Ford 'F-22' Raptor is a one-off that'll be auctioned to support young pilots

Ford F-150 F-22 Raptor lead
  • Ford F-150 F-22 Raptor
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  • Ford F-150 F-22 Raptor lead
  • Ford F-150 F-22 Raptor plane
  • Ford F-150 F-22 Raptor top
  • Ford F-150 F-22 Raptor side
On July 27th, this very special Ford F-150 Raptor could be yours. That is, if you win the auction at the annual Experimental Aircraft Association Gathering of Eagles event at AirVenture Oshkosh 2017. The winning bid will net this truck, which was built by the Ford Performance team led by Melvin Betancourt, Ford design manager.

The aviation connection should be clear: It's inspired by the Lockheed F-22 Raptor, a stealth air superiority fighter that's been in the skies for a little more than a decade. The cosmetic changes are pretty obvious (check out that F-22 grille), but Ford Performance didn't stop there. There's a tweaked, higher-output version of the standard EcoBoost twin-turbo V6. This one has Whipple intercoolers and other unspecified performance modifications, including suspension and braking upgrades.

The auction will benefit the EAA's youth aviation programs, which help "thousands of young people to discover, enjoy, and pursue aviation," said Dave Chaimson, EAA's vice president of marketing and business development. If you're an aviation buff with a special place in your heart for the F-22, that sounds like a cause worth supporting to us.

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