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Hill F-35A to join first-of-its-kind Heritage Flight flyover at Super Bowl LVI

By Deborah Wilber - | Jan 25, 2022

Photo supplied, Tech. Sgt. Brandon Shapiro/U.S. Air Force

Three generations of U.S. Army Air Corps/U.S. Air Force aircraft are represented by a single formation of an F-86 "Sabre," F-16 "Fighting Falcon" and two P-51 "Mustangs" during the Heritage Flight Training Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, on Mar 5, 2016.

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — In a tribute to the Air Force’s 75 years as a U.S. military service branch, five aircraft from four bases across the country — Including Hill Air Force Base — will be performing the first live flyover at Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13 over SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, during the national anthem.

A P-51 Mustang, introduced during World War II, is a special feature in the Heritage Flight flyover. The vintage warbird from the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation in Chino, California, will be leading the formation, followed by an F-16 Fighting Falcon from Shaw AFB, South Carolina; an A-10C Thunderbolt II from Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona; an F-22A Raptor from Langley AFB, Virginia; and an F-35A Lightning II from Hill.

The Heritage Flight represents the service’s ability to innovate, accelerate and thrive since 1947, when it was the U.S. Army Air Corps, according to a news release.

Performing approximately 1,000 flyovers a year, the Air Force uses the time to showcase aircraft capabilities while aiming to inspire patriotism and future aviation enthusiasts at no cost to taxpayers.

Once demonstration teams convene at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base in California on Feb. 8, they will meet up with local JROTC students to talk about opportunities in the Air Force and answer questions.

Photo supplied, Capt. Kippun Sumner/U.S. Air Force

A P-51 Mustang flies in formation with U.S. Air Force Capt. Kristin "BEO" Wolfe, the F-35A Demonstration Team pilot, during a heritage flight practice June 17, 2020, at Hill Air Force Base. The F-35 demo team routinely flies in formation with historic aircraft from past conflicts in "heritage flights" performances at airshows, showcasing the past, present and future of aviation.

“If you told me when I joined the Air Force 6 years ago, I would be doing what I love and going to the Super Bowl to take photos and videos, I wouldn’t have believed it,” said Staff Sgt. Codie Trimble, F-35 demonstration team public affairs specialist.

The F-35A Demonstration Team, led by Major Kristin “BEO” Wolfe, became a part of Air Combat Command at Hill in 2020, having previously been attached to Luke AFB in Glendale, Arizona.

Wolfe and her team are scheduled to demonstrate the F-35A Lightning II at approximately 21 air shows from February through early November.

Vlado Lenoch, a pilot with Air Combat Command’s Heritage Flight program, taxis the runway at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on March 5, 2016. Lenoch and his P-51 Mustang participated in Air Combat Command’s Heritage Flight Training Course, a program that features modern fighter/attack aircraft flying alongside Word War II, Korean War and Vietnam War-era aircraft.

The U.S. Air Force Demonstration Teams fly alongside an F-86 Sabre during the Heritage Flight Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, on March 2, 2019. The five-day course prepares demonstration team pilots, maintainers and public affairs personnel for the upcoming air show season.


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