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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Starting Thursday people get a chance to take to the skies in a classic 1928 Ford Tri-Motor airplane. The "Tin Goose" as it's called, will give passengers a birds-eye view of the Greater Lafayette Area. Flights are departing from the Purdue University airport throughout this week.
The airplane served as an airliner over the Grand Canyon in the 30s and later in Honduras. It was even a showpiece in a Nevada aircraft collection. The aircraft was purchased by the Liberty Aviation Museum in 2014 and restored to flight status.
Pilot Ashley Messenger says seeing the joy on people's faces makes it worthwhile.
"The ability to connect with the people who come out and discover the joy of this old airplane. Just to see the smiles when they come off the airplane ride it's just wonderful," said Messenger.
The plane can carry 10 passengers at a time and every seat has a window. You can catch a flight until Sunday this week. Rides are $70 in advance for adults ($75 for walk-up) and $50 for children ages 17 and younger.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate or flights can be reserved in advance by calling 800-843-3612.
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