The Fighter Pilot Podcast

By Vincent "Jell-O" Aiello, Retired US Navy Fighter Pilot

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Wizard
 Oct 23, 2020
For me it's the best podcast for military aviation! Interesting topics, great host and guests.

Hoskins
 Aug 15, 2020

Kieran
 Mar 11, 2020
Great podcast. Well presented. If you want to hear the history and development behind high performance military aircraft and interviews with the pilots who fly them. Then this is the podcast for you.


 Dec 13, 2019

Description

The Fighter Pilot Podcast explores the fascinating world of air combat: the aircraft, the weapons systems, and most importantly--the people. Each episode features a guest who helps explain the topic at hand such as how ejection seats work or what it's like to fly on and off nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.


Strap in and hang on for this incredible show! If you love the roar of a high-speed flyby or are enamored by the poise and confidence of the brave men and women who pilot these aircraft, then this show is for you!


Episode Date
FPP101 - F-101 Voodoo
01:32:02
The 'Century Series' kicks off this week with a discussion on the McDonnell ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonnell_Aircraft_Corporation ) F-101 Voodoo. ( http://warbirdsnews.com/warbird-articles/flying-barrel-explaining-f-101-voodoo.html ) Retired Royal Canadian Air Force Major John "Stace" Stacey joins guest cohost Bruce Gordon ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1491846038/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1491846038&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=61dc8496f5603c8358ae0b8dd058a045&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ) to discuss this late 1940's-designed interceptor that was once equipped with nuclear-tipped air-to-air missiles and a tactical nuke for a planned one-way mission should the Cold War ever turn hot. Listener questions addressed on this episode include a challenge on the show's claim that recent guest Caesar "Rico" Rodriguez ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=115s&v=getlNBgBwjs ) is the "only man to down three enemy planes in the past 40 years," why the F/A-18 does not start with the single push of a button like the F-35, who decides which Navy squadrons transition to new jets when, and whether external drop tanks and empty rocket pods can be dropped on targets. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez. This episode was produced by our friends at the MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( https://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jan 14, 2021
Intermission - 'Happy Hour' Discussion with Bruce Gordon
45:02
It was a busy holiday season and we want to introduce everyone to former USAF fighter pilot Bruce Gordon ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1491846038/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1491846038&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=465381ce5f6ffffc16f7cca1acacb50c&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ) since he'll be back to help with the coming Century Series episodes. So enjoy this audio replay of our late-November Happy Hour discussion and we'll be back on the 14th for episode 101 on the F-101 Voodoo! This episode was produced by our friends at the MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://musclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jan 04, 2021
FPP100 - 100th Episode Celebration!
01:38:42
Most of us, most of the time, focus our energies on where we're going and rarely, if ever, pause to consider where we've been. Not so on this episode of the Fighter Pilot Podcast—it's our 100th! And so we're taking a look back at some of our greatest moments during our three years in show biz. That's right, on this episode we discuss listener favorite episodes and guests, the most downloaded episodes, shows that surprised you the most, and much more with our usual host Jell-O and a cast of characters you already know and love. Before wrapping up, our friend and podcasting mentor Rob Kibbe returns to help wrap out our look back and then—as has become our annual tradition—helps look forward at the year to come. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez. This episode was produced by our friends at the MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( https://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Dec 30, 2020
Here Comes Santa Claus!
18:58
The Canadian and American forces of NORAD ( https://www.norad.mil/ ) , or the North American Aerospace Defense Command, spend 24/7/365 monitoring the airspace of our two countries--and indeed most of the world--to ensure threats to our two nations are identified and managed. But not everything that enters our airspace is a "threat." Every year, NORAD ensures the safe and unhindered passage of jolly ol' St. Nick and his precious cargo of Christmas cheer to all the North American children on his 'nice list.' Learn all about how Santa Claus is detected, tracked, and even escorted on the NORAD Santa Tracker website ( https://www.noradsanta.org/ ) and this exciting bonus episode, produced by our friends at the MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( https://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Dec 23, 2020
Intermission - The REAL "Only Man to Down 3 Enemy Planes in the last 40 Years"
01:08:21
We're taking a break this week and instead replaying portions of our summer 2020 Happy Hour discussion with retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Cesar "Rico" Rodriguez, the *real* "only man to shoot down three enemy planes in the last 40 years" ( come on, Ed Harris, pfft.) The full video discussion can be found on our found Patreon page ( https://www.patreon.com/posts/happy-hour-6-38929291 ) and be sure to check out Jamie Hunter's article about Rico ( https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/35765/confessions-of-an-f-15-eagle-driver-with-three-mig-kills ) at The Warzone. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Dec 13, 2020
FPP099 - E-2 Hawkeye
01:25:15
Situational awareness is a precious commodity, especially in armed conflict where the 'fog of war' invariably confuses and distracts commanders. Dedicated aerial platforms are vital to collecting the information needed to ensure warfighters have as accurate a sense of the real world as possible. For Naval Aviation, the key enabler in this regard is the Northrop Grumman ( https://www.northropgrumman.com/ ) E-2 Hawkeye. ( https://www.naval-technology.com/projects/e2-hawkeye/ ) On this episode, former U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) lieutenant commander and Hawkeye test pilot Jonathan "Gersh" Ulbricht joins us to describe the longest consecutively serving carrier-based airplane in Navy history. And since so much of this platform's mission is based not on the pilots up front but on the flight officers inside, our former Air Intercept Communications episode 31 ( https://www.fighterpilotpodcast.com/episodes/031-air-intercept-communications/ ) guest, now-Captain Alan Schiaffino returns to help us understand the Hawkeye from an NFO's perspective. Listener questions include when we might cover the B-36 Peacemaker, fighter pilot fitness, and why the F-14 Tomcat uses spoilers in lieu of ailerons. If you're into rotary-wing sure to check out The Low Level Hell Podcast ( https://thelowlevelhellpodcast.com/ ). Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at the MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( https://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Dec 03, 2020
The Fighter Pilot Podcast
02:41
Welcome to the Fighter Pilot Podcast! This trailer describes the show: who it's from, who it's for, and what it's all about. Be sure to check out our website ( https://www.fighterpilotpodcast.com/ ) and for exclusive content, check out our Patreon Page ( https://www.patreon.com/ftrpltpdcst ). Got a question for the show or want to advertise with us? Send us an email: questions@fighterpilotpodcast.com or leave a voice message: 877.MACH.101. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Nov 29, 2020
FPP098 - B-25 Mitchell
01:33:31
Bomber Month ( https://www.fighterpilotpodcast.com/bombermonth/ ) concludes with the North American B-25 Mitchell. This week, Larry Kelley discusses the World War II bomber that was the first to strike the Japanese homeland in the infamous Doolittle Raid ( https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/wars-conflicts-and-operations/world-war-ii/1942/halsey-doolittle-raid.html ) of April 1942. Mr. Kelley describes all the usual 'aircraft series' topics and what it took to personally acquire the B-25J Panchito ( http://www.delawareaviationmuseum.org/aircraft/b-25.html ) that is part of the Delaware Aviation Museum ( http://www.delawareaviationmuseum.org/ ). Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Nov 23, 2020
Blue Angels Super Hornet Transition Update
32:42
Former U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight leaders Captains Ryan "Guido" Bernacchi and Eric "Popeye" Doyle join Fighter Pilot Podcast host Vincent "Jell-O" Aiello for a discussion on the team's transition to the Boeing F/A-18E and F-model Super Hornets following 34 consecutive years flying the F/A-18A-D Hornet. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Nov 19, 2020
FPP097 - Avro Vulcan
01:04:25
Bomber Month ( https://www.fighterpilotpodcast.com/bombermonth/ ) marches on with our first foreign bomber to be featured: the Avro Vulcan ( https://www.baesystems.com/cs/Satellite?c=BAEHeritage_C&cid=1434575550688&d=Touch&pagename=SwedenWrapper ). This week, retired Royal Air Force ( https://www.raf.mod.uk/ ) Squadron Leader Martin Withers joins us to discuss this British Cold War-era strategic bomber that found notoriety for a long-range strike ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=e5yAtuYPHK4 ) on an enemy airfield in the opening hours of the Falkland Islands War ( https://www.britannica.com/event/Falkland-Islands-War ). Martin was part of that strike and went on to fly a Vulcan at airshows until its final sundown in 2015. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Nov 13, 2020
FPP096 - B-29 Superfortress
01:05:55
Here on the Fighter Pilot Podcast it’s once again Bomber Month ( https://www.fighterpilotpodcast.com/bombermonth/ ) ! First up this year is the venerable Boeing B-29 Superfortress ( https://www.boeing.com/history/products/b-29-superfortress.page ) and joining us is Allen Benzing of the Commemorative Air Force B-29 / B-24 Squadron ( https://www.cafb29b24.org/ ) based in Dallas, Texas. Once an enlisted U.S. Air Force ( https://www.af.mil/ ) airman, Al worked his way up through civilian flying and is now a Superfortress aircraft commander and instructor for the CAF. Not only that but he knows a thing or two about the B-29's role in WW2 and shares it here with guest host Trevor Boswell. Check out the CAF's B-29 tour schedule here ( http://www.airpowertour.org/ ). Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Nov 03, 2020
FPP095 - Surface-to-Air Threats: SAMs
01:47:45
Surface-to-air missiles, or SAMs, are sometimes also called "flying telephone poles" because of their sheer size. ...whatever you call them, these deadly weapons are widely proliferated and credited with downing hundreds of allied aircraft since their first widespread use during the Vietnam conflict. On this episode, U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) Captain and former TOPGUN ( https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrsw/installations/nas_fallon/about/nawdc.html ) instructor Thomas "Jethro" Bodine concludes our two-part series on surface-to-air threats with a look at SAMs. We cover types, guidance methods, and countertactics before Jethro regales us with a story of the harrowing night he dodged several SAMs over Iraq in the F/A-18F Super Hornet's combat debut. Guest cohost "Crunch" returns from last week's AAA episode to help explain SAMs and answer listener questions on survival suits, military—civilian pilot certificate equivalency, and low level routes. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at the MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Oct 23, 2020
Hogs in the Sand with "Buck"
13:51
Buck Wyndham was a junior Air Force pilot when Operation Desert Storm kicked off in early 1991. Learn of his harrowing missions which are chronicled in his new book Hogs in the Sand ( https://hogsinthesand.com/ ). Enter for a free chance to win one of two autographed copies of the book here ( https://kingsumo.com/g/lbxg85/hogs-in-the-sand-book-giveaway ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Oct 16, 2020
FPP094 - Surface-to-Air Threats: AAA
01:17:42
Anti-aircraft artillery. Air defense artillery. Flak. Ack ack. ...whatever you call it, there is no dispute that the firing of guns, cannon, and artillery at aircraft is a significant threat to said aircraft. Add to that the simplicity, reliability, and proliferation of these weapons and suddenly you have a real concern for military forces. On this episode, retired U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) Captain and former TOPGUN ( https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrsw/installations/nas_fallon/about/nawdc.html ) Surface-to-Air Threat and Countertactics subject matter expert Craig "Crunch" Snyder begins a two-part series on such threats with a look at AAA--what it is, the various projectiles, the types of fire, and more. Cohost "Boat" offers a U.S. Air Force ( https://www.af.mil/ ) perspective on the subject and helps answer listener questions such as military pilot career progression, the muscle memory challenges associated with returning from an aircraft carrier deployment, nuclear strike in fighter squadrons, and future episode suggestions. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at the MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Oct 13, 2020
Tomcat RIO with "Bio"
14:48
A short discussion with Dave "Bio" Baranek on his latest book: Tomcat RIO, a Topgun Instructor on the F-14 Tomcat and the Heroic Naval Aviators Who Flew It. ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1510748229/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1510748229&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=6df94fa47d84ae5559e0464e99e6620a&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ) Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Oct 05, 2020
FPP093 - U-2 Dragon Lady
01:43:01
You might think that by now, in the early 2020's — with advanced satellites and unmanned aerial systems so prolific — that we wouldn't need to go through all the trouble of spending days preparing a pilot for a manned spy mission in the upper reaches of our atmosphere wearing what amounts to an astronaut suit in a plane that enjoys only a few knots between stalling and over speeding. Think again. On this episode, retired U.S. Air Force ( https://www.af.mil/ ) Colonel Michael "Lips" Phillips explains why the 60-year-old Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady ( https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/products/u2-dragon-lady.html ) remains in such high demand today, often times being tasked at the highest levels of government. As an aircraft series episode, Lips discusses the variants, armament (or not), and performance of this aircraft while also describing what it was like to fly, which began a day before the mission. Past guest Tra "Fish" Calisch returns as cohost and helps answer listener questions on how search and rescue missions are initiated, whether Air Force aircraft could land on a carrier (they do have tail hooks, after all), and what sounds F/A-18 crews can hear in the jet when on an aircraft carrier flight deck. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at the MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Oct 03, 2020
FPP092 - A-1 Skyraider
01:29:05
Few aircraft elicit such reverence and respect ( https://www.militarytimes.com/off-duty/2017/12/15/how-the-low-slow-a-1-skyraider-earned-its-place-in-the-hearts-of-us-troops-in-vietnam/ ) as those that can be counted on to respond at a moment's notice when a downed aviator or embattled ground unit cried for help. In the Vietnam conflict, the aircraft that provided hours of on-station time with dozens of weapons stations, and was responsible for saving hundreds of lives, was none other than the venerable Douglas A-1 Skyraider ( https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Douglas_A-1_Skyraider ). On this episode, former U.S. Air Force ( https://www.af.mil/ ) captain George Marrett joins us to cover the usual 'aircraft series' topics and goes deep on the Skyraider's "Sandy" mission in Vietnam, having flown nearly 200 such missions himself. George's extensive experiences are expertly captured in his many books ( https://www.amazon.com/George-J.-Marrett/e/B001IXMLAU%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share ) on everything from the Sandy missions to test piloting and even Howard Hughes, which was adapted for the feature film, The Aviator ( https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338751/ ) , starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Learn more about the Estrella Warbirds Museum in Paso Robles, CA here ( https://www.ewarbirds.org/index.shtml ). Mr. Paul Wood of the Warbird Heritage Foundation ( http://www.warbirdheritagefoundation.org/ ) returns this week as guest co-host to describe flying his Skyraider and helps answer listener questions on rain intrusion in the cockpit, FOD ( https://www.faa.gov/airports/airport_safety/fod/ ) concerns for jet engines, and service wings insignia. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at the MuscleCarPlace Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Sep 23, 2020
FPP091 - Hurricane Hunters
01:47:10
Threats to military forces and infrastructure come from overt enemy actions, terrorist acts, and training accident, but mother nature poses a threat too. Packing the energy of dozens of nuclear weapons ( http://texmex.mit.edu/pub/emanuel/PAPERS/hurrpower.pdf ) , a hurricane destroys almost everything in its path--whether military or civilian. And like any other threat, a clear understanding of the "enemy" is necessary. On this episode, Lt Col (select) Mark Withee and Capt Garrett Black, both of the U.S. Air Force Reserve ( https://afreserve.com/ ) and members of the 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron ( https://www.403wg.afrc.af.mil/About/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/192529/53rd-weather-reconnaissance-squadron-hurricane-hunters/ ) based at Keesler AFB, Mississippi ( https://www.keesler.af.mil/ ) , join us to describe the nuances of flying into destructive storms to glean as much information about the storm's path and propensity to intensify. Far from haphazardly flying through a storm, the Hurricane Hunters' specially-modified WC-130 Hercules ( https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/products/c130/wc-130j-weatherbird.html ) is perfectly suited for the mission. Guest cohost Becky Shaw returns to the show to describe NOAA ( https://www.noaa.gov/ ) 's hurricane flying and answer listener questions such as the impacts of weather on flying close air support, the firing of actual missiles in training, and the etymology of the word "pickle" in releasing air-to-ground stores. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at the MuscleCarPlace Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Sep 13, 2020
The Flying Tigers with Sam Kleiner
18:15
