124.8 hp per liter
(from Ford Press
Release) Ford “Blue Angels” Mustang Salutes 100 Years of U.S.
Navy Aviation, Supports Education Program for Young Aviators
The engineering and design teams at Ford Motor Company have produced
a truly unique “Blue Angels” edition 2012 Ford Mustang GT. This
one-of-a-kind vehicle will be sold at the Gathering of Eagles
charity auction Thursday, July 28, during the Experimental Aircraft
Association (EAA) 2011 AirVenture Oshkosh, the world’s greatest
• One-of-a-kind 2012
Ford Mustang design inspired by the acclaimed Blue Angels naval
aviation demonstration team to be sold at charity auction July
28 at EAA
• AirVenture Oshkosh
• Sale will benefit the EAA Young Eagles organization
• Since 2006, Ford auction vehicles have collectively raised
more than $1.3 million to support Young Eagles
• Ford is the exclusive automotive partner of EAA AirVenture
DEARBORN, Mich., July
15, 2011 – The engineering and design teams at Ford Motor Company
have produced a truly unique “Blue Angels” edition 2012 Ford Mustang
GT. This one-of-a-kind vehicle will be sold at the Gathering of
Eagles charity auction July 28, during the Experimental Aircraft
Association (EAA) 2011 AirVenture Oshkosh, the world’s greatest
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.
Ford is the exclusive automotive partner of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh,
held July 25-31 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, which will be 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 car will
be on display inside the Ford Hangar throughout EAA AirVenture.
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.
The unique chrome blue paint, courtesy of Creations n’ Chrome, is
unlike anything available on a production vehicle anywhere in the
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.
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
chairman/president and AirVenture chairman. “The high interest among
aviators in the U.S. Navy and the ‘Blue Angels’ Mustang team will
make this a very sought-after item and ensure EAA’s ability to do
some amazing things for our future aviation enthusiasts.”
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. Ford vehicles sold at
auction during past EAA AirVenture events have collectively raised
more than $1.3 million to support Young Eagles.
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.
During EAA AirVenture, Ford also will offer attendees access to the
latest advances in automobile technology at the Ford Hangar, as well
as many of the industry’s most revered classics at the popular
Cruisin’ Legends area on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport.
Ford activities include top-tier entertainment and interactive
components that will add excitement for the hundreds of thousands of
aviation fans in attendance.
To participate in the auction, candidates must prequalify by
contacting Matt Miller in the EAA Development Office at (800)
236-1025 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, by July 25. Visit
www.AirVenture.org/gathering for more information.
To stay connected to all Ford EAA AirVenture news, connect with the
Ford EAA AirVenture team on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/FordAirventure
or visit http://www.FordAirventure.com.
For more information on EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, visit
About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
is The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA’s yearly
membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information,
including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online
at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on
admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call
1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news
is available at www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.
EAA AirVenture 2011 will feature 10,000 aircraft, including 2,500
show planes, and is expected to attract more than 500,000 aviation
enthusiasts from more than 70 countries. The 59th edition of
AirVenture also will host the largest collection of naval aircraft
spanning all eras ever assembled in one location for the weeklong
Centennial of Naval Aviation commemoration.
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