What Is the Red Tails Mustang?Last Updated February 5, 2020
Ford continued its support of the Young Eagles, a program developed by the Experimental Aircraft Association to help youngsters pursue their passion for aviation and flying, by creating another special-edition Mustang to be auctioned off at the 2012 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh event. This year’s model was a custom-built Red Tails Mustang based on the legendary Red Tail P-51 Mustang planes. Flown by the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, these planes had signature bright red paint on the tail section. Dave Pericak spearheaded the engineering of the Red Tails Mustang for Ford, while Darrell Behmer and Melvin Betancourt led the design team.
Red Tails Mustang Features
Using the 2013 Mustang GT as a base, the Red Tails Mustang featured a striking paint scheme consisting of an aluminum-colored body with red and yellow trim and, of course, a red “tail” at the rear. Other distinguishing exterior features included a Boss grille, 20” Forgiotto wheels and glass roof. The interior was equipped with Recaro racing seats embroidered with the Red Tails logo and floor mats embroidered with the logo of the U.S. Army Air Corps 332nd Fighter Group and Squadrons. Other interior modifications included performance gauges, rear seat delete, specially designed tri-colored seat belts, and a Boss steering wheel. The Red Tails Mustang also featured a powerful 5.0L engine with a twin-screw Whipple supercharger pack and a quad exhaust system with quad side exhaust pipes.
Other distinctive Red Tails Mustang features included the Red Tails script that appeared in the illuminated sill plates and puddle lamps whenever the vehicle’s doors were opened. The vehicle can also be started with a push of a button. The Red Tails Mustang sold for $370,000 at the EAA AirVentures Oshkosh show, bringing the total amount raised for the Young Eagles through the auctioning of special-edition Mustangs at these annual events to more than $2 million.
Based on the legendary Red Tail P-51 Mustang plane, the Red Tails Mustang was a special-edition Mustang auctioned off to benefit the Experimental Aircraft Association. This 2013 Mustang GT featured a custom paint scheme, custom embroidered racing seats, and a twin-screw Whipple supercharger pack.
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