Warbird Stories: 23-Skidoo P-38 Lightning

Aug 10, 2022

Lockheed’s P-38 Lightning is in a league of its own. As one of the most influential fighters during World War II, the “fork-tailed devil” flew more than 130,000 missions in theaters across the globe and was a crucial weapon in the American arsenal.

Meet the Pilot: Jim Beasley, Jr.

Aug 03, 2022

As a founding member of the Air Force Heritage Flight Program, Jim Beasley, Jr. has been flying historic fighter aircraft for over 20 years and has flown in hundreds of Heritage Flights across the United States, Canada and the U.K. He has accumulated thousands of flight hours in vintage military aircraft such as the P-51 Mustang and F4U Corsair and was voted “Civilian Heritage Flight Pilot of the Year” in 2006.

Meet the Pilot: Stuart Milson

Jun 21, 2022

After taking his first ride in a de Havilland Beaver at the age of 10, Stuart Milson knew it was his destiny to become a pilot. Since then, he has pursued his love of flying by logging over 12,000 hours in two dozen different tail-wheel aircraft.

Warbird Stories: F-86 Sabre 'Jolley Roger'

Jun 16, 2022

Quick, agile, and a bucket-list item for many seasoned pilots, North American’s F-86 Sabre stands out among the rest. Designed by Edgar Schmued, who also is behind the creation of the P-51 Mustang, the Sabre was developed in response to the need for a single-seat high-altitude fighter. It was originally modeled after the straight-wing FJ Fury series of Navy aircraft, but eventually adapted to its signature 35-degree swept wing following the end of World War II.

Warbird Stories: Wee Willy II takes a father and son legacy to new heights

May 16, 2022

This past weekend, Steven Hinton officially took his first flight with the Heritage Flight Program at Wings Over Solano, piloting “Wee Willy II” and further cementing the Hinton aviation legacy.

Warbird Stories: Happy Jack’s Go Buggy P-51 Mustang

Apr 20, 2022

Decorated World War II warbird “Happy Jack’s Go Buggy” is the newest aircraft in the Air Force Heritage Flight lineup. Owned by newly minted Air Force Heritage Flight Team pilot Bruce “Doc” Winter, the historic P-51D Mustang will be showcased alongside the U.S. Air Force’s premier fighter and attack aircraft during the upcoming 2022 Heritage Flight Air Show season.