Historic plane takes flight

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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — You might spot a piece of history in the skies this weekend.

The Experimental Aircraft Association is giving rides in a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airplane.

It’s considered the world’s first airliner.

There were only a couple hundred of these built. Now, there are only a couple left in the world still flying.

Organizers say it’s a rare chance for people of all ages to travel back in time.

“It really gives people a chance to see, feel and experience history. 90 years ago what the airlines would have been like, flying in an airplane compared to a modern airplane is really quite startling.”

Flights will be taking off out of Frasca Field in Urbana until Sunday.

You can contact the local experimental aircraft association chapter if you’re interested in riding along.

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