Ford will be attending this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed with a special Mustang GT paying tribute to American pilots who flew with the Royal Air Force during World War II.
Every year, the company has developed a vehicle (usually a Mustang) with a historic Air Force theme and taken it to the annual Gathering of Eagles in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (to then be auctioned off in support of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth education programs), but this year the special unique car will, fittingly, debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 before making its way to Oshkosh.
Created by Ford Performance and RTR Vehicles (the Charlotte, NC-customizing shop founded by World Champion drifter Vaughn Gittin, Jr.), the Eagle Squadron Mustang GT pays tribute to American fighter pilots who served in the RAF, based near Goodwood, during World War II. The squadrons were made up of volunteer pilots who fought the Luftwaffe in the skies over North Europe prior to the US’s entering the war.
RTR Vehicles specializes in Mustang modifications, fitting the Eagle Squadron Mustang GT with a 700-hp supercharged version of the 5.0-litre V-8. The custom carbon-fibre wide body kit fits over mechanicals that include a Tactical Performance suspension kit. Gittin, Jr. will pilot the car up the hill at Goodwood before the car is relegated to a static display,
“We are honoured to have the Eagle Squadron Mustang GT making its debut at Goodwood,” said The Duke of Richmond and Gordon, founder of Goodwood Festival of Speed. “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.”