Ford and drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. have made a World War II tribute Mustang. They’ll show the car off at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and then auction it off for charity.
The Eagle Squadrons were three Royal Air Force fighter squadrons staffed with U.S. volunteer pilots. They served in the skies over Europe before the U.S. entered the war in 1941. And while they didn’t fly Mustangs until 1944, well after re-integrating into the USAAF, they did still fly them.
The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT is a one-off that gets a WW II fighter-style camouflage livery. That includes an RAF Type B roundel on the hood and an Eagle Squadron emblem on the black roof. Ford’s only released the top-down photo, but their previous one-offs to support the EAA have had some seriously cool aircraft-inspired liveries.
Under the hood of this Mustang isn’t a V12 Merlin, but it’s not exactly a slouch. Try 700 hp from the 5.0L V8 thanks to a Ford Performance supercharger. Keeping this flight grounded is a Tactical Performance Suspension. It’s also wearing an RTR carbon widebody kit.
The car is being auctioned to support the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in program. The EAA charity supports youth education programs and aims to encourage the next generation of pilots. This is the 11th custom vehicle Ford has donated to the program, which it has supported for 20 years. Along with the car, the highest bidder gets a trip to the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise to take delivery of the car.