The Afterburn Podcast

By John "Rain" Waters

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 Mar 4, 2020

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Former U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter pilot John “Rain” Waters hosts The Afterburn Podcast. Be sure to subscribe and never miss a minute as “Rain” brings together people from various walks of life to tell their stories, their struggles, and what it took for them to achieve success! About the Host: John got his start flying a C-152 with a Texas tailwheel conversion during high school. His first flight was on September 10th, 2001. The events of the following day propelled him on a path to serve his country. John was fortunate to be able to serve his country and pursue his passion for aviation in the U.S. Air Force. While in the Air Force John served as a T-6II First Assignment Instructor Pilot, an MC-12 (King Air 350) pilot and mission commander, and ultimately an F-16 pilot. During his time in the Air Force, John amassed over 2,700 flying hours. Over 960 combat hours conducting 128 combat missions during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve. John’s final flying assignment in the Air Force was the commander and pilot for the Air Combat Command’s F-16 Viper Demo team. During his time on the demo team, John flew over 300 demonstration sorties, across 50 show sites, in 5 countries. John has traded in his 28,000 pound F-16 for a 766,000 pound Boeing 777 as he begins to pursue a career in civilian aviation. He continues to chase his passion for aviation in the general aviation community.

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#23: F-16 Mishap - Fatality - 30 Jun 2020 Shaw AFB, SC Lt. David "MEZr" Schmitz
01:04:18

On 30 June 2020, Lt David “MEZr” Schmitz was killed in an F-16 mishap at Shaw AFB.  He was conducting a night mission qualification sortie.  Upon his initial landing attempt his aircraft struck the instrument landing system antennas resulting in significant damage to his aircraft.  Following approximately 30 mins of troubleshooting “MEZr” attempted to recovery the aircraft.  Shortly after touching down the aircraft began to roll and he initiated the ejection sequence.  Due to numerous failures he ejection seat failed to deploy the parachute contained within the seat

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Jan 19, 2021
#22: Brian "Casmo" Harris - AH-64 Pilot - Host The Low Level Hell Podcast
49:45

Brian has 20+ years as an US Army Officer and Warrant Officer. Five years as an Armor/Cavalry officer as an M1 Tank and 120mm Mortar Platoon Leader. 15+ years as an Aviation officer with over 2,000 hours as OH-58D Kiowa Warrior and AH-64D/E Pilot. Two Combat Deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan.

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Jan 06, 2021
#21: A-10 Gun Malfunction Results in Blown Canopy & Gear Up Landing: Maj Brett "2Watt" Devries
42:27

"2Watt" is an A-10 pilot and on July 20th, 2017 he was conducted a low angle strafe during an operational check flight.  The gun malfunctioned which resulted in the canopy being jettisoned and damaging the aircraft's hydraulic system.  

"2Watt" successfully recovered the stricken aircraft to a nearby field.  For his superior airmanship he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.  

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Dec 22, 2020
#20: F-35 Test Pilot, USAF Director AI Accelerator at MIT- Col Tucker "Cinco" Hamilton
53:16

Col Hamilton is an Air Force Test pilot and has flown over 30 different types of aircraft.  He has flown numerous military fighter aircraft, including the F-15C, F-15E, as well as the F-35A/B/C.   He led a team of nearly 1000 individuals as the command of F-35 developmental test at Edwards AFB. 

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Dec 08, 2020
#019: F-117, A-10, F-18, F-4 & Warbird Pilot Lt Col (Ret) Charlie "Tuna" Hainline
48:05

"Tuna"is a former Air Force pilot and joins me on the podcast to talk about his aviation career.  He has flown the A-10, the F-117, completed a Navy exchange in the F-18 (with well over 100 traps), and rounded out his career flying the F-4.  He earned a Distinguished Flying Cross during a mission over Kosovo in the F-117.  

He is a warbird pilot and restorer.  He is checked out to fly the P-51, P-45, A-1, B-17, SBD, Avenger, B-25 and a few more. 

