We love these one off machines. While we lament the fact that we can’t lay our hands on one of those, we see the half-full cup, and are ecstatic about the fact that neither can the rest of humanity, except for the one buyer.
Behold boys and girls, the Ford ‘Blue Angels’ Mustang.
The Ford “Blue Angels” Mustang pays tribute to 100 years of naval aviation, which will be celebrated all week at Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture 2011. The car will be on display inside the Ford Hangar. This one-of-a-kind vehicle will be sold at the Gathering of Eagles charity auction July 28. 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’ are a naval aviation performance demonstration team, who fly F-18 Hornets and are the inspiration for this one off Mustang. 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, Ford says 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
Other one off Mustangs produced by Ford in support of EAA Young Eagles include the Mustang AV8R in 2008, Ford’s AV-X10 “Dearborn Doll” Mustang in 2009 and in 2010, two automotive icons – Carroll Shelby 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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