|Kolina and Mark Koszycki watch the Ford Robot in the Ford Pavillion.
PHOTO BY JIM KOEPNICK
No visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is complete without a stop at the Ford Hangar, located on the northwest corner of ConocoPhillips Plaza. Whether it’s shiny cars, live music, or the traditional Ford AirVenture cowboy hat that you’re looking for, Ford has it all. Docked outside the hangar is the USS Henry Ford where you can pretend to ride the carrier catapult right off the deck, complete with the deafening sound effects.
Following the Monday afternoon air show, Ford will host the legendary REO Speedwagon for the opening day concert. What better place to hear “Time for Me to Fly” live?
All week you can check out the one-of-a-kind “Blue Angels” Mustang, which will be auctioned off Thursday to support EAA’s Young Eagles program. Also check out the new 2011 and 2012 vehicles from Ford and Lincoln.
If it’s a thrill you’re looking for, the Ford Hangar is home to a 200-foot zip line, a bungee trampoline, and a rock-climbing wall. You can also give the bucking bronco a whirl, or leave it to the professionals, who put on daily riding shows.
Whether your interests are hot rods, Model T’s, Thunderbirds, or Mustangs, you can find them all at the Cruisin’ Legends Collector Car Show. A Roush Performance lineup features Roush Mustangs, F-150 trucks, engine displays, and performance parts. Also included is the John Force Road Show, featuring five John Force Racing vehicles on display all week. On Thursday, July 28, guests can enjoy rides aboard an original Model T from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Model T Experience.
And, of course, eligible guests can visit the Ford Hangar to get their Ford EAA AirVenture cowboy hat. Just pick up a Flight Plan and visit designated Ford representatives to get yours.
Ford also sponsors nightly movies, presented by the likes of Harrison Ford and George Lucas, at 8:30 p.m. at the Fly-In Theater, as well as Saturday night’s Da BLOOZE Bros concert at 6:30 at the Ford Hangar.
Partner Recognition Program
EAA members can take advantage of Ford’s Partner Recognition Program, which provides discounted pricing on most Ford and Lincoln vehicles in the United States and Canada. The “X-Plan” pricing is negotiation-free and can save hundreds or thousands of dollars on new vehicles. To take advantage, members can visit the Ford Hangar to obtain a personal identification number (PIN), which can be used at participating dealers. Individuals joining EAA during AirVenture will have the waiting period waived, so PINs can be generated immediately.
Daily autograph sessions
Hoping for an autograph from an aviation hero? Stop by the Ford Hangar for daily autograph sessions:
Monday, July 25
10 a.m. – Gene Soucy and Teresa Stokes, air show performers
1 p.m. – Erik Hildebrandt, photographer/author
Tuesday, July 26
10 a.m. – Aerostars, air show performers
11 a.m. – Skip Stewart, air show performer
12 p.m. – Team Chaos: Neal Darnell, Gary Ward, and Randy Harris, air show performers
1 p.m. – Rob Holland, air show performer
2 p.m. – Col. Charles McGee, Tuskegee Airman
Wednesday, July 27
10 a.m. – Chuck Aaron, air show performer
11 a.m. – Bud Anderson, WWII Mustang Ace
12 p.m. – Jack Roush
1 p.m. – AeroShell Team, air show performers
2 p.m. – John Force and Edsel Ford
Thursday, July 28
10 a.m. – Erik Hildebrandt, photographer/author
12 p.m. – SR-71 pilots
1 p.m. – Jack Roush
2 p.m. – Matt Younkin, air show performer
Friday, July 29
10 a.m. – Mike Goulian, air show performer
11 a.m. – Joe Engle, space shuttle commander
1 p.m. – Red Eagles, air show performers
Saturday, July 30
9 a.m. – Kirby Chambliss, air show performer
12 p.m. – Bob Carlton, air show performer
1 p.m. – Jeff Boerboon, air show performer