Historic smokejumper plane stops in Nampa

Historic smokejumper plane in Nampa.

NAMPA - A "Tin Goose" took off over Nampa on Thursday.

The 1928 Ford Tri-Motor plane is touring the country and stopped at the Nampa Municipal Airport to give rides.

People got the chance to see what it was like riding on the first mass-produced airliner.

The Tri-Motor is also a big part of Idaho firefighting history.

Smokejumpers used the planes from the 1940s through the 60s.

Some retired smokejumpers called the "Leaping Llegends" came out Thursday to see the plane fly and share their stories. 

"I'll never forget my first jump ever," Bill Yansen said. "I was sitting there and I could look out the door and I could see the shadow of the airplane. As we got higher the shadow got smaller. And I thought to myself: 'What the hell am i doing here?' " 

You can catch a ride in the Tin Goose Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

But you don't have to jump out of it.

Tickets are $70 in advance, $75 at the door. Kids' tickets are $50. 




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