Welcome to the Naval Aviation Legacy Foundation
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.