Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: USAF Heritage Flight I

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the World War Two Allied victory in Europe (Victory in Europe Day – May 8th. 1945). One week ago I saw a fine tribute of respect to the men and women who served in the USAF and USAAF before them, including those who eventually dominated the skies over Europe in World War Two.

Chino Planes of Fame Airshow 2015

No North American airshow that is a salute to the veterans would be complete without a USAF Heritage Flight display. Planes of Fame 2015 offered a beauty on the Friday preview day. 3 World War Two era North American P-51 Mustangs made up of a rare early model Allison V-1710 engined P-51AMrs. Virginia” along with the more familiar Rolls Royce Merlin engined P-51CBoise Bee” and P-51DSpam Can” took off to join up in formation alongside a USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter.

North American P-51A Mustang
North American P-51A Mustang “Mrs. Virginia”
North American P-51A Mustang
North American P-51A Mustang “Mrs. Virginia”
North American P-51C Mustang
North American P-51C Mustang “Boise Bee”
North American P-51C Mustang
North American P-51C Mustang “Boise Bee” nose art
North American P-51D Mustang
North American P-51D Mustang “Spam Can”
North American P-51D Mustang
North American P-51D Mustang “Spam Can” nose art
Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Planes of Fame 2015
Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

The USAF Heritage Flight made a number of formation passes along the crowd line and then came from behind the crowd for a big finale. The pilots completed a fantastic tribute to all those who served and continue to serve their nation.

USAF Heritage Flight P-51 F-22 Planes of Fame 2015 Preview Show
A salute to the veterans
USAF Heritage Flight P-51 F-22 Planes of Fame 2015 Preview Show
A classic fighter USAF Heritage Flight
USAF Heritage Flight P-51 F-22 Planes of Fame 2015 Preview Show
Best of the best
USAF Heritage Flight P-51 F-22 Planes of Fame 2015 Preview Show
P-51A, P-51C, P-51D and F-22
USAF Heritage Flight P-51 F-22 Planes of Fame 2015 Preview Show
Great flying!
USAF Heritage Flight P-51 F-22 Planes of Fame 2015 Preview Show
USAAF history at its best with the latest in USAF hardware
USAF Heritage Flight P-51 F-22 Planes of Fame 2015 Preview Show
Incoming
USAF Heritage Flight P-51 F-22 Planes of Fame 2015 Preview Show
The final pass
USAF Heritage Flight P-51 F-22 Planes of Fame 2015 Preview Show
Break!

Following the flight, the formation passed over the crowd again but this time it included a North American B-25 MitchellPhoto Fanny” that was being used as a camera ship to take photos of the heritage flight. Quite a significant part of aviation history took to the skies that day and I am glad I was there to see it happen.

USAF Heritage Flight P-51 F-22 Planes of Fame 2015 Preview Show B-25
Photo formation pass
North American B-25 Mitchell Planes of Fame 2015
North American B-25 Mitchell “Photo Fanny”
North American B-25 Mitchell
North American B-25 Mitchell “Photo Fanny” nose art
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