The 2012 Experimental Aircraft association AirVenture celebration will continue its five-year tradition of auctioning a customized Ford Mustang. This time, the car auctioned on Thursday, July 26 is dubbed the Red Tails edition and pays homage to the Tuskegee Airmen.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the U.S. Army's first group of African-American pilots, recently memorialized in the film Red Tails. Last year, director George Lucas personally introduced a trailer for the film at the EAA AirVenture event. The Tuskegee Airmen's P-51 Mustang fighter planes had unique red paint on the tails, inspiring not only the name of the movie but also the paint scheme on this special Ford Mustang.
The Ford Mustang GT that will be auctioned has VIN 00051 of the 2013 model year, and was donated and customized by Ford. It has silver-polish paint with red and yellow accents, including graphics paying tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen and the aforementioned red rear end. The car's 5.0-liter V-8 engine has been outfitted with a Ford Racing supercharger, while the chassis benefits from Ford Racing suspension, Brembo brakes, and 20-inch wheels.
On the inside, the rear seats have been removed to give the Mustang the feeling of a fighter-plane cockpit, with Recaro seats, unique badges, and new floor mats. The puddle lights in the mirrors also project a "Red Tails" logo down when the car is unlocked.
The week-long EAA AirVenture show typically attracts at least 500,000 people, a spokesman said. Last year, a Blue Angels-themed Ford Mustang sold for $400,000 at the auction, which benefits a charity providing free flying lessons to young people. In 2011, Carroll Shelby and Jack Roush collaborated on a 2011 Ford Mustang styled after the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane.
Source: EAA AirVenture