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Mustang's SR-71 Blackbird at Airventure

by GlobalAir.com 14. July 2010 15:36
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It may not have wings, but we bet this blackbird will sing in the dead of night alright, sing right off the asphalt.

Combine the two largest names behind powerful Mustang designs and you come up with the Shelby-Roush SR-71 Blackbird Mustang.


Built to resemble the fast-as-lightning surveillance aircraft of the same designation and nickname, this one-off build will be displayed before being auctioned off at Airventure to raise money for the EAA Young Eagles program.

Based on a 2011 GT aluminum 32-valve 5.0 V8 with a glass roof, an additional 100 hp comes from a supercharger and exhaust tuning and tips. A racing handling pack lowers it an inch and lets it grip the road like a glove.

Back and gray matte exterior paint set off the SR-71 themed graphics. In some ways, the partnership has been more than 45 years in the making. The first Mustang was produced the same year as the first SR-71 flight, 1964.

The two-seater cabin includes a roll-cage, racing seats and fire extinguisher.  The signatures of Jack Roush and Carroll Shelby are embroidered into the seats, and special gauges and instrument-cluster graphics have been added.

It will be on display at the Ford Hangar at Oshkosh until the auction on July 29. Thinking of placing a bid? Ford offerings at Oshkosh in the past have fetched around a half-million dollars. Check out the full specs see more photos here.

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