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X-1 Mustang

Air Force Challenger 'Vapor' car and Ford Mustang car.

DAYTON, Ohio -- The stealth-black Air Force Challenger 'Vapor' car and the 'X-1' Mustang on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Both of these vehicles were previously used as mobile marketing assets by Air Force recruiting and Air Force sponsored events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

The X-1 Mustang is named after the first aircraft to break the speed of sound. The Mustang was one of two custom-built cars commissioned by the Air Force Recruiting Service in 2009 for its Project Supercar recruiting campaign.

Built by Galpin Auto Sports of Van Nuys, Calif., this fully customized Ford Mustang showcases U.S. Air Force ingenuity, state-of-the-art technology, and innovation.

The cabin is styled after a fighter cockpit, with an ejection seat in the center and a short shifter, a flight stick, and an advanced instrument panel. Other features include a concealed, motorized steering wheel, custom foot pedals, GPS transponder, and night and thermal vision displays. The X-1 Mustang was powered by a 500-horsepower, 4.6 liter engine.

The car toured the U.S. for a decade with the Air Force Recruiting Service educating the public on opportunities for officers and enlisted Airmen.


Mask Policy:
In accordance with the updated guidance released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense (DoD) and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will require all visitors to wear face masks indoors effective July 30, 2021 until further notice.

Visitors ages three and up will be required to wear masks while indoors at the museum. This policy applies to all visitors, staff and volunteers regardless of vaccination status. Visitors may wear their own masks or a free paper mask will be provided. Cloth masks will also be available for purchase in the Museum Store.
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