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'Heritage Flight' training to bring vintage fighters to Tucson skies

Historic military planes will fly in formation with current Air Force jets during training at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in March. P-51s, P-38s and F-86s will soar with F-35, F-22 and F-16 fighters, March 1-4.

The historic planes are piloted by civilians, with the current aircraft piloted by Air Force personnel. The heritage flights occur at air shows around the country to promote the Air Force, officials said.

Planes will arrive this week, with training running through Sunday.

Among the vintage planes will be include the P-51 Mustang, P-40 Warhawk, P-38 Lightning and F-86 Sabre, with modern A-10 Thunderbolts from D-M's demonstration team joining with F-35 Lightning II, F-22 Raptor, and F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft.

The training sessions at the Tucson Air Force base are not an airshow, and D-M will not be open to the public.

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