FedEx 2011 Airshows
Note: The 2012 Airshow schedule will be posted here when it becomes available.
Our ETA is right now! We are celebrating our employees and network by launching the 2011 FedEx Global Airshow Program. FedEx team members volunteer their time to support static aircraft displays, hospitality chalets, aircraft pulls and ship centers at Airshows around the world.
Static Aircraft Display
For more than 30 years, we have been positioning FedEx planes at Airshows and opening them up for visitors to walk around, step aboard and ask questions. Aviation enthusiasts are able to take a firsthand look at one of our trunk or feeder aircraft. Sometimes, we add one or more vans or trucks to our display. FedEx team members are proud to be representing the largest air-cargo carrier in the world and to be a part of a family-friendly event in their community. Visitors learn interesting facts about FedEx operations and the positive role we play in their local economy.
FedEx chalets provide our customers and business associates with entertainment in ultimate air show style. Usually in a prime location, chalets offer front row shaded seating for the aerobatic displays, fly-bys and other elements of the Airshow. With food and beverages right at hand, fans can comfortably watch the action packed show and perhaps meet one of the performers who occasionally stop by for a meet and greet.
Aircraft Pulls (click here for a graphic with more information about plane pulls)
A Plane Pull pits teams of 20-25 people in a tug-of-war challenge with a FedEx aircraft, benefitting community charities. Pulling a huge rope, the team’s goal is to move a 100,000+ pound aircraft 12 feet, faster than the competing teams can. It takes both maximum individual effort and teamwork to get the job done; just like in our daily operations! FedEx has been organizing plane pulls for the past 18 years. Each year plane pulls raise about $500,000 for local charities.
**Check out this video to see more on plane pulls**
Teams are made up of locally, from businesses, school groups, social clubs and sports groups. Public officials sometimes participate as well. Any group paying the entry fee, which is a contribution to a local charity, can compete. The teams are “in it to win it” but they have a lot of fun. Some teams dress in costumes, and they always have creative team names. It all takes place in a festival setting with games for kids, concession stands, and musical entertainment.
We have ship sites at two Airshows: SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo and EAA Air Venture Oshkosh. This offers attendees a convenient way to ship purchases and memorabilia.
Our Airshow program reflects the pride FedEx people feel in our pioneering — and continuing — leadership in the shipping industry. It also serves as our salute to the intrepid men and women, military and civilian, who have taken to the skies over the past century to open a new frontier for the world.
[Video below: 2011 Memphis Air Show]