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'Tin Goose' Still Soars


October 9, 2017

Matt McGregor

The Tin Goose flew in and out of Asheville this past weekend.

Though the 1928 Ford Tri-Motor aircraft, also called the "Tin Goose," is no time machine, the pilot and passengers agreed the 30-minute ride on the first commercial aircraft and mass-produced airliner gets close enough.

"It's a wild experience," said Bill Thacker, the pilot, who started flying airplanes at 16 before piloting commercial jets, and is now flying for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EEA), based in Oshkosh, Wis. "It really takes you back to 1928, and this plane is essentially what birthed air travel."

Being the first plane designed to have groups of passengers, he said a...

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