Return of The Navy Tailhook Legacy Flight Announcement

  • Sep 23, 2015 10:33am GMT

In 2015 the U.S. Navy brought back the F-18 Hornet/Super Hornet Demonstration Teams to air shows around the United States. In the last few years military budget cuts were made and the government told the US Air Force and US Navy to cancel the single ship demo teams performing at airshows around the US including the USAF Heritage Flight program and Naval Aviation Tailhook Legacy Flight. Since that time some of the demo teams from the Air Force and Navy started flying again.

For 2016, the Navy announced the return of the Naval Aviation Tailhook Legacy Flight. The men and women of VFA-122, VFA-106 and the Navy warbird pilots will be flying at an air show near you. According to the TACDEMO Facebook page, "Your TACDEMO teams will grace the skies with the same tactical performance you are seeing this year, but with an added "bonus". They will have the option to integrate formation flight and several thrilling maneuvers at the tail end of their performance, which will include your modern day Hornet or Super Hornet and as many as three warbirds from Naval Aviation's past." Earlier Legacy flights started when the F-14 was still flying and the formation was called the Tale of the Twin Engine Cats.

Tailhook Legacy Flight training for all of the crews will begin in February of next year and a 2016 schedule will be announced around the same time. A "draft" TACDEMO and Tailhook Legacy Flight schedule will be released at this year's International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Convention, held in Las Vegas, Nevada from 6-9 December 2015.