Aviation-Inspired SR-71 Blackbird Ford Mustang Raises $375,000 for Youth Charity

Ford's one-of-a-kind 2011 Mustang, a collaboration between legendary automotive icons Jack Roush and Carroll Shelby, raised $375,000 for EAA Young Eagles Thursday night.

From interior to exterior, the SR-71 Blackbird was inspired by the original aircraft. The Mustang’s design includes black and gray matte exterior paint and graphic treatment, performance wheels, front and rear fascias and an integrated spoiler/wing to mirror the car’s namesake. Reflected in the exterior paint treatment, the “Blackbird” nickname takes center stage with markings that look like the plane’s fluids streaking its exterior after takeoff. With seating for two, the interior includes a roll-cage, racing seats, embroidered signatures of Jack Roush and Carroll Shelby and special instrument cluster graphics.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

The annual meeting of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), EAA AirVenture features more than 2,500 show aircraft, including homebuilts, antiques, classics, warbirds, ultralights and rotorcraft, and is expected to attract nearly 600,000 aviation enthusiasts. During the week, more than 500 forums are conducted by aviation leaders and NASA researchers, along with FAA personnel, aircraft designers and a host of others. EAA AirVenture is a 24-hour event. For more information, please visit www.AirVenture.org.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 176,000 employees and about 80 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln and Mercury, production of which has been announced by the company to be ending in the fourth quarter of 2010, and until its sale, Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.ford.com.

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