• Jul 6, 2011
Blue Angels Ford Mustang GT – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ford has partnered up with EAA AirVenture for the last several years, producing one-off aviation-themed Mustangs that are auctioned off to benefit the EAA Young Eagles program. Whether it's the collectible nature of the cars or just plain generosity by those with deep pockets, the cars have always garnered huge bids. Last year, an SR-71 Blackbird-themed Mustang built in collaboration with Shelby and Roush sold for $375,000, and previous years' cars have sold for up to $500,000.

We fully expect there to be plenty of interest in this year's car as well, with the Blue Angels being chosen as the theme for 2011. The one-off Mustang was built by Creation 'n Chrome in Valencia, California, and features an amazing chrome blue paint scheme that pays homage to the famous F/A-18 Hornets. The Spectra Chrome process that was used along with hand painting the graphics took more than 600 hours to complete. A Boss 302 front fascia, custom rear wing and a set of HRE 590RS wheels complete the look of the exterior.

The Blue Angels theme continues inside, drawing inspiration from the pilots' suits. Dual yellow stripes can be seen on both the seats and seat belts, and the custom Alcantara and leather Recaros each feature an embroidered logo of the Blue Angels' crest. A few pieces from the Boss 302 Laguna Seca parts bin were used inside as well, including the dash-mounted triple gauge pack and the rear seat delete that has also been painted yellow. Even the gauges have been changed to an aviation theme, with the speedometer now displaying "ground speed."

Performance hasn't been ignored either. A supercharger system, Ford Racing handling pack and Brembo brakes have all been installed.

If you want to see the Blue Angels Mustang up close, it will be on display inside the Ford Hangar during EAA AirVenture from July 25-31 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Interested in buying the car? You'll have your chance on July 28 when it goes up for auction. Hit the jump for more details and the official press release from EAA AirVenture.

[Source: EAA AirVenture, Creations 'n Chrome]
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For the fourth straight year, Ford Motor Company has created a unique, "one of one" aviation-themed vehicle for auction to benefit the EAA Young Eagles program. The one-of-a-kind 2012 "Blue Angels" Mustang GT, which honors the Centennial of Naval Aviation, will go to the highest bidder at the Young Eagles Auction during AirVenture 2011 at the annual Gathering of Eagles event on Thursday, July 28.

The exterior of the "Blue Angels" Mustang GT, which was inspired by the acclaimed naval aviation demonstration team, features a unique blue chrome finish with a yellow gloss accent and "Blue Angels" scripted along with its iconic crest. The Blue Angels' crest is also stitched into its leather Recaro seats. Under the skin, the "Blue Angels" Mustang is all performance with a super-charged 5.0L V8 engine producing more than 500-hp, Ford Racing handling pack, performance exhaust, and racetrack brake components.

"Ford is a long-time supporter of EAA and our mission to showcase the finest innovation and technology in flight," said Tom Poberezny, EAA and AirVenture chairman. "The high interest among aviators in the U.S. Navy and the 'Blue Angels' Mustang team will make this a very sought-after item and ensure EAA's ability to do some amazing things for our future aviation enthusiasts."

The Ford "Blue Angels" Mustang will be on display inside the Ford Hangar during EAA AirVenture. This unique automobile continues Ford's generous support for the EAA Young Eagles program, which exceeds $1.3 million in recent years.

The Young Eagles Auction is part of the EAA Gathering of Eagles on Thursday, July 28, at the EAA AirVenture Museum. The Gathering of Eagles annually draws more than 1,000 aviation enthusiasts in support of Young Eagles and other EAA programs that inspire young people to become the engineers, aviators, astronauts, scientists, and innovators - the aviation pioneers of tomorrow.

The "Blue Angels" edition joins the three other one-of-a-kind Mustangs created by the Ford Design and Engineering teams for the EAA Young Eagles Auction in recent years, each desired by both aviation and automotive enthusiasts alike.

In 2008, the Mustang AV8R, with cues from the F-22 "Raptor," introduced the glass-roof canopy and delivered a record auction contribution of $500,000. In 2009, the AV-X10 "Dearborn Doll" auctioned was crafted in honor of World War II aircraft. In 2010, Carroll Shelby, a former U.S. Air Force flight instructor, and Jack Roush, a long-time P-51 pilot, collaborated for the first time to create the SR-71 "Blackbird" inspired by the legendary reconnaissance jet.

