In a month in which NASA’s New Horizons probe completes its 3-billion-mile voyage to Pluto, Ford is paying tribute to the Space Program’s history and contributing to its future with the unveiling of its 2015 Apollo Edition Mustang. This one-of-a-kind Mustang will be auctioned for charity next week at AirVenture, the annual aviation celebration hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
For the eighth year running, Ford has unveiled a one-off, aviation-themed Mustang to honor American innovation in the aerospace industry and benefit EAA youth education programs. While last year’s offering, a fighter-jet-inspired 2015 Mustang, raised $200,000 at auction, the Apollo Edition looks poised to surpass even that mark.
As if a 627 horsepower V8 engine and a custom black, white, and red paint job reminiscent of the Saturn V rocket that launched Apollo 11 into orbit weren’t enough to entice bidders, the Apollo Edition Mustang features LED underbody lighting to recreate “atmospheric re-entry.”
“The Apollo program delivered astonishing innovations in technology and achieved a national goal of landing the first human on the moon. The entire program was extraordinary — one of our nation’s greatest technological achievements,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors and great-grandson of Henry Ford. “With this year’s stunning Apollo Edition Mustang, we salute that spirit of American ingenuity with the quintessential American automobile — Ford Mustang.”
The Ford Mustang and the Apollo Program both trace their roots to the early 1960s, and with any luck, Ford’s loving homage to the American space program will help a new generation of aviation enthusiasts take flight. The July 23 auction will benefit a number of youth aviation education programs, including Young Eagles. To date, the Young Eagles First Flight program has provided over 1.9 million kids with the opportunity to take a free flight alongside a pilot and see how a plane works firsthand.