The two forms of human mass travel - land and air - have evolved with one feeding the other in design, technology and manufacturing. Ford Motor Company will celebrate the connection between the aerospace and automotive industries at the world's largest air show, AirVenture - highlighting the company's strong history in aviation, and leading up to the fusion of aerospace technology into the Ford GT super car.
The 2005 Ford GT super car is the next best thing to an aircraft with no wings. Built on advanced aerospace materials and manufacturing technology, the Ford GT is much like a fighter aircraft - using an aluminum space frame consisting of complex cast aluminum structures.
Ford will put the Ford GT to the "flight" test by racing it against various air show aircraft on the runway at the world's largest air show, AirVenture.
Further demonstrating Ford's connection to aviation, Ford will conduct a land and air formation between the new 2005 Mustang, vintage Mustangs and the aircraft where Mustang got its name: the P-51 Mustang aircraft.
Ford will conduct a forum on the connection between aerospace and automobiles, tracing the history of how these sister industries have influenced one another - led by Ford's Executive Director of North American Design Peter Horbury.
Henry Ford not only brought land travel to the masses, but did the same for air
travel with the Ford Tri Motor plane. Ford was the world's largest aircraft
producer in the 1920s.
Friday, July 30, 2004
1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Ford GT Forum Presentation, "An Airplane on Wheels"
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Ford GT and Jet aircraft race down runway
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Mustang Land and Air Formation
All events are part of the AirVenture air show, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The Ford GT Forum Presentation will be held at the AirVenture Forums Plaza.
The Ford GT and Mustang Land and Air Formation to take place on main runway.