2012 Ford Mustang GT Blue Angels Edition auctioned for $400000

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 30, 2011

At the Gathering of Eagles charity auction last week, a "Blue Angels" edition 2012 Ford Mustang GT sold for $400,000. This unique vehicle, which was created by a select design and engineering team at Ford Motor Company, was bought by a man from California.

The venue of the auction was at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, the greatest aviation celebration in the world. The EAA Young Eagles organization will receive all the proceeds from the sale of this donated car.

This organization had given free introductory flights to over 1.6 million young people since 1992 while at the same time, it was teaching the value of hard work, personal responsibility and improved math and science skills. The Ford "Blue Angels" Mustang celebrates 100 years of naval aviation.

This event was commemorated all week at AirVenture 2011 as part of the show's Tier 1 event status from the U.S. Navy linked to its Centennial of Naval Aviation festivities that spans a year.

Inspiration for the exterior of Ford's "Blue Angels" Mustang GT was taken from the naval aviation performance demonstration team and the F-18 Hornet aircraft.

The Navy aircraft inspired the car’s custom rear spoiler's vertical tailfins, the "screaming yellow" gloss accents, and the use of the Blue Angels script and crest. Creations n' Chrome had provided its spectra-chrome blue paint, which is nothing like any paint ever used on a production vehicle.

Edsel B. Ford II, a member of Ford’s board of directors, remarked that the qualities that define the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flight team -- precision, discipline and excitement – are the same attributes that the American carmaker celebrates.

These qualities are conveyed and reflected through the ‘Blue Angels’ Mustang GT. He added that with the special edition, Ford reiterates its support for EAA and the Young Eagles organization. Ford has been picked as the exclusive automotive partner of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, which is slated to take place from July 25 to 31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.

The Ford “Blue Angels” Mustang pays homage to a century of naval aviation, which will be celebrated weeklong at AirVenture 2011 as part of its Tier 1 event status from the US Navy, which is also having its own yearlong Centennial of Naval Aviation celebrations. The Ford “Blue Angels” Mustang GT – to be displayed inside the Ford Hangar throughout EAA AirVenture -- was inspired by the Blue Angels naval aviation performance demo team and their F-18 Hornet aircraft.

To reflect that inspiration, the “Blue Angels” Mustang GT derives its custom rear spoiler’s vertical tailfins and its “screaming yellow” gloss accents, as well as the Blue Angels script and crest, from the F-18 Hornet Navy aircraft. Its chrome blue paint – created by Creations n’ Chrome – is exclusively developed for the “Blue Angels” Mustang GT. Inside, the Blue Angels crest has been stitched into the leather Recaro racing seats while flight suit-inspired offset stripes dominates its interior.

Its interior also features Blue Angels script in the illuminated sill plates as well as puddle lamps that could project jet images as the doors open. Other cabin details include performance gauges, cluster graphics, safety belt fabric, navigation screen images, rear seat-delete instrument panel appliqués and cross-brace. Powered by a 624-hp Ford Racing supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine, the “Blue Angels” Mustang GT features Ford Racing components like a handling pack, performance exhaust and racetrack brakes.

The design and engineering teams responsible for the development of the Ford “Blue Angels” Mustang GT are led by Mustang Chief Designer Darrell Behmer, Design Manager Melvin Betancourt and Chief Nameplate Engineer Dave Pericak. The “Blue Angels” Mustang GT is one of three Mustangs that Ford design and engineering teams have created for the EAA Young Eagles Auction in the past few years. Ford vehicles sold during past auction at EAA AirVenture events have all fetched over $1.3 million in support for the Young Eagles.

Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman and president as well as AirVenture chairman, quipped that Ford has been supporting EAA and its mission to showcase the finest innovation and technology in flight. He added that the high interest among aviators in the US Navy should make the ‘Blue Angels’ Mustang GT a highly sought item, which posts sales that could help EAA’s ability to do “amazing things” for future aviation enthusiasts.

The Young Eagles Auction is part of the EAA Gathering of Eagles, which attracts over 1,000 aviation enthusiasts every year in support of Young Eagles and other EAA programs that inspire young individuals to someday become aviators, engineers, astronauts, innovators and scientists.

Press Release

Ford “Blue Angels” Mustang Salutes 100 Years of U.S. Navy Aviation, Supports Education Program for Young Aviators

The engineering and design teams at Ford Motor Company have produced a truly unique “Blue Angels” edition 2012 Ford Mustang GT. This one-of-a-kind vehicle will be sold at the Gathering of Eagles charity auction Thursday, July 28, during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) 2011 AirVenture Oshkosh, the world’s greatest aviation celebration.

