DULUTH - The Duluth Airshow in conjunction with United States Congressman Rick Nolan announced Friday that the United States Air Force will add a special “Heritage Flight” to the Duluth Airshow this August 23-24.
“The USAF Heritage Flight is a big deal and it gives the United States Air Force a chance to bridge the gap between aircraft of the 1940s to the modern day, state of the art F-22 Raptor,” said Airshow President Ryan Kern. “The Heritage Flight will feature the P-38 Lightning (the aircraft made famous by WWII flying ace Richard Bong of Poplar, and can also be seen at the Bong Museum in Superior, WI) and a P-47 Thunderbolt which Duluth has never seen for an airshow."
Both the P-38 and P-47 aircraft will form a “heritage formation” and will be joined by the F-22 Raptor.
The three aircraft will then fly formation passes in front of the crowd creating spectacular photographic opportunities.
NASA has also agreed to play a role during this year’s Duluth Airshow and will feature “The Journey to Tomorrow” educational exhibit complete with Space Shuttle equipment other space artifacts and hands on exhibits.
“We are very fortunate that Congressman Richard Nolan stepped in to help secure these assets for us,” said Kern. “We were originally told that NASA would most likely not be supporting the show, and Congressman Nolan was instrumental in convincing NASA that Duluth was a worthy recipient of these educational tools and exhibits.”
More than a dozen other performers will join the line-up for the airshow which promises to be one of the largest and most unique airshows to date.