The fifth-generation Mustang holds a special place in the pony’s five-decade history for many reasons. One of them is that it spawned no fewer than six aircraft-inspired one-off models that were sold for charity. The sixth-gen car then engendered yet another bespoke muscle car, the 2015 Ford Mustang F35 Lightning II Edition, for the 2015 model year. For 2016, Ford has teamed up with the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture once again to create a customized model. This time around it is called the Apollo Edition and draws its design cues from NASA’s Apollo program.

"The Ford Apollo Edition Mustang salutes man’s greatest technological achievement, with the ingenuity, precision, and power that defined the spirit of American innovation," said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of Ford’s Board of Directors.

As it’s the case with each aircraft-inspired ’Stang, the unique muscle car will be auctioned off for charity, The coupe will go under the hammer on July 23rd during the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in, with proceedings to benefit the EAA’s youth aviation programs. The event draws an attendance of around 500,000 each year, which should help Ford raise a few hundred thousand dollars with this bespoke machine.

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0Mustang Apollo Edition in Detail0

The Apollo Edition may be just a Mustang GT, but it looks more like a 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 on the outside. Much like the Lockheed Martin F35 Lightning II before it, the Apollo Edition features a modified bumper and a massive, carbon-fiber splitter. Around back, Ford added a carbon-fiber diffuser and a custom spoiler atop the trunk lid.

Much like the Lockheed Martin F35 Lightning II before it, the Apollo Edition features a modified bumper and a massive, carbon-fiber splitter.

Setting this bespoke muscle car further apart from its GT sibling is the special livery. Though most of the body is finished in white, the hood, roof and trunklid are painted black. Both colors are identical to the ones some of the Apollo shuttles were painted in.

A white, offset stripe runs the entire length of the car, adorned by a very thin red stripe and red "United States" writing on the hood. The front fender sports the American flag and "USA" lettering, while the mirror caps are finished in bright red for a dash of color. The lightweight wheels are painted dark gray, but feature a white outer lip.

There aren’t any details as to what’s special on the inside, but the only photo released thus far suggests Ford replaced the standard seats with a pair of Recaro sports seats. But there should be more goodies in there too, such as a dashboard plaque with a #001 VIN number and maybe custom trim, as well as sporty pedals.

Under the hood, there’s a stock 5.0-liter, Coyote V-8 rated at 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. It might not be as powerful as NASA’s launch vehicles for the Apollo mission, but it’s powerful enough to leave quite a few sports cars behind.

0Why it matters0

Aircraft-inspired Mustangs are already a tradition for Ford, which has just unveiled the eighth vehicle in this lineage. Ford is no stranger to charity, but what matters here is that instead of simply donating a stock Mustang, the Blue Oval keeps making these one-of-a-kind muscle cars that not only draw a lot more interest, but are also bound to become collectibles in a few years.

02016 Ford Mustang0

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Find out more about the 2016 Ford Mustang in our full review here.

Press Release

Ford Motor Company is once again supporting the Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth aviation programs by unveiling and donating for auction a one-of-a-kind Mustang on July 23 during the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in.

The Apollo Edition Mustang is a specially designed and built 2015 Ford Mustang that is the premier item available during the live auction at EAA’s Gathering of Eagles gala, which supports the organization’s year-round youth aviation programs. Ford is the exclusive automobile sponsor of EAA and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the annual event that is July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The event draws 10,000 aircraft and an attendance of 500,000 to Oshkosh each year.

“Ford has helped EAA build unmatched pathways for young people to discover the world of flight through its support of the Gathering of Eagles, our youth programs, and AirVenture,” said Jack Pelton, EAA chairman of the board. “With its eighth Mustang donation inspired by aviation, Ford continues to excite with its specialty vehicles, which reflects the depth of Ford’s commitment to EAA, its members, and the future of flight.”

The unique Mustang to be auctioned at Oshkosh draws its design cues from NASA’s Apollo program that successfully sent and returned men to the moon. Ford Design Manager Melvin Betancourt led the design and engineering teams that developed this unique car.

“The Ford Apollo Edition Mustang salutes man’s greatest technological achievement, with the ingenuity, precision, and power that defined the spirit of American innovation,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford Board of Directors. “Inspired by the Apollo program, Ford Motor Company committed itself to including exhilarating power, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary craftsmanship in this automobile, which will support the next generation of pilots in EAA’s aviation education programs for young people.”

To participate in the auction for this unique Ford Mustang, candidates may prequalify by contacting the EAA development office at 800-236-1025 or donor@eaa.org.

EAA’s Gathering of Eagles is held annually at the EAA AirVenture Museum, drawing more than 1,000 aviation enthusiasts who support the aviators, engineers, and flight professionals of tomorrow. The event has drawn such personalities as actors Harrison Ford, John Travolta and Morgan Freeman, sports luminaries Arnold Palmer and Jack Roush, and aviation legends such as astronauts Jim Lovell and Gene Cernan.

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