Impressive Auction Bid brings Kids to Flight Experiences

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ARTICLE: The Ford Donated U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition Ford Mustang Raises $398,000 to Support Youth and Aviation


EAA’s Young Eagles’ program exposes youth to the thrill of flying. At AirVenture© there is an annual auction to raise funds for this worthy cause. The 2013 event was highlighted by the bidding on a special car donated by Ford Motor Company through Edsel B. Ford II. This year’s top item was a one-of-a-kind U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition 2014 Ford Mustang GT developed by the design and engineering teams at Ford Motor Company. It was described as follows:

“This one-of-a-kind car is VIN 0001. The design of the modified 2014 Mustang GT 5.0-liter glass-roof coupe exudes a creative connection to the Thunderbirds.

The exterior showcases a custom brilliant white paint with red and blue accents, as well as markings and logos, tying it to the Thunderbirds’ F-16 Falcon aircraft. The unique treatment includes wide body modifications and a handcrafted and painted “belly pan” that emulates the F-16 Thunderbird appearance. TS Designs handcrafted the wide body elements, 3dCarbon created a unique matching fascia, Creations n’ Chrome crafted the unique belly pan – plus applied the paint and markings – and Forgiato created custom 22-inch wheels to further differentiate this Mustang from anything else on the road.

Unique interior details of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition Ford Mustang GT include a modified navigation screen, instrument cluster and rear seat-delete. The car’s Recaro® seats sport embroidered Thunderbirds elements. Additional features consist of unique sill plates and puddle lamps that project the aircraft silhouette when the doors open.”

This unique item brought a bid of $398,000 from James Slattery of San Diego, Calif. Wonder if he got a nice 1% finance package from Ford?

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