Motor Company and the Experimental Aircraft Association today announced
an extension through 2011 of the automobile manufacturer's role as
exclusive automotive partner of the world's largest annual aviation
event, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. This year's event began July 28 and will
conclude Sunday, August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisc.
As part of the agreement, Ford will
remain the exclusive vehicle of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and will return
as presenting sponsor of the opening night concert, which this year
featured legendary rock group Foreigner. Sponsorship of the popular
five-story "Fly-In Theater," also is extended under the new
Ford will continue its support for EAA
youth initiatives by providing a vehicle each year through 2011, to be
sold at the annual Gathering of Eagles auction, with proceeds
contributing to EAA youth education and inspirational experiences that
prepare young people to become the engineers, pilots and innovators of
tomorrow. The Build #1 of 1 Ford Mustang AV8R, a collector's dream
vehicle, will be sold at auction tonight at the 2008 Gathering of
Eagles. Proceeds from the sale will support these programs. For details
on the Mustang AV8R and auction, visit http://media.ford.com.
"This partnership is an excellent
fit because the members of EAA and Ford Motor Company share many core
values," said Kevin Keling, corporate events manager, Ford Motor
Company. "Innovation, courage and entrepreneurship are powerful
drivers in both organizations."
"Ford's continued support is
important to EAA AirVenture and to each of our members," said EAA
President and CEO Tom Poberezny. "Ford adds a great deal to the
entertainment value of the event, introduces us to some of the world's
most advanced transportation technologies, and by supporting the
Gathering of Eagles auction, shows its enthusiasm for the things our
members hold close to their hearts."
For more information on EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh, visit http://www.AirVenture.org.
The Experimental Aircraft Association embodies the spirit of aviation
through the world's most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts.
EAA's 170,000 members and 1,000 local chapters enjoy the fun and
camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring
recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs,
call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles in 200 markets
across six continents. With about 228,000 employees and about 90 plants
worldwide, the company's core and affiliated automotive brands include
Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and Mazda. The company provides financial
services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information
regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.