Welcome to the Naval Aviation Legacy Foundation
2011 marked 100
years of United States Naval Aviation. The Naval Aviation
Legacy Foundation is proud to observe this true U.S.
historical milestone. We look forward to spreading the
word on America's powerful legacy.
The Naval Aviation Legacy Foundation fosters education
about the rich heritage of the United States Navy's aircraft carrier
aviation. The Naval Aviation Legacy Foundation, a 501c3 corporation,
was founded with the following goals:
1. To help assure the continued education of Americans concerning
the history and critical importance of the aircraft carrier;
2. To increase awareness of the fact that the U.S. Navy has aircraft
carriers and a substantial fleet of aircraft;
3. To promote interest in those who may be interested in serving
our nation in an aviation capacity;
4. To focus continued attention on the history of the people,
planes and ships that have served our country in the past and
continue to do so on far-away seas.
While the average person is well aware that the U.S. Air Force
is the pre-eminent air force of the U.S., surprisingly few people
are aware of the Navy's carrier-based "air force" and
its importance as a strategic weapon. This came to light during
World War II when control of the Pacific Ocean was determined
by the U.S. Navy and its aircraft carriers. It is interesting
to note that Japan's first strike at the U.S. was against the
Pearl Harbor and the aircraft carriers based there. The ultimate
defeat of the Japanese Navy, predominantly at the hands of the
USN carrier force, was the prime reason the Japanese were defeated.
U.S. Navy aircraft carriers continue today to project U.S. Naval
sea power and thus America's presence worldwide.
The Naval Aviation Legacy Foundation (NALF) is a non-profit
501(c) 3 corporation; EIN 56-2590178. Directors: Douglas Matthews;
William J. Logan, R. Admiral USNR(ret.); Col. John Currenti.