DAYTON — The Vapor Special Operations Supercar, one of two custom-built automobiles commissioned by the Air Force Recruiting Service from 2009-2016 for its “Project Supercar” recruiting campaign, was recently transferred to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and is now on display in the museum’s third building.
The museum is at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn.
This fully customized Dodge Challenger was built by Galpin Auto Sports of Van Nuys, California, and is outfitted with special gullwing doors, a carbon fiber body kit, and a “stealth” exhaust system that, when activated, allows the Vapor to run almost silently. Its features include cutting edge technology used by the Air Force, such as a forward looking infrared system for night operation and a high-resolution 360-degree surveillance camera with 1/4 mile range.
In addition, the car’s blacked-out “command center” interior is equipped with aircraft style controls, a passenger side steering wheel, and a windshield head-up display with both night and thermal vision capability, and its advanced computer system allows remote operation from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
The Vapor Supercar toured the U.S. for more than seven years with the Air Force Recruiting Service, educating the public on opportunities for officers and enlisted airmen by showcasing U.S. Air Force ingenuity, state-of the-art technology, and innovation.
According to National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Deputy Director and Senior Curator Krista Strider, having the Vapor Supercar on display at the museum will not only allow visitors to appreciate the advanced technology and unique aspects of the car, but could also lead to some extended mileage for its recruiting mission.
“The special features and innovative technology associated with the Vapor Supercar is really interesting for visitors to see,” said Strider. “A major part of the museum’s mission is to inspire our youth toward an Air Force or STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career, and the Vapor Supercar is another asset that we can utilize to help us accomplish that goal.”