EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. -- (July 12, 2004) -- Two classic examples of American engineering will combine as the legendary P-51 Mustang World War II aircraft joins with Ford Mustang road cars on Sunday, July 18 at “Planes, ‘Manes’ & Automobiles,” located on the grounds of the EAA AirVenture Museum.
More than 100 automobiles are expected to attend the event, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the famous line of Ford Mustang sports cars. Mustangs on display will range from several classic 1960s era models to modern “supercars” such as the Saleen S7 owned by Milwaukee resident Jerry Ritzow, and currently the fastest American-made sports car.
The EAA AirVenture Museum has also arranged for four P-51 Mustang airplanes to be on display during the event, including the oldest surviving P-51 in the world. The hand-built XP-51 prototype is a permanent part of the Museum’s collection and represents the earliest development of one of World War II’s most important and successful fighter aircraft.
“Both the Ford Mustang and the P-51 Mustang are icons in their respective fields,” said EAA AirVenture Museum Director Adam Smith. “We thought it would be neat to stage an event that brought the two together. The idea really seems to have caught the imagination of Ford Mustang owners, particularly the opportunity to have their car photographed with a P-51. This event is a fun way to showcase how EAA preserves the heritage of flight.”
Spectators are welcome at the event, which is included in regular Museum admission. Automobile owners are encouraged to pre-register online at www.airventuremuseum.org/mustangs/. Registration is $20 per car and includes museum admission for all vehicle occupants. All Ford-powered vehicles are welcome, with the first 150 participants receiving free souvenir dash plaques.
The EAA AirVenture Museum is located just off Highway 41 at the Highway 44 exit in Oshkosh. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EAA members receive free museum admission year-round and family memberships are available. For more information, call the EAA AirVenture Museum at (920) 426-6108 or visit www.airventuremuseum.org.