Ford Honors WWII Women Airforce Service Pilots with Its Custom Mustang Mach-E

by Samantha Whidden

Ford Motor Company is auctioning a special edition of the Mustang Mach-E as a way to secure funds for charities that give young women and underserved youths more access to a career in the aviation industry. The auction will take place during the 2021 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture air show in Oshkosh Wisconsin.

The all-electric vehicle features decals of logos dedicated to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) Which consisted of members from the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) and Women’s Flying Training Detachment (WFTD). The group was started in 1943 and disbanded in 1944. Over thirty years later, the H.R. 3277 Bill was presented to a House subcommittee to recognize WASP service as active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and believe that members should be entitled to veterans’ benefits. President Jimmy Carter signed the bill into law in November of 1977. 

Kristen Keenan, Ford Designer who worked on the project, reveals in a press release, “It was hard not to get a little teary-eyed as we put the finishing touches on this vehicle. I have never worked on a memorial project before. Commemorating this group of women through the vehicle design was an honor.”

The special edition Mach-E will have a range of 270 miles and 346 hp. It is worth $55,330 and will be auctioned during the event on July 29th.

Ford Motor Company Share More Details About The Mustang Mach-E 

In a recent press release, Bill Ford, the Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company, shares details about the new Mustang Mach-E model.

“At the first-ever Detroit auto show, Henry Ford said he was working on something that would strike like forked lightning. That was the Model T. Today, the Ford Motor Company is proud to unveil a car that strikes like forked lightning all over again,” he said.

Bill also describes the all-electric Mustand Mach-E as fast, fun, and freedom. He states that the model is for a new generation of Mustang owners. The Mustang Mach-E is available with standard and extended-ranged battery and rear-wheel drive. Ford Motor explains that the model delivers an EPA-estimated range of at least 300 miles. It is targeting 346 horsepower and 428lb.-ft of torque. 

Ron Heiser, Ford Mustang Mach-E Chief Program Engineer, also states, “Thanks to the advances in battery technology, the Mustang Mach-E is the kind of car that gets people excited about driving. With a sporty, beautiful silhouette that delivers an incredible shape rarely seen in SUVs.”

Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s Chief Product Development and Purchasing Officer then comments the Mach-E model “wholeheartedly” rejects the notion that electric cars are only good at reducing gas consumption. “People want a car that’s thrilling to drive, that looks gorgeous and that can easily adapt to their lifestyle. And the Mustang Mach-E delivers all of this in unmatched style.”

The car manufacturing brand goes on to add that it has more than 2,100 EV-certified Ford dealers. More than 3,500 EV-trained technicians to support customers nationwide.