One of America’s oldest operating airliners will be stopping in Knoxville as part of its national tour, as the Experimental Aircraft Association brings the Liberty Aviation Museum’s 1928 Ford Tri-Motor, the elegance of early aviation, to the region on October 12-15.

EAA Chapter 17 is hosting the tour stop at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville. FORD Tri-Motor located at the Endeavor Air Maintenance Hangar, 330 Flagship Drive, Alcoa, TN 37701. Flights will be available on Thursday, October 12, from 2-5 p.m. and Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. 

EAA Chapter 17 is one of 900 local chapters of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the world’s largest organization for recreational flying. EAA’s mission is to grow participation in aviation through flying, building, restoring and volunteer outreach, sharing “The Spirit of Aviation” and encouraging all who wish to participate.

Ford’s Tri-motor aircraft is recognized as the world’s first luxury airliner. The aircraft redefined world travel and marked the beginning of commercial flight. Ford manufactured 199 Tri-Motors between 1926 and 1933. Fewer than 10 are still airworthy today. Flights can be reserved now via EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor website at .

About EAA
EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 270,000 members and 900 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to For continual news updates, connect with