Blue Angels Edition 2012 Ford Mustang GT celebrates 100 years of U.S. Navy Aviation

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 7, 2011

A Blue Angels 2012 Ford Mustang GT will be seen at the upcoming Young Eagles Auction. This one-of-a-kind vehicle, with an aviation theme, is expected to fetch a lot of money. In the last four years, Ford Motor Company has collaborated with the EAA Young Eagles Program in the development of this vehicle. Ford aims to honor the 100th anniversary of US Naval Aviation by using the Blue Angels, one of the most well-known aviation display teams worldwide, to inspire the Mustang GT.

This car is expected to attract bids that are higher than the $375,000 bid made for last year’s Mustang, which took inspiration from the SR-71 Blackbird. Kevin Keling, Ford corporate events manager, said that the Ford Design and Engineering team members, who develop these one-off projects,” paid serious attention to the details and spent over 600 hours to build it.

He said that the highlights of this vehicle include the blue chrome paint that’s unlike any of those seen in production and the “amazing” puddle lamps projecting jets. Creation 'n Chrome, from Valencia, California, made this one-off vehicle, giving it a chrome blue paint scheme with yellow stripes, similar to the F-18 Hornets. This car’s front fascia is the same as that of the Boss 302.

The Ford "Blue Angels" Mustang GT commemorates naval aviation’s 100th year through its week-long participation at AirVenture 2011, a Tier 1 US Navy event associated with its Centennial of Naval Aviation celebrations throughout the year. The car’s exterior design is definitely a tribute to the Blue Angels F-18 Hornet jet fighters which fly in the elite naval aviation performance demonstration team, adapting features including the Blue Angels script and crest as well as upright tailfins on the special rear spoiler and bright “screaming yellow” accents. Most notably, the “Blue Angels” Mustang GT is painted in spectra-chrome blue colour from Creations n' Chrome, a special paint exclusively available only for this car – drawing raves from show goers.

The Blue Angels design theme continues inside this special edition Mustang GT. The leather Recaro racing seats are sewn with the Blue Angels crest and feature offset stripes reminiscent of pilot flight suits. Also, the cluster graphics, navigation screen images, performance gauges, instrument panel appliques, safety belt fabric, rear seat delete and X brace, puddle lamps projecting jet images upon door opening and the illuminated sill plates featuring the Blue Angels script are all inspired adaptations from the aviation team. The auctioned car’s winning bidder was also given a Blue Angels flight helmet autographed by the pilots and crew.

The “Blue Angels” Mustang doesn’t compromise its noted performance. The bonnet houses a Ford Racing 624hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. The car also features the Ford Racing handling pack, racetrack brakes and performance exhaust.

Design and development of the “Blue Angels” Mustang were led by Mustang Chief Designer Darrell Behmer, Design Manager Melvin Betancourt and Chief Nameplate Engineer Dave Pericak. The Young Eagles Auction was held at the EAA Gathering of Eagles at the EAA AirVenture Museum. The Gathering of Eagles attracts over 1,000 aviation aficionados yearly and advocates Young Eagles and EAA programs that motivate young people to pursue careers as engineers, scientists, astronauts, pilots and innovators, and become future aviation leaders.

Ford has been an EAA patron for many years and EAA Chairman and AirVenture chairman Tom Poberezny said that their mission is to exhibit the best of aviation technology and innovation. He adds that fortunately, the car became a highly desired item because of the enthusiasm for the US Navy aviators and the “Blue Angels” Mustang team, enabling the EAA to continue doing “amazing things for our future aviation enthusiasts."

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2012 Ford Mustang GT Blue Angels Edition

A one-of-a-kind "Blue Angels" edition 2012 Ford Mustang GT produced by a select design and engineering team at Ford Motor Company sold for $400,000 at the Gathering of Eagles charity auction Thursday evening. The auction took place during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, the world's greatest aviation celebration. A man from California purchased the vehicle.

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.

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. Since 2006, Ford vehicles sold at EAA AirVenture auction events have collectively raised more than $1.7 million to support Young Eagles. Ford is the exclusive automotive partner of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The week long event concludes Sunday, July 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, 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 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. Courtesy of Creations n' Chrome, the unique spectra-chrome blue paint - unlike anything available on a production vehicle anywhere in the world - was a showstopper.

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. The winning bidder also received a Blue Angels flight helmet autographed by the pilots and crew. Additional unique details of the "Blue Angels" Mustang include cluster graphics, performance gauges, navigation screen images, safety belt fabric, instrument panel appliqus, 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 and AirVenture chairman. "The high interest among aviators in the US Navy and the 'Blue Angels' Mustang team made this a very sought-after item, ensuring EAA's ability to do some amazing things for our future aviation enthusiasts."

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.

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