Mustang Heads to the Final Frontier

By | May 13, 2014
Ford recently launched a 2015 Mustang into the heavens in celebration of the car's 50th anniversary. San Francisco-area Ford zone sales manager Michael Sego and managing partner of Big Valley Ford in Stockton, Calif., along with a group of friends became the first people to send a Mustang into space. Back in 1961, Ford was developing the first Mustang, and around the same time, astronauts were first starting to take their first steps into space. "We wanted to celebrate 50 years of Mustang and the impending arrival of the all-new 2014 Mustang by doing something really special. Mustang has always been about getting behind the wheel and hitting the open road, but we decided to take to the open sky," said Sego in a statement. The 2015 Ford Mustang was strapped into a high-altitude weather balloon, drawing inspiration from Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner, who created a custom helium-filled balloon and rose nearly 128,000 feet above the earth. Sego and Kubitz added a rod to the side instrumentation box on their high-altitude weather balloon and then mounted a Revell Mustang model kit to the rod with action cameras to film the occasion.
At the height of its travel, the 2015 Mustang kit reached 110,000 feet, roughly 21 miles above the earth, before it came back down. To check out the Mustang in space, watch the video below. Source: Ford