When it comes to mass transportation, Ford is quite familiar with vehicles that utilize roadways. But that hasn’t prevented the automaker from celebrating the history of aviation. Ford Performance recently teamed up with drifting champ Vaughn Gittin Jr. and created a special-edition Eagle Squadron Mustang GT to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.
The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT served as Ford’s custom model for this year’s Experimental Aircraft Association’s The Gathering fundraiser, which was held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. During the event in years past, Ford has unveiled designs like the 2011 Blue Angels model. As previously done, Ford auctioned off the Eagle Squadron Mustang GT during the fundraiser, with all proceeds going directly to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth education programs. These programs encourage young aviators and pilots to explore the world around them through fascinating curriculums. During its 20 years of supporting the Experimental Aircraft Association, Ford has raised more than $3 million for these youth initiatives.
Ford’s Eagle Squadron Mustang GT comes with a 5.0-liter V8 engine under the hood. With this powerful engine, the custom Mustang can generate 700 horsepower and 610 lb-ft of torque. The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT also includes the RTR Tactical Performance Suspension Package, with features like adjustable MagneRide dampers and Ford Performance lowering springs.
The powertrain isn’t the only aspect of the Mustang GT to receive a custom makeover. Inside, Ford has added Recaro racing seats, embroidered with the Eagle Squadron logo. “Beyond its menacing looks, this powerful and hungry beast mimics the brute force and maneuverability of an original Royal Air Force fighter jet,” explains Gittin.
The Ford Eagle Squadron Mustang GT draws inspiration from the Eagle Squadron Spitfire aircraft. The Eagle Squadron was a group of U.S. volunteer pilots who accompanied Royal Air Force personnel during missions prior to the U.S. entering World War II. Paul Miller, a Royal Air Force veteran and son of an Eagle Squadron pilot, attended the Experimental Aircraft Association’s fundraiser.
“The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT build with Vaughn and the Ford design team is a great way to honor our heroes and keep the spirit of aviation alive for the next generation of American pilots,” said Darrell Behmer, the design chief for the Ford Mustang.
Following the Experimental Aircraft Association, the Ford Eagle Squadron Mustang GT will be transported to the 2018 Ford Woodward Dream Cruise, where it will be formally presented to the winner of the auction.
This article is presented by Rich Ford in Albuquerque, New Mexico.