Heritage Flight Training Course
The Heritage Flight Training Course takes place at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona ahead of the start of the North American air show season. The goal is to bring the United States Air Force single-ship demonstration teams together with civilian warbirds and pilots to train and certify in these multiple aircraft, dissimilar formations. While the event is not open to the public, there are opportunities from outside the base to enjoy the Heritage training flights that occur from about 9am-4pm from Thursday through Sunday.
In 2021 I finally made it down to Tucson for this impressive event. I was off base on Thursday March 3 and Saturday March 5 and was able to attend the media day on base on the morning of Friday March 4. High winds plagued my few days in Tucson as flying was cancelled for most of Friday, but fortunately there were plenty of opportunities and formations on Saturday to make my visit a success. The first couple days are typically 2-ship formations, as pilots are familiarized with the 5-pass routine. Saturday saw more 3-ship formations and ended with a stunning all jet grouping that included a Canadian built Sabre leading an F-16, F-22 and the Red River A-10.