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Vintage airliner touches down in Lexington

A piece of aviation history has touched down in Lexington. This 1929 Ford Tri-Motor has been at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky at Blue Grass Airport for the past few days giving rides.

"It was fantastic! Of course, it's a beautiful day. It was beautiful," said Homer Bramble.

The Experimental Aviation Association's Tri-Motor has been flying for more than 80 years and was a precursor to modern-day airliners. Pilot Ashley Messenger took a break from his day job of flying regional jets for Comair to step back in time to this vintage cockpit.

"It's wonderful to be able to meet people who actually remember this type of airplane when they were in airline service and even young people who have an interest in aviation," said Messenger.

The plane has been a popular attraction. Organizers say just today, they've taken more than a hundred people on half-hour flights high over Lexington. Passengers enjoyed gaining a brand new perspective on their hometown.

"When I got up there, I didn't recognize New Circle Road, Man O' War. It's altogether different!" said Bramble

And as each flight touched down, volunteers at the museum were glad they were able to share a little aviation history.

"Let them see what aviation started out like and what it's into now," said Jerry Landreth, volunteer at the museum.


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