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.