Group restoring plane that flew Lake Erie islands

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A northern Ohio group restoring a Ford Tri-Motor plane to flying condition hopes it will someday help future generations appreciate the aircraft's role in developing the Lake Erie Islands region and commercial aviation.

The Tri-Motor Heritage Foundation has worked for a decade to restore a 1929 plane that flew for Island Airlines to the Lake Erie Islands in 1946-1952. The aircraft held 12 people and transported islanders and visitors daily.

The restoration is being done at the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton. The chief mechanic says it's expected to take about another five years and $2 million to complete.

The Port Clinton News-Herald ( ) reports that the plane will be based in Port Clinton and travel to air shows and museums in the Midwest.

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