A brief discussion on the American Volunteer Group with Sam Kleiner, author of Flying Tigers, The Untold Story of the American Pilots who Waged a Secret War Against Japan ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0399564152/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399564152&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=1623c5a33f39685eee2d248b27eb04ee&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ). If you enjoy reading military aviation history, you'll enjoy this great book. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Sep 12, 2020
Airborne in an F-15 on 9/11 with "Opus"
32:00
Martin "Opus" Richard was a Massachusetts ANG F-15 pilot on September 11, 2001. Most of us are familiar with the events of that day and the thousands of lives lost, but what was it like for fighter pilots whose mission it was to stand alert and respond to threats against our nation? Opus reflects on this and the larger meaning of that fateful day. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Sep 11, 2020
Intermission - Listener Questions with "Boat"
49:25
We're taking a break after cranking out four episodes for Army Aviation Month in August. Instead, former Air-to-Air Weapons guest and occasional cohost Trevor "Boat" Boswell returns to help clear out some of the many listener questions that accrued. Ever wonder about Mode 1 carrier landings, what pilots eat before extended overwater flights, and whether military aircraft distress frequencies? All that and more is here in this intermission episode... Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Sep 03, 2020
TOPGUN's Top 10 with "Bus"
17:02
Retired U.S. Navy Commander Guy "Bus" Snodgrass, our former Air-to-Air Mission Planning episode guest, returns to the show to update us on his latest book project: TOPGUN's Top 10: Leadership Lessons from the Cockpit. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Sep 01, 2020
FPP090 - AH-64 Apache
01:00:48
'Army Aviation Month' wraps up with an in-depth look at the lethal AH-64 Apache ( https://www.boeing.com/history/products/ah-64-apache.page ). CWO4 Tim "Dorothy" Settle of the U.S. Army ( https://www.army.mil/aviation/ ) joins us to discuss this tank-busting helicopter including the variants, armament, performance, crew operation, and more. Designed for the Cold War, the Apache has enjoyed tremendous success in numerous conflicts from Desert Storm ( https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Features/story/Article/1728715/desert-storm-a-look-back/ ) to Afghanistan. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Aug 24, 2020
FPP089 - OH-58 Kiowa
01:10:56
'Army Aviation Month' marches on with a shift to our familiar 'aircraft series' format and a look at the OH-58 Kiowa ( https://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=1 ). Ryan Robicheaux, a former U.S. Army ( https://www.army.mil/aviation/ ) CWO2, joins us to discuss this helicopter that is small in stature but huge in capability and adored by the ground forces it defends. Ryan also discusses the many OH-58 military and civilian variants, as well as the somewhat unconventional plan to replace it. Check out Ryan's Scout's Out book project here ( https://www.scoutsoutbook.com/ ). Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Aug 17, 2020
Air Combat Sim Podcast Replay: Raven One DCS Campaign
58:46
We have been working on a Digital Combat Simulator ( https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/ ) campaign based on the book Raven One ( https://kevinmillerauthor.com/raven-one/ ) for well over a year. Written by our author friend Kevin "Hozer" Miller ( https://kevinmillerauthor.com/ ) , the campaign will allow DCS players with the F/A-18C and Super Carrier modules to experience the events of the book with authentic tactics, communications, and inflight products. This bonus is a replay of an episode from our sister podcast, Air Combat Sim ( https://redcircle.com/shows/air-combat-sim ) , describing the making of the campaign. The campaign releases August 19, 2020. Be sure to check out our Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/fighterpilotpodcast ) for more information on special Raven One merchandise ( https://teespring.com/stores/raven-one ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Aug 13, 2020
FPP088 - Army Flight School
51:58
'Army Aviation Month' continues with a look at U.S. Army ( https://www.army.mil/aviation/ ) flight school--including the syllabus, aircraft, and training locations--with CWO2 Nicholas Allen. As a recent Army flight school graduate, Nick now flies the UH-60 and provided some additional information on the Blackhawk to compliment our previous H-60 episode. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Aug 10, 2020
FPP087 - Army Aviation Overview
01:03:54
'Army Aviation Month' kicks off with a look at U.S. Army ( https://www.army.mil/aviation/ ) policies, programs, and aircraft--including the little-known fleet of Army airplanes--with CWO5 Aaron Nance of the Washington Army National Guard. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Aug 03, 2020
Intermission - Fighting the Japanese with former RAF Fighter Pilot Jeffrey Brain
01:01:45
We're taking another break this week as we prepare for 'Army Aviation Month' coming up in August. Instead, enjoy this discussion with Mr. Jeffrey Brain, a former RAF fighter pilot who flew Hurricanes and Mosquitoes against the Japanese in World War II. Even at 98 years young, Mr. Brain lives up to his name! Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jul 23, 2020
FPP086 - F-86 Sabre
01:05:36
Every conflict has its quintessential fighter: in World War II it was the P-51 Mustang. The F-4 Phantom symbolizes the Vietnam conflict and in Desert Storm it was the F-15 Eagle, arguably…. Well, there’s no argument about the iconic fighter of the mid-50’s Korean War—it’s unquestionably the North American F-86 Sabre. On this episode, retired U.S. Air National Guard ( https://www.goang.com/ ) Lieutenant Colonel Jim “Skinny” McLennan, who piloted many aircraft over a 30-year career from the F-84 to the F-100 and later the A-10, joins us to discuss his favorite: the F-86. Skinny expertly covers our usual ‘aircraft series’ topics while Mr. Paul Wood, last week’s intermission guest and founder of the Warbird Heritage Foundation ( http://www.warbirdheritagefoundation.org/ ) , returns as guest co-host to help us better understand the Sabre. Listener questions addressed include fighters escorting rescue helicopters, the 2008 PBS Carrier series ( https://www.pbs.org/weta/carrier/full_episodes.htm ) , the apparent demise of toy fighter planes for kids, the various titles for Naval Flight Officers, and more. Read about the F-100 that inadvertently shot down a B-52 in 1961 here ( http://www.angelfire.com/dc/jinxx1/images/Shootdown.html ). Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The Muscle Car Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jul 13, 2020
Intermission - Talking Warbirds with Paul Wood
46:52
We're taking a pause this week and replaying a recent Patreon ( https://www.patreon.com/ftrpltpdcst ) 'Happy Hour' discussion with Mr. Paul Wood, founder of the Warbird Heritage Foundation ( http://www.warbirdheritagefoundation.org/ ). Paul owns (and flies!) an impressive array of notable aircraft from the P-51 Mustang to the A-1 Skyraider to the A-4 Skyhawk. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jul 03, 2020
FPP085 - Big Wing Tankers
01:34:21
When aircraft designers and military planners sought a simple way to extend the range, increase the payload, and lengthen the endurance of combat aircraft, they may have been inclined to consider a host of various technological solutions. In fact, the best way to accomplish these endeavors is through aerial refueling with big wing tankers like the KC-135 Stratotanker ( https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/1529736/kc-135-stratotanker/ ) , KC-10 Extender ( https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104520/kc-10-extender/ ) , and forthcoming KC-46 Pegasus ( https://www.af.mil/about-us/fact-sheets/display/article/104537/kc-46a-tanker/ ). On this episode, retired U.S. Air Force ( https://www.airforce.com/ ) Lieutenant Colonel Mark “Sluggo” Hasara ( https://markhasara.com/ ) joins us to discuss the history, practical applications, and strategic implications of big wing tankers. As a 25-year veteran with over 5,000 flight hours in the KC-135, Sluggo literally “wrote the book ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1501181661/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1501181661&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=749978b1939e150c65bebbb41b5770ab&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ) ” on big wing tanking and was instrumental in the creation of the U.S. Air Force tanker Weapons School ( https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/132790/schoolhouse-trains-tanker-instructor-pilots-to-be-weapons-officers/ ). Be sure to check out his Wall Pilot ( https://www.facebook.com/wallpilot/ ) Facebook page and bonus content ( https://www.patreon.com/posts/38282658/ ) where Sluggo spends another 52 minutes answering listener questions. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The Muscle Car Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jun 23, 2020
FPP084 - Mirage 2000
01:03:14
When you think of 4 th generation fighters designed in the late 70’s, which aircraft come to mind? Likely the F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon for starters, perhaps the F/A-18 Hornet, and for Eastern designs—probably the MiG-29 Fulcrum. But don’t forget the many great 4 th gen fighters designed in Europe, many still operational today, such as the Dassault Mirage 2000 ( https://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/row/mirage-2000.htm ). On this episode, Mathieu “Matéo” Carbon—formerly a French Air Force fighter pilot and now host of the 9Gs podcast ( https://www.9gspodcast.com/podcast ) —joins us from Hong Kong to discuss the usual ‘aircraft series’ topics on the Mirage 2000 and helps answer listener questions, including the lowest altitude he ever flew (hint: it was below sea level!). Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The Muscle Car Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jun 13, 2020
FPP083 - Electronic Attack
01:04:28
Disrupt /disˈrəpt/ verb — to interrupt an event, activity, or process by causing a disturbance or problem. …Modern aerial combat is a challenging, fast-paced, three-dimensional chess match that requires each side to be on their game. One way to improve the odds of victory is to disrupt your opponent’s plans and systems, and one of the best ways to do that is in the electromagnetic spectrum. On this episode, U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.com/ ) Captain Dave “Mini Me” Kurtz ( https://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/lpd25/pages/bio1.aspx ) joins us to talk tactical electronic attack based on his career flying the EA-6B Prowler ( https://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/prowler/ ) and EA-18G Growler ( https://www.boeing.com/defense/ea-18g-growler/ ). We discuss what EA is, how it works to disrupt the enemy’s kill chain, and some planning considerations. Mini Me even answers a few listener questions on the subject. Episode artwork by Janek Krause. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The Muscle Car Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork ). *Thanks to Thrustmaster for Sponsoring this episode.* ( http://www.thrustmaster.com/en_US ) Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jun 03, 2020
FPP082 - MiG-21 Fishbed
01:39:48
The MiG-21 Fishbed. There may be no more recognizable, mass produced, widely proliferated, iconic, enduring fighter jet in existence or throughout history. With more than 11,500 produced and at one time operational in 60 countries on four continents, incredibly this 65-year-old fighter is still in widespread use today. On this episode, retired Indian Air Force ( https://indianairforce.nic.in/ ) Air Commodore Suren “Bundal” Tyagi ( https://www.dnaindia.com/ahmedabad/report-dispelling-myths-about-flying-coffin-mig-21-1877172 ) joins us to discuss this legendary aircraft—not just the numbers but how effective it was, what it was like and how the pilots who flew the MiG-21 enjoyed it. And Bundal would know, having amassed over 4,000 flight hours and several combat missions in the Fishbed. Returning as guest cohost to help explain the MiG-21 is episode 60 guest and former squadron mate with Bundal, Harsih Masand, who helps answer listener questions about the stinger on the back of Flanker aircraft, whether the future of air warfare will be ultra-long range or within visual range, and whether AC-130s operate from unprepared airfields. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The Muscle Car Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
May 23, 2020
Harnessing the Sky with Dana Tibbetts
13:48
The excellent book ' Harnessing the Sky ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1612518486/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1612518486&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=9483e1b8e07e557fc4784ceb564a6d08&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ) ' chronicles the life and adventures of aviation pioneer and early test pilot Fredrick "Trap" Trapnell during the tumultuous years leading up to World War II and then the transition to jets immediately following. Trap's granddaughter Dana Trapnell Tibbetts joins us on this bonus episode to discuss the book she co-authored with her father. You can watch a presentation she gave on the book and her grandfather here ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=82wl4yjCYeE ). Sign up for a chance to win a free autographed copy of the book here ( https://kingsumo.com/g/wimt0d/autographed-harnessing-the-sky-book-giveaway ). If you enjoy Naval Aviation history, you'll love the book 'Harnessing the Sky!' Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
May 16, 2020
FPP081 - The Canadian Forces Snowbirds
01:23:44
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds ( https://www.facebook.com/CFSnowbirdsFC/ ) , 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, are a Canadian icon comprised of Canadian Armed Forces members and National Defence Public Service employees—pilots, technicians, mobile support operators, resource management support clerks and more—working as a team to bring thrilling performances to the public. The Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of skill, professionalism, teamwork, discipline, and dedication inherent in the men and women of the CAF and inspire the pursuit of excellence wherever they go. On this episode, former RCAF ( https://forces.ca/en/about-us/air ) F/A-18 pilot and two-time Snowbird LCol Robert “ Scratch ( http://scratchmitchell.com/bio/ ) ” Mitchell joins us to describe the ins and outs of this amazing team, including the exhausting and sometimes unglamorous life on the road between shows. Scratch doubles as co-host this week and answers a few listener questions specific to his experiences and what he sees as the future for the Snowbirds. Bumper announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). The Royal Canadian Air Force March Past was performed by the Central Band of the Royal Air Force ( https://www.raf.mod.uk/display-teams/raf-music-services/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The Muscle Car Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
May 13, 2020
FPP080 - AC-130 Gunship
01:04:41
Once in a while, popular culture affixes certain expressions—memes, really—to particular military aircraft. “Get some!” is affiliated with Vietnam-era Hueys; “I feel the need for speed,” is a Tomcat-ism; and the Warthog with its devastating 30 mm cannon has simply, “brrrrrrt.” On this episode, U.S. Air Force ( https://www.airforce.com/ ) Colonel Craig “Buck” Walker joins us to explain how the popular cry “Make it rain!” is anathematic to the AC-130 Gunship ( https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104486/ac-130u/ ) community, who pride themselves on precision lethality. Buck answers our usual ‘aircraft series’ questions and provides exclusive insight into this incredible platform and the amazing professionals who crew it. During the listener question segment the host explains what airborne carrier aircraft do during a mishap on the flight deck, what a “squadron” is, and how many parts the various F-35 models have in common. Bumper intro music by various artists, theme music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The Muscle Car Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork ) and is dedicated to the brave souls lost on Spirit 03 ( https://www.wearethemighty.com/history/last-ac-130-lost-combat ) on January 31, 1999. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
May 03, 2020
FPP079 - Advanced Training Methods
01:05:24
Routine and repetitive practice is required to excel at any endeavor. Musicians spend countless hours on instruments, athletes train relentlessly, and military aviators? They need practice too. The problem is air combat training is either too theoretical on the one extreme, or two resource-intensive on the other. On this episode, three team members from Red 6 ( https://www.red6ar.com/ ) , a Southern California aerospace company, join us to describe a high-tech, low-cost solution they have developed to maximize aerial training effectiveness against the latest threats with existing assets. Their augmented reality headset will revolutionize not just how military aviators train but will have countless utility in numerous other applications. In short, it’s a game changer. During the listener question segment, guest cohost Boat helps answer whether Naval Aviation helps with homeland defense, why the F-35C does not have an internal cannon, and why Super Hornet and Growler pylons are canted, among other topics. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The Muscle Car Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork ). Follow Red 6 on Instagram: @red6inc, Bond (@Berkutdriver), and Glenn (@_glennsnyder). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Apr 23, 2020
FPP078 - F-35 Lightning II
01:49:32
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II ( https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/products/f-35.html?gclid=CjwKCAjw1cX0BRBmEiwAy9tKHjoMkZkgR_RIu7bBqJsETLBCszR9BXuhiBnciu8-HUgA1blAtL1R7RoCFbMQAvD_BwE ) is the most advanced aerial weapon system ever fielded. The 5th generation fighter ( https://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/5th-generation-fighter-aircraft.asp ) jet is also the most expensive, spent the longest in development, and involves more partners and assembly in more locations than any other aircraft in history. It is also the most lethal. This week, U.S. Air Force ( https://www.airforce.com/ ) Lieutenant Colonel Tucker “Cinco” Hamilton, former F-35 test pilot, joins us to explore this aircraft’s developmental legacy and present lethality. Are parts of it really made in 48 of the 50 American states? Did it really lose to an F-16 ( https://medium.com/war-is-boring/read-for-yourself-the-f-35-s-damning-dogfighting-report-719a4e66f3eb ) in dogfighting tests? We cover these topics, and many more, with Cinco and previous guest Dave “Chip” Berke ( https://echelonfront.com/dave-berke/ ) who returns as cohost. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell. ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ) This episode was produced by our friends at The Muscle Car Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Apr 13, 2020
FPP077 - The Boneyard
01:07:53
