The USAF has axed the A-10 East & West, F-16 East & West and F-15E demonstration teams for 2012. The F-22 will perform at a few shows still, and the Thunderbirds are unaffected at this time. I wonder how this will affect the heritage flight program?
Regarding the Heritage Flights - at ICAS it was mentioned that former demonstration pilots may be used to participate in Heritage Flights moving forward.
The short answer is that they do not even know.
It "should" continue using the "ex" demo pilots staging and flying with the heritage planes at about 40-50 shows each year. But as of yesterday the Lt. Colonel in charge of the program was still waiting for more light on the topic from above.
This was posted on the A-10 East Demo Team Facebook page here
earlier today:Well, after a long couple months of wondering what the future holds, we learned recently that although there will be no "demo team" for A-10 East this year, we will still support the Air Force Heritage Flight Program at air shows around the country this season, so I hope to see you HAWG fans representing at air shows this spring! ATTACK! -HABU