WARBIRD RADIO – As always…we apologize ahead of time before you listen to this broadcast. This week’s episode is what happens when middle school boys discover there are airplanes named after moths (just minus the real middle school boys). Hartman & Hilt discuss the Puss Moth and much more on the show we’re simply calling “British Aircraft Names”. Listen at your own risk. Cheers!
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WARBIRD RADIO – According to a recent news release the Northrop Grumman Corporation built MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter surpassed 5,000 flight hours while providing critical surveillance capabilities to field commanders in Afghanistan.
Since deploying to Afghanistan in 2011, the MQ-8 Fire Scout system has provided real-time airborne surveillance and targeting supporting counter improvised explosive devices (IEDs), provided targeting support and delivered real-time video to military forces on the ground.
“Fire Scout’s versatility makes it an ideal intelligence-gathering asset for military units on the front line, both on land and at sea,” said Capt. Patrick Smith, program manager, Naval Air Systems Command. “This is a great accomplishment for the entire team and we have leveraged many lessons learned while we develop a more capable Fire Scout system.”
Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor on the Navy’s Fire Scout program. In 2011, the Navy contracted with Northrop Grumman to support Fire Scout deployment to Afghanistan and provide local commanders with real-time intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability. In the 28 months of deployment, the Navy-Northrop Grumman team provided 5,084 hours of support to U.S. and allied forces.
Additionally, Northrop Grumman is under contract to the Navy to build the first eight of 30 planned Endurance Upgrade Fire Scouts. Those aircraft, which have been designated the MQ-8C, will have twice the endurance, three times the payload capability, and will be ready for operation next year.
“Navy commanders value Fire Scout’s capabilities and recognized early on that a larger helicopter would allow the system to fly longer and carry even larger intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance payloads,” said George Vardoulakis, vice president for medium-range tactical systems at Northrop Grumman. “What we’ve already done with the current system will be carried over to the new Fire Scout.”
Combined with testing and Fire Scout’s six at-sea deployments aboard Navy frigates, the system has eclipsed 10,000 flight hours supporting naval and ground commanders with critical intelligence-gathering capabilities to respond to threats.
WARBIRD RADIO – On this episode we check in with Chris Henry and EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast as well as Hunter Chaney from the Collings Foundation and their B-17 Nine-O-Nine. During a routine flight at EAA’s AirVenture 2013 Chris Henry organized for 305th Bomb Group veteran Doug Ward (seen in above picture) to fly Aluminum Overcast on the anniversary of the Miss Liberty Belle crash.
The Miss Liberty Belle story exemplifies many of the best qualities of the Greatest Generation. Hear their story and much more on this episode. Thanks for tuning in!
QUICK LINK: Aluminum Overcast
QUICK LINK: Nine-O-Nine
WARBIRD RADIO – Recovering from EAA’s AirVenture is something like a hangover. For about a week you’ll feel extremely tired, depressed and general withdraw symptoms. For some flying helps…for others it only makes the feelings worse. Several noted pilots believe petting baby kittens and drinking water purified from the heat of volcanos is the only cure. For the rest of us, there’s the Hartman & Hilt – Post Oshkosh Recovery Episode. In the spirit of recovery the Hartman & Hilt show is available now for FREE download by clicking on the play button below. Thanks for listening! Feel better soon…
TUESDAY – PREVIOUSLY BROADCAST Oct 4th 2010 As reminder of what Dutch did on this date 68 years ago today, here’s the rebroadcast of our 1 year anniversary show featuring his interview.
One year ago today Enola Gay Navigator Dutch Van Kirk was our first guest on Warbird Radio LIVE…tomorrow morning he’s coming back. Hear the story of the world’s first atomic mission from the last surviving crew member. Dutch’s story is one you don’t want to miss. We’re also giving away the Gary Velasco Nose Art Panel…so tune in. Warbird Radio LIVE (The 1 Year Anniversary Show) starts at 10am (EDT) .
NOTE: You must be listening to win the panel tomorrow. When you hear your name…call in and claim your prize. If you don’t call in we’ll continue to draw names until someone wins.
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