For those of you who aren’t familiar, AirVenture is the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual gathering/convention/airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The week-long event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors and north of 10,000 aircraft each year.
Ford has been a major sponsor of the event for many years and for the last handful of years they have built a custom Mustang for the event. The cars have been auctioned off each year with the proceeds going to fund the EAA’s Young Eagles youth aviation education program.
Below is a history of the Mustangs Ford has built and brought to the event as well as the winning bid amount from each year’s auction.
SR-71 Mustang: Auctioned at EAA AirVenture 2010 for $375,000.
Blue Angels Mustang: Auctioned at EAA AirVenture 2011 for $400,000.
Red Tails Mustang: Auctioned at EAA AirVenture 2012 for $370,000.
Thunderbirds Mustang: Auctioned at EAA AirVenture 2013 for $398,000.
F-35 Mustang: Auctioned at EAA AirVenture 2014 for $200,000.
I have yet to see confirmation that Ford is even doing one this year. The 50% decline in winning bid amount from 2013 to 2014 may be an indication that the idea has run its course. I’m sure we’ll know sometime in the next month or so as we get closer to the opening day of AirVenture on July 20.
Assuming Ford continues the tradition, what theme do you think they’ll go with? I really have no idea. With the 70th anniversary of VJ day this summer they could do a naval theme. Or maybe they’ll do a B-29 theme since the second airworthy B-29, Doc, is scheduled to make its Oshkosh debut.
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