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F-22 to attend Heritage Flight Conference

March 1, 2006 (by Jeff Hollenbeck) - If you're a fan of the F-22 Raptor, we have some good news for you. The F-22 will attend this year's Heritage Flight Conference at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tuscon, AZ in preparation for taking part in Heritage Flight demonstrations during the 2006 airshow season.

An F/A-22 Raptor, a vintage F-4 Phantom II and a P-51 Mustang fly a heritage fly-over during the Aviation Nation 2005 air show. [U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Demetrius Lester]

The Heritage flight program showcases active U.S. Air Force aircraft such as the F-22 Raptor, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Viper, and A-10 Warthog flying in close formation with classic warbirds now in civilian hands such as the P-51 Mustang and F-86 Saber Jet. The conference at Davis Monthan allows the pilots to practice flying such dissimilar aircraft in close formation.


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An F-15 Eagle, F/A-22 Raptor and P-51 Mustang train for heritage flight formation flying here April 27. Maj. Michael Shower, piloting the F/A-22, is getting his checkout ride for the formation with P-51 Pilot Maj. Gen. Mike Decuir, the Air Combat Command operations director, and Capt. Jason Costello, a 1st Fighter Wing demonstration team pilot. [U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker]