Ford’s 12th custom vehicle to support EAA efforts
This Mustang Mach-E decorated to pay tribute to women volunteer pilots
For years now, Ford has produced a custom version of one of its Mustangs to sell at a charity auction to support helping young women and underserved youth get into the aviation industry. This year there’s a new Mustang, and Ford has taken advantage. They’ve created a Ford Mustang Mach-E that’s made to honour the women pilot volunteers of WWII and the aircraft they flew.
It’s the 12th time Ford has donated an aviation-themed model for the auction and the first time it was electric. The Mach-E gets custom paint in silver, black, and yellow that is a tribute to the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Yellow highlights match the silver and black interior, and there are EAA AirVenture door sill plates.
The car includes their wing logo and the U.S. Army Air Forces star, and it also features the number 38. That 38 marks the 38 volunteers who died while serving the allies in the war. The Women Airforce Service Pilots flew nearly every type of allied plane during the war, taking them from the factory floor to the front lines in transport.
“It was hard not to get a little teary-eyed as we put the finishing touches on this vehicle,” said Kristen Keenan, a Ford designer who worked on the project. “I have never worked on a memorial project before. Commemorating this group of women through the vehicle design was an honor.”
The Mach-E will be auctioned at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 2021 AirVenture air show this week in Oshkosh, WI. Ford has supported the event for more than two decades. “This project not only will be a highlight of The Gathering, its impact will help EAA reach young adults who are pursuing their own dreams of flight,” said EAA CEO Jack Pelton.