Ford is reaching for the sky.
The renowned automaker is giving its well-loved truck, the F-150 Raptor, a facelift that’s bound to reach new heights in this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh event. Ford will be unveiling the custom truck to public auction at the annual EAA Gathering of Eagles on July 27 and based on the pictures we’re seeing, it’s going to be one for the books!
Designed by Ford design manager Melvin Betancourt, the tricked-out F-150 Raptor is inspired by the Lockheed F-22 Raptor, a stealth fighter jet that’s been hovering in the skies for more than a decade now. A lot of cosmetic upgrades have been put into place, but the most noticeable of them is the F-22 grille.
In terms of performance, Ford equipped the F-22 truck with an altered, higher-output version of the standard EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 and a couple of suspension and braking enhancements.
What makes this Ford extra special is that it is set to benefit the EAA’s youth aviation programs, which, according to EAA vice president Dave Chaimson, will help “thousands of young people to discover, enjoy, and pursue aviation.”
“The unique F-22 version of the tremendously popular Ford F-150 Raptor truck will be an enormously popular highlight of the Gathering of Eagles auction, and we’re very grateful for Ford’s support for our initiatives,” he said.
So if you’re big about aviation, this might just be the truck for you!