June 29, 2012
By Sarah Brown
EAA AirVenture 2012 will feature a “Red Tails” Mustang, and it’s not what you may think.
A polished aluminum and silver chrome custom 2013 Ford Mustang up for auction at the show evokes the distinctive P-51 Mustangs flown by the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II, but this one-of-a-kind creation was born for the roads. The “Red Tails Edition” Mustang, the fifth in a series of unique, aviation-themed vehicles provided to the Experimental Aircraft Association to raise money for its Young Eagles program, will be auctioned off on July 26 at the Gathering of Eagles fundraiser.
With red and yellow accents, the rear seat removed to accentuate a cockpit environment, and race seats embroidered with a “Red Tails” logo, the car pays tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps, who proved their mettle in World War II. The airmen earned the nickname “Red Tails” because their aircraft’s tails were painted red for easier identification.
At $400,000, the “Blue Angels” Mustang drew the top bid at the fundraiser last year; in total, the auction vehicles donated by Ford Motor Co. have raised more than $1.5 million for the Young Eagles program, according to a media release. The “Red Tails Edition” Mustang is equipped with a Ford Racing 2.3L Whipple Supercharger and handling pack, Forgiato 20-inch custom wheels, and other custom features, according to the release; puddle lamps project “Red Tails” onto the ground. The vehicle will be on display July 23 through 29 at the Ford Hangar at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.
Experimental Aircraft Association,
Pilots in Washington State have another voice advocating for them on airport, economic, legislative, and public perception issues: the Washington State Aviation Alliance.
Under a current Washington law, only 10 percent of the aircraft excise taxes that aircraft owners pay go to the Washington State Division of Aeronautics, while the other 90 percent go into the general fund. AOPA is advocating for legislation that would direct 100 percent of the tax to aviation use.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
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