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The view: The fertile land of the Salinas Valley of California

The airplane: The iconic Ford Trimotor

The pilot: Rick Torres (just riding this time)

The mission: Departing from the Salinas fly-in.

The memory: What an awesome aircraft!

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  1. Mark Sletten
    Mark Sletten says:

    My first airplane ride was in a Ford Trimotor waaaaaay back in the mid-to-late 1960s. I was nine or ten, out riding my bike near Vacaville (dad was stationed at Travis AFB). As I neared the Nut Tree Airport I saw a lot of activity, so I rode over to see what what going on. It was an airshow! Despite my tender years, no one stopped me, or told me I couldn’t be there. I wandered around looking at all the planes, and watching the various performers.

    Then I saw the Trimotor sitting there, and I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. There was a sign on the door that read “Airplane Rides — $5” I had a pocket full of cash from my lawn mowing “business” and thought an airplane ride was just a dandy idea. I walked over to the pilot with the fiver in my hand and said I wanted to go for a ride. He said, “Where’s your parents kid?”

    “Dad’s at work; Mom’s at home.”

    He looked around, then grabbed the money and said, “Get in the plane, kid.”

    Things were a lot different back then…

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