One-off Ford Mustang GT Blue Angels raises $400,000 charity

The one-of-a-kind 2012 Ford Mustang GT Blue Angels edition was designed to be sold at a charity auction with proceeds going to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles.

At AirVenture, the world’s greatest aviation celebration, the Mustang was auctioned for $400,000. The highest bidder was a gentleman from California.

The EAA Young Eagles will receive all the proceeds, to continue in offering introductory flights free of charge since 1992, along with advanced education, for the youth.

Ford’s Blue Angels edition is the third that Ford has released for the annual auction. Starting in 2006, the vehicles have raised a buzz about the event and amongst enthusiasts. Collectively they have raised over $1.7 million.

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Ford board of directors member Edsel B. Ford II comments on the event, stating “The precision, discipline and excitement that define the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flight team are qualities we celebrate at Ford…With this year’s beautiful ‘Blue Angels’ edition Mustang GT, we’ve captured those qualities and paired them with the innovation Ford design and engineering team members build into all of our vehicles. Through this project, we take great pride in continuing our support for EAA and the Young Eagles organization.”

EAA and AirVenture chairman Tom Poberezny says “Ford is a longtime supporter of EAA and our mission to showcase the finest innovation and technology in flight… The high interest among aviators in the US Navy and the ‘Blue Angles’ Mustang team made this a very sought-after item, ensuring EAA’s ability to do some amazing things for our future aviation enthusiasts.”

– By: Alexandra Koken