Ford Creates Commemorative Mustang To Benefit Youth Aviation Education

Ford will be attending the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual fundraiser and auction, dubbed “The Gathering,” on July 26 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, — and they won’t be coming alone.

Ford Performance has developed a one-off Eagle Squadron Mustang GT with champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. that commemorates the Royal Air Force for this year’s fundraiser. The vehicle pays homage to the Eagle Squadron, a volunteer group of United States pilots who flew combine missions side-by-side the Royal Air Force prior to the United States’ involvement in World War II.

The vehicle, which will be officially unveiled and driven by Gittin at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb in the united Kingdom, features a Ford Performance supercharger capable of generating 700 horsepower, an RTR wide-body kit, suspension components and Spitfire materials.

This marks the tenth Mustang that Ford has made for the Experimental Aircraft Association event, which ford has been participating in for 20 years. Over 100 percent of the funds raised by Ford throughout their history at the event, which totals over $3 million, has gone toward education and support for aspiring pilots.

Darrell Behmer, the design chief for the Ford Mustang, says Ford’s commitment to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s efforts underscores Ford’s support of the aviation industry and its pilots, a history that dates back to World War II.

“Supporting young pilots through the Experimental Aircraft Association’s fund-raising auction reflects Ford’s aviation history, tracing back to the company’s early days and the arsenal of democracy during World War II,” said Darrell Behmer, Ford Mustang design chief. “The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT build with Vaughn and the Ford design team is a great way to honor our heroes and keep the spirit of aviation alive for the next generation of American pilots.”

In addition to the supercharger, RTR wide-body kit and authentic Spitfire materials, the Eagle Squadron Mustang GT also features the following:

  • 5.0-liter V8 engine

  • Front chin spoiler

  • Upper grille with integrated lighting

  • Tremec 6-speed manual transmission with a Ford performance short shifter

  • RTR Tactical Performance Suspension Package

  • Custom leather interior with Recaro racing seats with an embroidered Eagle Squadron logo

  • Hand-engraved shift knob made from melted down metal from an F-35 Lightning fighter jet

Gittin had great things to say about the Mustang, expressing his excitement to drive it at Goodwood.

“Beyond its menacing looks, this powerful and hungry beast mimics the brute force and maneuverability of an original Royal Air Force fighter jet,” Gittin said. “I really can’t wait to pilot it up the summit at Goodwood.”

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