There have been some awesome aviation-themed Ford models that have been created over the years

Over the past ten years, Ford has been heavily involved in the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual EAA AirVenture event in Wisconsin. The Blue Oval is responsible for creating custom aviation-themed vehicles, all of which are auctioned off every year to benefit youth aviation programs. All told, Ford has created 11 custom-themed vehicles, including the new Eagle Squadron Ford Mustang GT that will be auctioned off at this year’s event. In this space, we’re going to look back at a decade’s worth of custom-built Fords that have been created for the EAA.

2008 - Ford Mustang AV8R

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The first custom Ford Mustang that Ford sent to the EAA AirVenture was the AV8R. It was inspired by the F-22 Raptor and drew its “AV8R” name to reference the acronym of the word ‘Aviator.’ The custom ‘Stang had a relatively subdued look to it, at least compared to what Ford created in the following years. Still, the AV8R was tuned to produce 400 horsepower and came with signatures of Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Morgan Freeman, Jack Roush, Edsel B. Ford II, Chuck Yeager, and astronaut Jim Lovell. Even with the muted aesthetics, the Mustang AV8R still holds the record for the highest bid price among all of Ford’s EAA creations, fetching a whopping $500,000.

Read our full review on the 2008 Ford Mustang AV8R.

2009 - Ford Mustang AV-X10 Dearborn Doll

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Ford started to get a bit more creative in 2009 with the creation of the AV-X10 Dearborn Doll. Taking inspiration from a specific P-51 Mustang fighter plane that carried the same Dearborn Doll nickname, the Blue Oval created a two-tone paint scheme with Satin Silver serving as the main body color. Yellow accents on the nose and tail of Mustang, combined with a pin-up-style drawing on the front and the star and bar logo of the U.S. Air Force, also featured in the design of the muscle car. The wheels were also painted in liquid silver and were given yellow tips to make them look like propellers. In the end, the AV-X10 Dearborn Doll sold for $250,000.

Read our full review on the 2009 Ford Mustang AV-X10 Dearborn Doll.

2010 - Ford Mustang SR-71 Edition

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2010 was the year Ford invited famous tuners Carroll Shelby and Jack Roush to take point in creating that year’s one-off Mustang. The two icons came up with the SR-71 Edition, which drew its inspiration from the legendary Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane. The car featured a matter gray body with star liveries on the hood and sides. It also came with a glass roof, custom wheels, and a roll cage inside. Just as important, the SR-71 also received requisite performance upgrades, most notably on the 5.0-liter V-8 that was given a 2.3-liter Whipple twin-screw supercharger. A Roush intake and a Ford Racing exhaust were also added for good measure. The SR-71 Edition eventually sold for $375,000.

Read our full review on the 2010 Ford Mustang SR-71 Edition.

2011 - Ford Mustang GT Blue Angels Edition

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The U.S. Navy’s famous Blue Angels stunt flying team took its turn as the inspiration behind Ford’s 2011 offering to the EAA. Called the Mustang GT Blue Angels for obvious reasons, the muscle car sported the team’s famous dark blue and yellow color scheme. It also displayed, quite prominently, in fact, the team’s logo on the sides and added a slew of interior goodies, most notably leather Recaro racing seats displaying stitched Blue Angels crests, performance gauges, navigation screen images, safety belt fabric, and instrument panel appliqués. The biggest upgrade, though, was done to the Mustang’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine. Thanks to a Ford Racing supercharger, the Mustang GT Blue Angels had 624 horsepower at its disposal. All these upgrades helped the car fetch $400,000.

Read our full review on the 2011 Ford Mustang GT Blue Angels Edition.

2012 - Ford Mustang Red Tails Edition

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A year after paying homage to the Blue Angels, Ford followed it up with a tribute creation to the famous Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American military pilots who fought in World War II. The Mustang Red Tails Edition came with a matte aluminum body and featured Race Red and School Bus Yellow accents throughout the exterior. It also had a panoramic glass roof, side-mounted exhausts that were inspired by the legendary P-51 Mustang fighter plane, a rear diffuser, and a set of 20-inch alloy wheels. Like previous one-off Mustangs before it, the Red Tails Edition also received a Whipple supercharger, Brembo brakes, and a handling package that helped it become a monster of a muscle car. It certainly fetched a price tag that’s reserved, as the car sold for $370,000.

