The Legacy Flight program matches today's frontline fighters with their predecessors in close flight maneuvers at air shows nationwide. USN F/A-18 " Hornet" fighters, F/A-18G "Growler" Electronic Countermeasure aircraft, F-35C Legacy II, TA-45 Goshawk trainers and T-6 Texan II trainers fly on the wing of World War II, Korean and Vietnam era fighters.
US Navy F/A-18 TACDEMO and Legacy Flights
The US Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and F/A-18 C/D Hornet TACDEMO flight teams perform at airshows across the country. Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (VFA-122), also known as the "Flying Eagles", are the west coast team and Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106), also known as the "Gladiators", are the east coast team.
In addition to high-performance tactical F/A-18 demonstrations with a single Hornet, VFA-106 and VFA-122 also participate in "Legacy Flight " shows in which F/A-18's fly in formation with classic warbirds like the F-4U Corsair and F6F Hellcat. Legacy Flight performances provide a unique comparison between the past and present, and they provide some great photo opportunities. In addition, F/A-18G electronic countermeasure "Growlers" will be doing static demonstrations at airshows, and then Legacy Flight flying performances with the same type of legacy warbird aircraft.
US Navy CNATRA aircraft
Starting in 2019, all types of the U.S. Navy training aircraft will also be doing static demonstrations at airshows and performing Legacy Flights with the legacy warbird aircraft. F/A-18 Fleet Replacement Squadron aircraft, T-45 "Goshawk" jet training aircraft and the T-6 "Texan II" propeller primary trainers will be available for static display and Legacy Flight flying demonstrations.
F-35C Legacy II
New in 2020! The F-35 will be joining our shows.
The following civilian-owned and operated warbirds participate in the Navy Legacy Flight program. These aircraft represent the Navy's living aviation history from WWII through Vietnam.
• AD-4 Skyraider (Douglas A-1 Skyraider)
• Beechcraft T-34 Mentor
• Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
• Douglas A-4B Skyhawk
• Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk
• FG-1D Corsair (Goodyear)
• North American SNJ
• North American T-2 Buckeye
• North American T-28 Trojan
The US Navy approves a handful of civilian pilots to fly their warbirds in formation with the TACDEMO F-18's. 2019's qualified pilots are:
If your business is interested in sponsoring the Legacy Flight Program, please contact us. These flights have been halted for the past 5 years but we are working hard in conjunction with the US Navy and public donations to resume this very important part of our heritage.
We also encourage everyone to patronize the sponsors of all the airshows that bring us to your area!
• UNITED STATES NAVY
• Cannon Aviation Insurance
• Classic Fighters of America
• Commemorative Air Force
• Heritage Flight Museum
• Alan Anders
• Ray Dieckman
• Ray Kinney
• Dan McCue
• Rich Sugden :: migfuryfighters.com
• Paul Wood :: Warbird Heritage Foundation
If you would like to make a contribution, Navy Legacy Flight Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.