Air Force Heritage Flight – F-16 Fighting Falcon & P-38 Lightning 

This year’s Air Force Heritage Flight will feature the F-16 Fighting Falcon and vintage P-38 Lightning!

F-16 "Viper" Team & P-38 Lightning - USAF Heritage

The Air Force Heritage Flight program (HF) presents the evolution of air power by bringing together today’s state-of-the-art fighter and vintage fighter aircraft in close formation. The performance dramatically displays USAF air power history and honor the brave men and women who have served or are currently serving.

That means that you have the opportunity to get up close for amazing photos, PLUS see the F-16 and P-38 flying together! Here are more details about these magnificent aircraft:

F-16 Fighting Falcon
MODERN FIGHTER

The F-16 Fighting Falcon, also known as the “Viper”, is the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter and has been a mainstay in this country’s aerial combat fleet for years. You’ll get a thrill out of watching the precision capabilities of this fighter. Known for its ability to switch from air-to-air to air-to-ground combat with the touch of a button, its lightweight frame and powerful General Electric engine generates 31,000 pounds of thrust — making it fly at speeds in excess of Mach 2.

P-38 Lightning
A Legend in Its Own Time

As a World War II fighter, the Lightning’s legacy is unmatched. A total of more than 10,000- including 18 distinct models-P-38s were manufactured during the war, flying more than 130,000 missions around the world. The “Lightning” was the first fighter to fly faster than 400 mph, shot down more than aircraft than any other fighter and, as a reconnaissance aircraft, obtained 90 percent of the aerial film captured over Europe. There are only 8 still flying in the world today!

This piston-engined fighter aircraft, developed to a United States Army Air Corps requirement, has distinctive twin booms and a central casing containing the cockpit and armament. The P-38 was basically a hand-built airplane and never meant to be mass produced.

The P-38 was unusually quiet for a fighter, the exhaust muffled by the turbo-superchargers. It was extremely forgiving and could be mishandled in many ways but the rate of roll in the early versions was too slow for it to excel as a dogfighter. Charles Lindbergh was a key figure in improving the performance of the P-38. Working as a civilian contractor, he developed throttle settings and engine leaning techniques that significantly increase the range of the aircraft.

With its distinctive design, the P-38 was sleek but its twin tails gave the Lightning a radical look — no one in that time had never encountered anything quite like it before. And you will see it here!

Join us October 5 & 6 as we honor the men and women who have served – or are currently serving in the U.S. Air Force.

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