One-off Ford Mustang celebrates airmen

DAVE MOORE
Last updated 05:01 25/07/2012

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Ford engineering and design people continue their series of one-off Mustangs dedicated to the people and aircraft of the US Air Force, with this ''Red Tails'' edition of the 2013 Ford Mustang GT Coupe.

The car's design and paintwork is inspired by World War II squadron of African American P-51 Mustang fighter airplanes. The pilots were known as the ''Tuskegee Airmen'' after the base at which they were trained, and it's that name that appears on the cowl of the P51 and the Mustang built in homage of it.

The one-off creation, with others will go under the hammer at the Gathering of Eagles charity auction this Friday during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 extravaganza.

Proceeds will donated to the EAA Young Eagles programme which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.6 million young participants since 1992.

The ''Red Tails'' 2013 Mustang GT is finished in unique polished aluminum non-production paint, accented with Race Red and School Bus Yellow, a theme which is consistent with the P-51 fighter plane’s red tail cues and the logos and markings of the United States Army Air Corps, 332nd Fighter Group.

The car rides on a black set of 20-inch alloy wheels with silver trim, shod with low-profile rubber. Other aircraft-like cues include quadruple side exhaust pipes and the rear wing and a rear diffuser.

Inside, details include a modified navigation screen, instrument cluster, a pair Recaro seats with an embroidered ''Red Tails'' floor mats embroidered with 332nd Fighter Group livery, and illuminated sill plates and puddle lamps that project ''Red Tails'' imagery when the doors open.

Under the sheetmetal, Ford upgraded the 5.0-litre V8 car with a Ford Racing twin-screw Whipple supercharger, a special handling pack and GT500 Brembo brakes.

''We've captured the recognisable symbols in honour of their important role in our history, and paired it with the innovation our Ford design and engineering teams build into all of our products,'' said Edsel B Ford II, the great-grandson of Henry Ford and member of the company's board.

The ''Red Tails'' edition Mustang, joins four other one-of-a-kind creations from recent years, which include a 2008 Mustang AV8R inspired by the F-22 Raptor, the 2009 AV-X10 ''Dearborn Doll'', the 2010 SR-71 ''Blackbird'' Mustang and the 2011 ''Blue Angels'' Mustang.
Thanks to Ford and Mustang Daily.

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