Ford has released a special version of the Mustang Mach-E electric crossover dedicated to female pilots. The car was built in a single copy, and it will be possible to buy it only at an auction, which will be held as part of the Oshkosh air show. The livery of the electric car resembles the painting of planes used by volunteers of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during World War II. The number “38” on the front and in the cabin is the number of program participants who did not return from assignments.
The United States Air Force Women’s Pilot Service was established on August 5, 1943, although the preceding WFTD and WAFS had operated since September 42nd. Civilians were recruited into it, but they had to fly on military aircraft, for example, Martin B-26 Marauder bombers, nicknamed “The Widowmaker”: during training flights, many of these machines were crashed, and the men refused to sit in them. WASP members trained recruits, conducted tests and towed targets for shooting, as well as ferried aircraft to Europe, transported ammunition and fighters.
The service was disbanded in December 1944. By this time, the total flight time of its pilots was more than 96 million kilometers, and the death toll reached 38 people. Volunteers of the “Women’s Service” were not recognized as military personnel, so they were not entitled to any honors – the title of war veterans was awarded to the participants of the program only in 1977. And in March 2010, the surviving WASP pilots received one of the highest civilian awards in the United States – the Congressional Gold Medal.
For the Oshkosh air show, which opened on July 26, Ford has prepared a special version of the Mustang Mach-E dedicated to the heroes of the WASP. The electric car was adorned with a livery in the style of military aircraft, a star of the US Air Force, and logos with wings. The car will be sold at an auction, and all the proceeds will be used to support women pilots and young pilots who, for various reasons, have no access to large aviation. This project will be on a par with the Old Crow Mustang GT, Eagle Squadron Mustang, Ole Yeller Mustang and Mustang Apollo Edition.