For the fifth straight year, Ford Motor Company has created a one-of-a-kind, aviation-themed vehicle for auction to benefit the EAA Young Eagles program. The unique, "one of one" "Red Tails" Mustang will go to the highest bidder at the Young Eagles Auction to be held Thursday, July 26, during EAA AirVenture 2012.
The "Red Tails" Mustang honors the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. It will be on display inside the Ford Hangar during AirVenture, which is saluting "the greatest generation in the air" all week.
Ford's continued generous support for the EAA Young Eagles program has raised more than $1.5 million in recent years, helping inspire and motivate our next generation of leaders, aviators, and innovators. Young Eagles, introduced in July 1992, has flown more than 1.6 million young people at no charge, making it the largest youth aviation education program in history.
Modeled after the P-51 Mustangs flown by the Tuskegee Airmen, the "Red Tails" Mustang features a polished aluminum and silver chrome finish with red and yellow accents. Under the hood, the Mustang is geared for high performance with a 5.0-liter engine, Ford Racing 2.3L Whipple Supercharger and handling pack, custom Recaro race seats including an embroidered "Red Tails" logo, unique side exhaust, quad rear exhaust, Forgiato custom wheels, and many other custom features. Before you step into the car, the mirror lamps project "Red Tails" onto the ground!
"Ford is a long-time, committed partner of EAA and AirVenture, bringing value to those who make Oshkosh the pinnacle of their aviation year," said Rod Hightower, EAA president/CEO. "These specialty vehicles allow EAA to provide support to its valuable programs and dedicated members in helping us grow the next generation of aviators."
The Young Eagles Auction is part of the EAA Gathering of Eagles, presented by Cessna Aircraft Company, on Thursday, July 26, at the EAA AirVenture Museum. The Gathering of Eagles annually draws more than 1,000 aviation industry and civic leaders in support of Young Eagles and other EAA programs that inspire young people to become the engineers, aviators, astronauts, scientists, and innovators - the aviation pioneers of tomorrow.
The "Red Tails" edition joins the four other one-of-a-kind Mustangs - AV8R, AVX10 "Dearborn Doll," SR-17 "Blackbird," and "Blue Angels" - created by the Ford Design and Engineering teams for the EAA Young Eagles Auction in recent years.
"With the distinctive Vehicle Identification Number 00051 representing the 51st 2013 Mustang built, the attention to detail and the incredibly unique paint approach, this one-of-a-kind "Red Tails" Edition Mustang will appeal to aviation and automotive enthusiasts and serious vehicle collectors," said Kevin Keling, Ford corporate events manager.
To participate in the auction, pre-qualify by contacting Elissa Lines in the EAA Development Office at 800-236-1025 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, July 23.