Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Navy Tailhook Legacy Flight Announces 2008 Pilot Additions


Navy Tailhook Legacy Flight Announces 2008 Pilot Additions

San Diego, California, Naval Air Station-North Island (March 29, 2008) The U.S. Navy’s Tailhook Legacy Flight announced the names of five newly selected pilots for the 2008 season. All but one have just completed training at Naval Air Station-Lemoore.

John Currenti of Atlanta, Georgia-An airline pilot and F-16 Deputy Wing Commander with the Alabama Air National Guard, Currenti will fly the Chance Vought F4U Corsair and Douglas SBD Dauntless;

Steve Kirik of Quad Cities, Illinois-An airline pilot and former USAF F-15 pilot, Kirik will fly the Douglas A4B Skyhawk;

Andy Michalak of Easton, Maryland-A retired airline pilot and former F-86 pilot, Michalak will fly the Goodyear FG1D Corsair;

Jim McGarvie of San Diego, California-A retired airline pilot and former Navy Chance Vought F8 Crusader pilot, McGarvie will fly the Douglas TA4J;

Paul Wood of Waukegan, Illinois-A successful businessman and avid warbird collector, Wood will fly the Douglas A4B.

All five pilots have extensive warbird experience.

The Navy’s Tailhook Legacy Flight started in 2000 and performs at approximately 50 airshows each season alongside modern Navy F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet jet fighters. Its goals include educating the public on the history of Navy aircraft carrier operations and enhancing Navy recruiting efforts.

For more information, see http://www.legacyflight.org/

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