DEARBORN, Mich., July 11, 2012 – Returning for its 13th consecutive year as exclusive automotive partner of the world’s greatest aviation celebration, Ford Motor Company will bring new attractions and fan favorites to 2012 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh. The popular Ford Hangar will feature interactive attractions and some of the latest advances in automobile technology, as well as many of the industry’s most revered classics, all on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.
This year, Ford's commitment to bringing first-rate entertainment and attractions to the EAA annual convention includes an opening day concert featuring The Steve Miller Band, the “Great Escape” Ferris wheel, the “Fusion EcoBoost” Ejection Bungee, the “Dyno Challenge” where owners can win a trip to an NHRA race, nearly 100 Ford Tri-Motor rides, expanded car shows and an evening dedicated to the blues. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 takes place July 23 to July 29, a week in which Wittman becomes the busiest airport in the world. The event attracted 541,000 attendees in 2011.
Ford will donate a one-of-a-kind, Tuskegee Airmen-inspired 2013 “Red Tails” Edition Mustang for auction to support the EAA Young Eagles program. This nonprofit organization has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.6 million young people since 1992, helping inspire and motivate the next generation of leaders, aviators and innovators. Ford’s unique vehicles have become star properties for collectors and attendees, garnering more than $1.5 million to benefit the Young Eagles’ efforts.
EAA AirVenture 2012, the 60th edition of the event, attracts 10,000 aircraft each year, including 2,500 show planes, and is expected to draw more than 500,000 aviation enthusiasts from more than 70 countries.
All Ford events and attractions are free and open to all EAA AirVenture attendees. Additionally, Ford offers a special Partner Recognition vehicle purchase plan to EAA members.
“EAA AirVenture is an opportunity for us to celebrate our aviation roots and share our innovations with a very tech-savvy audience. We look forward to this event every year,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of Ford’s Board of Directors. “This year will be special. The ‘Red Tails’ Mustang we are donating to the EAA Young Eagles is a tribute to a group of brave patriots who put their lives on the line for their country.”
Steve Miller Band to Rock Opening Day
Iconic American rockers Steve Miller Band will play for a crowd of thousands of aviation enthusiasts on EAA AirVenture opening day. Ford is the presenting sponsor of the concert, which is free to all AirVenture guests. Concert activities will begin at 6 p.m., Monday, July 23 adjacent to the Ford Hangar, with The Steve Miller Band taking the stage at 7p.m. Founded by a Wisconsin native, The Steve Miller Band’s music is recognized around the world. The group has sold more than 30 million records, including 12 Top 40 albums. No. 1 hit singles include “The Joker,” “Abracadabra” and “Rock’n Me.” Other favorites are “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Jet Airliner.”
Ford Presents the “Fly-In Theater”
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