 

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Nov 24, 2020
#018: U-2 Dragonlady Pilot: Lt Col (Ret) Jon "Huggy" Huggins
48:36

"Huggy" started flying the U-2 in 1989 and flew it for the majority of his Air Force career until his retirement.  Recently, he returned to fly U-2 as the USAF's first civilian instructor pilot to fly the high flying spy plane. 

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Oct 26, 2020
#017 (Part 2) HH-60 Rescue Pilot: Maj Lou "Shiner" Nolting
29:51

In this episode we discuss "Shiner's" second sortie where he was awarded his second Distinguished Flying Cross. 

 

Less than 30 days after his first Distinguished Flying Cross, "Shiner" was tasked to rescue two army pilots downed in enemy controlled territory.  During the initial insertion, his aircraft received enemy fire, striking his flight engineer.   Over the next five hours "Shiner" and his crew would work to recovery the pilots and conduct a total of eight approaches. 

For his efforts "Shiner" was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses. 

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Oct 12, 2020
#017 (Part 1) HH-60 Rescue Pilot: Maj Lou "Shiner" Nolting
40:27

In this episode Maj Lou "Shiner" Nolting and I talk about two sorties he flew while supporting operations in Afghanistan in 2011. "Shiner" is an HH-60 Air Force Pavehawk pilot, specializing in Combat Search and Rescue.  On March 29th, 2011 "Shiner" and his crew were alerted to respond to an urgent evacuation of four critically wounded Soldiers.  While setting up for a hoist extraction his aircraft came under heavy effective enemy fire.  Rounds struck the main rotor, fuel tank, and number two engine.  With a loss of power "Shiner" executed a pedal turn and plummeted forty feet in an effort to gain airspeed and save the aircraft and seven crew members.  

Less than 30 days later, "Shiner" was tasked to rescue two army pilots downed in enemy controlled territory.  During the initial insertion, his aircraft received enemy fire, striking his flight engineer.   Over the next five hours "Shiner" and his crew would work to recovery the pilots and conduct a total of eight approaches. 

For his efforts "Shiner" was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses. 

Oct 12, 2020
#016 (Part 2) Into the Fire, Saving 260+ People Surround by Fire – Chief Warrant Officer Joe Roasmond
38:01

On the night of September 5th, 2020 two California National Guard helicopter crews rescued hundreds of individuals, many with severe burns and injuries.  They were trapped with no means of escape during the Creek Fire.   They navigated mountainous terrain, dense smoke, and darkness for hours.  Truly impressive story.  For their actions they were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by President Donald Trump.  Their citation reads:

 

he President of the United States hereby awards the Distinguished Flying Cross to Chief Warrant Officer 5 Joseph Rosamond, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Kipp Goding, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brady Hlebain, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Irvin Hernandez, Warrant Officer 1 Ge Xiong, Sergeant George Esquivel Jr., and Sergeant Cameron Powell of the California Army National Guard for distinguished acts of heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight on September 5th, 2020.

The brave actions and superior airmanship of these soldiers resulted in the successful rescue of 242 adults and children from the rapidly developing Creek Fire in Central California.  Their actions are in keeping with the highest military traditions of selfless service, honor, and personal — personal courage, and reflects a great credit upon themselves, the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade, the California Army National Guard, and the United States Army.

Sep 28, 2020
#016 (Part 1) Into the Fire, Saving 260+ People Surround by Fire – Chief Warrant Officer Joe Roasmond
52:17

On the night of September 5th, 2020 two California National Guard helicopter crews rescued hundreds of individuals, many with severe burns and injuries.  They were trapped with no means of escape during the Creek Fire.   They navigated mountainous terrain, dense smoke, and darkness for hours.  Truly impressive story.  For their actions they were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by President Donald Trump.  

