The Vero Beach Air Show 2018 hosted the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command F-16 Demo Team along with a Heritage Flight comprised of a Curtiss P-40. Broken into two posts, this second post shows the F-16 and Curtiss P-40 Heritage Flight. All the photos were taken during the Friday practice for the weekend show.
Excerpts from the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation web site:
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 vintage fighter aircraft. An HF performance involves a current USAF fighter piloted by an Air Combat Command trained military HF pilot and flown with a historical warbird piloted by a trained and certified civilian HF pilot. The HF 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.
The Curtiss P-40 anchored America’s aerial arsenal during the early years of WWII. Recognizable thanks to the fearsome fangs painted around the air intake, the fighter was especially valuable in the China-Burma-India Theater where it was made famous by Gen. Claire Lee Chennault’s “Fighting Tigers.” The plane was upgraded throughout the war, but was eventually overtaken by newer aircraft like the P-51 Mustang and the P-38 Lightning.