Heritage Flight

20th ANNUAL HERITAGE FLIGHT TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION COURSE UNDERWAY AT DAVIS-MONTHAN AFB

By Dario Leone
Feb 12 2017
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Established in 1997, the HFTCC certifies civilian pilots of historic military aircraft and U.S. Air Force pilots to fly in formation together during the upcoming air show season

Air Combat Command is hosting the 20th annual Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course (HFTCC) at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB), Ariz., Feb. 9-12.

As explained by Senior Airman Ashley N. Steffen, 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, in his article Heritage Flight 2017: 20 years of training, the HFTCC was established in 1997 with the aim to provide civilian and military pilots the opportunity to practice flying in formation for upcoming air shows across the nation.

The aerial demonstration training event allows a past and present display of airpower. The event offers a view of the historic P-51 Mustang, P-40 Warhawk, P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt and the F-86 Sabre, mixed with the modern A-10C Thunderbolt II, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II.

Charles Hainline, P-47 Thunderbolt pilot, prepares to take off during the 2016 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 6, 2016. The annual aerial demonstration training event has been held at D-M since 2001, the course featured aerial demonstrations from historical and modern fighter aircraft.

Photo credit: Senior Airman Chris Massey and Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby / U.S. Air Force


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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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