Every year, Ford builds a one-off aerospace-inspired vehicle to be auctioned at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh show to benefit the agency’s youth education programmes. Instead of the usual Mustang this year, however, the Blue Oval is using the F-150 Raptor as a starting point, and no aircraft lends itself better to the build than the one that shares the hardcore pick-up’s name – the F-22 Raptor.

Ford strove to create a visual link to Lockheed Martin’s fearsome stealth fighter, dressing the truck in grey and adding red pinstriping and F-22 script along the flanks. The plane can also be found on the front grille and door mirror lights, and you’ll find carbon fibre exterior trim (such as the wheel arches), roof-mounted LED lighting and more F-22 lettering emblazoned on the tailgate, too.

Meanwhile, the 3.5 litre twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 has been given a Whipple intercooler to boost output from 450 hp to a massive 545 hp. The Raptor has also been given uprated suspension, brakes and wheels to improve its off-road capabilities still further, plus a purpose-built sound system and interior modifications.

The Raptor-inspired, er, Raptor will be auctioned at the EAA’s Gathering of Eagles at the EAA Aviation Museum on July 27. Ford’s specialty vehicles have so far raised over US$3 million for EAA’s youth initiatives.


GALLERY: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor