The United States Navy has released the 2018 schedule for the U.S. Navy Tac Demo Team. The schedule is sizeably smaller than usual, with the explanation appearing below.
April 14 - SUN ‘n FUN - Lakeland, FL
April 21 - Thunder Over Louisville - Louisville, KY
May 5 - Ford Lauderdale Air Show - Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 26 - Miami Beach Air and Space Show - Miami Beach, FL
The following shows are approved for TACDEMO participation; however, actual participation will be determined in May:
June 9 - Thunder of Niagra - Niagra Falls, NY
June 30 - Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show - Battle Creek, MI
Both VFA-106 and VFA-122 are Fleet Replacement Squadrons (FRS), sometimes referred to by the old Navy term “RAG” or Replacement Air Group. The primary mission of each squadron is to provide the fleet with trained replacement aircrew to support fleet requirements. At this time, each squadron must focus on training newly winged aviators and flight officers on employing the Super Hornet to defend our country. This mission must take priority over flying these remarkable aircraft at air shows.