Ford's been a supporter of EAA AirVenture, a huge, annual air show held in Oshkosh, WI, for several years now, with one of its most notable contributions being a modified Ford Mustang, designed to look like one of America's great fighting aircraft. There was an SR-71 Mustang, based on the legendary spy plane, a Red Tails edition, which honored the ground-breaking Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, as well as Blue Angels and Thunderbird Mustangs, based on America's two great military aerial demonstration teams.

Each car is auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the EAA Young Eagles program, which introduces kids to the joy of flight. For the 2014 AirVenture, which runs from July 28 to August 3, the one-off pony car is based on the new-for-2015 Mustang, and America's latest fighting aircraft – the controversial F-35 Lightning II.

The unique Mustang sports titanium paint scheme, with both glossy and matte sections, as well as yellow-and-blue trim and decal elements inspired by CF-1, the first F-35 test plane. A carbon-fiber front splitter and rear diffuser add some visual eye candy, while the interior boasts a set of Recaro seats. Ford also opted to fit unique wheels and a brawnier rear spoiler, to tie everything together.

Considering previous versions of the custom Mustang crossed the block for as much as $400,000, there's little reason to think that this latest example, based on the eagerly anticipated sixth-generation Mustang, will be a cheap buy. The fighter-jet-inspired muscle car will be auctioned off at the Gathering of Eagles charity event, on July 31.


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      Eggmania
      • 1 Year Ago
      highly appropriate considering the only way F-35's actually get anywhere is on wheels.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      This should be a collector's item when Frank Kendall gets enough backing to kill the F35 program….
      Tom
      • 1 Year Ago
      For charity, Yes and I am not a Stang person but, I love that livery paint. Go USA!
        ronjon1183
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tom
        Why do people who not like a particular car always feel the need to tell everyone else?
      kimidam
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this what the F-35 brand name has come down to? At least the grey looks quite good on the Mustang.
      David
      • 1 Year Ago
      So this car is going to be overpriced and full of glitches?
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @David
        or is David going to be presumptuous and post asinine comments?.....
          David
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Maybe you should do a little research on the F-35.
          LXbuilder
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          You know nothing of the thing known as the F-35, do you.
        Tom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @David
        ronjon1183, I don't dislike the Mustang, I think it a nice hot ride,just not for me. I still love the paint treatment.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is for a good cause. When a major corporation spends a few bucks to assist in raising money for charity the know everything critics should hold there water. My grandmother would just say shame on you. Thanks Ford, your efforts are appreciated more than you know.
      Steve K
      • 1 Year Ago
      The F35 has been a boondoggle so why the hell would you pattern a car after it?
        ragtopdodge
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve K
        15 years in the making, and it still can't land on a wet runway and has engine fires. What a waste of China-funded, tax payers' dollars.
        ScottT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve K
        Just about every major US weapons system developed in my lifetime has been a boondoggle...until they get the bugs worked out of; then it's the envy of the world. Apache, B-2, Osprey, M1, M2, F-16, etc all had huge problems and were predicted to be huge failures throughout their development cycle and/or early life.
          CBJMNWLD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ScottT
          Umm you can't leave a B-2 bomber out in the rain. The M2 has not been a huge success... And the F-35 at a couple Trillion. its a huge Fail.
          ScottT
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ScottT
          The M2 is doing what it's supposed to and I don't think anyone considers a failure at this point. The B-2 can't be left out in the rain...but luckily, we have these things cause "hangers" which solve that problem. Again, nobody considers that a failure at this point. We're actually $400B in at this point, not trillions. And right now there are lots of issues, but it's expected to have a lifespan of 55 years, so I think they have more than enough time to get this thing right. The problems with this seem reminicient of problems we have with nearly every weapon system as I said. The F-22 took 25 friggin years from when requirements were outlined, is that now a "huge Fail" too? I feel like we go through this every friggin time in this country and it always ends up the same.
      superlightv12
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's too bad they auction these cars off. That really just opens it up to rich people looking for a tax deduction. They should raffle it off at something like $25 a ticket. That way everyone else has a shot at it. The people that win the auction already have everything they want and this will be just another toy for the collection.
      LXbuilder
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why would one of the Worlds hottest car companies pay tribute to an aircraft that is a dud? Now if the Edsel was still in production it might make sense.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cool.
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