Donation raises $295,000 to support EAA youth education and aviation
(Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company and AirVenture.de)
Ford’s now annual ritual of creating an aircraft-inspired one-off Mustang to auction for charity at the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, AirVenture show continues.
For the last nine years the Experimental Aircraft Association has auctioned off a custom Ford Mustang, designed with an aviation theme by Ford designers. The auction supports the EAA’s Young Eagles youth program. In past years there was a Blue Angels Mustang, an Air Force Thunderbirds Mustang and last year, an Apollo space program-themed car.
This year’s Ford Shelby GT350 sold for $295,000. It was painted yellow and black, with neon green accents and under-car lights. This car is a salute to “Ole Yeller” a P-51D Mustang fighter plane flown for years in airshows by Bob Hoover – one of the greatest airshow pilots of all time. Hoover is 94 years old now, but for decades he was the star of any airshow he flew in.
Hoover’s plane sports a bright yellow paint job with green lettering. Starting with a yellow Shelby GT350, Ford fitted bright green neon underbody lighting, green-tinted window glass, and a tail—you guessed it—green-accented wing. There’s no denying the visual connection to the Ole Yeller plane.
Bred from the ultra-high-performance and limited production, the Shelby GT350® Mustang features a 5.2L Ti-VCT V8 engine with Flat Plane Crank. Boasting the most powerful naturally-aspirated engine Ford has ever produced, the Shelby GT350 generates a heart-pounding 526 horsepower and exhilarating 429 lb-ft of torque. This powerhouse is mated to a TREMEC® 6-speed manual transmission and features a specially tuned sport suspension, making it the most track-ready, road-legal Mustang ever produced.
“This year’s one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang honors two aviation greats, the iconic and historic P-51D Mustang fighter plane, and highly decorated fighter pilot, test pilot, and air show performer, Bob Hoover, who is referred to by many as one of the greatest pilots ever to have lived,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors. “The Shelby GT350 Mustang, with its nimbleness, speed and aerodynamics, provided us with the perfect platform to create this tribute to the P-51D aircraft.”
Bob Hoover's famous "Ole Yeller" P-51D Mustang is now owned and flown by John Bagley at the Legacy Flight Museum. It has made over 1,000 Air Show performances in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and still holds the prop plane Speed Record from Los Angeles, California to Daytona Beach, Florida - 5 hours 20 minutes - established on March 29, 1985. The aircraft is powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin 12-cylinder engine, one of the most powerful inline engines ever produced.
CNN Money / 26 October 2016
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