Unique, historic plane to fly around western Wisconsin

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) An unusual, old airplane may be seen flying around western Wisconsin this weekend.

The Experimental Aircraft Association local chapter 509 is hosting the rare aircraft for the next few days.

It's a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, and it's America's very first mass-produced airliner.

It landed at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport Wednesday, and will be offering rides to people and families until Labor Day.

One of the pilots says this plane has quite the history.

"It started out at Eastern Airlines, one of the first airplanes at eastern airlines, they had a mail contract. After that it went to Cuba for Cubana Airlines. It was also used for what we know as Air Force One in the Dominican Republic for a spell, then it came back to the states and it did smoke jumpers in Montana and bombing of fires," says Dave Ross.

Tickets to ride are $70 in advance or $75 for walk-up rides.

Students 17 and under are $50.

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