Ford Soars at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Ford's commitment to bringing first-rate entertainment and attractions to the annual convention of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) includes expanded car shows, new activities and an evening dedicated to the blues.

EAA AirVenture guests can see spectacular performance machines such as the John Force Racing team cars, the ROUSH performance lineup and view some of the world’s most timeless, pristinely restored Ford Motor Company vehicles at the Cruisin' Legends car show on Knapp Street near Warbird Alley. Due to the popularity of Cruisin’ Legends in 2010, Ford has expanded the concept this year to accommodate more vehicles. The featured themes: Monday, July 25 and Tuesday, July 26 - Hot Rod Heaven; Wednesday, July 27 – Fabulous Thunderbirds and Model T's; Thursday, July 29, Friday July 30 and Saturday, July 31 – Mustang Stampede. The popular Ford mechanical bucking bronco also will be hosted in the Cruisin’ Legends exhibit.

The John Force Racing Traveling Road Show, including five of his race vehicles is a new addition for 2011. John Force’s own 8,000 horsepower Castrol GTX Ford Mustang will be displayed in the Ford Hangar. Admission is free for AirVenture guests.

EAA's “Super Saturday” Transforms Ford Hangar to “Ford Hangar of Blues”

As an added bonus to EAA’s “Super Saturday” on July 30, Ford will present Da BLOOZE Bros. The “ultimate tribute band” to The Blues Brothers will take center stage for an energetic blues set from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ford Hangar as it is transformed into the “Ford Hangar of Blues.” Da BLOOZE Bros is led by real brothers Geoff and Chris Dahl. Their seven-piece band is one of only three groups worldwide officially sanctioned by Dan Aykroyd and the John Belushi estate for live performance of the legendary The Blues Brothers material.

Model T Time

Henry Ford’s Model T revolutionized the consumer automobile industry when it hit the market in 1908. More than 100 years later, thousands of EAA AirVenture attendees will join Ford in celebrating the innovation by partaking in a parade of fully-functional Model Ts, 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. Experience a ride in a Model T on Thursday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the EAA Museum entrance.

Freebies, Autographs, Zip Line, Rock Wall and Other Attractions The Ford Hangar, located at ConocoPhillips Plaza, is one of the most popular attractions at AirVenture each year and is overseen by animated and personable Hangar Master Narrator “Hank” the Robot.

The Ford Hangar also will feature the Lincoln Legends and Heroes "Autograph HQ” with celebrities, aviation enthusiasts, legendary performers and other special guests on site at various times throughout the course of the event, interacting with fans and signing autographs. Personalities scheduled to sign autographs for fans at the Ford Hangar include Jack Roush, John Force, astronauts and pilots.

For AirVenture 2011, Ford also will help celebrate the Centennial of Naval Aviation, with visitors able to launch down the “USS Henry Ford Cat Shot,” a thrilling 200-foot zip line; leap on the “Bungee Burner” power jump trampoline system; or challenge “The Rock Ladder” climbing experience.

Ford Hangar guests will have the opportunity test their racing skills with the Ford Fiesta Rally Simulator, experience the Laguna Seca race track, and test their mettle in an F-150 game area Campers should watch for the Ford Transit Connect distributing free ice cream each evening in the campgrounds.

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Ford and Flight: A History of Firsts

Ford Motor Company’s historical connection to air transportation will be evident throughout the automobile manufacturer’s presence at EAA AirVenture. Ford’s association with flight dates back all the way to the company’s beginnings in 1903, the same year as the Wright brothers’ historic flight. Ford’s history in aviation includes a period in which the company was the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer.

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