Ford and Roush Collaborate on "Old Crow" Mustang GT to Mark D-Day Anniversary

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    FORD, ROUSH PERFORMANCE COLLABORATE ON ‘OLD CROW’ MUSTANG GT BUILD TO MARK 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY, SUPPORT FUTURE PILOTS

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    JUN 6, 2019 | DEARBORN, MICH.

    DEARBORN, Mich., June 6, 2019 – Ford and Roush Performance salute World War II flying ace Col. Bud Anderson with a preview of the one-off “Old Crow” Ford Mustang GT, inspired by the P-51 Mustang airplanes Anderson flew in combat.

    Anderson, a triple ace fighter pilot, flew two combat tours and 116 missions in his P-51 Mustangs he nicknamed Old Crow. He was never hit by enemy fire, including while providing aerial support to Allied troops on D-Day. Anderson spent more than six continuous hours in flight that day in his P-51 Mustang.

    Built by Roush Performance to mark the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, the “Old Crow” Ford Mustang GT will be auctioned July 25 at “The Gathering” annual auction during the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 2019 AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Aviation Foundation, which encourages and educates the next generation of pilots.

    “This year’s design is especially fitting for the 75-year commemoration of D-Day and the special place we reserve for heroes like Col. Anderson and countless others who demonstrated unparalleled valor and sacrifice,” said Craig Metros, Ford design director. “It’s an annual highlight for many on the Ford design team to pay homage to our war heroes by creating a custom tribute vehicle to support the next generation of aviators.”

    The “Old Crow” Ford Mustang GT wears an authentic paint scheme and badging similar to that of Anderson’s P-51 Mustangs and features the signatures of Anderson, Roush Enterprises Founder Jack Roush, Edsel Ford II and members of the Ford design team. It packs a ROUSH/Ford Performance supercharger that helps create 700+ heart-pounding horsepower, along with additional Ford Performance parts.

    Ford has supported the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture for 21 years, building and donating 11 custom-designed vehicles to help raise more than $3.5 million to date. These include the 2018 Eagle Squadron Mustang, 2016 “Ole Yeller” Mustang and 2015 Mustang Apollo Edition. Of the vehicles Ford has donated for auction at AirVenture, the 2008 Mustang AV8R sold for the highest price of $500,000.

    Anderson, 97, earned more than 25 decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and Air Medal. He flew two tours with the 363rd Fighter Squadron of the 357th Fighter Group and is recognized as the third leading ace with 16 aerial victories.

    The P-51 Mustang is a single seat, single engine fighter originally produced in 1940 by North American Aviation. Variations of the plane were used in WWII and Korean War, among other conflicts, and specialized in long range, high altitude escorts. Roush, a longtime friend of Anderson’s, has previously restored a vintage P-51 Mustang airplane with “Old Crow” badging to honor Anderson.

    Look for additional details on the “Old Crow” Ford Mustang GT to be revealed in the coming weeks.

    Bidding at “The Gathering” auction is open to all interested parties. Bids can be made in person or remotely online.

    To learn more about Experimental Aircraft Association, Aviation Foundation, youth programs and AirVenture, including bidding on the “Old Crow” Ford Mustang GT, call 920.426.6573 or email [email protected].


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    As much as I love the idea behind these P51's cars they seem to do every few years, or yearly, which ever it is. I always think they just look terrible.
     
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    I get that, but I'm sure they could also do it and look tasteful at the same time. That said I'm still glad they do them.
     
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    Many accolades to Jack Roush, and Edsel Ford II for paying tribute to the plane that won the war.

    A big "thanks for your service to your country" to Col. Bud Anderson and the rest of his generation that saved the free world! :flag:

    Awesome looking car! :like:
     
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    Anytime you do something like this i believe it is key to keep in mind that the aircraft were painted to stand out from the rest of the pack and the only way to do that was to be over the top. The car i think is spot on for what they want to do
     
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    I had a 2008 P51A ROUSH stage 3 there were 150 of them I had # 64 I loved the car but in 2015 it was a low mileage gt it had 7000 on the od when I sold it ,was just too nice to drive I was always worried where I parked it and ect Ifinally sold it in 17 to buy a newer gt .
     
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    Dude killed some Nazis
     
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    He's a close friend of Chuck Yeager too. They flew together in WW2.
     
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    I saw the Old Crow at an air show last summer, and they had Mr. Anderson and a handful of other pilots on hand telling stories from the day over the PA while the planes did their thing. Talk about adventures. I was humbled.

    The Greatest Generation, indeed.
     
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    An airplane is an airplane and a car is a car, just as a man is a man and a woman is a woman. The only problem today is that some folks can't figure it out even when they look in their own underwear and try to call it something it isn't.
     
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    Here's a '73 tribute. Not one of my fave body styles but as an AvNerd I appreciate what it's all about. Imagen1a.jpg
     
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