 

The President of the United States hereby awards the Distinguished Flying Cross to Chief Warrant Officer 5 Joseph Rosamond, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Kipp Goding, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brady Hlebain, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Irvin Hernandez, Warrant Officer 1 Ge Xiong, Sergeant George Esquivel Jr., and Sergeant Cameron Powell of the California Army National Guard for distinguished acts of heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight on September 5th, 2020.

The brave actions and superior airmanship of these soldiers resulted in the successful rescue of 242 adults and children from the rapidly developing Creek Fire in Central California.  Their actions are in keeping with the highest military traditions of selfless service, honor, and personal — personal courage, and reflects a great credit upon themselves, the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade, the California Army National Guard, and the United States Army.

Sep 28, 2020
#015 USAF F-16 Instructor Pilot Mason "Flint" Locke
40:04

"Flint" teaches America's newest pilot training graduates how to fly the mighty Viper.  He instructs students on the multi-role missions of the F-16. 

He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has flown the F-16 in three operational assignments.  He has over 50 combat missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.  

Aug 11, 2020
#014 - USAF U2 Pilot Mike "Mongo" Ryan
48:29

"Mongo" has to wear a space suit in his office to keep his blood from "boiling."  Let that sink in for minute.  "Mongo" walks us through his aviation journey and more importantly what it is like to fly on the edge of space in a U-2 Spy Plane. 

Jul 22, 2020
#013 – USAF C-40, C-130J & Airline Pilot – Brian Park
40:25

Brian is currently an Air Force Reservist.  He spent 12 years on Active Duty prior to joining the reserves and pursuing a career in the airlines.  He is an ROTC graduate, former UPT T-1 instructor, C-130J, & C-40 pilot.

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Jul 08, 2020
#012 - Five Time World Aerobatic Champion, Airshow Pilot, Great American - Rob Holland
47:09

Rob Holland pushes the aviation limits in the world of aerobatics and flying.  Rob is a five-time consecutive World Champion and nine-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion.  He is both humble and approachable.  All around great American, listen in to hear about Rob’s journey.

 

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Jun 22, 2020
#011- F-16 Flight Surgeon turned Orthopedic Resident -Eric “Knuckles” Schweller
39:25

“Knuckles” played college football prior to joining the Air Force as a flight surgeon for an F-16 Fighter Squadron.  We talk about the role of the flight surgeon and “Knuckles” journey to becoming a Squadron Flight Doc.  “Knuckles” has now a year into his journey to becoming an Orthopedic Surgeon.    

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Jun 08, 2020
#010: Red Bull Air Race Pilot, Airshow Performer, Instructor, Business Owner – Mike Goulian
55:03

Mike Goulian is an accomplished pilot and businessman.  He found a passion for aviation early in life and grew that passion into a successful career.  The Goulian name is synonymous with excellence in the aerospace world.  He raced on the Red Bull Air Race circuit for 12 years in the Master Class Series.  He is one of the youngest pilots to win the US Unlimited Aerobatic Championship and he has won countless awards for his high energy airshow performance.  Mike was able to do this while successfully running his family aviation business with his wife Karin. 

May 20, 2020
#009 - Combat Loaded F-16 Emergency Divert into Saudi Arabia: Kristin "Tally" Hollrith
01:01:49

"Tally" tells her path to going to the United States Air Force Academy, flying the mighty Viper, and then a rather unique story while flying a combat mission on her last deployment.  

Tally started off as a T-6 instructor pilot before flying the F-16.  She is now a T-38 adversary pilot flying primary against the F-22 and F-35.  

May 04, 2020
#008 - IED Blast Survivor and Army Green Beret,- Caleb Brewer
01:22:03

During a clearing operation in Sangin District in Helmand, Afghanistan Caleb and his team discovered a large Improvised Explosive Device (IED) factory.  During the operation a pressure plate IED exploded underneath Caleb leaving him gravely wounded.   Caleb’s journey to becoming a Green Beret is inspiring let along hearing his journey of recovering following the IED blast.   Today, Caleb is an adaptive fitness instructor and continues to crush life. 

