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Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course

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.

This training ensures they are certified to fly safely in close formations and primed for the upcoming national and international air shows for the season.

The Heritage Flight program began in March 1997, only a couple of years after ACC was activated.

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

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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