Tricking out a tricked-out pickup

Alright, so this one isn't likely to see any fleet or business use — but it could. Ford Motor Co. made up a specialty F-150 Raptor pickup meant to echo design cues of a Lockheed Martin F-22 fighter jet that was auctioned at the Experimental Aircraft Assn.'s (EAA) annual AirVenture Oshkosh conference in Oshkosh, WI.

The production F-150 Raptor, which the OEM refers to as "an off-road trophy truck," already sports some extreme performance credentials, but this one boasts even more. Gary Ackerman of Gaudin Ford in Las Vegas purchased the F-22 F-150 Raptor for $300,000, benefitting the EAA Gathering of Eagles. That fundraiser event is held each year to support EAA's education programs and encourage youth involvement in flight, and Ford said it has raised more than $3 million for the event since 2008 by creating collector vehicles such as this Raptor for auction.

The specialty pickup "has found the perfect home," Ford noted, since Ackerman is Honorary Commander/Ambassador for the U.S. Air Force's F-22 squadron at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. 

545-hp courtesy ride around the base, anyone? Here's more in a video from Ford and EAA.


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