At the MCRC (1/20/16) meeting Capt. Casey Osborne, Public Affairs at D-M, said that for the Heritage Flight Training March 1-6 this year, that there will be 2 F-35’s involved in the training.
Heritage Flight training is to certify the planes/pilots for flying in air shows across the country. Current planes are paired with vintage planes for these air shows. Here is the rundown on the planes that Capt. Osborne said would be training for the certification here at D-M: 2 F-16’s 2 F-22’s 2 F-35’s older planes training will be: 1 P-40 4 or 5 P-51’s 2 or 3 F-86’s 1 P-47 1 P-38 The training is under the auspices of Air Combat Command (ACC) with the FAA. Flying training will most likely occur on March 4-6, starting in the afternoon of March 4. Two training times per day for March 5 and 6, a morning and an afternoon, described as 2 hours each. Capt. Osborne assured us that there will be a press release closer to the time. I wanted to give you the heads up, in case you did not already know about this. In the past we in the community have requested that we be able to have a flyover by the F-35. Here will be our opportunity to see/hear first hand. The F-35's are louder than the F-22's, this will give the City of Tucson a taste of what they sound like and what we can expect if they begin to train here more often.