July 29, 2013
2014 Ford Mustant GT (Thunderbirds Edition)
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A 2014 Mustang has been used to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the US Air Force Thunderbirds, a team of pilots considered to be the fastest multi-jet demonstrators in the world.
The Ford Motor Company has taken this 2014 Mustang GT and revamped it into a one of a kind vehicle, which will by auctioned off at the Gathering of Eagles charity event. This event will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2013 during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh – the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration being held from July 29 to August 4 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Proceeds from the sale of the special edition Mustang will benefit the EAA Young Eagles program. This program has provided free flights to more than 1.6 million young people since 1992, that inspire and motivate future leaders, aviators and innovators.
Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors, stated in a press release, “The dedication and excellence displayed by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds are qualities we also celebrate at Ford. 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.” Ford added, “Through this project, we take great pride in continuing our support for EAA and the Young Eagles organization.”
President and CEO of EAA Rod Hightower said during the press release, “Ford is a longtime, committed sponsor of EAA and AirVenture, bringing value to those who make Oshkosh the pinnacle of their aviation year. 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.”
Ford has produced five other one-of-a-kind Mustangs for auction in the past. A total of $1.9 million has been previously raised to support the Young Eagles program. In 2008 a Mustang AV8R for the F-22 Raptor sold for $500,000. In 2009 a Mustang AV-X10 was donated that honored the World War II aircraft. In 2010, the late Carroll Shelby, a former Air Force flight instructor and Jack Roush, a P-51 pilot, created a SR-71 Mustang inspired by the reconnaissance jet. In 2011 a “Blue Angels” Mustang was created to pay tribute to 100 years of naval aviation. And in 2012, a custom Mustang was produced to honor the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military airmen, known as the “Red Tails.”
The body style is almost identical to a Mustang seen in the upcoming movie Need For Speed.
The exterior of this one of a kind muscle car will feature a brilliant white paint job with red and blue accents that is inspired by the Thunderbirds F-16 Falcon aircraft; the placement of numerous decals and logos are also part of the exterior look. Handcrafted front and rear body elements, along with custom 22-inch wheels and a unique belly pan gives this Mustang a look all of its own.
The interior has also been fitted with custom features with a modified navigation screen and instrument cluster. The rear seats were dropped and both front seats have embroidered Thunderbird elements. Puddle lamps have been added to the sill plates to project the aircraft silhouette when the doors are opened.
Ford didn’t stop with a custom look; they also reworked the drive train. An added Ford racing supercharger to the 5.0-liter V-8 could potentially boost the horsepower from 420 on the base model to between 525 and 624 for the special edition Mustang. However, Ford has yet to release the actual stats. The VIN number for this special edition is VIN 0001.
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