The United States Navy’s Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, popularly know as the Blue Angels, regularly fly six highly advanced F/A-18 Hornet that are twin engine, mid-wing, multi-mission tactical aircraft. This aircraft is highly maneuverable and responsive, owing to its good thrust to weight ratio, unique design, and a digital fly-by-wire control system. When Ford Motor Company set out to create a unique one-of-a-kind “Blue Angels” edition 2012 Ford Mustang GT, it was only natural that the Steeda Watt’s Link Suspension would be used to provide the crisp handling and responsiveness that the Blue Angels have been noted for.
This one-of-a-kind Mustang is being auctioned at the Gathering of Eagles Charity Gala on July 28, during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) 2011 AirVenture Oshkosh, the world’s greatest aviation celebration. All proceeds from the car donation and sale will benefit the EAA Young Eagles organization, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.6 million young people since 1992 while also teaching the value of hard work, personal responsibility and enhanced math and science skills.
“The precision, discipline and excitement that define the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flight team are qualities we celebrate at Ford,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of Ford’s board of directors. “With this year’s beautiful ‘Blue Angels’ edition Mustang GT, we’ve captured those qualities and paired them with the innovation Ford design and engineering team members build into all of our vehicles. Through this project, we take great pride in continuing our support for EAA and the Young Eagles organization.”
The Ford “Blue Angels” Mustang pays tribute to 100 years of naval aviation, which will be celebrated all week at AirVenture 2011 as part of the show’s Tier 1 event status from the U.S. Navy tied to its yearlong Centennial of Naval Aviation festivities. The car will be on display inside the Ford Hangar throughout EAA AirVenture.
Dario Orlando, President and CEO of Steeda Autosports adds: “I am exceptionally proud that the Steeda Watt’s Link Suspension System was chosen for this specialty Mustang. I am confident that this suspension will live up to the reputation that the Blue Angels program has instilled for the ultimate in precision handling. At Steeda, we fully support the EAA and its Young Eagles Program, the Navy’s Blue Angels, as well all of our servicemen and women in our various military branches.”
The exterior of Ford’s “Blue Angels” Mustang GT was inspired by the acclaimed naval aviation performance demonstration team and the F-18 Hornet aircraft it flies. The car’s custom rear spoiler’s vertical tailfins, the “screaming yellow” gloss accents, inclusion of the Blue Angels script and crest all are drawn from the Navy aircraft. The unique chrome blue paint, is unlike anything available on a production vehicle anywhere in the world.
Additional unique details of the “Blue Angels” Mustang include cluster graphics, performance gauges, navigation screen images, safety belt fabric, instrument panel appliqués, rear seat-delete and cross-brace, Blue Angels script in the illuminated sill plates and puddle lamps that project jet images when the doors open.
For more information on EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, visit http://www.AirVenture.org.
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