Where do automobiles go when they reach the end of their useful lives? Why, the junkyard, of course. So, where do military aircraft go? If they’re U.S. military aircraft they most likely go to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group ( https://www.dm.af.mil/About-DM/Units/Mission-Partners/309-AMARG/ ) aboard Davis Monthan AFB ( https://www.dm.af.mil/ ) in Tucson, Arizona. Just don’t call it a “junkyard.” On this episode, U.S. Air Force ( https://www.airforce.com/ ) Colonel Jennifer “Re-Jen” Barnard, AMARG ( https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=293693018173326 ) Commander, joins us to explain how and why aircraft arrive—and eventually depart—this extensive facility which covers four square miles, employs hundreds of specialized technicians, and saves the military and taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually. …sure, we’re calling this ‘the Boneyard,’ but don’t let the thousands of preserved aircraft fool you, there’s a lot happening at the AMARG ( https://www.kgun9.com/absolutely-az/d-m-boneyard-is-a-hub-of-aviation-activity-and-absolutely-arizona ). Listener questions include how aircraft self-healing fuel tanks work, air-to-air combat between fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, scary carrier landings, and the realism of the movie Top Gun ( https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092099/ ) ’s jet wash scene. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The Muscle Car Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Apr 03, 2020
FPP076 - F-15E Strike Eagle
01:21:33
F-15 Month concludes with an in-depth look at the two-seat strike-fighter variant. Whereas the A-D models profess to have "not pound for air-to-ground," the Boeing ( https://www.boeing.com/ ) F-15E Strike Eagle ( https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104499/f-15e-strike-eagle/ ) was designed to sling mud from the get-go. And does so exceedingly well. On this episode, a F-15E pilot and WSO crew, Lieutenant Colonel Richard "TAC" Turner and Captain Mark "Smack" Smith, both active duty U.S. Air Force ( https://www.airforce.com/ ) , tell us all about the mighty "Mud Hen" including how one scored an air-to-air kill with a laser-guided bomb. Read how the Strike Eagle and Super Hornet compare in this article ( https://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/air-war-americas-f-15e-strike-eagle-vs-f-18e-f-super-hornet-26172 ). Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). This episode produced by our friends at The Muscle Car Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Mar 23, 2020
FPP075 - F-15A-D Eagle (part 2)
01:10:47
Retired U.S. Air Force ( https://www.airforce.com/ ) Colonel Brian "Spiderman" Kamp and former F-22 Raptor guest Terry "Stretch" Scott return to conclude our two-part detailed look at the unbeaten Boeing ( https://www.boeing.com/ ) F-15 Eagle ( https://www.boeing.com/defense/f-15/ ) and even answer a few listener questions before they go. Previous guest co-host Mike "BS" Walsh also returns to offer some follow-up thoughts including a comparison of the Eagle's slow-speed flight handling to the F/A-18 Hornet — also a Boeing product. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcement by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The Muscle Car Place Podcast Network. ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork ) Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Mar 13, 2020
FPP074 - F-15A-D Eagle (part 1)
01:06:51
There may be no more accomplished, capable, and effective pure air-to-air fighter aircraft than the once McDonnell Douglas ( https://www.britannica.com/topic/McDonnell-Douglas-Corporation ) , now Boeing ( https://www.boeing.com/ ) F-15 Eagle ( https://www.boeing.com/defense/f-15/ ). With an impressive weapons suite, radar, and ID capability, eye watering handling characteristics, and an unbeaten combat record, no other bird rules the skies quite like the Eagle. On this episode, retired U.S. Air Force ( https://www.airforce.com/ ) Colonel Brian "Spiderman" Kamp, who accrued more than 4,000 flight hours ( https://www.nellis.af.mil/News/Article/1330278/f-15c-pilot-reaches-4000-flight-hours/ ) in the F-15, joins former F-22 Raptor guest Terry "Stretch" Scott, who has over 3,000 flight hours in the Eagle, to discuss this impressive machine inside and out. Former episode 25 hero Mike "BS" Walsh assists as guest co-host to offer his perspective as a relative newcomer to the F-15 after flying more than 1,000 hours in Marine ( https://www.marines.com/ ) F/A-18s and also helps answer listener questions. Episode bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcement by Jim Hendershot ( https://radiodesigngroup.com/?gclid=CjwKCAiA7t3yBRADEiwA4GFlI5_JYClqbBatKgQwJWAKisSf7ZhO1yCoM194ZfLBTuoK0HAnHVV19RoCC-0QAvD_BwE ). This episode was produced by our friends at The Muscle Car Place Podcast Network. ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork ) Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Mar 03, 2020
FPP073 - Exploitation Programs
01:29:34
Military aviators spend countless hours studying procedures, aircraft systems, limitations, and a host of other topics. To be safe and effective, clearly it is important to 'know oneself.' But that's not enough. To be lethal and survivable, military aviators must also know just as much about their potential adversaries. There are many ways to do so--the best is to get your hands on their aircraft. And better yet, to fly them. On this episode, former U.S. Air Force ( https://www.airforce.com/ ) Captain Brian "Lazmo" McCoy joins us to discuss exploitation programs in general and project CONSTANT PEG ( https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Museum-Exhibits/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/1682967/constant-peg-secret-migs-in-the-desert/ ) in particular. This once ultra-classified program fostered an understanding of the MiG-21 Fishbed ( https://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=68 ) and MiG-23 Flogger ( https://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=151 ) that would not have otherwise been possible for U.S. aircrews, doubtlessly saving lives and increasing lethality in combat. During the listener question segment, Jell-O and guest co-host Boat discuss the F/A-18 Superhornet's wing, top 100 air forces, and whether 'dumb' bombs are obsolete. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Feb 23, 2020
FPP072 - F-117 Nighthawk
01:10:17
Lockheed Skunk Works ( https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/who-we-are/business-areas/aeronautics/skunkworks.html ) is well known for its outrageous aircraft designs and cutting-edge technology. From the long list of visionary platforms comes today's subject--an aircraft Lockheed wasn't even originally invited to contribute a proposal for: the F-117 Nighthawk, also known as the "Stealth Fighter." On this episode, retired Michigan ANG ( https://www.goang.com/locations/michigan.html ) Major Robert "Robson" Donaldson joins us to describe this once-top secret mystery craft including all the usual 'aircraft series' topics as well as a DESERT STORM story that will have you equally rolling with laughter and trembling in fear. During the listener question segment, guest co-host Tra "Fish" Calisch addresses how the term "cockpit" came to be ( https://www.quora.com/Why-is-a-cockpit-called-a-cockpit ) , the use of drop tanks, and whether high altitude training can reduce aircrew susceptibility to hypoxia. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The Muscle Car Place Podcast Network. ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/tmcpnetwork ) Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Feb 13, 2020
FPP071 - Air-to-Air Mission Planning
01:20:17
Employing an air-to-air missile beyond visual range is not simply a matter of detecting the target and pulling the trigger, a host of factors demand consideration such as what is the threat and what kinds of missiles does it employ? From what speed and altitude? With these factors in mind we can plan to employ so that our missile hits the threat before the threat's missile hits us. Knowing that drives when to shoot, and thus before that when to lock the threat, and so on before that... This air-to-air mission planning results in chronological timelines that fighter aircrews must employ in demanding, chaotic, and ever-changing aerial engagements. On this episode, retired U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) Commander and former TOPGUN ( https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=94725 ) Instructor Guy "Bus" Snodgrass ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/guysnodgrass/ ) joins us to describe the many considerations and calculations needed to plan a winning air-to-air timeline. Check out his first book on his experiences as speech writer for former Secretary of Defense James Mattis ( https://www.defense.gov/Our-Story/Biographies/Biography/article/1055835/james-mattis/ ) here ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0593084373/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0593084373&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=c52e0331efed77b4e67b4d68937b662f&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ). Episode bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Feb 03, 2020
The Afterburn Podcast with "Rain"
07:42
Former F-16 Viper Demo Team pilot and retired U.S. Air Force Major John "Rain" Waters stops by to discuss his new show, the ' Afterburn Podcast.' ( https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-afterburn-podcast/id1496428378 ) Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jan 26, 2020
FPP070 - A-4 Skyhawk
01:08:43
Few aircraft capture the imagination like the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk ( https://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/a-4.htm ). Designed for a carrier-based one-way nuclear strike--a mission it mercifully never performed--the diminutive plane instead established a solid reputation as a capable conventional attack aircraft during the Vietnam conflict. The jet went on to serve as the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels ( https://www.blueangels.navy.mil/ ) flight demonstration squadron's aircraft and is still in service today, in various capacities, nearly six decades later. On this episode, retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Steven Briggs joins us to discuss the venerable Skyhawk, also known as the "Scooter" or " Heinemann's Hot Rod ( https://www.historynet.com/heinemanns-hot-rod.htm ) " after the plane's legendary developer. The Admiral answers our usual 'aircraft series' questions leveraging his extensive experience in the jet, which includes 229 combat missions over Vietnam. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jan 23, 2020
FPP069 - U.S. Coast Guard Aviation
56:22
The U.S. Coast Guard ( https://www.uscg.mil/ ) maintains a robust aviation capability comprised of numerous fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft stationed all over the country and deploying all over the world. This "fifth branch" of the U.S. military enforces laws, conducts search and rescue, maintains navigational equipment, and performs a host of other important tasks. And in a time of war, they can even help battle our nation's adversaries. This week, U.S. Coast Guard Commander Dan "Rainman" Warren joins us to help us understand everything we ever wanted to know about the Coast Guard but were afraid to ask. Listener questions include the use of gloves when flying and how to confirm a "kill" in long distance air-to-air engagements. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jan 13, 2020
FPP068 - JAS 39 Gripen
01:03:40
Bomber Month was a blast but it’s back to our namesake aircraft this week with a look at the Saab JAS 39 Gripen ( https://saab.com/gripen/ ). Mikael “Duke” Grev, former lieutenant in the Swedish Air Force ( https://www.forsvarsmakten.se/en/about/organisation/the-air-force/ ) , joins us to discuss this delta-wing, canard-equipped, single-engine fighter including it’s armament, performance, and many variants. Read more on Duke’s Gripen experiences in his Hushkit article ( https://hushkit.net/2019/04/15/flying-fighting-in-the-gripen-interview-with-a-swedish-air-force-pilot/ ) , and check out his company Avioniq here ( https://www.avioniq.se/ ). During the listener question segment, guest co-host Tra “Fish” Calisch returns to help us address sporting event flyovers, wingmen training and responsibilities, and the future of manned naval aviation. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jan 03, 2020
End of Year Recap - 2019
49:19
Fighter Pilot Podcast friend and mentor Rob Kibbe of The MuscleCar Place ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ) returns for a year-end look at the highs and lows of2019, and what's in store for 2020. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Dec 31, 2019
FPP067 - B-2 Spirit
59:37
Bomber Month ( https://www.fighterpilotpodcast.com/bombermonth/ ) concludes with the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit ( https://www.northropgrumman.com/Capabilities/B2SpiritBomber/Pages/default.aspx ). This week, U.S. Air Force ( https://www.airforce.com/ ) Major Nick "Wolf" Anderson and SMSgt Steve Napier join us to discuss the cutting-edge 'Stealth Bomber' and its enigmatic flying-wing design, not just flying but maintaining this complex machine. We discuss capabilities, weapons, even a little on low-observability and tactics before wrapping up with an introduction of the in-development B-21 Raider ( https://www.northropgrumman.com/MediaResources/MediaKits/B21/default.aspx?utm_campaign=B21_Redirect&utm_medium=Redirect&utm_source=PrintAd ). Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Dec 23, 2019
FPP066 - B-1 Lancer
01:04:07
Bomber Month ( https://www.fighterpilotpodcast.com/bombermonth/ ) marches on with the former Rockwell (now Boeing ( https://www.boeing.com/defense/b-1b-bomber/ ) ) B-1 Lancer. This week, retired U.S. Air Force ( https://www.airforce.com/ ) lieutenant colonel Chris "Wacky" Wachter joins us to talk about the bomber canceled by one president but reinstated by another in a role quite different from what was originally intended. The "Bone," which in many ways is unlike any other bomber--such as swing-wings and afterburning engines--remains a vital part of the U.S. arsenal employing a wide array of weapons in a host of missions. Here is a link ( https://othjournal-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/othjournal.com/2019/04/15/a-bomber-for-the-navy/amp/?amp_gsa=1&_js_v=a2&usqp=mq331AQCKAE%3D#aoh=15765521948519&referrer=https://www.google.com&_tf=From%20%251$s&share=https://othjournal.com/2019/04/15/a-bomber-for-the-navy/ ) to the article regarding a "Bomber for the U.S. Navy" as mentioned during the interview. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Dec 16, 2019
FPP065 - B-52 Stratofortress
01:10:40
Bomber Month ( https://www.fighterpilotpodcast.com/bombermonth/ ) continues with the mighty Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. ( https://www.boeing.com/defense/b-52-bomber/ ) This week, Mr. Ken Katz, a former ( https://www.fighterpilotpodcast.com/bombermonth/ ) U.S. Air Force ( https://www.af.mil/ ) flight test engineer who literally wrote the book ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0897476875/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0897476875&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=d7b2415357646089ee2d05d3c6fb7ea2&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ) on the B-52, joins us to talk all about the mighty "BUFF" including the several variants, its many weapons, and most impressively--how it may end up being the first military aircraft to fly operationally for 100 years. Episode artwork adapted by Janek Krause. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Dec 09, 2019
FPP064 - B-17 Flying Fortress
01:38:18
Here on the Fighter Pilot Podcast it's Bomber Month ( https://www.fighterpilotpodcast.com/bombermonth/ ) ! First up is the venerable Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress ( https://www.boeing.com/history/products/b-17-flying-fortress.page ) and joining us is Mr. Mike Rowland, former curator of the Museum of Aviation ( https://www.museumofaviation.org/?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=Cox+Media ) at Robins AFB, Warner Robins, Georgia where a B-17 is being meticulously restored. Also joining us on this episode is retired U.S. Air Force ( https://www.airforce.com/ ) Lieutenant Colonel Crawford Hicks ( https://www.13wmaz.com/article/news/local/wwii-vet-receives-prisoner-of-war-medal/93-f31d5c86-b961-485f-a894-944ff7fb3c2c ) , a former WWII B-17 pilot who was shot down on his 10th mission in the European Theater and held prisoner ( https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/356458 ) until the end of hostilities. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Dec 02, 2019
Holding the Line with "Bus"
08:22
Retired U.S. Navy Commander Guy "Bus" Snodgrass, former communications director and chief speech writer for Secretary of Defense John Mattis, stops by the podcast to discuss his new book, Holding the Line ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0593084373/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0593084373&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=4751b570cc2640b1d4009ad557220f0f&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ). Bus will be back on the show in 2020 for an episode on Air-to-Air Mission Planning. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Nov 26, 2019
FPP063 - A-5 Vigilante
01:04:14
There may be no more enigmatic naval aircraft than the North American A-5 Vigilante. Originally designed to be a carrier-based strategic nuclear bomber, it served primarily as an unarmed reconnaissance asset, substituting its nuclear rear-loaded payload for extra fuel tanks and collections gear. On this episode, former Vigilante pilot Bob Jellison, retired U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) Captain, joins us to describe the A-5 and his 100+ missions in it over North Vietnam. Our guest co-host Andy King (@andrewkingdrums), not a former guest or military aviator himself but a listener of the show and Vigilante aficionado, helps us further understand the aircraft. Check out his two favorite A-5 books here ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0999388428/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0999388428&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=11d291116540a064662ba5c977f59201&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ) and here ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1841767492/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1841767492&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=975e92f9fed1d90ffb01c68805187fe3&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ). During the listener question segment, Andy asks host Jell-O why some navy VFA squadrons are based on the West Coast of the U.S. but deploy with East Coast air wings (and vice versa), whether he would rather fly the F4U Corsair or F6F Hellcat, and if he thinks strategically the U.S. Navy is weaker due to its insistence on using the Hornet platform for multiple roles. Bumper announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ) / opening song by Jaime Lopez, closing song “ Skeleton ( https://open.spotify.com/artist/56elP6GGWaTp3mxeL0B1rB?si=fsJsSldsR024rlFlhvSLNg ) ” by Reader (@readerseattle). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Nov 22, 2019
FPP062 - The F-16 Viper Demo Team
59:21
