Now in its second decade as the exclusive automotive sponsor for the world’s greatest aviation celebration, Ford Motor Company will bring exciting activities and family favorites to the 2016 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh. The popular Ford Hangar will feature the latest advances in its automotive technology and Performance lineup; state-of-the-art, mettle-testing attractions; and Ford Hangar fan favorites, all on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Ford's commitment to bringing first-rate entertainment and unique experiences to the EAA annual convention soars to new heights with an opening day concert featuring alternative rock band Third Eye Blind; the nightly Fly-In Movie Theater with blockbuster and classic aviation films, introduced by notable presenters; the Tough Enough Challenge featuring daring climbing courses and a thrilling zipline or plunge pit for descent; Tough Tumblers Bungee Trampolines; daily Model T rides; and the Saturday evening concert from Journey Unauthorized, the international Journey tribute band. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 takes place July 25 to July 31, a week in which Wittman Airport becomes the busiest airport in the world.
EAA AirVenture attracts 10,000 aircraft each year with expected attendance to exceed 500,000 aviation enthusiasts from more than 60 countries.
All Ford events and attractions are free and open to all EAA AirVenture attendees. Ford supports a special Partner Recognition Vehicle Purchase Plan to EAA members, plus an additional $750 special incentive, toward the purchase or lease of a new Ford or Lincoln vehicle through year-end for EAA members. EAA Members purchased 3,500 Ford and Lincoln vehicles in 2015, and more than 55,000 EAA members have purchased or leased Ford Motor Company vehicles throughout the partnership.
Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang
Where else but EAA AirVenture could a Shelby GT350 Mustang be converted into a tribute to the North American P-51D Mustang “Ole Yeller” and its legendary and renowned pilot R.A. “Bob” Hoover? The Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang represents the efforts of the Ford Design and Performance Engineering team to deliver a unique and valued product to benefit the future of aviation. Ford has created eight prior aviation themed vehicles to benefit EAA youth programs and raised $3 million collectively at auction. The Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang with a uniquely unmistakable connection to pilot Bob Hoover will create a special vehicle to benefit charity.
Iconic Alternative Rock Band Third Eye Blind Opening Day Concert
Ford launched and has presented the opening night concert for 10 consecutive years, and this year will feature high-energy, alternative rock band Third Eye Blind, as the EAA AirVenture opening day concert free of charge to all AirVenture guests that day. Third Eye Blind, formed in San Francisco in 1993, and their melodic brand of alternative rock made them one of the biggest bands in the world in the late 90s, achieving acclaimed success with the 1997 release of their self-titled debut album. Their top 10 singles – including songs like “Semi-Charmed Life,” “How’s It Going to Be” and “Jumper” – quickly became some of the most ubiquitous radio hits of the decade, earning the band an iconic status that paved the way for a decade-spanning career.
Ford Presents the “Fly-In Theater”
For the past decade, Ford Motor Company has served as the presenting sponsor of the EAA AirVenture "Fly-In Theater" tradition. Located adjacent to EAA’s Camp Scholler camping area, the open-air Fly-In Theater offers free evening entertainment for attendees. Each evening at approximately 8:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday), thousands of patrons will watch free movies, introduced by notable presenters, on the theater’s five-story screen while sitting under the night sky. The 2016 lineup includes Above and Beyond, One Six Right, The Last Man on the Moon, The Martian, The Final Countdown, The Guardian, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and The Blue Max.
“Super Saturday” to Feature Journey Unauthorized, Journey Tribute Band
Ford welcomes Journey Unauthorized – the international Journey tribute band – during EAA’s “Super Saturday” July 30 at 6:30 p.m. Next to the Ford Hangar, between the afternoon and evening air shows, Journey Unauthorized will provide an amazing rendition of the 1980s Journey with such hits as “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Faithfully,” “Wheel in the Sky” and “Any Way You Want It.” Ford will also be handing out free ice cream while supplies last, to enhance the party experience.
The band members include Perry Stevens (Lead Vocalist), Joel Pelletier (Keyboards, Background Vocals), Damion Mantle (Electric and Acoustic Guitars), Jimmy Wells (Drums, Percussion) and Steven Goodwin (Bass, Vocals).
Model T Experience
Henry Ford’s Model T revolutionized the consumer automobile industry when it hit the market in 1908. Nearly 110 years later, thousands of EAA AirVenture attendees will join Ford in celebrating the innovation by taking rides in any of several Model Ts on-site with members of the Dairyland Tin Lizzies Model T owners club. Guests can experience a ride in a Model T Monday through Friday during AirVenture, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ford Hangar.
A Truly Unique Destination
The Ford Hangar is one of the most popular attractions at AirVenture each year for activities and new vehicles. The Ford Hangar will feature the entire Ford lineup including the new Ford F-Series Super Duty with its all-new aluminum body. The Ford Performance lineup will be displayed on the Performance Patio and showcase the all-new Ford GT supercar, the new F150 Raptor, 2016 Focus RS, 2016 Shelby GT350R Mustang and 2016 Fiesta ST.
Visitors can ascend to more than 30 feet on the Cargo Climb cargo net or scale the Widowmaker rock wall, traverse on the Skyline knot ropes and descend on the more than 150-foot Flight Line zip line or leap into a Free Fall pit. Those who complete the course will receive a one-of-a-kind paracord bracelet.
Ford Hangar guests will soar on the Tough Tumblers Bungee Trampoline and “get behind the wheel” of a Ford GT to take part in simulated races at the most famous tracks around the world with the Ford GT Racing Simulators. Young guests can dig in the sand box next to a full-scale F-750 Tonka Truck. Other features at the Ford Hangar include assembling a Ford GT Snap Kit model, personalizing a Ford F-150 or Ford Transit picture and watching as these custom creations come to life through the magic of augmented reality at the Color Me Capable Table, grabbing a family photo in the Tough Enough photo booth and enjoying the many other interactive elements at the Ford Hangar.
The Ford Hangar area also will feature "Autograph HQ” on the Performance Patio 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.
Ford will offer Mustang Unites baseball caps each day at the Ford Hangar (while supplies last). Campers should watch for the new Ford Transit Van distributing free ice cream at night in the campgrounds.
To stay connected to all Ford EAA AirVenture news, follow the Ford EAA AirVenture team on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FordAirventure or visit www.FordAirventure.com.
For more information on EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016, visit www.AirVenture.org.
Ford and Flight: A History of Firsts
Ford Motor Company’s association with flight dates back to the company’s founding 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.
After World War I, having already put the nation on wheels, Henry Ford decided to take the United States into the air and in 1925 built the first Ford Tri-Motor airplane. The Tri-Motor was the first to be used by the country’s commercial airlines. Nicknamed the “Tin Goose,” it also was the United States’ first all-metal, multi-engine transport. The first Ford Airlines flight took off in 1925 and in 1926 made the first domestic airmail flight for the U.S. Government.
Henry Ford’s efforts paved the way for modern commercial air travel, including the construction of the world’s first modern airport and first concrete runway. Henry Ford also brought the famed assembly line production system to aviation in World War II, as Ford produced one B-24 Liberator bomber per hour at the height of need by Allied forces. In 1984, Henry Ford was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame, and in 2002, was recognized as one of only 12 aviation pioneers by the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission.
About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.eaa.org/airventure. EAA members receive the lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAA.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.
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