2014 Duluth Airshow to feature Air Force "Heritage Flight"

By KBJR News 1

April 25, 2014 Updated Apr 25, 2014 at 10:35 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A special Air Force "Heritage Flight" has been added to this summer's Duluth airshow.

Organizers say the flight will feature the popular P–38 Lightning, an aircraft made famous by World War Two flying ace Richard Bong of Poplar, Wisconsin.

A P–47 Thunderbolt will also be part of this year's lineup, the first time in the Duluth Airshow's history.

Airshow officials, along with Congressman Rick Nolan, say the additions will help bridge the generation gap of Northland aviation achievements.

"The Air Force is going to take that P–38 and the P–47 and they're going to fly in a formation pattern at the Duluth airshow and up behind it with the F–22 Raptor. You're going to see generations of US Air Force aircrafts," said Ryan Kern, president of Duluth Airshow.

NASA will also take part in this year's show with a hands–on exhibit including Space Shuttle equipment.

The Duluth Airshow will be held on August 23rd and 24th.

Jeremy Brickley