Legacy Flight

About the Legacy Flight Program


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, 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.



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)

• Grumman F4F Wildcat

• Grumman F6F Hellcat

• Grumman F8F Bearcat

• Vought F4U Corsair

• North American FJ-4B Fury

• North American SNJ

• North American T-2 Buckeye

• North American T-28 Trojan

 Warbird Photos and Descriptions 

Civilian Pilots

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:


Alan Anders AD-4

Ray Dieckman F8F, F6F, F4U

Mark Hubbard F6F, F4U 

Peter Kline T-2

Dan McCue F4U-5

Stuart Milson F4U, N-T28, DC-AD1, G-F6F, and H-FB-11

Rich Sugden FJ4, T2, TA-4J, T-28

Jim Tobul F4U, SNJ

Edward Vesely SB2C Helldiver

Paul Wood A4, AD-4

More on our Pilots


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!



• Cannon Aviation Insurance

• Classic Fighters of America

• Commemorative Air Force

• Heritage Flight Museum

• Alan Anders

• Ray Dieckman

• Ray Kinney

• Dan McCue

• Rich Sugden ::

• 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.

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