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A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II, F-16 Fightning Falcon, F-22 Raptor, A-10C Thunderbolt II  and P-51 Mustang fly in formation during the 2018 Heritage Flight Training and Cerification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 4, 2018. During the course, aircrews practice ground and flight training to enable civilian pilots of historic military aircraft and U.S. Air Force pilots of current fighter aircraft to fly safely in formations together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer) Heritage Flight: making a connection
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz., -- The U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course demonstrates the evolution of the USAF's airpower by flying today’s fighter aircraft in formation with World War II, Korean and Vietnam War - era aircraft. The training includes a performance of formations by current USAF fighters such as F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-35 Lightning II, F-22 Raptor and A-10 Thunderbolt II along with historical warbirds like the P-51 Mustang, P-38 Lightning, P-40 Warhawk and F-86 Sabre.
0 3/05
2018
DM hosts the annual Heritage Flight Training course prior to the air show season as a familiarization opportunity for active duty pilots to fly in formation with WWII and Korean-era planes. Heritage Flight Training Course dazzles DM community
Davis-Monthan Air Force base hosts the annual Heritage Flight Training course prior to the air show season as a familiarization opportunity for active duty pilots to fly in formation with WWII and Korean-era planes. Each morning prior to the day’s training sorties, the ramp is open to service members, veterans, and their families.
0 3/05
2018
U.S. Army Air Corps pilots assigned to the 79th Fighter Squadron fly P-51 Mustangs, Sept. 11, 1944. 100 years, all for freedom
The 79th Fighter Squadron, “Tigers,” is scheduled to celebrate its 100-year anniversary on Feb. 22, at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.
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2018
Col Robert Kirtley enjoys a soft drink as a young Captain on a flight line. He was born July 26, 1917 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is a WWII and Korean War veteran who served in the Air Force for more than 25 years. He graduated from Wofford College, and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1940. His first assignment was with the 27th Pursuit Squadron, First Pursuit Group, at Selfridge Field, Michigan. Air Force veteran turns 100
Robert Kirtley was born July 26, 1917, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is a WWII and Korean War veteran who served in the Air Force for more than 25 years. Like many men from his generation he has mastered the art of the understatement. On turning 100, he said, “Well, one hundred years is a long time,” and reflecting on some of the most vicious fighting during WWII, he said, “I didn’t really fancy getting shot at.”
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2017
A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II and a P-47 Thunderbolt fly in formation during the 2017 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 10, 2017. The annual aerial demonstration training event has been held at D-M since 2001. The modern aircraft that participated in this year’s HFTCC were the F-35 Lightning II, the F-22 Raptor, F-16 Fighting Falcon and the A-10C Thunderbolt II. The historic aircraft included the P-51 and T-51 Mustangs, the P-40 Warhawk, the P-38 Lightning, the P-47 Thunderbolt, the T-33 Shooting Star and the F-86 Sabre. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier) 2017 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course
A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II and a P-47 Thunderbolt fly in formation during the 2017 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 10, 2017. The annual aerial demonstration training event has been held at D-M since 2001. The modern aircraft that participated in this year’s HFTC were the F-35 Lightning II, the F-22 Raptor, F-16 Fighting Falcon and the A-10C Thunderbolt II. The historic aircraft included the P-51 and T-51 Mustangs, the P-40 Warhawk, the P-38 Lightning, the P-47 Thunderbolt, the T-33 Shooting Star and the F-86 Sabre
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2017
Four F-22 Raptors from the 27th Fighter Squadron out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., fly in formation below a 434th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker from Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., prior to a flyover in Tipton, Ind., Sept. 29, 2016.  The flyover was part of a memorial ceremony for Army Air Corps Lt. Robert McIntosh, who passed away after his aircraft crashed during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Col. Hiram Gates) Airmen fly, pay homage to fallen aviator
Army Air Corps 1st Lt. Robert McIntosh, 27th Fighter Squadron, was a fighter pilot during World War II whose plane, a P-38 Lightning, disappeared in Italy on May 12, 1944. In September 2013, the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (now DPAA) received information from private citizens regarding the partial excavation of a crash site in Santa Cristina, Italy. The citizens found evidence which confirmed this was McIntosh’s crash site. McIntosh was honored on Sept. 29 with a flyover in Tipton, Indiana by a formation of F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft from the 27 Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB Va.
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2016
The remains of U.S. Army Air Corps 1st Lt. Robert L. McIntosh were recently found after more than 72 years after his disappearance and were laid to rest in his hometown of Tipton, Indiana, Aug. 13, 2016. In 1944, the 27th Fighter Squadron P-38 Lightning pilot  departed Foggia Airfield, Italy, on a strafing mission and never returned. Laid to rest: Fighter pilot remains found 72 years later
Seventy-two years ago, an Army Air Forces P-38 Lightning pilot from the 27th Fighter Squadron departed Foggia Airfield, Italy, on a strafing mission and never returned. After several attempts to locate the missing pilot, the remains of 1st Lt. Robert L. McIntosh have finally been found and were laid to rest in his hometown of Tipton, Indiana, Aug. 13, 2016.
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2016
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