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Ford celebrates 100 years of US Naval Aviation with Custom Mustang

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author photo by J. Mark Sternberg July 2011

Later this month, Ford will auction a custom Blue Angels themed Mustang for charity at the biggest airshow in the country.

The car will be sold at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. AirVenture is the largest airshow in the country and every year, thousands of airplane and helicopter enthusiasts converge there to celebrate all things aviation.

There is a little more to celebrate this year, as 2011 marks the 100-year anniversary of US Naval aviation. This one-off Ford Mustang is meant to honor the history of naval flight and the Blue Angels demonstration team.

The proceeds will go to the EAA Young Eagles organization, which provides free introductory flights to young people who are interested in flying. According to the Young Eagles website, the program has helped over 1.6 million students take to the skies.

The Mustang features special blue and yellow paint inspired by the famous Navy flight team. Out back, the large fins on the custom spoiler are evocative of the F/A-18 fighter's twin vertical stabilizers. The US Navy even gave Ford special permission to use the official Blue Angels crests and logos on the side of the car.

Inside, Recaro sport seats have been installed and embroidered to look like a Blue Angels flight suit. As an extra touch, the doorsill plates and puddle lamps project the image of a fighter jet when the doors are open. The gauges, rear seats and even the seat belts are all custom for this car.

Under the hood, the Mustang is equipped with a supercharged 5.0 liter V8 that puts down 624 horsepower. The car also comes equipped with a special exhaust, racing brakes and a race-tuned suspension.

Ford has built other custom Mustangs for the Young Eagles in the past, and each car has its own unique theme. In 2008 the company brought a glass roof Mustang that was modeled after the F-22 Raptor. A later Mustang was designed as a tribute to WWII aircraft. Last year, racing legends Carroll Shelby and Jack Roush collaborated to create a Mustang that drew from the famous SR-71 spy plane.

Overall, Ford has raised over $1.3 million for the Young Eagles program.

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