Navy Tailhook Legacy Flight Foundation Needs Your Help!

  • Jul 15, 2016 12:22pm GMT

Navy Tailhook Legacy Flight Foundation Cancels Season, Announces New Website

Earlier this year, the U.S. Navy released the F/A-18 Tactical Demonstration (TACDEMO) team schedule for the third and fourth quarters of fiscal year 2016. Unfortunately, budget concerns led to the cancellation of their second quarter performances. These budget challenges also impacted the training required to certify civilian pilots for Tailhook Legacy flights. Our Naval Air Forces must focus their funding on the training and combat readiness of active duty squadrons, also this fiscal environment prohibits the Navy from supporting our civilian warbird travel to and from air shows. While this is a disappointing turn of events, it underscores the need for our Foundation and your support.

Tailhook Legacy flights have not been flown since 2012, making this the fourth consecutive year these flights have been grounded due to budgetary restrictions. The Navy Tailhook Legacy Flight Foundation was formed to raise the funding needed to support warbird participation in these flights so that you, our fans, will be able to experience these amazing events. Our goal is to restore Navy Tailhook Legacy flights to the air show circuit in 2017 and beyond. To accomplish this we need your support. Our vintage warbird aircraft are resource intensive to maintain and fly. In addition to maintaining the airworthiness of Tailhook Legacy aircraft, flying the aircraft to and from air shows takes considerable additional resources. Your support will provide the funding to train Tailhook Legacy pilots and fund flying these aircraft to and from air shows in 2017, allowing the Navy TACDEMO teams and your Tailhook Legacy team to resume traditional Tailhook Legacy flights. We sincerely hope that you will consider making a donation to support these warbirds and their pilots. No amount is too small - every dollar counts!

We recently completed a comprehensive redesign of our website. We invite you to browse the new site and learn more about the Foundation and Tailhook Legacy flights. On the website you can make a donation and sign up for our Ready Room newsletter.

Navy Tailhook Legacy Flight Foundation, Inc. 6200 Riverside Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44135 Make sure to visit our online store, the “Geedunk,” where you can show your support by purchasing one of our NTLFF T-shirts, patches, zaps or challenge coins. Help us keep these aircraft flying – help us get the word out that Tailhook Legacy flights need your help!