Read our full review on the 2012 Ford Mustang Red Tails Edition

2013 - Ford Mustang U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition

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2013 was a special year as Ford paid homage to the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds aerial acrobatic team that happened to celebrate its 60th anniversary in the same year. As expected, the one-off Mustang U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition sported the same red, white, and blue livery that the planes used. It also got a good amount of personalized livery, to go with Recaro seats, unique sill plates, and a new instrument cluster in the cabin. The one-off Mustang also benefited from a supercharger, a sport-tuned suspension, and Brembo brakes. The Mustang U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition ended up fetching an impressive $398,000.

Read our full review on the 2013 Ford Mustang U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition

2014 - Ford Mustang Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

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2014 was the first time Ford used the sixth- and current-generation Mustang as the donor car for the one-off creations it creates for the EAA. That same year, the automaker drew inspiration from the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth jets. A majority of the car’s body was dressed in a matte titanium body paint with blue and yellow accents serving as complementary colors. The one-off creation also received a few aero bits, including a massive front splitter made from carbon fiber and a rear diffuser, to go with specialized decals throughout the body. Unfortunately for the Mustang Lockheed Martin F-35 Edition, 2014 was a down year at the auction because it only sold for $200,000, the lowest amount out of all cars Ford has built for the EAA.

Read our full review on the 2015 Ford Mustang Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.

2015 - Ford Mustang Apollo Edition

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Ford switched things up in 2015 with the introduction of the Mustang Apollo Edition, a tribute piece to the Apollo space program. The predominantly white exterior gave way to black and red accents, exactly like the colors of NASA’s Apollo program. The one-off ‘Stang also received a carbon fiber front splitter, a rear diffuser, and LED underbody lights that Ford described as a symbol of “atmospheric re-entry.” Cool visual nods aside, the Mustang Apollo Edition also received a Ford Performance supercharger and a sports exhaust system, helping bring its output up to 627 horsepower and 540 pound-feet of torque. All that resulted in the one-off Mustang selling for $230,000.

Read our full review on the 2015 Ford Mustang Apollo Edition

2016 - Ford Shelby GT 350 Ole Yeller Edition

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2016 was another year of firsts for Ford as it used, for the first time, the Shelby GT350, as the basis for its EAA one-off model. The result was the all-too-yellow Shelby GT350 Ole Yeller that was inspired by the famous P-51D Mustang that still holds the record as the fastest prop plane to travel coast to coast. The one-off piece may not have those credentials, but it did sport a vibrant yellow and black body with a massive rear wing and a can’t-miss neon underbody lighting. It also benefitted from having a 5.2-liter V-8 engine that had 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque at its disposal. The stylish and admittedly cool-looking Shelby GT350 Ole Yeller ended up selling for $295,000.

Read our full review on the 2016 Ford Shelby GT 350 Ole Yeller Edition

2017 - Ford F22 Raptor F-150 Raptor

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In keeping with a streak of offering firsts, Ford appeared at the 2017 EAA event with a one-off car that was not a Mustang. Instead, it bought the curiously named F-22 Raptor F-150 Raptor. Obviously inspired by the F-22 fighter jet that used the same name, the F-150 Raptor was dressed in a predominantly black color with grey and red accents showing exactly where it was inspired from. It also received a roof-mounted light bar and an upgraded 3.5-liter, bi-turbo, V-6 that came to the party with 545 horsepower on tap. Inside, the F-22 Raptor F-150 Raptor was given a bespoke sound system. The shift from the Mustang to the F-150 Raptor probably helped this one-off pickup sell for $300,000, the first time an EAA-bound Ford creation sold for at least that amount since 2013.

Read our full review on the 2017 Ford F22 Raptor F-150 Raptor

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