Though the Ford Mustang is most often associated with the equine emblem mounted to the front grille, the Mustang name owes much to the warplanes of World War II that shared the same name. The P-51 Mustang helped the Allies control the air over Europe, eventually grinding Hitler’s Third Reich into dust.
So it makes sense that Ford would want to support a new generation of pilots, hoping to inspire them to great heights, literally. We already told you a good bit about the “Red Tails” Edition Mustang, inspired largely by the famed Tuskegee Airmen. After going to auction, this one-of-a-kind Mustang raised $370,000 for the EAA Young Eagles organization.
That’s a lot of money, and almost all of it will go towards encouraging and supporting a new generation of pilots via the Young Eagles initiative. By choosing to honor the Tuskegee airmen, Ford also tipped its hat to the first ground of African-American aviators to fly for the U.S. Army Air Force. The Tuskegee Airmen, also known as the Red Tails, flew sorties and bomber escort missions over much of Europe during World War II.
In fact, the Tuskegee airmen even flew P-51 Mustangs during the latter stages of the war, and they managed to destroy many more enemy aircraft than they lost, gaining a reputation as fearsome fighters. As for the Red Tails Mustang, with a 624 horsepower supercharged 5.0 engine and heaps of other engine, suspension, and exterior mods (including a sick warplane paint job), it’s as fierce a car as most of us will ever know.
No wonder it sold for $370,000, and who knows? A new generation of Tuskegee airmen might be in the making, thanks in part to this car.