What is/Who Are Flight 19?
Flight 19 is an independent supporters group based in Fort Lauderdale/Broward County, FL, exclusively supporting our local professional club team, the one and only Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The group was conceived in 2010, to stir up support in the Fort Lauderdale/Broward County area, in anticipation of the return of the legendary Strikers and North American Soccer League in 2011. We pride ourselves on being one of the hardest working and most creative supporters groups in the NASL(and beyond).
Our club motto is “DEFEND THE FORT!” which represents our commitment to creating a great atmosphere at Strikers games, making Lockhart Stadium a place that opposing teams will hate visiting, as well as honoring and representing the community in and around Fort Lauderdale.
Our mission is to rally passionate support in the community for our beloved Strikers. On gamedays we will all work together to provide an electric atmosphere at the stadium and provide a home field advantage for the Strikers that is second to none. Through singing, chanting, tifo displays, waving flags, and banging drums for the full 90 minutes, we will strive to help our boys get the win each and every game.
What’s Up With The Name?
The group is named in honor of the flight of 5 TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that took off from Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale(now Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport) in December of 1945, disappearing in perhaps the most famous incident associated with the Bermuda Triangle. Our crest is based on the roundel insignia found on WWII era US Military Aircraft, the classic NASL style soccer ball and the triangular shape of, you guessed it, the Bermuda Triangle. The story of Flight 19 is a part of the history of Fort Lauderdale, and considering the long time home of the Strikers, Lockhart Stadium, is situated on land that was once part of an airport built to train WWII Naval pilots, and is still under the flight path of FTL Executive Airport, we feel it is a fitting name to represent our efforts to honor Fort Lauderdale and our rich history.
Do I Need To Sing?
Short answer, no. Long answer, we strongly encourage everyone who stands with us to join in with our chants and songs. If singing is not your thing, you can always play drums or wave a flag to show your passion for the Strikers and help make our section a force to be reckoned with. Click on the Songs page for a full list of our songs and chants, so you can be prepared to rock Lockhart on gamedays!
Do I Have To Be From Fort Lauderdale To Join?
Absolutely not! While the core of our membership is from Broward County, we have members from all over South Florida and even across the globe! We welcome everyone who believes in the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Be you from Fort Lauderdale, London, Tokyo or anywhere in between, if you stand for the Red & Gold, you’re welcome to stand with us!
Are Kids Welcome?
Absolutely, though it is important to note that a supporters section is not always the best place for children. We try to keep things as family friendly as possible, but some colorful language will be heard and alcohol will be present. It’s certainly nothing worse than what you’d see at an NFL game or Heat-Knicks clash, but it’s up to you to decide whether to bring the kids into the section.
Does Flight 19 Travel To Away Games?
You bet! For starters we will be at EVERY game played in Tampa Bay vs. the hated Rowdies, Jacksonville and Miami, and usually one of the games in Atlanta. So at a minimum we’ll be making 4-5 trips per season. But with the US Open Cup and NASL postseason being unknowns, it could be more. We’ve had an absolute blast on all our trips so far, and we expect future trips to be no less awesome. As the dates get closer we’ll announce travel details if you wish to tag along as part of the group.