To congratulate and commemorate the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Ford Motor Company has developed a one-of-a-kind U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition 2014 Ford Mustang GT. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds is the fastest, multi-jet demonstration team in the world. Known for its glossy red, white and blue paint scheme, Thunderbirds fly the F-16 Falcon.
Donated by Ford, the Mustang will be sold at the Gathering of Eagles charity event on Thursday, August 1 during the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture Oshkosh 2013, the world’s greatest aviation celebration.
The EAA Young Eagles program will benefit most from this auction. All proceeds will go to the Young Eagles program, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.6 million young people since 1992. They help to inspire and motivate our next generation of leaders, aviators, and innovators.
“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.”
A VIN 0001, this Thunderbird Edition is the most in-depth of all the EAA charity cars. This mustang has a widebody kit and 22-inch Forgiato wheels to go with the cockpit’s Recaro bucket seats, rear-seat delete and modified navigation screen. The car’s projector puddle lights have also been changed to show an aircraft silhouette, rather than the Mustang’s galloping horse logo, when the doors open. The exterior will highlight a custom white paint with red and blue accents with handcrafted and painted “belly pan” that emulates the F-16 Thunderbird appearance. This Mustang is all about class, performance, and power with the addition of a Ford Racing supercharger, suspension handling pack, and Brembo brakes. An intelligent and athletic car, perfect for a great cause.
“Ford is a longtime, committed sponsor of EAA and AirVenture, bringing value to those who make Oshkosh the pinnacle of their aviation year,” said Jack Pelton, EAA Chairman. “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.”
In the past, five other unique Mustangs have been created by Ford for the EAA Young Eagles auction, and they have collectively raised $1.9 million to support Young Eagles.