What is the difference between a single-ship demo team and a multi-plane demonstration squadron, like the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels ( https://www.blueangels.navy.mil/ ) ? How does one get selected to perform with a demonstration team at airshows? Is it a tryout, leadership selection process, etc. and how long is a rotation? On this episode, the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team ( https://www.acc.af.mil/Home/Aerial-Events/F16-Viper/ ) joins us to answer these vexing listener questions. Demo pilot Major Garrett “Toro” Schmitz and crew chief Staff Sergeant Austin Dixon explain what the team is, what they do, how they differ from the Thunderbirds, and more. Be sure to follow the team on Instagram ( https://www.instagram.com/viperdemoteam/?hl=en ) (@viperdemoteam) and Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/ViperDemoTeam/ ) to learn more and catch their next performance. Episode 45 hero Mike “T-DAY” Torrealday returns to guest co-host this episode, adding valuable insight to the discussion and answering other listener questions such as sneezing in flight, canopy considerations in inclement weather, preflight rituals, whether an American F-14 pilot could fly an Iranian Tomcat, and more. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Nov 12, 2019
FPP061 - F-22 Raptor
01:36:37
There may be no better fighter in history or currently flying than the Lockheed Martin F-22 ( https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/products/f-22.html ) Raptor. Designed as an air superiority fighter to replace the F-15 Eagle ( https://www.boeing.com/defense/f-15/ ) , the Raptor combines advanced sensors, stealth, and exquisite flight controls and thrust vectoring into a lethal platform. On this episode, retired U.S. Air Force ( https://www.airforce.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwr-_tBRCMARIsAN413WQ2qDpIzdegLExmr1pRmCQEer6sdXhPXgYWNrx1BeNizlRNjeruatMaAoNIEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds ) Colonel Terry “Stretch” Scott joins us to describe the Raptor’s amazing features, weapons, performance, and more. He also helps answer a listener question on what it’s like to fly a fighter during extended ocean crossings, often lasting 12 hours or more. Returning to the show as a guest co-host is episode 59 star Dave “Chip” Berke, retired U.S. Marine Corps ( https://www.marines.mil/ ) Lieutenant Colonel and former F-22 exchange pilot. During the listener question segment, he discusses historical paradigms of aircraft design, what is included when discussing the bomb weight classes, how to handle not getting your first choice in flight school, and the difference between blue and green / brown water flight operations. At the end of the episode we say goodbye and thank you to Sunshine, who hangs up his cohost hat as his day job demands more of his time and attention. Fair winds, shipmate! Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Nov 02, 2019
FPP060 - MiG-29 Fulcrum
01:08:27
Arms races have existed as long as humans have been warring, and the Cold War was no exception. In the late 1970’s the U.S. fielded the F-16 Fighting Falcon and F/A-18 Hornet air superiority fighters. The Soviet Union, meanwhile, fielded its own advanced fighter that was in many ways superior. With amazing agility, a high thrust-to-weight ratio, and a helmet-mounted sight with associated high off-boresight weapon, the MiG-29 Fulcrum was a credible opponent to the West. On this episode, retired Indian Air Force Air Marshal Harish “Fulcrum 1” Masand phones in from Central India to describe the MiG-29 and his key role inducting the Fulcrum into the IAF. He describes the variants, weapons, and how it was so easy to fly that he was able to put on aerial demonstrations with only 20 hours of experience in the Fulcrum. Read more about Air Marshal Masand’s experience flying the MiG-29 ( https://hushkit.net/2019/08/12/flying-fighting-in-the-mig-29-interview-with-indian-air-force-fulcrum-pilot-air-marshal-harish-masand/ ) , fighting it against a Mirage 2000 ( https://hushkit.net/2019/08/12/mig-29-versus-mirage-2000-personal-account-from-by-air-marshal-harish-masand/ ) , and why he lovingly referred to the Fulcrum as the “Super Hunter.” ( https://hushkit.net/2019/09/07/the-mig-29-is-a-super-hunter-account-from-a-mig-29-fighter-pilot/ ) Guest co-host Darin “Wang” Chung from episode 26 ( https://www.fighterpilotpodcast.com/episodes/026-the-magtf/ ) joins us after the interview to describe his experiences training against Malaysian MiG-29s during one of his Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornet unit deployments. There is no listener question segment on this episode. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at the MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Oct 22, 2019
FPP059 - ANGLICO
01:42:18
The Air and Naval Gunfire Liaison Company is an elite Marine Corps unit tasked with coordinating various fires for their attached ground units. Tactical aviators are often chosen to lead these elements because of their unique perspective, having themselves previously supported ground forces from the air. It can be a harrowing experience for the aviators who leave the relative safety of their aircraft to slug it out in gritty ground combat, shoulder-to-shoulder with their brethren. On the other hand, it can be an experience like no other. On this episode, retired U.S. Marine Corps ( https://www.marines.mil/ ) Lieutenant Colonel Dave “Chip” Berke joins us to describe his time leading an ANGLICO ( https://www.americanspecialops.com/usmc-special-operations/anglico/ ) unit during the height of fighting in Ramadi, Iraq. His exploits are described in extensive depth during his appearance on episode 69 ( http://jockopodcast.com/2017/04/05/69-the-real-top-gun-battlefield-work-and-life-are-identical-with-elite-marine-fighter-pilot-david-berke/ ) of the Jocko Podcast, which should be considered a prerequisite prior to listening to this episode where we focus on Chip’s actual tactical control of aircraft as a ground FAC. During the listener question segment, Jell-O and guest co-host Dave “Chili” Culpepper from episode 55, address painting “CAG birds,” the difference between aggressors and adversaries, and staying mentally firm when attempting to land on a carrier during difficult situations. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Oct 12, 2019
FPP058 - Eurofighter Typhoon
58:59
If someone asked you about the modern, delta-wing European fighter jet with canards, you might rightly respond, “which one?” To be sure, the Dassault Rafale ( https://www.dassault-aviation.com/en/defense/rafale/introduction/ ) , Eurofighter Typhoon ( https://www.eurofighter.com/ ) , and Saab Gripen ( https://saab.com/gripen/ ) all share similar features. Why is that? And how do we distinguish between them? On this episode, German Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Lorenz “Enzo” Schaffelhofer shares how to distinguish his favorite, the Eurofighter Typhoon, from the other aircraft and why he feels it is the superior fighter. Hold on tight while we describe the amazing performance of this cutting-edge fighter and how, with a more capable missile than the AIM-120D AMRAAM ( http://www.deagel.com/Defensive-Weapons/AIM-120D-AMRAAM_a001164006.aspx ) , it could be even more lethal. During the listener question segment, Jell-O and Sunshine discuss military aircraft lots versus blocks, thoughts on a choice for Canada’s CF-18 Hornet replacement, some broad ideas on how to succeed in ROTC, and differences between East and West Coast Navy squadrons. Don’t forget to do your homework! Catch our future guest Dave “Chip” Berke’s previous appearance ( http://jockopodcast.com/2017/04/05/69-the-real-top-gun-battlefield-work-and-life-are-identical-with-elite-marine-fighter-pilot-david-berke/ ) on the Jocko Podcast. We’ll delve into his time as a ground FAC in Ramadi, Iraq on the next episode. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The Muscle Car Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Oct 02, 2019
FPP057 - C-2 Greyhound
01:30:45
Everyone loves the sleek fighter jets, hovering attack planes, and other glamorous war machines that make the headlines and capture our attention, but few give more than a fleeting thought to the many other aircraft that perform crucial, yet unremarkable missions. One of those missions is logistical support, and only one airplane in history has been designed from the beginning to perform that mission to and from aircraft carriers. On this episode, retired U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) Lieutenant Commander Julio “JLO” Galvan joins us to discuss the Grumman C-2 Greyhound and the crucial carrier onboard delivery role it plays for carrier strike groups around the globe. Although not as flashy as a frontline fighter, the Greyhound performs a vital role in moving personnel, equipment, supplies, and even mail from ship to shore and vice versa. It can even be used to deploy parachuting SEALs, as depicted in this YouTube video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=KTn21TUdsQA ). During the listener question segment, Jell-O and Sunshine again discuss collateral duties in Navy single-seat F/A-18 squadrons, what constitutes a "flight hour," whether the flight training pipeline does a good job of weeding out unfit student aviators, and if the “right stuff” actually exists. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( https://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Sep 22, 2019
Facebook Live Q&A Replay with "Turkey"
01:01:16
This bonus episode returns us to our three-episode-per-month format, airing on the 2nd, 12th, and 22nd of each month for this, our second year as a show. This is a replay of our early July 2019 Facebook Live question & answer session with episode 50 guest, retired U.S. Navy Commander Jerry "Turkey" Tucker. Enjoy! Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Sep 12, 2019
FPP056 - AV-8 Harrier
01:28:57
Most modern military fighter jets require thousands of feet of runway to takeoff and land, or else a complex and dangerous system of shipboard catapults and arresting gear. The AV-8 Harrier is unique in that it retains high forward speeds but is capable of taking off and landing in extremely short distances—or even vertically—thanks to swiveling exhaust nozzles and augmented flight controls. This feature, originally adapted for a cold war scenario, is particularly useful for shipboard amphibious operations. On this episode, retired U.S. Marine Corps ( https://www.marines.mil/ ) Lieutenant Colonel Jeff “Magwa” Scott explains how the Harrier came to be, what it’s like to fly (and hover), and how it is in some ways preferable to the F-35B Lightning II currently replacing it. During the listener question segment, Jell-O and Sunshine discuss aircrew interactions with other aircraft carrier personnel, mental exercises prior to flight, whether aircraft float, and how speedbrake placement is decided during aircraft design. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ) Podcast Network. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Sep 09, 2019
FPP055 - Forward Air Controllers
01:33:17
Of the many facets of military aviation, perhaps no other is as consequential to the outcome of an armed conflict than the prosecution of ground targets. When those targets are in close proximity to friendly forces, detailed coordination is required between the ground commander and air assets to ensure the proper targets are attacked in an appropriate way. The conduit for that coordination is the JTAC ( https://specialoperations.com/959/tacp-jtac-overview/ ) , or Joint Terminal Attack Controller. An aviator filling this role is known as a Forward Air Controller, or FAC. On this episode, retired U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) Captain David “Chili” Culpepper joins us to describe nuances of being a FAC—drawing on his vast experiences piloting both the F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18F Super Hornet as an airborne FAC, or FAC(A). Arguably the most difficult aerial mission aircrew perform, a FAC(A) must balance the availability of air assets with a dynamic and ever-changing ground situation and complex command and control, all while flying. This largely explains why U.S. Navy and Marine ( https://www.marines.mil/ ) FAC(A) missions are only flown in two-seat tactical aircraft where the mission chores can be divided between the crew. During the listener question segment, Jell-O and Sunshine discuss what happens when a pilot is afflicted with vertigo, reasons why the F-14 Tomcat was retired, duplicate aircrew callsigns, and favorite flight suit patches. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). This episode was produced by our friends at The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Aug 26, 2019
FPP054 - V-22 Osprey
01:36:57
When it comes to military aircraft, most enthusiasts are familiar with the subcategories airplanes and helicopters , and the differing ways they generate lift. The former propels one or more stationary wings through the airstream and thus requires a relatively high minimum flying speed. The latter rotates multiple overhead wings, which facilitates flight in a stationary hover but typically at the expense of a relatively slow top speed. A less-well known third category combines the best features of airplanes and helicopters into one highly effective platform. Powered Lift air vehicles feature short or vertical takeoffs and landings as well as high top speeds—offering a tremendous advantage in military operations. The powered lift category features only three aircraft: the AV-8B Harrier, the ‘B’ variant of the F-35 Lightning II, and the subject of this week’s show: the V-22 Osprey. On this episode, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve ( https://www.marforres.marines.mil/ ) Major Josh “Sweet Pea” Smith joins us to discuss the Osprey in depth: from its tumultuous development, to the variants flown by three of the four US military branches, to its weapons systems, and more. Sweet Pea further describes what it’s like to pilot an Osprey—whether loaded with Marines or in the service of our country’s top governmental leadership. During the listener question segment, Jell-O and Sunshine discuss supersonic flight restrictions, carrier obsolescence, ordnance selection for uncertain mission tasking, and whether Cold War and older aircraft will be featured on coming episodes. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Aug 12, 2019
FPP053 - F-4 Phantom II (part 2)
01:04:24
...And we're back! On this episode we conclude last week's discussion with former F-4 pilot John "Tiger" Kerr and RIO Jack "Fingers" Ensch, both retired U.S. Naval aviators. Hold on to your hats as we talk Vietnam-conflict shoot downs, shot downs, POW stories, and how each guest earned his callsign. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jul 29, 2019
FPP052 - F-4 Phantom II (part 1)
01:05:16
Few aircraft so prominently define their eras as the McDonell F-4 Phantom II does the 1960s and the Vietnam conflict. Initially imagined as a fighter and later an interceptor, the Phantom II eventually entered service as a fighter-bomber that set numerous speed and altitude records, was responsible for much of the bombing and air-to-air kills over Vietnam, and was later used extensively in SEAD and reconnaissance roles. The F-4 was a truly versatile—and effective—aircraft. On this episode, former U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) F-4 Phantom pilot Rear Admiral John “Tiger” Kerr and RIO Captain Jack “Fingers” Ensch, both since retired, join us to answer our standard ‘aircraft series’ questions on this iconic aircraft and what it was like to fly and fight it. They return on the next episode to continue the stimulating discussion. This week, hosts Jell-O and Sunshine catch up on phoned-in listener questions offering advice for getting the most out of the ROTC program, answering when we will feature certain aircraft on the show, opining on career paths for TOPGUN graduates, and discussing what happens when military aircraft crash into civilian infrastructure. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jul 22, 2019
FPP051 - SR-71 Blackbird
01:21:25
There are military aircraft that contribute to shaping U.S. foreign policy. There are some that usher in cutting edge technology. Others set speed and altitude records. A few capture the lifelong imaginations of children and aviation enthusiasts alike. And then there’s the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird ( https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/news/features/history/blackbird.html ) that did it all Brainchild of legendary aeronautical engineer, Kelly Johnson, the Blackbird did do it all as we learn on this episode with retired U.S. Air Force ( https://www.airforce.com/ ) Brian “Punchy” Shul. Known for his infamous ground speed ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILop3Kn3JO8 ) story and numerous books—including Sled Driver ( https://www.sleddriver.com/ ) —Punchy offers a detailed look at what it took to build and fly the Blackbird, and how it played a significant role in shaping President Reagan’s negotiations with the Soviet Union. The SR-71 Blackbird is a truly iconic aircraft. Now a renowned key note speaker, author, and aviation and nature photographer, Punchy is the curator of Gallery One ( https://galleryonepublishing.com/sleddriver/galleryone.html ) in Marysville, Calif. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jul 08, 2019
FPP050 - F-8 Crusader
01:22:44
The first recorded account of two aircraft engaging in aerial combat occurred in late November 1913 during the Mexican Revolution. The pilots, both American ‘soldiers of fortune’ on opposing sides of the conflict, engaged each other (unsuccessfully) with handheld pistols in otherwise unarmed aircraft. The gun—and soon after, the cannon—quickly became the primary weapon for air-to-air “dogfighting” and was incorporated in various calibers and locations into virtually all combat aircraft for the next 50 years, through two world wars and numerous armed conflicts. Until the advent of the air-to-air missile, the gunfighters ruled the skies. On this episode, retired U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) Commander Jerry “Turkey” Tucker joins us to discuss the “ last of the gunfighters ,” the Vought F-8 Crusader ( https://militarymachine.com/f-8-crusader-last-american-gunslingers/ ). Designed as a supersonic dogfighter, the Crusader ushered in the era of A/A missiles and, indeed, most of its kills in the Vietnam conflict were achieved with early versions of the AIM-9 Sidewinder ( http://www.ausairpower.net/TE-Sidewinder-94.html ). Turkey regales us not just with what it was like to fly and fight the Crusader but the many other aircraft he flew, including the F-4 Phantom II and A-4 Skyhawk as a two-time demonstration pilot for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels ( https://www.blueangels.navy.mil/ ). Due to the length of the interview, no listener questions are addressed on this episode. For those craving a second helping of Turkey, another serving can be found on our Patreon page ( https://www.patreon.com/ftrpltpdcst ) where edited parts of the interview are available as bonus content. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jun 22, 2019
Intermission - Aircrew Interviews Replay
57:09
We're taking a pause this week and replaying cohost Sunshine's recent two-part appearance on Aircrew Interviews, a YouTube channel aviation show. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jun 12, 2019
FPP049 - Sharpening the Spear
01:10:46
