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The Fighter Pilot Podcast

The Fighter Pilot Podcast

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!

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FPP105 - F-105 Thunderchief

The 'Century Series' nears the end but not before an in-depth look at the Republic F-105 Thunderchief. Cohost Trevor 'Boat' Boswell takes the lead on this episode, joined by retired U.S. Air Force ( https://www.af.mil/ ) Colonel John Morrissey for a discussion on the Vietnam-era fighter-bomber that earned the nickname "Thud" for its high mishap and shoot down rate. Listener questions answered on this episode include whether fighter pilots incur financial penalties for training mistakes--like notionally downing a fellow good guy or neutral airliner, when the show will begin featuring episodes on warbird fighters, and where nuclear strategic bombers would return after releasing their weapons in the event the Cold War ever went hot. 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
2021-02-24
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FPP104 - F-104 Starfighter

The 'Century Series' speeds by with a discussion on the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter ( https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/news/features/history/f-104.html ) , a mach 2-capable interceptor designed by the legendary Kelly Johnson ( https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/news/features/history/johnson.html ). Former Canadian Armed Forces Captain Rob "Flecko" Fleck joins us to explore this distinctly shaped Cold War fighter with 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 ) adding his usual color to the discussion. Listener questions answered on this episode include whether downing an unmanned aircraft constitutes an "aerial victory," why medical requirements differ between the U.S. Air Force ( https://www.af.mil/ ) and Navy ( https://www.navy.mil/ ) , whether prior military experience is required to become an Air National Guard ( https://www.ang.af.mil/ ) pilot, if technology renders obsolete second crew members in fighter jets, 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 ( https://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
2021-02-14
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FPP103 - F-100 Super Sabre

Since there was no F-103 to speak of and we spent episode 100 congratulating ourselves, the 'Century Series' continues this week with a discussion on the North American F-100 Super Sabre. Retired U.S. Air Force ( https://www.af.mil/ ) Major General Richard Goddard joins cohost Trevor Boswell at the Museum of Aviation ( http://www.museumofaviation.org/ ) in Robbins, GA to discuss this respected and fearsome aircraft. And as usual, our 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 ) returns to add some color to the discussion. No listener questions are answered on this episode due to having a distinguished visitor guest. Concerned listeners may have wondered if their sound systems were failing but the poor audio quality was our fault. 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
2021-02-04
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Advanced Training Instrumentation Pods

TACTS, TCTS, ACMI, P5,... whatever you call them, instrumentation pods are vital components in air combat training. Normally mounted externally, these pods allow real time range control and threat simulation, followed by mission replay for a high-fidelity debrief. On this bonus episode, retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Ty "O.D." Bachmann explains how the Collins Aerospace ( https://www.collinsaerospace.com/ ) TCTS II, or Tactical Combat Training System Increment Two ( https://www.collinsaerospace.com/what-we-do/Military-And-Defense/Simulation-And-Training/Test-And-Training-Instrumentation/Tactical-Combat-Training-System-Tcts-Increment-Ii ) , system raises the bar on realistic training for the high-end fight. TCTS II allows scalable training scenarios incorporating live, virtual, and constructive threats to put teeth to the expression, "train like you fight" like never before. This episode is made possible by our friends at Collins Aerospace ( https://www.collinsaerospace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
2021-01-29
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FPP102 - F-102 Delta Dagger

The 'Century Series' continues with a discussion on the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger. ( http://warbirdsnews.com/warbird-articles/flying-barrel-explaining-f-101-voodoo.html ) Retired U.S. Air Force ( https://www.af.mil/ ) Lieutenant Colonel Ray Janes 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 humble early 50's-designed interceptor that was the foundation of the more widely-known F-106 Delta Dart. Listener questions addressed on this episode include the future likelihood of civilian-owned 5th Gen fighters, loaded jets diverting without ordnance safety pins, keeping static aircraft free from debris at airshows, whether manned fighters will still be a thing a few years from now, and much 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 ( https://www.themusclecarplace.com/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
2021-01-24
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FPP101 - F-101 Voodoo

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
2021-01-14
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Intermission - 'Happy Hour' Discussion with Bruce Gordon

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
2021-01-04
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FPP100 - 100th Episode Celebration!

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
2020-12-30
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Here Comes Santa Claus!

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
2020-12-23
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Intermission - The REAL "Only Man to Down 3 Enemy Planes in the last 40 Years"

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
2020-12-13
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FPP099 - E-2 Hawkeye

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
2020-12-03
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The Fighter Pilot Podcast

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: [email protected] or leave a voice message: 877.MACH.101. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
2020-11-29
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FPP098 - B-25 Mitchell

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
2020-11-23
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Blue Angels Super Hornet Transition Update

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
2020-11-19
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FPP097 - Avro Vulcan

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
2020-11-13
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FPP096 - B-29 Superfortress

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
2020-11-03
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FPP095 - Surface-to-Air Threats: SAMs

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
2020-10-23
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Hogs in the Sand with "Buck"

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
2020-10-16
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FPP094 - Surface-to-Air Threats: AAA

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
2020-10-13
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Tomcat RIO with "Bio"

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
2020-10-05
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FPP093 - U-2 Dragon Lady

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
2020-10-03
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FPP092 - A-1 Skyraider

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
2020-09-23
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FPP091 - Hurricane Hunters

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
2020-09-13
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The Flying Tigers with Sam Kleiner

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
2020-09-12
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Airborne in an F-15 on 9/11 with "Opus"

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
2020-09-11
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Intermission - Listener Questions with "Boat"

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
2020-09-03
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TOPGUN's Top 10 with "Bus"

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
2020-09-01
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FPP090 - AH-64 Apache

'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
2020-08-24
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FPP089 - OH-58 Kiowa

'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
2020-08-17
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Air Combat Sim Podcast Replay: Raven One DCS Campaign

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
2020-08-13
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FPP088 - Army Flight School

'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
2020-08-10
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FPP087 - Army Aviation Overview

'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
2020-08-03
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Intermission - Fighting the Japanese with former RAF Fighter Pilot Jeffrey Brain

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
2020-07-23
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FPP086 - F-86 Sabre

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
2020-07-13
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Intermission - Talking Warbirds with Paul Wood

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
2020-07-03
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FPP085 - Big Wing Tankers

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
2020-06-23
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FPP084 - Mirage 2000

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
2020-06-13
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FPP083 - Electronic Attack

Disrupt /dis?r?pt/ 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
2020-06-03
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FPP082 - MiG-21 Fishbed

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
2020-05-23
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Harnessing the Sky with Dana Tibbetts

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
2020-05-16
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FPP081 - The Canadian Forces Snowbirds

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
2020-05-13
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FPP080 - AC-130 Gunship

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
2020-05-03
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FPP079 - Advanced Training Methods

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
2020-04-23
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FPP078 - F-35 Lightning II

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
2020-04-13
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FPP077 - The Boneyard

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
2020-04-03
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FPP076 - F-15E Strike Eagle

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
2020-03-23
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FPP075 - F-15A-D Eagle (part 2)

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
2020-03-13
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FPP074 - F-15A-D Eagle (part 1)

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
2020-03-03
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FPP073 - Exploitation Programs

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
2020-02-23
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FPP072 - F-117 Nighthawk

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
2020-02-13
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