Ford builds a charity Mustang that celebrates the Apollo spaceÂ program
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of theÂ Ford Motor Company
For eight years running Ford has graciously supported the Experimental Aircraft Associationâ€™s Young Eagles program, which offers young people from ages 8 to 17 an opportunity fly in a general aviation plane. The Blue Oval does so by constructing a one-off Mustang, which is sold at auction during the EAAâ€™s annual Gathering of EaglesÂ event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
â€œFord has helped EAA build unmatched pathways for young people to discover the world of flight through its support of the Gathering of Eagles, our youth programs, and AirVenture,â€ Jack Pelton, EAA chairman of the board, said. â€œWith its eighth Mustang donation inspired by aviation, Ford continues to excite with its specialty vehicles, which reflects the depth of Fordâ€™s commitment to EAA, its members, and the future of flight.â€
Last yearâ€™s one-off rideâ€”the F-35 Lightning II Editionâ€”sold for $200,000. That car and its predecessors, which paid tribute to the likes of the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds, all shared an aviation theme, but this yearâ€™s edition flies even higher. It is built to celebrate space exploration.
â€œThe Ford Apollo Edition Mustang salutes manâ€™s greatest technological achievement, with the ingenuity, precision, and power that defined the spirit of American innovation,â€ Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford Board of Directors, said. â€œInspired by the Apollo program, Ford Motor Company committed itself to including exhilarating power, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary craftsmanship in this automobile, which will support the next generation of pilots in EAAâ€™s aviation education programs for young people.â€
There should be more to learn about this unique Mustang in the coming days, but for now, hereâ€™s a teaseâ€¦
This yearâ€™s AirVenture runs from July 20-26, so mark your calendars. If you want to prequalify for this unique auction, you should get in touch with the EAA development office at (800) 236-1025 or [email protected].
UPDATE: As part of a $2.2-million fund raising effort for EAA’s youth education programs, the Apollo Edition S550 sold for $230,000 at the auction.
â€œThe aviation community united here at Oshkosh to preserve and promote flight for future generations,â€ Nadia Farr, EAAâ€™s director of donor relations said. â€œWe deeply appreciate and thank all who support EAAâ€™s mission.â€