Air Force R.A.P.T.O.R. on display at Vidalia Onion Festival
MOODY AIR FORCE BASE,
Ga. -- An
Air Force Raptor will be on display at the Vidalia Onion Festival air
show April 12 and 13, but it’s not what you’d expect from the world’s
premiere Air and Space Force.
In fact, this RAPTOR
isn’t even an aircraft – it’s a new SUV, and RAPTOR stands for Reaching
America’s Public To Optimize Recruiting. The RAPTOR is a vehicle
designed to attract young and old and to offer a glimpse of what the Air
Force is all about. A three-minute recruiting video presentation
captivates audiences of all ages, and shows qualified applicants exactly
what America’s Air Force has to offer.
This new mobile
marketing tool reconnects the Air Force to the American public, promotes
the Air Force Cross into the Blue recruiting campaign, and collects data
on people interested in joining the Air Force.
The truck, before
modifications, was a 2003 GMC Yukon XL. Now, the SUV has a blue, white
and gray paint scheme featuring the “Cross into the Blue” logo and Air
Force symbol. The official Air Force web site and phone number are also
featured on the RAPTOR SUV and trailer.
The customized RAPTOR
SUV features a backlit billet grill on the front below the Air Force
symbol. The 20” custom wheels have self-balancing custom-center caps
featuring the Air Force symbol. The interior is leather with the Air
Force symbol embroidered on the headrests.
entertainment center features a FLATRON 42’’ TV-120V plasma screen,
resolution 640 X 480 VGA over 160 degree viewing angle. The multi-input
head unit has CD, DVD, AM/FM and public address capabilities. An
after-market PlayStation 2 video game system was added to further
enhance the recruiting mission. Video games include an Air Force flight
simulator and NASCAR Thunder 2003, where race fans can get behind the
wheel of the Cross Into the Blue No. 21 car.
The back end of the
SUV boasts a full-range sound system with four 10-inch sub woofers, two
6.5-inch mid-range speakers, four 2-inch high-end tweeters, two
amplifiers and a DVD player. The molded speakers are enclosed in the
cargo area of the SUV, and the DVD/CD ROM have direct interface to the
The first production
of RAPTOR SUV was delivered to Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, in
October 2002. Thirty-one RAPTOR SUVs nationwide, provide every
recruiting unit a marketing platform to reconnect the Air Force with the
Photos of the Raptor --
Air Force Recruiting:
The Air Force symbol:
POC: Staff Sgt. Sonny Cohrs, 336th
Recruiting Squadron Public Affairs
[email protected], Voice: 229-257-2987, Cell: