Ford is back at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture air
show in Oshkosh, WI, on July 31 auctioning off its seventh Mustang for
charity, and this is one seriously mean looking 2015 'Stang.
Ford F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang Celebrates 50 Years and
Supports Young Eagles
? New F-35 Lightning II aircraft inspires one-of-a-kind 2015 Ford
Mustang design, to be donated and sold at charity auction, July 31 at
EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.
? Sale will benefit the EAA Young Eagles foundation: Ford vehicles
have collectively raised more than $2.5 million to support Young
? This one-of-a-kind car is one of the first all-new 2015 Ford
Mustangs to be sold
DEARBORN, Mich., July 24, 2014 ? The engineering and design teams at
Ford Motor Company led the development of the one-off 2015 F-35
Lightning II Edition Ford Mustang, which will be donated by Ford and
sold at the Gathering of Eagles charity event. The event is held on
Thursday, July 31, 2014 during the Experimental Aircraft Association
(EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 ? the World's Greatest Aviation
All proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit the EAA Young
Eagles program, which has provided free introductory flights to more
than 1.8 million young people since 1992, helping inspire and motivate
the next generation of leaders, aviators and innovators.
Ford is the exclusive automotive sponsor of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh,
held July 28 through Aug. 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh,
"The idea to model one of our specialty builds after the F-35 was
four years in the making, under discussion even as we created the
SR-71 Blackbird Mustang for auction in 2010. Just as the F35 was
designed with unprecedented capabilities and versatility in mind, we
felt it would be a natural fit to pair with the all-new 2015
Mustang," said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford Board of
Directors. "Lockheed Martin supported our requests on both
vehicle builds and is bringing their F-35 Lightning II Cockpit
Demonstration System, plus several test pilots, to the Ford Hangar.
Visitors to the Ford Hangar are sure to be wowed by both the beauty of
the F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang and the opportunity to get the
fighter jet experience first hand."
The unique 2015 F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang draws design cues
from the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft, the new joint
forces strike fighter. The aircraft is the world's most advanced
multi-role fighter jet, providing unmatched capabilities to the
military forces of the United States and its allies.
This one-of-a-kind sports car will be one of the first 2015 Ford
Mustangs to be sold. The design of the modified Mustang GT fastback
exudes a creative connection to the F-35 Lightning, while highlighting
the new design features of the 2015 Mustang. Ford design manager
Melvin Betancourt and Mustang chief engineer Dave Pericak led the
design and engineering teams that developed this unique car.
The exterior will showcase a customized glossy and matte titanium
paint scheme with distinctive accents inspired by the blue and yellow
lightning tail livery applied to the early production examples of the
F-35. The bubble canopy of the stealthy F-35 features a distinctive
gold tint designed to help minimize its radar signature ? an
appearance that is replicated on the windows of this Mustang.
The springs of the Mustang GT performance pack have been replaced with
Eibach units for a lower ride height and the exhaust system gets
larger, ceramic-coated outlets. This Mustang rolls on a set of
Forgiato-created custom 21-inch wheels to further differentiate it
from anything else on the road. Additional elements include a carbon
fiber front splitter, rear diffuser and rocker moldings, unique mirror
skull caps and a vertically-enhanced rear spoiler.
Exclusive interior details include a modified instrument cluster,
Recaro® seats, custom audio system and floor mats embroidered with
F-35 Lightning II elements and unique sill plates.
The Young Eagles auction is part of the EAA Gathering of Eagles gala.
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 has been a committed sponsor of EAA and AirVenture for 15
years, bringing incredible value to those who make Oshkosh the
highlight of their aviation year," said Jack Pelton, EAA chairman
of the board. "With its seventh Mustang donation, Ford continues
to excite with its specialty vehicles, which reflects the depth of
Ford's commitment and allows EAA to provide support to its valuable
programs and dedicated members in helping us grow the next generation
The F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang joins six other one-of-a-kind
Mustangs created by the Ford design and engineering teams for the EAA
Young Eagles auction. Ford vehicles donated at EAA AirVenture events
have collectively raised more than $2.5 million to support the EAA
The unique vehicles produced by Ford in support of EAA Young Eagles,
? 2008 ? Mustang AV8R, with cues from the F-22 "Raptor,"
which helped introduce the glass-roof canopy and delivered a record
auction contribution of $500,000
? 2009 ? The AV-X10 "Dearborn Doll" Mustang was crafted in
honor of World War II aircraft
? 2010 ? Two automotive icons ? the late Carroll Shelby, a former U.S.
Air Force flight instructor, and Jack Roush, longtime P-51 pilot ?
collaborated for the first time to create the SR-71 Blackbird Mustang
inspired by the legendary reconnaissance jet
? 2011 ? The Blue Angels Mustang celebrated 100 years of United States
? 2012 ? The Red Tails Mustang paid homage to the Tuskegee Airmen, the
courageous squadron of P-51 Mustang pilots who were the United States'
first African American military airmen
? 2013 ? The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition Mustang celebrated
the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration
During EAA AirVenture, Ford will offer attendees access to the latest
advances in automobile technology and feature exciting attractions and
fan favorites at the Ford Hangar on the grounds of Wittman Regional
Airport. Ford activities include top-tier entertainment and
interactive components that will add excitement for the hundreds of
thousands of aviation fans in attendance.
To participate in the auction, candidates must prequalify by
contacting the EAA development office at 800.236.1025 or
The F-35 Lighting II Edition Mustang was modified by MAD Industries.
Additional contributors to the project: AUNDE Corporation, Eibach
Springs, 3D Carbon Fiber, BASF Automotive Refinish, Gibson Performance
Exhaust, PIRELLI Tires, Forgiato Wheels, Rigid Industries LED
Lighting, sPOD, MGP Caliper Covers, LGE-Paint, Madico, PIAA
Corporation, APR Performance, FOCAL, The Source AV, Raceskinz, ODYSSEY
Battery and Specialized Ceramic & Powder Coating.
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