Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Davis-Monthan to host Heritage Flight certification program

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -  There will be some unusual aircraft flying in the skies above Tucson this February, as the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course will take place at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. 

According to a recent D-M release, the event takes place Feb. 9 - 12, with aircraft and personnel arriving Feb. 7 and 8.  

HFTCC is attended by civilian pilots (in historic aircraft) and Air Force pilots in current fighter aircraft. The two groups practice flying in formation together to receive their certification to participate in Heritage Flight events. Heritage flights, at airshows across the U.S., help raise public awareness of the Air Force mission and to commemorate its history.  

Historic aircraft expected to participate in the 2017 program are: P-51 Mustang, the P-47 Thunderbolt, the P-38 Lightning and the F-86 Sabre. (This could change as the number and types of historic aircraft are still being finalized). The modern aircraft to participate are the F-35 Lightning II, the F-22 Raptor, the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the A-10C Thunderbolt II. 


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