Ground Control to Ford Mustang

The NASA Apollo program was instituted to land people on the Moon.

The NASA Apollo program was instituted to land people on the Moon.

There were a total 11 spaceflights. The first four were to test equipment. The following seven were to put astronauts on the moon. Six of the seven succeeded. The other one, Apollo 13, turned into an Academy Award-nominated movie (it did win two, for sound and editing).

Here’s an amazing thing: the first Apollo flight was in 1968.

In 1969 Neil Armstrong stepped on the lunar surface.

Talk about fast product development.

The last Moon landing was in 1972.

In case you’re wondering about the relevance of this, it’s that Ford has designed a special-edition Mustang that will be auctioned this week, on July 23, at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 aviation event.

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It is the Apollo Edition Mustang.

Ford Design Manager Melvin Betancourt led a team that created the car, based on a 2015 Mustang GT with a 5.0-liter engine, with a special white and black paint scheme, a carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser, rocker moldings and accent treatments, and LED underbody lights (for that atmospheric re-entry look).

Ford board member Edsel B. Ford II explained the rational for this special vehicle: “The Apollo program delivered astonishing innovations in technology and achieved a national goal of landing the first human on the moon. The entire program was extraordinary—one of our nation’s greatest technological achievements. With this year’s stunning Apollo Edition Mustang, we salute that spirit of American ingenuity with the quintessential American automobile—Ford Mustang.”

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We’ll give Mr. Ford a pass for his braggadocio, as the proceeds of the auction of the car will go to EAA youth education program, and here’s hoping some of those young people will get the U.S. back to a vigorous manned space program.