Apr 20, 2020
#007 –Tornado, F-22 Pilot, & CEO of Red 6 Daniel “Bond” Robinson
01:08:46

"Bond" is a former Royal Air Force Tornado pilot, the first exchange pilot in the F-22 program, and founder of Red 6 Aerospace.   He grew up in a relatively poor area of England and climb to the pinnacle of aviation.  Following his father's suicide he returned home to run the family business.  He has now combined his skills as a fighter pilot, a businessman, and life’s lessons to create an aerospace company focused on developing technology and augmented reality to help train our warriors for the next fight.  

Apr 06, 2020
BONUS - How to Become an Officer in the Air Force - Episode #006
47:16

Ever wonder what the requirements are to become an officer in the Air Force?  The process to become an officer?  Regardless of your answer you might find something useful inside this episode to apply to your everyday life.   But for those of you seeking to become a pilot, this is your first step.  

Capt Colin Slade, aReserve Officer Training Corps instructor, joins me to discuss the requirements and how to go about becoming an officer.  

Mar 30, 2020
#005 – Andy “Chaos” Davis -- “Humble, Approachable, and Credible”
01:03:53

Chaos is an F-16 instructor pilot at the US Air Force Weapon School.  In this episode we talk about his journey through aviation, the loss of his father in an aircraft accident, as well as the death of our friend and squadron mate “Pyro.” Chaos is the epitome of the Weapon School’s mantra of “Humble, approachable and credible.”  A simple mantra that I feel is applicable to nearly everything in life for those looking to succeed. 

Mar 30, 2020
#004 – A-10 Demo Pilot – Maj Cody “ShiV” Wilton
53:58

From providing close air support in the mountains of Afghanistan to leading the A-10 Demonstration team, ShiV has a great story as an A-10 pilot.  His journey started as an enlisted airman serving as a Russian linguist on the EC-130.  He excelled and earned a Officer Training School slot and subsequently went on to pilot training.  We discuss challenges and hurdles he had to overcome to become a pilot as well as a few things he has learned over the years as a Hawg driver.  And we might or might not talk about the mighty GAU-8 30mm gatling gun. 

Mar 24, 2020
#003 - Steve Reichert
39:56

After surviving an IED blast in Iraq, Steve was medically retired from the USMC.  Steve is credited with a kill of an insurgent from over 1600 meters when he was deployed to Iraq in 2004.  He founded Tier 1 Group, which specialized in training for defense and other government agencies, and grew the company to an industry leader for defense and tactical training. 

Feb 24, 2020
#002 - F-35 Pilot Maj Matt "Fitty" Tucker
44:10

From fighting ISIS in Afghanistan to instructing in the F-35,  “Fifty” talks about his journey in the Air Force.  This episode covers everything from his initial medical disqualification to flying the most advanced fighter ever built.  Also, we hit on why the F-35 evolution of the F-35, bad press, and how it is not a replacement for the A-10.

00:40 – Episode Sample

01:20 – Patreon.com for more content

02:40 – Sponsor Wingmanwatch.com

03:30 – Intro

05:40 – F-35 training and community

13:25 – F-16 to F-35 transition

15:00 – Fighting in the F-35

17:20 – F-16 Deployment to Afghanistan

22:40 – Going from calm to the firestorm

24:00 – Alert in the F-16

26:50 – How do you orient in dynamic and stressful situations

31:45 – Troops in contact

38:40 – Question for “Fifty”

Feb 10, 2020
#001 - A-10 Pilot - Maj Tyler "Leeroy" Schultz
01:01:09

50 Special Ops troops are engaged in a heavy firefight with ISIS fighters. A-10 pilot, Major Tyler “Leeroy” Schultz (USAF) is called in and helps turn the fight around. His actions earn him the Distinguished Flying Cross.   That day 83 ISIS fighters are killed during the 5 hour firefight. Listen in to hear “Leeroy’s” journey becoming an U.S. Air Force A-10 pilot and the actions he took to save 50 U.S. soldiers and numerous coalition troops. 

Jan 24, 2020