A one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang will hit the auction block at the 2011 Experimental Aircraft association AirVenture celebration on July 28. Proceeds from the “Blue Angels” Mustang GT will benefit EAA Young Eagles, a charity providing free flying lessons to young people.
As the name suggests, the special-edition Mustang was designed to pay homage to the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, and the F-18 Hornet fighter jet flown by the squad. As such, the car wears special chrome blue paint with yellow accents, plus the Blue Angels script and crest. Inside, the rear seats have been deleted and replaced with a yellow-paint chassis brace. Everything from the navigation-system graphics to the seatbelts and door-sill plates has been retrimmed to match the blue-and-yellow color scheme.
Much of the styling was inspired directly by jet aircraft: the vertical fins in the unique rear spoiler, “ground speed” logo on the speedometer, and special puddle lamps which project jet images downwards when the doors are opened.
Just like the F-18 Hornet, the Blue Angels Mustang has plenty of performance on tap. The 5.0-liter V-8 benefits from a Ford Racing supercharger, producing 624 hp. Ford Racing also donated larger brakes, a performance exhaust, and a handling package.
The Mustang hits the auction block at the EAA’s annual celebration of all things aviation at Wittman regional airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Nearly 1000 people turn out for the event each year. Ford has donated modified Mustangs to the Young Eagles auction for the past three years: In 2008, a Mustang that drew styling cues from the F-22 Raptor fighter plane; in 2009, one inspired by World War II fighter planes; and in 2010, Carroll Shelby and Jack Roush helped prepared an SR-71 Blackbird-inspired Mustang. Ford says auctions of those vehicles have raised a combined $1.3 million for the EAA Young Eagles.