• One-of-a-kind 2012 Ford Mustang design inspired by the acclaimed Blue Angels naval aviation demonstration team to be sold at charity auction July 28 at EAA
• AirVenture Oshkosh
• Sale will benefit the EAA Young Eagles organization
• Since 2006, Ford auction vehicles have collectively raised more than $1.3 million to support Young Eagles
• Ford is the exclusive automotive partner of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

DEARBORN, Mich., July 15, 2011 – The engineering and design teams at Ford Motor Company have produced a truly unique “Blue Angels” edition 2012 Ford Mustang GT. This one-of-a-kind vehicle will be sold at the Gathering of Eagles charity auction July 28, during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) 2011 AirVenture Oshkosh, the world’s greatest aviation celebration.

All proceeds from the car donation and sale will benefit the EAA Young Eagles organization, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.6 million young people since 1992 while also teaching the value of hard work, personal responsibility and enhanced math and science skills.

Ford is the exclusive automotive partner of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, held July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.

“The precision, discipline and excitement that define the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flight team are qualities we celebrate at Ford,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of Ford’s board of directors. “With this year’s beautiful ‘Blue Angels’ edition Mustang GT, we’ve captured those qualities and paired them with the innovation Ford design and engineering team members build into all of our vehicles. Through this project, we take great pride in continuing our support for EAA and the Young Eagles organization.”

The Ford “Blue Angels” Mustang pays tribute to 100 years of naval aviation, which will be celebrated all week at AirVenture 2011 as part of the show’s Tier 1 event status from the U.S. Navy tied to its yearlong Centennial of Naval Aviation festivities. The car will be on display inside the Ford Hangar throughout EAA AirVenture.

The exterior of Ford’s “Blue Angels” Mustang GT was inspired by the acclaimed naval aviation performance demonstration team and the F-18 Hornet aircraft it flies. The car’s custom rear spoiler’s vertical tailfins, the “screaming yellow” gloss accents, inclusion of the Blue Angels script and crest all are drawn from the Navy aircraft. The unique chrome blue paint, courtesy of Creations n’ Chrome, is unlike anything available on a production vehicle anywhere in the world.

With the Blue Angels crest stitched into its leather Recaro racing seats, the car’s interior also features offset stripes inspired by pilot flight suits.

Additional unique details of the “Blue Angels” Mustang include cluster graphics, performance gauges, navigation screen images, safety belt fabric, instrument panel appliqués, rear seat-delete and cross-brace, Blue Angels script in the illuminated sill plates and puddle lamps that project jet images when the doors open.

Under the hood, the “Blue Angels” Mustang is all performance with a Ford Racing supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine producing 624 horsepower. The Ford Racing components also include a handling pack, performance exhaust and racetrack brakes.

Mustang Chief Designer Darrell Behmer, Design Manager Melvin Betancourt and Chief Nameplate Engineer Dave Pericak lead the design and engineering teams that developed the “Blue Angels” Mustang.

The Young Eagles Auction is part of the EAA Gathering of Eagles 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 engineers, aviators, astronauts, scientists and innovators – the aviation pioneers of tomorrow.

“Ford is a longtime supporter of EAA and our mission to showcase the finest innovation and technology in flight,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman/president 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 “Blue Angels” edition joins three other one-of-a-kind Mustangs created by the Ford design and engineering teams for the EAA Young Eagles Auction in recent years, each generating excitement among aviation and automotive enthusiasts alike. Ford vehicles sold at auction during past EAA AirVenture events have collectively raised more than $1.3 million to support Young Eagles.

Other unique vehicles produced by Ford in support of EAA Young Eagles include the Mustang AV8R, with cues from the F-22 “Raptor,” which in 2008 helped introduce the glass-roof canopy and delivered a record auction contribution of $500,000. In 2009, Ford’s AV-X10 “Dearborn Doll” Mustang was crafted in honor of World War II aircraft. In 2010, two automotive icons – Carroll Shelby, formerly a U.S. Air Force flight instructor, and Jack Roush, a longtime P-51 pilot – collaborated for the first time to create the SR-71 “Blackbird” Mustang inspired by the legendary reconnaissance jet.

During EAA AirVenture, Ford also will offer attendees access to the latest advances in automobile technology at the Ford Hangar, as well as many of the industry’s most revered classics at the popular Cruisin’ Legends area on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport. Ford activities include top-tier entertainment and interactive components that will add excitement for the hundreds of thousands of aviation fans in attendance.

To participate in the auction, candidates must prequalify by contacting Matt Miller in the EAA Development Office at (800) 236-1025 or by email, mmiller@eaa.org, by July 25. Visit www.AirVenture.org/gathering for more information.

To stay connected to all Ford EAA AirVenture news, connect with the Ford EAA AirVenture team on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/FordAirventure or visit http://www.FordAirventure.com.

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