Published June 28, 2012
For the fifth straight year, Ford has delivered a special example of its iconic Mustang muscle car to be auctioned off at the annual EAA AirVenture aviation show taking place in July.
The latest version, based on a 2013 Ford Mustang GT, is a one-of-a-kind Red Tails Tuskegee Airmen Mustang, and all proceeds from its sale will go to support the EAA’s Young Eagles.
The special youth program aims to provide free introductory flight courses for thousands of young people while also teaching the value of hard work, personal responsibility and enhanced math and science skills.
All of the custom Mustangs auctioned off during past EAA AirVenture events have sold for six-figure sums, including one that went for $500,000, and we suspect the latest Red Tails version will do just as well.
Designed to honor the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, the special Mustang is modeled after the P-51 Mustang fighter planes piloted by the Tuskegee Airmen, right down to its polished aluminum and silver chrome finish with red and yellow accents.
Under the hood, it’s geared for high performance with a 5.0-liter V-8 engine, Ford Racing 2.3-liter Whipple Supercharger and side exhausts. The car also features Recaro sports seats complete with an embroidered Red Tails logo, Forgiato custom wheels, and many other custom features. Before you step into the car, the mirror lamps even project the Red Tails onto the ground. If that wasn’t enough, the car’s VIN is #00051, representing the 51st 2013 Mustang built.
The Red Tails edition joins the four other one-of-a-kind Mustangs--AV8R, AVX10 Dearborn Doll, SR-71 Blackbird, and Blue Angels--created by the Ford's design and engineering teams for the EAA Young Eagles in recent years.
The auction of Ford’s latest Red Tails Tuskegee Airmen Mustang will take during the EAA AirVenture 2012 on July 26.