At the 35th Annual Tailhook Symposium
(September 5 to 7, 1991)at the Las Vegas
Hilton Hotel, 83 women and 7 men were
assaulted during the three-day aviators'
convention, according to a report by the
Inspector General of the
Department of Defense (DOD).
Investigators for the DOD interviewed
2,900 people who attended Tailhook '91
and obtained photographs, documents and
other evidence of crimes and misconduct
by naval aviators. This site contains a
condensed version of that report.
An estimated 5000 people attended
over the course of the three-day event.
Approximately 4000 of these were Navy
and Marine Corps aviation officers. Of
the 1680 guests actually registered with
the Tailhook Association, some 900 were
active duty or Reserve officers. The remaining
attendees were contractor personnel, Government
civilian employees, retired officers
and the general public.
Despite the notorious behaviors documented,
hundreds of attending officers took part in
the professional proceedings at Tailhook '91
and conducted themselves civilly. Over the
years, this annual aviation 'symposium' had
become an important gathering: it was the
one time in the year when a junior officer
could directly question the most
What follows is the official professional agenda
for the weekend:
pilots, jets, & the enterprise | tailhook '91 | old navy/new navy | what ails the navy? | readings | reactions | tapes & transcripts | admiral boorda's in basket | chronology of women in the navy | explore frontline | pbs online | wgbh