Here's what 70 years of US air superiority looks like
The P-38 Lightnings, P-40 Warhawks, P-47 Thunderbolts, and P-51 Mustangs, that ruled the skies during World War II flew alongside the F-16s, F-22s, and the F-35 in this moving tribute to the US’s military aviation.
“The best thing about being a part of Heritage Flight is the impact that is has on people when they see us at an airshow,” said Dan Friedkin, the founder of the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation and demonstration pilot, Airman Magazine reports.
“The music, the sound of the airplanes, and the visuals, inspire great feelings. It makes people proud to be an American, proud of the US Air Force and happy to see others inspired.”
See the highlights of the flights below:
The aircraft, old and new, have to be meticulously maintained by the airmen.
93-year-old Fred Roberts, a World War II P-51 Mustang pilot who took it to the Luftwaffe, was a hit at the event. “I love joking with young pilots and talking about our ventures,” Roberts said. “It truly puts a visual to the lineage of the aircraft.”
Here’s a view from inside the Mustang’s cockpit with the pilot who flew in the Heritage Flight.
A look at the F-86’s cockpit. The Sabre was a staple of the Korean War.
An airman and his son take in the sights.
The P-40 was first produced in 1939, but thanks to the maintainers at the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation, this cockpit looks like it just rolled off the line.
An F-16 gets ready to join the formation.
Here an F-22 Raptor leads the pack of heritage fighters, but there is an even newer aircraft at the show …
Four generations and over 70 years of US Army Air Corps / US Air Force air superiority, and the technological leaps that maintained it, are represented by a single formation of an F-22 “Raptor”, F-86 “Sabre”, F-16 “Fighting Falcon” and a P-51D “Mustang” during the Heritage Flight Training Course at Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, Ariz., Mar 5, 2016.
… the F-35 Lightning II.
Here’s the business end of the F-35’s namesake, the F-38 Lightning.
Here they are flying together …
… and side by side.
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