The annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture show celebrates significant achievements in aviation with the help of the Ford Mustang. Every year for the show, Ford creates a special edition, one-of-a-kind Mustang that is auctioned off for charity. Last year, Ford honored the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, while the year before the special edition Mustang was a tribute to the SR-71 Blackbird. For the 2012 EAA Airventure celebrate, Ford is paying homage to the Tuskegee Airmen with the 2013 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Red Tails edition.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first U.S. Amry Air Force squadron of African-American pilots. They lobbied hard for meaningful missions and eventually escorted B-17 and B-24 bombers as they bombed Nazi-occupied Europe. Their story was recently featured in the movie “Red Tails,” named after their signature look. This tribute is especially fitting, since the Mustang was named after the fighter the Tuskegee Airmen were most famous for flying, the Army Air Force’s P-51 Mustang fighter.
TheMustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Red Tails edition features a 5.0-liter V8 engine with a Ford Racing supercharger, unique 20-inch wheels, and Brembo brakes. In tribute to the squadron, this Mustang is outfitted with the Tuskegee Airmen logo, the signature red tail, and yellow checkered nose art. The exhaust system on the Red Tails edition has also been enhanced to mimic that of the P-51 fighter plane. The interior also honors the airmen with red and black upholstery and the Red Tails logo embossed on the seats.
The special edition Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Red Tails edition will be auctioned off today at the EAA Airventure show in Oshkosh, WI, with the money going to charity. Last year, the Blue Angels Mustang raised over $400,000.