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Four-Ship Heritage Flight Over AirVenture 2017 Honors Vlado

More Than 70 Years of Aviation History In A Single Formation

Image courtesy / Ryan Sundheimer

On Thursday 7/27/2017, the United States Air Force (USAF) Heritage Flight took to the skies over EAA AirVenture 2017 at Oshkosh to honor our history, heritage, veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

In the lead was a Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II from the 61st Fighter Squadron (FS) of the 56th Fighter Wing (FW) based at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) in Arizona. On lead’s left wing was P-51D-25NA (44-73420 / N151AM) flown by Andrew McKenna. On lead’s right wing was P-51D-25NA Bald Eagle (44-73029 / N51JB) flown by Jim Beasley. In trail was a Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 74th FS of the famed 23rd Fighter Group (FG) Flying Tigers based at Moody AFB in Georgia.

The Heritage Flight also flew a missing man formation in honor of the late Vlado Lenoch, a regular Heritage Flight pilot, who died along with his passenger Bethany Root twelve days before the performance. Thanks to our good friends at AirshowStuffVideos for uploading this content.

The late Vlado Lenoch warming up his P-51D Mustang engine prior to a Heritage Flight performance. Image courtesy / Ryan Sundheimer

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Bill Walton

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Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.

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