As D-Day celebrations continue across the world, Roush Performance has taken the wraps off a one-off, commemorative Ford Mustang.

The “Old Crow” Mustang GT commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Developed in collaboration with Ford Performance, the bespoke “Old Crow” edition features an array of unique touches.

The vehicle honors World War II ace Colonel Bud Anderson’s legendary P-51D Mustang fighter aircraft.

“The team at Roush Performance is proud to have worked alongside Ford to build this tribute to one of America’s greatest WWII heroes,” Jack Roush Jr said.

“Roush has stood by Col Anderson since my father recreated Bud’s P-51B Mustang and there couldn’t be a better way to honor a living legend than with this incredible car.”

Anderson, 97, a triple ace fighter pilot, flew two combat tours and 116 missions for the 8th Air Force’s 357th Fighter Group, 363rd Fighter Squadron and is recognised as its third leading ace with 16 aerial victories.

He flew in P-51 Mustangs and named each of the airplanes “Old Crow.”

During his service, Anderson was never hit by enemy fire, including the time he spent in the air supporting Allied troops on D-Day.

He spent more than six continuous hours in flight that day in the last of his three P-51B Mustangs.

Anderson earned more than 25 decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and Air Medal in recognition of his heroism.

The “Old Crow” Mustang GT features a Ford/Roush Performance TVS R2650 supercharger that boosts output of the 5.0-litre V8 to 538kW.

In honor of the original, the “Old Crow” Ford Mustang GT wears an authentic paint scheme and badging similar to that of Anderson’s P-51D Mustang.

Look for additional details of the “Old Crow” Ford Mustang GT in coming weeks.

 

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