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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedFord begins second decade with EAA

Photo by Cindy Luft
Dearborn Doll, the Ford Mustang to be auctioned off at the Young Eagles Gathering Thursday Night, on display at the Ford Pavilion.

July 27, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - This year marks Ford Motor Company’s 11th as a major EAA AirVenture sponsor, and it’s ramping up for another blockbuster event. From today’s concert with the Doobie Brothers to creating the one-of-a-kind Dearborn Doll Mustang AV-X10 to benefit Young Eagles and other youth education initiatives, the Fly-In Theater, and a full slate of activities and specials at the Ford Hangar, Ford is launching its second decade in style.

After the air show today, stick around for the Doobies’ concert starting at 6 p.m. next to the Ford Hangar. Then throughout the week enjoy everything that Ford has to offer in the most exciting week in aviation!

Welcome to the Ford Hangar
Eligible guests to the Ford Hangar can pick up a Flight Plan and visit designated Ford representatives to receive a Ford 2009 AirVenture collector’s hat. The mechanical bucking bronco returns, with daily professional riding shows and free rides to guests at the Ford Hangar. Hank, a robot that can see, hear, and interact with guests, is your host at the Hangar, and will inform guests of the Ford activities for the week at AirVenture. Hank is also the host of Ford’s Drive One Challenge.

Let’s go out to the movies
The EAA Fly-In Theater, presented by Ford and supported by Hamilton Watches, will feature a great aviation movie every night through Saturday, August 1. The first flick is tonight with the showing of the new documentary Barnstorming. Each evening’s presentation begins at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting. The movies will be shown on a five-story-high projection screen. Admission (and popcorn) is free.

Ride in a classic Model T
On Thursday, July 30, Ford will be offering rides in original Model T cars from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Each ride will take passengers one mile around the grounds from Pioneer Airport. What a great chance to experience what it was like to ride in the world’s first mass-produced car!

Test-drive the 2011
Fiesta EAA visitors can get a special sneak preview of the all-new Ford Fiesta before it even goes on sale in the United States! Check out the “Fiesta Movement” located by the EAA AirVenture Museum, Thursday through Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to experience it.

Challenge your friends and family
Participate in the HoleShot Challenge, Quicklane Challenge, and Custom Accessories Instant Win Game in the Ford Hangar. Put the pedal to the metal in the HoleShot Challenge as you drag race against other contestants in this computer software-driven game. The Quicklane Challenge tests your mechanical abilities to see who is the fastest at replacing lug nuts, oil filters, air filters, and battery shells. Spin the giant wheel in the Custom Accessories Instant Win Game to win fabulous prizes.

Interactive displays
The Ford Hangar’s interactive display areas feature the SVT Raptor Simulator, Ford Racing Arcade Game, Taurus Theater, Fusion Grand Prix, Wii Off- Road Racing, Drive One Challenge, and more. Roush Performance is on display along the flightline featuring Roush Mustangs, F-150s, and engine displays. See what’s new in wheels, electronics, and other vehicle accessories at the Ford Custom Accessories display. View a collection of classic Mustangs at the Mustang Stampede Friday and Saturday at Ford Field, located along Knapp Street, and be sure to vote for your favorite car!

Get your Partner Recognition PIN
The Ford Partnership program is a valuable EAA member benefit. To take advantage of great partner savings on most new Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, and Volvo vehicles, get your Partner Recognition PIN at the Ford Hangar. The program provides a special savings opportunity for members by giving them the ability to purchase or lease vehicles at Ford Motor Company’s X-Plan pricing level. Plus the 30-day member rule is waived during AirVenture, allowing new members to receive a PIN immediately.

Other Ford features during the week

  • A “wings versus wheels” race pitting Shelby GT500s on the ground against Red Bull Air Race pilots in the air July 28 and July 29 during the air show showcase
  • Daily autograph sessions at the Ford Hangar featuring aviation and automotive legends like Jack Roush, Carroll Shelby, and Jeff Skiles, first officer of US Airways Flight 1549
  • Nearly 60 Ford vehicles on-site, including the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO, Transit Connect, Fusion Hybrid, and MKS EcoBoost and the 2011 Ford Fiesta
  • “Eco-Shuttle” rides in Ford vehicles featuring Ford’s new EcoBoost technology
  • EAA AirVenture’s first Mustang Stampede car show.

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