Latest one-off custom edition of the iconic pony car is a 2015 Ford Mustang GT inspired by a yellow World War Two P-51D fighter plane.
Ford Mustang and EAA Young Eagles
Every year since 1953 the Experimental Aircraft Association sponsors a week-long annual celebration of aviation that, since 1970, has been held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Ford Motor Company has not only been a big supporter, it is in fact the exclusive automotive partner of what is officially known as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
Joining eight others it's constructed in the past; Ford has created yet another one-of-a kind special edition Mustang that will be sold at the Gathering of Eagles charity auction to be held on July 28th of this year. The proceeds from the sale will benefit the "EAA Young Eagles program" (which, since 1992, has provided free introductory flights to 2 million young people).
Collectively, Ford auction vehicles have raised $3 million since 2008 to support the Young Eagles program.
P-51D Mustang and Bob Hoover
"This year's one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang honors two aviation greats, the iconic and historic P-51D Mustang fighter plane, and highly decorated fighter pilot, test pilot, and air show performer, Bob Hoover, who is referred to by many as one of the greatest pilots ever to have lived," said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors. "The Shelby GT350 Mustang, with its nimbleness, speed and aerodynamics, provided us with the perfect platform to create this tribute to the P-51D aircraft."
2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang "Ole Yeller"
As the ninth "one-of-a-kind" pony car, the Ole Yeller Mustang features a custom yellow non-production paint that evokes the livery of R. A. "Bob" Hoover's yellow P-51D that still holds the prop plane record for coast-to-coast travel at 5 hours and 20 minutes, set in 1985.
The exterior features custom "Ole Yeller" accents and badging, along with custom carbon fiber components and mirrors projecting images of the aircraft.
Interior modifications include aviation-inspired gauges, custom Recaro seats, unique sill plates and floor mats with unique logos.
Its GT features include:
• 5.2L Ti-VCT V8 engine with Flat Plane Crank
• Tremec 6-speed manual transmission
• Specially tuned sport suspension
• Six-piston Brembo brakes
• The most track-ready, road-legal Mustang ever produced
Sponsors supporting the build of the "Apollo" edition Mustang GT include MAD industries, Ford Performance, Brembo, Carbon 2 Carbon, BASF Refinish, Pirelli Tires, Diode Dynamics, Rigid Industries LED Lighting, sPOD Power Distribution & Switching Components, 3M Window Films, PIAA, APR Performance, Rosen Electronics, FOCAL/The Source AV, Odyssey Battery, Recaro, Northern Engraving, Miko, American & Efird, Takata Holdings, Inc., Forgiato Wheels, Coverkings, L&G Enterprises and Signature Performance Tire & Wheel.
Past AirVenture Mustangs
Previous one-of-a kind Young Eagles Mustangs include:
2008 - Mustang AV8R, with cues from the F-22 "Raptor"
2009 - AV-X10 "Dearborn Doll" Mustang crafted in honor of World War II aircraft
2010 - SR-71 "Blackbird" Mustang by Carroll Shelby and Jack Roush
2011 - "Blue Angels" Mustang celebrating 100 years of United States naval aviation
2012 - "Red Tails" Mustang paid homage to P-51 Mustang Tuskegee Airmen pilots
2013 - "Thunderbirds" Mustang celebrated 60th years of the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds
2014 - "F-35 Lightning" Mustang with design cues from the F-35 Lightning fighter jet
2015 - "Apollo" Edition Mustang evoking the livery of the Saturn V Apollo launch rocket
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