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Volume 9, Number 2 July 28, 2008     

Brought to you by Ford Motor Co. ...

Ford Motor Company’s incredible lineup of activities and features span the week—and the grounds—at AirVenture Oshkosh this year. Check out at the Ford Hangar, located just off AeroShell Square.

Ford welcomes Foreigner
To get AirVenture rockin’ Ford is featuring the legendary band Foreigner on AeroShell Square today starting at 5:30 p.m. Hear the band play hits like "Feels Like the First Time" and "Cold as Ice" during the free of charge performance, and it will be the perfect capper of the opening day. The stage will start rockin’ right after the air show.

F-150 Adventure
Get an up-close look at Ford’s new 2009 F-150 pick-up. Ride over hills, through water, and across rough terrain with professional drivers at the display on the corner of Knapp Street Road and Waukau Avenue, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Features in action during the course ride include the

Reverse Camera System, Advance Trac with RSC, SYNC and SIRIUS Travel Link. The F-150 Adventure is open to all attendees over the age of 16.

One-mile rides
This year is the 100th Anniversary of the Ford Model T, and Ford is offering one-mile rides around the convention grounds on Thursday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take a load off your feet and relax with a free ride, beginning at Pioneer Airport.

Ford challenges you to win
AirVenture guests have the opportunity to compete in the Holeshot Challenge, Quicklane Challenge, and Custom Accessories Instant Win Game at the Ford Hangar throughout the week. Holeshot Challenge is a software-driven game where contestants can put the pedal to the metal while drag racing against other contestants. The Quicklane Challenge tests contestants’ mechanic abilities to see who is the fastest at replacing lug nuts, oil filters, air filters, and battery shells on their vehicle. Plus, attendees have the opportunity to win prizes in Ford’s Custom Accessories Instant Win Game by spinning a giant wheel. Attendees can compete against one another and walk away with a nice prize.

A visitor takes a turn on Taurus the Mechanical Bull outside Ford Hangar on Sunday. Photo by DeKevin Thornton

Taurus the Mechanical Bull and Hank the Robot
When walking into the Ford Hangar, you’ll see Hank, an interactive robot that is Ford Hangar’s host during AirVenture. Hank can hear, see, interact, and inform guests who visit the hangar of the Ford activities taking place throughout the week. Visitors can also enjoy free rides on "Taurus," Ford’s mechanical bull, located inside. Taurus headlines the F-150 Round-Up with daily professional riding shows.

New vehicles and features
Ford is displaying new 2008 and 2009 vehicles from Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, and Volvo designs inside the Ford Hangar, along with the Lincoln MKT and Ford Verve concept vehicles. Also present will be the all-new 2009

F-150 with a cutaway highlighting "Built Ford Tough" construction and features.

See new wheels, electronics, and other vehicle accessories at the Ford Custom Accessories display, including new technologies SYNC, Ford Works Solutions, and more.

More to see
See interactive display areas, Ford Racing Performance Parts, and the Roush Performance display at the Ford Hangar. The Roush display is not far from the Ford Hangar, located along the flightline. It features Roush Mustangs, F-150s, and several engine displays.

While at Ford Hangar, see the Ford Racing Performance Parts on display as well as the Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup racecar, the FR500S Mustang. By visiting the Hangar, attendees can learn more about Ford products and view plenty of vehicles.

EAA/Ford partnership PINs
EAA members have the convenience of signing up for their Ford Partner Recognition PINs at the Ford Hangar during AirVenture. The PIN is used to take advantage of the great partner discount on most Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, and Volvo vehicles. This is a special savings opportunity for members by giving them the ability to purchase or lease eligible vehicles at Ford Motor Company’s X-Plan pricing.

During AirVenture the 30-day membership rule is waived, allowing new members to receive a PIN immediately. Members can get more information about the Ford Partner Recognition Program online at www.EAA.org.

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