Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Unique Heritage

I've always been a big fan of the Heritage Flights, a staple of recent airshows where they bring out vintage and current Air Force planes and fly them together. But for Sun-N-Fun this year, they did something a little different. This is the first time I've seen something other than fighters in a Heritage Flight. Fighters may get all the glory, but it's cargo planes that do all the heavy lifting. You're looking at a 1950's vintage C-7 Caribou and a currently active C-17 Globemaster III.

Pretty cool, eh? I thought this was a unique event, but looking around the internet tells me that it's happened before, and even happened with three cargo ships in the air. I guess there's nothing new under the sun.

When they got that Globemaster back on the ground, it stopped in only a few hundred feet of runway. That was impressive. And then, just because they could, they drove it backwards down the runway a bit. That was even more impressive.


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