Each year, The Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture celebration recognizes significant achievements in aviation with the help of the Ford Mustang. For the show, Ford creates special edition, one-of-a-kind Mustangs that are auctioned off for charity. Last year, the featured Mustang paid homage to the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels and the year before that, the design was a tribute to the SR-71 Blackbird. This year, Ford designed the 2013 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Red Tails to honor the Tuskegee Airmen.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first squadron of African-American pilots in the U.S. Army Air Force. They lobbied hard for meaningful missions and finally got their chance when they escorted B-17 and B-24 bombers on a mission over Nazi-occupied Europe. This tribute has added meaning, as the Ford Mustang was named after the Army Air Force’s P-51 Mustang fighter, which is the fighter the Tuskegee Airmen are most known for flying.
The Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Red Tails edition offers a 5.0-liter V8 engine with a Ford Racing supercharger, Brembo brakes, and 20-inch wheels. To pay tribute, this Mustang is outfitted with the Tuskegee Airmen logo, a red tail, which was the Tuskegee Airmen’s signature, and yellow checkered nose art. The exhaust system on the Red Tails edition has also been updated to mimic that of the P-51 fighter plane. The interior also pays homage to the airmen with red and black upholstery and the Red Tails logo imprinted 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.