US Air Force Heritage Flight

Strap in for an enthralling journey through aviation history at the Abbotsford International Airshow, where the glorious U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight takes center stage. This captivating spectacle masterfully bridges the gap between military aviation’s past, present, and future. With a harmonious blend of nostalgia and modern-day marvels, the Heritage Flight offers an unforgettable experience, paying tribute to the legacy of U.S. Air Force aviation.

Witness the Grandeur of the Heritage Flight

The Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was formed on December 6, 2010 with the primary charitable mission of providing Heritage Flights to the public. These performances feature modern fighter and attack aircraft flying alongside World War II, Korea and Vietnam-era planes in a dramatic display of the United States’ air power history. Heritage Flight formations serve as a living memorial to the men and women who have served – or are currently serving – in the U.S. Air Force, and we proudly fly in support of Air Force recruiting and retention efforts.

Embark on a Historical Odyssey

The 2023 USAF Heritage Flight at Abbotsford will feature the F-35 Lightning II and the P-51 Mustang. The legendary P-51 Mustang dominated the skies over Western Europe after it was introduced in World War II. The single-seat aircraft had a maximum speed of 437 miles per hour and could escort heavy bombers deep into the heart of Germany. The P-51 and the pilots that flew them were crucial to turning the tide of war in the Allies’ favor. The range, speed and high-altitude capabilities enabled the Allied forces to escort bombers far deeper into enemy territory than any other fighter aircraft–as exemplified by the 332 Fighter Group (the Tuskegee Airmen in their “Red Tail” Mustangs).

The P-51 Mustang “Val-Halla” is painted to reflect the colors of the 57th FIS, the Black Knights, who were based in Keflavik, Iceland. The aircraft is named Val-Halla to honor Valerie Anders, co-founder of the Heritage Flight Museum, and pay tribute to Bill Anders’ time in Iceland.

Behind the Controls: Greg “BA” Anders

Greg “BA” Anders is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, having served 23 years in the United States Air Force. With over 4,500 hours, Greg’s flying background is primarily military, and he is mission-qualified and an instructor pilot for the A-10, F-15E (1,000hrs), and the B-52 (2,000hrs). His military flying experience also includes flying the T-37, T-38, AT-38, F-15B and D, F16B and D and F-18. As a civilian, Anders is currently flying the P-51 and most of the other aircraft of the Heritage Flight Museum. He also flies airshow formations in his T-6 “Texan” WWII trainer with his father and brother. Greg is a third-generation military officer and United States Air Force Academy graduate (Class of 1985). He currently resides in Bellingham, Washington with his wife and two children, and is the Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the Heritage Flight Museum.

Join the Celebration at Abbotsford International Airshow

Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the mesmerizing U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight at this year’s Abbotsford International Airshow. Prepare yourself for a timeless journey, a celebration that transcends time and space, honouring the spirit of aviation in all its glory. This display symbolizes the unity, tenacity, and might of the U.S. Air Force.