Tin Goose's arrival delayed in Bradenton-Sarasota

jajones1@bradenton.comJanuary 30, 2014 

The Tin Goose's arrival in Bradenton-Sarasota has been delayed a day by poor weather. Herald file photo

MANATEE -- Poor weather in Bradenton and on Florida's East Coast is keeping the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airplane grounded on Merritt Island, said Chris Henry of the Experimental Aircraft Association.

The plane, nicknamed the Tin Goose, was originally scheduled to arrive at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport about

1 p.m. Thursday.

Weather allowing, the plane may be able to make the flight to the Bradenton area later, Henry said.

While in the Bradenton-Sarasota area, the Tin Goose will be based at Rectrix North on Clyde Jones Road.

Flights will be offered on the Tin Goose from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Alan Cates of Bradenton, who has flown on the Tin Goose, said riders can expect a small, noisy cabin with excellent views. Each seat has a direct window view.

"It flies at 1,000 feet and not very fast. The ground sort of drifts past," Cates said.

While Florida might not have picture-perfect weather this week, it has been idyllic compared with most of the country, including Oshkosh, Wis., where the Experimental Air Craft Association, owner of the Tin Goose, is located.

"We're getting ready for more snow. We've had 40-degree temperatures with a wind chill this week," Henry said.

Tickets purchased in advance are $70 for adults. Walk-up tickets are $75 and $50 for children 17 or younger.

For reservations for the Ford Tri-Motor, visit flytheford.org or call 800-843-3612.

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