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TACDEMO

TACDEMO Teams

The U.S. Navy's TACDEMO teams from VFA-106 and VFA-122 are our Navy Legacy Flight teammates.  These talented active duty aviators fly the dynamic Super Hornet tactical demonstrations that precede our Navy Legacy flights.


Air shows are the best place to see a VFA-106/VFA-122 Super Hornets in action.  The Tactical Demonstration, or "Tac Demo" team flies the single-seat F/A-18E and two-seat F/A-18F as close to the "edge of the envelope" as safety and prudence allow.  The routine highlights the Rhino's maneuverability and slow-speed handling characteristics and has been very well received around the country.   


VFA-106


U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106) "Gladiators".


Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106), also known as the "Gladiators", is a United States Navy F/A-18 Hornet and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Fleet Replacement Squadron stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.

  • Active: 27 April 1984 – present
  • Country: United States of America
  • Branch: United States Navy Seal United States Navy
  • Type: Fighter/Attack
  • Role: Fleet Replacement Squadron
  • Garrison/HQ: NAS Oceana
  • Nickname(s): Gladiators
  • Engagements: None

Aircraft flown:

  • Fighter F/A-18 Hornet
  • F/A-18E/F Super Hornet


Mission

As the East Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, the squadron’ mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps F/A-18 Replacement Pilots and Weapon Systems Officers (WSOs) to support fleet commitments. Every 6 weeks, a class of between 8–12 newly winged Navy and Marine Corps pilots and Naval Flight Officers begins the 9-month training course in which they learn the basics of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, culminating in day/night carrier qualification and subsequent assignment to fleet Hornet squadrons.


Atttribution: U.S. Navy [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Citation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VFA-106



VFA-122


U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (VFA-122) "Flying Eagles"


Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (VFA-122), also known as the "Flying Eagles", are a United States Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and F/A-18 Hornet Fleet Replacement Squadron stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore.

  • Active: 15 January 1999 - present
  • Country: United States of America
  • Branch: United States Navy Seal United States Navy
  • Type: Strike Fighter
  • Role: Introduce the Super Hornet to the fleet, train replacement personnel to fly and maintain the aircraft, and transition entire squadrons from "legacy" Hornets
  • Size: 225 staff officers, 1000 enlisted personnel, operate over 100 aircraft
  • Garrison/HQ: Naval Air Station Lemoore CA
  • Nickname(s): "Flying Eagles"
  • Motto(s): "Professionalism & Loyalty"
  • Colors: "Blue and Gold"
  • Mascot(s): Eagle
  • Commanders
  • Current commander: CDR Dennis "Leno" Duffy II

Aircraft flown:

  • Fighter F/A-18 Hornet
  • F/A-18E/F Super Hornet


Mission

As the West Coast Hornet and Super Hornet Fleet Replacement Squadron, the squadron's mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps F/A-18A/B/C/D/E/F Replacement Pilots and Weapon Systems Officers (WSOs) to support fleet commitments. Every 6 weeks a class of between 8-12 newly winged Navy pilots and Naval Flight Officers begins the 9-month training course in which they learn the basics of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, culminating in day/night carrier qualification and subsequent assignment to fleet Hornet squadrons.


Attribution: From Wikipedia [public domain]

Citation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VFA-122


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