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.