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The Tailhook Association is an independent, fraternal, nonprofit organization internationally recognized as the premier supporter of the aircraft carrier and other sea-based aviation. The purposes of the Association are: to foster, encourage, develop, study, and support the aircraft carrier, sea-based aircraft, both fixed and rotary wing, and aircrews of the United States of America; and to educate and inform the public in the appropriate role of the aircraft carrier and carrier aviation in the nation's defense system.
The Foundation scholarship program has awarded over 70 scholarships annually over the past few years. These grants assist the children, grandchildren of former and current aviators and carrier based crewmembers, as well as former enlisted personnel studying in the many fields of undergraduate higher education.
As part of our ongoing educational program, we send over 1000 quarterly copies of the “The Hook” magazine to High schools and colleges throughout the United States. Most of these magazines go to NROTC and NJROTC units and they are paid for by your Tailhook Educational Foundation. We need your help to expand the distribution of the Hook magazine to more high schools and colleges. Please visit the Hook to School Link and support a high school or college in your area or leave it to the Tailhook Educational Foundation staff to assign your support to a school in a remote area.
The genesis of the current Tailhook Association was the first Tailhook Reunion held at Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Republic of Mexico, in 1956. From this small gathering, our annual reunions and the Association have grown in size and professional stature.
Regular Tailhook Association membership is open to anyone who has made an arrested carrier landing. Additionally, Associate Membership is open to anyone who has the desire to support U.S. Naval Carrier Aviation and the goals of the Tailhook Association. Associate Members have all privileges of regular members with the exception of voting rights. Regular and Associate life memberships are available. The same provisions and benefits of Regular and Associate Annual Memberships apply.
It is the vision of the Tailhook Association to be internationally recognized as the premier organization for support of carrier and other sea-based aviation.
" ... to foster, encourage, develop, study, and support the aircraft carrier, sea-based aircraft, both fixed and rotary wing, and aircrews of the United States of America; and to educate and inform the public in the appropriate role of the aircraft carrier and carrier aviation in the nation's defense system."
The objectives of the Tailhook Association in implementation of the stated purposes are: • To uphold a commitment to the highest standards of professional and personal conduct • To honor the service and sacrifices of all those who are or have been a part of carrier-based aviation • To sponsor and participate in professional gatherings designed to constructively enhance public recognition of the importance of carrier and other sea-based aviation • To provide an interactive forum for fleet aviator thought and opinion in carrier aviation matters, particularly that of the junior aviator • To contribute to the enhancement of professionalism, camaraderie and morale among carrier and other sea-based aviators • To honor and give special recognition to those who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of carrier-based Naval Aviation • To contribute to improved communication among civilian and military communities regarding carrier aviation matters • To develop an ever-widening membership base.