US Navy Hornet Tac Demos Return – For One Weekend Only

F/A-18F Super Hornet Demo

Back in June, AirshowStuff shared some hope that the US Navy would be performing Tactical Demonstrations in Hornets at the NAS Oceana Airshow this year. We are happy to report that the Navy Tac Demo Facebook page confirmed today that both the F/A-18C Hornet and the F/A-18F Super Hornet demonstrations will indeed be performed at that show, on September 20-21st of this year. Unfortunately, no other shows were mentioned as approved.

VFA-106 (the Gladiators) will be performing the demonstrations, and the demo pilots in that squadron recently became fully qualified and approved by the chain of command to fly the routines. VFA-106 is based at NAS Oceana and is a squadron comprised of both Hornets and Super Hornets. The squadron performed at many airshows across the US each year as the Navy’s East Coast Hornet and Super Hornet demo teams, but the effects of sequestration prevented the teams from performing any demonstrations in 2013 and, aside from NAS Oceana, 2014.

While this is certainly good news, there is no word yet on Tac Demos in 2015. An update on 2015 will hopefully come later this year.

F/A-18C Hornet DemoF/A-18F Super Hornet

From the US Navy Tac Demo Facebook Page:

“We’d like to thank all of you for sticking around here and consistently showing your support for our TACDEMO teams, Naval Aviation and the Navy in general. We know that the last two years have been rough with both demo teams on the sidelines. It has been pretty quiet around here without shows to talk about and pictures to share. Well…

We are pleased to announce that the drought is coming to an end. Ok – maybe not an end, but there is rain in the forecast!

For the first time in two years, YOUR VFA-106 Gladiators TACDEMO team will be performing at the NAS Oceana Air Show in Virginia Beach, VA, September 20 – 21, 2014. Both the F/A-18C Hornet demo and the F/A-18F Super Hornet demo will be flown. We will be introducing you to your crews in the next few days. We wanted to wait to make this announcement until our crews were qualled, the demos were approved and we were ready to fly. We still have no word on 2015 yet – hopefully we’ll know something in the Fall.

So spread the word! Make your plans! TACDEMO is back in the air for one show and one show only in 2014 – the NAS Oceana Air Show!”

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