One-off Mustang follows a long line of creations that have been auctioned off for charity

Ford and professional drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. are joining forces to create a one-off Ford Mustang that will be auctioned off at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Gathering of Eagles event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 26. The new creation, called the Eagle Squadron Mustang GT, will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 12 where it will be driven by Gittin Jr.

Ford's Latest Eagle Squadron One-Off Will Come With Vaughn Gittin Jr's Input
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The inspiration behind the one-off Mustang are the fighter pilots who served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War,specifically the P-51 Mustangs

It’s been 11 years since Ford started building custom one-off Mustangs for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual AirVenture Gathering of Eagles. This year, the inspiration behind the one-off Mustang are the fighter pilots who served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, specifically the P-51 Mustangs that were particularly crucial in U.K. history

We still don’t know the full details behind the Eagle Squadron Mustang GT, but we do get a teaser from Ford showing a bird’s eye view of the dressed up ‘Stang. From this angle, we can see the fighter-style paint scheme that was used on the car. The body is rocking a military camouflage livery with white strips and yellow highlights spread throughout the car. An RAF roundel is clearly visible on the hood of the Mustang, slamming home the point on which Ford drew its inspiration from.

Beyond the aesthetics, the Eagle Squadron Mustang GT also gets an extensive carbon fiber widebody kit from RTR, elements of which we can see on those wide - they’re really wide! — wheel arches. An upgraded suspension kit from Tactical Performance was also installed, but it’s really the Ford supercharger that helps elevate this particular Mustang into a bonafide, bogey-chasing, 700-horsepower muscle car.

Ford's Latest Eagle Squadron One-Off Will Come With Vaughn Gittin Jr's Input
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The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT will eventually be auctioned off at the EAA event in Wisconsin like all other custom Mustangs before it.

"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," Ford Mustang design chief Darrell Behmer said in a statement.

The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT will eventually be auctioned off at the EAA event in Wisconsin like all other custom Mustangs before it. But before that, it’s going to make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the company of drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Whoever ends up winning the one-off Mustang will also receive an all-inclusive trip to the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit for a handover ceremony, complete with a signed plaque from Gittin and Ford’s own design team.

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Press release

Ford, Vaughn Gittin Jr. Salute American WWII Pilots Who Defended
Britain with Eagle Squadron Mustang GT Ahead of Charity Auction
DEARBORN, Mich., June 15, 2018 – Ford and world champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. are
paying tribute to American fighter pilots who served in the Royal Air Force during World War II,
inviting Gittin to pilot the one-off Eagle Squadron Mustang GT at this year’s Goodwood Festival
of Speed in the UK on July 12.
Co-created by Ford Performance and Gittin’s RTR Vehicles, the camouflaged, fighter aircraftinspired
Mustang GT fastback debuts at Goodwood before heading back to the U.S. for the
Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Gathering of Eagles in Oshkosh, Wisconsin,
which draws more than 1,000 aviation enthusiasts annually.
The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT will be auctioned off to support the EAA Young Eagles charity
July 26.
“Supporting young pilots through the EAA Young Eagles charity auction reflects Ford’s aviation
history, tracing back to the company’s early days and the Arsenal of Democracy during WWII,”
said Darrell Behmer, Ford Mustang design chief. “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.”
2018 marks the 20th year Ford has supported the EAA AirVenture event. All proceeds will be
donated to the Young Eagles youth program to encourage and support the next generation of
pilots. In all, Ford has donated 11 custom-designed vehicles and helped raise more than $3
million.
The one-of-a-kind Eagle Squadron Mustang GT features a 700-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 with a
Ford Performance supercharger, RTR carbon fiber wide-body kit and Tactical Performance
suspension package.
Powerful and menacing-looking, this one-of-a-kind beast takes its inspiration from World War II
Royal Air Force Eagle squadrons that flew over the fields of Goodwood nearly 80 years ago.
The three Eagle Squadrons included a diverse group of American volunteer pilots who risked
their lives fighting in the skies over northern Europe, including the British coast and France prior
to the U.S. entering the war.
The car’s highest bidder also receives an all-inclusive package for two to attend the 2018 Ford
Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit in August to take delivery of the car along with a plaque
autographed by Gittin and members of the Ford design team.

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