If you were to take a poll today (NOTHING to do with Hillary or Donald!), undoubtedly most Americans will tell you that the two most prevalent modes of transportation in the country is by air and by car. And, if you watch TV commercials, you will note that both industries spend a great deal of money to woo prospective customers to their particular areas. That’s why it is so intriguing to note that FORD MOTOR COMPANY recently donated the aviation-inspired FORD “Ole Yeller” Mustang at the EAA AirVenture event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, which was then sold at auction and raised $295,000 for EAA youth education programs, including Young Eagles. If you are concerned about the preservation and perpetuation of General Aviation, you, too, should be interested in FORD’S “OLD YELLER” MUSTANG, EAA YOUTH EDUCATION AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING.
“It is pretty amazing,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, pointed out, “that the FORD MOTOR COMPANY takes such a pro-active interest in General Aviation and the EAA’s youth programs.”
And, EAA is most appreciative of the car company’s dedication to “the cause,” as voiced recently by EAA CEO Jack Pelton. Pelton pointed out that this is FORD’s ninth Mustang donation, providing valuable support to the programs that help grow the next generation of aviators.
“All nine of the donations,” TURBINE TRAINING Vice President Jason Wolcott pointed out, “were cars that were developed and designed as a tribute to either military aircraft or noteworthy aviators. In 2010, for example,” Jason continued, “two automotive icons, Jack Roush, longtime P-51 pilot and Carroll Shelby, former U.S. Air Force flight instructor, collaborated to create the SR-71 Blackbird Mustang, which was inspired by the legendary reconnaissance jet.”
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