A Blue Oval-donated one-of-a-kind 2017 Ford F-22 F-150 Raptor sells for $300,000 at the recent Gathering of Eagles charity auction held at AirVenture Oshkosh 2017.
Ford and the Young Eagles
Since 1953 the Experimental Aircraft Association has sponsored a week-long annual celebration of aviation that, beginning in 1970, has been held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Among its many supporters, Ford Motor Company is also its exclusive automotive partner.
This year, Ford created a one-of-a kind, special edition F-150 that joins nine special Mustangs it's offered at previous AirVenture gatherings. And like those pony cars, the specially-modified Raptor crossed the block at a charity auction that was held at the event.
The proceeds from the sale, as in previous years, will benefit the EAA Young Eagles program - which, since 1992, has provided free introductory flights to more than two million young people. Gary Ackerman of Gaudin Ford in Las Vegas, Nevada placed the winning bid of $300,000. Not by coincidence, Ackerman also serves as Honorary Commander/Ambassador for the United States Air Force's F-22 Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
F-150 and F-22 Raptors
"Few things are as streamlined, as gloriously intimidating as the shape, metallic color and sinister speed a fighter jet represents," said Ford design manager Melvin Betancourt who, along with Ford Performance, led the design and engineering of the F-22 F-150 Raptor. "The simple, extreme functionality of the cockpit alone proved inspiring, prompting the team to create matte finishes, purposeful gauges, controls for ready proximity and dramatic LED lighting for the instrument panel."
2017 F-22 F-150 Raptor
As the first "one-of-a-kind" F-150, the F-22 F-150 Raptor features a custom Sherwin-Williams exterior paint that includes F-22 Raptor jet cues. The exterior features a custom titanium grille with the front silhouette of the aircraft. Interior modifications also include jet-inspired design cues.
F-22 F-150 Raptor components include:
• Whipple-intercooled, high-output 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 developing 545 horsepower and 660 lb-ft of torque
• Modified Addictive Desert Design front suspension and bump stop kit
• Deaver rear spring pack
• Fox bypass series shocks with adjustable compression and rebound valving
• Innov8 Racing custom forged beadlock wheels
• Falcon Wildpeak tires
• Alcon six-piston painted calipers, oversized rotors, high-friction pads
• KC Hilites modular off-road 1.3-million candela LED lighting system
• Kicker 1,500 watt audio system
• Amp Research power retracting steps
• DeBerti two-tire, gas and ProEagle jack holder
• LineX sprayed bedliner
• Borla stainless-steel cat-back exhaust with carbon fiber tips
• DeBerti carbon fiber fender flares, hood and fender vents
• Paint hand-cut and polished by Independent Detail
Past AirVenture Vehicles
Previous, one-of-a kind vehicles, all Mustangs, sold at auction include:
2008 - Mustang AV8R, with cues from the F-22 "Raptor"
2009 - AV-X10 "Dearborn Doll" Mustang crafted in honor of World War II aircraft
2010 - SR-71 "Blackbird" Mustang by Carroll Shelby and Jack Roush
2011 - "Blue Angels" Mustang celebrating 100 years of United States naval aviation
2012 - "Red Tails" Mustang paid homage to P-51 Mustang Tuskegee Airmen pilots
2013 - "Thunderbirds" Mustang, celebrated 60th years of the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds
2014 - "F-35 Lightning" Mustang, with design cues from the F-35 Lightning fighter jet
2015 - "Apollo" Edition Mustang, evoking the livery of the Saturn V Apollo launch rocket
2016 - Shelby GT350 Mustang "Ole Yeller"
Note: Collectively, Ford auction vehicles have now raised over $3 million since 2008 to support the Young Eagles program.