Virtually every thing requires periodic maintenance and upkeep. Think about it: our cars, our homes, our health, relationships… you name it—if it operates, functions, or has value, odds are precious resources are required to keep it so. And yet, very little attention is paid by the public or Hollywood to this irrefutable fact. But since this show tells the story of military aviation, on this episode we take a break from the glamorous planes and amazing weapons to explore what it takes to keep a 1,000-foot long, 10-story tall, $8B, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier protecting the nation’s interests on the world’s seas. Joining us to help describe this massive undertaking is U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) Captain Matthew “Pappy” Paradise, commanding officer of the USS Carl Vinson ( https://www.navy.mil/local/cvn70/ ) , and Mr. Mike Irby, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard ( https://www.navsea.navy.mil/Home/Shipyards/PSNS-IMF/ ) project lead for the Vinson’s current ‘availability’ period—as a carrier in drydock is known. During the listener question segment, Jell-O and Sunshine address Navy VFA squadron organization, loneliness in flight, the effect of dihedral on pulling Gs, the differences between the Naval Academy and ROTC when it comes to flight school performance, and more. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). Our thanks to the public affairs offices of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Carl Vinson for making this episode possible. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jun 02, 2019
FPP048 - Panavia Tornado
01:09:13
Anyone who watched early superhero shows years ago recalls opening scenes ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySvAs5ppkRw ) where bystanders gawking skyward exclaim, “ Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird!… " It’s a plane! " It’s… ” (…of course, we all know: it’s Superman! ). But when the subject of today’s episode blasts overhead, folks might similarly cry, “ it’s a fighter!... ” “It’s a deep interdictor striker!...” “It’s a reconnaissance craft! ” …Well, which is it? On this episode, retired Royal Air Force flight lieutenant Cameron Mckay (and his alter ego, “Dangerman”) joins us to explain that the Panavia Tornado ( https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/aviation/a27073869/panavia-tornado/ ) is all of those, and so much more. Jointly designed by the UK, Italy, and—at the time, West Germany, the Tornado admirably served these three nations and Saudi Arabia for over four decades, seeing action in numerous armed conflicts. Today, the aircraft is on its way to retirement but the “Fin,” as aircrew lovingly referred to it, is still a favorite. During the listener question segment Jell-O discusses F/A-18 angle of attack probe contingencies, mission specialization among U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) and Marine Corps ( https://www.marines.mil/ ) VFA squadrons, and ‘newbie’ yellow shirt considerations. Opening audio ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&t=205&v=aaW-eyrnixY ) taken from an actual Tornado strike on an Iraqi airfield during the 1991 Gulf War. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez announcements by Clint Bell Productions ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
May 22, 2019
FPP047 - A-6 Intruder
01:09:59
They say "fighter pilots make movies while attack pilots make history." So, what happens when a former attack pilot writes a book—his first ever—that so accurately and engagingly captures Vietnam combat operations that it ends up on President Reagan’s desk before soaring up New York Times’ best seller charts? That’s right, they make a movie out of it. On this episode, the Fighter Pilot Podcast is honored to host world renowned author and retired U.S. Navy Reserve ( https://www.navy.com/who-we-are/about-navy-reserve ) Commander Stephen “Cooter” Coonts ( http://www.coonts.com/ ). With nearly 50 aviation-themed books to his credit—including his out-of-the-gate runaway success, Flight of the Intruder ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003E4CXOK/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003E4CXOK&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=f18badc7003231eb223425b7aa323bdc&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ) —Mr. Coonts not only regales the listeners with how he came to be such a prolific writer but continues us along our aircraft series with a detailed explanation of the Grumman A-6 Intruder ( https://militarymachine.com/a-6-intruder/ ). At the end of the discussion Mr. Coonts offers a sneak peek into what projects he is working on next, including a diversion from his typical fictional accounts for his latest work, Dragon’s Jaw , due out May 14, 2019 and available here ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0306903474/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0306903474&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=7d19fa0dccdfbd3645f03eb4c7e18b79&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ). Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
May 12, 2019
FPP046 - Blue Angels Transitions
01:16:39
The US Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Blue Angels ( https://www.blueangels.navy.mil/ ) , has amazed audiences with incredible aerial performances since their debut in 1946 flying the propeller-driven F6F Hellcat. In the 73 years since, the team transitioned to the Bearcat and then jets including the Panther, Cougar, Tiger, Phantom II and Skyhawk. For the last 33 years the team has operated the Hornet. With each new aircraft comes several changes—seen and unseen—not just to their routine but how contingencies are handled. On this episode, U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) Captain Ryan “Little Guido” Bernacchi joins us to discuss the ongoing efforts to transition the team to their future aircraft: the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet ( http://www.boeing.com/defense/fa-18-super-hornet/? ). As the Blue Angels commanding officer during the 2016 and 2017 show seasons, Little Guido is uniquely suited to lead the effort that involves numerous Naval Aviation Enterprise ( https://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/nae/Pages/Home.aspx ) stakeholders and hundreds of simulator hours to prepare the maneuvers and in-flight contingency plans. With an appreciation of the immense behind-the-scenes efforts required, you may never again watch a Blue Angels performance in quite the same way. Due to the longer interview, no listener questions were addressed on this episode. Bonus segments of cohost Sunshine’s interview with Little Guido are available on our Patreon page ( https://www.patreon.com/ftrpltpdcst ). Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
May 02, 2019
FPP045 - F-16 Fighting Falcon
01:26:29
The Sopwith Camel ( https://www.baesystems.com/en/heritage/sopwith-camel ) , P-51 Mustang ( https://www.boeing.com/history/products/p-51-mustang.page ) , F-86 Sabre ( https://www.boeing.com/history/products/f-86-sabre-jet.page ) , and F-4 Phantom II ( https://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=24 ) may all be the quintessential fighters of their era, from World War I through the Vietnam conflict. And from Desert Storm to today, few would dispute the aircraft that most deserves to join such an esteemed group is none other than the General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) F-16 Fighting Falcon ( https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/products/f-16.html ) —better known as simply, the Viper. On this episode, retired U.S. Air Force Reserve ( https://afreserve.com/ ) Colonel Mike “T-DAY” Torrealday, who amassed over 4,000 flight hours in nearly every block and variant of the Viper over a 29-year career, joins us to discuss this amazing fighter as a continuation of our ‘aircraft series.’ T-DAY describes the many variants, flight envelope, ordnance inventory, and so much more. Read about the F-16N here ( https://amp.timeinc.net/thedrive/the-war-zone/3383/what-it-was-like-flying-and-fighting-the-f-16n-viper-topguns-legendary-hotrod?fbclid=IwAR3knrrmMXj_e_Q9KSwDFC2NHQK3AJ8OEp3XUXZuKxcr0_K2f9sTOiYyMVo&source=dam ). During the listener question segment, we discuss wristwatches, multi-mission aircraft versus specialized aircraft, and dogfighting the F/A-18 ( https://www.boeing.com/defense/fa-18-super-hornet/ ) versus other ‘teen’ fighters. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell. ( https://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ) Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Apr 22, 2019
FPP044 - A-10 Thunderbolt ll
01:25:03
BRRRRRRTTTTTT!!! ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnscJMzQXFs ) The sound of an aircraft cannon firing is simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying, depending on which side of the barrels a person finds themselves. And while most combat aircraft have featured guns and cannons since the dawn of aerial battle, no aircraft is more known for its gun—or respected for it—than the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II and it’s tank-busting 30mm GAU-8 Avenger cannon. On this episode, retired U.S. Air Force ( https://www.airforce.com/ ) Lieutenant Colonel Luke “Supa” Fricke joins the show to discuss the purpose-built Warthog —as the pilots affectionately refer to it—and answers all our usual questions featured in the ongoing ‘aircraft series.’ During the listener questions segment, we discuss aircraft carrier alert postures, officer-enlisted relationships, and the rudder’s importance in ACM. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell ( http://www.clintbellproductions.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Apr 12, 2019
Intermission - Listener Questions
01:06:12
We've been cranking out quite a bit of content lately and need to take a little time off while the kids are on spring break. So for this week's episode, Sunshine and Jell-O banter a bit before answering a few listener questions.  We end with an edited replay of Jell-O's January 9, 2019 appearance answering yet more listener questions on the show Aircrew Interviews. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Apr 02, 2019
FPP043 - F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger ll
01:14:01
Everyone recognizes the F-14 as the star of the 1986 hit movie Top Gun ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001K3K5MO/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B001K3K5MO&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=f97742e02d5b7e63b573c517fd84969d&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ) , but few can readily identify the Western fighter that acted as the Tomcat’s nemesis—a role it was perfectly suited for and still performs for the U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) and Marine Corps ( https://www.marines.mil/ ) today. On this episode, retired U.S. Navy Reserve ( https://www.navy.com/contact?activity=1228857&cid=ppc_gg_b_stan_general&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpsLkBRDpARIsAKoYI8y7n47XzismNTVNUrQXXJ4tSUnn7p4vpirKpb2I1kgSIM1wrbcziRYaApTGEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds ) Commander Paco Chierici joins us to describe how the Northrop F-5 ( http://www.northropgrumman.com/capabilities/f5tiger/pages/default.aspx ) began life in the 1950’s as the ‘Freedom Fighter’ but became and is now known as the Tiger II, still flying 60 years later as a capable adversary aircraft. Paco—the mastermind behind the naval aviation documentary Speed & Angels and author of the novel, Lions of the Sky ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NSGRXCZ/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07NSGRXCZ&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=1e43002fb01137d7dd6abbd2f88fc022&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ) —not only answers our standard ‘aircraft series’ questions but goes on to tell us about the time he was involved in an F-5 mishap that nearly cost him his life. During the listener question segment, Jell-O and Sunshine opine on why a bachelor’s degree is a requirement to be a military pilot and who would have prevailed had the two of them dueled it out in the skies. Negative G limits, reasons for the Blue Angels’ flight control modifications, and entry-level pay ( https://www.dfas.mil/militarymembers/payentitlements/Pay-Tables/Basic-Pay/CO.html ) and benefits for military pilots are also covered. Click here ( https://www.fighterpilotpodcast.com/related_media/flying-with-the-aggressors/ ) to read the Flying with the Aggressors article mentioned in the interview and check out our Patreon page ( https://www.patreon.com/ftrpltpdcst ) for bonus content with Paco. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendersho ( https://militaryrf.com/ ) t. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Mar 22, 2019
FPP042 - F-14 Tomcat
01:24:58
Of all the fighter planes to ever take to the sky, perhaps none is more recognized, or more revered, than the venerable Grumman F-14 Tomcat. Made popular by movies such as The Final Countdown ( https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080736/ ) and, of course, Top Gun ( https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092099/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 ) —not to mention real world heroics off the coast of Libya ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_of_Sidra_incident_(1981) ) in the 1980s and Desert Storm in the early 90s—the F-14 is no stranger to attention. But what was it like to fly? Why is it so big? Why did the A model have one brand of engine and subsequent models another…? On this episode, former U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) F-14 pilot and RIO crew Commander Roy “SYFH” Wylie (retired) and Captain John “Cosmo” DePree address these questions and many more—including several listener questions such as the rivalry between Tomcat and Hornet squadrons, bird strikes around the carrier, the procedures for when a weapon fails to release, and large explosions. Bumper music by Slater Aiello of Jam & Slate ( https://open.spotify.com/artist/363O7pZ7bFFXeUqhPy2dqH ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Mar 12, 2019
FPP041 - Dassault Rafale
01:00:09
The SEPECAT Jaguar, Vought F-8 Crusader, Mirage F-1, Mirage 2000, Dassault Étendard, and later the Super Étendard were all remarkable aircraft designed to do one or two missions well. But what may be most noteworthy about these aircraft is that they were all replaced by just one model: the incredibly-capable Dassault Rafale ( https://www.dassault-aviation.com/en/defense/rafale/introduction/ ). On this episode, we conduct our first remote interview with Lieutenant Pierre “Até” Chuet of the French Navy ( https://www.facebook.com/lachasseembarquee/ ) who phoned in from the United Kingdom to answer our standard ‘aircraft series’ questions. Até paints a remarkable picture of the one aircraft that replaced so many others and currently serves as the frontline fighter for the French Navy and Air Force, as well as export countries. During the listener question segment, we discuss the psychology of killing in war, personal camera regulations, left-handed F-16 pilots, and overhead break permissions at the ship. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Mar 02, 2019
FPP040 - H-60 (Black / Sea) Hawk
01:05:23
Few Western aerospace design and manufacturing firms can boast an aircraft so successful that it is flown by every branch of the U.S. military, plus the Coast Guard and dozens of countries, with over 4,000 aircraft being built in dozens of configurations. No, it’s not the Lockheed C-130 Hercules or Bell UH-1 Huey. We’re talking the Sikorsky ( https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/capabilities/sikorsky.html ) H-60 helicopter. On this episode, U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) Commander Jeremiah "FRANK" Ragadio joins us to discuss the numerous H-60 variants, primarily the Blackhawk ( https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/products/sikorsky-black-hawk-helicopter.html ) and Seahawk ( https://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=281 ) , but also the Jayhawk ( https://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=282 ) and Pavehawk ( https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104508/hh-60g-pave-hawk/ ). “FRANK,” a career Seahawk pilot currently in training to assume a leadership position in a sea-going MH-60R ( https://www.military.com/equipment/mh-60r-s-sea-hawk ) squadron, offers a fascinating look at not only all the H-60 variants, but its armament and performance as well. During the listener question segment we discuss land-based Navy squadrons, S-3 radio limitations, and aircraft carrier landing F/A-18E/F weight limits & ordnance considerations. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Feb 22, 2019
FPP039 - A-7 Corsair ll
01:03:38
In the early 1960’s, the U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.com/ ) began a program for a carrier-based attack aircraft to replace the A-4 Skyhawk ( https://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/how-the-4-skyhawk-ruled-the-skies-21967 ). Two requirements were specified to ensure a lethal platform at the lowest possible cost: accurate weapons delivery and a design based on an existing aircraft. The Ling-Temco-Vought ( http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/the-ltv-corporation-history/ ) team’s winning proposal, based on Vought’s F-8 Crusader ( https://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-f-8-super-crusader-the-hot-navy-fighter-almost-replaced-20405 ) , became the LTV A-7 Corsair II. On this episode, retired U.S. Navy Captain Tom “Demon” Mitchell joins us to describe the single-engine Corsair II—including the variants, armament, strengths & weaknesses, and more. You’ll be amazed at Demon’s stories, not just of the Corsair II but of the life and experiences of a career carrier aviator during the tumultuous 1960s and '70s. During the listener question segment, we discuss mishap involvement, faith, the importance of FCLPs, and how improperly dispensed expendables are handled. Don’t forget to check out the SHOP page ( https://www.fighterpilotpodcast.com/shop/ ) on our website for Fighter Pilot Podcast -themed apparel and household items. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Feb 12, 2019
FPP038 - S-3 Viking
01:00:30
At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union fielded a formidable navy—both above and below the surface. In response, the United States Navy required a carrier-based, fixed-wing aircraft with long on-station time and an extensive air-to-surface and -subsurface avionics sweet and weapons capability. The result was the twin-turbofan, high-wing Lockheed ( https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/index.html ) S-3 Viking ( https://www.naval-technology.com/projects/s3-viking-aircraft/ ). On this episode, retired U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) Commander David “Deke” Slayton joins us to discuss S-3 variants, which weapons it carries, why it looks the way it does, and more. Deke was an S-3 instructor when co-host Sunshine received his initial fleet training in the Viking—an aircraft he would fly before later transitioning to the F/A-18 Hornet. During the listener question segment, we dig a little deeper into the Mutha ( https://www.militarynews.com/norfolk-navy-flagship/oceana/news/gunslingers-win-mutha-trophy-for-most-strike-fighter-spirit/article_080753ab-228c-5e80-96bf-f7c13d2cd504.html ) trophy, discuss the purpose of exchange programs, talk about the relevance of a gun on combat fighters, stereotypes for military pilots, the need to self-assess before flight, and brushes with death. Click here ( https://wingsoveramerica.us/ ) to check out Wings Over America and support scholarships for military dependents. To compliment this interview, click here ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0897477022/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0897477022&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=0ffe399091a97f889149c936e7e4e144&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ) to order Brad Elward’s authoritative book, S-3 Viking in Action. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Feb 02, 2019
