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Ford Reveals Most Race-Ready and Road-Legal “Ole Yeller"
Mustang Inspired by Iconic P-51D Mustang Aircraft and Legendary Pilot

DEARBORN, Mich., July 15, 2016 – Ford Motor Company has created the most track-ready
and road-legal Ford Mustang to benefit Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth education
programs, including the Young Eagles. The aviation-inspired Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang
will be donated and sold via auction at the Gathering of Eagles charity event – the ninth
straight year Ford has donated a car – on July 28 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016, the World’s
Greatest Aviation Celebration.

 

The Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang features a custom yellow exterior finish with “Ole Yeller”
accents and badging, unique carbon fiber components and mirrors projecting images of the
aircraft. The interior incorporates specially designed Recaro seats, sill plates, floor mats with
unique logos and aviation inspired gauges.

 

Bred from the ultra high-performance and limited production, Shelby GT350® Mustang, it
features a 5.2L Ti-VCT V8 engine with Flat Plane Crank. Boasting the most powerful naturally-
aspirated engine Ford has ever produced, the Shelby GT350 generates a heart-pounding 526
horsepower and exhilarating 429 lb-ft of torque. This powerhouse is mated to a TREMEC®
6-speed manual transmission and features a specially tuned sport suspension, making it
the most track-ready, road-legal Mustang ever produced.

 

“This year’s one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang honors two aviation greats, the iconic and historic
P-51D Mustang fighter plane, and highly decorated fighter pilot, test pilot, and air show performer,
Bob Hoover, who is referred to by many as one of the greatest pilots ever to have lived,” said
Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors. “The Shelby GT350 Mustang, with
its nimbleness, speed and aerodynamics, provided us with the perfect platform to create this
tribute to the P-51D aircraft.”

 

“Ole Yeller,” with its bright, eye-catching yellow exterior, is one of the most recognizable P-51D
Mustangs in the world. It still holds the prop plane record for coast-to-coast travel at 5 hours
and 20 minutes, set in 1985. R. A. “Bob” Hoover, known as a pilot’s pilot, will be forever linked
with “Ole Yeller.” Hoover is widely considered the founding father of modern aerobatics and
thrilled airshow fans piloting “Ole Yeller” for more than 20 years.
 In 1997, Hoover sold "Ole
Yeller" to his good friend John Bagley of Rexburg, Idaho. "Ole Yeller" still flies frequently and
is based at the Legacy Flight Museum in Rexburg, Idaho.

 

The auction of the Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang will be the pinnacle of the EAA Gathering of
Eagles gala. The event annually draws more than 1,000 aviation enthusiasts in support of
EAA’s youth education programs, which inspire young people to become engineers, aviators,
astronauts, scientists and innovators – the aviation pioneers of tomorrow.

 

All proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit EAA’s youth education programs, including
the Young Eagles, which has provided free introductory flights to 2 million young people since
1992, helping grow the next generation of aviators.

 

“We’re truly grateful Ford is, and has been, such a committed sponsor of EAA and AirVenture
for more than 16 years now,” said Jack Pelton, EAA CEO and chairman of the board. “With its
ninth Mustang donation, Ford has definitely delivered something exceptional that any auto or
aviation enthusiast would love to own. The Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang will allow EAA to provide
support to our valuable programs helping us grow the next generation of aviators.”

 

The Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang joins eight other one-of-a-kind Mustangs created by the Ford
design and engineering teams for the auction in support of EAA youth education. Ford
vehicles donated at EAA AirVenture events have collectively raised $3 million.

 

Previous years’ unique aviation themed Mustangs created to support EAA’s youth education
programs, including Young Eagles, were:

 

·        2008 – Mustang AV8R, with cues from F-22 Raptor, which helped introduce the glass-
roof canopy and delivered an auction contribution of $500,000

·        2009 – AV-X10 “Dearborn Doll” Mustang, crafted in honor of the World War II aircraft

·        2010 – Two automotive icons – the late Carroll Shelby, former U.S. Air Force flight
instructor, and Jack Roush, longtime P-51 pilot – collaborated for the first time to create
the SR-71 Blackbird Mustang inspired by the legendary reconnaissance jet

·        2011 – Blue Angels Mustang, created to celebrate 100 years of U.S. naval aviation

·        2012 – Red Tails Mustang, to pay homage to Tuskegee Airmen – courageous squadron
of P-51 Mustang pilots who were the United States’ first African-American military airmen

·        2013 – U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition Mustang, built to celebrate the 60th anniversary
of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team

·        2014 – F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang, which featured design cues from the world’s
most advanced multirole fighter jet – the F-35 Lightning

·        2015 – Apollo Edition Mustang paid homage to the Apollo spaceflight program, which
delivered astonishing innovations in technology and landed the first human on the moon.

 

The Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang will proudly be on display all week in the Ford hangar at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. To participate in the auction, interested parties must prequalify
by contacting the EAA development office at (800) 236-1025 or
donor@eaa.org.

 

The Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang exterior and interior were designed by Ford Design
Manager Melvin Betancourt. Interior enhancements were supported by Ford Designer
Nicole Rush and the Ford design fabrication team. The custom modifications were
performed by MAD Industries, led by Chris Mangum.
Additional contributers to the
project include Ford Performance, Brembo, Carbon 2 Carbon, BASF Refinish, Pirelli
Tires, Diode Dynamics, Rigid Industries LED Lighting, sPOD Power Distribution & Switching
Components, 3M Window Films, PIAA, APR Performance, Rosen Electronics, FOCAL/The
Source AV, Odyssey Battery, Recaro, Northern Engraving, Miko, American & Efird, Takata
Holdings, Inc., Forgiato Wheels, Coverkings, L&G Enterprises, 
Ceramic Pro 9H and Signature Performance Tire & Wheel.

 

To stay apprised of all Ford EAA AirVenture news, connect with the Ford team on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FordAirventure or visit www.FordAirventure.com.

 

For more information on EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016, visit www.AirVenture.org.

 

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About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly
membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and
camping purchase, is available online at
www.eaa.org/airventure. EAA members receive the lowest
prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA
(1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at
www.twitter.com/EAA.

 

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan.
With about 201,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes
designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs
and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing
emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity,
mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and data and analytics. The company provides
financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its
products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit
www.corporate.ford.com.

 

Contacts:

Dan Jones - 
313.594.3744 - 
djone602@ford.com

Andrew Shoushanian - 
248.755.0303 - 
andrews@versacom-inc.com

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