F-35 Heritage Flight: Demonstration Team

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)

Maj. Will Andreotta, 61st Fighter Squadron heritage flight pilot, sits in the cockpit of an F-35 Lightning II during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course Feb. 10, 2017, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Heritage and demonstration teams need to be certified annually to participate in open houses and air shows worldwide.

An F-22 Raptor and two P-51 Mustangs fly in formation during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course Feb. 9, 2017, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Heritage and demonstration teams need to be certified annually to participate in open houses and air shows worldwide.

The F-35 Heritage Flight Demonstration program has flown aircraft during open houses and air shows across the country. This year is the third in which the F-35 Lightning II has participated in the heritage program. From Feb. 9 to Feb. 12, 2017, the F-35 flew in formations with several aircraft during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The purpose of this course was to prepare aircraft teams for air shows they are scheduled to travel to throughout the season.