FPP037 - F/A-18 (Super) Hornet
57:18
What was it designed to do? What does it do well? What ordnance does it carry? Why does it look the way it does…? …These are a few of the questions retired U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) Lieutenant Commander Q “BBQ” Sterling answers while explaining the Boeing ( http://www.boeing.com/ ) F/A-18 Hornet ( https://www.military.com/equipment/f-18c-d-hornet ) and Super Hornet ( https://www.boeing.com/defense/fa-18-super-hornet/ ) on this, our inaugural ‘aircraft series’ episode. These same questions will be posed to guests during future episodes on a variety of military aircraft include attack planes, bombers, cargo haulers, and more. The unique, dual designation fighter and attack Hornet is renowned for its lethality and reliability. The follow-on, larger Super Hornet offers improved systems and avionics with two additional weapons stations and more “bring back” than its predecessor. Click here ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0764340417/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0764340417&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=4814689f4045b926a30ced7c146d15b8&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ) to learn more about Brad Elward’s authoritative book chronicling the Super Hornet development. During the listener question segment, we discuss aircraft selection regrets, aircrew anthropometric limitations, where Sunshine and Jell-O were on 9/11, and what the Mutha trophy is. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jan 22, 2019
FPP036 - 4th vs 5th Gen Fighters
01:02:32
Just as humans are broadly generalized ( https://genhq.com/faq-info-about-generations/ ) as Baby Boomers, Millennials, etc., so too are fighter aircraft lumped into categories—only it has less to do when they are born (or what we would call, IOC) and more to do with various capabilities such as speed, maneuverability, avionics, and weaponry. And what’s more—with upgrades, some aircraft change generations. On this episode, U.S. Air Force ( https://www.airforce.com/ ) Major John “Skosh” Searcy explains the different fighter categories, from the earliest and least capable 1 st generation (or, simply, "Gen") to the modern, highly capable 5 th Gen fighters. Much of the discussion centers on the differences between the current slate of 4 th Gen fighters (i.e. F-15, -16, F/A-18, etc) to the F-22 and, specifically, F-35, which Skosh currently flies as a Test Pilot. During the listener question segment, we cover cold weather carrier operations, squadron naming conventions, ejection hazards with NVGs, aircraft personality with fly-by-wire, and the connection between the radar and CIT. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jan 12, 2019
FPP035 - UFOs
01:09:30
Convinced we’re alone in the universe? Think everyone who believes in UFOs is a lot like Randy Quaid’s character, Russel, in 20 th Century Fox’s original Independence Day ( https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116629/ ) ? Get ready to entertain doubts after listening to this week’s episode with retired U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) Commander David “Sex” Fravor who you may recognize from numerous appearances ( https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2999473/ ) on the 2008 PBS series, Carrier ( http://www.pbs.org/weta/carrier/full_episodes.htm ). You’ll be amazed to hear events ( https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2018/03/12/oh-my-gosh-dude-video-shows-navy-pilots-close-encounter-with-an-unidentified-fast-flying-object/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f007c3b162a5 ) that transpired off the coast of Mexico in November 2004—events witnessed not just by Commander Fravor but by three other aviators in his flight and several others on subsequent flights. Cutting edge technology from the AEGIS radar system aboard the USS Princeton ( https://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/cg59/Pages/default.aspx ) , a nearby Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, to the Super Hornet’s radar and TFLIR ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9D8dzl4zGk ) systems recorded the day’s events. And yet, doubts and questions linger as to what was actually witnessed. The listener will have to decide for him- or herself. During the listener question segment of this episode, we discuss mid-90’s flight simulators, math formulae used airborne, air intercepts, and IFF use in training. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jan 02, 2019
End of Year Recap - 2018
01:06:16
Join Vincent and special guest Rob Kibbe, host of The Musclecar Place ( http://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ) , for an intimate look back at the Fighter Pilot Podcast’s first year and what’s coming in 2019. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Dec 31, 2018
FPP034 - The Home Front
53:41
Some suggest the most difficult job in the military is not the force recon Marine, nuclear reactor officer, fighter pilot, or even Navy SEAL … but rather the humble military spouse. Independent, resilient, and resourceful, military spouses face challenges beyond that of other professions—except without the formal training. Part nurse, part mechanic, occasional therapist, and frequent single parent, military spouses are indeed a unique breed. And despite repeated relocations and extended separations from loved ones, incredibly many spouses manage these and innumerable other challenges while pursuing professional careers of their own. On this episode, Beth Aiello and Kristen Sinclair join their show host husbands Vincent and Brian for an intimate look at life as a Navy spouse. Fielding listener questions such as how they handle the risks associated with their husbands’ careers, how they cope with deployments lasting up to eight months—especially when children enter the picture, and what it’s like to move every couple years, Beth and Kristen offer a sobering look at not only the most difficult job in the military, but arguably the most under-appreciated. Opening bumper music “Letters From Home” (Warner Bros. Nashville, performed by John Michael Montgomery) used without permission. Closing bumper music by Jaime Lopez. Announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Dec 21, 2018
FPP033 - The Wingman Foundation
55:54
If aviation itself is an inherently unforgiving activity, then how much more naval aviation—which routinely involves formation flying, ship landings, night vision goggle usage and… of course, the enemy? When tragedy strikes—as it frequently does—the U.S. Government cares for family members of the fallen, as well as the parent unit but, inevitably, response times can sometimes be lengthy and expenses can exceed those payable by the government, per law. Oftentimes, the family and squadron need someone to come alongside to provide a little extra help. That’s where The Wingman Foundation ( http://www.wingmanfoundation.org/ ) comes in. Founded by three U.S. Marine Corps ( https://www.marines.com/ ) aviators in 2014, the non-profit foundation strives to “honor the sacrifices of our fallen air warriors and support the families they've left behind.” Retired CWO3 Ricky “Leroy” Savage, USMC, joins us on this episode to describe how the foundation does so, particularly in response to recent high-profile mishaps worldwide. This episode also features a brief overview of the Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation ( https://wingsoveramerica.us/ ) , a non-profit foundation founded in 1987 that provides “college scholarships to dependent children and spouses of all U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) personnel—officer and enlisted.” During the listener question segment, we again address simulators, discuss whether specific dogfighting maneuvers are decided formulaically, and cover how prevalent smoking is among the fighter pilot ranks. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Dec 11, 2018
FPP032 - Air-to-Air Missions
01:06:40
Sweep, point defense, close escort, high-value airborne asset protection… These are just a few of the many air-to-air missions modern U.S. fighter pilots may be required to perform in the course of their duties. Each requires significant pre-mission planning to analyze how various constraints and limitations might affect execution. On this episode, former enlisted U.S. Marine, then naval flight officer, now F/A-18 pilot and fighter attack squadron commander—Lieutenant Colonel Mark “SNOTY” Bortnem, U.S. Marine Corps ( https://www.marines.com/ ) describes these missions and associated planning factors. Snoty offers not only a fascinating explanation of each mission and planning factor, but a sobering overview of the mindset he imbues in each of his pilots. During the listener question segment we address the importance of simulators, the presence (or not) of aircraft manufacturer representatives on deployment, and how to avoid shooting down the wrong aircraft during a heated, multi-aircraft dog fight. Holiday-themed bumper music by Jaime Lopez. Announcements by Dawson Aiello. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Dec 01, 2018
FPP031 - Air Intercept Communications
01:17:22
Taken out of context, Stephen Hawking’s comment ( https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/35833-for-millions-of-years-mankind-lived-just-like-the-animals ) , “all we need to do is make sure we keep talking,” does not apply to aerial engagements. In complex and dynamic scenarios with multiple opposing fighter elements—closing on each other at well over 1,000 knots—more is decidedly not better. Instead, clear, concise, standardized (and minimal) communications are essential to ensure situational awareness and, thus, success. On this episode, U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) Commander Alan “Niles” Schiaffino discusses air-to-air fighter engagement communications. As an E-2 Hawkeye ( https://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=1100&ct=1&tid=700 ) NFO and former aircraft carrier operations officer, Niles has a unique perspective on battlegroup communications from the tactical to the strategic. He also answers listener questions on the West’s octal IFF system and foreign intrusion flights. During the listener question segment, the hosts describe their favorite missions (see Sunshine’s Tomahawk chase flight here ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MtLRJw6AsY ) ) and why some aircraft, such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon ( https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/products/f-16.html ) , have gold-tinted canopies. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Matt Rierden. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Nov 21, 2018
FPP030 - Expendables
58:34
Advancements in weapons technology and lethality have spawned countermeasures for as long as humans have been warring: with the broadsword came plate armor. For arrows it was shields. And with the advent of radar, infrared tracking, and active missiles—came chaff, flares, and jammers. On this episode, Utah Air National Guard ( https://www.nationalguard.com/ ) Major Sean “Bauer” Demeter joins us to discuss the various countermeasures military aircraft employ to defend against surface- and air-to-air threats. Bauer also touches on ANG career paths and fighter squadron deployments to South Korea. During the listener question segment, we discuss tactical performance tracking methods, whether there was a cover up with Duke and Willy D’s Vietnam shootdown, why U.S. fifth-generation fighters are only single-seat, and more. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Matt Rierden. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Nov 11, 2018
Intermission - FB Live Discussion Replay
21:04
A replay of the September 28 Facebook live discussion with retired US Navy Captain Kevin "Hozer" Miller. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Nov 01, 2018
FPP029 - Fighter Pilots in Space
01:05:30
Ever wonder why so many astronauts are (and were) former fighter pilots? Could it be that flight training is good preparation for astronaut training and thus acts as a natural selection process? Maybe. Or it could be that flying fighter jets attracts a certain type of person who enjoys challenges, works well under pressure, handles disorienting situations, manages risk, and—most importantly—performs well as part of a team. The space program seeks these same people. Climb aboard this episode as NASA ( https://www.nasa.gov/ ) astronaut and U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.com/ ) Captain Scott “Maker” Tingle describes how his previous career as an F/A-18 pilot and test pilot prepared him for the rigors of the astronaut application process and subsequent training program. Marvel at his account of blasting into space on a Russian-made Soyuz ( https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/what-is-the-soyuz-spacecraft-k-4 ) rocket, then spending nearly six months on the International Space Station ( https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html ) before returning safely to earth in June 2018—experiences that certainly change anyone’s outlook on life and our world. Bumper music, Space Oddity cover, by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Oct 21, 2018
FPP028 - Air Combat Simulation Gaming
01:18:59
Not everyone is fortunate enough to have the opportunity to fly a high-performance military jet fighter but now anyone can enjoy the incredibly realistic air combat simulation platforms available on the market today. From the astonishingly accurate aircraft recreation to the flawless graphics and imagery ( https://youtu.be/qQERQHvMTW8 ) , air combat simulation is the next best thing for military aircraft aficionados--without the long deployments! On this episode, Mr. Matt Wagner of Eagle Dynamics ( https://www.facebook.com/eagle.dynamics/ ) joins us to discuss one of the most popular and realistic platforms available today: Digital Combat Simulator ( https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/index.php ). We cover how DCS came to be and what’s coming ( https://youtu.be/1SvxRzQzG6M ) in the future. We also observe our host Jell-O try the Lot 20 F/A-18C simulation for the very first time while describing just how close it compares to the real thing (hint: it’s pretty darn close and his two years out of the cockpit really show!). During the abbreviated listener question segment we address why some squadrons refer to themselves as “World Famous” and how fighters deal with contrails in tactical situations. …and speaking of gaming, if you want something a little more casual, check out Sky Knights ( https://store.steampowered.com/app/595430/Sky_Knights/ ) created by one of our Swedish listeners. Episode music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Oct 11, 2018
FPP027 - USS Midway Museum
59:20
The Battle of Midway ( https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-midway ) was a decisive U.S. naval victory that turned the tide of World War 2. As a result, the name ‘Midway’ has been assigned to everything from a high school in Texas to an airport ( https://www.chicago-midway-airport.com/ ) in Chicago. It is also the name of the longest serving American aircraft carrier of the 20 th century. Today, the USS Midway ( https://www.midway.org/ ) continues to serve as a museum on the San Diego, Calif. waterfront. Hosting thousands of visitors daily, the ship proudly features dozens of static aircraft displays and offers a glimpse of what daily life was like for its crew. On this episode, USS Midway Museum president and CEO, retired U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) Rear Admiral John “Mac” McLaughlin explains not only the ship’s namesake battle and storied half-century of service, but the deeper meaning of service and sacrifice in our modern, ever-changing society. During the listener question segment, we discuss whether squadrons undergo specific tactical training based on where they expect to deploy, if shutting down an engine is a viable tactic to save fuel in flight, and whether weight and balance is a constant concern for fighters, among other topics. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Oct 01, 2018
Facebook Live Q&A Replay with "BS"
46:50
A replay of the September 19 Facebook Live listener question session with episode 25 guest Mike "BS" Walsh. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Sep 26, 2018
FPP026 - The MAGTF
01:04:58
There may be a no more lethal or effective fighting unit than the Marine Air Ground Task Force ( https://www.26thmeu.marines.mil/About/MAGTF/ ). Comprised of combat Marines on land, in the air, and from the sea, the MAGTF is equally capable massing its formidable firepower to overwhelm and defeat an adversary as applying its vast resources and logistics network to assist in disaster relief and humanitarian roles. On this episode, retired U.S. Marine Corps ( https://www.marines.com/ ) Major and former F/A-18 pilot Darin “Wang” Chung joins us to describe the various MAGTF components ( http://www.candp.marines.mil/Organization/MAGTF/MAGTF-Composition/ ) including the Air Combat Element comprised of nearly every aircraft in the Marine Corps inventory such as the AH-1, AV-8B, C-130, CH-53, F/A-18, F-35B, MV-22, and UH-1. 'Everybody Have Fun Tonight,' performed by Wang Chung, Geffen Records. Bumper announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Sep 21, 2018
Intermission - Tailhook Reunion
28:45
The podcast host and cohost take a break from the routine and head to Reno, Nevada with hundreds of other Naval and Marine aviators for the annual Tailhook Convention and Reunion. This episode is a compilation of updates from past guests and shorts by a few friends of the podcast. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Sep 11, 2018
FPP025 - Flight School (US Navy)
01:25:03
Doctors attend medical school. Attorneys go to law school. …Plumbers acquire the skills of their craft at a plumbing trade school. So where do fighter pilots get their start? Duh. At flight school, of course. The U.S. Air Force ( https://www.airforce.com/ ) and Navy ( https://www.navy.com/ ) maintain discrete flight schools. While they share some aircraft (i.e. the Beechcraft / Raytheon T-6 Texan II ( https://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=117 ) ) and occasionally exchange students and instructors, the two flight schools otherwise differ in their focus and execution. On this episode, Major Mike “BS” Walsh—the podcast’s first US Marine Corps ( https://www.marines.com/ ) guest explains the U.S. Navy flight school from beginning (immediately following commissioning) to end (FRS completion). We discuss the syllabus, aircraft flown, training locations, what it takes to succeed, and what preparation, if any (arguably), students should undertake before attending. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Sep 01, 2018
FPP024 - Helicopters!
