Ford has announced the Mustang “Ole Yeller”, derived from the P-51D Mustang fighter aircraft, to benefit the Experimental Aircraft Association youth education programs. The Ford Mustang Ole Yeller will be donated and sold via auction at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016, the world’s greatest Aviation celebration on 28 July.
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 5.2-liter 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 581 Nm (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.
“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.
The “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 were: Mustang AV8R, with cues from F-22 Raptor, in 2008, AV-X10 “Dearborn Doll” Mustang (2009). SR-71 Blackbird Mustang (2010), Blue Angels Mustang (2011), Red Tails Mustang (2012), U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition Mustang (2913) F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang (2014) and Apollo Edition Mustang (2015).