"The Ford Design and Engineering team members have really embraced the opportunity to build these one-off projects," said Kevin Keling, Ford corporate events manager. "We develop the theme early and then marvel at the creativity and ingenuity of the team. This blue chrome paint is fantastic and unlike any thing you'll see in production anywhere. The small details such as puddle lamps projecting jets are amazing!"

To participate in the auction, pre-qualify by contacting Matt Miller in the EAA Development Office at 800-236-1025 or via e-mail by Monday, July 25. For more information on the Gathering event, click here.


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      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, that blue chrome paint is over the top amazing, like a giant Hot Wheels. Hmmm... tinted chrome paint - the next big craze? Wow, just wow.
      Kuro Houou
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should make that a standard color option! seriously an amazing blue!
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want this car! The color is something else.
      Acefighter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Easily the best looking Mustang. Ever. That thing is just hot....
      dystroglycan
      • 3 Years Ago
      siiiick! I have nothing else to say, easily my favorite mustang edition
      joe shmoe
      • 3 Years Ago
      nice ass color !
      Timotheus
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very cool.
      MTU 5.0
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is a tastefully done themed vehicle. I really like the paint as well.
      iKingston
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am by no means a fan of buying a car to let it sit in the garage (I would much rather drive my cars). However, This is one of those cars that I would do just that with. The Mustang is a great car, my father was a Senior Chief in the Navy (sentimental value), and that color is just amazing! For those reasons, if I owned this car, I would make sure it never saw a rainy day and was under a car cover even while in the garage.
      Ben
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see this thing in person...
      goetzcr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool paint. Anyone know what Spectra Chrome really is? Is it actually an electroplating process?
        creationsnchrome
        • 3 Years Ago
        @goetzcr
        Spectra Chrome is a hybrid plating process. It's a layer of real silver sandwiched between two layers of automotive paint. After that you can tint it almost any color you want.
      Agilis
      • 3 Years Ago
      The F/A-18 Hornet is an AMAZING aircraft and probably my favorite aircraft ever designed/built. Still this day, more and more variations of this aircraft are put into service because of how versatile and adaptive the design of this aircraft is. The Blue Angels are the best Demonstration Squadron ever to perform and the Air Force's Thunderbirds just does not compare. This one-two punch combination is enough to make this car such a fantastic offering. I would just love an opportunity to see this car in person.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Agilis
        Navy spokesperson?
          Agilis
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Haha. I'm just a fan of the squadron and aircraft. Wanted to be a pilot for the Marines or Navy to fly that particular aircraft but hit a growth spurt making me too tall and costing me that chance.
        EricC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Agilis
        The YF-17 precursor to the F/A-18 actually lost a "fly off" to the YF-16. After a long, complicated political battle both aircraft eventually entered service, but initially, the YF-16 was declared the winner. In fact, the operational aircraft was designated F-18 as opposed to F-17 due to the huge number of changes that were required to meet Navy requirements. Even with all those changes it was intended to be lighter fighter to complement the F-14, not to be virtually the only carrier based aircraft in the Navy's inventory.
          KaiserWilhelm
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EricC
          The F-14 was simply too big and expensive, the F-18 can do so much there was simply no reason to keep buying F-14's.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Agilis
        I'm with on being a pilot, but having problems that come into play and take that dream and throw it down the drain. I'm an Air Force baby. Dad was in the AF for 22 years and I grew up being up close and personal with some of the most iconic aircraft in the world. My dad worked on planes like the F-86 Sabre, A-10 Warthog, F-16 Falcon, F-4 Phantom, and C-130. Grew up wanting to be a pilot, but like my dad, I grew up with sight problems.
          Agilis
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Nice! Now with you, was corrective eye surgery not an option? With me, my height was to blame so there was nothing I could do and I was hell-bent on flying that aircraft. I trained and studying manuals for that aircraft. Knew so much that during one airshow, I had an F-18 pilot question me why I knew so much. Good times!
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