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A closer look at the one-off Blue Angels Mustang

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Blue Angels Ford Mustang GT

Last month we told you about the one-off Blue Angels Mustang GT that will be auctioned off at EAA AirVenture later this month. At the time we didn’t have much information about the car itself or any actual photos, but since then we’ve learned more about the car and have dozens of new images. We recently spoke with Melvin Betancourt, a design manager at Ford who was in charge of the project, and Gary Watson of Creations n’ Chrome, who built the car. Obviously the exterior of the Mustang is key to the theme of the car, and Betancourt said that the graphics were of utmost importance. “This year we wanted to pay homage to the Blue Angels, and one of the things that really resonates with the Blue Angels is the graphics – the blue with the yellow,” he told us.” We also something that was really out of the box, so that’s why we contacted Creations ‘n Chrome and had them start to formulate a blue that would resonate with the look of the plane.”

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The Southern California-based company made waves at SEMA last year with its “Pony Girl” Mustang, and they used the same paint technology to create the chrome blue found on the Blue Angels Mustang. “The car started off with a plane stock Kona Blue,” Watson told us. “We used the stock paint job as a primer, so we sand the stock finish with 800 grit sand paper, then we start the Spectra Chrome process. That consists of a real layer of silver sandwiched between two layers of automotive paint. So there’s a base coat that we apply to the stock finish, then we apply the silver nitrate, then we clearcoat that to protect it. At that point the car is just chrome. You do all of that in individual pieces – the entire car has to be taken apart and each one is chromed individually. Then you reassemble the entire car and completely candy it so that there’s no mismatching parts and they are all painted the same. Then you clearcoat that, sand the entire car again, apply all of the graphics and stripes, then clearcoat it for a third time, then you can color sand and polish it, then do final assembly. It’s almost like painting a car three times. We have over 600 hours into the paint job alone.”

Both Betancourt and Watson also wanted to make sure that the Blue Angels crest was done correctly on the car, and that meant painting it and not using a decal. “”One of the things that we wanted to do was make sure that the crest was correct. People that are true die-hard fans of the Blue Angels will pick up on anything that isn’t right, said Betancourt.” Watson was able to accurately hand paint the crest using a detailed stencil.

Blue Angels Ford Mustang

One of the cooler features of the car is the rear wing, which is a custom piece created by Ford. “It’s a one-off wing that we did for the car, although it might be something that we could be on future SEMA vehicles,” Betancourt revealed. The design uses styling cues from the wings on the F/18, and the number signifies that it’s the only Blue Angels Mustang in existence. “I was going to make it number 8, since the Blue Angels have six planes plus the trainer, which is number seven. But being that this is a car, we decided it should be number one,” Betancourt said.

For the interior, the Blue Angels Mustang mimics the flight suits that each of the pilots wears. The dual yellow stripes on the seats and belts mimic those on the flight suit, and yellow stitching can be found throughout the car. Even the rear seat delete from a Boss 302 Laguna Seca has been painted yellow. If you look closely, even the gauges have a Blue Angels theme, display “Ground Speed” on the speedometer alongside the Blue Angels and EAA AirVenture logos.

Exterior Features:

  • Creations ‘n Chrome custom blue chrome paint
  • Hand-painted stripes and graphics
  • Boss 302 front fascia
  • Custom rear wing
  • Custom faux gas cap
  • HRE 590RS wheels

Interior Features:

  • CustomRecaro leather and Alcantara seats with yellow stripes and stitching
  • Alcantara steering wheel with yellow stitching
  • Yellow stitching on door panel
  • Ford Racing dash-mounted triple gauges
  • Ford Racing start button
  • Custom Blue Angels floor mats
  • Custom Blue Angels gauges
  • Seat belts with dual yellow stripes
  • Boss 302 Laguna Seca rear seat delete painted yellow

Performance Features:

  • Ford Racing supercharger system
  • Ford Racing handling pack
  • Brembo front brakes
  • Ford Racing exhaust system
  • Ford Racing front brake ducts

The Blue Angels Mustang will be on display inside the Ford Hangar at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI from July 25-31. The car will be auctioned off to benefit the EAA Young Eagles program on July 28.

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