Fantasy of Flight and Imperial Mustangs, both in Polk County, Florida, have scheduled their annual Mustangs & Mustangs car and vintage airplane show for April 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This is the only event in Florida that showcases both the restored P-51 Mustang aircraft used during World War II and Ford Mustang automobiles of all eras, ages and styles, said Fantasy of Flight’s Mary Deatrick.
Restored P-51 fighters will perform aerial demonstrations throughout the day, while show cars will compete for a “People’s Choice” award, she said, adding, “As well as watching the hot rods and fighter planes in action, guests also can take advantage of children’s activities, enjoy live entertainment and snap photos with the classic cars and vintage airplanes.”
Introduced during World War II, the P-51 Mustang is a long-range, single-seat fighter that was used primarily to escort bombers on raids over Germany. Following limited use in the Korean War, many Mustangs were converted for use by civilians who appreciated the planes’ speed and agility. The Mustang grew so popular among aviation enthusiasts that, in the 1960s, the Ford Motor Company named its new youth-targeted coupe for the fighter.
Admission to Mustangs & Mustangs is included with Fantasy of Flight general admission, which is $28.95 for adults and $14.95 for youths between 6 and 15, Deatrick said. Children five years old or younger are admitted free. The event is free for Annual Pass holders. Parking is $5.
A portion of the proceeds from car show registration will go to VISTE of Lakeland, Fla., an organization that provides services enabling the elderly to live independently in their own homes.
All Ford vehicles are welcome to participate in the car show. To register a Ford or Ford Mustang, call 863.984.3500 or visit www.fantasyofflight.com.