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World's Shortest Airline
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In 1936, Milton Hersberger, an early barnstormer and accomplished aviator, purchased the first Ford Tri-Motor to be used for air service to the nearby Lake Erie Islands. Affectionately known as the "Tin Goose," the legendary all-metal Ford Tri-Motor was a true workhorse that played a vital role in hauling passengers, mail, and cargo to and from the islands. Pushing a top speed of 85 mph, the complete 17 mile roundtrip from Port Clinton consisted of 12 take-offs and landings and took less than 45 minutes. The airline earned its reputation as "The Shortest Airline in the World" averaging a trip of less than 10 minutes between each stop.
Address
Erie Ottawa Regional Airport, 3255 E State Rd
Port Clinton, OH 43452
Location
In a small open area just behind the first main building on the W side of the airport
Coordinates
Latitude: 41.5095140, Longitude: -82.8702370.
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