Ford calls it the most track-ready and road-legal Mustang ever created for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth education program.
For the past nine years Ford has donated a special Mustang to be auctioned off during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the world’s biggest Aviation party– The “Ole-Yeller” Mustang will be sold on July 28 at the Gathering of Eagles charity event.
To create “Ole-Yeller” Ford started with a Shelby GT350 before swathing it in a custom yellow exterior finish to match the original “Ole-Yeller” P-51D Mustang piloted once upon a time by the legendary Bob Hoover. Along with the new hue, the Shelby received new accents and badging, unique carbon fiber components and mirrors which project the iconic aircraft as you approach the car.
Inside, the GT350 has been given new specially designed Recaro buckets, with matching sill plates, logo’s floor mats and a new aviation inspired instrument cluster.
“This year’s one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang honors two aviation greats, the iconic and historic P-51D Mustang fighter plane, and highly decorated fighter pilot, test pilot, and air show performer, Bob Hoover, who is referred to by many as one of the greatest pilots ever to have lived,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors. “The Shelby GT350 Mustang, with its nimbleness, speed and aerodynamics, provided us with the perfect platform to create this tribute to the P-51D aircraft.”
All proceeds from the sale will prominently benefit the EAA’s Young Eagles program, which has given some 2 million youths free introductory flights since 1992, inspiring the next generation of pilots along the way.
Previous years’ unique aviation themed Mustangs created to support EAA’s youth education programs, including Young Eagles, were:
- 2008 – Mustang AV8R, with cues from F-22 Raptor, which helped introduce the glass-roof canopy and delivered an auction contribution of $500,000
- 2009 – AV-X10 “Dearborn Doll” Mustang, crafted in honor of the World War II aircraft
- 2010 – Two automotive icons – the late Carroll Shelby, former U.S. Air Force flight instructor, and Jack Roush, longtime P-51 pilot – collaborated for the first time to create the SR-71 Blackbird Mustang inspired by the legendary reconnaissance jet
- 2011 – Blue Angels Mustang, created to celebrate 100 years of U.S. naval aviation
- 2012 – Red Tails Mustang, to pay homage to Tuskegee Airmen – courageous squadron of P-51 Mustang pilots who were the United States’ first African-American military airmen
- 2013 – U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition Mustang, built to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team
- 2014 – F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang, which featured design cues from the world’s most advanced multirole fighter jet – the F-35 Lightning
- 2015 – Apollo Edition Mustang paid homage to the Apollo spaceflight program, which delivered astonishing innovations in technology and landed the first human on the moon.