Thank you in advance for taking the time to read about the important
Starfighters Foundation. We appreciate your consideration of supporting
this very worthy non-profit organization. Please know that your
contribution will have a great impact on helping us achieve our goals.
STARFIGHTERS FOUNDATION MISSION
Many of America’s brave men and
women have died honorably while serving America for our freedom and
rights. Through their sacrifice we continue to live in the best country
in the world. Most of these "fallen heroes" have left behind families,
many with children that desire a college education. Sadly, due to
unfortunate circumstances, many are left behind without receiving the
opportunity to be all that they can be. It is our goal for the
Starfighter Foundation to serve in return by providing a scholarship
program for children of our fallen military personnel. Your contribution
will help provide children an education that they may otherwise not
receive due to a lack of funding.
It is the Starfighters
Foundation’s intent to create a "hands-on" local and national internship
program for aspiring young A& P mechanics. We will set up a program for
schools to get up close and personal with the jets and the people that
make the Starfighters team possible.
The Starfighters pilots love to
visit schools and talk with students to relay the important message of
discipline, moral integrity, positive attitude, setting and achieving
goals, staying in school and pursuing one’s dreams while discussing the
significance of the historical F-104 aircraft and the aviation industry.
The Starfighters are happy to speak at schools whenever possible and are
open to any special speaking engagement or event requests that you may
The F-104 was the vision of
Clarence "Kelly" Johnson of the Lockheed "Skunkworks", and has been
flown by some of the best pilots in the United States and abroad. The
F-104 is the record setting aircraft that takes NASA astronauts to
operational fighter altitudes of over 103,000 feet, and is known as the
world’s fastest operational fighter achieving mach 2.2. We need your
support to preserve the history of the F-104, create a museum in our
hanger for public enjoyment, maintain the current operation of the jets,
keep our pilots current, and keep the restoration projects on schedule.
MARKETING PROGRAMS, SPONSORSHIPS & CONTRIBUTIONS
KVDV, Inc. will be spearheading this initiative.
KVDV, Inc. is also looking forward to working with any company that would
like to consider a Cause Marketing program that would include Starfighters in any way. We would also appreciate sponsorship of any of
our aircraft at air shows we fly. If you would like to send a
contribution now, Checks should be made payable to the Starfighter
Museum Foundation, Inc. and sent to the address below. The
Starfighter Museum Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and your
contributions are tax deductible as allowed by applicable tax codes. Our
Tax ID # is 202540425.
Based in Clearwater, Florida,
the Starfighters is civilian owned supersonic jet demonstration team in
the world. The
historically significant supersonic F104 Starfighter is the fastest
single engine jet ever built. All Mercury, Gemini, and most Apollo
astronauts were trained in this aircraft. Chuck Yeager, as seen in the
film "The Right Stuff", flew this jet to over 100,000 feet. The F104
continues to hold speed and altitude records.
NASA and Starfighters NASA and
recently signed a cooperative Space
Act Agreement, paving
the way for future commercial space tourism. On April 17,
several major news affiliates
flying in the first of a series of test missions that will help NASA
assess the potential impacts of sub-orbital and orbital commercial space
tourism flights from the Shuttle Landing Facility. Twelve astronauts,
the NASA Advisory group, the Director of NASA, and other VIPs were in
attendance. "This is a key step toward expanding routine use of the SLF
by non-NASA flight projects, including commercial sub-orbital and
orbital space launch vehicles," said Kennedy Space Center Director Bill
The Starfighters team
exhilarates millions of fans at major air shows and key sporting events
each year. With up to 1.5 million spectators per event, air shows are
second only to NASCAR in attendance levels. During the past decade, air
shows had nearly twice the total attendance of NFL football.
Rick "Comrade" Svetkoff is the
team’s lead pilot and principal owner of the F-104s. He is joined by
highly decorated pilots Dave "Shark" Waldrop (3 Silver Stars, 3 DFCs),
Brig. Gen. Steve Ritchie (USAF Ace flying the F-4 and the youngest Top
Gun instructor pilot ever), and Wolfgang "Wolf" Czaia (lead test pilot
for the Me262 program). Although the Starfighter team has been a
headlining performance at air shows across North America, it is
important to continue adding to our team. This year we will have a third
F-104 Starfighter aircraft for our performances and expect to begin
restoration of several more for 2008. Together with first class ground
support personnel, the Starfighter team is poised for exciting team
growth in years to come.
THANK YOU FOR
We would greatly appreciate your
support of this very worthwhile cause. Please email us at the address
below and/or call Dawn Vreeland at 303-680-5640 or 303-888-6899 (cell) with any questions you may have.
We would love to have you as a
partner in this rewarding endeavor. Thank you!
Aurora, Colorado 80015