01:11:49
Troop transport, MEDEVAC, CSAR, ASW, VERTREP, special operations, ground attack… these are but a few of the many missions rotary-wing aircraft perform for militaries the world over, day in and day out. But how do helicopters even fly? How difficult is it to fly them? Why do most have two pilots? In the event of total power loss can they glide to an emergency landing like some airplanes? How and why can some helicopters perform aerobatics but not others? On this episode, U.S. Navy ( http://www.navy.mil/ ) Commander and H-60 Seahawk ( http://www.navair.navy.mil/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.display&key=6E92F2F3-1104-42E4-86D0-BAF1B234AAAC ) pilot Ron “Chadwick” Martin schools the host and explains all things helicopters. And, yes, there are confirmed cases ( https://www.warhistoryonline.com/featured/air-america-huey-helicopter-shot-down-two-vietnamese-biplanes.html ) of helicopters shooting down fixed-wing aircraft. During the listener question segment we discuss military flight operations while transiting allied territory, carrier hopping for airwings and squadrons, and more on drones. Bumper music and audio clips borrowed from Apocalypse Now ( https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078788/ ) (1979, Francis Ford Coppola) and Full Metal Jacket ( https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093058/ ) (1987, Stanley Kubrick) / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Aug 21, 2018
FPP023 - The Distinguished Flying Cross
01:00:26
What do astronaut Alan Shepard, actor Clark Gable, aviatrix Amelia Earhart, and president George H. W. Bush all have in common apart from notoriety? Each distinguished him- or herself by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. Each acted in the face of danger, well above those actions performed by others engaged in similar flight operations, with results so exceptional as to render them conspicuous among those accomplished by others involved in similar circumstances. Each of these four brave Americans, and thousands more like them, was awarded the military’s fourth highest decoration: the Distinguished Flying Cross ( http://www.dfcsociety.net/the-medal/ ). On this episode, retired U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) Commander and President & CEO of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society, Chuck Sweeney, explains the prestigious medal and the organization ( http://www.dfcsociety.net/ ) designed to promote its heritage. Learn how the medal was once awarded to civilians (like Amelia Earhart and Orville & Wilbur Wright) but is now reserved for military personnel. Then find out how Chuck was awarded three DFCs following a week of particularly harrowing combat operations while piloting an A-4 Skyhawk during the Vietnam conflict. Chuck’s stories, and those of thousands of other DFC recipients like him, are compiled in the riveting book, On Heroic Wings (available on Amazon ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0615520243/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0615520243&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=ab257ccb86351162e8a4ca0fdb12f6e6&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ) ). Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Aug 11, 2018
FPP022 - Test Pilot School
01:06:15
No matter how well designed a military aircraft may be, it will always require extensive testing and evaluation to ensure it performs as intended. And even when it does, sometimes unforeseen complications arise—such as when weapons catastrophically collide with the aircraft after release. This too requires extensive testing. But who performs this testing? Why, test pilots, of course. On this episode, U.S. Navy ( http://www.navy.mil/ ) Lieutenant Becky “Wrecky” Shaw explains everything you want to know about the Navy Test Pilot School—who the students and faculty are, what the school’s purpose is, when classes take place, where it all happens, why such a school is necessary in the first place, and how it all integrates together to create flight test experts to ensure military aircraft are safe and effective. We also learn why TPS is a common background of so many of the nation’s astronauts, from the original Mercury 7 ( https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2016/12/08/who-were-mercury-7/95150894/ ) to today’s space station tenants. During the listener question segment, learn how the cockpit is set up for a CAS mission, what the limit is for a hard landing on an F/A-18, and whether pilots customize their flight helmets with their callsigns. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Aug 01, 2018
FPP021 - The Real 'Viper'
55:24
Few pilots ever have an opportunity to meet an enemy aircraft in aerial battle. Fewer yet come out victorious. And even fewer still—in fact, only one —then go on to be involved in arguably the most influential pop culture aviation film of all time. That man is retired US Navy ( http://www.navy.mil/ ) Rear Admiral Pete “Viper” Pettigrew. Climb aboard this week’s episode and hear the harrowing tale of Viper’s shootdown of a North Vietnamese MiG-21 with an untrained RIO in the backseat of his F-4 Phantom II. Then learn how he answered the call to assist Hollywood as the military adviser ( http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/military/sdut-top-gun-guru-pulls-trigger-memory-2014dec11-story.html ) to everyone’s favorite flying movie, Top Gun ( https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092099/ ). Think it a coincidence that Tom Skerritt’s ( https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000643/ ) character—the CO of TOPGUN—was callsign "Viper"?! With spare time after the interview listener questions are addressed, such as how likely it would have been in the real world for Maverick’s engine flameout occur by flying through another plane’s jet wash, which cockpit arrangement the host liked better between the F/A-18 and F-16, more on aircraft paint schemes, how the Approach magazine ( https://www.facebook.com/ApproachMagazine/ ) was regarded, and defining moments. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jul 21, 2018
FPP020 - After the Cockpit
58:08
Military aviators are generally hard-working, improvement-seeking, self-motivated individuals accustomed to working well under pressure, on tight deadlines, and with limited budgets. It’s no wonder they typically find follow on success after leaving the service. On this episode, retired U.S. Navy ( http://www.navy.mil/ ) Captain Kevin “Hozer” Miller ( https://kevinmillerauthor.com/ ) offers his post-military experiences to our discussion on what many aviators do after leaving the cockpit. We discuss the transferable skills that generally lead to success whether they choose the airlines, [glossary-ignore]Wall[/glossary-ignore] Street, Silicon Valley, or countless other options. Hozer also shares his experiences writing two critically-acclaimed fictional novels (with a third on the way) on what squadron life is like aboard an aircraft carrier with amazingly accurate descriptions of ship and combat operations. Click on Raven One ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1939398223/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1939398223&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=63e39831a4c8e884d8c58b7f38019b0a&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ) and Declared Hostile ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1939398738/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1939398738&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=6d7fdcad1242ebc33888c06c105b441e&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ) to order these books on Amazon and in the process, help support this show financially. During the listener question segment, we address F/A-18 climb and descent profiles, how deployments take a toll on the home front, lightning strikes, how pilots maintain carrier landing proficiency ashore, and personal weapons carried during combat missions. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jul 11, 2018
FPP019 - Air-to-Surface Weapons
01:17:15
Today’s combat aviator enjoys a wide variety of munitions from which to choose when attacking surface targets. From free fall general purpose bombs, to laser- and GPS-guided weapons, to glide and forward firing rockets, missiles, and guns—the extensive arsenal is full of complex, yet highly effective ordnance. On this episode, U.S. Navy ( http://www.navy.mil/ ) Commander Colin “Farva” Price explains how pilots choose which weapons to use against which targets and how ‘collateral damage’ concerns are addressed. We step through the various weapons employed by the F/A-18 aircraft series such as Mk 80 ( http://characterisationexplosiveweapons.org/studies/annex-e-mk82-aircraft-bombs/ ) and BLU ( https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/munitions/blu-111.htm ) -series warheads, LGBs ( http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app5/paveway-2.html ) , JDAM ( https://www.military.com/equipment/joint-direct-attack-munition-jdam ) , JSOW ( https://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/products/jsow ) , SLAM ER ( http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=2200&ct=2&tid=1100 ) , HARM ( https://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/smart/agm-88.htm ) , Maverick ( https://www.military.com/equipment/agm-65-maverick ) , rockets ( http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app4/275in-rockets.html ) , and more. We also describe practice munitions used in training before wrapping up with a peek at future weapons coming down the pipeline. And check out ( http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/11355/this-syria-bound-super-hornet-is-carrying-a-uniquely-massive-bomb-load ) the photo of a Super Hornet with 10 JDAM! During the listener question segment, find out what happens when a navy pilot gets fired, what we know about the Top Gun sequel filming ( http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/the-conversation/sd-top-gun-2-san-diego-tom-cruise-20180531-htmlstory.html ) , and how military aircraft paint schemes have changed since Vietnam and the tactical significance of aircraft finishes. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jul 01, 2018
FPP018 - Air-to-Air Weapons
01:09:58
Just as a viper relies on its venomous fangs and a hornet its stinger to deliver a lethal attack on adversaries, so too do modern combat fighter aircraft depend on guided missiles and cannon fire to engage aerial foes. But what guidance methods do missiles use? How difficult is it to effectively employ the gun on a non-cooperative target? And how far, exactly, can the AIM-120C AMRAAM be employed against a non-maneuvering fighter-size target when both the shooter and target are at Mach 1 and above 30,000 feet? …okay, we don’t answer that last one. In fact, for the die-hard technology and tactics buffs out there—fair warning: we avoid specific details because, more so than any other topic yet discussed on this show, information on air-to-air missiles is jealously guarded to maintain an advantage against potential foes. On this episode, our first U.S. Air Force ( https://www.airforce.com/ ) guest, Major Trevor "Boat" Boswell, discusses the air-to-air weapons common to all U.S. ‘teen-series’ fighters: the AIM-7 Sparrow ( https://www.military.com/equipment/aim-7-sparrow ) , AIM-9 Sidewinder ( https://www.military.com/equipment/aim-9-sidewinder ) , AIM-120 AMRAAM ( https://www.military.com/equipment/aim-120-advanced-medium-range-air-to-air-missile ) , and M-61A1 Vulcan Canon ( https://www.gd-ots.com/armaments/aircraft-guns-gun-systems/f18-ef/ ). We discuss guidance methods, employment considerations, and how we employ (and simulate employing) these weapons in training. During the listener question segment we discuss training with foreign forces, whether a fear of drones is warranted, and if it is common to still see unfamiliar faces among a carrier crew of 5,000 sailors several months into deployment. Episode photograph by Eric Larson. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jun 21, 2018
FPP017 - Desert Storm MiG Kill
01:22:31
We’ve all heard that ‘ war is hell, ’ but this week we hear it from a different perspective: that of a young pilot, new to the fleet and the F/A-18 Hornet, who finds himself fighting far from home in the fog of war, on the heels of the death of a beloved squadron mate. On this episode, retired U.S. Navy ( http://www.navy.mil/ ) Captain Nick “Mongo” Mongillo tells the harrowing story of his downing an Iraqi MiG-21 ( http://www.military-today.com/aircraft/mig_21.htm ) on day one of Desert Storm ( https://www.history.com/topics/persian-gulf-war ). Live the experience as you hear the actual in-flight audio, then dissect it to learn what each call meant then, and how times have changed now. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot ( https://militaryrf.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jun 11, 2018
Facebook Live Q&A Replay with "Dud"
01:01:18
A replay of the June 5, 2018 Facebook Live listener question session with episode 5 guest Fitz "Dud" Lee. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jun 06, 2018
FPP016 - The Airboss
01:03:55
The U.S. Navy ( http://www.navy.mil/ ) has one of the largest air forces in the world and includes a wide variety of aircraft from helicopters to strike fighters to patrol planes. While squadrons, air wings, and type wings have a well-established chain of command, ultimately they all fall under the purview of a single person. Known formally as the Commander, Naval Air Forces ( https://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/pages/homepage.aspx ) , the position is known better as simply, the air boss. On this episode, recently retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral and air boss Mike “Shoe” Shoemaker, joins us to discuss the current state and future of naval aviation. We touch on numerous high-level strategic issues and spend several minutes answering listener questions. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jun 01, 2018
FPP015 - Night Carrier Landings
01:00:09
While landing a high-performance jet aircraft on an aircraft carrier may be the most challenging task any naval aviator will ever face, truth is, after a hundred or two of them--most pilots get passably good at it and almost come to enjoy carrier landings. In the daytime. Turn out the lights, add an overcast and suddenly it's another story. How dark does it get in the middle of the ocean? Really dark. Add some ocean swells and it’s downright terrifying. On this episode, U.S. Navy ( http://www.navy.mil/ ) Lieutenant Commander and former landing signal officer Tra "Fish" Calisch joins us to wrap up our 5-part mini-series on aircraft carrier operations with a discussion on what is universally agreed upon to be the single most difficult feat of aviation: landing a high performance jet aircraft on an aircraft carrier at night. We also discuss marshaling and arrival procedures and what happens when the ship heaves up and down in rough seas (hint: it isn’t fun). During the listener question segment, the host explains what survival gear ( http://www.ejectionsite.com/seatkit.htm ) is in an F/A-18’s ejection seat pan, why aircraft fuel levels are measured by weight ( https://www.quora.com/Why-is-aviation-fuel-measured-in-pounds-or-kg-but-not-in-volumes ) instead of volume, and his favorite aerial refueling tanker ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonnell_Douglas_KC-10_Extender ) , among other topics. Bumper music by Incompetech ( https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/music.html ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
May 21, 2018
FPP014 - Day Carrier Landings (part 2)
52:40
Meatball – lineup – angle of attack. Nothing matters more to a fixed-wing naval pilot during the final 17 seconds of a landing on an aircraft carrier than those three parameters. But what is a “meatball”? Why is lineup so important and why does it require continuous corrections to maintain? What happens if the landing aircraft’s angle of attack is too far off one way or the other? On this episode, U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.com/ ) Commander Jack “Farva” Curtis returns to answer these questions and much more while wrapping up our discussion on daytime carrier landings begun in episode 13 ( /podcast/014-day-carrier-landings-part-2/ ) (and in fact, if you have not listened to that episode you will certainly want to do so prior to enjoying this one). Bumper music by Incompetech ( https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/music.html ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
May 11, 2018
FPP013 - Day Carrier Landings (part 1)
