The Tailhook Educational Foundation
RADM LEONARD A. “SWOOSE” SNEAD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Pratt & Whitney Military Engines
Fairfax Station, Virginia
This award honors the memory of RADM Leonard A. “Swoose” Snead by Pratt & Whitney Military Engines. Snead served in several fleet junior officer billets prior to attending U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS). He progressed through a number of assignments that culminated as head of the Flying Qualities and Performance Branch at National Test Pilot School. Immediately thereafter, he assumed command of VA-75, the Navy’s first fleet operational A-6A squadron, which deployed to Vietnam the following year. He later commanded USS Forrestal (CVA-59) and was selected for Flag rank in February 1971, and in July was named manager for the F-14 TOMCAT aircraft and systems program. In 1974 he assumed command of Fighter Airborne Early Warning Wing Pacific, at NAS Miramar. Snead retired in 1976 with 30 years of commissioned service and joined Pratt & Whitney in West Palm Beach, Florida, as manager of Navy programs. He was appointed vice president of Pratt & Whitney in 1983 and retired from the company in 1992.