|PHOTO BY JIM KOEPNICK
For the fourth straight year, Ford Motor Company has created a unique aviation-themed vehicle for auction to benefit the EAA Young Eagles program. The one-of-a-kind 2012 “Blue Angels” Mustang GT, which honors the Centennial of Naval Aviation, will go to the highest bidder at the Young Eagles Auction during AirVenture 2011 at the annual Gathering of Eagles event on Thursday, July 28.
The exterior of the “Blue Angels” Mustang GT, which was inspired by the acclaimed naval aviation demonstration team, features a unique blue chrome finish with a yellow gloss accent and “Blue Angels” scripted along with its iconic crest. The Blue Angels’ crest is also stitched into its leather Recaro seats. Under the skin, the “Blue Angels” Mustang is all performance with a super-charged 5.0-liter V-8 engine producing more than 500 hp, Ford Racing handling pack, performance exhaust, and racetrack brake components.
“Ford is a longtime supporter of EAA and our mission to showcase the finest innovation and technology in flight,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA and AirVenture chairman. “The high interest among aviators in the U.S. Navy and the ‘Blue Angels’ Mustang team will make this a very sought-after item and ensure EAA’s ability to do some amazing things for our future aviation enthusiasts.”
The Ford “Blue Angels” Mustang will be on display inside the Ford Hangar during EAA AirVenture. This unique automobile continues Ford’s generous support for the EAA Young Eagles program, which exceeds $1.3 million in recent years.
The Young Eagles Auction is part of the EAA Gathering of Eagles on Thursday, July 28, at the EAA AirVenture Museum. The Gathering of Eagles annually draws more than 1,000 aviation enthusiasts in support of Young Eagles and other EAA programs that inspire young people to become the engineers, aviators, astronauts, scientists, and innovators—the aviation pioneers of tomorrow.
“The Ford Design and Engineering team members have really embraced the opportunity to build these one-off projects,” said Kevin Keling, Ford corporate events manager. “We develop the theme early and then marvel at the creativity and ingenuity of the team. This blue chrome paint is fantastic and unlike any thing you’ll see in production anywhere. The small details such as puddle lamps projecting jets are amazing!”
To participate in the auction, pre-qualify by contacting Matt Miller in the EAA Development Office at 800-236-1025 or via e-mail by Monday, July 25. For more information on the Gathering event, visit www.AirVenture.org/attractions/gathering.html.