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Special edition Ford Mustang pays tribute to WW2’s RAF Eagle Squadrons

3 Jul 2018

Ford will pay tribute to US fighter pilots who served in the RAF during World War II with a special edition Mustang.

Set to be unveiled at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 on July 12th, the one-of-a-kind Mustang GT takes inspiration from the RAF Eagle Squadrons that flew over the fields of Goodwood nearly 80 years ago.

The Squadrons comprised a diverse group of American volunteer pilots who risked their lives fighting in the skies over northern Europe, including the British coast and France before the US entered the war.

World champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. will drive the Eagle Squadron Mustang GT up the hill on the opening day of Goodwood, but if you miss it, the one-off Mustang will be on static display throughout the rest of the festival.

Under the bonnet is a 700bhp five-litre V8 engine with a Ford Performance supercharger, RTR carbon fibre wide-body kit and Tactical Performance suspension package, ensuring it does the RAF Eagle Squadrons justice.

The Duke of Richmond and Gordon, founder of Goodwood Festival of Speed, said it was an honour to have such a significant car make its debut at Goodwood.

He commented: “The car was inspired by the American volunteer pilots who fought with the RAF in World War II, while Goodwood’s RAF Westhampnett hosted US Airforce squadrons too, so it is completely appropriate to have the car here in this, our Silver Jubilee year, while the RAF celebrates its centenary.”

This one-off Mustang won’t be available to the general public, but there are thousands of leasing deals for the Convertible and Fastback models right now.