The EAA Blue Angels Mustang celebrates two legendary American traditions at once — aviation and classic muscle cars! A one-off designed by Valencia, California’s Creation 'n’ Chrome, the EAA Blue Angels Mustang was auctioned off at the 2011 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, raising over $400,000 in support of the organization’s Young Eagles program.
About the EAA Blue Angels Mustang
Styling cues for the EAA Blue Angels Mustang were taken from the legendary Blue Angels, the US Navy’s demonstration flight squadron. With a custom blue metallic paint job and eye-catching yellow gloss accents, the EAA Blue Angels Mustang boasts a one-of-a-kind exterior true to the daring spirit of its namesake. On the side of the car, the Blue Angels’ logo and script are highly prominent. All told, including applying the basecoat using the Spectra Chrome process and hand painting the graphics, over 600 hours were spent on the car’s exterior alone.
Under the hood, the EAA Blue Angels Mustang does not disappoint. Starting with a 2012 Mustang GT as its (already impressive) base, the car has been outfitted with a supercharged 5.0L V8 capable of producing over 500 hp. A Ford Racing handling pack, upgraded Brembo brakes, and a high output exhaust further refine the car’s performance.
Visitors to the 2011 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh had a chance to see the EAA Blue Angels Mustang from July 25-31 before it went up to auction. Information about the car’s buyer wasn’t released to the public, as they wished to remain anonymous.
About the Young Eagles Program
The EAA’s Young Eagles Program gives young people aged 8-17 the opportunity to take a free introductory flight in a general aviation plane. Youth are matched up with a local mentor pilot near them who take them on a short flight and explain the basics of aviation. Since 1992, over 1.6 million kids have benefited from the program, which promotes not only aviation but also hard work, commitment and the value of a science and math-based education.
Ford has a long history of supporting the Young Eagles program and has previously put a number of one-off Mustangs up for auction, including a Shelby-Roush collaboration inspired by the SR-71 Blackbird.
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