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Vintage Ford Trimotor plane gives people a ride in Rochester


The city of Rochester's airport opened in 1928, because the Mayo brothers felt that airplanes were the future.

These days it's obvious they weren't wrong.

The Ford Trimotor that was down at the airport first flew on December 1, 1928.

It's still going strong 89 years later.

The same type of plane made the first flight into Rochester from Minneapolis 89 years ago.

The model was the first massed produced airliner, with 199 made back in the day.

Six are still flying in 2017.

This one came all the way from the Liberty Aviation Museum in port Clinton, Ohio.

The folks from the experimental aircraft association take the plane across the country to show people a piece of history.

"I thought it was excellent. I mean it was a lot of fun. Got to see the whole city," Jon Flickinger, one of the passengers, said. "Just the sound of the airplane, firing up of the engines and just really exciting and exhilarating experience."

The plane fits 10 passengers, one co-pilot, and can stay in the air for up to 20 minutes.

If you would like a chance to take a ride, they'll be in Rochester until Sunday afternoon. Until then, they are there from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Tickets are $75 for adults and $50 for children.

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