Heritage Flight 2015

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)
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Air Combat Command held the Heritage Flight Training Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Feb. 27 – March 1.

The annual aerial demonstration training event has been held at D-M since 2001, providing civilian and military pilots the opportunity to practice flying in formation for the upcoming air show season.

Established in 1997, the HFTCC features aerial demonstrations from historical and modern fighter aircraft which will fly in formation together during air shows across the country.

The aircraft that participated in this year’s HFTCC were the historic P-51 Mustang, P-40 Warhawk, P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt and the F-86 Sabre. ACC aircraft included the F-22 Raptor and the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot and crew chief communicate while preparing for a flight during the 2015 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 27, 2015. During the course, aircrews practiced ground and flight training to enable civilian pilots of historic military aircraft and U.S. Air Force pilots of current fighter aircraft to fly safely in formations together.

A P-47 Thunderbolt, P-40 Warhawk, P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustang fly in formation during the 2015 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Ariz., March 1, 2015. The annual aerial demonstration training event has been held at D-M since 2001, providing civilian and military pilots the opportunity to practice flying in formation together for the upcoming air show season.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon, two P-51 Mustangs and a P-47 Thunderbolt fly in formation together during the 2015 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 28, 2015. The aircraft that participated in this year’s course were the historic P-51 Mustang, P-40 Warhawk, P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt, F-86 Sabre, along with the current F-22 Raptor and F-16 Fighting Falcon.

An F-86 Sabre taxies on the flightline during the 2015 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 27, 2015. During the course, aircrews practiced ground and flight training to enable civilian pilots of historic military aircraft and U.S. Air Force pilots of current fighter aircraft to fly safely in formations together.

An F-86 Sabre, P-38 Lightning, F-16 Fighting Falcon and P-51 Mustang fly in formation during the 2015 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 28, 2015. Established in 1997, the HFTCC featured aerial demonstrations from historical and modern fighter aircraft which will fly in formation together during air shows across the country.

A P-51 Mustang is parked on the flightline during the 2015 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 28, 2015. The aircraft that participated in this year’s course were the historic P-51 Mustang, P-40 Warhawk, P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt, F-86 Sabre, along with the current F-22 Raptor and the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Spectators watch as a P-47 Thunderbolt, two P-51 Mustangs, and a F-16 Fighting Falcon fly in formation overhead during the 2015 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 28, 2015. During the course, aircrews practiced ground and flight training to enable civilian pilots of historic military aircraft and U.S. Air Force pilots of current fighter aircraft to fly safely in formations together.

An F-22 Raptor cuts through the clouds during the 2015 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 1, 2015. The annual aerial demonstration training event has been held at D-M since 2001, providing civilian and military pilots the opportunity to practice flying in formation for the upcoming air show season.

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