Just as it did last year with the 2014 Mustang U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition, Ford has built another aviation-themed Mustang GT, this time paying tribute to the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet.
While some may not agree with Ford honoring an airplane that has been grounded for some time because of technical issues, we have to admit the F-35-liveried Mustang doesn’t look half bad.
As before, Ford will donate the unique Mustang to be sold, via auction, at the Gathering of Eagles charity event to support the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) Young Eagles program, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.8 million young people since 1992.
The one-off F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang is based on the 2015 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-liter Fastback and features a customized glossy and matte titanium paint scheme with distinctive F-35 Lightning II aircraft accents, as well as a carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser and rocker moldings.
On the inside, the car features performance gauges, modified instrument clusters, Recaro seats and embroidered F-35 Lightning II elements in the seats and floor mats, among other tweaks.
By Dan Mihalascu
Story references: Ford via mustang6g