In 1928, Niagara Falls, got its own based airline-The Sky View Airlines in Chippawa, Ontario (now part of Niagara Falls). The new airlines was owned and operated by Niagara Falls very own millionaire Harry Oakes. The airfield was located across from almost the entrance to Niagara Falls Marineland attraction on Portage Road just before you enter the historic village of Chippawa. Today this one time air field is no longer and the Rapidsview Parking lot operated by The Niagara Parks Commission now sits where the airfield was located.

The main plane to use the airfield was owned by Harry Oakes. The, “Tin Goose” a 1927 Ford all aluminum tri-motor airplane costing $68,000 was put into use almost immediately.

The airplane, which carried 12 passengers, would fly over Niagara Falls for a fee of $5.00 per person.

The plane operated for three years from 1928 until the end of 1931.

In 1931, the aircraft was sold for service in the Great Slave Lake area.

Today most visitors take sightseeing trips over the falls by Niagara Helicopters.

To learn more about the airplane you can Google, “Ford Tri-Motor Airplane at Niagara Falls”. There are also a few superb You Tube videos.

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