55:06
Landing a high-performance jet aircraft on an aircraft carrier is the most difficult and challenging task any pilot will ever face, and is what distinguishes naval aviators from all other military aircrew. In what effectively amounts to a “controlled crash” onto the flight deck, a 44,000-pound aircraft traveling 140 mph engages a 1.5-inch steel cable and is brought to a halt in less than 200 feet. The feat requires the combined efforts of hundreds of sailors above and below decks, and the assistance of fellow pilots to ensure the pilot landing does so safely. The fact that they do—hundreds of times a day somewhere around the world—is a testament to their skill and professionalism. On this episode, U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) Commander Jack “Farva” Curtis, EA-18G pilot and former air wing landing signal officer, begins a two-part discussion on the procedures and equipment involved in daytime carrier landings. We discuss the “Case 1 stack” and aircraft arrival procedures, as well as the arresting gear cables and equipment involved in bringing an aircraft to a (relatively) uneventful stop. The listener question segment this week is a replay of a recent Facebook Live session with episode 1 guest Brian “Sunshine” Sinclair, who returns to help explain what a ‘VX’ squadron is, why the US Air Force is dealing with pilot shortages, and whether “compartmentalization” is a trained skill. Episode photography by the U.S. Navy. Bumper music by Incompetech ( https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/music.html ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
May 01, 2018
FPP012 - Aircraft Carriers (part 2)
49:05
This week we continue where we left off the previous episode with U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.com/ ) Captain Eric "Pappy" Anduze: discussing what the various flight deck jersey colors mean and then how a catapult launch works–including the hardware that makes it possible and what happens in the event of an emergency. If you missed part 1, definitely go back and listen to episode 11 ( /podcast/011-aircraft-carriers-part-1/ ) before listening to part 2. Next week we will talk about daytime landings on these massive floating cities. Stay tuned! Episode photography by the U.S. Navy. Bumper music by Incompetech ( https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/music.html ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Apr 21, 2018
FPP011 - Aircraft Carriers (part 1)
58:49
The nuclear-powered American aircraft carrier ( http://www.businessinsider.com/us-aircraft-carriers-2016-4 ) is the largest, most lethal warship to ever sail the high seas and the U.S. has 11 of them, each equipped with a myriad of advanced combat aircraft. Together they can cover two-thirds of the earth’s surface and strike most of the remaining third, all in the name of enforcing freedom of navigation ( https://www.state.gov/e/oes/ocns/opa/maritimesecurity/ ) on the world’s seas and implementing America’s resolve anywhere needed. On this first installment of a two-part series exploring aircraft carriers and air operations on them, former USS Carl Vinson ( http://www.navy.mil/local/CVN70/ ) ‘Big XO’ Captain Eric, “Pappy” Anduze, U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.com/ ) , joins us to explain just how big these carriers are, how fast they go, and how operations safely take place in the hangar bay and on the flight deck. In the announcements section we touch briefly on the recent spate of fatal mishaps in the U.S. and introduce our new Patreon ( https://www.patreon.com/ftrpltpdcst ) page, which offers exclusive content to this show’s cherished supporters. During the Q&A segment we discuss whether a passion for aviation is required to be a fighter pilot, the different visors aircrew wear, more callsign ( /podcast/002-callsigns/ ) questions, and how aircrew (male, specifically) “take care of business” in flight. Bumper music by Incompetech ( https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/music.html ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Apr 11, 2018
Intermission - FB Live Q&A Highlights
58:39
We've been at it pretty steadily since launching on January 1st and the kids have been on spring break this past week--so we're taking a little pause from our normal programming routine. However, we didn't want to go completely dark so here are highlights from the two Facebook Live sessions that took place earlier this month. If you already caught those then there's nothing new here, although they are lightly edited for content and relevance. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Apr 01, 2018
FPP010 - Aircraft Maintenance
54:47
When observing military aircraft in flight–be it at an airshow or during the flyover of a sporting event–most of us, most of the time, think nothing of the immense costs and effort ( http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/20019/life-on-the-flight-line-confessions-of-a-u-s-marine-f-a-18-hornet-maintainer ) required to get those aircraft flying. From routine servicing and upkeep to the repair or replacement of major aircraft components, the required resources can often reach dozens of man-hours and tens of thousands of dollars per flight hour ( https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2016/08/16/the-hourly-cost-of-operating-the-u-s-militarys-fighter-fleet-infographic/#4f3ed54685fc ) , especially as technologically-advanced military aircraft age. On this episode, Major Dave “Chucky” Chown of the Royal Canadian Air Force ( http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/index.page ) shares details on the RCAF and some of its missions ( http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/operations-abroad-current/op-impact.page ) before diving into a thorough discussion on aircraft maintenance, with the F/A-18 Hornet as the main reference. Prepare to be amazed at the resources you never knew were required, and forever change the way you observe military aircraft in flight. During the listener question segment, we discuss the difference between parachutes used in skydiving and ejection seats, the handling differences between the Hornet and Super Hornet, why aircrew change squadrons, what “All Weather” means, and more. Bumper music by Incompetech ( https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/music.html ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Mar 21, 2018
FPP009 - Vietnam Ace
56:26
On May 10, 1972, U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.com/ ) lieutenants Randy “Duke” Cunningham ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Cunningham ) and Bill “Willy D” Driscoll ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_P._Driscoll ) launched from the aircraft carrier Constellation ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Constellation_(CV-64) ) in an F-4 Phantom II, callsign Showtime 100 , on a “routine” flak suppression mission over North Vietnam. The strike force was met by dozens of enemy fighters and in the ensuing melee Duke and Willy D downed their third, fourth, and fifth enemy MiGs, becoming the Navy’s only aces of the conflict. But the eventful mission was far from over as Showtime 100 never made it back to the “Connie….” Hear the rest of Willy D’s captivating story and the lifelong lessons he drew both from his combat experiences and subsequent interviews with dozens of other air combat aces around the world. Then find out how he turned those lessons into riveting presentations designed to improve the performance of a variety of audiences from TOPGUN classes to Fortune 500 executives. His experiences and lessons are articulated in his critically acclaimed book Peak Performance, How to Achieve Extraordinary Results Under Difficult Circumstances ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0982702914/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0982702914&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&linkId=7f52fe73098f0d9a525aebcd2bb68165&tag=ftrpltpdcst18-20 ) (Triple Nickel Press, 2012). Visit Willy D’s website ( http://www.willydriscoll.com/ ) to learn more about this true American hero. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Mar 11, 2018
FPP008 - Aircraft Nomenclature
53:13
Ever notice that a B -52 Stratofortress is a b omber, an F -14 Tomcat is a f ighter, and a T -45 Goshawk is a t rainer? What a coincidence! …well, not really. And it’s also no coincidence that we in the West call the Chinese J-8 fighter and Russian Tu-160 bomber the FINBACK and BLACKJACK, respectively. On this episode, retired U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.com/index.html ) Lieutenant Commander Josh “Popeye” Larson explains the alphanumeric naming conventions used to describe U.S., European, Russian, and Chinese warplanes. Be sure to stick around until the end of the episode, after the flyby, to learn the designation of the airplane we all know as Air Force 1 ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_VC-25 ). During the Q&A segment, listener Wolfgang from Germany asks whether anyone has ever stolen a military jet for a short trip. Click here ( https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-tale-of-when-a-marine-mechanic-stole-an-a-4-skyhawk-1745015819 ) to read about the time a young U.S. Marine decided to take an A-4 Skyhawk out for a joyride–at night! Bumper music by Incompetech ( https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/music.html ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Mar 01, 2018
FPP007 - TOPGUN vs Top Gun
57:36
TOPGUN – aka the Navy Fighter Weapons School. An institution that develops and provides graduate-level strike-fighter tactics. Top Gun ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092099/ ) – A 1986 American romantic military action drama motion picture starring Tom Cruise. Although they may sound the same and the latter is loosely based on the former, the fact is TOPGUN the school and Top Gun the movie otherwise have very little in common. But that’s okay–a movie based too closely on how things really are would be mind-numbingly boring! On this episode, U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.com/index.html ) Commander Andy “Grand” Mariner, the TOPGUN commanding officer, joins us to describe how the school came to be, how it operates today, and what it’s like there for both students and instructors. Spoiler alert: it's nothing like the movie. Episode artwork and bumper music by Slater Aiello. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Feb 21, 2018
FPP006 - Pulling Gs
58:34
On this episode, U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) aerospace operational physiologist Commander Susan "Cyclone" Jay explains how flying high-performance jet aircraft takes a toll on the human body. We discuss pulling Gs, air sickness, decompression sickness, trapped gas, and spatial disorientation. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Feb 11, 2018
FPP005 - Aerial Refueling
51:40
Passing gas is nothing to be ashamed of--in fact, it is a vital skill required of most military aviators. There are different ways to do it, and there are many occasions when passing gas is not only appropriate but necessary. On this episode, U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.com/?activity=&cid=ppc_gg_b_stan_core&mkwid=s3JzLDOTZ%7Cpcrid%7C246331604814%7Cpkw%7Cus.+navy%7Cpmt%7Ce%7Cpdv%7Cc%7Ctargetids%7Caud-343435646143%3Akwd-343419469615%7Cgroupid%7C47565242391%7C ) Captain Fitz “Dud” Lee explains how and why military aircraft refuel in flight, as well as which aircraft are capable of doing so. We also exchange a few “sea stories” related to how managing aerial tankers are vital to flight operations at sea aboard an aircraft carrier. Bumper music by Incompetech ( https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/music.html ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Feb 01, 2018
FPP004 - Ejection Seats
01:01:31
Ever wonder how ejection seats work or how it might feel to ride one? On this episode, U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.com/index.html ) Commander Rafe “Bloach” Wysham offers a brief history on ejection seats, how they work, how aircrew inspect them before flight, and why–in multi-place aircraft–it is important to have the ‘Eject Select’ switch in the proper position as demonstrated by the non-aviator backseater who ejected himself out of a perfectly good F-14 Tomcat (click here ( http://www.vfp62.com/f14_rio.html ) for the whole story). Bloach wraps up the discussion with a harrowing story ( http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=979 ) of the time an ejection seat saved his life from a doomed Tomcat–a mishap that tragically claimed the life of his pilot. Bumper music by Incompetech ( https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/music.html ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jan 21, 2018
FPP003 - Flight Clothing and Equipment
52:49
People who work in dangerous professions are generally outfitted with protective equipment to minimize the chance of injury in the event of a mishap. Military pilots require not only such special gear but also survival and evasion articles in the event they have extended waits for rescue and must evade the enemy in the process. On this episode, U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.com/index.html ) Lieutenant Commander Aaron "Vern" Vernallis joins the show to explain the flight clothing and equipment F/A-18 aircrews wear in flight. We go inside-out, bottom-to-top, discussing flight suits, boots, g-suits, torso harnesses, survival vests, helmets, and more. Hard to visualize on a radio show? Yup. Check out our 5-minute YouTube video ( https://youtu.be/rz4Lud5jSxk ) where Vern demonstrates donning the gear we discuss on the show. Bumper music by Incompetech ( https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/music.html ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jan 11, 2018
FPP002 - Callsigns
30:33
Only in the movies do fighter pilots enjoy cool nicknames like “Viper”, “Iceman”, or “Maverick.” In the real world, callsigns are generally plays on names (e.g. “Notso” Sharp), reflective of a pilot’s physical resemblance to some well-known character (“Shrek” Olsen), or the result of a mistake the pilot made at some point in his or her career (“Skids” Pennington). Admittedly, they are at times derogatory, and frequently not politically correct, but they are almost always funny. On this episode, U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.com/index.html ) Captain Brian “Ferg” Fergusson stops by to explain those whimsical, often juvenile nicknames many military aviators go by instead of their real names when flying and, on the ground. Learn how callsigns are assigned, whether they ever change, and why it’s actually a good thing when a new fighter pilot despises a newly-assigned callsign. Bumper music by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard ( https://kinggizzardandthelizardwizard.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jan 01, 2018
FPP001 - What is a 'Fighter Pilot'?
42:24
If a soldier is a military combatant that fights on land, and a sailor is one that fights on sea, then what is a 'fighter pilot'? On this inaugural episode, U.S. Navy ( https://www.navy.com/index.html ) Commander Brian “Sunshine” Sinclair visits the show to discuss what a fighter pilot is, some characteristics typical of most fighter pilots, and the various paths ( https://www.usa.gov/military-colleges ) to become one. We also debunk cliché Hollywood stereotypes while discussing what a fighter pilot decidedly is not. Towards the end of the show we discuss a few of the jets used in civilian organizations, including the F-21 Kfir ( http://www.atacusa.com/f_21_kfir.html ) and Hawker Hunter ( http://www.atacusa.com/mk_58_hawk_hunter.html ) flown by ATAC ( http://www.atacusa.com/index.html ) , the Super Tucano ( http://www.builtforthemission.com/ ) , and the L-39 Albatros ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aero_L-39_Albatros ). Episode photography by Vincent Aiello. Royalty-free bumper music by Incompetech ( https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1200050 ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jan 01, 2018
Welcome to the Fighter Pilot Podcast!
05:09
Welcome to The Fighter Pilot Podcast ( https://www.fighterpilotpodcast.com/ ) ! On this short initial episode, I, your host Vincent "Jell-O" Aiello, introduce myself and explain how and why this show came about. I also describe features of the show—expected frequency, length, structure, and more. Much of this information can also be found on the website’s About ( http://fighterpilotpodcast.com/about/ ) page. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Jan 01, 2018