's a distinct airplane with a lot of history; the Ford Trimotor, or "Tin Goose," harks back to a time when passenger air travel was a luxury, ushering in a new era of transcontinental travel with the airline that would later become TWA.

The three-engine aircraft was used worldwide for airline transportation, cargo, military service and just about anything else you can think of. Production of the Trimotor ran from 1926 to 1933, and today, very few are still in flying condition.

This week one of those airworthy Trimotors was in DeLand, Florida, where it stopped on part of an EAA flight experience tour. Photographer Gary Rosier took a ride in the right seat and sent us these photos of the historic bird in all its glory.

A head on shot showcasing the Tin Goose's three-engine design. Gary Rosier
The Trimotor's interior was once the pinnacle of luxury for air travelers. Gary Rosier
A small plate shows this particular airplane's model and production number. Gary Rosier
A look inside the cockpit. Gary Rosier
The plane's corrugated metal exterior is one of its most unique characteristics. Gary Rosier
The pilot poses in front of the Trimotor before flight. Gary Rosier
This plane was once used for Eastern Air Transport's mail service. Gary Rosier
A small placard details the storied history of production No. 69. Gary Rosier
This airplane first entered service in 1929. Gary Rosier
The Trimotor is powered by three Pratt & Whitney engines. Gary Rosier
A look down the length of the Trimotor. Gary Rosier
The Tin Goose still welcomes passengers more than 80 years after it first entered service. Gary Rosier
A closer look at one of the engines. Gary Rosier
Now in action flying over central Florida. Gary Rosier
The view from the cockpit on approach. Gary Rosier
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