U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight
In 1997, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), the Heritage Flight program was founded. The performances of the Heritage Flight program feature modern day fighter and attack aircraft flying alongside World War II, Korea and Vietnam-era aircraft in a dramatic display of our nation’s air power history. In December 2010, the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation (AFHFF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed to keep this popular program flying, with the primary charitable mission of providing Heritage Flights to the public.
Since then, the foundation has been celebrating U.S. air power history by providing 40–60 annual Heritage Flight demonstrations around the world. Heritage Flights are flown at events ranging from open houses and air shows to sporting events, parades and funerals. The team currently consists of nine civilian pilots qualified to fly vintage warbirds in formation with modern USAF single-ship demonstration teams and F-4 pilots. Their formations serve as a living memorial to the men and women who have served—or are currently serving—in the U.S. Air Force, proudly flying in support of USAF recruiting and retention efforts.
This year’s flight will highlight the USAF F-16 as it flies alongside the P-51 Mustang.