Ford created another one-of-a-kind, super unique U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition 2014 Mustang GT, which will be donated to support the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program. This fancy design was styled after the F-16 Falcon airplane, flown by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
Later this year the car will cross the auction block for this year’s EAA AirVenture OshKosh, with all proceeds going toward providing free introductory flights for young people to help and inspire our future generation. This program has helped more than 1.6 million young people since 1992, helping guide the next generation of pilots, aviators, leaders, and innovators.
You can expect this car to be sold at the Gathering of Eagles charity event on Thursday, August 1st during the EAA AirVenture OshKosh 2013 – the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. Ford is an exclusive sponsor for the event.
Some goodies added to this Mustang GT include a Ford Racing supercharger, suspension handling pack, and big Brembo brakes. In years prior, AirVenture Mustangs have fetched $2 million through their auctions to support the Young Eagles program.
This specific 5.0L Mustang features a glass roof and certainly adds that Thunderbird flare to the Mustang with the exterior painted a custom brilliant white paint with red and blue accents to mimic the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird. This Mustang celebrates the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The VIN on this particular Stang reads 0001.
This Mustang certainly isn’t lacking in the cosmetic or performance departments. Not only does it include the aforementioned goodies, this Mustang also features that highly sought-after wide-body stance. The handcrafted and painted “belly pan” helps emulate the F-16 Thunderbird appearance. TS Designs helped with the front and rear body elements, and Creations n’ Chrome created the unique belly pan as well as painted it and added markings. It is also rockin’ 22-inch wheels by Forgiato.
Additional features include a modified navigation screen, instrument cluster and rear-seat delete. Seats are Recaro with embroidered Thunderbirds elements. On top of that, it features unique sill plates and puddle lamps that project the aircraft silhouette when the door is ajar.
"The dedication and excellence displayed by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds are qualities we also celebrate at Ford,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors. “With this year’s beautiful U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition Mustang, we’ve captured the recognizable symbols of their stature and paired it with the innovation our Ford design and engineering teams build into all of our products.
"Through this project,” Ford added, “we take great pride in continuing our support for EAA and the Young Eagles organization.”
Ford Design Manager Melvin Betancourt and Mustang Chief Nameplate Engineer Dave Pericak led the design and engineering teams in regards to this awesome U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition Mustang.
"Ford is a longtime, committed sponsor of EAA and AirVenture, bringing value to those who make Oshkosh the pinnacle of their aviation year,” said Rod Hightower, EAA president and CEO. “These specialty vehicles reflect the depth of Ford’s commitment and allow EAA to provide support to its valuable programs and dedicated members in helping us grow the next generation of aviators."
This newly created Mustang will join the other five one-of-a-kind Mustangs created by the Ford design and engineering teams for the EAA Young Eagles auction in recent years, with each one bringing something different and exciting to aviation and automotive enthusiasts.
To participate in the auction, candidates must prequalify by contacting the EAA development office at (800) 236-1025 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors supporting the build of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition Mustang include Creations n’ Chrome, TS Designs, Ford Racing Performance Parts, Forgiato and Brembo Brakes.