For the big Oshkosh general-aviation air show, a Ford Mustang dressed up in 'Red Tail' livery will be auctioned off (image by By EAA AirVenture)
Detroit, MI (written by Chris Woodyard/USA Today) -- Every year, we look forward to seeing the latest Ford Mustang customized to look like a famous plane for EAA AirVenture, the giant general-aviation celebration in Oshkosh, Wis. This year certainly doesn't disappoint -- a 2013 Ford Mustang sports car made to look like a P-51 Mustang fighter.
For Oshkosh, Ford has created a one-of-a-kind "Red Tails Edition" Mustang, paying homage to the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps. As always, it will be auctioned to benefit the EAA's Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles Program. EAA, or Experimental Aircraft Association, will hold the auction July 26.
The timing on this year's Red Tail Mustang couldn't be better. The exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen were featured last year in the movie Red Tails, which didn't fare all that well at the box office but is still being talked about by people who love planes. The 2013 Mustang will carry a vehicle identification number of #00051 to further cement the connection to the P-51s.
To get the right look, the Red Tail Mustang will be painted in silver with red and yellow accents. Past Ford Mustangs have been dressed up as an SR-71 spy plane and one of the exhibition fighters of the Navy's Blue Angels.