March 30 & 31, 2019

Boca Chica Field, Key West

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Legacy Flight

The Legacy Flight was set up by the Navy to honor the people and aircraft who have defended our nation. The flight features modern U.S. Navy fighters from VFA-106 flying the F/A-18 in formation with the warbird, F4U Corsair flown by Jim Tobul.

 

F4U Corsair:
Jim Tobul is the man behind the stick in the F4U Corsair “Korean War Hero,” but rather than the owner, he considers himself more the caretaker of this beautiful warbird and her storied history. An avid pilot for over 40 years, Jim takes great pride in carrying the legacy of the veteran Corsair to airshows all over North America. “It’s very important that we keep the history of these aircraft and the men that flew them alive and active,” said Jim in a recent interview. “The role these heroes played in securing democracy and our freedom cannot be measured. We owe them a great debt, and it is an honor and privilege to carry on for them and tell their stories.” Jim now performs at 18 or more airshows per year, bringing tears to the eyes of veterans and awakening the curiosity of upcoming generations to learn more about the fight for freedom waged by those who came before. He also is proud to participate in the U.S. Navy Legacy Flight Program, in which he flies alongside a modern Navy F-18 Super Hornet fighter in a poignant display of military heritage and tribute.

 

VFA-106 F/A-18:
The Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-106, also known as the “Gladiators”, is a United States Navy F/A-18 Hornet stationed out of Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia with a permanent detachment at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida where the squadron often deploys for fighter training.

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