EAA Young Eagles has been offering young people the chance to learn more about aviation and actually fly with expert pilots for many years now. The program was started in 1992 and it exists through the generosity of volunteers and various donors. One such donor is Ford Motor Company, who up until now has given about $2.3 million to support the cause.
The company’s latest donation came in the form of an awesome U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition Mustang, obviously inspired by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds’ F-16 Falcon fighter jets. The car was put up for auction at the EAA AirVenture event that recently took place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and it managed to raise close to $400,000. The buyer was James Slattery from San Diego, California.
Among the features that attracted such high bids were a number of performance modifications handpicked by Ford Racing. These included new 22-inch wheels with Brembo brakes, better suspensions, a supercharger and a brand new livery with white, red and blue elements. The interior also suffered a few changes, in the form of a new instrument cluster, altered navigation screen and Recaro seats.
As a final touch of exquisiteness, the car was endowed with a glass roof and puddle lamps that project the silhouette of an aircraft each time the doors are opened. Check it out in the gallery below.