• Jul 31, 2011
Earlier this month we showed you the one-off Blue Angels Mustang built by Ford for this year's EAA AirVenture. The car features a unique blue chrome paint scheme and hand-painted graphics done by Creations n' Chrome, along with plenty of Ford Racing Performance Parts goodies, an interior styled after the Blue Angels pilot suit, and beautiful HRE 590RS wheels.

The Blue Angels Mustang was not only built to celebrate 100 years of U.S. Naval aviation, but to raise money for the EAA Young Eagles program as well. It did just that at the EAA charity auction Thursday evening, commanding a high bid of $400,000. In addition to the car, the winning bidder also received a Blue Angels flight helmet signed by all of the current pilots.

You can read more about the car and the auction in Ford's PR after the jump, or browse through our photos of the car in the gallery below.

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A one-of-a-kind "Blue Angels" edition 2012 Ford Mustang GT produced by a select design and engineering team at Ford Motor Company sold for $400,000 at the Gathering of Eagles charity auction Thursday evening. The auction took place during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, the world's greatest aviation celebration. A man from California purchased the vehicle.

All proceeds from the car donation and sale will benefit the EAA Young Eagles organization, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.6 million young people since 1992 while also teaching the value of hard work, personal responsibility and enhanced math and science skills.

The "Blue Angels" edition joins 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 generating excitement among aviation and automotive enthusiasts alike. Since 2006, Ford vehicles sold at EAA AirVenture auction events have collectively raised more than $1.7 million to support Young Eagles. Ford is the exclusive automotive partner of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The week long event concludes Sunday, July 31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.

"The precision, discipline and excitement that define the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flight team are qualities we celebrate at Ford," said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of Ford's board of directors. "With this year's beautiful 'Blue Angels' edition Mustang GT, we've captured those qualities and paired them with the innovation Ford design and engineering team members build into all of our vehicles. Through this project, we take great pride in continuing our support for EAA and the Young Eagles organization."

The Ford "Blue Angels" Mustang pays tribute to 100 years of naval aviation, celebrated all week at AirVenture 2011 as part of the show's Tier 1 event status from the U.S. Navy tied to its yearlong Centennial of Naval Aviation festivities. The exterior of Ford's "Blue Angels" Mustang GT was inspired by the acclaimed naval aviation performance demonstration team and the F-18 Hornet aircraft it flies. The car's custom rear spoiler's vertical tailfins, the "screaming yellow" gloss accents, inclusion of the Blue Angels script and crest all are drawn from the Navy aircraft. Courtesy of Creations n' Chrome, the unique spectra-chrome blue paint - unlike anything available on a production vehicle anywhere in the world - was a showstopper.

With the Blue Angels crest stitched into its leather Recaro racing seats, the car's interior also features offset stripes inspired by pilot flight suits. The winning bidder also received a Blue Angels flight helmet autographed by the pilots and crew. Additional unique details of the "Blue Angels" Mustang include cluster graphics, performance gauges, navigation screen images, safety belt fabric, instrument panel appliqus, rear seat-delete and cross-brace, Blue Angels script in the illuminated sill plates and puddle lamps that project jet images when the doors open.

Under the hood, the "Blue Angels" Mustang is all performance with a Ford Racing supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine producing 624 horsepower. The Ford Racing components also include a handling pack, performance exhaust and racetrack brakes.

Mustang Chief Designer Darrell Behmer, Design Manager Melvin Betancourt and Chief Nameplate Engineer Dave Pericak lead the design and engineering teams that developed the "Blue Angels" Mustang. The Young Eagles Auction is part of the EAA Gathering of Eagles 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 engineers, aviators, astronauts, scientists and innovators - the aviation pioneers of tomorrow.

"Ford is a longtime 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 US Navy and the 'Blue Angels' Mustang team made this a very sought-after item, ensuring EAA's ability to do some amazing things for our future aviation enthusiasts."

Other unique vehicles produced by Ford in support of EAA Young Eagles include the Mustang AV8R, with cues from the F-22 "Raptor," which in 2008 helped introduce the glass-roof canopy and delivered a record auction contribution of $500,000. In 2009, Ford's AV-X10 "Dearborn Doll" Mustang was crafted in honor of World War II aircraft. In 2010, two automotive icons - Carroll Shelby, formerly a U.S. Air Force flight instructor, and Jack Roush, a longtime P-51 pilot - collaborated for the first time to create the SR-71 "Blackbird" Mustang inspired by the legendary reconnaissance jet.


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      Easy_Eight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can you moderate the comments ,I'm sick of reading about that guys girlfriend and her f**king camera.
        Jarda
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Easy_Eight
        AB can't fix their own article full of b/s, despite several requests in the comments and feedback form. Do you rly expect them to moderate comments? LOL
      Ron Ayotte
      • 3 Years Ago
      The EAA ( Expiremental Aircraft Association) and Ford get togerther every year to commission a one of a kind Mustang to auction off for charity at the annua; air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The paintwork on that Mustang looks deep enough to high dive into!
      JonZeke
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just saw this Mustang today, at the Ford booth at EAA - It really is stunning. I was convinced it was a wrap of sorts, knowing that this is paint makes the work truly spectacular. Nice that someone ponied up (ahem) serious coin for this collector piece, $400k will buy a lot of flight time for kids.
        John
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JonZeke
        Saw it as well at EAA on Friday, I was in awe of that paint! Pictures really can't do it justice, it was something to see in person.
      Joey Lopez
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those are some nice rims, ive always loved HREs rims. To bad they are a small fortune. Still the car looks great with that paint, its gorgeous
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        Jarda
        • 3 Years Ago
        could someone explain to this thing how charity works, please?
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        11fiveoh
        • 3 Years Ago
        basically someone donated 400k and got a free mustang, obviously you could recreate this for less than 1/4 of that
        Mr. O
        • 3 Years Ago
        Its for charity dumbass
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        By being a production car, even limited, the LFA is immediately compared to other supercars in its price and performance range, and when it has the performance of a gallardo and the price of an Aventador, along with strange looks and a badge reminiscent of what Grandpa drives, people complain. But auctions are a different matter. There is no other mustang with chrome blue and yellow Blue Angels livery, a whipple supercharger, and other goodies, so despite the fact that mustangs are a dime a dozen, this is a one off special. When a bunch of patriotic, generous overly wealthy car collectors auction one for charity, 400K is easily attained and worth it for a future classic collector/ occasional weekend toy. You might as well say 'Why would anyone pay $20million for a 1930's Bugatti when a new one is $2 million out of the showroom?
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        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        Here is the thing about the LFA, it's the flava of the month. 'Stangs are for always. Remember the Acura NSX? have you seen one lately? I remember when the 300zx Twin-Turbo was all the rage, what about the Mitsubishi 3000 GT, where is it now? The GT-R has more heritage and even though mass produced, will be more sought after. Here are a scant few true Japanese classic collectibles. Toyota 2000GT, Toyota Celica 1st generation Honda N800 Datsun 240z, 260z, Datsun Bluebird 510, Nissan Skyline GT-R
        darkness
        • 3 Years Ago
        I totally agree with you Veyron
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      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ah. The Navy. Pogues.
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      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      So what would you call an Air Force-themed Mustang - A Thunderbird?
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