Ford Motor Company continues its second decade as the exclusive
automotive partner for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, and the center of
action is the Ford Hangar, just off AeroShell Square.
Paul I, Paul Poberezny’s P-51 Mustang in front of the Ford
Stop in to see some of the latest advances in automobile technology, as
well as many of the industry’s most revered classics. And throughout
the week Ford will provide a number of events and attractions, free and
open to all AirVenture attendees. For EAA members, Ford offers a special
Partner Recognition vehicle purchase plan resulting in significant
discounts on new vehicle purchases.
“Showcasing our strong roots in aviation, while honoring the rich
history of innovation it has inspired in our vehicles, is something Ford
Motor Company looks forward to every year,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a
member of Ford’s board of directors. “Whether the subject is
airplanes or automobiles, EAA AirVenture fans share with Ford an
unparalleled passion for cutting-edge technology and engineering
Rockin’ with Chicago!
Today Ford presents legendary American rock band Chicago as the EAA
AirVenture opening day feature performance, free of charge to all
AirVenture guests. Concert activities will begin at 5:30 p.m., July 26,
in AeroShell Square, adjacent to the Ford Hangar. Chicago is one of the
longest performing and most successful U.S. pop/rock and roll groups,
selling more than 120 million albums worldwide. Over the course of the
group’s career, Chicago has charted five No. 1 albums and 21 top ten
Aviation-Inspired One-Off Mustang SR-71 “Blackbird” Auction
Two automotive icons—legendary racer and manufacturer Carroll Shelby,
and world-renowned racer, engineer, and designer Jack Roush—have come
together in their first vehicle collaboration project to join Ford in
creating a one-off 2011 Mustang, the aviation-themed SR-71 “Blackbird.”
The unique vehicle will be sold at auction July 29 at the Gathering of
Eagles gala event to benefit the EAA Young Eagles program.
Ford also has donated a 2011 Mustang GT Convertible to be awarded to one
lucky EAA AirVenture attendee in a raffle also supporting the Young
Ford Presents the “Fly-In Theater”
Ford Motor Company returns this year as presenting sponsor of the EAA
AirVenture “Fly-In Theater.” With generous support from Hamilton
Watches, the open-air Fly-In Theater offers evening family entertainment
free for attendees. Located adjacent to Camp Scholler, each evening at
approximately 8:30 p.m., thousands of patrons will watch free
aviation-themed movies on the theater’s five-story screen while
sitting under the night sky. Each feature will be introduced by a
celebrity presenter or legendary aviator.
Edsel B. Ford II hosts Wednesday, July 28, when the theater welcomes
Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III and co-pilot Jeff Skiles—the
heroic flight crew who safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the
Hudson in January 2009—before showing “Brace for Impact: The Chesley
B. Sullenberger Story.” Sully and Skiles are also co-chairmen of the
EAA Young Eagles program. (See the rest of the week’s movie lineup in
the Daily Highlights page each day in AirVenture Today.)
Cruisin’ Legends Collector Car Show
AirVenture guests can meet proud owners and view some of the world’s
most timeless, pristinely-restored Ford Motor Company vehicles at the
Cruisin’ Legends car show on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport.
Guests can also attend Hot Rod Heaven and the Mustang Stampede, visit
the Shelby American Club and Owners, see the Fabulous Thunderbirds, or
tour the Roush Flight Line display. The show will feature cars from
clubs across the Midwest. Clubs attend different days throughout the
week. Admission is free for AirVenture guests.
Model T Time
Henry Ford’s Model T revolutionized the consumer automobile industry
in 1908. Ford celebrates the innovation with a parade of
fully-functional Model Ts, and attendees can participate Thursday, July
29, by browsing an incredible collection of the vehicles, and taking
rides in any of several Model Ts on site with members of the Model T
Ford Club of America. It begins at 10 a.m. at the EAA Museum entrance.
Ford Hangar visitors can engage in various interactive exhibits,
demonstrating the latest Ford “Smart,” “Quality,” “Green,”
and “Safe” innovations, all guided by Hangar Master Narrator “Hank”
the Robot. Featured attractions include:
- The Mustang Corral, which contains production and race vehicles, a P-51
Mustang, and a mechanical bucking bronco and Western show.
- The Built Ford Tough Territory hosts the Vertical Wind Tunnel and Rock
Climbing Wall, while Electric Avenue displays the latest advances in
Powertrain technology and offers Active Park Assist “hands-free”
parallel parking demos.
- The Ford Hangar also will serve as “Autograph HQ” with celebrity aviation
enthusiasts and aviation legends, as well as other special guests on site at various
times during the event, interacting with fans and signing autographs. Personalities
scheduled to appear include Carroll Shelby, Jack Roush, and many of the air show
performers. (See Daily Highlights page.)
Additionally, Ford Hangar guests will have
the opportunity to receive a
free “Built Ford Tough” cowboy hat and purchase Ford clothing and
other commemorative items.
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