The U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight (HF) program presents the evolution of USAF air power by flying today's state-of-the-art fighter aircraft in close formation with a vintage fighter aircraft. An HF performance involves a current USAF fighter piloted by an Air Combat Command trained military HF pilot and flown with an historical warbird piloted by a trained and certified civilian HF pilot. The HF features formations of modern fighters flying with World War II, Korean, and Vietnam era fighters such as the P-51 Mustang and F-86 Sabre, dramatically display our U.S. Air Force air power history and proudly support our Air Force's recruiting and retention efforts. In 2010, the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation (AFHFF) was formed to keep this popular program flying.
It really is amazing to see our “old” and “new” in formation. It helps show the span of over 75 years of American Aviation Technology. Seeing a nice, historic warbird flying alongside the ONLY fifth generation fighter on Earth, the F-22 Raptor, is certainly a spectacle to see. It is also a touching tribute to those who have served our country.
The 2021 Heritage Flight in Battle Creek will feature the US Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team flying alongside an aircraft that is yet to be determined.