Eight Lieutenants Deliver a Tough Message

Eight Lieutenants Deliver a Tough Message
U.S. Navy photo by LCDR Jacob Lerner

In September, the Tailhook Association—the nonprofit association of naval aviation—convened its annual symposium in Reno, Nevada. This year's symposium commemorated the 50th anniversary of the founding of TOPGUN, the U.S. Navy's Fighter Weapons School. A crisis in air-to-air combat in the early days of Vietnam brought the school into being in 1969; commentary from Tailhook 2019 suggests a new crisis is at hand.

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