Heritage Flight - P51 and A10 Thunderbolt

Here is a shot of the World War II vintage P-51 Mustang flying alongside the A-10 Thunderbolt 2, aka "The Warthog". This flight took place during the 2005 Oregon Airshow in Hillsboro, Oregon. The organizers call this the "Heritage Flight" and was originally conceived in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United States Airforce. Its always a thrill to see these two aircraft flying as they are my two personal favorite warbirds from the old and new generations of flight. However, I can't understand why they don't fly an original P-47 Thunderbolt along side the new Thunderbolt II as that would seem more suitable. They both flew the same types of missions and they both carry the same namesake. Of course, I don't mean to disparage the more famous P-51 Mustang, as it flew many air-ground missions as well during its tenure from WWII into the Korean War. Thanks for viewing!

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